Beating the pandemic blues


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This article was published 08/03/2021 (822 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Because of the prevailing  pandemic, being cooped-up and restricted from any real gathering will certainly have a huge effect on people’s well-being. However, folks are coming up with creative ways to beat the COVID-19 blues.

An open mic for seniors group, in association with Seven Oaks Immigration Services, is holding weekly online interactive concerts on Sundays that are open to all. Show times are 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“It’s a fun avenue where seniors could stay connected and they can have the opportunity to share their hidden talents in singing, telling a story or a joke and even play an instrument,” said co-ordinator Ernesto Ofiaza.

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Open mic participant Ernesto Ofiaza plays his ukulele in his home during an online concert.
Supplied photo Open mic participant Ernesto Ofiaza plays his ukulele in his home during an online concert.

To participate, please email:

This activity is one of several support programs of the Maples area SOIS. The SOIS created a Seven Oaks Seniors Advisory Group a few years ago to build relationships and enhance active participation among the seniors from various cultures in the area.

The program also promotes and supports volunteerism through mentorship and education. For more info, call 204-697-5967.

Other popular spring-thaw activities are walking and cycling. It’s generally agreed that simple and regular outdoor activities result in a series of health benefits.

Over the past decade, the City of Winnipeg has been somewhat aggressively building much-needed walking and cycling trails within the city’s active transportation network.

The Keewatin Street Pathway and the North Winnipeg Pathway between St. John’s Park and south of Redwood Avenue are two popular trails.

Derek Dabee is a member of the board of trustees of Seven Oaks School Division and a community correspondent for The Maples. You can contact him at

Derek Dabee

Derek Dabee
The Maples community correspondent

Derek Dabee is a community correspondent for The Maples.

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