Spence Neighbourhood Association’s Safety Charter

Councillor Gilroy with SNA's Community Connecting Coordinator, Mareike Brunelli

I am so proud of the many grassroots safety initiatives in the Daniel McIntyre community. From Neighbourhood Watch teams in Wolseley and Valour, to the partnership between the University of Winnipeg Students' Association and The Bear Clan, and the countless after school programs available for youth to help them develop a sense of belonging and have a safe space to grow and be themselves.

Last week I was honoured to meet with Mareike Brunelli, the Community Connecting Coordinator at Spence Neighbourhood Association to sign SNA's Safety Charter, a community-developed charter that "will act as a statement of what the community stands for, a way for community members to individually and collectively commit to ensuring a safe neighbourhood for all, and a tool to inform the goals of the five year Community Connecting plan at Spence Neighbourhood Association."

If you live, work, or volunteer in the Spence community, you too can sign the Charter! Visit: http://www.spenceneighbourhood.org/safety-charter. You can more information about the Charter by clicking the two pictures below.

Congratulations and thank you to the many community members and SNA staff for your tireless work to make our community a safer, more vibrant place of belonging for all.

History of SNA's Safety Charter

SNA's Safety Charter

The Metro: Neighbourhood Forum (January 18, 2017)

Success in working together

Coun. Cindy Gilroy with Daniel McIntyre residents at the Lipton Street Block Party on Canada Day.
Coun. Cindy Gilroy with Daniel McIntyre residents at the Lipton Street Block Party on Canada Day.

Sherbrook Pool re-opens!

From right: Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Mayor Brian Bowman, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi, MLA Rob Altemeyer, Minister Cathy Cox, Councillor John Orlikow, and Friends of Sherbrook Pool Coordinator, Daniel Thau-Eleff

From right: Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Mayor Brian Bowman, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi, MLA Rob Altemeyer, Minister Cathy Cox, Councillor John Orlikow, and Friends of Sherbrook Pool Coordinator, Daniel Thau-Eleff (photo courtesy of Jenny Gerbasi)

Today, the Sherbrook Pool officially reopened! Thank you to all of the community members and organizations who fought for the survival of this historic neighbourhood facility. A special thank you to the Friends of Sherbrook Pool who have been tireless advocates for the community, to the City of Winnipeg staff who worked closely with the neighbourhood in order to collaborate on programming and provide updates about the restoration progress, and to the Province of Manitoba for helping to fund this critical restoration. I look forward to seeing community members of all ages access the pool’s renewed health and wellness opportunities, which are critical for the strength and well-being of our neighbourhoods. You can find the pool’s swim schedule here: http://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/pdfs/swim%20schedules/Sherbrook_winter.pdf, or call 311. Please see the City of Winnipeg’s official press release below, or visit: http://winnipeg.ca/cao/media/news/nr_2017/nr_20170109.stm#1
Councillor Cindy Gilroy with former Daniel McIntyre Councillor, Harvey Smith

Councillor Cindy Gilroy with former Daniel McIntyre Councillor, Harvey Smith

Upgraded locker room facilities at Sherbrook Pool

Upgraded locker room facilities at Sherbrook Pool

The first swimmers take to the water

The first swimmers take to the water

Sherbrook Pool reopens to provide health and fitness programming to Winnipeg’s core communities

Released: 10:01 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool has officially reopened its doors to provide important health and fitness options to Winnipeg’s core area communities, Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox, Mayor Brian Bowman and Chris Preston, President, Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg announced today.

“The Sherbrook Pool has been an integral part of this community for many years,” said Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development. “We are pleased that the project is ready to go and people in this neighbourhood are able to enjoy the recreation services it provides.”

“It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the reopening of the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool, a staple in the community for over 80 years,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Community gathering places like the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool are an integral part of what keeps our communities strong and it’s great to finally have this resource available to community members once again.”

Renamed the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool following a contribution from the Kinsmen Club through Sponsor Winnipeg, funding for the renovation project includes:

  • $1 million from the Province through the Manitoba/Winnipeg Infrastructure Agreement,
  • Over $421,000 in cost-shared funding through the Building Communities Initiative II (BCI II), a joint agreement between the Province and the City,
  • Provincial funding provided through Manitoba Indigenous and Municipal Relations,
  • Approximately $1.7 million from the City of Winnipeg, and
  • $1 million from the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg through the Sponsor Winnipeg program.

“The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg is thrilled to support the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool. The benefits that a facility like this provides to the community are immeasurable in terms of not only physical wellness but also as a healthy meeting place for members of the local community,” said Chris Preston, President, Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg. “The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg has been serving the community’s greatest need for over 90 years and we remain proud and committed to that. This investment will service the needs of Winnipeg’s west end and will provide a massive benefit to Winnipeggers of all ages.”

Rehabilitation work included structural repairs to the roof, support beams and pool tank, mechanical repairs to the water service, draining, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, electrical and fire alarm system upgrades as well as improvements to the change rooms, washrooms and shower facilities, and enhanced universal accessibility of the building’s entrance and main floor washrooms. The Sherbrook Pool was closed in 2012 following inspections that detected structural concerns with the building, which is over 80 years old.

Regular programming at the Sherbrook Pool will begin on Monday, January 9. For more information on pool scheduling, please see City of Winnipeg – Sherbrook Pool or contact 311 by phone at 311 or by email at .

Planning ahead for a safe New Year’s Eve celebration

free-ride_banner Make Winnipeg Transit part of your New Year's Eve plans to get home safely. Winnipeg Transit will be offering free rides starting at 7:00 p.m. until end of service (around 1:45 a.m.) on New Year's Eve on all Handi Transit and regular Winnipeg Transit service, courtesy of Manitoba Public Insurance. You can find more information here: http://winnipegtransit.com/en/rider-guide/news/#celebratenewyearsevesafelywithwinnipegtransit Make sure to check transit schedules ahead of time by calling 204-287-7433, visiting Navigo at: http://winnipegtransit.com/en/navigo, or downloading the BUSguide mobile app on your phone: http://winnipegtransit.com/en/schedules-maps-tools/transittools/busguide/. For added safety and convenience, after 7:00 p.m. you can also request a stop to feel more secure or save a few steps by getting off the bus between regular stops. Just let your driver know the stop ahead of where you would like to get off.  

2016: A Year in Photos

2016 was a great year full of changes, hard work at City Hall, and wonderful community events. Thank you for your support, engagement, and continued commitment to making our neighbourhood, and our city a better place to live, work, and belong. I look forward to continuing our great work together in 2017. Please check out these photos for a look at the many events, announcements, and celebrations I am so grateful to have been a part of this past year.