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July 15, 2016

Pan Am Pool temporarily closed beginning July 25

Released: 9:59 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Pan Am Pool will be closed to the public for facility upgrades beginning on Monday, July 25. Upgrades are expected to be complete in late September.

In anticipation of the upcoming 2017 Canada Summer Games, the original 50-year-old bulkhead will be replaced with a new dual bulkhead system. Interior renovations include an improved lounge space in the public area at the front entrance and upgrades to the parking lot nearest the building.

Other swim opportunities, including the Learn to Swim summer session program, will be available at other indoor pools across the city. For more information on nearby indoor pools, outdoor pools, wading pools and spray pads, please see City of Winnipeg - Recreation & Leisure or contact 311 by phone at 311 or by email at .

Temporary road closure on Graham Avenue

Released: 10:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Graham Avenue from Main Street to Fort Street will be closed to all vehicles except Transit buses from Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 a.m. to Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 a.m. to accommodate construction work at the 300 Main Street South Tower.

Pedestrian access will be maintained on the south side of Graham Avenue while construction is underway.

Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time or to use alternate routes in this area to reach their destinations.

For Transit reroute and schedule information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

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Mayor Brian Bowman Announces Recipients of Mayor's Scholarship for Community Leadership

Released: 3:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - At an announcement at City Hall today, Mayor Brian Bowman awarded the five recipients of the inaugural Mayor’s Scholarship for Community Leadership. The five winners will receive a one thousand dollar scholarship in recognition of their consistent and outstanding dedication to solving a community problem or making their community a better place to live.

“I’m excited to be able to recognize these five students for their efforts at making their community and thus, our city a better place to live,” said Mayor Bowman. “It’s an honour to be able to reward those efforts with some support towards higher education. These students have set a great example for others to lead our community into the future.”

The five recipients are:

Kayla Lariviere

  • Participated in Glenlawn’s Indigenous Voice and Action Council, including mentorship
  • Helped plan and participated in Louis Riel school division’s reconciliation conference
  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Arts

Kakeka Thundersky

  • Charity work includes: backpack drive for Siloam Mission, Collection of gifts for Salvation Army, clothing (pants) drive for Main Street Project
  • Part of Aboriginal Leadership, CHS Leadership, Women’s Health and Wellness to educate peers on important issues like stigma of mental health, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, impact of Residential Schools
  • University of Winnipeg, Faculty of Education, major in English, minor of indigenous studies,

Tommy Semchysen

  • Started a free sports program for low income and special needs kids, over 100 kids participate
  • Organized athletes from St. Paul’s and St. Mary’s to coach the camp
  • University of Manitoba, Arts/Education

Nina Lam

  • Aims to be a positive role model in children’s lives, in particular children with disabilities and immigrants; Boys and Girls Club mentor; SwimAbility instructor; Folklorama volunteer; Manitoba Chinese Youth Committee finance coordinator
  • University of Manitoba, Arts, Global Political Economy

Carly McFall

  • Community volunteer focused on inclusion, Winnipeg Harvest, Westgrove Family Resource Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Koats for Kids, LBGTTQ* workshop, CancerCare volunteer
  • University of Manitoba, goal of becoming a doctor or lawyer

The Mayor’s Scholarship rewards the achievements of Winnipeg’s future leaders and supports them on the path towards their educational and career goals. Community leadership can be demonstrated through activities that promote racial and social inclusion, drive reconciliation, encourage environmental stewardship, and support or empower Winnipeg’s less fortunate. The recipients were chosen by an independent panel consisting of members from Boys & Girls Clubs, Volunteer Manitoba, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Citizen Equity Committee.

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July 15, 2016