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May 23, 2013

City of Winnipeg teams up with North End residents in
community clean-up


Released: 11:15 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Community By-law Enforcement has teamed up with the William Whyte and Dufferin residents associations to take action, both from an enforcement perspective and through community involvement.

During the month of May, the City’s Community By-law Enforcement Officers have been conducting yard-to-yard garbage and litter clean-up inspections of private residential and commercial properties in the neighbourhoods of Dufferin and the Dufferin Industrial area. In addition, numerous William Whyte properties identified by the community are also being inspected.

“I am proud to see that our Department staff has been working closely with these groups to make positive strides in creating clean and safe neighbourhoods,” said Clive Wightman, Director of Community Services. “Everyone has a role to play when it comes to cleanliness and instilling pride in our communities.”

The associations will be conducting community cleanups on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25 (see details below).

The clean-up will cover approximately 100 city blocks and organizers anticipate numerous people will be on hand to assist with event. Volunteers include area residents of all ages, businesses, schools, day cares and local organizations.

“The Dufferin and William Whyte residents associations are pleased with the City's willingness to help with our garbage and illegal dumping woes,” said Annette Champion Taylor of the William Whyte Residents Association. “We have a big problem in our respective neighbourhoods, particularly with people coming from other areas to dump their garbage in our community.”

Details regarding clean-up activities:

Registration on Friday, May 24 will take place at the Business Development Centre, 607 Selkirk Avenue. Registration takes place from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants at Inner City Youth Alive, 418 Aberdeen Avenue from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cleanup will finish at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, May 25, registration will take place 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Pritchard Park, 295 Pritchard Avenue from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at The North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Centre, 90 Sinclair Street. A BBQ lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pritchard Park for all participants.  The clean-up will finish at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Katz Presents Community Service Award to Rusalka

Ukrainian dance ensemble honoured on 50th anniversary

Released: 12:40 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today Mayor Sam Katz presented members of Rusalka with the City of Winnipeg Organizational Community Service Award, at a ceremony at City Hall that included a special performance by the popular dancers.

The award recognized the Ukrainian dance ensemble for 50 years of excellence as a Winnipeg arts organization. Mayor Katz acknowledged the world-renowned group for their cultural contributions and praised them for being “phenomenal ambassadors” for the City.

“Rusalka has been captivating audiences here at home and around the globe for half a century,” said Mayor Katz. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated, talented group of performers representing Winnipeg on the world stage.”

Rusalka was founded in Winnipeg by the late Peter Hladun in 1962. The young dancers, who were hand-picked from the Ukrainian National Federation School of Dance, soon developed into a world-class dance ensemble, under Hladun’s guidance.

Over the past half-century, Rusalka has become known around the world, performing for captivated audiences that have included royalty and heads of state. The group remains Winnipeg-based.

"We are very proud to be honoured by the City of Winnipeg today," said Dr. Jerry Baluta and Hannia Tarasiuk, Co-Chairs of Rusalka's Board of Directors. "As we look back over the past 50 years, we are humbled and ever so grateful to all those who have made this journey possible and assisted Rusalka in achieving legendary status."

Rusalka's 50th anniversary celebrations kicked off with a very successful Gala Dinner at the beginning of May and will conclude with a concert at the Centennial Concert Hall on October 27th, 2013.

The City of Winnipeg Organizational Community Service Award is presented to Winnipeg organizations who through their dedication, have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavor, benefiting in an outstanding manner the social, cultural, or economic well-being of their community.The award was introduced in the 1950s and is usually awarded on the occasion of an anniversary for the organization.

Mayor Katz Presents Award to Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre

Centre recognized for 25 years of service to the community

Released: 5:30 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Sam Katz presented the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre (GSCLC) with the City of Winnipeg Organizational Community Service Award, at the Centre’s 25th anniversary dinner on Thursday evening.

The award recognizes the multi-purpose seniors centre, located in the city’s North End, for its 25 years of continuous service to the community. Mayor Katz expressed gratitude on behalf of the City of Winnipeg for the valuable programming and support that the Centre provides.

“For 25 years, seniors have been benefiting from the programming and services at the Gwen Secter Creative Living Centre,” said Mayor Katz. “This award acknowledges the Centre’s success in helping older adults stay active and connected to the community - something that is vital to independent living and quality of life.”

The GSCLC is celebrating 25 years at its original location at 1588 Main Street. It was created by the National Council for Jewish Women to provide a social gathering place for seniors. It has since become a full-service centre providing recreational, educational, cultural and social services, as well as fitness, nutrition and support programs benefiting seniors and older adults.

“Gwen Secter is proud of the vital role we play in enhancing the health and well-being of older adults in our community,” said Marilyn Regiec, Executive Director of the GSCLC. “It is a ‘home away from home’ providing social, recreational and spiritual support to all who seek it. Our milestone 25th anniversary celebration will carry us forward into many more years of service here at 1588 Main Street.”

The GSCLC, which is open to everyone, receives funding from the WRHA, as well as the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. The Centre was named in memory of Gwen Secter, a long-time member of the National Council of Jewish Women and supporter of the Golden Age Club - a pre-cursor to the Centre at 1588 Main.

The City of Winnipeg Organizational Community Service Award is presented to Winnipeg organizations who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in any field of endeavor, benefiting the social, cultural, or economic well-being of their community. The award was introduced in the 1950s and is usually awarded on the occasion of an anniversary for the organization.

Last update: 24.05.2013

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