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In this issue we feature the town of Dauphin, host to the Western Canadian Cup, an editorial on spring yard maintenance, as well as a special style feature on personal expression. The Parkland area hosts many great events in the coming months that are listed in the bimonthly entertainment calendar. Including Dauphin’s Countryfest, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.
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contents May/June 2014
Living the Fine Life
Uniting a Barbershop and Salon
HealtH and WellneSS 19
Cover Story: Green Grass, Blue Skies and a Horizon that Stretches on Forever
artS, dining & entertainment 24
SUmmer SizzLe HoSting The Ultimate Backyard BBQ
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tHe Ford mUStang: Fun, Fast, Affordable and 50
SportS, recreation & travel 37
tHe WeStern Canadian CUp
HouSe and Home 40
yoUr BaCkyard oaSiS
toWn FeatUre: Dauphin a Beautiful Showcase of Prairie Life
kinSmen Trade Expo
Living the Fine Life By Aviva Zack Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
nce upon a time, back in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, there was a very popular television show called The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Viewers would tune in weekly, eyes glued to the screen, watching Robin Leach talk about ‘champagne wishes and caviar dreams,’ dreaming about how they too could have such a fine lifestyle. What many people have since realized is that they do not need to be rich or famous to enjoy a fine lifestyle. While we can certainly buy nice things with money, a good life cannot be bought — it can, however, be chosen. Anyone, regardless of their financial situation, can improve the way they live. The mark of a fine lifestyle is one that is personally satisfying. Dale Jacobs, owner of Prairie Supply Co. in Dauphin, agrees. “To me, fine living is more of a mindset. When you structure your life around meaning and fulfillment in your everyday actions, thoughts and even purchases, it helps elevate you to see the bigger picture.” While appearance is important in how we present ourselves to the world, it’s not simply a matter of looking a certain way or following trends. The most eye-catching people are those who exude confidence, main page Mike Hlady
and the best way to be confident is to dress to your personality so you can be comfortable. Choose styles that flatter and allow your personality to shine through, rather than opting only for the latest trends or name brands. There are many businesses that have a vested interest in helping clients meet their personal needs, such as Beauty and the Barber in Dauphin. Owner Errol Karlson says they connect on a personal level with their clients to assist them in discovering their personal style. Gardner’s Lifestyle Fashions, a clothing and footwear store for men, women and children of all ages in Dauphin, focuses on making people happy and looking their best. “A fine lifestyle is a balance both internally and externally. It’s not about what you have, but rather how you feel,” says owner Krissie Derhak.
Choosing fashion, hair and make-up (or lack of), which best reflects your personality is an important step in being able to feel confident. Personal style can also be extended to the external environment. This is where the positive effects of giving yourself the power to create your life will be noticed. Here too, it is not just about price. Your home, furniture, artwork, and even treasured knickknacks, will be most appreciated if they are a reflection of who you are. Taking the time to create an atmosphere you love being in, is priceless. Appreciation is key to fine living — so, take the time to shop around for items you love. Even changing colour schemes can bring a more harmonious, balanced feel to a room. Colour carries energy and it’s natural to be attracted to different colours at different times in our life. The beauty of the outdoors can be very therapeutic. For instance, having a garden that includes your favourite plants and flowers, or even just a collection that features your favourite colours, can bring a smile to your face, soothe the soul, and relax the body and mind. Be sure to include comfortable outdoor seating so you can take time to ‘smell the roses’ while surrounded by things you love. Having a balanced and satisfying life is also achieved by inserting your passions into your routine. Whether it’s an annual trip to the beach to escape the cold, sipping on quality wines over a gourmet meal with friends, or picking up a golf club for a weekly round, to do what you enjoy is to live a life of luxury. From taking care in how you treat yourself, to surrounding yourself with things that make you feel good, and doing what you love — there are a myriad of ways to pamper yourself. With a little effort, we can all choose fine living.
On The Edge of
Fashion & Function Gardnerâ€™s LifestyLe fashions By amy nelson-Mile Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
ith Gardner’s Lifestyle Fashions, Dauphin has a clothing store that is deservedly popular beyond the city limits, so much so the store has loyal shoppers who repeatedly visit from Winnipeg and beyond. Owner Krissie Derhak has two simple reasons for the success of the store: a wide variety of up-to-date styles backed up by top-notch customer service. The store focuses on providing choices to fit every style and budget. “I like pieces that are affordable, but have quality to back them up,” says Derhak. “I aim for a business casual feel with an urban edge.” As one frequent customer says, “It’s timeless, classy apparel; the clothes are very modern and fashion forward. Her store carries lines that have style and are not just a flash in the pan.” The first thing that will strike a visitor when they enter the store is the wide range of choices available. Since Derhak took over the business five years ago, she has expanded her space and now not only has added footwear but also has a larger accessories section. “I like people to know that although we’re a smaller city, they can find all the variety they need right here,” says Derhak. “They don’t need to go to bigger cities to shop. If they did, they’d have to go to five different stores to find the selection that I have.” As shoppers work their way through the store, something else will become very clear: the prices are as good as any to be found elsewhere. “Sometimes people think
that they will find better deals in the bigger centres, but I don’t find that to be true,” explains Derhak. “I am always doing price comparisons, in stores and online, and we’re very competitive.” Derhak also points out an additional feature is the personalized touch each shopper receives. She has years of retail experience and is very enthusiastic about providing all aspects of customer service. “I like to help people look good and feel confident,” she says. The customer service Derhak provides includes pants tailoring and free giftwrapping, and it also extends to complete fashion consultations. Derhak is especially happy to provide both men and women advice on what style and cut will work best with a particular body type. “This is my favourite part of my job,” she says. Sometimes this will mean encouraging shoppers to consider trying things on that they maybe wouldn’t have thought of on their own, and that can lead the customers to discover completely new styles or looks. Derhak believes not only in staying current with contemporary fashions and brands, but also in moving forward and developing the next thing that will add value to the store. “The wheels never quit turning,” she says. “I’m always thinking of the next thing to work on.” OPPOSITE Krissie Derhak, owner
Gardner’s Lifestyle Fashions, 223 Main Street North Dauphin, Manitoba 204.638.4831 | |
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end on r t r u o Y t e G and By Amy Nelson-Mile Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
rairie Supply Co. in Dauphin is the go-to store for action, urban, and streetwear fashions and equipment. Owner Dale Jacobs makes sure the store carries the type of intriguing items usually found in a much bigger city; he’s extremely happy with what he, manager Bryce Hancharyk, and the rest of the staff have created since the store opened in 2010. “We have a 3,000-square-foot show room,” says Jacobs. “We have a large inventory of unique products, and we always have a finger on what’s trending before anyone else does. We have many exclusive products at our store, that aren’t available across town or even in the big cities.” The items in the store often come from smaller companies, and the providers are located around the world. “We carry Sanuk footwear, Manitoba Mukluks, and products from Ekuminek — a clothing company based out of Bali that makes items such as hand-knit hoodies,” adds Jacobs. “We carry a lot of cool stuff that you’re going to be surprised to see when you walk in, stuff you’ll buy for yourself or as a gift.” The store sees shoppers of all ages and backgrounds. “We have just as many women coming in as young guys,” says Jacobs. “We have a very unique women’s clothing section with something for everyone, from young women to moms and even grandmas.”
Prairie Supply Co. is also home to a full range of equipment including snowboards, skateboards, paddleboards, luggage, backpacks, and many other outdoor items. In addition to buying equipment at the store, shoppers can turn to the knowledgeable staff for help with any necessary upkeep. “We have a strong service ethic,” says Jacobs. “We have a full-maintenance shop in the back, and the work on your hardware will be fully covered. For example, we’ll do installation, waxing, and maintenance of winter snowboards and skis. Plus, we’re open seven days a week — just another example of how we make ourselves available to our customers.” Customer service comes naturally to Jacobs and his staff. “Our store is unique because our staff lives the lifestyle of the items we sell,” says Jacobs. “We believe in what we carry, and we’re excited that shoppers are interested in what we enjoy. We’re not just salespeople.” The staff ’s fascination with their work, combined with the unique products and great environment, creates an energy in the store that Jacobs is proud of. “We’re a forward-thinking, trendy environment that provides a bit of a getaway,” he says. “Our unique space takes you out of your day-to-day setting and puts you somewhere else.” Prairie Supply Co. is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit their website at www.prairiesupply.ca, follow them on Instagram at prairiesupplyco, or follow on Twitter @ PrairieSupplyCo. prairie supply co. 213-a Main street, Dauphin 204.638.7168 |
Uniting a Barbershop and Salon Blending Tradition & Modern Aesthetics By Trina Annand Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
veryone likes to look and feel their best, whether they are doing groceries, going out for the evening or getting ready for a special event. Beauty and the Barber offers a unique approach to beauty and grooming. The fresh, but classic, salon and barbershop unites the two institutions under one roof, providing the very best experience for its clients, whether they are looking for a style or a classic shave. This unique combination of services is a true meeting of the sexes. Once Abby and Erroll Karlson were married they realized the need for a combination of their services. “When we opened in 2008, we had a vision for a creative relaxing space where we could truly build lasting relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on creating the perfect balance between a personal and professional experience,” notes Erroll Karlson. At the unique establishment clients are considered family and friends. Recently relocating to a new space, Beauty and the Barber now features a separate space for both the salon and barbershop with a shared lounging area in between to relax. Offering the true barbershop experience is Erroll’s specialty. He created a separate masculine space that allows clients to travel back to a simpler time when men took pride in caring for themselves and valued the art of a great shave, haircut and conversation. A true barber experience isn’t simply about grooming: it’s about the atmosphere. The barber offers clients a 12 towel straight razor shave, hot lather, exclusive men’s hair styles and cuts. “Guys are really curious to get a straight razor shave — it is truly a lost art,” says Erroll. A great shave isn’t just for special events like weddings or important meetings, but can become an important part of a grooming regiment. What makes Beauty and the Barber so unique is its specialized blend of services. Not only a salon and barbershop, the company has partnered with Three Grace Beauty Boutique and provides space for esthetician Melissa Landers to help clients
escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The highly trained esthetician helps clients relax, offering them an oasis from the everyday. “I try to create a space dedicated to people’s uniqueness and well being. I strive to help create a realistic balance between yesterday’s natural remedies and today’s busy lifestyles for tomorrow’s living,” remarks Landers. Stylist, and co-owner, and former hairstyling teacher Abby, with 11 years experience, has a unique ability to take her client’s troubles away while creating a unique look that is all their own. The stylist and the rest of the salon staff are constantly engaged in ongoing education, enabling them to make a client’s wish a reality. Stylists Gabrielle Carriere and Sarah Lesy, with 9 and 11 years experience respectively, are a dynamic duo that are highly skilled at making their client’s dreams come true. Their friendly expert approach has quickly made them staples at the salon and client favourites. Stylist Jenelle Katchur, brings years of expert advice and experience to the salon and has been an integral part of the team for 3 years. From trendy to classic the stylist can do it all. Stylist-in-training Madysen Benson, a hairstyling student, is working hard at learning the trade both at school and in the salon from her experienced colleagues. The stylist wins clients over with easily with her warm smile and approachable manner. Beauty and the Barber 20–2nd Avenue North West Dauphin 204.638.7454 | Three Graces Beauty Boutique 204.572.5774
Dauphin CliniC pharmaCy:
Makes Life Better By Tonya Lambert Photos Todd Pederson
he Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy makes life better. It begins with convenience. Directly connected to the Dauphin Medical Clinic and right across the street from the Dauphin Regional Health Centre, the wheelchair-accessible Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy is ideally situated to meet the needs of the community. The pharmacy’s drive-thru service means clients never have to worry about finding a parking spot or unloading a van full of
children. For those who are unable to make it in to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy provides stress-free options of free delivery (within Dauphin and to 12 surrounding communities) or free mail order service. As an added convenience, there is a walkin clinic in the pharmacy open six days a week. The 10 pharmacists at Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy will work with patients for optimal health. The Dauphin Clinic
Pharmacy team understands that people today lead busy, hectic lives, and they do everything possible to make getting the medications and information they need as simple as possible. Open seven days a week and holidays, Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy has a pharmacist on call after hours (till 10 p.m.) every night to answer questions or fill an emergency room prescription. Clients can also contact them via email. “While travelling in the USA recently, I somehow misplaced my medication,”
says client K. Davis. “Although I was many miles away, all it took was a quick email to Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy and a prescription was called in immediately to the local pharmacy, no problem. Just a prime example of the exceptional and outstanding service the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy provides to their customers!” This is just one example of how the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy team goes that extra mile for their customers.
opposite The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Team top middle The Parata Mini® Machine
Have you ever forgotten to refill your prescription? Your Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy team can help with that, too. Patients can download their mobile app or go to their website to request email reminders for prescription refills, as well as having the convenience of ordering those same refills online. The pharmacy’s ability to accept most prescription drug claim cards, including Assure, Blue Net, Blue
Cross, RX Plus, Greenshield and Eclipse, is just another way they make life better for their patients. Innovation is key to improving patient health. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy has invested heavily in automation technology to keep their patients safe, while maintaining the speed of service its customers have come to expect. The Parata Mini® machine assists the pharmacy’s technicians by selecting and counting the most used medications. This greatly reduces the rates of counting and medication picking errors experienced by pharmacies without automation, while keeping the speed of service high. Another piece of the automation puzzle, the PacMed® machine, packages medications in sequential, dated, labeled plastic pouches. These convenient strips, already widely used in institutions like nursing
homes, are now available to the general public. Wouldn’t you feel more comfortable if every dose of your grandmother’s medication was individually packaged with the time and date? This type of packaging greatly reduces the chance of medication administration errors in the home. The PacMed® strips are also great for people who travel. You just tear off a pouch, throw it into your purse or pocket and away you go. Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professional. You do not need an appointment to see one. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy team makes communication with their patients as easy as finding a cowboy hat at Dauphin’s Countryfest. Aside from offering their clients a wide variety of contact methods, pharmacists and staff members are always available to answer clients’ questions in the store, at a privacy wicket or in one of two private counselling rooms. Pharmacists can provide medication reviews, teach you how to use your new insulin pen or inhaler, and go over the doctor’s hospital discharge
orders with you or your loved ones. Blood glucose and blood pressure monitoring, as well as cholesterol testing, are available on site. In addition, there are three certified asthma educators on staff. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy team holds clinics and gives educational presentations on a wide variety of health-related topics in Dauphin and throughout the surrounding region. Don’t forget the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy Featured Health article that is available weekly in the Parkland Shopper, on 730 CKDM and on the pharmacy’s website. Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy carries an assortment of herbal remedies as well as prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. Bubble packs and prefilled insulin syringes are available upon request. Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy is the only pharmacy in the Parkland area to have a compounding lab. This state-ofthe-art facility enables the pharmacists to create medications customized to the specific needs of the patient. The number of compounds they can make are endless. Working with your doctor, a compounding
pharmacist can put medications into a cream that will block pain signals. They can also mix medications into forms that are easier for patients to take, such as lozenges, suckers or suppositories. Don’t forget your family members of feather, fur or fin. Working with your vet, the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy can compound medications that are easier for your pets to take too. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy carries a full line of home health care products and professional patient aids, including customized first aid kits. Crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, breast pumps and blood pressure monitors are available for sale and rent. The pharmacy carries a complete inventory of breast prostheses and bras with fittings by a certified mastectomy fitter in their private fitting room. There are also certified male and female orthotic fitters on staff. A recent addition to the store is the Ideal Protein® weight loss program complete with healthy, low calorie meals, a weigh-in program and follow-up support.
Everyone on the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy team agrees it is important to be involved in the community. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy sees itself as a member of Team Parkland, a proud supporter of the community, whose staff members actively participate in community events. The pharmacy has provided generous donations to a variety of local causes and events, including Dauphin’s Countryfest, Dauphin Kings Junior Hockey Team, the Walking Track in the Parkland Recreation Complex, Countryfest Community Cinema and the Watson Art Centre. The Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy has always been there for families and individuals in the past and will continue in the future. The 35 staff members at Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy are always looking towards the future, trying to find new ways to improve their services. They try to put themselves in their customers’ shoes and always go above-and-beyond in the service they provide to their clients. “We have always tried to amaze people by the level of service we provide,” states Myles Haverluck, further noting that the store has been meeting the needs of Dauphin and area residents for more than 35 years. “We earn people’s business rather than simply expect it.” Customer John Pshebniski notes with satisfaction, “This pharmacy is a happy place to visit. The diversified service they provide is indicative of the attitude — the patient comes first.” Every day and in every way, the Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy makes life better. opposite Compounding pharmacist middle right Drive-thru service
Dauphin Clinic Pharmacy 622 3rd Street SW Dauphin, MB TF: 1.888.638.5930 P: 204.638.4602 After Hours: 204.638.2778 F: 204.638.4390 or 204.638.3140 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dcp.ca
Green Grass, Blue Skies and a Horizon that Stretches on Forever
PARKLAND By Brandi Parnell Photos Todd Pederson
he climate is harsh, the soil is fertile and the landscapes are breathtaking with numerous lakes, rolling hills and a bounty of greenery. Parkland, MB. is known for its natural beauty, plentiful resources and notable people, such as musician Biff Naked, former NHLer Theoren Fleury and Skeleton Olympian Jon Montgomery. It has been said the magic of this area can be found in the sound of rippling water, in the eyes of a deer or on the wings of countless birds that fly freely over whispering grassy fields. According to geographers, a parkland region is an area of the prairies where grasslands give way to densely forested regions of the north. As such, this area, with more than 10,000 square kilometers of provincial and federal parks and forest reserves, fed and clothed early settlers with its wildlife, its lakes stocked with local fish and its berries, roots and herbs. The first natives to the area hunted bison that roamed in herds, fished the plentiful lakes and grew vegetables in its verdant earth. Over time, townships began one by one in modest dimensions along railway tracks and near water sources. Rich in culture, the area draws in many tourists with an abundance of things to do — from downhill skiing to golfing, and from historic churches that beg to be seen to heritage sites worthy of exploration. With acres of nothing but magnificence, this space beckons peace within its walking trails, its pristine waters and its farmer’s markets. The area is as vast as the imagination and is the perfect destination to drop a line in the water, photograph the sunset or sleep beneath the stars. Because of its proximity to clear water and Manitoba mountains, the Parkland area is not only a growing destination for people looking to escape larger urban centres, but also an attraction for city dwellers seeking the tranquil living of smaller cities and towns. Located within the Parkland is Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba’s first national park, Baldy Mountain, Manitoba’s highest point, which is located in Duck Mountain Provincial Park and a replica
of the famous Grotto at Lourdes, France which can be seen at Ste. Rose du Lac.
Shelton, along with Tim Hicks, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts and many more.
Its localities are unique in their composition and culture, with a strong focus on community. Individually modest churches with grand designs from worlds long ago are eye-catching to visitors. The area is diverse in art, museums and historical sites.
From the sounds of an acoustic guitar to the sounds of a loon, fresh country air will rejuvenate your spirit and reset your senses.
One community at a time, there are plenty of shops and stores to explore. In this issue we feature the town of Dauphin, which boasts unique stores with original products as well as quaint restaurants with homemade, mouthwatering dishes. On the Parkland horizon this year is the 25th anniversary of Dauphin’s Countryfest — a festival known to invite cowboys and food trucks, which boasts a 2014 lineup that includes iconic country superstar Blake
However, to truly appreciate the beauty of area, you should drive through the region, drinking in the aspens and poplars, or singing along to a country tune. The Parkland area is a prime summer destination for a day, a weekend or a week-long vacation with plenty of bed and breakfasts dotted throughout, a landscape of picturesque campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as hotels and motels. Don’t limit your ability to turn off the highway and walk a path right into a forest full of adventure — one festival, family event or sunrise at a time.
Super Thrifty Pharmacy
Personalized and Professional Service... with a Smile By Tonya Lambert Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
t’s been a year since Sheri Gardner decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and operating her own family-focused pharmacy. She purchased the Super Thrifty Pharmacy in downtown Dauphin, and since then, has ensured her customers are greeted every day with her warm smile. “Sheri had big shoes to fill and she has done so admirably. From day one, Sheri was just wonderful: very friendly, very efficient. She always takes the time to explain everything,” says Laura, a customer.
A passionate, energetic personality, Sheri excels at everything she does. As a pharmacist, she believes it is important to provide personalized, one-on-one care. Sheri takes the time to get to know each customer — their history, needs and concerns, and to answer all their questions. She cares for her customers. They are like family, not just numbers. “I get to know all my clients by name, as well as their unique health care needs,” says Sheri. “I take the time to sit down with them, answer any questions and give them all
the information they need to take control of their health in a relaxing, friendly environment. You have one doctor, one dentist and, here, one pharmacist.” People can go to Super Thrifty Pharmacy for free blood pressure testing and to safely dispose of any expired medications. Diabetic customers are supplied with free insulin needle disposal containers. Customers who are taking multiple medications can have them pre-packaged in blister packs, making it easier to keep track of everything. Super Thrifty
Pharmacy offers a discount to seniors, direct billing to private insurance plans, and a summary of medical expenses. Sheri goes to her customers’ homes to provide medication reviews if they are unable to come to the store. They can also call her at the store or even at home after hours. Free delivery of medications is also available. Sheri, who ensures she and her family live a healthy lifestyle, promotes active living and wholesome foods in her pharmacy. She also provides lifestyle counselling and fills the shelves of Super Thrifty Pharmacy with products she would use in her home, including a variety of organic products with no preservatives, such as Nature’s Pasta, GORP Energy Bars, North American Hemp Co. and Live Clean beauty products. Customers always comment on the new and unique products and gifts they find in the store. “I’m proud to work here at Super Thrifty Pharmacy,” says Sheri. “We have a great staff and I hope we are your one-stop shop for living a healthy lifestyle.” Having grown up near Dauphin, Sheri was excited to move back to Dauphin and raise a family after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a pharmacy degree in 2001. “We are proud of our community,” says Sheri. Super Thrifty Pharmacy gives back to the community as much as possible, whether it be donating to local groups or sponsoring larger events in the region. A fun-loving individual, Sheri introduced Find Vial Fridays to the community. Early every Friday morning, Sheri will hide a vial somewhere in downtown Dauphin. The person who finds the vial can return it to Super Thrifty Pharmacy for their reward. “We are very blessed to have a pharmacist like Sheri,” says Lori, another customer. “She is dedicated and she truly cares about you as a person. Sheri always has a smile on her face — a nice, warm smile. You know everything is going to be okay as soon as you see that smile.” LEFT Ryan and Sheri Gardner, sons Ryder and Parks and Daughter Kenzie
Super Thrifty Pharmacy 224 Main Street North Dauphin TF 1.800.465.1996 204.638.3702
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By Katrina Geenevasen
othing says summer more than a good, old-fashioned barbecue, with grilled meats and fresh vegetables as the stars of an effortless summer menu. There’s just something undeniably special about gathering with family and friends around a simple meal that boasts the delicious
tastes of the season. Keep the menu classic and unfussy, and you can’t go wrong. Since the winter months may have gotten you out of practice, we here at Fine Homes decided to help out. Whether you’re hosting a gathering for five or 50, here are some ideas to consider before firing up the grill.
you work the room and have some wine,” says Greenlees with a smile. All that’s left is to pull the steaks off the grill, and to let them stand for seven minutes. Guests are sure to be impressed, says Greenlees. InSpIred décor There are endless options when it comes to decorating for a fun and lively outdoor barbecue. You can’t go wrong with gingham tablecloths, which offer a timeless look for any outdoor gathering. Colourful and fun, this fabric has broad appeal, and will have guests exclaiming over its fresh look. Mason jars are another barbecue favourite, serving as both country-inspired cups or as centrepieces for the table. Consider placing a simple white candle within several jars clustered together for a soft, warm glow. Get back to nature by plucking some fresh blooms from your outdoor garden. Whether you have bright and colourful tulips, softly scented peonies, or a handful of cheerful daisies, hand-tie them with twine for a casual, pretty look.
Serve LocaL Fare There’s no denying that local food tastes better. “Serving local food at summer barbecues makes sense since it is definitely healthy and nutritious — there’s nothing better than fresh grilled veggies,” says Wendy Banks, owner of Wendy’s Country Market. “Plus, what better way to start a hot topic with family and friends at a get-together than a discussion about the benefits of local food while serving up some fresh picked and then grilled, steamy corn on the cob? Your summer barbecue will be the talk of the neighbourhood, since everyone will be talking about how good the food was.” Be a Meat MaSter Whether you chose to serve classically casual burgers
and hotdogs, or go more upscale with tender and juicy steaks, it’s easy to be a master of the grill. So what’s popular among the experts? “I love preparing a three-inch top sirloin steak,” says Tim Greenlees, owner of Barriefield Market. “It always has a ‘wow factor’ when I bring it out to the barbecue, and it is a delicious and easy way to feed a group.” Greenlees suggests simply rubbing the steak down with kosher salt or a favourite seasoning, then allowing the steak to sit at room temperate for about 20 minutes before cooking. “Just a quick sear on high heat for five minutes on each side, and then slide over to one side of the barbecue and turn off the grill on that side, and allow the steaks to cook for about 45 minutes while
Fun and GaMeS To get your guests mixing and mingling [and to burn off all those extra calories!] consider setting up some outdoor games that are both fun and easy. Classic games of horseshoes, croquet and bocce ball are always popular, while a fast-paced game of Frisbee will encourage breathless laughter from everyone who chooses to take part. A water balloon toss is equally enjoyable on a hot and steamy summer day. drInk up SoMe Fun Set up a beverage station stacked with a variety of cup sizes and colours for a fun and eclectic look. It always helps to pre-plan, so ensure you print out a few drink recipes to eliminate the guesswork when it comes to mixing up a cocktail. Refreshing Mojitos and spicy Bloody Caesars are always popular, but you can never go wrong with a large, thirst-quenching jug of Sangria. Guests hate to show up empty-handed, so ask everyone to bring an ingredient for the recipes you have chosen. Remember, never drink and drive and offer to call taxis for friends who overindulge.
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1 seedless watermelon, diced (rind removed) 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup maraschino liqueur 4 bottles light beer, chilled
half of the watermelon until 1 Blend liquified. Using a strainer to catch the pulp, pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the other half of the watermelon. Add sugar to the watermelon juice and 2 stir until dissolved. Chill the mixture for two hours. When chilled, pour the watermelon 3 juice into a 3 quart jug. Stir in the maraschino liqueur and beer.
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2 1/2 cups lychee sparkling soda 1/2 cup tequila 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 3 cups ices lime wedges
ice, lychee soda, tequila and 1 Mix lime in a pitcher. into sugar-rimmed glasses 2 Pour and serve with lime wedges.
MAY/JUNE MAY 3 ATV Derby Shellmouth 204.564.2124 MAY 9 Ross Neilsen in Concert Watson Art Centre, Dauphin
MAY 12 Manitoba Day Celebrations Rossburn (rain date May 14)
JUNE 7-8 Lions Prairie Walleye Classic Lake of the Prairies 204.773.4728
JUNE 13-14 Wheels’n’Chrome Show Ste. Rose Arena, Ste. Rose du Lac
JUNE 13-15 Grey Owl Golf Tournament RMNP
MAY 25 MS Walk Lakeshore Walk, Wasagaming
JUNE 14-15 Parkland Horsemen Chuckwagon & Chariot Races | Parkland Horsemen Track, Ste. Rose du Lac
MAY 25 Swan Valley Historical Museum Opening Day Swan River, 204.734.3585
JUNE 21 River Tubing, Eurobungy and Paintball Asessippi Ski Area & Resort, Inglis, 204.564.2000 | www.asessippi.com
MAY 29-31 Bug Chucker Cup Fly Fishing Derby Roblin
JUNE 26-29 Dauphin’s Countryfest Selo Ukraina, Dauphin, 1.800.361.7300
Sir Edgar House Bed & Breakfast Your Home AwAY From Home By Tobie Hainstock Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
You’ve had a long journey. You’re tired and you want to relax. You pull into the driveway and are greeted with a friendly ‘hello’ by Gilbert the Labrador cross dog who wags his tail. Now this is just like coming home.
Throughout the day guests are welcome to enjoy their choice of coffee or tea. “It’s the best coffee in town,” boasts Cordell with a chuckle. “We grind Starbucks™ coffee beans fresh in house.” For those who enjoy getting out and about, Sir Edgar House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located within walking distance of shopping and other amenities. If a natural setting is more to a guest’s liking, Cordell notes that the beautiful Vermillion Park features many scenic walking trails along the river. The allure of the experience is not limited to the building itself. Owners Cordell and Loralyn offer a warm and convivial atmosphere as they treat their guests like new friends. Visitors are free to have as much privacy as they like or socialize with the owners and enjoy listening to stories about the history of the house and the community. “We’ve been here for over two years and we’ve really had a lot of fun meeting people,” says Cordell. For a truly homey and comforting stay, visit the Sir Edgar House Bed and Breakfast in Dauphin. Sir edgar House Bed and Breakfast 703 main Street North, Dauphin 204.638.2930 email@example.com www.siredgarhousebandb.ca
ocated in the heart of Dauphin is one of the town’s true treasures. Sir Edgar House Bed and Breakfast stands proudly to welcome visitors from near and far. Built in 1898, this stunning Victorian home is an enchanting piece of history that has been lovingly cared for over the decades. The home features three charming guestrooms on the second floor which are donned in period decor. “Guests may notice that there are no TVs in the bedrooms, but few mention it.” comments co-owner,Cordell Lind. “We want to create an atmosphere of rest and relaxation in the rooms.” He points out that the bedrooms are located at the back of the home, which provides a peaceful ambience. The bathroom is on the same level. In keeping with the period theme, it offers guests the luxury of a claw-foot bathtub with
beautiful brass fixtures, perfect for soaking in after a long day of travelling or sightseeing. On the main floor, a delightful sitting room offers guests the opportunity to watch television, read or enjoy a sociable chat with others. Outside, a lovely wrap-around deck is the ideal place to enjoy a quiet summer evening with a good book or good company. According to the Linds, the deck is also in the perfect place to watch local parades and other festivities in season. A delicious hot breakfast is served in the dining room every morning. Enjoy a full fair morning meal complete with bacon, eggs, wild blueberry pancakes and more. Real maple syrup and homemade peach preserves add to the delight of this delectable experience. “We ask our guests what time they would like to have breakfast, and we always consider any dietary needs,” states Cordell.
for a Thunderous Dining Experience By Henny Buffinga Photos Dori Fee
or a great meal and fun atmosphere, look no further than Thunders Restaurant and Saloon. A hidden jewel in Dauphin, Manitoba, Thunders is celebrating their 20th year in business this May. “It was a steep learning curve at first, but we’ve been here for 20 years working at it,” says owner, Alex Paul. “I’ve learned a lot from every cook or chef we’ve worked with.” Thunders Restaurant and Saloon has an upscale country feel and is located adjacent to Dauphin’s new recreation complex. Paul went far and wide to find the right décor for the interior. “I went all over southwestern United States to find unique items for the bar,” says Paul. “You’re not going to find a bar like ours. There’s always something to look at here, we have a strong southwestern flair.” Their country western motif includes artifacts, murals, prints and Navajo baskets to complete the look, including panoramic threedimensional views of the Grand Canyon by Arizona artist, Linda Hogan.
The saloon features beautiful handcrafted woodwork and cabinetry made by Paul himself, and is modeled after the Longranch Saloon in Tombstone, Arizona. They also feature two wooden horse heads on the bar, affectionately known as Whiskey and Whisper. The saloon has beautiful stained glass, and the centerpiece of the saloon is a 1700-piece stained glass rendition of a Charles Marion Russell cowboy print behind the bar. The artwork in the bar also features John Wayne and William S. Hart, a famous silent movie cowboy. Thunders seats 85 diners in the restaurant, 40 in their upscale banquet room, and fits 118 in the saloon. This spacious establishment offers lunch, dinner, and breakfast on Sundays. They have a wide
beer selection including imported beers and serve only premium liquors. With three TVs, it is also an excellent spot to watch the game. Thunders’ food is made fresh and they offer a great selection to please anyone, from families coming into town for a meal, to young business people in the area, to seniors. “We are the only restaurant in Dauphin that offers such a wide range of food,” says Paul. They are well known for their famous Thunder Burger, a 10-ounce sirloin hamburger made of AAA Angus beef. They also have AAA Angus rib eye steaks cut to order, baby back ribs, inhouse appetizers, and their AAA Angus prime rib. They have recently introduced fresh homemade pizzas to their menu, complete with their secret sauce. They have over eight salads on the menu, from the Asian
salad to the BLT salad. They also have a great burger lineup, ranging from the classic burger to the Harley Hog burger, including a heart-smart chicken burger. They also have a great kids menu. “We want to be remembered for delicious food, friendly service, affordability and, of course, cleanliness,” says Paul. Paul is a retired teacher and former Mayor of Dauphin, and his fiancée, Kim Gudmunson, helps manage the restaurant. They pride themselves on being involved in the community, and are always working to make their establishment the place to be. “It’s been a lot of fun building the business,” he says. “It’s a labour of love.” Thunders Restaurant and Saloon 19 Memorial Boulevard Dauphin, MB 204.638.6080
THE FORD MUSTANG:
AFFORDABLE AND 50! BY TOBIE HAINSTOCK PHOTOS COURTESY FORD MOTOR COMPANY
A Brief History In 1964, the Ford Motor Company introduced one of the most beloved sports cars in North American history. Owned by countless celebrities including Jay Leno, Sammy Hagar, Tim Allen and President Bill Clinton, the Mustang has become North America’s most wellknown sports car. It’s been featured in approximately 3,000 movies, but the most famous is the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt, considered to have the greatest car chase in film history. It was a bold step for a domestic automobile manufacturer to produce a North American sports car! Upon its debut on April 17, 1964 at the very appealing price of $2,368, first-year sales were optimistically projected to reach $100,000. Ford marketers were astonished when sales exceeded $400,000 within the 12 months. Two years later, sales had catapulted to $1 million. The Mustang’s design has ranged from the classic design of the 60s to the more sleek models of the 70s and 80s, but its classic long front end has been a signature look. In the early 2000s, it returned to its original glory as a muscle car built to once again thrill “baby boomers.”
50 Years of Technology and Classic Design On this landmark anniversary, the Mustang has been reintroduced in a wide range of thrilling models. “On April 17, 2014, in recognition of our 50th
anniversary, inside every glove box of every Mustang will be an authentic badge of heritage,” says Marc Vejgman, product marketing manager of Ford Car Line in Canada. “We created this iconic vehicle to target the ‘baby boomers.’ This is a car that will appeal to the young and the young-atheart in North America and around the world.” Customers can choose from 10 brilliant colours, including Competition Orange and Triple Yellow. Vehicle designers maintained the sleek exterior form of the Mustang while including innovative technology that keeps this classic car relevant for today’s drivers. The new 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine introduces turbo charging to the Mustang powertrain lineup. Vejgman explains that, with a projected more than 305 horsepower and over 300 pounds of torque, the EcoBoost engine can truly hold its own. “The EcoBoost engine has been designed for outstanding performance and projected best-in-class fuel efficiency,” he notes. What’s a Mustang lineup without a classic V8 engine? This thrilling 5.0 litre engine is projected to generate more than 420 horsepower and over 390 pounds of torque. According to Vejgman, a new intake manifold includes charge-motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. The increased air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing results in better fuel economy, idle stability and lower emissions.
Mustang owners love to take control and shift for themselves, and whether they select a fully manual gearbox or the updated automatic transmission, the experience promises to be better than ever. To combine the high level performance with everyday usability, the Select-Shift six-speed automatic transmission has been introduced. Drivers who prefer the ease of the automatic shifting during the day, but still want to take control on twisting roads, will appreciate the new steeringwheel-mounted shift paddles with revmatching downshifts. Inspired by the cockpit of a plane, Ford designed the interior with the controls conveniently placed at the driver’s fingertips. Steering wheel controls, analogue and digital feedback and drive and passenger ergonomic comfort are just some of the elements that emphasize the upscale craftsmanship of the 2015 Mustang.
Forging Ahead It’s been an exciting half century for the world’s most loved sports car and the journey is far from over. Ford continues to press forward with new technologies and innovations that will carry the Mustang over many decades to come. “We’re very excited for the next chapter of the Mustang’s story,” remarks Vejgman. www.ford.ca
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2014 Crescent Point Energy
Canada Cup By Tonya Lambert Photos courtesy Canadian Junior Hockey League
auphin, Manitoba, is all set to host the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup from April 26-May 4. The tournament promises 10 exciting days of hard-hitting, goal-scoring action by the best Junior A hockey teams in the West. This is only the second year the tournament has been held. The first Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup tournament was held in Nanaimo, BC, last year, following the 2012-13 regular season. The tournament, which features league champions from the four western provinces as well as the host team, was
designed to replace two smaller events â€“ the Doyle Cup, which had been contested by the winners of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), and the ANAVET Cup, which had been between the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) and Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) champions. The winner of each cup advanced to the national finals. The new Crescent Point Energy Western Cup tournament will consist of a round robin followed by two semi-final matches and the championship game. The top two teams will represent Western Canada
at the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship, which will take place in Vernon, BC, from May 10-18. It was decided a bigger tournament involving all four leagues would garner more attention and fan support and would thus prove to be a better marketing opportunity for the leagues. This certainly seems to be the case as the excitement has been building on the streets of Dauphin for months. Dauphin was chosen to host the tournament because of the communityâ€™s proven track record of successfully hosting big events, including the 2010 RBC Cup.
With its broad volunteer base, Dauphin is once again proving itself up for the challenge. The organizing committee has put together a stellar line-up of musical entertainment to perform throughout the 10 days of the tournament. Canadian country music singer Charlie Major, winner of two Juno Awards, will be performing a concert on opening night in the Countryfest Cabaret concert venue, part of the Parkland Recreation Complex. Other performers will include
Winnipeg band, Day after Nashville; local country/rock group, the Chris Barker Band; Yorkton-born country music singer Samara Yung; Winnipeg artist David James; Archerwill country music singer Codie Prevost; Dagnabbit; Ryan Keown and his band; and the Mike Sacharko Band. (I would suggest taking this out, and including the list of performers as a sidebar, just an idea.) Tourism Dauphin and the 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup - Special Events Committee is holding a contest to select
a person or group to sing Stompin’ Tom Connors’ The Hockey Song at the tournament. Contestants should upload their entry onto YouTube, where people can watch them before voting online. The 2014 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup tournament will be played in Credit Union Place, the arena in the Dauphin’s Parkland Recreation Complex. In March, the community of Dauphin renamed 1st Avenue SE, which leads to the Parkland Recreation Complex,
Western Canada Cup Way in honour of the tournament.
of such major tournaments and knows what it takes.
The tournament will be attended by scouts from both the NHL and several American universities, who will be watching the players closely as they give it their all to become the Western Canadian Junior A Champions. Host team, the Dauphin Kings, has known for a year that they will be playing in the tournament and have been preparing accordingly – Marlin Murray, head coach, is a veteran
“In tournaments of this calibre, speed and physicality are amplified,” says Marc Berry, assistant coach. “Everything about the game is intensified.” Berry feels the Dauphin Kings, with its good-sized contingent of Manitoba players, has every bit as good a chance of winning the cup as any of the other four teams. Fans can purchase individual game tickets, a 13-Game Tournament Package ($189)
or a Team Pack ($131), which will allow them to attend each round-robin game of the team of their choice as well as the three playoﬀ games. VIP Add-Ons are also available for $199 (plus tax and fees). This includes front-of-the-line access to the games, access to the 730 CKDM VIP Lounge where fans can enjoy two free beverages per game, a meal before each of the 13 games as well as unlimited soft drinks and snacks, VIP parking, a souvenir program and tickets to the Charlie Major concert on opening night.
OASIS By Apolline Lucyk
pring is soon here and it’s time to start thinking about preparing your backyard for hours of outdoor enjoyment. Make this the year to do those backyard upgrades you’ve been dreaming about. hOt tuBs Hot tubs are one of those great backyard accessories you can enjoy year-round. Hot tub technology has advanced significantly over the years, so now is a great time to research your options. Many new hot tubs have hydrotherapy jets. With a hydrotherapy hot tub, your relaxation time actually doubles as a hydrotherapy massage, helping improve circulation, decreasing joint pain and often accelerating the body’s natural healing processes. Some also have chromatherapy (colour therapy) and aromatherapy features… and they come in all sizes! OutdOOr POOLs There’s nothing like having your own pool to jump into with family and friends. If you plan to install an outdoor pool in your back yard, ensure that you are well-versed in outdoor pool maintenance. Skimming, vacuuming, cleaning and chlorinating are all essential practices to keep your pool refreshing and inviting. OutdOOr KitChens and LiVing rOOMs Outdoor kitchens and living rooms are one of the most innovative ways to upgrade your backyard. When planning, it is important to consider what you will want to use this space for. The main functions of your outdoor kitchen or living room greatly aﬀect what furniture and appliances you choose to install, along with the overall layout of the area. For example, if it is to be primarily a lounging space equipped to host a dinner party, allow for ample lounging space and lounging furniture, and just stick to the basics in the kitchen and food preparation areas. However, if you love to cook, and plan to use your outdoor space for luscious dinner parties and family feasts, be sure to also allow for ample food preparation space and all the appliances you need. When planning your outdoor living space, choose resilient materials and appliances which are safe for outdoor storage and use. It’s good to plan for ample storage space for both kitchenware and appliances to protect
them from harsh weather conditions. Finally, be prepared for rain or shine. It is wise to design your outdoor living space with a partial roof, pergola, gazebo or an umbrella that can be set up for an extra sunny day or unexpected rain or drizzle. OutdOOr Bars Outdoor bars are another upgrade that can really bring your backyard to the next level. They are the perfect addition to your outdoor living space if you like to entertain. As with outdoor kitchens and living rooms, your outdoor bar can be simple or extravagant. Popular upgrades include wine and beer coolers, bar sinks and builtin kegerators for a genuine bar experience. When planning your outdoor bar, keep in mind the same considerations as for outdoor kitchens and living rooms. Ensure that all your appliances are safe for outdoor storage and use, and design with your primary functions in mind. Lighting and heating It is important to plan for adequate heating and lighting options to enable you to make the most of your outdoor space. High quality space heaters are essential, and a fire pit, fireplace or even pizza oven can become the focal point of your outdoor lounging space in the evenings. If you have an outdoor kitchen or bar, make sure that you have ample lighting options in that area in case you end up hosting a late night appetizer party or midnight
lunch, and make sure light fixtures are disbursed around the whole space to create ambiance. ChiLdrenâ€™s PLay areas Play areas for the children are essential if you have young kids, and the options are endless. When planning this area, keep in mind the ages of your children and the estimated lifespan of the play area. Many play area options, such as swing sets and tree houses, can be enjoyed for many years, especially if you have children of varying ages, so be sure to invest in wellmade, durable equipment.
LandsCaPing Quality landscaping can work wonders for an outdoor living space. Paths, greenery, water fountains, waterfalls, flowers and plants can provide the perfect final touches to make your outdoor living space truly magical. If you are not a gardener or plant person, a professional can work with you to plan your overall yard and find plants and greenery to brighten up your space with minimal maintenance. The options are endless to turn your backyard into an oasis of pleasure. Enjoy the summer!
Home maintenance musts By Apolline Lucyk
s the snow melts and the leaves return green, home maintenance is likely the last thing on your mind. However, there are a few check-ups and fixes that are essential to an enjoyable summer, and the maintenance of a beautiful, worry-free home. Here are some summer maintenance tips that will help you prepare your home for the upcoming year.
Indoor Home Maintenance CheCk Your FurnACe — Similarly, the summer is a perfect time to check up on your home heating system. SaskEnergy offers a home heating tune-up, which includes a hands-on examination and annual maintenance that will keep your furnace in good condition for the upcoming year. This can be done any time in the year, but may be easier to do in the summer when you have a little more time and the weather’s warm.
CleAn Your DrYer VenT—It is also important to clean your dryer vent throughout the year because if it gets clogged with lint and dust it could potentially cause a house fire. Luckily, cleaning your dryer vent is something you can do yourself and it is not a difficult process. It is possible to get much of the debris out of your dryer vent with your vacuum cleaner; however it is best to thoroughly clean your dryer vent tubing with a vent-cleaning brush kit, which will allow you to clean your vent tubing more thoroughly than your household vacuum.
Tune up Your AC uniT—Before beginning to use your air conditioning (AC) unit again, have a quick tune-up done to check the refrigerant levels, which must be within the appropriate range to keep your air cool and electricity bills low. Also, check the wiring to ensure there are no fire hazards, and make sure your fan is functioning well so you can use your AC unit throughout the summer without problems.
CheCk Your rooF AnD CleAn Your GuTTers—One of the first things that should be checked as the snow starts to thaw is your gutters. Leaves, dirt and debris get stuck in gutters year round, and as the snow melts clogged gutters can lead to water damage in your home, so it’s best to clean out your gutters so melting snow and rainfall can drain properly in the warmer months. Once you have cleaned your gutters, flush them through with water to finish cleaning them, and check for any leaks. Additionally, after you clean your gutters, it is useful to do a check on your roof for any leaks to further protect your house from unwanted water damage.
Outdoor Home Maintenance pressure WAsh exTerior WAlls AnD DeCkinG—Pressure washing your exterior walls, driveway and deck at the beginning of summer is a good practice since it clears away dirt and debris that has accumulated during the winter. A pressure washing is also essential if you plan on repainting your house or touching up the finish on your deck.
YArD MAinTenAnCe—Tackling spring yard maintenance can save you from bigger problems down the road. As soon as winter season is over, give the lawn a thorough raking. Raking removes old leaves and dead grass, and also clears up winter mold spots. At this point, closer care of the lawn may require aerating, liming and reseeding dead patches. Take the time to cut away dead branches from trees and shrubs, clean up the area around plants and repair fences.
CheCk Your WinDoWs AnD FounDATion—Check your windows’ sealants routinely by ensuring that both inside and out are secured, and caulk any open areas in between. Also check windows’ weather-stripping and replace any faulty pieces. Finally, your home’s foundation should also be checked routinely, as foundation cracks are best dealt with immediately.
Re-defined AT HODGE PODGE By Trina Annand Photos Dori Fee
or centuries a one-on-one personal shopping experience has given way to the big box mentality, where quantity outweighs quality and service is generally unsatisfying. At Hodge Podge the Wieb family has created a distinctive business that ensures the shopping experience is quite the opposite. Founded on the principles of old fashioned customer service and the desire to provide unique products and services, the staff ensure an exciting shopping experience for all their customers. Kent, Paula, Stacy and Tom Wieb are experts in making their clients feel at home. Hodge Podge is far more than a store; it’s a destination. From its beginnings as a small liquidation business in 2006, Hodge Podge has evolved into a must visit location for locals and tourists alike. Once a small room set up with liquidated items from the back of a semitrailer the store has morphed into a shopper’s paradise. The vast 14,000 square foot space is constantly reinventing itself. “Our stock changes almost daily; on Monday you may find bulk bins of LEGO, by Thursday it could be pontoon boats, but you will always find something unique. You may not always find what you need, but you’ll definitely find something you want,” remarks owner Kent. Now one of the largest independent retailers in Parkland, Hodge Podge is always expanding and experimenting with new product lines. Some notable areas include an extensive toy and book section featuring ALEX toys, which appeal to all ages, known for their creativity and ability to inspire. Visitors will also find purses, jewellery, Lampe Berger, gourmet fudge, Jelly Belly jellybeans, old fashion candy and an elaborate seasonal section, which could feature handmade, recycled metal Mexican garden art and recycled tire furniture from Indonesia for spring and summer. Still customers can expect something entirely different come fall, and the Christmas seasonal will offer entirely new options. At Hodge Podge there is literally something for everyone. “We try to focus on helping people find exactly what they want. It’s great to see the excitement on a customer’s face when they walk in the door for the first time. Even for returning customers it’s essentially a new shopping experience each time
RIGHT L–R Becky McGregor Jennifer Kolisnyk
they visit,” notes Tom, who oversees daily activities and heads the liquidation branch of the business. The liquidation service allows them an opportunity to offer pre-owned merchandise including antiques and vintage finds. “We don’t specialize in specific brand names, we specialize in [all things] unique,” notes Kent, “It’s a valuable service that helps out in the community that we all love.” Hodge Podge truly lives up to its name and is a destination that can’t be ignored. RIGHT Tom, Paula & Kent, Stacy Wieb
Hodge Podge Store & Services 831 Jackson Street, Dauphin 204.638.4455 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hpodge.com |
Functionality & Atmosphere WITH THE FLIP OF A SWITCH by Kimberly Patzer
Lighting has many functions; it allows us to see, creates a comfortable environment and keeps us safe and secure. Smart lighting allows greater function of space, creates depth and accentuates areas of a room. There are three types of lighting to consider; general, task, and decorative or accent lighting. 48
eneral lighting is used to provide overall illumination of space. A chandelier, for example, sets the mood by its level of brightness. But, to escape the monotony of general light it needs to be teamed with task and/or accent lighting. Task lighting enables us to perform activities that require a more intense light, such as cooking, sewing or reading. Task or direct light can come from the ceiling but sometimes a better source is lamplight. Decorative or accent lighting emphasizes an area or an object, adding to the drama or the mood of a space â€” it is not relied on for vision. For example, you would project accent light onto a piece of art to accentuate it for visual appeal.
for the perimeter of the room, and if only these lights are on a romantic mood was obtained. The second bank for the main area was placed with function in mind. The third bank was for decorative use, but also to illuminate an area that was dark most of the time. By adding these lights in their particular placement, not only was an overall pleasant mood created, but the basement is now a much more comfortable environment to live and work in. Be it mood, function or both, proper lighting is important to creating a livable and enjoyable space. If you find your space lacking luster or function, consider the amount of lighting and the type of lighting that you have. There is always a solution!
In some cases the artificial lighting that is installed is not enough to maximize proper use of a space. I worked on one basement in particular that was used as the main living space for a family and had only two ceiling lights installed. These two lights provided enough general light to see, but on a dull day, or at night it was too dark for comfort and did not cast enough light into the perimeter of the room for it to be a functional space. The result of poor lighting was a depressing and restricted space. To solve this problem, three banks of pot lights were installed with each bank on a different switch. This allowed for all the lights to be on at the same time, or depending on the need, one or two banks could be on, creating a different mood but still enabling function. One bank was
Kimberly Patzer is a certified Interior Decorator based in Yorkton, Sask. where she has operated her business, Truly You Interiors, for more than two years.
Celebrating 50 Years of Service and Family Values By Trina Annand Photos Wildflower Photography
n today’s modern world technology is king; having the best smart phone, an ultra-thin TV and the latest sound system has become a way of life. Humanity has made great technological leaps in the last century, and as a result big box stores have sprung up by the thousands, with deep discounts and little to no service. One family business has managed to survive and even flourish in this new economy standing tall against the tides of mega stores. For 50 years Merv’s has been
a part of the Parkland community, offering great products and superior service with a truly family-run feel, four generations of the Neely family have called Merv’s their home away from home. “I have been in this industry all my life. I started working here with my Dad when I was 11 years old for 25 cents an hour. I have been here for 46 of our 50 years in business,” remarks Kevin Neely, owner of Merv’s. “Our goal is to provide the best service
possible. In a small community, after 50 years your customers really do become friends.” Neely started in the business sweeping floors, moving up from there, one day he broke a TV tube, a costly mistake in that era and decided that the repair service wasn’t for him. This decision propelled the now owner into the customer service side of the business and now he has occupied every position of the business. Knowing it inside out, in 1993 he took over the business from his father Merv.
ABOVE L–R Darcy Dumont, Donna Podolski, Kevin Neely, president; Alicia Christensen (front), Corey Holian (back), Terry “The Tiger” Fullerton, Carla Wills, Travis Neely
Over the years Merv’s has moved from being a small section in another business to a now 5,000 square foot space, making the store the largest independent electronics business in the Parkland area. From its humble beginning servicing black and white TVs, record players and radios, the store is always looking for new technology to include in their already impressive line. Though televisions have always been the heart of the business, Merv’s offers home theatre systems, cameras, audio components for cars and homes, as well as the newest smart phones as the exclusive MTS dealer in the community. Superior service is what makes the store a destination, with friendly service and a price match philosophy.
to satellite and high definition. We are just looking for the next big thing to sink our teeth into,” notes Neely. A visit to Merv’s is definitely a priority any time of the year and for every electronic reason. With a strong team of knowledgeable staff, customers are guaranteed to find the products and service they are looking for with a family feel that is second to none. Come celebrate the 50th anniversary with Merv’s and become a part of the family yourself.
“We can compete with the big box stores; we almost always meet or beat a price. We have been here for all the big television revolutions from colour and flat screens
Merv’s 204.734.3252 601 Main Street Swan River www.mervs.com |
ABOVE LEFT Kyle Neely pricing merchandise ABOVE RIGHT Picture taken in Geo. F. Scalfs building of technical dept. “Top” wages for technician in the early 60’s was $1.00 per hour cEnTRE Mervyn Neely, technician
for the home BY COURTNEY TAIT
he most interesting objects in a home are the ones that tell a story. The 60-year-old stool your grandfather carved from a fallen pine tree. The antique candle holders your sister gave you for your wedding. The framed drawing of a rainbow, coloured by your son when he was three. Featuring items that represent another time or place instantly infuses your home with soul. What if you took that notion a step further? Reclaimed materials — from stained-glass church windows to tables made of barn wood — are becoming increasingly popular in building, renovating and redecorating, enabling homeowners to add interest to their décor while giving new life to pieces from the past. If you’re installing or replacing hardwood floors, consider using salvaged wood for a unique look that’s also eco-friendly. Boards from old barns, factories and warehouses can be found through local and online sources, saving the wood from ending up in a landfill and making your flooring an instant conversation piece. Reclaimed wood can also be used for interior walls and siding. Like mixing antiques into your space? A castiron tub, pedestal bathroom sink or farmhousestyle kitchen sink can complement a modern décor, making a statement that also proves functional. Decorative windows that have been rescued from old buildings become a piece of art once hung on the wall. Even vintage fireplace mantles can be repurposed and used as a headboard or shelf. The ways in which to use reclaimed materials are limitless. All it takes is a little imagination and a passion for finding treasures with a story you want to tell.
TOWN FEATURE DAUPHIN
Dauphin A BeAutiful ShowcASe
of Prairie Life
By Alyssa Rudyck Photos courtesy of the economic Development & tourism Department
TOWN FEATURE DAUPHIN
he City of Dauphin is a place with one foot in the best of both worlds, straddling the line between small town values and big city amenities to create the perfect balance of tradition and innovation. It is a place where community is a valued commodity, and newcomers are always welcome. “The best way to describe Dauphin is as a beautiful showcase of prairie life… it’s a great place to work and to live,” says Alyson Sametz, president of the Dauphin & District Chamber of Commerce. “Nothing beats waking up and seeing the sunrise over my farm or driving to work with the Riding Mountain National Park in my rearview mirror.” Dauphin is a lifestyle, she continues. “It’s that quaint small town, where we still strive to continue to move forward… where even if you are just visiting, you’ll always have a friend to come back to.” Growing up in Dauphin and serving on the city’s Chamber since 2009, Sametz has watched her city grow into a thriving business community. She attests that Dauphin provides a variety of recreational activities for residents and visitors to enjoy, including a multitude of fishing holes, world-renowned golf courses and a gorgeous prairie landscape, complete with surrounding provincial and national parks, lakes and scenic farmland. One of the most rewarding activities in Dauphin, however, is to get involved within the community. “What showcases Dauphin really well is that our major initiatives are all community based…everyone is very connected and community minded here,” says Sametz. “It’s a town where if something needs to be done and it benefits the community, you can imagine that someone is already thinking about the idea, and that there is a whole committee of people that are willing to make it happen.”
One of Dauphin’s biggest annual community events is Dauphin Countryfest. Sametz says the event brings over 10,000 people to Dauphin each year, and generates financial support within the community. In addition to the economic spin off, a portion of the proceeds supports various service groups in the city who take care of things like ticket taking, selling drink tokens, and picking up garbage during the festival. Sametz explains Dauphin’s spirit of collaborative initiative is also the singular cause behind the construction of several venues in town, including the Countryfest Community Cinema. The Countryfest Community Cinema is a not-for-profit organization run by a board, with four movie screens, two of which are 3D. “It was built all because the people in Dauphin decided that we needed to have a movie theatre back in town after the previous one was destroyed in a fire,” explains Sametz. “Community members got together and started a committee, formed a board and started to raise some money. The instrumental part was that everyone in the community got involved to raise the money to build the cinema. It was a huge undertaking, but we got it done.” It was this same community-minded attitude that built the city recreation centre and is currently driving funding and planning for an extreme sports park, which is scheduled to begin construction in May. Also on the way into Dauphin this May is the Western Canada Cup. Sametz explains that, like hosting the cup this year or the RBC cup in 2010, there is a lot of national events going on in Dauphin – more than those who have never been there might expect. “The best part about Dauphin is that you can still get the large city amenities, like
a caramel macchiato, but you have that small town feel, where you can walk down the street and everybody knows your name…it gives you a real sense of home and community…[but] there is so much stuff here that people don’t think they are going to see or experience in small town Manitoba,” says Sametz. Sametz notes the citizens of Dauphin have recently made strides in technological advances around the community as well, including local work to help provide the city with faster Internet service through fibre optic cable. A state-of-the-art grocery store is also on its way, as well as numerous new housing initiatives. Along with being local-minded, Dauphin is also focused on continued tourism development.
“We are in the heart of a very culturallycentered area. Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, which will have been running for 50 years next year…the Fort Dauphin Museum and the Watson Arts Centre are also located in Dauphin. We have a lot of historical homesteads, and other areas people use to tour in and around the Dauphin area. The outlying communities have many natural and cultural gems to visit as well,” says Sametz. Visit Dauphin this summer, and treat yourself to their national award-winning flower displays, planted by community volunteers through the Communities in Bloom program. “You have to come to Dauphin to experience it, and really see all that it has to offer,” says Sametz. “But don’t take our word for it, come see it for yourself.”
Booming 2014 Dauphin Kinsmen Business expo a success By Alyssa Rudyck
his year marked the 26th annual Kinsmen Business Expo, held at the Parkland Recreation Complex in Dauphin from March 19-30. The event featured an array of exhibitors, showcasing members of the business community across the Parkland region as well as other areas of Manitoba. “It is a project that we do to raise money to put towards various initiatives in the community,” says Daniel Pylypchuk, chairman of the Kinsmen Business Expo. Pylypchuk says this year’s tradeshow featured approximately 100 exhibitors who represented a range of businesses, from large corporations and home-based businesses to new business startups. There was also a dedicated area for artisans who make and market local products. Supporting the Kinsmen Club of Dauphin in organizing the Expo is the Parkland Agricultural Resource Co-op Ltd. (PARC), a regional economic development group of eight regional municipalities, including Dauphin, Ethelbert, Gilbert Plains, Grandview and Hillsburg. The collaboration began in 2012 in an effort to expand and promote the tradeshow as a regional event. According to Marnie Kostur, PARC’s executive administrator, the tradeshow is an exciting opportunity to connect with the regional business community. “Businesses, residents and potential investors look to what the region can provide, and evaluate a business-friendly environment where people want to work together. The Expo is a great example of regional collaboration,” says Kostur. For exhibitors, the Expo is a venue to showcase new products, gather feedback to develop marketing strategies, socialize with existing customers, meet new ones, and to remind the public of who they are and how they serve the community. The Expo is also beneficial to the region as a whole, helping to encourage a healthy business environment, secure new investments, demonstrate strong regional cooperation, showcase the diverse and vibrant products and services available, and promote buying locally. “Several new businesses were pleased with the turnout, and have vowed to come back next year, which is really positive, because
businesses are seeing the value,” says Kostur, pointing out that over the past 3 three years, the marketing strategy was changed to focus on marketing materials, targeting media and networking activities for the exhibitors. “A lot of effort was placed in talking to businesses, finding out what they liked or didn’t like about the tradeshow to learn about their expectation and how the Expo could be improved,” continued Kostur. Next year, organizers will be working to improve the agricultural component. They also hope to add special venues to draw a different demographic to the show. “We are always looking to expand,” adds says Pylypchuk, who notes the Ultimate Gamer challenge hosted by Westman Communications was one of the top highlights at this year’s Expo, and featured an array of gaming contests and thousands of dollars in prizes. Don’t wait to sign your business up for next year’s Kinsmen Business Expo. Once registration opens, spots fill up fast. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to showcase your product, make connections, and contribute to the Parkland business community. For those wishing to attend the tradeshow, keep an eye out for upcoming details on next year’s special events, and come out to experience all that the region has to offer.
The Kinsmen Business Expo features exhibitors from a myriad of business sectors. Here’s just a few: • • • • • • • • •
Agricultural equipment dealerships Food and beverage processors Communication companies Educational institutions Economic development organizations Government business services Vehicle dealerships Homebuilding suppliers Construction companies
Web Design Make Your Website the Centre of Your Marketing Hub By Jennifer Fetch Photos Todd Pederson
hen it comes to web design, business owners want a website as unique as their own business. Richard Bankert of Richard Bankert Web Design, is highly knowledgeable about web design and how it has evolved with today’s business world. “Your website is your marketing hub, it is the centre that all your marketing should point to,” claims Bankert. “It is a reflection of your business, and how you expect your customers to view your business.” Customers now have the luxury of being able to anonymously browse your business online before coming through your door
or picking up the phone. It is critical to have an appealing website that draws them into your products and services. Web design has become much more exciting, with opportunities to present your business online in new ways. Bankert states, “From content management systems to full portfolio pages, the ways that you can interact with your customers is endless, and that is exciting.” Bankert emphasizes that a website should not become static, but always evolve to update and involve your customers. Consistent improvement, new information and new posts give your current customer base a reason to return to your site. “Those who do this, gain more customers,” Bankert adds. Bankert provides a few quick tips to help keep your website updated and relevant: “Focus on good, meaningful content, share what you write across the web, and ensure that each article you write has a purpose.” Choosing a web design company is an important major decision for your business. Bankert insists that, as a web designer, “If you want a long term successful relationship you need to be honest, provide the best advice, and focus on doing your part to help [the business] succeed.” The relationship between a business and its web designer goes beyond just setting up the website. When it comes to his business, Bankert explains “We don’t see ourselves only as a web design company, but as a part of your team. If you have a need, we are just down the hall to answer your questions, meet with you, or create a new promo slide for you.” This ongoing relationship between the web design company and your business is critical. A business needs someone who can take care of their website professionally and efficiently. This frees up time, resources, and reduces stress, allowing your business to focus more on other areas. Bankert, who has been designing websites since 2006, has built his company to provide all the services a business may need for its website, along with other communication-type needs. He believes that offering a variety of services helps his company provide even more value when it comes to meeting client needs. Richard Bankert Web Design is focused on building successful and trustful relationships with their clients. Beyond web design, they offer print design, videography, training and Internet marketing. They also work closely with other companies to provide a list of services all under one roof. Bankert explains, “It is so much easier when you walk into one store and get everything you need.” Richard Bankert Web Desgin 204.648.4952 www.richardbankertwebdesign.com | | | |
Catalyst Credit Union
A Community-First Approach to Banking
ith more than 16,000 members, 87 employees, $372 million in assets and branches in seven communities, Catalyst Credit Union is one of the most significant and successful enterprises in the Parkland. What really sets it apart, though, is that it’s not in business to generate big profits. Its purpose is to make life better for everyone in the communities it serves. “That’s not your usual business model, that’s for sure,” says Richard Dereniwski of
Roblin, chair of the credit union’s board. “Of course we want to be profitable — and we are. That’s what gives us the capacity to provide our members with the best and latest services, and to ensure we’re rock-solid financially in terms of capital, reserves and liquidity. “But we’re a cooperative,” he continues, “and ‘concern for community’ is one of our core principles. We’re driven to succeed so we can do more good things for our members, who are both our owners and our customers.”
Catalyst Credit Union was formed last year when Dauphin Plains, Ethelbert and Roblin credit unions joined forces. “Each of our founding credit unions had a rich history of fostering the sense of belonging that’s the hallmark of any flourishing community,” notes CEO Ron Hedley. “It’s our mission to build on that legacy. Of course we want that sense of belonging to be there for our members. We’re serving our friends and neighbours as well as our owners, so I think it’s only natural that we’re open, honest and friendly in the way we do business.”
“But our commitment to the Parkland doesn’t apply only to our members, and it doesn’t end at five o’clock.” That would be an understatement. In its first year of operation, Catalyst Credit Union gave more than $65,000 to dozens of community groups, large and small, in the form of sponsorships, donations and bursaries — this on top of several major long-term commitments including Credit Union Place, Countryfest, Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, Asessippi Ski Area, Manitoba Mud Run, Gilbert Plains Driving Range and the community cinema in Dauphin. As well as providing financial support for these and other community causes, Catalyst also hosts a number of events itself. Some are for fun, like annual golf tournaments and birthday parties for members turning 60. Some benefit producers and entrepreneurs, such as ag seminars featuring expert speakers, or free space in branches to showcase homebased businesses. “Shred Days” held in branch parking lots provide a safe, secure way to destroy confidential documents, free of charge and open to all. The credit union takes pride in being particularly generous in its support for young people. In partnership with the Mountain View School Division, Catalyst has established Clipper Credit Union, a student-operated financial cooperative at Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School. Students can earn $10 for every ‘A’ they earn in a grade 12 course too (must be a member to qualify). “That’s a lot of effort and resources to commit to non-business initiatives,” admits Dereniwski, “but I’m happy to say our members are extremely supportive of our devotion to the communities we serve. After all, we really want the same thing: a better life for ourselves, our families and our neighbours.” Catalyst Credit Union operates branches in Dauphin, Ethelbert, Gilbert Plains, Inglis, Pine River, Roblin and Winnipegosis. For more information, call or drop by any branch or visit catalystcu.com.
top left Dale Scott, Executive VP/CFO top right Jim Hickey, Personal Lender, Roblin Branch above left Devron Jakeman, Wealth Consultant Roblin Branch above right Lorilee Campbell, MSR, Roblin Branch
Catalyst Credit Union dauphin 505 Main street n t 204.622.4500 catalystcu.com ethelbert 9 railway avenue t 204.742.3529
Pine river 1st avenue t 204.263.2166
gilbert Plains 36 Main street n t 204.548.3000
roblin 266 Main street W t 204.937.2156
inglis 116 Main street n t 204.564.2401
Winnipegosis 228-1st street n t 204.656.5050
Helping You Achieve Your Success By Tobie Hainstock Photos Kelly Michaluk Photography
ext to your home life, your work life is one of the most impactful journeys in your existence. It can be a stressful eight hours of trudging through your day or it can be an opportunity to learn, teach, support and shine. Since 2005, Mick Lautt of Taiga Consulting has been working with businesses, nonprofits, and communities to bring insight, clarity and direction to their
paths. Lautt has a strong background in leadership training and business. For more than 20 years Lautt has been assisting groups and individuals in reaching their full potential and achieving the success they are after. What is that success? “Success is defined by the individual,” says Lautt. He goes on to note that it could be healthy relationships, a work/life balance or other goals that are meaningful to the individual.
According to Lautt, the key to achieving that success is through building relationships. “Your product, facility and production can be great, but long-term success depends on people being effective and achieving results,” he states. Lautt examines this key area with businesses and corporations, acquiring information about how all of the employees function in their work environment, and then creating a program that is accessible to everyone involved.
Each program is customized according to the client’s needs. “Part of my job is listening to my clients to find out what they need and what I can offer them,” he comments. It starts out with a discovery session where he and the clients look at what’s happening in the organization and what results they are looking for. Lautt also conducts one-on-one interviews with people of all levels of the company. The individual consulting sessions serve to assist in building leadership skills by examining strengths and opportunities for growth. Group learning activities are also conducted to build relationships and team performance. “Aha!” moments happen when participants develop a better understanding of one another and are able to work together more effectively. Through experiential learning activities, participants are given fun and practical ways to take long-term valuable lessons with them. They have time to talk about their experience and what the activities meant to them. These exercises build connections and establish a foundation of trust. “We all have different roles to play and we need to treat each other with respect,” says Lautt. These activities bring that into awareness. “The learning is always tied to performance goals and business results and is an investment in the most valuable asset, people” says Lautt. As a facilitator of many types of programs, Lautt is able to provide flexibility in the location and time that suites the client. He can work with an organization on a short term or long term basis, depending on their needs and desires. Lautt also provides
leadership training and coaching, assisting managers and executives at being more effective in their roles. Looking for a workshop or retreat for your next team building experience? Lautt will coordinate as much of the retreat as needed. “I will source out local facilities for the client and set everything up if they wish,” he remarks. Train your leaders and build your teams to enhance business success, with the support of Taiga Consulting. n pictured Mick Lautt
Taiga Consulting 204.638.8071 taigaconsulting.ca
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Announces
New Strategy Moving Forward By Henny Buffinga
he Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC)’s 83rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Dauphin, Manitoba this year from April 11-13. “We were very excited to have Dauphin hosting our AGM this year,” says Chuck Davidson, president of the MCC. “Being the umbrella for 67 local chambers across the province, it is important for us to try and be in as many communities as possible. Dauphin has a strong chamber and continues to grow,” says Davidson, pointing out he feels the success of Countryfest is an example of how a community can come together and showcase a world-class event in a rural
area. “Strong communities are made up of strong businesses. Dauphin is a good example of that and they put on a great showcase of their community for our members,” he continued. This year’s AGM featured the release of the Chambers’ three-year strategic plan for the Manitoba business community. Over the next three years, the MCC will focus on developing economic competitiveness by fostering an entrepreneurial climate and removing barriers to economic growth, developing the Local Chamber of Commerce network, and focusing on the organizational development of the Chamber itself.
“The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce is looking to re-establish our position as the ‘Voice of Manitoba Business’,’” says Davidson. ”In recent years, the Chambers’ message has been muted, with too many voices addressing issues of concern. When too many voices are talking, the message is not heard.” “Our philosophy has always been policy over politics,” he adds. “We need to find ways to work with government to best set the direction for making Manitoba’s economy stronger, more diverse and more inclusive.” The focus since Davidson took over as president and CEO has been to examine
the areas where there is no voice and find ways to develop strong policy to give issues – like tourism – a voice. “Our new three-year strategic direction, unveiled at the AGM, is our guide to achieve our goals and to increase the value we provide to our members and to the business community that needs someone to speak for them,” Davidson points out. There were two keynote speakers this year: Jim Bell, chief operating officer of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Manitoba Local Government Minister Stan Struthers. Bell talked about the recent challenges facing the Canadian Football League club, from delays moving into the new stadium to the challenges of relocating, and the steps they are taking to remain one of the premier franchises. Struthers addressed the infrastructure strategy of the provincial government and its affect across the province. The format was slightly different this year. “The topics and speakers were selected to help our corporate members get new ideas and see how other business leaders are dealing with the issues they all face, [as well as] where they have succeeded and where they still have room to grow,” says Davidson. “Our chamber discussion helped our local chambers, some in remote locations as compared to Winnipeg, to learn how successful chambers can be and how our network can become stronger.”
OPPOSITE PAGE Founding members of the Chamber Executives of Manitoba BAck ROw L - R Mathieu Allard (St. Boniface/Francophone Chamber), Becky Cianflone (Altona Chamber), Candace Olafson (Morden Chamber), Carolynn Cancade (Brandon Chamber), Dianne Friesen (Winkler Chamber), Linda Peters (Steinbach Chamber) FRONT ROw L - R Ernie Nairn (Assiniboia Chamber), Cindy McDonald (Portage La Prairie Chamber), Chuck Davidson (Manitoba Chambers), Angela Braun (Winkler Chamber), Sheri Skalesky (Selkirk Biz), Chantal Skraba (Dauphin Chamber) THIS PAGE TOP Attendee’s of the Party Like Locals Speakeasy Soiree play a few hands at the Casino tables as part of the all night entertainment held at the Watson Arts Centre on Friday April 11th. Players were able to cash in their chips for tickets to win locally made prizes or donate to charity. ABOVE LEFT L-R president and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Chuck Davidson, Carol A. Paradine Past Chair of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce, Alyson Sametz President of the Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce and Frank Sottana Director at Large of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. Chuck Davidson and Frank Sottana present the Harry Mardon Award for direct service to the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce to Carol A. Paradine and the Executive Committee Award to Alyson Sametz for Outstanding Service to a local Chamber of Commerce and its Community.
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