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Life.Times Deer Lodge Centre

Spring 2018

Helping you live every moment to the fullest

Volunteer opportunities 5

A night to remember 6

Seeking healthy options 10

Pitch perfect

Deer Lodge Centre is helping transgender people find their true voice

From the archives 14

Veterans returning from war found jobs as firefighters Deer Lodge Centre played a big role in the history of both military and firefighters in Winnipeg.

Deer Lodge Centre speech language pathologists Colleen Braun-Janzen, Leslie Sarchuk, and Dina Kyriakopoulos. Ryan McBride


et’s face it: many of us aren’t all that crazy about the sound of our own voice. But imagine having a voice that belongs to someone else. Imagine having a voice that betrays you every time you speak. For many transgender people—men and women whose gender identity does not identify with the sex that was assigned at birth—this paradox is a reality they live with every day. Many choose to undertake the process of transitioning into their authentic self, a process that may involve hormone therapies, surgeries, lifestyle changes, and the formidable task of coming out to friends, families and coworkers. Their voice often remains the last bastion between the person they are leaving behind and the person they are becoming. For Cynthia Fortlage and Cheryl Cooper, two Winnipeg transgender women, a voice training program at Deer Lodge Centre has proven integral to helping them achieve a sense of authenticity and security that

has eluded them much of their lives. Cynthia, a corporate executive in her early 50s, began living as a woman—her authentic self— early in 2016, after living decades as a married man with two children. “It was not a choice to be transgender,” she says; “it’s the lesser of two evils. Coming out was the choice between the impossible and the unbearable.” She’s already undergone several surgeries and hormone therapy, and will travel to Montreal for gender confirmation surgery in May. Having a female voice is as important to her as having a female body. “I want to walk down the street as a woman and feel safe,” she says. “When my voice fails, it gives me away.” Cheryl, a health care aide in her mid-50s, grew up in rural Manitoba. She knew she was different from early childhood. “I looked at the men and women around me and I didn’t know which I was supposed to be.” It wasn’t until she gained access to the Internet for the first time that she finally figured out her body was the 6 Pitch perfect page 4


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Capt. George Treddenick (Ret.) standing beside 1882 Ronald Steamer.

Bill Burfoot


here’s a hidden two-and-a-half story brick building located in downtown Winnipeg which has played a big part in both the history of the city, and the history of Deer Lodge Centre. The Winnipeg Firefighters Museum at 56 Maple Street, was built in 1904 and was an active fire hall until 1990. Designed by Alexander and William Melville, it was one of five fire halls built in 1904. The design was so well received that eventually 6 Firefighters page 12

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Deer Lodge Centre

Helping you live every moment to the fullest

Vol. 1, No. 4

Spring 2018

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Welcome to our spring issue!


n the following pages, you’ll find stories of people from all ages and backgrounds striving to live their best lives. It’s a common misperception that Deer Lodge Centre is “just” a care home for veterans or seniors. In fact, we serve a richly diverse community through a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient programs and services. We’re here to help everyone who walks in our doors live their best lives, at whatever stage of life’s journey they find themselves. As you see in our cover story, our clients include members of Manitoba’s transgender community striving to create a voice for their authentic selves; Deer Lodge residents looking to shake things up on the dance floor; and countless donors, partners and supporters whose lives have been touched by the incredible quality of care Deer Lodge Centre provides. We have articles that show you how to eat well, exercise without quitting, and embrace the energy and renewal that is springtime. No matter who we are or where we come from, we all want the best quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones. As executive director of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, I’d like to take a moment to thank our donors, in particular, for recognizing that their contributions to Deer Lodge are a valuable investment in our facility’s ability to continue providing an outstanding quality of care long into the future. We live in challenging times—no more or less challenging than other times, perhaps—but I can say for certain that our need at Deer Lodge Centre has never been greater. By making a donation, you’re enhancing the programs and services Deer Lodge provides today, and helping to ensure they’re available tomorrow, when you or a loved one may need them most. Every gift matters, no matter how big or how small. It’s spring, so let me reach for an apt analogy: a garden’s beauty arises not from the beauty of a single flower, but from the tapestry of colour, form and texture of hundreds of flowers growing together. I’m a musician, so I know the same goes with music: you may not think your single note will be heard in the noise of the world, but imagine the power of a harmony of thousands. And making a donation to Deer Lodge Centre is so easy.

Just call us at 204-272-8911, or visit our website at www. In just a few clicks, you can make a one-time donation, or spread your gift across the entire year by becoming a monthly donor. You can dedicate your gift to the memory of a loved one, or in honour of a special person or event. You can give to the Dave Fost Memorial Fund, which supports our Alzheimer’s and Dementia Special Care Unit. You can contribute to purchasing items on our Wish List and have a direct, tangible impact on the lives of our patients and residents. (For more information about donating to our Wish List, see the back cover of this paper.) You can also call us about planned giving. When you make a promise to leave a bequest to Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, we will inscribe the story of your family’s journey from past to present in the Capture the Journey Heritage Album. We encourage you to leave a gift that reflects your commitment to your family and community, your life’s work, and your vision for the future. Or you can buy one of our lottery calendars or tickets to our 50/50 raffles—a great way to support Deer Lodge and maybe even win something in return. Or you can sign up for our 2018 Deer Lodge Centre Foundation Charity Classic, our annual fundraising golf tournament. This year’s event is July 5 at Breezy Bend Golf & Country Club. We offer a wide range of sponsorship opportunities if your organization is looking for ways to make a difference. No matter how or what you decide to give, I know the patients and residents of Deer Lodge, as well as the staff who care for them, and the friends and families who love them, will be grateful for your generosity. With gratitude and thanks,

Gordon Fardoe Executive Director Deer Lodge Centre Foundation

Contents Pitch perfect.......................................................................................................1, 4 Veterans returning from war find jobs as firefighters.................................1, 12 Welcome to our spring issue!...............................................................................3 Thank you, Deer Lodge volunteers!....................................................................5 Dance, dance, dance!............................................................................................5 Bella Notte delivers a night to remember..........................................................6 Making lives better................................................................................................7 A podium finish.....................................................................................................7 Spring training.......................................................................................................8 Fresh and local.......................................................................................................9 Recipe: Spring leek, kale and asparagus risotto.................................................9 What's up doc?.....................................................................................................10 Music and memories...........................................................................................11 Manitoba facts.....................................................................................................11 Puzzle solutions...................................................................................................11 Local war poet's writings found 90 years later................................................12 Spring is around the corner - just behind the daffodils.................................13 Puzzles...................................................................................................................13 From the Deer Lodge photo archives................................................................14 Deer Lodge Centre Campus map.......................................................................15 Contact us.............................................................................................................15

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6 Deer Lodge Centre helping transgender people find their true voice Continued from page 1

Cynthia Fortlage: “We encourage each other, but we’re also competitive.”

Cheryl Cooper: “I had an ideal voice I was striving for.”

wrong gender. After suffering years of depression and gender dysphoria, she underwent gender confirmation surgery several years ago. For her, finding her voice gives her control over herself and her identity. “The voice is something you can change. Having that control over who you are gives you hope, which is something a lot of us have grown up without.” “Like a musical instrument” Of the 12 speech language pathologists working at Deer Lodge Centre today, three are trained to provide voice services to a growing number of transgender clients. Colleen Braun-Janzen was instrumental in building an outpatient voice therapy program to Deer Lodge in 2013. She says the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has offered voice services to a small number of transgender individuals for decades, including at Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital. As outpatient services have evolved, specialized voice services for transgender individuals were streamlined and offered at Deer Lodge. “We are now the centre for this kind of therapy in Winnipeg,” she states. Dina Kyriakopoulos, who has been a speech language pathologist at Deer Lodge for five years, says most clients are trans female (born male but identifying as female). This is because trans males usually take hormones that lower their voices naturally. “With our female clients, it takes more work. In rare cases, the larynx can be surgically altered. However, most people have to learn to shape their voice into one that aligns with their identity.” It’s by no means a matter of simply faking it, she says. It takes commitment and hard work. “The voice is like a musical instrument. The music it makes depends on how high you place your tongue in your mouth, how you shape your lips, what you do with your larynx. It’s subtle and complex and takes a long time to master.” Many clients are referred to the Deer Lodge team by a physician or nurse practitioner from Klinic Community Health’s transgender health program, which serves as a conduit between Winnipeg’s trans community and trans-related healthcare resources throughout the city, province, and beyond. Most attend six to 12 one-on-one sessions with Colleen, Dina, or Leslie Sarchuk. Leslie has been a speech language pathologist since 1980. When she retired as director of Health Science Centre Winnipeg’s Audiology and Speech Pathology department several years ago, she was offered her current role at Deer Lodge. “I leapt at the opportunity,” she says. “I really missed clinical work, and I’ve been so happy helping our trans clients find their voices. Deer Lodge is doing something very important for this population, and I’m grateful for that.” “Really tough in the beginning” Unlike standard rehabilitative voice therapy, voice therapy for transgender clients involves “creating something new, rather than correcting a problem,” says Dina. “It’s a process of growth and discovery.” She says many of the techniques are similar to those used by professional singers and voice performers, including building new muscle memory and practicing voice drills that raise the pitch, give the resonance a lighter, airier tone, and draw out the intonation. She and her clients can track progress using standard electronic instruments that measure hertz, a unit measurement for pitch. (The 4 Life.Times


Simply ask

hea Mossman Sims has been a nurse practitioner for the Transgender Health Clinic, a part of Winnipeg’s Klinic Community Health agency, since 2014. Like Deer Lodge Centre’s speech language pathology team, she’s seen a sharp rise in the number of transgender people seeking the clinic’s services since she began working there—a rise she attributes to greater awareness and social acceptance. But not everyone knows how to refer to someone who is transgender. Things can get confusing, for instance, when the gender of the person you’re speaking to doesn’t appear to match the gender on his or her ID. Rhea’s advice is simple: “When in doubt, simply ask. Ask which pronoun they prefer, which name they prefer to go by.”

voice of a typical adult male falls between 85 to 165 Hz, and that of a typical adult female between 165 to 255 Hz.) Phone apps are available that can tell clients if they're holding the right pitch when they practice at home. Cheryl and Cynthia both participated in voice training last year. Before signing on for therapy, Cheryl had already tried several voice training videos online. “When I came in for our first session, Dina told me most weren’t applicable to what I needed, and which ones to focus on.” “There was plenty of homework,” Cynthia recalls, laughing. “They could always tell when you didn’t put the time in to exercise your voice.” Both agree that raising their pitch presented the greatest physical challenges. “You’re stretching your vocal cords. It’s really tough in the beginning,” says Cheryl. Part of the therapist’s job includes helping prevent strain, which can lead to injury. Ultimately, it can take 12 to 18 months for trans clients to sustain a higher pitch with less effort, says Dina. “Just like learning a new language, you have to really think about what you’re saying at first. You can do well in practice drills, but it takes real effort to reach the point where you can produce a new voice without thinking.” Cheryl says maintaining her pitch is “pretty much natural now,” but Cynthia admits that, for her, it can still take effort and concentration. “Sometimes you’ll notice I’m not making eye contact when I’m speaking, because I’m thinking about my voice, making sure it sounds the way I want it to, keeping my vowels from dropping.” Cynthia and Cheryl also attended group sessions with other trans clients. “I can tell them how well they’re doing in individual sessions, but what really matters is hearing it from their peers,” says Dina. “It’s a huge risk to put yourself out there in front of other people like that, but they take that risk, and it pays off. They bring their best voices to the group sessions. That’s hugely rewarding for a therapist. And tons of fun.” “It’s okay for your voice to slip in front of the group,” says Cynthia. “We encourage each other, but we’re also competitive.” Of course, voice is about much more than pitch. Cheryl and Cynthia have also signed on for advanced

sessions that focus on body language, word choice, resonance and sentence flow. “Guys, they’re abrupt,” says Cheryl. “Monotone. They talk in choppy little sentences. But when a woman speaks, the phrases become long and flowing, dancing up and down between vocal registers, almost like music.” “You’re never gonna be Julie Andrews.” Unlike many of Deer Lodge’s trans voice clients, Cynthia and Cheryl face the particular challenges of transitioning later in life. When family, friends and coworkers have been used to knowing you one way for decades, their reaction to your new self can be difficult to deal with. These challenges may be less of an issue for the growing number of younger voice clients the SLP team is helping at Deer Lodge. Depending on factors such as culture and family systems, many are growing up with more acceptance and support from friends, family and society. No matter what their age, for each client, knowing when they’ve achieved their true voice is a intensely personal and challenging process. For Cynthia, her efforts to achieve the idealized voice of a 13-year-old girl she knew in school ended up in compromise. “I couldn’t get there. Decades of testosterone and time had done their work on my vocal cords.” Nevertheless, the voice she managed to create helped her accept herself, and even gain a greater degree of acceptance from friends and family who weren’t initially comfortable with her transition. “Before my mom passed away last year, she introduced me to a friend as Cynthia,” she says. “I can’t tell you what that meant to me.” For Cheryl, the search for an authentic voice, like an authentic self, can be a tricky thing. “Half of it is fantasy. I had an ideal voice I was striving for, but you never get there. At some point you have to deal with the fact that you’re never gonna be Julie Andrews.” Cheryl knew she’d finally found her voice when she left a message on her mother’s answering machine. “She had to replay it several times before she knew it was me. Every day, every time you’re accepted, every time someone on the phone says ‘Yes ma’am’ instead of ‘Yes sir’, you feel like you’re more in sync with the world. Or the world is maybe more in sync with you.” Serving the community In addition to specialized voice training in speech language pathology, the SLP team at Deer Lodge has received training from Winnipeg’s Rainbow Resource Centre, which provides outreach, education and support to the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community. They’ve also attended conferences around the world to help them more effectively serve trans voice clients. Their program joined the Manitoba Transgender Health Coalition in 2016. Leslie says that when it comes to serving this community, good counselling skills are vital. “Voice is connected to how we feel. You really have to be okay with listening, supporting, not just walking someone through exercises and drills.” Colleen, Dina and Leslie all agree that helping transgender clients gain confidence in who they are continues to be one of the most rewarding aspects of their job. “In other areas of speech language pathology, you don’t see the changes so measurably,” says Leslie. “Here, you’re watching people blossom, right before your eyes.” Spring 2018

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Thank-you, Deer Lodge volunteers! “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller


or National Volunteer Week (April 15 to 21), Deer Lodge Centre wishes to recognize the countless hours our volunteers spend with all our residents and clients, enhancing their lives in so many positive ways—accompanying them on medical appointments, helping them get to a Worship Service on time, and much more. Our volunteers are caring, loving, helpful, dedicated, thoughtful and selfless people who make a tremendous impact on all of those who call Deer Lodge Centre home. We are truly grateful for all that they do. Joy Tanchuk, Deer Lodge Centre’s volunteer supervisor, says her volunteers’ focus on the centre’s residents and clients continues to amaze her after 15 years. “It literally warms my heart to know people like these, who give so much of their time and themselves to help those who would not be able to do things or have access to a lot of opportunities without them. The ownership and pride that goes into Making Lives Better here at DLC is like nothing else.” Volunteer Positions Available Deer Lodge Centre is seeking volunteers to help Make Lives Better for our patients and residents. We accept volunteers starting at the age of 13, and provide training for each position. We ask for a minimal commitment of one shift per week for the first three months, unless otherwise stated. •••

Volunteer Ambassador – NEW! We’re looking for an outgoing and independent personality to provide a warm welcome to Deer Lodge residents, staff and visitors at our main entrances. You’ll offer information and directions, and may also physically escort residents and visitors to various locations. 8 am–12 pm, 12 pm–4 pm, and 4 pm–8 pm shifts available, Monday to Sunday •••

Chad’s Place bartender and server positions Must have a server’s certificate for both positions 1:30-4:30 once per week, one-year commitment ••• Chad’s Place coffee program Serve coffee and tea, deliver newspapers to some units 8:30-11:15 shift available •••

Dancing Bear Gift Shop attendant Cash register, light cleaning, dusting, rearranging/organizing shelves, pricing, shelving items 9:45–1:15 or 12:45–4:30 shifts available, six-month commitment ••• For details, or to apply for a position, please contact Joy Tanchuk, Volunteer Supervisor, Deer Lodge Centre, at 204.831.2912 or jtanchuk@deerlodge.

Dance, dance, dance!

“It’s fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A…” Physiotherapist Hilary Johnson demonstrates how even warm-up exercises for her dance class can be fun and easy for Deer Lodge’s chronic care residents.

Lindsay Mykes


esidents of Deer Lodge Centre’s chronic care unit are probably having more fun than you are this Tuesday morning. Since September 2017, they’ve been coming together for weekly dance classes. Like all innovation at Deer Lodge, the classes are the result of a collaboration between colleagues who saw an opportunity to improve resident care. “The idea belonged to our rehabilitation assistant, Samantha Wilkinson,” explains physiotherapist and dance instructor Hilary Johnson. “But she didn’t have the dance background. I do have a bit of dance training, so I said I’d be willing to give it a try.” The class draws a weekly crowd of six or seven residents who share a love of music, rhythm and movement. “The majority of the people here really like to dance,” says Hilary of her students. “Some come to listen to the music, and

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one comes just because they think it’s a fun environment.” One very loyal student has not missed a single week, she adds. Planning the class requires something of a delicate shuffle-step from Hilary, who has to make things engaging enough to keep core members coming back for more, but easy enough for drop-ins to participate without feeling awkward or intimated. Classes begin with a variety of warmup routines from a seated position that allow the dancers to gently work their range of motion. Props are there to help—many are used in novel ways that almost hide their purpose as rehabilitation aids. Hilary is adept at working with the residents to make sure everyone can participate within their abilities. She also accommodates a full range of musical preferences. The song selection and dance styles range from classic musical theatre to Frank Sinatra, from Latin beats to Top 40 hits. And yes, she does take requests.

Did you know… Regular aerobic exercise provides significant physical and cognitive benefits. But as we age, we sometimes struggle to find exercise that we can comfortably do—let alone enjoy. The good news is that for older adults, the best exercise is dancing! Recent research indicates that dancing offers the benefits of aerobic exercise and helps improve balance, build cognitive function, strengthen Classes like these give Deer Lodge residents a variety of enticing options when it comes to keeping active and engaged. “They’re not sitting in their rooms. They’re moving, their hearts are pumping. They look so happy.” Other programs currently being offering include a standing balance class. In the near future, Hilary hopes to start a

motor skills and lift mood, all with low risk of injury. Some communit y centres offer seniors’ dance exercise classes, but you don’t have to leave home. There are dance exercise DVDs specifically for seniors, or you can just put on your favourite music and boogie away in your living room. Talk to your doctor before starting any fitness program. resistance class and add another dance class, or expand the current dance class to include residents from the centre’s personal care home units. In the meantime, there’s always room for more on the Tuesday morning dance floor. If you’re looking for a fun way to meet other residents, smile, or shake a leg, come on down! The moves begin at 10 a.m. Life.Times 5

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Bella Notte delivers a night to remember


here was a whole lot of love in the air for Deer Lodge Centre at the ninth annual Bella Notte fundraiser on February 9. Hosted by the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, the Valentine’s-themed dinner took place at De Luca’s Banquet Centre. According to Gord Fardoe, executive director of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, Bella Notte 2018 raised more than $25,000 in support of programs

and services for Deer Lodge residents and patients. “CTV Winnipeg’s Nicole Dube and Rahim Ladhani once again proved to be energizing hosts to the more than 100 guests,” says Fardoe. “Accordionist Mike Moskal kept the mood classically romantic. As for the dinner, the venue says it all.” Guests enjoyed mouthwatering appetizers from the De Luca’s kitchen,

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followed by a cooking demonstration delivered by Chef Mike Brown, who quipped, “In our kitchen, our cooks have to eat their mistakes.” (No one in the audience felt terribly sorry for them.) Meanwhile, the menu itself was enough to banish all memory of the frigid temperatures outside: roasted tomato soup, gnocchi with porcini cream sauce, stuffed chicken, and an almond chocolate crostata to satisfy the sweet tooth. After dessert, auctioneer James Todd inspired the crowd to dig deep in support of Deer Lodge Centre residents and patients. Auction items included works of art by celebrated Winnipeg artists Ludolf Grollé, a seven-course French/Mediterranean dinner for 12 at Beaujena’s French Table; an eightcourse meal for eight prepared in your own home by a chef from Breezy Bend Golf & Country Club; and a private Winnipeg microbrewery tour donated by Half Pints and Winnipeg Tasting Tours. Also up for bid, an exquisite one-of-akind pool table with an amazing story to tell. The antique Burroughs & Watts ‘Samuel May’ pool table was donated the Deer Lodge Military Convalescent Home 100 years ago—in June 1916, the month we opened, by Mrs. Mary Fortune. Her husband, Mark Fortune, was a prominent Winnipeg real-estate tycoon in Winnipeg. The Fortune family share a connection with one of history’s most famous naval disasters. Towards the end of a family voyage, Mr. Fortune and his son Charlie were lost in the sinking

of the RMS Titanic. Mrs. Fortune and her daughters, Mabel, Ethel and Alice, were the only Manitobans to survive the disaster. And finally, this year’s Bella Notte guests rose to new heights of generosity by donating enough money for Deer Lodge Centre to purchase eleven new wheelchairs. Following the facility’s recent expansion to 88 geriatric rehabilitation beds, the demand for wheelchairs has increased, says Deer Lodge COO Kevin Scott. Patients who are not yet capable of walking longer distances use wheelchairs to attend therapy appointments or go down to the cafeteria for a meal or a visit with family. Next year’s event will take place Friday, February 8, 2019. Until then, ciao belle!

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Prize & Contributing Sponsors Assiniboia Downs Wendy & Brad Baydock Boston Pizza Breezy Bend Golf & Country Club Chocolatier Constance Popp CTV Deer Lodge Centre Deer Lodge Centre Foundation DeLuca’s 6 Life.Times

Norma Dodge Fidelity Investments FortWhyte Alive Half Pints Brewery Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Holiday Inn Airport West Kernels - Polo Park Manitoba Opera Rae & Jerry’s Steakhouse Ron Roberts, Shippam & Associates

TD Asset Management Tracey Runions Margaret Switala Mohan Tenuwara Jordan Van Sewell Ryan Wall Winnipeg Football Club Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Winnipeg Tasting Tours

Your Legacy, Your Story When you leave a bequest to Deer Lodge Centre, we will inscribe the story of your family’s journey from past to present in the Capture the Journey Heritage Album.


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Making lives better


have been involved with the Deer Lodge Centre since 2008 when I was asked to join the DLC Foundation’s Charity Golf Classic Committee. The Classic has been an extremely successful event that raises tens of thousands of dollars for the foundation every year. Shortly after joining the committee I was asked to tour the facility, and this is when I realized the vast number of programs and services the centre offers. Deer Lodge Centre not only cares for veterans; it is the largest rehabilitation and longterm care facility in Manitoba, with a number of inpatient and outpatient programs. In 2014/15, Gordon Fardoe and the foundation’s board of directors invited me to join. I knew this would be an excellent opportunity to give back to the centre and the patients and residents who call it home. I am proud to say that, along with a great team of board members, generous donors and our fundraising events, we are working with the Deer Lodge Centre to make a difference. We truly are “Making Lives Better".


ife.Times asked several members of the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation Board of Directors why they support Deer Lodge Centre. These are their answers.


“An opportunity to give back” Ron Roberts


“Care for veterans” Perry Curtis

eer Lodge Centre’s continuing commitment to providing care to Canadian veterans is integral to my desire to lend my support to the Deer Lodge Foundation as a board member. My family history includes many veterans of the First and Second World War, and we openly discuss their contributions as a proud fact. The dedication of Deer Lodge Centre to their clients, both veterans and non-veterans, makes it an easy decision to work together with the other members of the Board to try and achieve the motto of “Making Lives Better”. Coupled with my own personal reasons for volunteering, Chapel Lawn/Arbor Memorial has a longstanding relationship of support for Deer Lodge that I am very pleased to continue. I originally was invited to sit on the planning committee for the annual golf tournament, which then led to my participation on the Deer Lodge Foundation board of directors. The heartfelt desire of the board to help improve the centre for the clients, their families and the staff, makes me proud to be a part of something this special.

A podium finish

hank you to the donors, supporters and trivia buffs who rose to the awesome challenge of Deer Lodge Centre Foundation’s Trivia Olympics on Saturday, February 24. Each of the winning teams donated their prize back to Deer Lodge Centre, forever earning them a gold medal in our hearts. A special shout-out to our trivia night sponsor, RBC, who donated $1,000 to go towards programs and services at Deer Lodge Centre, and to sponsor and host CJNU 93.7 FM Nostalgia Radio. And heartfelt thanks to Rick and Lorraine Martin, who purchased an item off our Wish List. Your gift will have a direct impact on the lives of Deer Lodge residents.


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Spring training Shawna Culleton


as the shine dulled on your New Year’s resolutions? Is that treadmill (skis/runners/gym membership) you forked out cash for at a Boxing Week sale now gathering dust in a neglected corner of your busy life? Take heart! Warmer weather and ice-free sidewalks are just around the corner. Wit h spr ing comes t he fresh promise of new a commitment to exercise. This time it will stick! we say to ourselves. And yet, no matter how hard we try, we just never seem to follow through on our best-laid fitness plans. For most of us, if we’re honest, these broken promises stack up over the seasons like so many discarded gym towels. Our moments of “fitness” amount to short-lived spurts of activity we seem unable to sustain. Unwilling to commit, we sample endlessly from the buffet of current fitness trends: hot yoga, high intensity internal training, CrossFit, Zumba (those high-priced boutique classes where twentysomethings go to sweat). We keep searching for but never find that gym, class, piece of equipment or personal trainer perfect enough to break the cycle of quitting. Ready, set, integrate If t his sounds familiar, t hen you’re going to love the hottest new trend in fitness. In fact, it’s less a trend than a simple concept. It’s called integration. Integration means looking at ways you can add more movement to your existing routine. By pigg y-backing new habits onto your existing ones, you are much more likely to succeed. To get you started, I consulted with athletic therapist Nicole Smith, owner of Revolution Rehab (255 Taché Ave and 201-234 Donald St), to come up with three exercises you can integrate into your daily routine. All three are designed to help you increase your balance, strength, mobility, spine health, and fine motor skills. Imagine freedom f rom t he aches a nd pains associated with poor posture. Imagine regaining the confidence of being surefooted, or not having to wait for someone to help you open that pesky jar of pickles. We’ve even done the work of pairing each exercise with activ ities already in your daily routine, such as washing your hands and, yes, watching TV. All you need to start reaping the rewards is to read on, and commit to giving integration a try. These three simple exercises can be adapted to any ability level, so respect your limitations and only do what feels comfortable for you. To the right are three samples of Integration Exercises to try. Photos by Nicole Smith. 8 Life.Times

Line Squat

Helps improve balance, hip range of motion, core stability, and strength of supporting muscles. Excellent exercise for falls prevention. Do Line Squats in the morning while waiting for your coffee to brew. Remember to repeat all three steps on both legs!

Step 1 Stand up straight, holding a counter for balance, if needed.

Step 2 Move one foot forward and balance as your strength, comfort and balance allows. This could be a few inches, or full extension. As you move your foot forward, lean your upper body in the opposite direction so that you maintain a straight line with your foot.

Step 3 Move the forward foot backwards until it is behind you. Again, you may move your foot a few inches past centre, or to full extension. As you move your foot backward, lean your upper body in the opposite direction so that you maintain a straight line with your foot.

Looking for a challenge? Try raising your leg up over an imaginary obstacle when you are extending it forward and back again. Looking for even more intensity? Grab your phone and play on it to de-stabilize your balance, or add weight in your hands, or extend back into a lunge with an upper-body lean.

Towel Knead

Helps improve grip strength, range of motion, and fine motor skills. Do this exercise for a few seconds throughout the day, every time you wash your hands. The benefits will stack up quickly!

Step 1 Select a towel that is large enough that your thumb and fingers don’t quite meet when you grasp it.

Step 2 Knead the towel like you are kneading bread dough for a few seconds. As you’re kneading, try to stretch (extend) and play (move apart) your fingers as much as feels comfortable to work your range of motion.

Looking for a challenge? Add a squeeze hold to step 2. Also, try rolling the towel away from your body or towards your body as you are kneading to give your wrists a workout.

Yes, No, Maybes Helps improve your spine health and range of motion. Good for posture. If you work in an office, stare at a smart phone all day, or are over forty, this exercise is for you! Do this exercise while you are on your coffee break at work, or during commercials when you are watching TV.

Step 1 While sitting comfortably (or standing), tilt your head forward by dropping your chin to your chest. Only go as far forward as is comfortable. A gentle stretch is good; pain or discomfort is not. Return your head to a neutral upright position.

Step 2 Tilt your head back. Only go as far back as is comfortable. A gentle stretch is good, pain or discomfort is not. Return your head to a neutral upright position.

Step 3 Look over your right shoulder. Return to neutral. Look over your left shoulder. Return to neutral.

Step 4 Tilt your head to the side by moving your ear towards your shoulder. Repeat on the other side. Looking for a challenge? Try adding a bit of spine extension when you tilt you’re head back. Spring 2018


Fresh and local

Find a farmers’ market near you

Victoria Beechum

Bronx Park Community Centre 720 Henderson Hwy


pring is just around the corner, and with it comes the promise of plenty of in-season, locally grown produce. Crisp lettuce and kale, frilly heads of cabbage, radishes and onions to tingle the tongue… Fresh and local fare is more nutritious and often cheaper, too. Why not head out and hand-pick your own produce at one of Winnipeg’s many conveniently located farmers’ markets? Variety: the spice of life Planning your meals around the calendar by using in-season produce can be fun, and a great way to force you out of a recipe rut. Many us of have a habit of loading our grocery carts or baskets with the same items week after week. Eating with the seasons imposes variety on your diet and keeps your routine from going stale. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is also good for your health and can widen the nutritional profile of your diet. “Shipping produce across the world is very expensive and time-consuming,” says Amy Campbell, a clinical dietitian at Deer Lodge Centre. “The result is often poor quality and less-than-tasty produce. Local produce spends less time travelling, sitting in storage, and waiting on a shelf to be bought. The sooner you can eat your produce after it has been picked or harvested, the more nutritious it will be.” Fresh makes economic sense While you’re balancing your diet, why not balance your budget? Buying produce that is in season in your region is often cheaper than buying it at other times of the year. And when you buy local, you keep your money in your community. Shopping local can add up to big savings. Check out the green side-bar (above right) for a handy guide listing some of the produce that will be in season over the coming months. “You’ll notice that there is bit of a white theme to the in-season spring produce on the list,” observes Campbell, “but also leafy greens and orange options. That’s because the Canada Food Guide recommends a dark green leafy and/or orange vegetable per day.” To market, to market Farmers’ markets are the best go-to source for locally-grown produce. These markets can also be a fun way to spend an afternoon and turn a mundane chore into a pleasurable activity. (See orange side-bar, far right.)

Downtown Winnipeg Biz MB Hydro Plaza, 360 Portage Ave East St. Paul 302 Hoddinott Rd, East St. Paul FortWhyte Farms FortWhyte Alive (in the farm buildings with the tin roof) Good Food Club Mini Market 185 Young Street, in gymnasium Health Sciences Centre 707 McDermott Ave (small surface parking lot between HSC and the university) Main Street Call (204) 927-2342 for location Head out to the local farmers' market for nutritious, delicious spring produce. You’ll liven up your cooking and save a few bucks, too!

In-season produce for the Western provinces Spring Rhubarb Asparagus Cabbage Carrots Kale Leeks Mushrooms Onions (Red & Yellow) Parsnips

Radishes Sweet Potatoes Early Summer Same as spring, plus: Cherries Gooseberries Strawberries Asian Greens Bok Choy

Broccoli Chard, Swiss Lettuce (Field) Onions (Green) Peas (Green & Snow) Spinach Squash Turnips

List adapted from: wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Tavanberg_Sobeys_RegionalProduceCharts_WEST.pdf

If you enjoy your current shopping routine, you can also find local options in conventional grocery stores. Steer your cart towards items you know are in season in Canada. Before you toss something in your cart, take a moment to check the label to see where it’s from. Late winter and early spring tricks Eating only the limited range of inseason, locally-grown produce available in Manitoba during the winter and early spring can start to feel restrictive and boring. Planting a few herbs in a sunny window will liven up your meals. “What better way to brighten your day than to start some fresh herbs on your window sill,” suggests Campbell. "You can start them from seed, and they don’t take a lot of tending to. Just find a sunny spot and let them grow. They’re so great

to add to your dishes when the spring produce comes out.” Buying frozen berries is also a great way to supplement your diet: they taste great, come in a variety of colours, and pack a nutritional punch. And, of course, you can find options harvested in Manitoba and Canada. Our Spring recipe (below) highlights leeks, kale and asparagus, all of which are in season at the same time. All three contain beta-carotene and vitamin A (which is great for eye health). Asparagus is a natural source of folate, which is good for red blood cell formation and important during the early stage of pregnancy. These vegetables are naturally low in sodium and high in potassium, which means they can also have beneficial effects on blood pressure.

Pop Up Farmers’ Market Several downtown locations to choose from, call (204) 293-7566 for details Provencher Biz Corner of Provencher Blvd and Langevin St Red River Red River Exhibition Park River Heights Corydon Community Centre, Oak St and Grosvenor Ave St. Norbert 3514 Pembina Hwy Shelmerdine Garden Centre 7800 Roblin Blvd South Osbourne 725 Kylemore Ave Transcona Biz Market Garden 135 Regent Ave West Wellness institute 1075 Leila Ave (front entrance) West Broadway 185 Young St (outdoor hockey rink) Wolseley Robert A. Steen Community Centre behind Laura Secord School For more information: shares


Spring leek, kale and asparagus risotto Amy Campbell Ingredients Serves 4 to 6 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 large leek, cut thinly in circles (about 1½ cups) 8 asparagus spears, trimmed, and sliced (about 2 cups) 6 kale leaves, cleaned and sliced thinly (about 1 cup) 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped fine (can use fresh basil, too) ½ cup green peas, fresh or frozen 6 cups vegetable broth 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided 2 green onion, cleaned, sliced thinly 1 tbsp fresh garlic, peeled and minced 2 cups Arborio rice ⅓ cup dry white wine ⅓ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved Preparation 1. Rinse the leeks with plenty of cold water to remove dirt, and pat dry. Spring 2018

2. For the veggies: In a heavy-bottomed pot, add 1 tbsp olive oil, and place over medium heat. 3. Add the asparagus, kale, leeks, and

tarragon. Sauté for 3 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add the peas (fresh or frozen), stir to combine—no need to cook them. Remove the vegeta-

bles to a bowl. 4. For the risotto: Place vegetable broth in a pot to hold, bring to a bare simmer while you start the risotto. 5. Add 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil to a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add the scallions, garlic, and rice; cook for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the wine; stir until it has evaporated. 6. Add 1 cup of hot broth to the pot; stir until it's all been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining broth, ½ cup at a time, waiting until almost all the liquid has been absorbed before adding more broth. Stir frequently. It will take about 25 minutes for all the broth to be absorbed. You want the rice at the end to be creamy and tender. 7. Add the sautéed vegetables and 1 tbsp cold butter. Give a big stir, and warm through over low heat until creamy— just 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and pepper to taste. Amy Campbell is a Clinical Dietician for Deer Lodge Centre. Life.Times 9


What’s up doc? W

e grew up thinking doctors knew everything about everything. We expected (and usually received) minimal information about our diagnosis and treatment and we obeyed doctors’ orders unquestioningly. But as we age, health issues become more complex. Many of us find ourselves managing multiple conditions. Ensuring we receive and understand the information we need means getting comfortable asking our doctors questions until we’re clear on the answers. The good news is that the old ‘doctor speaks, patient listens’ approach has been evolving. Many medical schools now offer training in patient-centered communication that emphasizes a two-way dialogue with patients and encourages them to ask questions. According to Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, “The role of the physician used to be … the receptacle of all medical knowledge. That has changed. We know that when there is trust and communication in the relationship, the outcomes are significantly better.” Here are some suggestions on how to get the information you need from your doctor: • Bring a list of questions and concerns, in order of importance • Let the doctor know you need time to take a few notes during your appointment to ensure you remember important details • Report any life or health changes since your last visit, such as changes in appetite, weight or sleep • Request an explanation of medical terms you don’t understand, or when instructions aren’t clear • If necessary, ask the doctor to speak more loudly • Ask for details, such as: What may have caused this condition? Is it permanent? How is this treated or managed? What will be the long-term effects? Now is the time to change the old ‘doctor knows best’ dynamic, and work as a team to build optimal health. Stay hydrated A few years ago, the health gurus declared, “You must drink at least 8 glasses of water daily for optimum health”. We all dutifully tried forcing down a litre or more of H2O every day, but many of us soon gave up, deciding we didn’t want to spend even more of our precious time in the bathroom. Unfortunately, dehydration becomes a bigger problem as we age — and it’s dangerous. Insufficient fluid intake can cause serious health issues, such as weakness, poor mental functioning, blood pressure and heart rate fluctuations—even coma and death. Age-related risk factors include less ability to notice thirst, taking medications that are diuretic, kidneys that no longer conserve fluid efficiently, and reduced appetite. So we must ensure we’re taking in enough fluid as we age. The good news is that we don’t have to go back to force-feeding ourselves huge amounts of water every day. As Larry Kenney, PhD, professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State notes, “There is no scientific evidence whatsoever supporting that [8 glass] rule.” In fact, we can get all the liquid we need by incorporating these few simple habits into our daily routine: • Eat fresh fruits, especially those with higher water content such as watermelons and grapes. Even most vegetables are quite ‘watery’ - carrots, lettuce and broccoli are all at least 90% water! • Eat popsicles and sorbets as treats • Drink water or juice before and after taking a walk • Include soup or salad with meals • After using the bathroom, drink some water to replace the loss • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation (alcohol is a diuretic) • Drink a full glass of water with your medication • Take sips of water, milk, or juice during each meal Pass the popsicles, please! Take a deep breath, and rearrange your gray matter for health and happiness! It’s been proven that meditation can boost health and well-being by reducing stress, relieving insomnia, and lowering blood pressure, among other benefits. New research now reveals that meditation can also slow down the shrinking of our brain’s gray matter as we age. “Less gray matter in some [brain] regions is associated with less cognitive functioning,” says Dr. Florian Kurth, a researcher at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center. Kurth and his colleagues analyzed the 10 Life.Times

Ask your doctor questions until you're clear on the answers.

Stay hydrated.

Enjoy a massage.

effects of meditation on aging brains and observed less shrinkage of gray matter in people who had meditated regularly for years, compared to those who had not. “What was kind of surprising was we found this effect throughout the whole brain,” says Kurth. The good news is you don’t have to practice meditation for decades to enjoy its brain-boosting benefits. A Harvard research team at Massachusetts General Hospital was the first to document brain changes in people who were just beginning meditation practice. They observed that areas of the brain responsible for stress, anxiety, and fear decreased in size with regular practice—even in people who had only been meditating for eight weeks. Britta Hölzel, a research fellow at MGH and Giessen University in Germany and first author of the paper reporting these findings, notes: “It is fascinating to see the brain’s plasticity and that, by practicing meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain and increase our well-being and quality of life.” It’s never to late to start enjoying the emotional and physical benefits associated with meditation. Look for guided meditation classes in your community, or explore the many how-to books, CDs, DVDs and apps available. UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Centre offers free guided meditations and weekly podcasts on its website, Benefits of massage therapy for seniors Massage therapy can help to manage several agerelated conditions, yet many seniors avoid it because they’re concerned about discomfort, or they’re unaware of the potential benefits. The good news is there are therapists who specialize in serving seniors, adapting the massage to each client’s health, mobility, and comfort level. Most will

visit people in their house, care home or hospital room and can provide therapy to clients in beds or wheelchairs, if needed. The benefits of massage therapy to seniors include: • Increased circulation • Pain relief for sciatica • Reduced anxiety in people with dementia • Improved balance and flexibility • Improved digestion • Pain relief for osteoarthritis of the knee • Stroke recovery • Improved sleep and mood Consult your doctor before starting massage therapy and use only licensed, professional therapists. Your doctor may recommend a seniors’ massage specialist, or you can contact the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba at or by calling 204927-7979 (toll free at 1-866-605-1433). Summer’s coming. Do I still take vitamin D? Vitamin D is essential for good health, but it’s hard to get enough. “Vitamin D is not in many foods,” says Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. “It’s challenging to get all we need.” We get some vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, but people in northern climates don’t get much sunlight in winter and we don’t absorb vitamin D from the summer sun if we use sunscreen, which is recommended for cancer protection. The good news is it’s easy to get the vitamin D we need by taking a daily supplement year-round. Mayo Clinic recommends at least 600 international units (IU) daily and says up to 2,000 IU is safe for adults. Those with ongoing health conditions should consult their health care provider before taking any supplement.

Spring 2018

Music and memories


CJNU visits Deer Lodge

Each month, CJNU Nostalgia Radio broadcasts from a different location, sharing stories, memories, and music with community partners throughout Winnipeg.

CJNU’s Helen Harper joins REWIND’s Gord Kudlak and Larry Ruppel, and others, for an interview at Deer Lodge Centre.

Helen Harper


ach generation has a favourite music style. Since the turn of the century we’ve gone through the jitterbug, the gentle crooning of Sinatra and the big bands, Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, the Beetles, rap and hip hop... I’m a proud baby boomer; I’ve heard the musical pendulum swing this way and that over the course of my life. Early on, I listened to the radio on my mother’s kitchen counter and in the barn at the family farm. (My cousin swore the cows milked better to his favourite station. I was the city kid, so who was I to disagree? I was just happy to have that delicious milk on my rib-sticking oatmeal in the morning.) Radio was here long before the spoon-feeding of television. But even radio has changed. Today I tune the dial only to find so many stations that have their music pre-recorded and so impersonal—one of the reasons I not only listen to, but volunteer for, CJNU Nostalgia Radio 93.7 FM. CJNU’s programming is live, created by, and delivered by people with a passion for music. We have personalities galore, each with our own tastes, so the programming is diverse. You’ll always find something to please your ear. I like to think of CJNU as a personal memory mirror. They play everything from delightful oldies to The Lone Ranger radio drama, one of my personal favourites. CJNU is the only non-profit, member-owned radio station in Winnipeg. It’s run by a huge team of volunteers—some young, and some young at heart, all fuelled by the same enthusiasm for good music and a commitment to community spirit. Working with

Manitoba facts

Andre Rieu, CJNU’s recent artist of the month, is called the “King of Romance” for good reason.

this team, I’ve heard so many fascinating anecdotes about the artists we play from our on-air hosts. They really do know their stuff. Take Andre Rieu, our recent artist of the month. Another baby boomer who single-handedly brought back the waltz with his violin and private Johann Strauss Orchestra, Andre has an endearing personality, and his violin virtuosity have given countless people around the globe “evenings in the moonlight”. There’s a reason he’s called the King of Romance. His music takes us back to a wonderful time in history. One of CJNU’s specialities is producing shows from a remote studio that magically moves from location to location each month as we visit our Community Partners. Not only do we hear important information

• Manitoba is called the Keystone Province because of its shape and position in the centre of Canada. • Provincial symbols include the Prairie Crocus (flower), Bison (animal), White Spruce (tree), and Great Grey Owl (bird). • The town of Gimli has the largest Icelandic community outside of Iceland. • Winnipeg was the first city in the world to develop the 911 emergency phone number.

about our sponsors and the important work they do for the community, but I meet incredibly interesting folks. One of these partners is Deer Lodge Centre. Deer Lodge is special to CJNU because it’s the first partner whose location we ever broadcast from remotely (way back in 2015). Deer Lodge holds a special place in my heart, too. My dad was a WWII vet and relied upon the services and amazing staff a number of times over his long life. I’ve never met anyone there who didn’t offer my family a smile. When we broadcast live from Deer Lodge this February, it warmed my heart to see all the gold stars hanging from the ceiling of the hospital’s “Main Street”. Each star represented a donation and most bore a message of love and hope for Deer Lodge patients, residents, staff or their families. While I was there, I was lucky enough to sit through a couple of interviews. The first was with Gord Kudlak and Larry Ruppel, two of the nine member nostalgia band REWIND. Winnipeg has produced many great musicians and I’m glad these folk have stayed in town for us to enjoy live. The second interview was with the executive director of Palliative Manitoba, Jennifer Gurke. I was astonished and delighted to know about all the services that are available and all the wonderful people who work on her team. End-of-life care is something we will all face, and it was great to learn about all that she and her team offer our community. Whether you’re young, or young at heart, take a few minutes out of your fast-paced day to sit down, tune in, and listen to CJNU for a while. I can guarantee you’ll smile. I bet your blood pressure will gently drop a notch or two as well.

• At one point in geological history, Manitoba was an alpine province with huge mountain ranges. • Winnipeg’s Royal Canadian Mint produces 15 million plated coins each day for circulation in Canada and in 60 countries around the globe. • The bear who inspired the lovable Winnie the Pooh character was owned by Winnipegger Lieutenant Harry Colebourne and named after his hometown.

• Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World for being the most accessible place to view Polar bears in the wild. In fact, residents of Churchill are asked to leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need somewhere to escape from a polar bear. • Manitoba has fewer residents, but more curling clubs, than Ontario and Quebec combined. • Winnipeg is Cree for "Muddy Waters".

Puzzle Solutions

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Local history

Local war poet’s writings found 90 years later Bill Burfoot


uring the First World War, many soldiers documented their experiences through poetry and writings. Some writers became more well-known than others. One of the most famous that comes to mind is Canadian John McCrae, the author of “In Flanders Fields.” The passage of time has unearthed other, lesser-known war poets over the years. This includes a Winnipeg poet named Alexander (Alex) Sinclair. Sinclair, was born in 1882 in Lybester, Caithness, Scotland. He immigrated to Winnipeg in 1907 and joined the Canadian Army in 1915 at age 33 to serve overseas. Sinclair joined the 5th Field Artillery Brigade Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in June of 1915. He served for four years and was discharged in May of 1919. Alex was a Driver, which required him to work with horse and pack mules, bringing ammunition to the front lines during his service in the campaigns. During his four years on the Western Front, Sinclair constantly wrote about his experiences, describing the views of a soldier who was at war. Upon returning to Winnipeg, Sinclair’s poetry was put away--until it was discovered in 2008 by his nephew Doug Sinclair. “I discovered Uncle Alex’s poetry when George (Alex’s only child) passed away without any heirs. I inherited the Sinclair family memorabilia from the estate and

A Picture of War The greatest sight of war I’ve seen That gripped my beating heart. Was ‘round Pozieres* where we had been When field guns did their part.

I heard the shrapnel’s hissing scream, With time fuse fixed to slay. It burst o’erhead with deadly gleam That red September day.

A blood red sunset dyed the west, In a splendour of glowing light. The battle smoke hung on the crest, And enchanted the thrilling sight.

Encircling shadows darkened the dell And up went the star shells bright, Then I thought of the men who bravely fell With the shadows that autumn night.

Of guns in the open blazing away, And the valley lit up with their gleam Just as the twilight darkened the day A day like an evil dream.

These crowded hours of danger and strife Make indelible marks on men Who long for the rays of a peaceful life To shine on the world again.

I watched the aer’planes graceful pose How proudly and swiftly they rise! The erratic shell bursts very close To our heroes of the skies.

Albert September 1916

The trenches belched fire further ahead Where Canada’s line was steady Machine guns were spitting lead And bombers getting ready. discovered the poems in an old trunk that Uncle Alex carried around in the course of his time spent in Belgium and France during the First World War. They remained hidden in the trunk for almost 90 years.” After the war, Alex returned to Winnipeg, where he was associated with the Winnipeg School District for 27 years prior to his retirement in 1948. Alex put down roots in the city's North End at his home on Luxton Avenue. He was a Past Master

*Pozières is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

of the Empire Masonic Lodge and Past President of the Winnipeg Burns Club. The book Life and War Poems by Alexander Sinclair was launched by Doug and artist and illustrator Garth Palanuk. The poems are powerful descriptions of the battles and the atrocious conditions the soldiers fought and often died in. The book includes over 40 poems with historical footnotes and introduces you to a passionate and first-hand account of World War I by a soldier describing his

experiences through powerful excerpts of battles in the fields of France, including Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. Several poems were written in memoriam of comrades lost. The book is available from the following places: McNally Robinson Booksellers; Coles at Kildonan Place; Blaine’s Records, 11-1795 Henderson Hwy.; Wayne Arthur Gallery, 186 Provencher Blvd.; & Gwen Fox Gallery, 101-250 Manitoba Ave. Selkirk.

6 Veterans became firefighters after returning from war Continued from page 1 their plan and design was used for 14 of Winnipeg's fire stations. Inside the brick walls of the firehouseturned-museum, stories can be heard a couple times a week by a group of volunteers, many of whom battled some of the most historic blazes in Winnipeg’s history. Capt. George Treddenick (Ret.) is one of those volunteers. He spent 37 years as a Winnipeg firefighter and worked nine of those out of 56 Maple Street before retiring as captain in the late 1990s. Throughout his almost four decades as a firefighter, Treddenick worked alongside many different people and noticed that many firefighters in the city, especially early on, had come from a military background. “I think it was an ideal fit for people in the military because they already had many of the skills that were needed for the job,” says Treddenick. “They were disciplined, trained, and a lot of them had special skills such as trained paramedics who had developed their skills in the trenches and battlefields of Europe, the construction field, and electrical knowledge which is really important to know and understand when you get to a fire.” The returning veterans had the skills, but with limited job opportunities, the people who were lucky enough to become a firefighter were expected to work long hours. Treddenick says this led to some of the firefighters going on strike. “After WWI, the veterans came back and wanted jobs and there weren’t a lot available because the people who didn’t have to go to war had most of the other jobs,” Treddenick says. “So they became firefighters, but working 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week led to many firefighters to support the strike, and later to join the already striking workers in the now famous 1919 strike." The Winnipeg General Strike began May 15, 1919, and within hours between 30,000, to 35,000 workers left their jobs. The almost unanimous response by working men and women closed the city’s factories, shutting down Winni12 Life.Times

George Treddenick at St. Andrew's United Church fire in 1968.

peg’s retail trade and stopping trains. Public-sector employees, including postal workers, telephone operators, policemen and firefighters, joined the workers of private industry in a display of solidarity. Treddenick adds that the strike, which ended June 25, 1919, proved to be a success as it created more jobs for veterans. “After the strike, the hours went down to 12 hours a day, six days a week. That opened up a lot more job opportunities and many of the veterans were able to find employment as firefighters.” Because of the physical, emotional, and psychological demands of careers in the military and firefighting, Deer Lodge Centre has played a big role in

1882 Hose Wagon on display at the Winnipeg Firefighters Museum.

their history in Winnipeg. Deer Lodge, which began as a military hospital in 1916 for returning WWI soldiers, has treated many veterans and firefighters throughout the years. “Due to the type of work we do, many firefighters ended up at Deer Lodge after they retired due to health issues, and just like the veterans who were returning from war, our firefighters have continued to be treated at Deer Lodge over the years,” Treddenick says. “They have played a big part in the history of firefighters in our city.” Much of this information can be found at the Winnipeg Firefighters Museum. The Firefighters Historical Society was formed in 1982 by a group of firefight-

ers with an interest in collecting and preserving material related to the fire service. Treddenick is a founding director of the museum, which houses a 2,000 book library, and over 10,000 catalogued photos and slides of fire scenes, including apparatus and personnel, from Winnipeg's firefighting history dating back to 1882. Also on display are some of the earliest “firetrucks” ever used in Winnipeg, including an 1882 Ronald Steamer, 1928 LaFrance, 1930 LaFrance, 1937 Diamond T-hose wagon, 1958 Mack, and a 1966 Mack. Both LaFrance vehicles are a Canadian built “Foamite-LaFrance”, and all were expressly built for the City of Winnipeg. Spring 2018


Spring is around the corner – just behind the daffodils Dorothy Dobbie


ebruary seems like the dead of winter, but really, it’s already the month before spring starts. The days are getting longer. On February 1, the sun rises at 8:01 a.m. and sets at 5:23 p.m., but the actual daylight hours extend from dawn to dusk, meaning the day will be about 10 hours and 32 minutes. By February 28, however, the sun rises at 7:29 a.m. and doesn’t set until 6:09 and the dawn (6:41 a.m.) to dusk (6:41 p.m.) hours extend our day to a full 12 hours. Along with the longer days comes our longing for flowers and sunlight and nothing imitates sunlight better than the lovely daffodil, officially known as Narcissus. Its cheerful yellow, white, orange and sometimes pink hues are a harbinger of brighter days ahead for winter weary eyes. I don’t know why we don’t see more daffodils planted in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. Many varieties are hardy here and they have an advantage over tulips in our climate in that they are long livers and will gradually increase, needing division and transplanting only every five to seven years or so. I plant ‘King Alfred’, introduced to Europe in 1899 and as hardy as they come. A big, robust daff, it never fails to gladden my heart when the snow is gone. Keeping daffodil bouquets But long before that happens, daffodils begin appearing in flower stores. They are inexpensive – usually a batch of five will cost under $6 here – and they have a good shelf life in a vase if you care for them properly. Cut fresh daffodils underwater on an angle about one-half inch up the stem. Use cold, clean water (you can add a drop of bleach or a penny to the vase to keep the bacteria at bay). Change the water daily. You can give them a bit more life if you cover loosely with Saran wrap and overnight them in the fridge or a cool space. Don’t set them in sunshine. They offer enough of that on their own. Also, don’t mix daffodils with other flowers. They have a toxic sap that will put a quick end to the other blooms.

Growing daffodils All except one of the thousands of types of daffodils are fall planted bulbs that need a cold period before being able to bloom. The exception is Narcissus tazetta, otherwise known as paperwhites, the variety that is often forced in water. If you bought daffodil bulbs last fall thinking you would put them in this spring, and if they haven’t turned to mush so far, try putting them in the crisper drawer in your refrigerator and hope for the best this spring – get them into the ground as soon as it can be worked. Next year, pop your daffs into a hole that will give you at least three to four inches of soil cover over the top of the bulb. Sprinkle some bone meal on the bottom and dig the hole a foot in diameter so that you have room for about five bulbs. Daffodils look best when planted in a clump. They don’t mind being planted under trees because they will probably bloom before the leaves are out. There are some late-flowering species. Check the package label. Buy some early, mid and late bloomers to keep the colour coming for weeks. In a cool spring, blossoms can last up to 20 days. In a hot spring, that can be reduced to five. By the way, there are five species that bloom in fall. Their leaves appear after the flower. And there is one green variety that is more interesting – it blooms at night and has scrawny green flowers – than beautiful. On the other hand, the old fashioned Narcissus poeticus is white with a red rimmed corona. The B.C. grown N. jonquilla can be bright yellow or white. There are literally thousands of varieties. The smallest is N. asturiensis at five to eight cm. The tallest is a variety of N. tazezetta at 90 cm. Deer and rabbit resistant Daffodils are not that fussy about soil, but they don’t like soggy ground. Be sure they get enough drainage. And you may not want to plant them next to your favourite rose as the bulbs, stems and leaves have some toxicity that can declare war on such neighbours. Not that this is totally a bad thing. It also deters rabbits and deer that love your tulips. Daffodils produce an interesting toxin, Galantame, that is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s. They have


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long been a staple in the traditional pharmacopeia to treat everything from cancer to muscular diseases (it has been used to treat muscular dystrophy). They are grown commercially for their Galantame in Wales. The volatile oil from narcissus is used in dozens of perfumes. Arabs used the oil to treat baldness; East Indians to smooth over the body, along with rose and jasmine, before prayer. As the years go by, daffodil bulbs will bury themselves deeper into the earth. They have contractile roots (like dandelions) that have the ability to pull the bulb deeper. The leaves die back after flowering and storing enough energy to produce new flowers in the springtime. By freeze-up, the leaves and flowers for next year are already formed within the bulb. Daffodils are one of the most important bulb crops produced all over the world. They are the official plant of Wales and are a symbol of the fight against cancer (they have cancer fighting potentials). From the Iberian Peninsula, they have gained fans globally. Hundreds of millions are sold every year. Get some for yourself and you will fall in love.

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From the Deer Lodge photo archives

An 82-year-old gentleman shows the photographer how to celebrate Canada Health Day in 1986.

Back in the 80s, a lucky group of Deer Lodge residents had the chance to hang with some famous members of the World Wrestling Federation on tour in Winnipeg. How many of these faces can you put a name to?

The Angel of Victory statue, created by Montreal sculptor Coeur de Lion McCarthy, was placed outside Winnipeg’s CP Rail station in 1922. In the 1990s, it was moved to Deer Lodge. Here she is shortly after delivery, awaiting placement on the front grounds.

Joyce Hahn, visiting Deer Lodge in 1956. Hahn performed from the mid-1930s to the early 1940s with The Harmony Kids, then in a duo with sister Kay from 1947 to 1950 with Peter Barry’s Rhumba Band. She was a soloist from 1948 to 1956 on various CBC Montreal radio shows, and co-starred with Wally Koster from 1955 to 1960 on CBC TV’s “Cross-Canada Hit Parade” and its successor, “Music ‘60”.

Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, visiting Deer Lodge in 1970.

A packed house at the grand opening of the new building in 1989.

A celebrity visit to Deer Lodge Hospital from Canadian figure skater Barbara Ann Scott. Scott endeared herself to Canadians by winning the 1948 St Moritz Olympic Games figure-skating title. 14 Life.Times

Princess Anne visits Deer Lodge Centre in 1970.

The barber shop at Deer Lodge (no date given).

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Deer Lodge programs and services


eer Lodge Centre provides a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of our community, including:

Inpatient Programs • Assessment and Rehabilitation for individuals who have the potential to return to the community, with support, after discharge • Chronic Care for individuals who need professional intervention and/or medical supervision • Personal Care for individuals who longterm care in a supervised setting • Dementia Special Care Program provides a safe, secure environment for people living with dementia • Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy Services • Peritoneal Dialysis • Respite Care Outpatient Programs • PRIME, a program that provides seniors

with activities and support during the day – including medical care, personal care, social activities and exercises, after-hours support, rehabilitation, home care coordination, transportation, lunch and snacks – so they can live independently in the community • Day Hospital, which provides assessment and rehabilitation services to clients 1-2 times per week to promote healthy living for seniors in the community and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions • Diagnostic Services • Geriatric Mental Health Team providing short-term intervention, education and support to persons experiencing cognitive and/or mental health problems, as well as their families and care providers, on an outreach basis • Speech and Language Pathology for Personal Care Home • Get Away Club for seniors with a moderate level of cognitive impairment • Communication Devices Program ensuring Speech Generating Devices, which aug-

ment or replace spoken language, are available and affordable to all eligible adults in Manitoba Deer Lodge Centre is also home to: • The Operational Stress Injuries Clinic, serving Canadian Forces members and veterans, eligible members of the RCMP, and their families, who need treatment for the impact of severe stress • The Movement Disorder Clinic, providing multidisciplinary specialty services to patients living with Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism, Tremor, Dystonia, Chorea, Myoclonus, Huntington’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Drug-Induced Movement Disorders • Deer Lodge Centre is a national leader in geriatric research. Affiliated with the University of Manitoba, the Collaborative Research Unit at DLC undertakes applied research projects every year.

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Used for bed positioning and pressure management with residents. Foam wedges can help prevent pressure injuries and heal existing wounds.

Many older patients admitted onto our rehab units have foot or ankle injuries that prevent them from putting weight through a leg. This wipeable kneeler device attaches to their walker and provides better support for their leg. It helps prevent injury until the patient can put their foot on the ground.

The Monark rehab trainer is a portable exercise machine that exercises arms or legs with varying levels of resistance. It helps our PRIME clients maintain strength and balance.

Ventopedic elbow protectors are used for residents at risk of skin breakdown. They may be worn in bed or in a wheelchair to prevent new pressure injuries.

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