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October 1, 2013

Mayor honours Winnipeg's elder generations on Seniors' and Elders' Day

Released: 09:04 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Mayor Sam Katz was joined by Councillor Grant Nordman, Speaker of Council; Ann-Marie Howe and Rene Lewis, Co-Chairs of CARP Chapter 47 (Winnipeg West); and Darlene Demkey, CARP Chapter 53 (Winnipeg East) in a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall to mark the United Nations' International Day of Older Persons, National Seniors' Day, as well as the start of Seniors' and Elders' month in Manitoba.

"Seniors are an important and vital part of our community. The City of Winnipeg encourages programming for seniors throughout the city, and strives to ensure that all our services and facilities are age-friendly," said Mayor Katz. "Through the Mayor's Age-Friendly and Seniors Advisory Committee, Winnipeg seniors can be assured that their voices are being heard."

Today at Seniors' and Elders' Day at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg will be represented at booths staffed by the Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Transit, Community Services, and the Winnipeg Public Library to provide information on age-friendly services available to our senior and elder population.

The Mayor also noted that Winnipeg is well on the way toward being designated as age-friendly under the Age Friendly Manitoba initiative, which recognizes communities that contribute to the participation, health, independence and security of older persons.

Mayor Launches Second-annual Hockey Equipment Drive

Released: 11:20 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Mayor Sam Katz and Councillor Thomas Steen (Elmwood - East Kildonan) today kicked off the City of Winnipeg's second-annual campaign to collect gently-used hockey equipment at locations throughout the city.

"Sport and recreation opportunities should be available to all Winnipeg youth," said Mayor Katz. "The purpose of this drive is to get equipment into the hands of the kids who dream of playing hockey, but are unable to participate due to financial obstacles. We want to take down some of those obstacles and get more boys and girls into the game."

Winnipeggers are encouraged to drop off equipment at any city-owned and operated arena (see list below) and at City Hall until October 31, 2013. The donated equipment will be distributed to qualifying Winnipeg families by Sport Manitoba's KidSport program, Winnipeg Minor Hockey and Hockey Manitoba.

"KidSport believes that all children should have the opportunity to play organized sport," said Jeff Hnatiuk President and CEO for Sport Manitoba. "This equipment drive will help hundreds of kids, who otherwise would not have been able to afford the equipment, now reap the many benefits of being part of a team."

Thomas Steen, a former Winnipeg Jet and Councillor responsible for Youth and Recreational Opportunities in the City of Winnipeg, knows first-hand how playing hockey can help to shape a person's life.

"We want to give every young person who wants to play the game the opportunity to take part," said Councillor Steen. "Participating in sport is an incredible experience and kids should not be discouraged or turned away just because they can’t afford to buy the equipment."

The 2012 campaign, which ran for two weeks in October, collected enough gear to outfit approximately 500 young players altogether. As well, retail outlet Play It Again Sports generously supported the drive with a donation of hockey and ringette sticks, and will be supplying the same to this year's campaign.

The City of Winnipeg offers some subsidies for Community Services Department programs and services. Economically disadvantaged individuals can request a subsidy for registered courses, drop-in courses, and admission to City of Winnipeg facilities.

The General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres, with funding support from the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program, contributed $199,260 towards the subsidization of registration fees, including hockey programs, in 2012.

Equipment drop off locations:

  • City Hall Council Building - 510 Main Street
  • Bertrand Arena - 294 Bertrand Avenue
  • Billy Mosienko Arena - 709 Keewatin Street
  • Century Arena - 1377 Clarence Avenue
  • Charles A. Barbour Arenaâ- 500 Nathaniel Street
  • Eric Coy Arena - 535 Oakdale Drive
  • Maginot Arena - 910 Maginot Street
  • Old Exhibition Arena - 80 Sinclair Street
  • Pioneer Arena - 799 Logan Avenue
  • River East Arena - 1410 Rothesay Street
  • Roland Michener Arenaâ- 1121 Wabasha Street
  • Sam Southern Arena - 625 Osborne Street South
  • Sargent Park Arena - 1111 Wall Street
  • St. James Civic Centre - 2055 Ness Avenue
  • Terry Sawchuk Arena - 901 Kimberly Avenue
  • Vimy Arena - 255 Hamilton Avenue

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Mayor Announces Dr. Joseph Du Way

Released: 12:51 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Mayor Sam Katz, Councillor Brian Mayes (St. Vital), and Councillor Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) announced that James Avenue between King St. and Princess St. will also be known as Dr. Joseph Du Way.

"Dr. Du has championed worthwhile causes since he arrived in Canada in 1962," said Mayor Katz. "He has served on boards of numerous community organizations and has made an outstanding contribution to our City and to Winnipeg's Chinese community."

"Dr. Du has worked tirelessly as a volunteer in the Chinese community to make Winnipeg a truly multicultural and great place to live and raise a family," said Ben Lee, Volunteer Vice President of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre, the organization that recommended an honourary street designation for Dr. Du in Winnipeg's Chinatown.

"I am fortunate to know Dr. Du well, through my wife's work focusing on Chinese practice, culture and customs," said Councillor Mayes. "Dr. Du is a fantastic resource and is generous in sharing his historical and cultural knowledge with the entire community. Through his tireless efforts, intelligence, compassion and way with people, he has built intercultural bridges and helped newcomers and refugees, far beyond Winnipeg's Chinatown."

"So much of Chinatown's revitalization since the early 1980s can be credited to Dr. Du," said Mike Pagtakhan. "Most recently, the opening of the Peace Tower Housing Complex, a project Dr. Du spearheaded, has brought much-needed, affordable housing to the downtown area."â

Dr. Du, 80, is President of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. In 1985, he received the Order of Canada. Among his many achievements is seeing a sculpture commissioned to commemorate the many people of Chinese heritage who helped to build Canada's railway. This sculpture is located in Assiniboine Park. For many years, Dr. Du was a pediatrician in Winnipeg, travelling regularly to Manitoba's northern communities of Cross Lake and Norway House to help people there.

Signs for Dr. Joseph Du Way will appear as blue "sign-toppers" above signs for James Avenue. As the re-naming is honourary, and exists in addition to James Avenue, mailing addresses will not change.

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Last update: 01.10.2013

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