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Spring style – top 10 trends page 19

Working out outdoors page 28

New rules for CPR page 32

Going green page 56

Builder Profile ­– Kensington Homes page 59

Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women page 21

Women building homes and communities page 34


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Spring 2012

The guide for living local


Spring 2012: Volume 13, Issue 1

Sometimes being a magazine editor is a really great job – and this is one of those times. Although this is my first time working on the annual issue of Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women, what better subject to usher in spring – a season of possibilities, renewed growth and true beauty? I met four of our five “Beautiful Women” honorees at our photo shoot at The Bay, and their colourful outfits were matched only by their own vibrancy and radiance. They are women of all ages, backgrounds and life experience, but what struck me most about them was their shared passion for helping others, their generous spirit and their boundless energy… for living fully, and giving fully. So not only do we recognize these inspiring stories and important contributions of five beautiful Manitoba women in this issue, but we will also honour them at a gala event held March 29. It’s a special evening – and I hear, one that can bring even men to tears – as we recognize the positive influence these incredible women have in their work, families and communities, as well as the powerful difference they make in the world. They are true reflections of true beauty. You can read about this year’s winners on page 21. From some very dedicated moms and volunteers, to a high-powered fundraiser, to an exuberant heart-transplant recipient, they are all extraordinary women. Prepare to be inspired. And keeping in the theme of amazing women, we feature an article about Habitat for Humanity’s Woman Build program, where again women are volunteering their time and skills as instruments in building stronger communities – both literally and figuratively. Throughout this issue we also celebrate spring in all its freshness… and the season’s lightness of being as we shed the layers of winter. We take a fresh look at fashion trends, offer new workouts that you can do outdoors, and provide an article about CPR that could help save a life. (Best read that one on page 32) Under our Dish section, we serve up some seasonal recipes and a few light, crisp wines for sipping, as well as a few restaurant ideas for day tripping with the kids. And just as things “go green” outside, we offer some tips to ‘Go Green’ around your home, or refresh its look with a few cool renovations. So go out, go green… and go wild. That’s the best part of spring!

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f you’ve ever described a Chartered Accountant, you’ve likely used words like “serious, accurate, number cruncher”. If your description stops there, you’ve clearly never met Alyson Kennedy, a Partner at MNP, a high energy professional, and a passionate volunteer who has been in the midst of some of Winnipeg’s most important community projects. Though deadly serious about her professional responsibilities as a CA, Kennedy laughs easily and speaks lovingly about the many organizations and countless volunteers she has been privileged to get to know as part of her twenty-five year journey as a community volunteer. “The bottom line,” she says with a laugh while making an obvious reference to accounting, “is that I need to believe in the community project and know that I’ll have fun helping out, even if the challenge is daunting.” Daunting projects are why so many organizations call and count on Kennedy’s expertise. In her, they know they’ll get straight up, no-nonsense advice plus a serious commitment to helping them overcome all challenges. “I want to make a real difference,” she said, “and help each organization learn and grow and achieve their objectives.” Since 1985, when Kennedy’s volunteer activities began with Hospice Manitoba, she has been involved with numerous causes ranging from the Pan Am Games and Meals on Wheels to Cancer Care Manitoba and the Nellie McClung Foundation. The long over-due monument recognizing the work of Nellie McClung was a sizable feat and a career first for Kennedy, not just because the statue weighed 3,500 pounds but because it was the first to be erected on the grounds of the Legislature in over two decades. “This required a massive community effort, including from all levels of government, and I was proud to have been part of bringing Nellie home.” Thankfully, Kennedy has had the support and backing of MNP. A leader in community relations, MNP promotes leadership from its staff, encouraging them to get involved with causes they feel strongly about. The company realizes that the work their employees do helps build stronger communities, which in turn helps build stronger employees.

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“Without question, community work has allowed me to further strengthen my management and interpersonal skills. It’s been the best management training ever. Not-for-profits operate so differently than the world I operate in, in terms of governance models, management styles, and range of personalities.” In her practice, Kennedy has over 25 years of experience working with professional and business clients, offering her expertise on a broad range of financial services. “The most important thing I offer my clients is the ability to listen in order to help them achieve their financial and family objectives. I also provide audit services for the not-for-profit sector.” Kennedy is currently the President of Meals on Wheels, the Chair of the Practice Review Committee at the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Board member and member of the Finance Committee at Cancer Care Manitoba. Since 2009, her work with Meals on Wheels has allowed her to help introduce many significant changes to ensure the success and durability of the organization. “I’m constantly amazed by the dedication of the volunteers at Meals on Wheels. Their generosity of time and spirit are the backbone of our service.” Outside of her professional and volunteer activities, Kennedy has one other big commitment: her family. “I’m passionate about my family and about building memories with them. Most often, you’ll find us on the golf course or beach, out fishing or travelling. They never fail to support and encourage me.” Kennedy feels that the best aspect about volunteering is the human one: “It is the people I’ve met – many who have become friends. That and being able to work as part of a team to get things done that make a difference in people’s lives.” SPRING 2012



Happy Campers Wondering what to do with the kids during summer break? Here are several places that offer day camps and other activities for the young ones.

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Manitoba Theatre for Young People Tantalizing summer theatre and film camps for actors ages 5 to 19. For nine weeks this summer, we’ll come together every day to learn theatre skills, act, sing and dance, write songs, build puppets, make movies, and rehearse play to perform fo an audience every Friday. Each week a new batch of plays are cooked up; each week you’ll have a chance to take centre stage and show off the theatre skills you’ve learned. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Student drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up goes until 5 p.m. To register for camps visit: or call 947-0394 ext. 230

WAG offers Artful Writing Back by popular demand, the Winnipeg Art Gallery presents Write to Art: Creative Writing Workshop led by local literary greats Marjorie Anderson and Deborah Schnitzer. Through new and expanded writing exercises, the workshop focuses on the links between the visual and literary arts, and this year’s theme relates to the exhibition American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Write to Art runs three consecutive Saturdays, April 21, 28 and May 5 from 1 - 4 p.m. Tickets are $75 for WAG members, $90 for non-members. Call 789-0516
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SPRING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Attention wine lovers! The Winnipeg Wine Festival, now in its 11th year, offers some serious sipping of vintages from the Wines of British Columbia and Wine Country Ontario as this year’s theme regions. In one of the largest wine festivals in the country, the event’s public tastings will offer over 515 wines from 134 wineries, with selections sure to please any palate. Many of these wines are available in Manitoba for the first time and are exclusive to the festival. Public tastings take place May 4 & 5 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Come sample some of the best wines Canada has to offer, while supporting Special Olympics Manitoba. The Winnipeg Wine Festival is an annual fundraising event for SOM. For more information visit:

Distinguished women honoured Rockwell rocks the WAG Manitobans can witness the art and nostalgic works of one of America’s best-loved painters in the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s exhibition of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. Renowned for his charming vignettes of American Life, many of them featured on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell’s artworks, as well as video and photos of his life, will be part of the major retrospective, and the first time his paintings have been shown in Canada. Winnipeg is the only Canadian stop for the touring show, which runs from March 2 to May 20 at the WAG.

To celebrate and acknowledge the talent, achievements and dedicated service of outstanding women, the 36th annual YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Awards will be held Wed., May 2, at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The awards program recognizes Manitoba women who have made a unique and exemplary contribution to the development of others in the community. SPRING 2012




Erin Selby From media personality to MLA by Amanda Thomas

fter an impressive decade-long television career Erin Selby has propelled herself into the world of provincial politics. Selby was first elected in 2007 to represent Southdale and in 2011 Premier Greg Selinger appointed her Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy. Selby has continued to live her life in the public eye with tremendous poise.

Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced when making your transition from media to government?  I think the transition was actually a little easier for me than for most rookie politicians. The hardest thing for people to get used to is having a public life, and your family needs to get used to people speaking to you in the grocery store, or at your children’s dance classes. I had been on TV since before my daughters were born so they were used to people recognizing me. Truly the biggest difference for me was the timelines. In TV, your assignment is due everyday at 6 p.m. when the evening news goes on the air. Whether you’re happy with your story or not, it’s over at the end of the day. In politics, it may take months or years to see completion of a big project, and it’s hard to leave issues on your desk and not carry them home at the end of the day.  

Q: What is your main focus as Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy and what do you hope to accomplish in the future? My focus, the focus of our government, is to provide affordable accessible highquality education for Manitobans. We want everyone who has the ambition, determination and passion to learn to succeed, and for students to be judged on



their commitment to learning and not their ability to pay.


I do believe post-secondary education is on the right track in Manitoba. We’ve increased funding to post secondary institutions by nearly 90 per cent since we came into office. Our students pay among the lowest tuition fees in the country and in the future we will bring in legislation to freeze tuition to the rate of inflation. When we came into office there were no bursaries – we’ve tripled our commitment to scholarships and bursaries. Also, we are working continually to make it easier for students to transfer between postsecondary institutions across Manitoba. I’m confident that will help get students through school faster and prepare more individuals for the work force.

Q: Readers may not know this, but you have triplets at home! How do you manage your professional schedule and busy home life? First of all I have the best kids in the world, which makes everything easier. I know a lot of women talk about finding balance but I’m not sure that’s possible. I think if you’re a working mom something or someone is always getting the short end of the stick and with women it’s usually themselves. I think you can have it all, just not all at once. There are times when I work a lot, but when I have down time I focus it around my family. My friends would complain that I don’t call them enough, and they’re right. I’m just lucky they still take my calls when I do get a chance. I couldn’t do any of this without the support of my family, but especially my husband who has never once complained about the long hours I work and he does a lot more of the household chores than I do. I do cook supper

though, and we manage to eat together as a family several nights a week. And my kids have put in place the “no BlackBerry at the table” rule!

Q: What inspired you to make the career change? Had you always been passionate about politics? I had an interest in politics as far back as I can remember. My grandparents were active with the NDP and I remember great political debates around their dinner table. I spent 10 years on television and it was a fascinating career but there came a time when I wanted to get more involved with my community. As a reporter you’re on the outside talking about what other people are doing to tackle an issue or solve a problem. I wanted to get right in the thick of things. What I didn’t expect was the added benefit of how many friends you make in politics, especially in your home constituency. Makes living in Southdale feel like a small town!


Q: What is it about Winnipeg that makes you want to be so involved in this community? I love my city and my province! I was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Pinawa, but went to high school in Ottawa and to Concordia University in Montreal. I think the fact that I’ve moved around gives me a good perspective of what we’ve got here in Manitoba. We have everything here that you can find in any big city, but the parking is easier and things are more affordable. I’m passionate about the arts and Winnipeg is home to world-class dance, theatre and music. Add to that the return of the Jets – what more could you ask for? There is no place I’d rather be! I’m so glad my husband and I decided to raise our family here.

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The Will for the 21st Century Power of attorney now part of estate planning By Dana Nelko

eath is inevitable and proper estate planning will always be necessary. However, in today’s world where people are living longer but not always healthier, estate planning is changing. While lawyers have done a good job over the years educating clients regarding the need for a proper will, it is only recently that the need for a proper power of attorney has been recognized. The law has always recognized that, in certain circumstances, an agent could be provided with the authority to carry out an individual’s commercial activities if that individual became incapacitated. In Manitoba, The Powers of Attorney Act governs the appointment of agents to look after the financial affairs of others.

All good news right? Well, arguably, yes and no. While death has been put off, concerns with respect to disability have now become more prominent. In a recent report prepared for the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Rising Tide: The Impact of Dementia on Canadian Society, it is predicted that we will see one new case of dementia in Canada every two minutes by the year 2038. Currently, 1.5 per cent of the Canadian population has been diagnosed with a form of dementia, and that figure will almost double by the year 2038.

The donor (you) appoints an attorney (someone you trust) to look after your banking, pay your bills and generally manage your finances if you become incapable, either physically or mentally, to do so on your own.

The largest passing down of wealth in Canadian history predicted by futurists took a slight detour as mortality rates dropped. But as these rates dropped, the rates of dementia in our elderly population began to rise.

There was a time when the will was the foundation of estate planning. Death, along with taxes, was inevitable and lawyers insisted that their clients have proper wills. The expression, “You can’t take it with you” comes to mind, as does the warning, “You don’t want to leave a mess for your kids to clean up.” Both lead to the inevitable conclusion that your affairs ought to be put in proper order before the grim reaper knocks on your door.

Thus, the need to manage our estates while we are still alive has now become a key focus for lawyers and financial advisors. The will as an estate planning tool now has some competition. The power of attorney is likely to become the 21st century “will.”

In the mid to late 1990s, we noted a shift in thinking. It’s not clear whether the term “wealth management” became merely a more polite reminder of our inevitable demise or whether the term crept into our lexicon to reflect a simple truth. We began to live longer. In fact, the shift from planning for death to planning for a likely “extended stay”


has a lot to do with health care, nutrition and modern medicine. In 1961, the average Canadian could expect to live to the age of 71. By 2005, life expectancy had increased to 80.7 years, with males averaging 78.3 and women 82.9.


It must be remembered, however, that the attorney’s role as the financial manager, unlike that of an executor in a will, is not to distribute the donor’s estate but simply to administer or manage it. The attorney’s role may carry on for many years depending on the nature of the donor’s incapacity. Like any estate management tool, the power of attorney must be carefully crafted. At the heart of the matter, the individual appointed to act as attorney is really a financial caregiver. The selection of this financial caregiver is as critical as the selection of your executor, given the

potential for abuse and the catastrophic consequences. The legislation does attempt to offer up some protection as the attorney must provide an annual accounting of his or her activities and the court can intervene with the assistance of the Public Trustee if problems are encountered. Unfortunately, these problems often go undetected with devastating and sometimes tragic results. A well-crafted power of attorney is a vital part of any estate or wealth management plan. It will go a long way to ensuring that your financial affairs will be well managed in the event you become incapacitated.

In 1994 the Manitoba Law Reform Commission made the following observation as it reviewed The Powers of Attorney Act: “We believe that this situation (the appointment of an attorney) has a great deal of potential for abuse. All citizens who choose to order their affairs by means of an enduring power attorney are vulnerable to the misuse of this power, but it is the elderly who are most likely to be victimized... Evidence suggests that approximately 4% of elder persons in Canada are victims of abuse and that up to 100,000 seniors are abused in Canada annually... Financial exploitation, including the misuse of powers of attorney is involved in 30% of cases reported to the Elder Abuse Centre of Manitoba. As the numbers in proportion of elderly grow, financial exploitation, including the abuse of powers of attorney, is likely to become even more severe in the future.”

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hey say that to understand someone, you must walk in his shoes. Not wanting her children to grow up thinking that everyone has the same advantages, Jocelyn Armbruster temporarily moved her family to the Flatlanders Inn, a transitional housing community that supports people at risk. Armbruster, 33, her husband, and three young sons stayed at the Flatlanders for a year. “It was a family decision. We felt it was important for us to spend some time giving as a family and teaching our kids that the world is full of diversity and that we all need love,” Armbruster says. “Flatlanders Inn is a community that helps those that really want to get back on their feet, usually working with people who have gone through a hard time or struggled with addictions.” In the beginning, it was not an easy transition for the young family. One of Armbruster’s sons was homesick, and she too had to learn to share her family and how to trust others with her children. But she knew she was doing the right thing.  “One of the things our family learned was that having a family is a privilege. We shared our lives with many people who have never had a family: nowhere to go at Christmas, no one to acknowledge their birthday,” she says. “In fact, no one who cared for or looked out from them at all.” Acceptance of others is nothing new for Armbruster. When she was told her eldest son would have Down’s syndrome, she was prepared to love him either way. He turned out to be healthy, but her second son, Luke, has atypical Arthrogryposis Amyoplasia (AMC), a condition that results when a fetus isn’t able to move sufficiently in the womb. Rather than send Luke to a fully accessible school, Armbruster was determined that



her son would attend the same school as his siblings and friends. Next year, the school will have an elevator, but until that point, Armbruster and her husband Sherwood go to the school each day to help their son up and down the stairs. “I used to think that parents of children with special needs were just trying to make the best of a bad situation by being positive. Today I know they were absolutely sincere,” says Armbruster. “There is a purity of life and love that shines through frailty in our world. Luke embodies this, teaching me to slow down, to look for the precious and be thankful for the things we take for granted. I am proud of who he is.”

Last November, the family fostered an infant boy who was in desperate need of a home. “Although we were thinking adoption, we saw an immediate need for fostering. Sadly, Winnipeg is the orphan capital of North America. We have many kids in our city that need love and care.  How could we say no?,” Armbruster says. “Often people say, ‘how can you handle not knowing how long you will have him for?’ but I don’t really know how long I will have my birth children for. I love them anyway. I hope and pray that they will have long healthy lives. But no matter how long or how short I have any of my kids for, I will love them each day that I have with all that is in me.”



aw student by day; superwoman by night. Whenever there’s trouble in the world, people call Rana Bokhari.

Bokhari’s habit of saving the world began when she heard about the devastating floods in the Philippines last year. “It really bothered me, and I felt like we (the law students) could do something. We’re a good group of people. School gave me an opening,” says Bokhari, 34, who is president of the Manitoba Law Students Association and a student at the University of Manitoba. Once she put together one successful fundraiser, she was driven to do more. She organized benefits for Winnipeg Harvest, a benefit concert for Haiti that raised between $18,000 and $20,000, and another concert for the East African famine. All told, Bokhari’s efforts have raised thousands of dollars for causes at home and around the world. “When I started hearing about East Africa, I waited for two weeks to see if anyone was going to do anything about it, but nothing came up,” Bokhari recalls. So she called Assiniboine Park, booked the Lyric Theatre, and then contacted Ace Burpee of HOT 103 for help. Within weeks, she had a successful event that raised thousands of dollars.

After graduation, Bokhari has decided to article with a smaller firm that will support her fundraising efforts.

Bokhari, a world traveler who lived in Pakistan for several years, says the motivation to help others was inherited from her parents.

She also organized a sit-down dinner to raise funds for those affected by the flooding in Pakistan, for which she garnered nearly $12,000. As she was interviewed for this article, she was planning a social for the Victoria Hospital in early March.

“This is a huge part of my life, and I had to know I could put work on hold to do what I have to do,” she says. “I’m surrounded by people who support me. I’d be a really crappy person if I didn’t do this.”

“They’d always tell us ‘there’s a billion people who have it worse than you. Why don’t you think about them for a second? ’ That’s how my family is. They support this in every way. It’s an expectation now.”

“I don’t sleep a lot. I run on the energy that comes from the end result,” says Bokhari, who had three papers due, a presentation, and finals to study for while she was organizing the hospital fundraiser. “This is something they need, and I have the ability to do it. I take this very, very seriously. I couldn’t let anybody down.”

While it started out as a local effort, Bokhari now receives donations worldwide through her social media skills. She spends a lot of time carefully researching where her fundraising dollars are best spent, and has built relationships with Doctors without Borders and the Mennonite Central Committee.

To keep up with Bokhari’s fundraising efforts, you can find her on Twitter or Facebook.

“Now when something happens, people call me,” she says. “No way I could say no to them, ever.”





y extending herself to help others, Ann Ledwich found the safe haven she’d been looking for.

Ledwich has been volunteering for 40 years, with half of that time spent as the receptionist at Winnipeg Harvest. “I meet everyone who comes through the doors — people who come for food, people who come with donations. When I first started volunteering at Harvest, it opened my eyes to how needy people were in this city,” Ledwich recalls. “People were so grateful; they acted like I’d cooked the food myself. I told them we couldn’t do it without donations, but they’re just so happy to meet you.” Not everyone who comes to a food bank is happy, and part of Ledwich’s job is to anticipate the emotional needs of those who come through the door. “Some people who come for food are angry that they need it, and others are so upset, almost ashamed,” she says. “I say ‘if you need it, you’re entitled to it’, and that puts them at their ease. I try to understand them, be a good friend, and they’re all right. I just treat the people like they should be treated — like human beings.” Ledwich was born in England, where she graduated with a registered nursing degree when she was 21. She moved to Canada with her husband, and took a break from nursing to raise four children — two daughters and two sons. She’s been married for more than 50 years. “I had three (children) in three years. I was busy enough, wasn’t I?” she laughs. “I was fortunate that I was able to stay home with my children and bring them up myself. I loved it.”



Her children still live in Winnipeg, and she sees them regularly. She has two grandchildren, and was present at her granddaughter’s birth. “I saw her born; I actually cut the cord. I was glad I was there,” Ledwich says, adding that she delivered 10 babies as a midwife in Leeds, England. “I was an only child, and it used to make me sad. I very much wanted a family.” Ledwich began volunteering once her children were grown. She started in palliative and hospice care, working with the dying. “There was one young man with lung cancer, and we went out every Monday for four and a half years. We’d go all over the city, and he

loved it. He loved going out,” she says. “It broke my heart when he died.” Through troubled times in her own life, Ledwich has found Winnipeg Harvest to be a source of comfort and support. “The staff is just wonderful, and it’s such a good place to be. Harvest gave me those few hours not only to help others, but to recoup for myself,” she says. “It’s very peaceful, and I’ve always been happy to spend time there.” While she loves Winnipeg Harvest, like all of the food bank’s volunteers, she wishes it didn’t need to exist. “Unfortunately, it’s a necessary place. I wish it would finish, but I don’t think that’s going to happen for a long, long time.”

Kristin MILLAR


or the first time in ten years, Kristin Millar has a future. It’s hard to believe that just two months ago, the 28 year-old was waiting for a heart transplant.

“When they put the heart inside me, it started beating on its own, which is really rare,” she says. “At first I couldn’t sleep because my heart was too loud — that’s a pretty amazing problem to have.” It all started with a stomachache. In December 2009, Millar battled what she thought was a persistent flu, visiting several doctors and emergency rooms. She was in triage when her pacemaker went off for the very first time. The pacemaker was implanted as a safety precaution when she was diagnosed with a thickening of the heart wall at age 18. “They finally looked at my heart, and it had almost completely failed — it was functioning at six per cent, and my other organs were failing. I was dying before their eyes,” she says. After emergency surgery, a ventricularassist device (VAD) kept Millar’s heart pumping. She carried the battery pack in her purse, sewed zippers into all of her dresses, and joked that she “wasn’t sick, only accessorized.” Millar visited schools to speak about organ donation. Before long, she was using her theatre talents to be the star of the Children’s Hospital’s in-circuit television program. “Kids are really perceptive, and they have no censor at all. I’ve been asked if I actually plugged into the wall,” Millar laughs. “I’m pretty open, and I’ll talk about everything. I joked that I was a vampire, because with the VAD, I didn’t have a pulse. It was a neat party trick.” Millar uses her sense of humour and her natural stubbornness to get past any obstacle.

“I was on a form of life support, but I made a point of not waiting by the phone. I lived a full life. I tried to convince them to let me do a half-marathon with the VAD,” she says. “Thankfully, I have a very supportive family who never treated me like a sick person, they believed in me.” She says facing a life-threatening illness has changed her for the better. “Some people can’t accept that heart failure was a good experience for me, and that I’m grateful for it,” she says. “I’m more peaceful, more caring, more kind. Before I went into heart failure, I wouldn’t have called myself an over-optimistic person.” Millar started dating her boyfriend two months before her transplant, which she jokes was a “trial by fire.” Unable to wait in Winnipeg, he flew to Ottawa where she was in recovery.

“I used to not want anyone to see me looking weak or vulnerable, and having a breathing tube is not pretty,” she says. “But from the first moment I saw him, with his huge smile, I have never felt more beautiful.” She continues to speak at schools and tell her story in the hopes that more people will talk to their families about organ donation. “I hope my story will get people to think about it. One person can save seven people like me. Lack of awareness is our greatest struggle, and there’s got to be some reason I’m still here.” Life holds no end of marvels for Millar, and many of them are what most of us take for granted – anything from a hot shower to a good meal is so appreciated. “I wake up grateful everyday. I was dancing three weeks after the transplant,” she says. “This heart loves to dance.” SPRING 2012


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onnie Magnusson Schimnowski never expected to be a voice for the dying. But when she lost her husband, she turned her own pain into a crusade to help others find their strength. When Schimnowski was 40 years old, her seemingly healthy husband of 20 years died of a heart attack, leaving the stay-at-home mom with four children to raise. “He was a big, strapping guy, and he just collapsed. It was like a candle went out,” Schimnowski says of her husband, who was 41. “We put a lot of life into those 20 years, and his memory will live forever.” While the temptation to curl up and cry must have been great, Schimnowski knew that she had four children to support. Inspired by the volunteer work she’d done at her children’s school, the United Way, and the Elizabeth Frye Society, she went back to school fulltime to get a degree in social work. “I knew I had to be strong and keep the family together. It was a natural survival instinct. I had to do more with my life for my children’s sake. We were all going to school together, so we worked as a team,” says Schimnowski, 65, noting that her children were 17, 16, and 12 year old twins at the time. “I was so excited to be in school that for the first month, I forgot I should be taking notes.” She remembers quietly grieving while her children were in bed. But she kept on going. Within three years, Schimnowski had her Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of Manitoba, and she began working as a resource coordinator for seniors. She co-facilitated the Reaching Out program, which was a 10-week workshop for older women suffering from depression,



many of whom were survivors of the Holocaust. She returned to the university to get her master’s degree in social work four years later. In 2003, she became the palliative care support coordinator for the South East Interlake District. Her experience helped her provide support to dying patients and their loved ones. “I knew what it was like to lose someone I love. It was very natural for me to help families and widowers walk through their grief,” Schimnowski says. “At this time of their lives, people need comfort, they need to be pain-free, and they need to be heard. They wanted someone to hear their story.” In 2005, Schimnowski developed the North East Interlake Palliative Care Program, becoming the first palliative care coordinator for the Gimli area. She also helped develop

Camp Stepping Stones, a camp for children who have experienced the death of a loved one. The camp’s activities include creating memory boxes, releasing butterflies with their wishes, and making comfort pillows with an article of clothing from their loved one. “Children grieve differently. They don’t want to see Mom and Dad cry, so they try to be strong little soldiers. They’re the forgotten grievers,” says Schimnowski. “This camp was designed to address that.” It takes a strong person to work in palliative care, and Schimnowski acknowledges that it isn’t for everyone. “There are those that dig their way into your heart, and when they die, you grieve, but you have to keep on going,” she says. “If I took it home with me every night, it would have done me in. You have to let it go, and know you have done the best you can.”



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Welcome spring! As we move out of winter hibernation we naturally want to lighten our load. Gone are the big jackets to hide under. Here are a few tips and a program to start now to get ready for the bare legged season of summer! There are countless studies that show the benefits to being active outdoors. Many of my clients that have the option to workout indoors often opt to be outdoors so they can take in the fresh air, the sunlight, and the variety of exercises. For those of you who are fair-weather outdoor exercisers, behold

dog and find a local park. The options on exercises there are endless. Before you head out, see if you can walk to and from the park. If so this will be a great way to get your warm-up in and then the way home can be a good cool down - a great way to flush your muscles. Pack the things you will need: water, snacks for the kids and dog, maybe a portable stereo if you want tunes. Dress yourself and the kids in layers. It’s funny, as moms start to work out and get warm they often think their kids are getting warm too… the rule of thumb is that the kids should have typically one layer more clothing than the mom who’s working out. If your kids are still in a stroller this is a great way to tote a set of 7- to 10-lb dumb bells too. If pushing a stroller, keep your arms bent, chest proud and shoulders back and down. By keeping the stroller close to you, you will maximize the efficiency of the movement. Take big steps, really engaging the back of the legs as you walk. Squeeze the glutes and keep the belly button pulled in tight to the spine. Once at the park, get the kids set up with whatever they’ll need. Tie the dog up and tighten your runners’ laces. Do a few laps around the play area with big arms; really concentrate on moving all of your joints and getting the muscles working and warm. Shoulders, hips, knees and ankles are all important to get moving. If you are a new or expectant mom, remember that your body has ‘relaxin’ in it, which is a hormone that allows for more flexibility in the joints. That said, take caution with uneven surfaces and be careful to test if an area is slippery before you step on it. Find a bench and do a few step ups on there with each leg. Then place your hands on the bench and try a few push-ups. With

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push-ups, the higher the top of your body the easier it is, so if you find the ground too challenging you’ll love the option of the bench – either the top or the seat! Finally, turn yourself around and try a few tricep dips. If you brought a set of dumb bells, work the shoulders with a few military presses. Finally, walking lunges are a great way to tone the thighs and perk the derriere. You can do them holding weights or without. If you’re looking for core work, you’ll get a bit in during push-ups, but you can also hold front and side planks. The same rule applies to planks as push-ups in that a higher top of the body makes it easier. Try this as an exercise program: n n n n n n n n n n n

Walk or jog around the structure a few times. 8 step-ups per leg 8 push-ups 8 tricep dips 8 military presses 8 walking lunges per leg. Walk or jog again around the structure a few times. Repeat the exercises, this time performing 6 repetitions. Walk or jog then repeat the exercises for 4 reps. Walk or jog then complete 2 reps of each exercise. At the end, walk or jog a few times then be sure to stretch! Your quads (fronts of the thighs) hamstrings (backs of the thighs) glutes and chest all need to be held for at the very least 30 breathes.

Happy spring. Get out and enjoy some activity!

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The case for vaccinations Immunizations reduce preventable diseases by Dr. Carol Kurbis n 2010, Manitoba had just one case of measles. Worldwide 299,201 cases were reported that year. And the disease was responsible for an estimated 164,000 deaths in 2008. Last year there were more than 640 cases of polio in the world. Canada has not had a confirmed case of the devastating disease since the mid 1990s.   Vaccinations don’t just make a difference; they are a major cornerstone of disease prevention, as witnessed by the statistics above. For obvious reasons, it is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it.   How do vaccines work? Well, vaccines contain some of the same viruses or bacteria that cause certain diseases, but they’ve either been killed, weakened, or contain only certain pieces of the virus or bacteria. The vaccines are designed so that they cannot produce the symptoms or signs of the disease, but make the immune system produce antibodies against them. It is these antibodies that remain in the body and prevent re-infection when they encounter that disease in the future. In other words, when you get your child vaccinated, they develop immunity to the potentially deadly illness without suffering from the actual disease.   Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in Canada, including tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles).  Several new vaccines have been recently added to the Manitoba routine immunization schedule, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and more vaccines are under development (such as for HIV/AIDS).   As a result of the continually changing schedule, many parents have questions

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about what vaccines their child should get, and when they should receive them. Manitoba has a Recommended Immunization Schedule for Infants, Children and Adults, available at http://www. schedules.html The site also contains links to fact sheets on each of the vaccines. Anyone with questions should contact their family physician or their local public health office.   In addition to routine immunizations, other vaccines may be recommended by your health care provider if your child has certain medical conditions that put them at risk, or if they are exposed or may be exposed to specific diseases through travel or other means.  Health care providers may also advise on new recommendations for vaccines in Canada that may not yet be included in the Manitoba routine schedule.  When travelling, it’s important to consult a health care provider, or visit a travel health clinic at least six weeks before you travel. Additional immunizations may be recommended depending on your age, where you plan to travel and what you plan to do. And make sure your visitors are immunized too.   A good reminder for parents is to check their child’s immunization record before they enter school to make sure they are up-to-date, as the preschool vaccines are sometimes missed. In 2010, only 66 per cent of seven-year-old children in Manitoba were known to have received all doses of the vaccines recommended since birth. Once a child has been eligible for a vaccine series in Manitoba, they remain eligible in the future, so it’s never too late to update their immunizations, as long as the vaccine is still recommended. If your child is missing a dose in a vaccine series, the whole series usually does not need to be restarted. They just need their missing doses.

Manitoba has an immunization registry that keeps track of immunizations your child receives from primary care physicians, public health nurses, and other providers in Manitoba. If you’ve moved to Manitoba from another province, or if you are a newcomer to Canada, your records can be updated in the registry through your local public health office. Immunization records can also be requested through your local public health office.    There are many reasons to immunize your child. The first is to protect your child. Although immunization has reduced many vaccine-preventable diseases to very low levels in Manitoba, some of them are still quite common in other parts of the world. Travelers to other countries are especially vulnerable, and travelers to Manitoba can unknowingly expose our community to diseases and outbreaks occurring in other parts of the world.   Some diseases that we immunize against are still common in Manitoba. For example, tetanus is a severe, often fatal disease. The bacteria that cause tetanus are present in soil, and are found in the waste of many animals. Tetanus is infectious, but not contagious (not passed from person to person), so unlike some of the other vaccine-preventable

diseases, immunization of other people will not reduce your chances of being exposed to tetanus. Because tetanus bacteria are widespread in the environment, tetanus can only be prevented by immunization. Immunizing individual children helps to protect others from some vaccinepreventable diseases, especially those people who are not immunized, by reducing the chances of being exposed to communicable diseases. Certain people cannot be immunized, including those who are too young to be vaccinated (e.g., children less than one year of age cannot receive the measles vaccine but can be infected by the measles virus), and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (e.g., children with leukemia). Immunization also slows down or stops disease outbreaks. Disease outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases are more likely to occur in populations with lower immunization rates.   Immunization is one of the most important ways to keep your child healthy. And when you immunize your child, check and make sure that your own immunizations are up-todate as well!

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What Is Low Intensity Laser Therapy? Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is the use of light energy to treat many chronic pain conditions and injuries. This treatment is painless, safe, and very effective in stimulating the body’s natural healing process. How Does Low Intensity Laser Therapy Heal? The primary healing mechanism is caused by the interaction of the light with tissue. Light energy is transformed into biochemical energy resulting in the restoration of normal cellular function. All tissue consists of cells, which respond to L I LT in varying degrees, resulting in the regeneration of tissue. Is Low Intensity Laser Therapy Safe? Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre uses the Meditech Bioflex system, which is the most sophisticated low intensity laser device on the market and is approved by Health Canada and the FDA. In over one million applications to date worldwide with this system, there have been no adverse effects.

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It is important for parents to get information on questions they might have about vaccinations. There is also a lot of misinformation. Your health care provider is a good source of information, as are the following websites: Manitoba Health fact sheets and immunization schedules publichealth/cdc/div/index.html Public Health Agency of Canada immunization Canadian Paediatric Society Canadian Coalition for Immunization Awareness and Promotion


Physiotherapy can maximize quality of life through treatment and rehabilitation. A physiotherapist’s goal is to restore, maintain and maximize your strength, function, movement and overall well-being after an accident, illness or injury.


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n Canada someone dies of heart disease or stroke every seven minutes and, according to Statistics Canada, almost 30 per cent of all female deaths in 2008 were due to cardiovascular disease. Would you know what to do if you saw someone in need of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) after a heart attack? Nine out of 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. And those risk factors for heart attack and stroke include: smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. While the statistics can be scary, it is not difficult to provide lifesaving First Aid in an emergency. Moreover, CPR is becoming easier and easier to perform. Why? The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) reviews research on life-saving skills, such as CPR in the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Their last set of recommendations emphasized that everyone should learn CPR, and it is important to act in an emergency, even if you are not sure exactly what to do.



ILCOR now recommends fewer steps to giving CPR, which reduces the time it takes for someone to start giving CPR. St. John Ambulance and other training agencies have adopted these changes to improve the quality of CPR performed, and help save a life. Again, taking action in a First Aid emergency is key. If you recognize an emergency, call 911. Simply calling 911 is one of the best ways to save a life; but you must first identify that there is an emergency. Here are a few signs and symptoms of a heart attack: n n n n n

Chest pain Pain in the jaw, shoulder or lower back Difficulty breathing Sweating Nausea

Call 911 if someone is complaining of these symptoms or if you notice them yourself. After calling 911 ask the person if they have a history of heart disease and if they have been prescribed any heart medication.

New rules make giving CPR easier by Chris Whitmore, St. John Ambulance

If you find someone who is not responsive and not breathing call 911 and give CPR at a ratio of 30 compressions to two breaths. If you are untrained in CPR, or if you are unable or unwilling to give mouth-to-mouth breathing, you can give compressions only. Many people do not act in an emergency because they do not know what to do or because they are concerned they might make a mistake. Don’t worry. CPR is easy to perform and it is almost impossible to harm someone by giving them CPR when needed. The proper delivery of CPR and the use of AED significantly increases survival and recovery rates. Taking a First Aid and CPR course is one of the best ways to prepare for an emergency, and St. John Ambulance provides training seven days a week. Visit or call 784-7000 for more information. Remember, the most important thing to do in an emergency is to decide to act. Calling 911 and giving whatever help can provide might just save a life.


Women building homes and communities Habitat program helps women construct own houses By Kim Wilson


t takes a woman to build a village.

A Habitat for Humanity program, called Women Build, creates new homes for Winnipeg families and at the same time supports women as leaders. While the Habitat model provides much needed affordable housing for the community, it also helps families break the cycle of poverty.

Women Build homes are constructed by women who volunteer their labour to learn and advance their house-building skills. A dedicated group, Women Build volunteers plan fundraising events with a goal to raise enough money every year for a Habitat home. Since 2005, Women Build in Winnipeg has funded and built eight homes for Habitat for Humanity partner families to purchase. After being selected for the



program and completing a minimum of 350 volunteer hours, homeowners purchase their homes with no money down, and an interest-free mortgage with payments geared to income rather than property value. Habitat for Humanity then reinvests the mortgage payments received from homeowners back into the build program, which will develop more homes in future years. Supporting Women Build is an investment in the community that yields a measurable financial return, in perpetuity. The program includes women of all ages and backgrounds. To get involved or learn more about Women Build contact Kim Wilson at 235-2400 or email: kwilson@ To make a donation to Women Build, visit donate-personal.cfm

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love peas! Snow peas, snap peas, and sweet green peas are the most common varieties grown at home. For me fresh peas are a sign that spring has sprung. One of my favorite things about spring is sweet peas. From spring to early summer these peas are in the peak of their season. With many kinds of peas comes many culinary uses; you have your choice of how to incorporate them into your repertoire. A simple approach is to finish cooked peas with a dollop of butter; however I always like to take food to that next level. One of my favorite ways is a sweet pea purée with seared scallops. The delicate sweetness of the scallops matches perfectly with the sweet pea purée and goes well with a glass of Riesling.

Pea purée

Seared scallops

2 cups fresh or frozen sweet peas 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese 6 fresh mint leaves 1 Tbsp butter, room temperature ¼ cup heavy cream salt & white pepper to taste 1 egg, beaten

2 Tbsp olive oil 12 large sea scallops, thawed fine sea salt extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

• Cook peas in a pot of boiling salted water until very tender and then drain; reserve cooking liquid.

• Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Season scallops with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

• Set 2 tablespoons peas aside for garnish and return the remainder to saucepan adding butter and cream. Bring to a boil and simmer for one minute. • Place remaining peas in blender. Add cheese and mint leaves. Purée pea mixture, adding a little cooking liquid if puree is too stiff; you want to end up with a smooth, thick and creamy purée. Season to taste with sea salt and white pepper.

• Pat the scallops dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.

• Once the pan is very hot, and you have added the oil, begin to place the scallops in the pan. • Cook scallops until golden brown outside and just opaque in centre, about 2 minutes per side.

• Do not touch the scallops until they begin to brown (caramelize) around the bottom edges. A common mistake people make is moving the scallops around before they have formed a nice crust on the bottom, which is important to the dish. • Spoon warm pea purée into centre of plates. Place 3 to 4 scallops onto each plate, on top of the purée. Garnish with reserved peas and pea shoots, and lemon zest. Drizzle each serving with extra-virgin olive oil and serve.

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Although this past winter has been more than favourable, I still hope that warmer weather is right around the corner. I welcome the opportunity to ditch the winter jacket and spend some more time outside enjoying the sounds and smells of spring – fresh green leaves, robins and barbeque. Once the snow clears and subzero temperatures subside, good times on the patio are just around the corner. And so is the thirst for lighter drinks that leave you refreshed. To help you celebrate the changing of the season, I’ve picked a fantastic array of bright and lively spring drinks that you can enjoy on the deck as the sun takes the chill away. The days are getting longer and brighter. So, sit back, take a sip and enjoy the taste of spring.

Darnley’s View Gin ($38.99; MLCC) is made with six carefully selected berries, seeds, peels, roots and flowers known collectively as the botanicals. The principal botanicals of juniper, lemon peel and elderflower creates a well rounded and smooth gin with a wonderfully warm finish. Darnley’s View never bites making it a great choice of gin for the spring and summer.

Gin Mojito 8 mint leaves 1 teaspoon sugar 1 ounce fresh lime juice 2 ounces Darnley’s View Gin 2 ounces tonic Ice In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the sugar. Add the lime juice, Darnley’s View gin and ice and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled glass, top with tonic and garnish with a mint sprig.



Eric Louis Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc ($23.04, France; MLCC) is pale golden in colour, with an open, fruity and concentrated nose of citrus and tropical fruits. This Loire Valley wine displays fine and expressive aromas in the mouth with the balance of the taste appearing when chilled. Very pleasant as an aperitif, it is also the perfect companion for seafood and fish. It will marry nicely with berry salads, asparagus dishes and goat cheese.

White Rabbit ($12.49, Germany; MLCC) is a cool climate Riesling that is well balanced, light and fruit driven that truly reflects the taste of the Rhine region. Just a touch of sweetness and fresh acidity make this white a wonderful and easy wine to drink. Match the White Rabbit Riesling with appetizers or with white meats, rice and pasta, sushi, shellfish, salads, fish and cheese.

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nburger is a perfect symmetry of wholesome food and young entrepreneurship in Winnipeg. Co-owners Kyle Matheson and Marc Priestley, both in their twenties, had a clear vision of what Unburger would bring to the city’s restaurant industry. A trendy out-of-the-box dining experience where customers could order a burger, have a beer – yes, they’re fully licensed – and relax in a cool environment without having to worry about fatty processed foods. The health factor at Unburger is threefold. They only use the freshest ingredients, and source locally wherever possible. Their patties are fresh, never frozen, and patrons choose between multigrain or ciabatta buns, both of which are baked daily in the open concept kitchen. Lastly, Unburger provides some of the tastiest veggie burger options found outside a dedicated vegetarian restaurant. The Great Falafel, is a homemade veggie burger of chickpeas, caramelized onions and roasted garlic. Banana pepper salsa, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato and lemon oregano yogurt are then added to the



delicious foundation for a full-on flavour burst. The Bella veggie burger uses a whole Portabella mushroom as the patty, topped with blue cheese, tomato, balsamic onions, lettuce and homemade herb mayo. Main course options are complemented by an entirely vegetarian side menu. Some of the most notable items are the “Sweet Sweet Yam Fries,” “Edamommy” beans, Asian Slaw, and the humourously dubbed “Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod 8-Grain Salad,” which pays homage to the infamous ‘90s Body Break commercials. When constructing the menu the owners enlisted the help of Chef Östen Rice, who

has worked at Amici’s and is now the head chef at Wasabi Sabi. “He’s a very talented chef and understands food like no one I have ever met,” Matheson says. “He treats it like art and that shows in the results.” Rice, Matheson and Priestley also created a plethora of tantalizing beef and chicken burgers to satisfy any meat lovers taste buds. More adventurous eaters can build their own sandwich concoction combining any number of Unburger’s offerings to satisfy even the most diverse craving. The décor at Unburger is a cross between chic eatery and modern spaceship. Eyecatching red cord lanterns hang above the bar seating and a flat screen TV is mounted on the wall in the order area. The walls are painted stark white, adorned with

catchy phrases like, “Top of the Burger Chain” and “Oh my, that Unburger looks slimming on you.” Contemporary finishes include complimentary wifi throughout the building and even a few free parking spaces out back that frequenters of Osborne Village know to be coveted. On top of all the modern conveniences, there are nostalgic touches such as the glass Coke bottles and toy figurines that take the place of traditional diner ticket numbers. And where did they get the name? Matheson and Priestley chose Unburger because they wanted to people to know their restaurant was the anti-burger chain and that they can still make healthy lifestyle choices while enjoying good quality food. Try your own “unburger” at 472 Stradbrook in Osborne Village.

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heese, like wine, improves with age. And many Manitobans know and love the mild, sharp or peppercorn varieties of Bothwell Cheese. Just a few months ago, the legendary company celebrated 75 years as Canada’s favourite cheese.

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What started in 1936 as a co-op in a plant built by local volunteers in rural Manitoba has grown into an awardwinning company that Canadians think is, well, just cheesy… in a good way. Bothwell Cheese now operates out of a 35,000 square-foot complex, with staff of 60 who work in the tradition of artisans as

Located in southeast Manitoba, Bothwell Cheese prides itself on using fresh, local products to create premiumquality cheese made with all-natural ingredients, pure milk, and no modified milk ingredients. The company produces and distributes more than 25 varieties of cheese throughout Canada. “What happens in New Bothwell goes everywhere,” says Bothwell Cheese President and CEO Ivan Balenovic. “Our secret is a rich heritage of artisan craftsmanship passed down through generations. We continue to buy our milk fresh from local dairy farmers. It’s the quality of our cheese that we’re most proud of and that remains our trademark.”

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Out to Lunch

A food review with friends

By Kathryne Grisim


ith more and more satellite home offices and women requiring places where they can assemble to work on projects, the term “Out to Lunch” has taken on new meaning for the women of Winnipeg. On this particular lunch date, two of us came from home bases and one from a business located in the south of the city. A late start on a Friday afternoon meant that we could stretch our time out into the afternoon and get caught up. So after talking about upcoming travel plans, new restaurants that we had just tried and others that we wanted to check out soon, we were ready to order. Santa Ana Pizzeria & Bistro is conveniently located in a strip mall with plenty of parking at 1631 St. Mary’s Rd. We each ordered a petite eight-inch pizza, and an enormous Santa Ana salad to



share. The latter was comprised of mixed greens, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan, topped with a drizzle of house dressing and crunchy sticks of young asparagus. We were not shy about scooping the salad from a single platter or about swapping tastes of pizza. You know a good friend when they are willing to share their delights with you. The diminutive pizza cut into six pieces was the perfect illusion. I find that I only have room for three pieces max, whether it is a 22-inch or an eight-inch pizza. Funny how that works! My friends chose two pizzas from the signature list: The “Pesto” was a delectable combination of seasoned chicken, roasted red pepper, asiago cheese and basil pesto sauce; the “Pollo” featured rosemary chicken, pancetta, wild mushroom and arugula. I could not decide, so concocted my own combination of pancetta, eggplant and havarti cheese. The

buttery, richness of the havarti perfectly offset the slight bitterness of the eggplant and the hearty, saltiness of the pancetta. There was significant debate over the best wine choice to complement our luncheon. I am a victim of habit as far as my wine choices are concerned so I was thrilled by the debate and the ultimate choice. At $15 per bottle, even a poor choice would have been reasonable value. No one had room for dessert, so we shared our wine, switched to coffee and got on with the reason that we had assembled in the first place. In fact, one member of our klatch had to leave to go home and get ready to meet girlfriends for après work appetizers at the lounge at 529 to celebrate a birthday. Isn’t it lovely to have so many wonderful culinary choices in Winnipeg (and good girlfriends with whom to share them)?

Where to dine with children By Kathryne Grisim


hat are your criteria for a child-friendly restaurant? The answer will be different depending upon the age of your child (or children). My husband and I met in the restaurant business and we always knew that dining with our children would be a part of our lives. Here are some guidelines that helped us over the years. Since deep-fried options weren’t our first choice for our children, we became experts at scoping out affordable places with grilled cheese sandwiches (Kay’s Deli, Star Grill), Mac and cheese (Bistro 7 ¼, Saucer’s), falafels (Falafel Place – caution: cash only) and spaghetti (Bellisimo, Old Spaghetti Factory). Of course, pizza was always a good option too (Mona Lisa, Santa Lucia). Many kids, including our own, like to experiment and create food of their own, so ethnic restaurants where they can choose their own items to have grilled (Mongos Classic Grill, Palatal) or stuff into a fajita (Don Pedros, Los Chicos) are a great choice. Vietnamese was often a favourite choice for our youngsters. We taught them at home how to handle rice and lettuce wraps before we ventured out (Little Saigon, Viva). Moo shi was another favourite and one order could feed three kids quite nicely (Spicy Noodle House). Let your kids have messy fun. Why not? You don’t have to clean up after them for a change. Dim sum always did the trick for us because the food could be delivered

quickly (Dim Sum Garden, Kum Koon Garden). We would often let the kids have a turn making a selection for all of us and the parade of carts circling around was fascinating to them. Buffets also empower kids when they can make their own decisions (East India Company, Buffet Square). They are more likely to eat what you’ve paid for, if they decided to select it in the first place. Of course, it is always a bonus if a restaurant has crayons or an activity sheet (The Keg, Olive Garden). We always considered it our responsibility though to engage our own kids so we would play games of 20 Questions or I Spy. Milk, real fruit juices and smoothies (The Don, Smoothie Bar at the Forks) are always welcome items on a menu too. If the restaurant is able to provide a top for a toddler’s glass, that is a bonus. It is difficult for a child to grasp the concept of not “crying over spilt milk.” High chairs and booster seats make sense as well as wide spaces in between tables where you can wheel in a stroller (Stella’s, The Grove). The offer by a staff member to heat up a bottle is a nice gesture. Disposable bibs and wet-naps are always a welcoming sight; as well as the knowledge that there is a change table or a family bathroom available. A bright, clean, cheerful, casual décor with easy to clean surfaces is always appreciated. Lots of visual stimulation is a plus as well. The Old Spaghetti Factory does a great job of providing this.

If you haven’t done your research and you arrive at a place with low lights, a hushed atmosphere and worried looks on the hostess’s face, you’ve likely shown up at the wrong place. A noisier atmosphere (Hermano’s), where you will not be stared down if your infant has a cry or your toddler a temper tantrum is a better choice. Hey, even the best behaved child has a bad day. Lastly, it is always a good idea to choose a restaurant close to home ( Jonnie’s Sticky Buns, Baraka Bakery). Walking to and from will help work up an appetite. A short drive time will ensure that you have not used up your child’s good behaviour on the car ride over. A spacious parking lot (Confusion Corner, Clay Oven) where you can load and unload safely is also a key point. Brooklyn’s Bistro owners named their restaurant after their daughter. There are images of her on the wall and the food is excellent. I would put them on my family friendly list. So too, Bistro 7 ¼ where they make whatever a child would like to eat. One time, the staff even ran to Safeway for chicken to make chicken fingers. Children love to watch Chef Alex cook and I have seen his son help out in the restaurant with his own pair of chef ’s whites on. If you bring a baby around, Danielle will carry him/her while you eat. They will also let kids draw on their chalkboard. Now they know how to welcome a new generation of food lovers! SPRING 2012


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Whether served as part of your Easter holiday menu or an everyday meal, it’s easy to enjoy Manitoba turkey anytime with fresh turkey pieces. A quick and easy alternative to roasting a whole turkey, barbecuing with smaller pieces is not only a time saver, it also helps ensure that you will have moist, tender and delicious meat everytime.

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One of the best things about using pieces instead of a whole bird is the control it gives you. You can pick and choose how much light or dark meat you need. At the same time, a perfectly-cooked, juicy turkey breast can come off the grill early even if the legs need a little longer to cook. INGREDIENTS: 1.5 kg 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tsp | 5 ml 3 tbsp | 45 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1 tbsp | 15 ml 1/2 tsp | 2.5 ml 1/4 tsp | 1.25 ml

Granny’s Turkey pieces; skin-on bone-in thighs, drumsticks and/or boneless skinless breast Dijon mustard extra virgin olive oil balsamic vinegar fresh poultry herbs (sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley), coarsely chopped garlic, finely chopped shallot, finely chopped sea salt fresh ground pepper

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat barbeque grill on high. 2. Mix mustard, oil, vinegar, herbs, garlic, shallots, salt & pepper in a large bowl. 3. Coat turkey pieces well. Pieces can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours at this point and then grilled. 4. Turn one section of the barbeque off, preferably the middle one if you have 3 sections. Place turkey thighs and drumsticks directly on this section of the grill to grill them over indirect heat leaving the other sections on high. Wrap boneless skinless breast loosely in parchment paper or foil and place it directly on the same part of the grill. Cook with lid on the barbeque. Recipe courtesy of Chef Jason Wortzman

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Leftover Turkey recipe from Manitoba Turkey Producers

Creamy Parmesan Turkey Crepes Serves: 6-8 Have leftover turkey after the Easter holiday? Turn your kitchen into a corner bistro with this creative recipe – a mouth-watering way to use up any remaining turkey breast meat. INGREDIENTS: Crepe Batter: 2 cups (500 mL) 8 1 cup (250 mL) 1 cup (250 mL) 2 Tbsp (30 mL) 2 Tbsp (30 mL) 1/4 cup (60 mL) 1/4 cup (60 mL) To taste

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olive oil small onion, diced oregano turkey breast, cut into strips button mushrooms fresh sage, chopped red peppers, thinly sliced orange peppers, thinly sliced cans low-fat cream of mushroom soup chicken or vegetable broth salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, make a well in the centre of the flour. In a second bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, stock, oil and melted butter. Pour liquid ingredients into the flour and blend well using a wire whisk. If batter is lumpy, pass through a sieve. Add parsley and cheese to smooth batter, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. To make the filling: heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and sauté until softened. Add turkey and cook until turkey is cooked through and starting to brown. Add mushrooms, sage and peppers and sauté for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender crisp. Add mushroom soup and broth and bring to a boil. Set heat to low and keep mixture warm while you make the crepes. To make crepes: heat oiled small crepe or frying pan over medium-low heat. Spread one ladle of batter on pan, swirling the pan until the batter is close to the edges. Cook until the batter is set and the edges start to curl. Flip for a moment and then remove and place on a tray. Divide turkey mixture between the 16 crepes. Place filling on one edge of the crepe and roll. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. Recipe courtesy of Manitoba Turkey Producers

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newneutrals colour the kitchen

Gray, brown, black and white popular choices for renos By RoseAnna Schick


pring is the best time of year for fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also a great time to refresh our home with a new look. For many of us, renovations begin in the kitchen.

Not only is the kitchen the place to prepare and enjoy meals, but it’s also the focal point of one’s personal expression of taste. No wonder it’s often the most popular room for home improvements. And not surprising, it’s the woman of the household that typically makes the design decisions. “I’d say 90 to 95 per cent of the time, it’s the female giving direction on what to buy,” says Astrid Bergstrom, showroom manager for Robinson Bath Centre. “Women look at things differently than men do, and for sure, they make decisions based on how things look. If they’re going to buy it, first and foremost, they want to love it.”



If you’re renovating your kitchen, and redoing everything – don’t forget the kitchen sink. The hottest selling item this spring is square singlebowl sinks, in either chrome or stainless steel. The style is versatile and fits with many different decors according to Bergstrom, especially the “old farmhouse retro” or “country kitchen” look. Surrounding the sink is the countertop. Since it can be the first thing people notice when they enter the kitchen, it is often considered the most important purchase for the space. Gavin van den Berg, marketing director for FLOFORM Countertops, says the current trend is people going for what they already know is popular. “Even with the immense selection of countertop material and colours available, the popular selections are still stone patterns ranging from

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exotic granites to subtle slate, marble and soapstone,” adds van den Berg. When it comes to colour, the “new neutral” is the winner this spring. Gray-based patterns are a leading choice and a notable trend in countertop colour, he says. “Homeowners find gray easy to pair with stainless steel appliances. Grays also work well with trendy bright colours such as reds, oranges, yellows and rich lively greens – the hot new colours for other finishes in interior design. Grays, alongside dark browns, black and white, have become the new neutrals of choice.” Dave Brandt, owner of Elegance in Stone, finds that granite is still the most popular choice for countertops. “Granite offers more selection and more durability, which is an advantage over something like quartz,” says Brandt, who usually has 200 to 300 different colours in granite readily available, from a catalogue of thousands of colours. When selecting a countertop, he recommends keeping in mind the overall plan for the entire kitchen. “The typical approach is using three contrasting tones – light, medium and dark. So if your cabinets are dark, you might have medium floors, and then a light countertop. By creating contrast, you show the different components of your kitchen.” “The kitchen is the focal point of your home, and your countertop is a forever item. It’s a once-in- a-lifetime purchase, so choose one that you really like.” Between the countertop and bottom of the cabinets, a beautiful backsplash can be the most compelling component of a kitchen’s design. It creates visual interest, and can make for a dramatic impression. While many purchase backsplash as an afterthought, Robyn Goldstine believes that the backsplash should be an important part of the overall planning.

“When choosing a backsplash you should look at the design element of the rest of your kitchen. What’s on your floor, countertop, and cabinet color will come into play. A tile backsplash finishes off any kitchen and can really jazz it up,” says Goldstine, sales manager at Bill Knight Flooring. “You want to make sure that the colour of your backsplash fits the colour of your kitchen, and also that the tile size is to the scale and dimension of the room. Bigger kitchens give you more opportunity to add some flair, and to play with sizes. Keep in mind that a simple backsplash can outlast a fancy one.” Above all, whatever style you choose to follow, don’t be afraid to make it your own. After all, says Goldstine, women are natural trend-setters by their very nature. “Women shoppers are much more emotional than men. Whether it’s in fashion or for our homes, we tend to look at what the stars are wearing, or what’s in the latest show home, and then add something of our own to make it original. In a way, that makes us all trend-setters.” SPRING • 2012



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Winnipeg Most Beautiful Women Exclusive Design

Children’s charity with heart Variety’s annual Gold Heart Gala takes place Sat., April 21. Tickets are $200, and can be ordered by calling 982-1050.

Support Keeping Abreast The Move ‘N Groove-a-thon 2012 is a pledge-driven 12-hour all ability inclusive dance relay to support The Movement Centre of Manitoba. Get down to the music on April 14 at Red River Exhibition Place. Register at Dance to groups including: Rockalypso, Jimmy G and the Doo Wops, Chris Bigford, Highway 59, SLIP’D DISC, The Division Slaves and Free Ride! And receive dance lessons in zumba, country line dancing, Bollywood, swing and jive.



Designed by Leonie Coulson of Bijou, this necklace is given to each of the winners. The necklace is meant to represent the path or journey each woman has taken to become truly beautiful. This necklace was made exclusively by Bijou for Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women contest winner and is not available to the general public for purchase.

Keeping Abreast, an organization that supports breast cancer patients and survivors, will hold a fundraiser Wed., May 2, at 7 p.m. at The Delta Winnipeg. The evening celebrates and honours all those who enhance the lives of women with breast cancer. Proceeds go to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation For Breast Reconstruction Surgery Research & Education.Tickets are $75 (a tax receipt will be issued for $35). For tickets contact: Jackie Stephen, (204) 781-2828. To learn more visit:

Winnipg Women Spring 2012 - Beautiful Women  

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