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Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan Community Committee
Sept. 15 meeting highlights
• An underused van parked in the North End might soon serve the community.
Andrew Sannie, LifeSafe Recreation Facilitator at North End Community Renewal Corporation, made a presentation to the Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan Community Committee requesting that a 16-passenger van owned by Winnipeg Fleet Management special operating agency be sold to NECRC for $1. The van is currently located at the North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility in the Dufferin neighbourhood.
Sannie said the van sits underused. He said NECRC wants to obtain the van to transport community members to and from North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility so they can more easily access leisure and recreational services.
"Having this vehicle will help bolster numbers (at North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Faciltiy)," Sannie told The Times. "If the issue is people aren’t using the facility because they can’t get to it, this automatically changes that. By working with the people at North Centennial we can logistically program the vehicle in time with whatever programs are going on at the community centre."
Sannie said that the idea of walking or busing to North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility can deter some community members because of safety concerns.
"It’s dangerous," Sannie said. "There is a heavy sex trade in the area. Also, gang activity is big and lots of youth fear being attacked.
"With the van we can get youth from their doorstep to the recreation facility, allowing them to enjoy the programming without worrying about ‘Oh shoot, I have to walk home in an hour.’ A youth shouldn’t have to worry about those things. They should just go out and have fun."
Committee recommended to the Alternate Service Delivery Committee that Winnipeg Fleet Management agree to sell the van to NECRC for $1.
• Bowls Manitoba received a $300 grant from Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) to assist with the cost of the recent 2015 Canadian Singles Championships.
• Culture Days Manitoba received a $250 grant from Coun. Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) to help with the cost of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg, which takes place on Sept. 26
• Fred Douglas Lodge received a $150 grant from Coun. Pagtakhan to assist with the cost of its annual Yuletide Open House, to be held on Dec. 6.
• General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres received $200 from committee to help with the cost of its Above and Beyond Community Centre Volunteer Banquet.
• Knights of Columbus received a $250 grant from Coun. Devi Sharma (Old Kildonan) to assist with the cost of its recent Farmer’s Harvest Market.
• Ten Ten Sinclair Housing received a $325 grant from Coun. Sharma to help with the cost of its recent gala dinner and dance event.
• Theatre by the River received a $200 grant from Coun. Pagtakhan to help with the cost of its production of Edward the Second, to be held Oct. 1 to 4.
• The Winnipeg Police Association received $500 grants from Coun. Sharma and Coun. Pagtakhan to assist with the cost of its Cool 2Be Kind anti-bullying initiative.
• Red River Community Centre received a $6,882.26 community incentive grant from Old Kildonan ward to assist with the cost of cameras, a computer system, a banquet table and waste baskets.
• Garden City Community Centre received a $15,795.43 community incentive grant from Old Kildonan ward to help with the cost of its walking track project at Seven Oaks Arena.
Community journalist — The Times
Jared Story is the community journalist for The Times. Email him at email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7206