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February, 2017

If You Love Your Freedom, Thank a Veteran


Executive Council Honorary President

Gord Criggar

Past President

Hayden Kent

President

Len Cook

1st Vice President

Bill Sadler

2nd Vice President

Rae Roberts

Secretary-Treasurer

Ken Cade

Publicity

Deb Dodd Hemlow - Vice Chair

Membership

Leo Barron

Lotteries

Bill Sadler

Service Officer

Rae Roberts

Building & Maintenance

Gord Watt

Entertainment & Special Events

Shirley Lyon

Sports

Rae Roberts

Ways & Means

Bill Sadler

Ladies Auxiliary President

Elvia Furutani

Over 55 & Retired President

Marg Rixen

Sgt-At-Arms Pipe Major

Barbie Sands

Unit Padre

Reverend Canon Dr. Murray Still

ANAVETS Unit 283 3584 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3K 0Z8 Ph. (204) 837-6708 Fax (204) 888-6358 E-Mail: anaf283@shaw.ca Web Site: www.anaf283.com


PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Len Cook

Comrades; I would like to start this report by saying thank you to all the Members who took the time to attend our Unit Elections on January 26th. It was very nice to see such a good turn-out. I also want to thank all those Members who supported me for my re-election as your President. I want to congratulate Bill Sadler and Rae Roberts on being Elected 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents. Also, I congratulate Shirley Lyon for her Election to the Executive. I believe this will be a good Executive to work with. I was surprised with Gord Kent’s resignation from the Executive but I accept his decision and wish him well in his future endeavors. This leaves us 3 Members short on the Executive so we will be holding a by-election at the General Meeting in March. If you are eligible, I urge you to consider letting your name stand for this Election. The Unit can definitely use your help. Also, at this Meeting, we will be having initiations for any Member wishing to be initiated into the Unit. If you are an Associate Member who joined after 2012 you must be initiated into the Unit in order to vote. Please take the time to come out for this short but very important process. We will continue with the things we are doing to try and improve the Club. If you have any ideas for special events or fund raising events please talk to me or any Member of the Executive. We look forward to new ideas. We will be looking at holding fund raising events on Saturday nights. Plans are in the works right now for a Comedy Night in May to help the MFRC. Please check for more details in the future. We are continuing with the sale of 3586 Portage Ave. and I hope to be able to show some progress soon. We will also be talking to River City Ford regarding the parking at the Unit. Hopefully we will have this resolved in the near future. Once again, I wish all Members a happy and prosperous New Year. I look forward to seeing you in the Unit.


LADIES AUXILIARY

Elvia Furutani

As a new year starts there is no change in the Auxiliary; our membership is still the same. Our elections are over and the Executive remains the same for 2017. There has been little or no catering on the calendar for the Ladies to consider for one reason or another or just conflicting use of our kitchen. The Ladies made a few donations to the Unit, Harvest and Silome Mission in 2016. We will continue to offer some support where needed through the coming months at our General Meetings. Our January meeting that was held at the end of last month was productive in the areas the Ladies wanted to clarify. The January Quarterly for the Provincial Command was cancelled at Unit #1 due to lack of member attendance for weather or health and other problems that came up.

We attended the Unit #283 Elections and wish the 2017 Executive Council well in their coming terms. We look forward to working with them and offering our support where needed with meat draws and general volunteering at the Unit. Our next General Meeting will be on February 6th at 2:00pm. The plans for the April Convention are still up in the air but we hope to know more on it in the coming weeks so plans can be put out to our members. We wish all our Veterans and their families a healthy and prosperous 2017. We hope that the coming year will be better for all. If You Love Your Freedom Thank a Veteran and bless each and everyone of them and their families.

We Will Remember Them

WESTVIEW AUTO SALES

MATT OR BERT LOCH 5464 Portage Ave Headingly, Mb R4H 1G2

Ph: (204) 888-2983 Fax: (204) 888-2987


OVER 55 & RETIRED

Marg Rixen

Another busy year has started and we are pleased to announce that we have filled our Executive once again. We voted on two positions and we are pleased to announce that Norma Lavallee will continue on for another year as Special Events and Mary Lou Talmage has taken on the Convener Chair. Thank you to Judy Reed for a job well done. Thank you to the Nominating Committee team of Dave Barham, Gerry Varnes, Les Wahl, Rick LeClair and Ed Mazur. Our scrutineers were Peter and Jim from #4 Legion, and we thank them. Thank you to Carol Smith- Finance, Lisette Madsen- Ways and Means, Joan Glover- Telephone and Doug Lloyd- Sick and Visiting for remaining in their positions for another two years. Our Over 80’s Birthday Lunch will be held on March 15th in the John Thompson Room and invitations will be given out at the February and March meetings. Our Annual Audit will take place this month with team Gord Bugden, Kandia Sarides, Gerry Varnes, along with Carol Smith. Thank you to those members. A motion was made to present Unit #283, a sum of money to cover utilities and our use of the photo copier. It was passed and presented to Len Cook, by President Marg Rixen, at the Unit January meeting on January 19, 2017. UPCOMING AND REGULAR EVENTS

7-Feb-17- Executive Meeting- 1:30 pm 14-Feb-17- General Meeting- 1:30 pm 20-Feb-17- Sand Hills Casino- Carberry, Manitoba-$30.00 7-March-17-Executive Meeting- 1:30 pm 14-March-17-General Meeting-1:30 pm 23-March-17-Unit General Meeting- 7:00 pm 27-29-March-17- Shooting Star CASINO- $139.00 PP Darts every Wednesday at 12:45 pm Bingo every Thursday- 1:15 pm

Bowling every Friday at 9:30 am If you know anyone on the sick list, please call Doug Lloyd at 688-2677 or 831-7176

THE EXECUTIVE AND MEMBERS WISH ALL A VERY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!


Wear Red On Friday’s

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Tri Service Military Veterans Meat & Bake Draws Every Tuesday 6:00pm to 8:00pm Accumulating Jackpot Payout is 100% of the Pot

Plus 50% of Gross Ticket Sales 50/50 Draw MEMBERS AND GUESTS LGA2028-BI Please Play Responsibly

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SERVICE OFFICER

Rae Roberts This report consists of a brief outline of 2016 - ‘The Year That Was’ from the view of the Services Officer. Having organized and participated at Unit and non-Unit functions and events kept the Services Officer Chair busy throughout the past year. Some areas of involvement included: Unit and non-Unit Veterans and non-Veteran Funerals or Celebrations of Life, visits to hospital and care facilities, meetings with government agencies, advocating at Veterans Affairs, meetings with fellow veteran organizations, being an active committee member of Joint Veterans Association, setting up hearing testing for Unit and non-Unit comrades, participating and parading at the past Dominion Convention, parading at the ‘Hero’s’ fundraiser gala, various Remembrance Week events including 2 churches, 4 schools, 2 senior centres, parading at the high school football final and parading at the Convention Centre. I gratefully thank the following comrades who joined me at most of the above events: Barry Burns, Ken Cade, Gord Kent, Syd Stamper, Sheldon Clupp, Dave Walker, James Popplow, and especially our WW11 Veteran Bob Dawes. Not to forget, our Unit 283 Pipes and Drums paraded at the Dominion Convention and a number of Unit 283 events. A special thank you to band members Barb Wipf and George Paterson who performed at the High School Remembrance Services with the Colour Party. Although the majority of what a Service Officer does is often invisible to most comrades, I assure you it can be quite active. If you or a family member are in need of assistance, advice or require a contact for personal and private matters, just let me know. The door is always open.

In summary, this past year was a very bumpy road with many ups and downs. To return to a united Club, not only working together but also respecting each other even though we may differ in some areas, would definitely be a good start to 2017 and beyond. I hope this can then bring back our motto ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ to mean something more than just words. We can only try.


LADIES SNOOKER

Carol Reid

Just when you think you have nothing to say, the weather just does its thing and we have something to talk about. On January 12th our game was cancelled due to the weather. I think this is a first for our league. To make up the missed games, Kerry has posted a schedule of available tables and times on the board in the games room. Please arrange to make up your game and sign up on that sheet to ensure you get a time. We have many high runs this year, unlike last year. They range from 15 to 22 and there are about 8 of our gals’ names on that sheet. Well done, ladies! We also want to remind you that your 2017 club memberships must be paid by the end of January before play can be resumed on February 2nd. Our next meat draw is February 3rd and the teams responsible are Brenda and Gloria, Emily and Carol, and Wilma and Carole. The curling league has asked us to take their March 3rd meat draw in exchange for our February 24th meat draw as they have a Command Bonspiel. The teams involved in that switch are Kerry and Margaret, Adele and Cheryl, and Amanda and Jackie. We are happy to oblige and we wish our curlers Good Luck! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Give that special sweetie a great big hug – chocolates are good too!

Cribbage Tournament First Tuesday every month 1:00pm $5.00 per person Prizes

Come In And See The Difference


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TUESDAY

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7 Over 55 & Retired

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14 Over 55 & Retired

Chase The Queen 6-8pm

Tri Vets Meat Draw &

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VALENTINES DAY

Chase The Queen 6-8pm

Tri Vets Meat Draw &

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Bingo 7:00pm

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Bridge 12:30pm 3:00pm

Bingo 7:00pm

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Bridge 12:30pm 3:00pm

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Sports Meat Draw 6:30

Pipe Band 50/50

10 Bingo 7:00pm

Cribbage 7:30pm

Bingo 1:15pm

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Cribbage 7:30pm

Bingo 1:15pm

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Trial by Fire

Sports Meat Draw 6:30 (Curling)

Pipe Band 50/50

24 Bingo 7:00pm

Sports Meat Draw 6:30 (Men’s Snooker) Marvels

Pipe Band 50/50

17 Bingo 7:00pm

Exec Meeting 7:00pm (Senior Snooker) McGiver

Cribbage 7:30pm

Bingo 1:15pm

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Woody & Wild Ones

(Ladies Snooker)

Meat Draw & 50/50 3pm

25

Meat Draw & 50/50 3pm

18

Meat Draw & 50/50 3pm

11

Sports Meat Draw 6:30

Cribbage 7:30pm

SATURDAY

Meat Draw & 50/50 3pm

FRIDAY

Pipe Band 50/50

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Bingo 1:15pm

Bridge 12:30pm 3:00pm

Bingo 7:00pm

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Bingo 7:00pm

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THURSDAY

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3 Bingo 7:00pm

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WEDNESDAY

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Chase The Queen 6-8pm Bridge 12:30pm 3:00pm

Wizard Cards 1:00pm Tri Vets Meat Draw & Bingo 7:00pm Chase The Queen 6-8pm

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Bingo 7:00pm FAMILY DAY

Wizard Cards 1:00pm Tri Vets Meat Draw &

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Bingo 7:00pm

Wizard Cards 1:00pm Gen Meeting 1:30pm

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Bingo 7:00pm

Wizard Cards 1:00pm Exec Meeting 1:30pm

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MONDAY

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Barb Sadler Judy Reed

Elvia Furutani

Marg Rixen

Gord Ayotte Donna Ayotte

Main Lounge Table

50/50 Sales Cake

Elly St Pierre Marilyn Brown

Elly St Pierre

Lori McNaughton

Gord Bugden

Sandra Seal

Linda Messervey

Ladies Auxiliary

Elly St Pierre

Sharon Bugden

Mary Lou Talmage

Elly St Pierre

Chuck Black

Kandia Sarides

Gord Watt

Rodney Blue Steve Korniat

Jack Belair

Bob McNaughton

Drum

Roger Briand

Dave Barham

Rodney Blue

RG Hemlow

St Pierre Ely Auxiliary 50/50 SellerLadies volunteers, Auxiliary 31 LadiesTerry January Paggett will be your Brenda Walls Fergie Table

Table

Sylvia Antonio

Dave Walker

Games Room

Wilmer Antonio

Runner

Rae Roberts

Susan Paggett

MC

Deb Dodd Hemlow

February 25

February 18

Date

Marg Pokornik

Ann Korniat

Bill Sadler

Beryl Torgasows

Adele Betts

February 11

February 4

Saturday Meat Draws Start at 3:00pm


WAYS & MEANS

Bill Sadler

The Ways and Means portfolio has just completed another great year; hosting fifty two meat draws, cake draws and fifty-fifty draws. We also had two successful hamper draws. This year was also a sad year as we lost two of our long time hard workers to health problems. My co-chair Terry Murray and our best little ticket seller Terry Abrahamson. Then Linda Alberts, who always filled in when ever needed, up and moved back to the Maritimes. Thank you, girls for your support over the years. Talking about help and a continuing good job, how about our 50/50 girl, Elly St Pierre, who comes almost every Saturday afternoon to raise money. Thanks Elly, I hope you keep up the good work for another 50 years. At this time I would like to thank all the new volunteers who have come on board and those who continue year after year doing what they can do to support their club. In Terry Murray’s place, I now have two co-chairs, Barb Sadler and Rodney Blue. Thanks for the help. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your help and support during the past year. Without your generosity our Ways and Means portfolio would not be possible.

BUILDING & MAINTENANCE

Gordon Watt

I was presented with this portfolio last spring. I proposed we get Manitoba Hydro to assess our hydro consumption. They recommended changing all the lighting over to “LED” lighting. They drew up a proposal explaining the savings in consumption. Once the lighting change is complete, the club should see a saving of approximately 50%. Since changing most of the lighting we have already seen a considerable saving in consumption. We have already received a rebate of $2,700.00 (i.e. the incandescent lamp replacement was $8.00 each and the rebate was $8.00 each). The rebate for different lamps was less. Thanks to Gord Kent, Dave Walker, Dunc Manson, Len Cook and Ken Cade for their help. The 8ft fluorescent tubes over the snooker tables were replaced with “LED” tubes; however, they needed to be rewired. Rick Thain was instrumental in getting this modification done. Other small chores were also done: changing out the sinks and faucets in the two washrooms in the Bingo Hall. Len Cook tackled the ladies washrooms and I did the men’s. When I cut my hand and was bleeding pretty good Bill Muir and Gord Ayotte helped me out-THANKS. We also had to install two electrical outlets in the ceiling of the Bingo Hall for The Church of the Rock. I repaired Dan Day’s vacuum. We had to hire an electrician to move one of the ceiling fans from the Main Lounge to the Bingo Hall and installed two new ceiling fans in the Main Lounge. The main purpose of the fans is to move warm air from the ceiling and force it down where it is of some value. We also did some minor repairs to the Kitchen area. We replaced a water heater and equipped the gas stove with a fire extinguishing system. When the weather started to cool off the heating units on the roof became a pain in the butt. There are still many chores to be done.


LOTTERIES

Dave Walker

This is my final report as I have decided not to run for re-election; but will gladly assist the new chair. I have been asked by some members why the Chase the Queen jackpot is not growing as fast. We have been doing it wrong since the start. The first one started at $500 dollars ($250 to winner & $250 to Unit) when the Queen was not drawn we added 50% of net sales instead of 100% and if the Queen was drawn they would receive 50% of the pot plus 50% of that night’s gross sales, The last couple of draws we started out with $1,000 and added 50% of net sales to the jackpot if the Queen was not drawn and if drawn the winner would receive 100% plus 50% of that night’s gross sales as that is what the rules are. We have also had some changes in the Unit Bingo such as low attendance 70 and under which reduces the prizes with the exception of the jackpots. It used to be if players bought break open tickets they put their name on them and placed them in a bucket and after intermission one was drawn and the winner would receive all tickets in the bucket. We found out this was illegal with the Manitoba Liquor and Gaming Authority and it was replaced with a Friday night only 50-50 draw.

I thank all the Executive, Staff, Volunteers and Comrades for their assistance over the last six years.

HOSPITAL/CARE FACILITIES RIVERVIEW SYDNEY BETTERIDGE

DEER LODGE BOYD HUTCHINSON RON DAVISON ED MONTGOMERY BETTY BOYES

OAKVIEW LES WALLACE

W.C. ANDERSON

GOLDEN WEST ALMA BRETT

WEST PARK MANOR FRED STEVENS

SIMKIN CENTRE GORD CRIGGAR


ENTERTAINMENT

Shirley Lyon

New Year’s Eve was a great success and I received MANY compliments on the decorations, meal and the band! The dance floor was packed for most of the night and the whole mood was electrifying! A very fun night! There were 3 spot dances and the winner of the Door Prize was Karen Ritchie. There were only 2 small mix-ups that were quickly corrected. I’ll be looking at a new floor plan for next year to allow more room for dancing, and a new way of recording those who bought tickets. Profit for the evening was $384 and the Bar was $1,468. The Levee was well attended with approximately 140 people. The pizza was a HUGE hit and there was little left. EVERYONE enjoyed the change from cold cuts. Thank you to my committee who arranged all the table centers and helped set up in the morning and stayed and helped clean up after. Setting up and decorating were Valerie Melville, Karen Ritchie, Eve Safnuk, Faye Davidson, Linda O’Brien, Donna Hartie, Edie Daniels, Flo Scott, Sandra Isbach and Ken Cade. Also Linda O’Brien, Len Cook, Valerie Melville, Ken Cade and I cleaned up and set up the Lounge for the Levee. A very big thanks to all of you. Not only do you make my job easier, we enjoy a lot of laughs while working together! On January 3rd all the decorations came down and we once again organized our storage area. A BIG thank you to Donna Hartie, Valerie Melville, Edie Daniels and Karen Ritchie for their assistance. The least favorite job of all, taking the huge Christmas trees out of the club; I thank Ken Cade and his helpers. Maybe in the future when we have storage available we’ll look at artificial trees, but the real trees were BEAUTIFUL! As promised, I handed out Comment Cards for the Bands on Friday night and received 16 back. I will be compiling the comments on each band for future reference. Richard and Karen started their free Jive Lessons on January 7th with 14 people participating and they enjoyed it so much they will be returning on Jan 21st. Richard and Karen will be giving these free Jive Lessons the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, so please come out and enjoy these evenings.

SHUFFLEBOARD

Shirley Lyon

Regular play continues and the Leading Teams are: Bob & Kim with 41 wins, Sandra P & Stan with 29, Rosanne & Tom with 26, and Shirley & Ken with 23. Top Hangers: Ladies: Faye, Ir ene & Mar g P. ar e tied at 9 each and Linda, Rosanne & Shir ley ar e tied with 8 each. Men's: Ken 11; Bob & Tom with 10 each and Ralph & Stan with 9 each.

We are now into holiday season so if you are going to be away, please arrange for spares or times to make up your games. Our next Meat Draw will be Jan 27th. Ken and I will be away Feb 5-20 so if you have any questions please contact Faye Davidson. The Command Shuffleboard event was hosted by Unit 283 on Jan 14th and our group was well represented by Al Dumonceaux, Bob Hekl, Stan and Ken Jorowski with alternates Ralph Piett and Tom Peresluka. Our team won the honours of 1St place! Well done guys! There will be no Shuffleboard on February 20th.


MEMBERSHIP

Leo Barron

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP REPORT 2016 Following is the breakdown of the membership by various categories: Active

289

Affiliate

78

Associate

612

Honorary

3

Honorary Associate

6

Life Members

24

For a total membership of 1012 members. In 2016 we were happy to receive 20 new Active members and 60 Associate members who joined our Unit. Long Service Pins were awarded as follows: 25 Years

25

30 Years

7

35 Years

3

40 Years

3

45 Years

2

50 Years

3

The 10, 15 & 20 year service pins were picked up at the Bar. Memberships for 2017 are now available. We hope 2016 members renew their membership for 2017. The

Membership Committee has processed 594 renewals so far. They may be picked up at the Bar. I would like to give thanks to Elsie Fraser and Don Sutherland who have been on my Committee for the past twenty four years. I sincerely appreciate their help.

Send Your Email to: anafpr@shaw.ca


CRIBBAGE

Carol Smith

We offer an incentive to our card players to become members of ANAF by giving an extra $5.00 to each winner who is a member of the club. We host a free Bar-B-Q each June with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers cooked by your own Executive and include various salads and dainties. Our pots that night total $1,000.00. We give out Gift Certificates to Food Fair at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and we also have a “Biggest Loser” draw each month where teams that did not win can have their name drawn for free entry. For 2016 we averaged 88 people per night. We’d like to invite you to come out on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. to play with us. If you don’t have a partner, come out anyway and we’ll find you one. At the ANAF #283 General Meeting on January 19th we presented the Club with $2,000.00 from our crib members bringing the total for 2016 to $4,000.00.

REMINDER Please come out and join us for a night of horse racing. Tickets are $10.00 and you can get them at the Bar. There will be raffle prizes, 50/50 draw and a light lunch.

Circle the date in your calendar;

Sat, March 11, 2017.

We guarantee you will

have lots of fun!!!

All monies raised will be

donated to a Veterans

Charity. Hope to see all

of you there!

Call 204-837-6708


ANAVETS ASSINIBOIA UNIT #283 IN REMEMBRANCE JANUARY, 2015 - JANUARY, 2016 HARRY GARTH YEO PETER JOHN YASCHYSHYN DOUGLAS RIXEN PETER LEOCHKO ARTHUR GILBERT D’AMOUR DWIGHT SOLON MELVYN LESLIE JARVIS PAUL NICHOLAS KLYM THELMA MAY SHEPPARD HARRY THOMAS GREENFIELD CHARLES WILLIAM QUINN GORDON VICTOR MCINTOSH WALTER (DUKE) BUCHANAN ROBERT (BRUCE) BREMNER L.P. PAT LEBLANC JANET CHRISTINA CLARE VICKERY LOIS RISBEY

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM


NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017

Associate Members Gloria Whitehill, Kim Roberts, Irma Garrett, and Darrell Jacques were initiated at the January 19th General Meeting.


Lois Risbey Associate 1999 - 2016 Janet Christina Clare Vickery Honorary Associate 2005 - 2017

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun, and in the morning

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM


Silver Heights

2285 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 0L9

Your Supplier of Meat for Unit 283 Tuesday, Friday & Saturday Meat Draws

We would like to serve YOU

Meat Department (204) 885-2387

— WE DELIVER —

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