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Don Has No More Sciatica Pain


ince coming to the Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre the management and staff have nothing but kind and gracious. I was in severe pain with my sciatica and over the course of 11 treatments I am now void of any pain. I would like to recommend to anyone to come and see the friendly folks at the Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre.

L ASER THERAPY What Is Low Intensity Laser Therapy? Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) is the use of light energy to treat many chronic pain conditions. 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 Low Intensity Therapy 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.

M ASSAGE THERAPY Massage Therapy enhances therapeutic outcomes by acting directly upon the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems to aid in rehabilitating physical injuries and various other conditions. Massage assists in maintaining muscle tone and flexibility and can interrupt potentially harmful repetitive strain. HOT STONE THERAPY Hot Stone Therapy massage is a variation from traditional massage therapy. The therapy combines massage with the use of smooth, heated basalt stones, which are applied at specific points of the body to help relieve pain and tension. DEEP TISSUE M ASSAGE

This therapeutic massage therapy focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue, and is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas like the neck, lower back, and shoulders. Deep tissue massage is an excellent complement to Low Intensity Laser Therapy and can be used for anything from injury recovery to chronic pain and stress relief.

Donna Experiences Relief from Knee Pain


fter the third treatment, I began to feel less pain in my knee. As the treatments continued, I felt better and better overall, like I was being rejuvenated. I have more energy than I have had in a long, long time and much less pain to almost no pain at all. The treatments I received on my knee made an awesome difference in my life. I have been recommending laser therapy to everyone I know who is experiencing pain of any kind. Thanks to laser therapy I have my life back!

Theresa Experiences Relief from Osteoarthritis Pain


was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my neck two years and ago and have been attending physiotherapy and massage therapy during that time, with no great progress. I heard about Winnipeg Pain Treatment Centre through a Health Magazine in the doctor’s office. I checked out the website and was impressed with the information and thought I would try this treatment out. After 8 treatments, the muscle tightness and soreness has improved incredibly and headaches that I was having on a regular basis are now very infrequent. I would recommend that you give this therapy a try.


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The guide for living local

What do you think is the meaning of true beauty? Beauty is having patience, understanding and love. It’s what you give back to your community and other people. Recent projects? I will be working towards a fundraising goal for Aveda’s Walk for Water. What’s the best part of your job? My team! I have the best team environment I could have ever hoped for! What are you most looking forward to this spring? Summer! Michelle Pearson hairstylist, Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women

What’s next? Vidal Sassoon class in San Francisco this April!


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Recent projects? Our salon is very involved in Aveda’s Walk for Water so we will be very focused in the coming weeks fundraising for this event. What do you think is the meaning of true beauty? I feel that the most beautiful people I meet seem to be the people who are carefree, people who work with what they have naturally (accentuating their own features). Also, I find openness and kindness to be very beautiful. What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is hearing other people’s stories. I get to socialize all day!

Kaitlyn Lumgair hairstylist/makeup artist, Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women

What are you most looking forward to this spring? Rollerskating outside and spring dresses! What’s next? Education! I am looking forward to taking so many classes and learning incredible things this summer!

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Each year’s Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women issue is a favourite around the office. Not only do we get to read the dozens of inspiring nomination letters written about women who are making a difference to those around them and our community, but we get to help honour them at our annual gala event, where their stories are revealed. As with all special events, the gala is a big undertaking—from securing sponsorships to organizing video shoots. There is a lot of work that is done for an evening with a goal that is not about profiting financially profit or fundraising, but recognizing these special nominees and winners for what they are doing—positively influencing the community around them. As a magazine editor, I get to meet a lot of interesting people from sports stars to highprofile political figures. That said, meeting these women is one of the most gratifying aspects of my job, and I am proud to be a small part of the group of dedicated women who work so diligently to pull the event together. You can read about this year’s winners on page 43. Something else we’re excited about this issue is our new Parenting section. We know a lot of you are mothers or grandmothers, so we hope to educate and at the same time engage you in a conversation on this very important part of your lives. Our first Parenting feature looks at kids and sports. There seems to be issues at both extremes when it comes to the topic, with stories of children who are being pushed too far in their extra-curricular activities and the many who are not getting nearly enough. Read about it on page 53, and let us know what you think at We also were lucky enough to tour the under-construction birthing centre recently. This innovative healthcare facility promises to deliver a new way of thinking about maternal health and is a first in Western Canada. Learn more about the centre on page 59. Do you have a story idea for us? Let me know at Happy spring!

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Each issue we honour some of the Manitoban women who are making a difference in our community and around the world. Canadian singer-songwriter Sierra Noble recently took part in the famed Viña Del Mar International Song Competition, which is the largest music festival in all of Latin America and viewed by over 100 million people in the Spanish-speaking population around the world. Her song Try Anything, co-written with Chris Burke-Gaffney and Christopher Ward, was selected out of over a thousand submissions to be one of the six contestants in the festival this year. Competing against songs and singers from the United States, Panama, Ukraine, Chile and Peru, Noble left with the top prize, the Silver Seagull trophies for both “Best Song” and “Best Performance” in the festival‘s International Competition category. “It was unbelievable enough that our song got chosen out of thousands to be in the top six competitors... As songwriters, we take moments in time and bare pieces of our hearts and put them straight into the songs we write,” said Noble of her victory. “To have that piece of your heart recognized in such a huge way like winning this competition is honestly one of the biggest honours a writer could ever receive.” Danishka Esterhazy

A film by Winnipeg writer/director Danishka Esterhazy Sierra Noble was awarded two festival jury awards at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival on March 6, 2011. Black Field was recognized with a Best Feature Drama award and also the Best Performance award for Sara Canning’s role as the pioneer woman Maggie McGregor. A dark historical drama set in 19th-century Manitoba, the film tells the story of two sisters whose lives are forever changed when a charming and dangerous man arrives at their isolated farm. Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D was recently appointed vice-chair of the board of directors of the National Arts Centre Foundation, the National Arts Centre’s fundraising arm. “Ms. Asper is one of Canada’s greatest philanthropists and a passionate champion of the arts throughout this country,” says Gail O’Brien, chair of the NAC Foundation, of the Winnipegger. On Jan. 27, 2011, the Manitoba Exceptional Young Professional Awards gala honoured aspiring young professionals living in Manitoba. Celeste Brunel received the award for her work in the arts, while Michelle Frost won in the community service category.

Baking up a storm Bakeries are on the rise with several new sweet spots opening this past season. Of the bunch, we love the artisanal breads and pastries at Stella’s Bakery next to its restaurant at 116 Sherbrook St. The bakery has a few seats available if you can’t wait to get home to devour your sweets.

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Posh pooches are hitting the streets of Winnipeg, decked out in the latest Black Baron Kingdom Apparel fashions. Working as a set photographer by day, founder and designer Rebecca Sandulak was looking for ways to expand herself as a photographer. She decided to open an animal-friendly photography studio where she would sell handmade items. She established the Winnipeg-based one-of-a-kind clothing company for animals in January 2010. “I noticed that a lot of the cute sweaters in Winnipeg are mass-produced and although they were cute, I wanted to create something unique for my dog and his friends. I took my dog to the groomers and while he was away, I started to cut up sweaters and old teenage T-shirts with funky logos from my fiancé’s closet.”

Sandulak creates the unique clothing for animals that is pre-washed, pre-shrunk and pre-worn by humans. She handcuts the designs herself, and together with her team of seamstresses, the final pieces are put together. “We love thinking green and utilizing unloved human clothes. We create only original pieces because of the recycled process that we embrace. The items are as unique as the animals that wear them.” Black Baron Kingdom Apparel was created out of love for Sandulak’s four-legged friend, Baron Millo von Millano. From “stubby form” knitted tops and concert tanks, to classic-cut “Kenora dinner jackets,” every dog is bound to find clothing to suit its style and personality. Black Baron Kingdom Apparel can be found in select stores in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto and Miami. Check out the latest collection of puppy couture online at

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Guess what today is? Today is the perfect day to set a goal.

Do you have something you would like to accomplish this year? Something exciting, something solid, something you could get really energized about? It’s important that we have a project we are working on, an event to look forward to, or a personal or professional venture of some sort out there in the future to keep us from falling into a rut of boredom and “sameness” and to encourage the forward momentum in our life. The problem is about 94 per cent of the population doesn’t have a written goal and they fail to get their desires met. The good news is the six per cent with written goals usually succeed. I want you to be in that six per cent. A lot of folks think about a goal, but that’s as far as they get, so…let’s talk about how to write your goal to increase your chances of success. This is where HARD and SMART goals come in handy. SMART goals ask you to make sure your goal is: Specific (I will exercise three times per



week). Measureable (I will exercise for at least 30 minutes). Action-oriented (it depends on you, not the weather, your friend or that time of the month; you have control of it). Realistic (it should be a bit of a stretch, but doable; you want to be able to succeed). Timeline (at the end of the week you can check to see if you did indeed exercise for the amount of time promised). HARD goals encompass some additional elements: Heartfelt (this is your compelling “why” this goal is so important; it gets your emotions engaged which increases the chances of success). Animated (see the goal, feel the goal, taste the goal, make it real). Required (if I don’t do this, how will I feel, how will things be?) Difficult (what new skills or attitudes am I going to have to cultivate to do this?) Whether you choose to write a SMART, HARD or, as I would recommend, a goal that encompasses elements of both, make sure you write them down and tell someone you trust to celebrate the process with you as you go along. While most people will just read this article, a few of you will get out a pen or open a new screen and start writing. You are the one who is that much closer to bringing your goal to fruition! Good luck and I’d love to see your goal in writing. Email it to Stephanie@ Stephanie Staples is an award-winning motivational speaker and coach who helps people create a mindset for uncommon success. Visit for more bursts of inspiration!

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innipeg had a cold and snowy winter. We are all dreaming of shoots of green in our gardens and on our plates! Luckily, the latter can happen more quickly than the former. Even though it will be a while before we enjoy local produce, salads are a-plenty on many Winnipeg menus. The Mista salad at Amici Restaurant has long been one of my favourites. So elegantly simple: butter lettuce and pine nuts topped with its creamy Italian dressing. Try Spuntino Café for its lemon broccoli salad–I feel healthy just thinking about it!

Kathryne Grisim is a blogger, a self-described “food appreciator,” an imaginative cook and Dish Magazine’s voice from the Interweb. She writes about her foodie experiences online at For an entrée, the Santa Fe salad at The Keg Steakhouse and Bar is topped with spicy grilled chicken and crispy tortilla strips but also tomatoes, corn and black beans–yum. For purists, The Keg will soon have “The Wedge” featured on its menu. I tried this classic recently in NYC. It’s a crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce topped with diced tomatoes, bacon and blue cheese dressing. says: “Spring makes me think not of restaurants, but of ingredients. I can’t wait to get back out to the barbecue and the fire pit with a vast selection of smokies and other meats from Marcello’s Meats. And come spring, my favourite local grocers (Crampton’s Market, Vic’s Fruit Market, DeLuca’s Specialty Foods) will put out the fiddlehead greens and local morels which signal the end of the thaw.”

My sweet and salty cravings are satisfied with mixed greens, goat cheese and pomegranate at Segovia Tapas Bar & Restaurant. Speaking of arugula, when you want your pizza and salad in one delicious bite, there’s the arugula-topped Miki at Pizzeria Gusto. And I can’t wait to try the heart of palm and tomato salad that I recently spied on the menu at Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar.

According to “Chef Jamie Koblanski, a veteran of such venerable kitchens as Bellissimo and 529 Wellington, went back to basics for his latest venture—All Seasons Catering. But when the weather warms and farmers’ markets flourish, he shops daily, creating a religiously locavore menu for Ground Roots, an al fresco restaurant at the St. Norbert Arts Centre.”

My fellow Winnipeg foodie bloggers are also dreaming of spring: Jaime, writer of “The salad that reminds me most of the spring season is Joey Restaurant’s Viva salad. It is the only thing I ever order on the menu. The tart sun-dried cranberries and apples paired with fresh avocados, sweet honey and cilantro make it the perfect dish to cheer my winter blues.”

Honeybee from writes: “With its brightly coloured walls and sun-filled dining room, Fresh Café on Corydon already looks like a burst of spring. Year-round offerings like its vegan wrap, tabbouleh salad, freshly squeezed fruit juices and smoothies will chase away the winter blues pronto.”

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Savoury and sweet Empanada

2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 2 tsp salt 3/4 cup butter, cut into small cubes 2 eggs 2/3 cup cold water 2 Tbsp white vinegar Mix flour, salt and butter in a large bowl or food processor. Mix with your fingers, or pulse with the food processor, until it has a coarse texture, with chunks the size of peas. In a separate bowl, whisk together water, eggs and vinegar. Slowly mix the liquid into the flour mixture, until it sticks together. On a floured surface, knead the dough with the heel of your hand to bring it together. Cover and let rest in a cool place for at least an hour. Roll the dough until it is about less than 1/2 cm thick. Use a 4-inch-diameter round cookie cutter to cut circles. Lightly flour and set aside.

Meat filling

1 lb ground beef (or ground pork, turkey or chicken) 1 medium onion, diced 3 tsp minced garlic 4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp ground cumin powder 1 tsp chili pepper flakes 1 tsp sugar 1 cup sliced green olives salt and pepper to taste 2 egg yolks, beaten Pre-cook beef with onion and garlic. Set aside. Mix cumin, pepper flakes, sugar, olives, hard boiled eggs, salt and pepper to the cooked meat, adjusting seasonings to taste. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place 3 Tbsp of filling in the centre of each pre-cut dough circle. Wet the perimeter of the circle with a little bit of water. Fold the dough in half, forming a half circle. Seal the empanadas by pressing around the round open edge with the tines of a fork. Brush each top with beaten egg yolk. Bake on a nonstick or parchment-lined cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with fresh salsa and a glass of Malbec.

Dulce de leche

My sweet memories bring me to dulce de leche, which means “sweet milk” in Spanish. It is used as a coffee sweetener, in baking recipes and even spread

Cucina (meat kitchen), cafés, restaurants and vineyards. One thing I saw everywhere was empanadas–a stuffed pastry filled with meat, vegetables, cheese and sometimes fruit. It is a staple food across South America that is easily made at home. If you are not up for the challenge of making your own dough, try a Latin American grocery store, where you can pick up some pre-rolled and cut dough.

on a slice of bread for breakfast. If that wasn’t sweet enough, it is also served on pastel tres leches or “three milk cake.” This cake is soaked in sweet milk, which isn’t as soggy as it sounds. Enjoy this after a savoury dish or with a cup of coffee. 1 1/2 L milk 1/2 vanilla bean 2 3/4 cups white sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda In a saucepan, bring milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove and strain through cheesecloth then return to the pan. Cut the vanilla bean in half and use the tip of a knife to scrape the seeds into the milk. Add sugar and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. When the milk mixture comes to a boil, stir in the baking soda and reduce heat to medium. Make sure to stir constantly, using a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens. When you can see the bottom of the pan when stirring, and the mixture is brown in colour, remove from the heat. Place the pot in an ice bath and stir until cooled. Store in refrigerator.

Tres leches cake

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup white sugar 5 eggs, beaten 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups whole milk 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12oz) can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sift together flour and baking powder. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture, until well blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Insert a pick into the cake to make sure cake is finished. Let cool. Once cooled, pierce the cake several times with a fork. Combine the whole, condensed and evaporated milk together. Pour over the top of the cooled cake. Spread dulce de leche on top and serve.

This year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival celebrates California wines. There are many great wines from the state that we have never heard about. Watch wine expert Ben McPhee-Sigurdson explain the differences between some of these wines, what to look for from Californian wines and explain to wine novice and Dish publisher Glenn Tinley why there is a difference between wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma.

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his spring I have savoury and sweet memories to share with you. By this time last year, I was on a journey for food, wine and culture. I started off in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a country whose flag is a smiling sun. I met some great people, picked up a little bit of Spanish and danced the tango outside under the moonlight. My culinary curiosity led me to street food vendors, Parilla

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From the Cellar

Classic combos

Six food and wine pairings that have survived.

by Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson


hy do certain dishes go so well with certain wines? While there’s not always a hard and fast answer on the magic of every wine-and-food pairing–and yes, so much depends on personal preference–there are some logical, objective reasons a particular wine works best with a certain type of food. It’s why some of these classic pairings have survived for as long as they have–because, quite simply, the combinations are unbeatable. What follows are some classic (albeit sometimes debated) wine and food pairings that have stood the test of time, as well as some hints as to why they work. Some are “fancier” dishes while others are oldfashioned blue-collar favourites–regardless of the style, they’re almost always winners. Just remember–when it comes to pairing food and wine, there are no rules. Experiment, think outside the box (or the bottle), and have fun creating your own classic pairings.

Muscadet/Chablis and oysters

Fresh, raw oysters need a wine that’s crisp and fresh to counteract their unique texture, and either Muscadet or Chablis–both French whites–can pull it off. Muscadet is a white from the Loire Valley made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, and provides elegant pear and apple notes with a healthy dose of minerality from the magnesium- and potassium-rich soils. Chablis (from the Burgundy region) derives its chalkiness from the limestone-rich soil; it’s a Chardonnay-based wine made in a much leaner, crisper style than its Australian or Californian



counterparts. A richer, buttery New World Chardonnay usually just doesn’t work.

Chianti and pasta in a tomato-based sauce (or pizza)

One of the most rewarding experiences in culinary adventures is trying wine and food coming from the same area of the world. Since we can’t all pick up and head to Tuscany, we might have to make do with a pizza from around the corner or spaghetti with Mama’s meatballs. Regardless, Chianti (or other Sangiovese-based wine, especially from Italy) works exceptionally well with these dishes; the acidity of the grape matches up well with the tangy zip of tomato sauce. Chianti is often medium-bodied as well, meaning it shouldn’t overpower the dish.

Cabernet Sauvignon and steak

Steak works well with a big Malbec, Merlot, Syrah or some combination of similarly dark grapes–any big, dry red should work with steak–but it’s exceptional with a big Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape’s deep blackberry, anise and light bell pepper notes just plain do the trick with steak. Dry, heavy red wines contain moderate tannins–a component of red grapes found in the skins and seeds that is released when crushed in the red wine-making process. Tannins are often accentuated when a red is aged in oak. Together, they produce that mouthdrying feeling that, if too intense, is akin to biting into a teabag. These bigger wines (especially those aged in oak) work well with beef because the tannins bind to the protein, lessening the mouth-drying aspect.

Syrah and lamb

Another partnership originating from a certain

region, Syrah and lamb brings two bold components together. Wine-wise, Syrah brings earthiness, Old World complexity and white pepper notes; it stands up to the meat’s rich flavours as well as virtually any garnish, topping or sauce. Syrah also works great at cutting through the relative fattiness of the lamb. Avoid most lower-priced Aussie Shiraz (the New World name for Syrah)–its simpler, ripe fruity flavours don’t stand up as well with a lamb dish.

Zinfandel and barbecue

Since red Zinfandel didn’t really become widely accepted until the 1990s, this has the makings of a more modern classic. Zinfandel is typically big and ripe, with rich raisin and black fruit notes and the occasional hint of spice and tannin. This helps it work very well with barbecued fare, especially when the food is smothered in some type of barbecue sauce. The tanginess of the sauce and the rich deep fruit flavours in the wine work perfectly together, whether you’re cooking burgers, ribs or steak.

Sauternes and foie gras/Port and stinky cheese

The ultimate in decadence, both these classic pairings create intense sensations on the palate unlike anything else. The viscosity and opulent sweetness of a Sauternes–a white dessert wine from the region of the same name in Bordeaux–sings with the fattier texture of foie gras.

Yes, port works quite nicely with chocolate dishes and fruit (or, if you’re so inclined, a nice cigar), especially lighter versions like tawny or ruby ports. But vintage port is best when paired with a smelly cheese–blue, Stilton and the like. The contrast of sweet and savoury is almost addictive once experienced. Either combo is an unforgettable way to finish off an epic meal.



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Gin and juice Refreshing juniper-infused drinks to celebrate spring.

Production of gin dates back hundreds of years, with the spirit remaining an important staple in cocktail recipes today, its longevity a testament to its popularity. Made by distilling white grain spirit flavoured with juniper berries, gin was originally sold in pharmacies to treat ailments in the kidneys and stomach. Though several distinct styles of gin exist, the most well-known is London dry gin, a type of distilled gin that is most often mixed in cocktails designed to complement its dry taste. Other, less common types of gin include Plymouth Gin, a full-bodied, slightly fruity gin, and genever, which is the Dutch style of gin distilled from a malted grain mash, similar to that of whisky.

Juniper soda

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3/4 cup water 3/4 cup sugar 2 bags Earl Gray tea or 3 tsp loose tea in a tea ball 7 juniper berries, crushed club soda

1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Gin 2 parts white cranberry juice splash of Fresca orange slice lemon slice

1 part Hendrick’s Gin 1 part white wine 1 part white grape juice 1/2 part fresh lemon juice 1/2 part simple syrup 1 green grape

This drink captures the refreshment of gin-based drinks without the alcohol. In a saucepan, heat water and sugar until dissolved. In a heatproof bowl, combine the hot syrup with the tea and let steep five min. Discard tea and add juniper berries. Cool, then strain into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to two weeks. In a tall glass add ice, pour over syrup and club soda to taste.

In a tall glass filled with ice, pour gin, cranberry juice and Fresca. Garnish with orange and lemon wheel. Serves 1

Make simple syrup by heating equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan until dissolved. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Pour into a glass and garnish with a green grape. Serves 1

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Fresh Ideas - Lettuce


ative to the eastern Mediterranean region and western Asia, lettuce has been cultivated since 4500 BC. The leafy greens were first introduced in California during the 17th century, and popularity spread through the development of railway transportation. Baby greens are low in calories and high in water content. The darker the colour, the more nutritious the greens. The greens contain increased amounts of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that helps combat certain cancers, heart disease and cataracts. They are also a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium and fibre. Greens should be washed and dried before storing them in the refrigerator’s crisper, away from ethylene-producing fruits like apples, as they will cause the leaves to brown.

Braised lettuce, peas and onions Peas and onions add to the sweetness of this take on the traditional French dish.

In a large saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Sautée onions until tender. Add peas and cook for about five minutes until just tender. Add lettuce and water. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Cover and braise about five minutes until the core of the lettuce is tender. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Lettuce soup 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1/2 bunch green onions, chopped (about 1/2 cup) salt and pepper to taste 1 medium potato, diced (about 3/4 cup) 8 cups lettuce or other leafy greens (watercress, spinach, rocket, chard) 3 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock or water 1/2 cup milk mint to garnish

In a large pot, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Add onions and sautée until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add potatoes and cook two to three minutes. Add lettuce and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes, and remove from heat. Purée soup in a blender or with an immersion blender. Stir in milk and serve with mint garnish.


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1 Tbsp butter 1 cup pearl onions, peeled and halved 2 cups peas, fresh or frozen 1 to 2 heads of butter lettuce, quartered salt and pepper to taste pinch of sugar 1/4 cup water 2 Tbsp Italian parsley, chopped

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• Public Evening Tasting on Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - $44.95 • Public Matinee Tasting on Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. - $39.95 • Public Evening Tasting on Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. - $44.95 The public is invited to visit representatives of 130 wineries and to sample from over 500 wines from 15 countries. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster* and at Manitoba Liquor Marts starting March 7, 2011.

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Over 500 wines will be featured at the Winnipeg Wine Festival. Many of these wines are available in Manitoba for the first time and are exclusive to the Festival. All of the wines showcased during the tasting evenings will be available for purchase at the on-site Liquor Mart. • The on-site Liquor Mart layout is set up to match the order of the wineries in the Festival program. • Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are available to answer any question you may have. The store is designed so you can find any wine quickly and easily. • Each wine listed in the Festival program has a corresponding bin number assigned to it. Just use those bin numbers, which are in numerical order in the store, to easily find any wine you are looking for. • PURCHASE EARLY! Make your initial purchase at any time and we will hold your parcel for you. Additional products can be added at any time. 2011 Theme Region • If you wish, you can purchase your favourite wines without the worry of taking them home. We will ship your purchases to the Liquor Mart of your choice for personal pick-up. A minimum purchase of six bottles is required for delivery. The Liquor Mart will phone you once the product arrives. Allow one week for product to arrive in Winnipeg Liquor Marts. Shipping times will vary outside of Winnipeg. FUNDRAISING EVENT PRESENTED • Earn 10 times AIRAMILES® reward miles on FOR purchases made at the Festival on-site Liquor BY Mart. Offer valid May 6 and May 7, 2011 on purchases in excess of $25 (excluding taxes) and only on base AIR MILES reward miles.

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While it’s hard to believe the Winnipeg Wine Festival is turning ten years old this year, it’s just as difficult to imagine spring in our city without it. The festival is now woven into the city’s annual festival fabric with the likes of Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Folklorama, and many more.

by Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson



Over the course of a decade, the Winnipeg Wine Festival has evolved from a modest gathering of wine lovers to a week-long celebration of the crushed, fermented and bottled grape in all its glory. The biggest change has been the introduction three years ago of a theme country or region for each year’s festival. “We decided we wanted to give the festival a different twist, so we went to theme countries,” explains Terry Hopkinson, general manager of the Winnipeg Wine Festival. “We went to Chile first–they had actually approached us about it–and then other countries/regions started to line up.” Australia, last year’s theme country, was a natural choice after Chile– it’s another consumer-friendly winemaking region. To a great extent, California continues that trend; “California is the third-biggest region in terms of wine sales,” notes Winnipeg Wine Festival chairman/Liquor Marts marketing manager Steve McConnell. Rick Slomka, the Canadian director at the California Wine Institute, sees California as a sector that continues to evolve. “We’re growing at a very healthy rate. The exchange rate is a big factor but California wineries have also been aggressive with new product introductions and stronger marketing programs. There’s a worldwide trend toward New World wines, and California seems to have the best to offer at all price points, especially as consumers trade up to better quality wines.” “We’re honoured to be selected for the tenth anniversary,” continues Slomka. He’ll be in Winnipeg for the festival, overseeing the more than 30 California wineries represented at the fest. (In total, 130 wineries from 15 countries will be represented at the Winnipeg Wine Festival, with over 500 wines being poured–230 of which are new to the province just for the festival.)



The main public tastings are held in the main hall of the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and continue to bring more people through the door every year. The Friday and Saturday night tastings (May 6 and 7 this year) continue to be extremely popular–the 2,800 tickets for the latter always sell out, and are as much a social event for some as they are a learning experience for others. For those looking to contemplate the wines a little more thoroughly, the Saturday matinee public tasting is the perfect chance to do so. It’s a quieter vibe with more elbow room, although McConnell notes that attendance at the matinee tasting continues to grow. Wineries are laid out alphabetically at the public tastings, although a quarter of the room will be partitioned and devoted to California wines. Slomka notes that visitors should expect a great cross-section of California wine. “There will be wines from most of the major regions of California; we’re also going to have a special Zinfandel station so that consumers can explore the various, diverse styles of this special California grape.” Slomka also anticipates several California winemakers and export directors will be on hand from wineries like Seghesio, J. Lohr, Beringer, Wente and more. Tickets for the weekend public tastings are available at Liquor Marts or via Ticketmaster. If you’re not able to make it to the weekend tastings, the Winnipeg Wine Festival’s ancillary events throughout the week prior to the public tastings are great events for sipping and learning. From Sunday, May 1 to the Friday, a wide range of wine-related events will take place in a wine cross-section of venues. Ancillary events confirmed for this year include the return of Joe’s Italian Wine Night on Monday, May 2 at Bellissimo Restaurant and

Wine Festival Tasting Tips Lounge (the Joe in question none other than 92 CITI FM’s Joe Aiello). The Canadian VQA tasting also returns, moving from Tavern United downtown to Boston Pizza in Cityplace. Finally, the Spanish-themed tasting returns to the Delta Winnipeg on the same Tuesday, albeit without the grape stomp component. Australia, the theme region of last year’s fest, had a feature tasting at the Inn at The Forks mid-week; no surprise, then, that California will also be doing so in the same space this year. The “California Cruisin’” event will feature a healthy cross-section of wines both currently available in the province and brought in just for the Winnipeg Wine Festival, as well as California-style hors d’oeuvres. As of press time, a media game show-style event was in the works for Sunday, May 1 at 4Play Sports Bar. There will be an Italian food and wine event on the Wednesday night at De Luca’s Cooking School, and a Champagne tasting at Blaze Bistro at the Delta Winnipeg (next to the Convention Centre) in early Friday evening. As always, there will be winemaker dinners throughout the week–watch for more details on all these events (including ticket prices and how to get them) on the Winnipeg Wine Festival website ( The gala dinner is always an amazing experience in food and wine pairing, and this year’s menu looks to be on par with (or better than) previous years. With five courses and nine wines for each of the 600 guests, the dinner is more of a sensory experience than a meal. Add in the live auction and you’ve got a spirited event unparalleled in the city. There’s also a silent auction at the gala dinner that features rare and large size bottles and other items going to the highest bidder. In keeping with the California theme, some of the larger-size bottles were signed by former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when

he was in town earlier this year. The dinner sells out every year and is already three-quarters sold; act fast if you want a food and wine experience unlike any other. The most important component of the Winnipeg Wine Festival is the fact that proceeds from all events go toward Special Olympics Manitoba, with last year’s festival raising $290,000 for the charity. “It’s the biggest fundraising event for Special Olympics in any province in Western Canada and by far the most important event for Special Olympics Manitoba all year,” Hopkinson notes. A similar number this year would put the total amount raised for Special Olympics Manitoba over ten years past the twomillion-dollar mark. Tasting new wines, having fun and raising money for Special Olympics Manitoba–all great reasons to check out this year’s Winnipeg Wine Festival, running May 1-7. For details visit

Winnipeg Wine Festival chairman Steve McConnell has valuable advice to help visitors to the public tastings best enjoy the event: - First and foremost, plan a safe ride home. - Don’t taste on an empty stomach. The Winnipeg Convention Centre operates an on site bistro should you want to enjoy some repast during the festival. - Pick up a tasting program at a Liquor Mart prior to the festival (they usually arrive a week or two before the festival). Given there will be a huge number of wines to sample and limited time, it is extremely useful to decide where you want to go first. - The tasting area is likely to be quite crowded, especially around the most popular wines. Once your sample has been poured for you, and if you are not engaged in discussion with those pouring, let someone else in to try the wine. This will ease both potential congestion and irritability.



My Dish

Ami Hassan – owner of The Falafel Place Ami Hassan, who has owned the local institution The Falafel Place since 1986, knows a thing or two about eating healthy. Having grown up in a vegan household, he can whip up meals that are not only good for you but delicious as well. The following recipe comes from Turkey, the birthplace of his parents, and is a favourite of his because it’s nutritious and can easily be made at home. “It is a famous Turkish dish,” he says.

Eggplant Salad These eggplant salads are very common in Thrace (Trakya in Turkish)–the northwestern or European part of Turkey. Thrace is a historical and geographical region that spreads over Turkey and Greece. This salad is very easy and takes “two minutes” to make. 4 firm eggplant, sliced 1/4" thick 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 bulb garlic, chopped 1 red pepper, sliced thinly 1 green pepper, sliced thinly 4 ripe tomatoes, chopped salt and pepper to taste touch of the hot sauce of your choice chopped parsley for garnish

Place sliced eggplant on a greased cookie sheet in a single layer. Brush some oil on the top of the slices. Broil in the oven until the eggplant turns golden brown and is soft to the touch. Flip the slices and brush more oil on them. Broil again until golden brown. In a saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil. Add onion and cook until soft. Add the chopped garlic, then the peppers, and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes. Add the eggplant into this mixture for another 5 minutes. Mix in a few drops of hot sauce. Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Serve warm with pita chips. Serves 6


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From the towering majesty of her Boreal Forest to the Lilliputian charm of the Algonquian Encampment, Betsy Thorsteinson’s dioramas have been enchanting Manitoba Museum visitors for close to 40 years. Betsy’s incredible attention to detail and her commitment to scientific accuracy have won her fans worldwide. In addition to The Manitoba Museum, she has designed and/or created dioramas for FortWhyte Alive, the visitors centres at Riding Mountain and Algonquin Park, as well as for historical attractions in Saskatchewan and Finland.

Were you always artistic? “My parents encouraged that kind of stuff, but I was always interested in science. However, I did go into art school (after graduating from high school)—that was the big joke in my family. They always said, ‘The museum didn’t know what they got when they hired you.’”


Why is diorama creation a dying art form? “Dioramas go in and out of style, but once they’re put in (a museum), they tend to stay in, and even if they’re taken out, they’re shipped to other museums. There is something intrinsically interesting in them that you can’t get from watching videos. You can’t see 3-D objects like this on computers or in movie theatres, but you can in a museum. It is a skill, and it is dying, because less and less people are doing it. It’s expensive and time-consuming.”

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What do you love about working at the museum? “The museum is a mixture of so many professionals who are passionate about their areas of expertise. I think our museum is one of the best in Canada for its size—it doesn’t look generic. I’m glad I was here during the building phase.”




How did you first get into designing and creating dioramas? “I first applied to the city—I thought I could do illustrations for the zoo. The museum had just opened, so I thought I’d apply there. That was probably the last time I wore a skirt,” she laughs. “I was perfect for the job, which does require a strong background and interest in science—you can’t just be artistic. You have to be accurately artistic.”

What’s the most challenging part of your job? “Sometimes it’s physically challenging to be painting in the space—for background painting in the small dioramas, you’re literally crouched in that space. Collecting foreground (often the trees, bushes and shrubs that help give a diorama depth) is tremendously physically challenging. You have to be very strong. You design and create things that are very small and things that are very large, and you work with toxic materials while you’re casting. The attention-span and timelines required are longer than what most people are used to. When I first started working here, there were no computers. I think computers are the worst distraction.”


What’s the best part of your job? “I’m a lifelong learner. With all the things I’ve done, and all the time I’ve spent with curators, I feel like I’ve got my education here.”


What do you wish visitors knew about your dioramas? “We didn’t just dig things up and put them in. It takes a lot of work, and Mother Nature is much better at it! I’d like our visitors to respect that, and realize that every part of a diorama needed processing in one way or another. Dioramas are meant to be seen more than once. There’s a level of detail a little past what people can actually see. It’s more magical that way.”

What qualities make you ideally suited for this career? “You have to have a strong artistic ability, but you also have to have the ability to (conduct) research, along with a strong interest in natural history.”

How long do they typically take to create? “Anywhere from one year to several years, and each one takes teamwork with a lot of volunteers and other staff. The only way to approach a project is to be passionately involved and totally immersed.”


What are you working on next? “A miniature diorama of the Aschkibokahn site. It’s a three-season diorama, which is exciting, because it will show how the people lived in spring, summer, and winter. Once it’s complete, it will be on display in the Museum’s Parklands Gallery.”



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A fond farewell

See past Winnipeg Women cover girl Tara Birtwhistle in her final role as principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Running from May 4 to 8 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Bright Lights, Big City is the RWB’s final program of the season and features a trio of exciting performances, including In Tandem, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe—in which Birtwhistle plays the title role—and In the Upper Room. Tickets are available at the RWB box office or by calling 956-2792, and are also available through Ticketmaster.

A decade of laughs The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is inviting Winnipeggers to celebrate a decade of humour! Taking place from April 1 to 10, the 10th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival will feature a slew of gut-busting local and international performers. For more information and a full list of performers, visit

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This spring, Winnipeg plays host to the North American premiere of the stage version of Calendar Girls. First made famous in the 2003 flick of the same name, the comedy tells the tale of a group of women who fundraise by baring it all in a calendar, attracting more attention than they had anticipated and forcing them to reexamine their relationships. Calendar Girls runs from March 17 to April 9 at the Manitoba Theatre Centre with a special Winnipeg Women night on Apr. 9. Tickets can be purchased online at Celebrate the women making a difference in our community at the 35th, or by calling annual Women of Distinction Awards, to be held on May 4, 2011 at the 942-6537 or 1-877-446-4500. Winnipeg Convention Centre. The awards honour Manitoban women who

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Revisiting history Winnipeggers now have the chance to travel back through time and relive the tragic story of the Titanic, which has captivated people around the world since the ship’s ill-fated voyage almost 100 years ago. Visitors to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition can see authentic artifacts recovered from the ship’s wreckage site, recreations of the ship’s interior and compelling stories about one of history’s deadliest maritime disasters. Tickets for the limited engagement can be purchased at the MTS Centre Exhibition Hall box office, online at or by calling 780-3333.





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Right: Jeans by Citizens of Humanity, $188; camisole by Bordeaux Seamless, $52; jacket by Drykorn for Beautiful People, $450; shoes by Michael Kors, $225, all from Danali His and Hers Urbanwear, 530 Kenaston Blvd, 489-0577.

blue Want the scoop on what to wear in terms of denim this spring? We asked denim expert and president and owner of Silver Jeans, Michael Silver, for the top trends in jeans.

Vintage flare

Photography by Grajewski Fotograph Inc.

“There’s this fun, ‘authentic’ denim look, where it’s finding itself into bell-bottoms again and flares, which seem to have gone the way of the dodo bird,” says Michael Silver president and owner of Silver Jeans. “They’re done in a mid-antique, almost 1970s-looking style of denim, which makes for a really fun look.”

Not your daughter’s jeans

$189, from Sofia’s, 836 St. Mary’s Rd,

N.Y.D.J. plus size

$185, from Sue’s, 580 Academy Rd, 489-2310

Gigi cropped flare By J Brand, $199, Danali His and Hers Urbanwear.





the new khaki “One trend is not really denim, but these coloured bottoms—fatigued pockets, very narrow—for women,” says Silver.

“Certainly khaki, stone and olive-coloured bottoms for women are an important item to have in the next six months.”

Bistro blues

These photos were shot on location in the Manitoba Club’s newly re-designed Buffalo Bistro–part of the major renovations of the entire club. To better suit the under–40 business crowd, the club is now allowing denim and jacket-less men in the bistro only. Special thanks to Graham Davis and his team.

Gwen Chino

By Silver Jeans, $90, from October Boutique.



Right: JHudson jeans, $250; shirt by Billabong, $36; jacket by Erin Brinié; shoes by Matiko, $205, all from October Boutique, Grant Park Shopping Centre, 452-0737.

plus size

Capris by Spanner, $119, from Sue’s, 580 Academy Rd, 489-2310

dylan george

Khaki by Dylan George, $240, from October Boutique.


dark denim “It’s a wonderful time for women because anything goes, but certainly the dark, skinny, contemporary look is still very important,” says Silver.“ Not heavy

stitching; just a very contemporary, premium kind of look, with maybe some sheen to the denim, but not a lot of abrasion.”

Don’t fade away…

Want your dark denim to stay that way? Here are a few tips: - Hand wash dark jeans in the bathtub in cold water. If this is a little extreme for you, turn them inside out and wash them on the hand wash setting of your washing machine—always use cold water. - Don’t use a dryer. Instead, hang-dry your dark denim out of the sun. If needed, pop them in the dryer on the lowest setting for just a few minutes to get rid of the stiffness. - Use a fine fabric detergent specific for dark clothing. It may cost a little more, but this not only helps retain the colour, but aids in keeping the fabric from getting too stiff without using the dryer.


Jean by Silver, $95, from October Boutique, Grant Park Shopping Centre, 452-0737.

Right: Jean by Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, $169; shirt by Ness, $129; sweater by Katherine Barclay, $129; booties by Luv Shoe’s, $119, all from Sofia’s Boutique, 836 St. Mary’s Rd, 254-2595.

the skinny

Jean by J Brand, $189, from Danali His and Hers Urbanwear, 530 Kenaston Blvd, 489-0577.

karen kane

Jean by Karen Kane, $125, from Sue’s, 580 Academy Rd, 489-2310.



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Beautiful Women 2O11

What does beauty mean to you? Last fall, Winnipeg Women Magazine launched the sixth annual Winnipegâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Beautiful Women contest by asking readers to nominate a woman who they felt best exemplified the true meaning of the word beauty. By mid-January, we had once again received many heartfelt nominations. Our panel of judges were faced with the difficult decision of naming the winners, but the five women who were chosen are all well-deserving of the title.

Congratulations to all of this year's nominees:

Anonymous Joan Boone Rhonda Cook Cathie Filyk Estrellita Estrella Maxine Gacek Sandra Horyski Maudrene Hunter Dawn Kohinski Debbie Kutzan Diane Lee Sousa Michele Morrissette Maureen Orchard Shirlee Preteau Betty Ross Jacqueline Ryz Vicki Sartor Lauren Schultz Shelley Schultz Lynne Scott Shelley Shearer Marty Slyker Sheri Steeves Dana Stewart Getty Stewart Margaret Tobin Angela Ulasy Dowd Debra Ann Valentine Raven Lisa Webinger Rosann Wowchuk Cathy Wozny Photo this page by Ian McCausland hair and makeup by Michelle Pearson and Kaitlyn Lumgair from Rituals in Hair and Skin.

Watch interviews and behind-thescenes footage of our cover shoot online at

Thank you to our judging panel: Janice Filmon, Sally Flintoff, Lesley Hamilton, Diana Soroka and Sharon Taylor.

Spring 2011


"I think about her when I get low and she inspires me by her example."

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-Heather Greentree, nominator

Angela Ulasy Dowd


ancer survivor Angela Ulasy Dowd has gone through a lot in her 42 years, but still manages to keep a smile on her face and a joke in the wings at all times.

“Every day that you wake up and you’re on this side of the grass is a good start,” she laughs. Her ordeal began in her graduating year of high school, when she developed a nagging pain in her leg. “I had seen a number of doctors and was told a number of things—that it was arthritis, tendonitis, swollen tissue, that kind of thing,” she says. A school trip to Europe made her realize it was something far more serious. At one point, her tour bus had to park at the bottom of a hill and travelers had to hike up the hill to their hotel. While her classmates made the trek in 20 minutes, it took her an hour and a half.

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to ensure the cancer was completely gone, she received more bad news. “I was told that as a result of the chemotherapy, because of the strength of the type of chemo I was on, I would never bear children of my own—and that was with absolute medical certainty,” she recalls. Having always wanted a large family of her own, Ulasy Dowd was devastated but tried to remain positive, grateful for having beaten the deadly disease. But soon after completing her treatment, she started feeling fatigued and unwell. Fearing the cancer had returned, she sought medical attention. “I went to see the doctors at the cancer clinic and they did some blood work,” she says. “And lo and behold, I was pregnant with my son Jeremy.” Nine months after Jeremy’s birth, Ulasy Dowd gave birth to twin girls, another son following a few years later.

Later that year, she was finally diagnosed with bone cancer—the same kind of cancer as Terry Fox. “We were all pretty terrified,” she says. “Doctors had the next two years of my life planned out, which at the time was pretty scary.” By the time she had surgery, the cancer had spread and doctors had to amputate her right leg above the knee.

A single mother with four children under six years old, Ulasy Dowd worked three jobs to make ends meet during a difficult divorce from her high school sweetheart. “My children gave me courage, they gave me strength and they gave me a reason to get up in the morning,” she says, gazing at the many family photos adorning her living room, including photos of her infant granddaughter.

As she endured 18 months of chemotherapy

She eventually remarried and went on to have a fifth



child, a son. But illness soon struck again. She began to experience dizziness, blurred vision and what she thought were sinus and inner ear problems. It wasn’t until an ear specialist ordered an MRI that Ulasy Dowd found out she had a brain tumour, which had eaten away at the bone between her sinus cavity and brain. Faced with the decision of whether to wait to see if the growth was cancerous or not, she opted to have surgery to have it removed immediately. Despite her medical issues, Ulasy Dowd, who now has a clean bill of health, has maintained a positive outlook and is always the first to help a friend, says nominator and friend Heather Greentree. “I think about her when I get low and she inspires me by her example,” says Greentree. “When we spend any time together, I laugh so much that my gut is sore because of her quick wit and ability to make everything fun. She walks into a room and it lights up.” But Ulasy Dowd remains modest and credits her loved ones and her faith in God in helping her through those tough times. “I do feel blessed and I know I appreciate things more than other people,” she says. “I pray for miracles and I’ve been given them. I was never supposed to have children and now I have this beautiful, wonderful family. I’ve had a very rewarding life.”

"Betty is an inspiration to those around her and deserves to be recognized for her beautiful spirit."

LVB Photography

-Dee Thomas and Amie Lesyk, nominators

Betty Ross


never thought it would be possible for me to hold an eagle feather,” Betty Ross murmurs, while sitting amongst her traditional ceremonial items. An eagle feather, she states, is the highest honour in aboriginal culture. And to anyone who hears her story, it is more than apparent that Ross deserves to hold that feather. Despite the many obstacles she has faced throughout her life, she still maintains a remarkably positive outlook, which is bolstered only by her strong spirit. Abandoned at age three, Ross was custom-adopted by a childless couple, her father teaching her about native culture and spirituality, as well as the Deep Cree language. “I think he foresaw my future and what it was going to be like,” recalls Ross, who is now 64 years old. “He told me my future was dark and very dreary and that’s why he gave me what I call survival tools.” The next stage of her life was indeed one of survival. Ross endured abuse at two residential schools in the 1950s and 1960s, managing to hold onto her native language of Cree but forgetting her father’s teachings during that era. Upon finishing school, she started living “an unhealthy lifestyle.” “I was lost—I didn’t know who I was,” she says. She pursued a career in social work, but found herself struggling. “I knew there was something deep

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inside of me—I couldn’t get to it. It was almost like an onion that I had to peel and peel and peel and look for those teachings that were instilled in me as a young child,” she says. “I was searching for something but I didn’t know what it was.” During the early ‘90s, the Dalai Lama visited her university, an encounter that impacted Ross enormously. “He was teaching us about spirituality,” she recalls, “and that’s when I really started thinking about my life.” Picking Ross out of the crowd, he proceeded to give her some sweet grass, telling her she would need it for her people, and blessed her. It was that experience, coupled with the birth of her first grandson in 1995, that she says really “woke [her] up.” Ross soon began to reconnect with her native spirituality and culture. “I had to take baby steps to get where I am today,” says the mother of four and grandmother of seven. “I had to go deep down and dig for those teachings that my father left me, those survival skills.” After working as a Cree interpreter/resource worker for the Health Sciences Centre, Ross became a spiritual/cultural care provider for Aboriginal Health Services within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, where she performs sacred aboriginal ceremonies like smudges, sharing circles and traditional teachings for patients, families and staff throughout

the region. Through her job, she also facilitates culturally based ceremonies to celebrate new seasonal changes in various hospital sites. “I just listen to my patients and journey with them—it’s up to them how they want to be helped,” she says. “When I meet them, they’re so broken and they’re searching for something, just like I was searching for something.” Her caring nature extends to more than just her patients, as Ross acts as a role model to both the aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities alike, touching the lives of so many people through her work and willingness to share her story of survival. “Betty is an inspiration to those around her and deserves to be recognized for her beautiful spirit,” say nominators Dee Thomas and Amie Lesyk. But still, Ross remains modest, refusing to take credit for anything. “I can only teach [people] what I have experienced myself—that it is possible to find your own path, the path of light,” she says, stroking the eagle feather gently. “I just want to walk humbly on Mother Earth, knowing that I’ve found my path, knowing that I’m equipped with the wisdom and the knowledge of my elders…I’m so happy where I am today.”



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"Her energy is wonderful. She makes everybody feel like they are a part of something that’s bigger than all of us.” -Heather Emberley, nominator

Margaret Tobin


argaret Tobin has given hundreds of people a reason to sing, but the founder of Spirit’s Call never intended to start a choir.

Now retired, Tobin was a counsellor who was helping to facilitate a self-exploration workshop that included a number of different exercises. One of those exercises involved chanting. “After we stopped chanting, there was a hushed silence. It was a magical moment,” Tobin recalls. “Suddenly, someone said, ‘I was singing! But I can’t sing.’” And the Spirit’s Call Choir was born. Starting in 2001, the choir met at members’ homes until it grew large enough to require a formal rehearsal space. It now has 153 active members, and holds its weekly rehearsals at the Unitarian Church at Academy and Maryland. “This is a choir for people who thought they couldn’t sing, even though we have quite a few members who are very proficient singers now,” says Tobin. “We still have people coming who are very uncertain, and it takes them a while to feel comfortable.” Tobin has met many people who were told they couldn’t sing as children, and she says the psycho-



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logical damage that results is heartbreaking. “Singing is our birthright—we all have our own voice, and that voice is an expression of who we are. To be told it’s not good enough is a negation of the human spirit. It’s a very traumatic, very wounding thing,” she says. Once these so-called “non-singers” are given permission to belt out a tune, they discover something even more powerful. “They find their voice in other ways as well. They become more confident about expressing themselves in other areas of their life—they develop more confidence,” says Tobin. The Spirit’s Call Choir dedicates all of its performances to charitable organizations, and so far it’s raised $123,000 for groups like the North End Sponsorship Team, Hands of Hope, the Marion Centre, Free Schools and the Canadian Landmines Foundation. Not bad for a little choir who began in Tobin’s dining room, thinking they couldn’t sing. After Tobin survived two battles with breast cancer, she invited CancerCare patients to join the choir, and the response was miraculous, she says.

forget their troubles, and they feel that they belong and are appreciated. Singing is a really healthy and healing way to deal with the challenges of life,” she adds. “Choir rehearsals are their oasis at the end of the week.” Heather Emberley has been a member of Spirit’s Call for eight years. While editing a psychology journal, she was told about the choir as a wellness exercise, and originally just went to observe. “Margaret’s philosophy is to just get out and sing. It feels good, and because it feels so good, it ends up sounding good. She became my personal role model, and she’s a testimony to the healing power of song. Even when she was undergoing chemo and radiation, she still had the choir at her heart,” says Emberley, who nominated Tobin for Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women. “Her energy is wonderful. She makes everybody feel like they are a part of something that’s bigger than all of us.” Spirit’s Call has seen its members through every possible tragedy, and they still come out singing. “For some people, this choir is a real lifeline. It’s a community who really cares about each other,” Tobin says. “Technical perfection will never be as important as singing with your heart and believing in yourself.”

“Singing transports people into a place of joy. They

"My mom has a wonderful positive attitude towards life–very gracious, always learning, forever forgiving. She is my mentor. I can only dream to be a tiny bit like her."

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-Cory Krul, nominator

maRty sLyKer


arty Slyker has experienced more in one lifetime than most of us could ever dream of.

When Slyker was six years old, her mother passed away from multiple sclerosis. Slyker was 12 when World War Two began, and she was sent to live with her aunt in Holland. “Everything was interrupted—we lost all our resources, we lost our freedom, and little by little, we lost everything else,” Slyker recalls. “I can’t imagine that I lived through that, but we survived and life went on.” Slyker’s aunt hid three Jewish girls in her home. Already a proficient seamstress, Slyker used her aunt’s tablecloths and sheets to make clothes for the sisters. She soon became a runner for the underground, transporting messages and coupons in her shoes. Although she was often stopped by soldiers and asked to show her ID, Slyker doesn’t remember being afraid. “I was a very skinny little girl—I was so malnourished that I didn’t have a period by 17, but we all survived the war,” she says. “I walked with the girls and watched the Canadian tanks roll into town. It was a wonderful feeling.”

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Slyker was 18 by the time the war ended, and she pursued her dream of becoming a nurse. She was a nursing student when she was struck down with tuberculosis. She spent two years in the hospital fighting for her life. But it would take more than a life-threatening illness to slow Slyker down. She got engaged while in the hospital, and once well enough, she immigrated to Canada with her new husband. In Winnipeg, Slyker became the mother of six children. She managed to take care of them all while continuing her studies and becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Slyker was an LPN for 10 years before deciding that she wanted to do something more. She received her Registered Practical Nurse degree when she was 50. “She was always taking classes, even while living with six children, which was unheard of back then. She was one of the first women in her church to get her driver’s license. She was a true pioneer,” says her daughter, Cory Krul, who nominated Slyker for Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women. “She’s a great role model for my daughter and nieces and nephews.”

“It seems like we had a lifetime together—it was a lifetime,” Slyker says. “Life wasn’t always a bed of roses—no one’s life is, but I’m not complaining. I’ve had a very good life and a wonderful family.” As an elder in her church, Slyker spends a lot of her time visiting parishioners who are sick or lonely. She also drives seniors to medical appointments and other errands. Even though she’s in her 80s, Slyker has the energy and spunk of someone half her age. “I’m just someone who cares—that’s all they really need,” she says. “Whenever something comes up, I do it. I’m not the only one—many people I know do it. When I lost my husband, it was good to visit old friends and reminisce.” Slyker now has 16 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Somehow, she manages to stay close with them all. “We all love her and we’re all respectful of her. She’s very strong—she’s a force,” says Krul. “My mom has a wonderful positive attitude towards life–very gracious, always learning, forever forgiving. She is my mentor. I can only dream to be a tiny bit like her.”

Slyker was able to celebrate her 55th wedding anniversary with her husband before he passed away from cancer five years ago. SPRING 2011


"Before one event ends, she’s working on the next one, but she never fails to think of the personal things that make a difference. She just takes care of everyone. She makes everyone feel special."

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-Jan Rempel, nominator

shirlee preteau


f anyone has what it takes to banish cancer from the face of the planet, it’s Shirlee Preteau. Preteau was a high-powered event planner for the Winnipeg Arena and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers when her boss, Lyle Bauer, Blue Bombers alumnus and CFL executive, contracted throat cancer in 2004. He started the Never Alone Foundation, a national charity that supports projects, programs and agencies that aid in the fight against cancer. And in a stroke of sheer genius, he made Preteau the foundation’s executive director. “Shirlee has this inner spark that makes you want to be a better person. She does so much for everybody else that she makes you enthusiastic about making a difference yourself,” says Jan Rempel, who nominated Preteau for Winnipeg’s Most Beautiful Women. Rempel is a cancer survivor who tragically lost her husband to the disease in 2009. She became a volunteer for the Never Alone Foundation last year, after meeting Preteau at an event. “The volunteers have become a close-knit team because of her, and Shirlee is the coach of that team.” Preteau brings her extensive event-planning experience to the fight against cancer. She runs five major



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events for the Never Alone Foundation each year, including Poker for a Purpose, Fish for a Cure and Wings for Warren. “I’ve worked with rock stars and athletes, but the people I’ve met through the Never Alone Foundation are amazing,” says Preteau. “Everything I’ve learned from working in the entertainment industry can be put to use here. I’ve had fantastic opportunities in Winnipeg—the people here are amazing. There are a lot of great people in this city.” Preteau also works with the foundation’s sponsors to provide hot meals and quilts to those with cancer, as well as running the Never Alone luncheons. “When you meet some of the people going through this, you can’t come home and grumble too much,” she says. “Every time I’m really feeling worn out, I meet someone amazing and get pumped right up again. This is very rewarding work.”

“She thought she needed help, but she didn’t realize the help she’d given me. It was a saving grace for me to get involved with the Never Alone Foundation, and I know I’m not the only one she’s had that effect on,” says Rempel. “I see it all the time. Being a part of this foundation has been really good therapy for me. It’s pulled me up to be able to help others.” In spite of her daunting schedule, Preteau never forgets the little things that make others feel important. Rempel can’t talk about the platter of homemade butter tarts Preteau gave her last Christmas without choking up. “She’s so busy, and those butter tarts were homemade. You wonder, what can’t this woman do? The tarts were quite good, too,” Rempel smiles. “Before one event ends, she’s working on the next one, but she never fails to think of the personal things that make a difference. She just takes care of everyone. She makes everyone feel special.”

Rempel, who was in deep mourning for her husband when she met Preteau, says that the powerhouse fundraiser has no idea about the effect she has on people.


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Ariana Chia with her horse Wishtadanz. Shot on location in Wellington, Florida.


rom a very young age, Ariana Chia knew she wanted to be around horses. Maybe it was the way they gracefully moved through the prairie field or the sheer magnitude of their beauty, but one thing was for certain, something sparked a deep passion in the two-year-old that would set her on a path in which dreams become realities.


we dance? Local dressage rider Ariana Chia makes her mark on the refined sport. by Connie Tamoto photography by Tom Tracy



“When I was little I can’t recall any little kid who wanted to get into dressage, but I can remember thinking how this is a beautiful sport, it’s an art, it’s a performance and it is so interesting,” says Chia. That was nearly 17 years ago. Today the upbeat and energetic 19-year-old is south of the border, training in the sport of competitive dressage. Dressage–loosely translated from French– means training and is best described as the art of dancing on horseback or horse ballet. An Olympic sport, dressage is judged on the artistic and athletic ability of a horse and its rider, similar to figure skating or gymnastics, and has been an integral component of equestrian riding since the Renaissance. The art of dressage is one that takes years to master. The sport itself involves hours of training to enhance the natural movement of the

sport Dressage Winnipeg Dressage Winnipeg is the organization dealing with the sport of dressage in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. Each year, Dressage Winnipeg holds several shows, as well as the Manitoba provincial championships. For more information on dressage in Winnipeg, visit Upcoming shows for 2011: The Kendra McBain Memorial Gold and Bronze Competitions May 7 & 8, 2011 - MHC Facility, Bird’s Hill Park

“When I was little I can’t recall any little kid who wanted to get into dressage, but I can remember thinking how this is a beautiful sport, it’s an art, it’s a performance and it is so interesting.” horse and a time commitment on behalf of the rider that for many can be a significant personal sacrifice. For Chia, that meant deciding between the life of a typical teenager–school friends, junior high dances and teenage dramas or pursuing a life as a competitive rider. “It’s a sacrifice but it’s an opportunity as well. I was blessed to be able to follow my dreams and passion. My parents were very supportive of my passion and allowed me to be homeschooled so I could continue following my dreams,” says Chia. “I may have had to leave behind my friends and the fun of school, but I have had other opportunities. I have travelled and I have a great social circle within the horse community–it’s been really great.” So, at the age of 15, Chia began the intensive training required for competitive dressage. First in her sights, the North American Junior Young Riders’ Championship (NAJYRC)–the premier competition for riders between the age of 14 and 21. “Four years ago I decided I wanted to go for the North American Junior Young Riders Championship, which is the most prestigious competition for riders of our age,” says Chia. “So I began coming to Wellington, Florida during the winter months to train.”

Capt. DeKenyeres Memorial Gold & Bronze Competitions June 25 & 26, 2011 - MHC Facility, Bird’s Hill Park MidSummer Madness Bronze Competition August 19 - 21, 2011 - Red River Ex Grounds Fall Classic Bronze Competition and Manitoba Provincial Championships Gold Competition September 10 & 11, 2011 MHC Facility, Bird’s Hill Park

It was 2008 and the future was bright for the teenager until an unexpected event occurred, one which would test her perseverance, drive and determination. “The first year I decided to step into the international realm and four weeks before the competition, my horse went lame, which meant I had no horse, half my team was gone,” recalls Chia. “Luckily some people who had watched me at the stable I trained at offered me one of their horses. I had just two weeks to get all my scores in to qualify–a task that normally takes a year. So it was a pretty crazy first experience.” But despite the challenges leading up to the 2008 competition, 2009 looked a lot more promising for the aspiring rider. That year Chia was given a stallion from Alberta to ride and ended up placing fifth overall, missing a bronze in the freestyle competition by a mere .01– much to the credit of her teammate. “It is very important to have the right horse; it is half of your team and finding the right horse can be very difficult and challenging because a competitive-level horse is very different than a show horse or a club horse,” she says. For this upcoming year, Chia’s teammate is more than a competitive-level horse. It is a horse with a lot of potential and one that brings a deep sense of happiness to her when she rides.

“This is a horse that is very special to me,” says Chia affectionately. “I have had her since she was 10 months old and now she is eight, so we kind of grew up together. It has been a very long and special relationship.” A long and special relationship that could one day see the young rider all the way to the ultimate realm in competitive amateur sport. “Every rider has Olympic and Pan American and World Cup aspirations and I am 100 per cent along those lines, but right now, though, my goal is to qualify for the Canada Young West Riders’ team,” says Chia. With Olympic and Pan American aspirations in her sights, one would think Chia would have little time to follow her other life passions. But when she isn’t busy training her beloved mare or in the gym working out, the young rider splits what little spare time she has between studying courses online with the University of Manitoba and devoting her energy to raise awareness for an organization called Save the Brumbies. “Something I am trying to do is bring more exposure to the species of horses and the bad things that are being done to them,” explains Chia. “Horses don’t have a public voice like the pandas or the whales–I want to be that voice for the horses.”



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Child's play The importance of sport in children’s development. by Ali Mintenko


hen you bring a child into the world, among your first thoughts will be that you’ll want them to be happy and successful in their lives. You’ll flash forward, picturing their entire life, eventually seeing them as an adult with a partner, kids, a successful career and maybe even a family pet. As they begin to grow, you’ll begin to think of all the things that will help them to obtain that successful, happy life you envision for them. Piano lessons, math tutoring if they need it, perhaps even religious classes–anything they need to ensure them the best possible chances of having a bright future. At any point on your list do you mention physi-

cal activity, or more specifically, sports? How far down are they on your list? We live in an age where people tend to be from one of two sides of the sports coin: either ‘not really interested’ or ‘live and breathe them.’ In actuality, neither one of them is necessarily the right side to be on. Of course, there are children who excel in academia, who would rather listen to music or play video games or read than play soccer. There are also those who get up at 5 a.m. for hockey practice before school, who play more hockey at recess, eat a quick dinner, then head off to their next practice before crawling into bed at 8:30 p.m. In order to have a healthy, well-adjusted child, they need to be exposed to a variety of differ-

ent experiences and situations–a mix of physical activity, education, hobbies, family time and just time to be a kid. So what sort of sports are best for your child? Team sports, individual? There is an endless list of options for both types. Dr.Jeff Leiter, executive director and research director for the Pan Am Clinic Foundation, doesn’t feel that it’s necessary to have your child involved in both team and individual sports, but that they should at least have the opportunity for both. “Ultimately, children may choose one or the other based on personal preference and/or success with a certain activity. Children may be motivated to participate in a specific sport because they want to be with




“It promotes physical development, motor skills friends or were inspired by a parent, sibling, etc. The most important variable when it comes to a child choosing a sport is that they have fun and are motivated to engage in the activity. Ultimately, if a child can participate in sport for life, the benefits of the sport (physical, emotional, social, etc.) will continue well into the future,” he says. Leisha Strachan, PhD and assistant professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba, has much of the same view as Leiter. “I don’t think there’s anything to suggest that individual is better than team or vice-versa. Involvement in team sports lends to more opportunities to interact with peers. However, even in individual sports, a child is often training with others, so those relationships can build as well. Team sports also lend to the growth of certain motor/physical skills (i.e. analyzing a play and looking for an open player) but individual sports may allow for unique skill development as well.” But while it isn’t imperative that they be involved in both individual and team sports, variety is still important.



Jeff Wood, manager of high-performance training at Focus Fitness, feels it’s important that kids should be involved in more than one activity. He feels there is too much emphasis on honing in on one particular sport. “Kids are training for a specific sport year–round now, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing,” he says. He gives the example of kids that play hockey–and how many teams expect players to practice over the summer months, too. Or how soccer players are expected to be involved in an indoor soccer program throughout the cold months. Variety is the spice of life, and a variety of activities can help your child learn more about sport in general, perhaps realizing something they really love or excel at. “The best players in any sport are exceptional athletes,” says Wood. “They excel in everything.” Focus Fitness offers programs for children from ages eight to about 16. There are different levels in each program, because not every child is similar in their abilities or desires for physical activity. For the younger groups, the programs are more game-oriented, as opposed to drills or routines. There are small tests in each level, designed to encourage kids to push themselves while having fun at the same time.

development and psycho-social development.” Sports can be expensive, though. Equipment, trips, lessons–all of that can add up to more than a family has to spend. In 2007, in an effort to help families be able to cover some of those costs, the Government of Canada began offering a non-refundable tax credit based on eligible fitness expenses parents paid to register their children in a “prescribed program of physical activity.” The Children’s Fitness Tax Credit allows parents to claim up to $500 per year for eligible fitness expenses paid for each child under 16 years of age at the beginning of the year in which the expenses are paid. A child may also be eligible for the disability tax credit, where parents can claim up to $500 per year in eligible fitness expenses paid for a child who is 18 years of age at the beginning of that year. For complete information on what is eligible and how to claim it, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website at Though committing the time and money required to have your child involved in a sport, either team or individual, can be daunting, the benefits on their health and overall development are extensive.

“It promotes physical development, motor skills development and psycho-social development,” says Strachan. “By participating in sport, children and youth have the potential to learn skills that can build their confidence and competence, but also life skills including teamwork, fair play, responsibility and time management.” “Children also gain work ethic, sportsmanship, coping skills, social skills, self-awareness, discipline, self-esteem and goal-setting. Physical and mental well-being has a strong positive correlation, so participating in sport can improve mental health,” notes Leiter. Physical confidence, a great attitude and the ability to work well with others–sports teach so many things and really are an important factor in raising a successful child. Strachan sums it up best: “When children and youth are exposed to new activities, it really allows them to explore their gifts and gain the confidence they need to enjoy sport for life.” Head to for a list of resources on local kids’ sports, as well as information on knowing how much is enough for your child.


Kids Fitness Classes

If your child is shy, or you’re having trouble interesting them in physical activity, why not try a class you can be involved in together? There are plenty of family-friendly classes, and even mommy and me classes for babies and toddlers. The Winnipeg Leisure Guide is a great place to look, and can be found online as, or in various retail locations in the city, including at most 7-11 stores. A few other classes around the city include: Family Martial Arts St. James Assiniboia Centennial In-line Skating – Parent and Child Charles A. Barbour Arena Tumblers 2s n 3s Roland Michener Active Centre Springers Gymnastic Club – Parent and Me Totally Fit Mom – Mom & Baby and Mom & Tot Fitness



Go career shopping

The Rotary Career Symposium provides a unique opportunity for those looking for a career path.


hoosing a career path is never an easy task, no matter what your age. Luckily for Manitobans, the Rotary Career Symposium provides both students and adults alike with the opportunity to explore the next step in their education or career.

Introduced to the symposium last year—and returning this year due to its success—is the Career Café, an informal gathering during which people can learn skills essential to any job search or career transition. The café provides guests with access to experts in career counseling, resume writing, interview skills and more.

With more than 13,000 people in attendance last year, the symposium has established itself as a must-attend event for people looking to gain valuable information about educational and employment options available in Manitoba, Canada and even internationally.

And not only does the symposium cater to adults who are looking for a career change, reentering the workforce or going back to school, but it also targets students from grades seven to 12 and post-secondary students.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to go career shopping because it’s such a large event,” says chairman Roy Vallance of the symposium, which takes place on April 6 and 7, 2011 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. “We present a huge range of opportunities; there’s something for everybody.”

“We present a huge range of opportunities; there’s something for everybody.”

In addition to around 200 exhibitor displays from post-secondary institutions and employers in both the public and private sectors, the twoday event boasts 70 engaging speaker sessions from experts in a wide range of industries. “The speaker sessions address careers like engineering, radio, sales and marketing, accounting and psychology, plus trades such as welding, construction, plumbing, etc.,” says Vallance, who has been involved with the symposium for the past eight years. For people for whom university is not an option, alternative options are also explored in the speaker sessions.

By allowing them to network and hear firsthand experiences from in-the-field practitioners, the symposium provides students with the information they need to pursue different career paths and become excited about their futures. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to explain to students the training and education necessary to fill specific jobs in their respective industries. Over the past few years, the event has also established the Engineering Innovation Challenge and the Glide to Your Future Challenge, in which students can participate

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in hands-on activities relating to different industries. In the engineering challenge, for example, attendees are invited to create structures to protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a height of one metre onto a concrete floor. “These are fun activities but also really practical, and they give attendees an idea of what it would be like to have a career in those areas,” says Vallance. Parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children to the event, as their roles in their children’s career decisions are often underestimated. “Parents are a very important part of the process,” says Vallance. “According to numerous studies over the past 50 years, parents have the greatest influence over their children’s career decisions. Many times, parents are far more influential in regards to their children’s career choice than they realize.” Regardless of their reason for attending the symposium, attendees are sure to find a variety of useful information relating to all kinds of employment and educational opportunities, helping them map out a successful future. “There are few situations sadder than someone who is stuck in a career that they do not enjoy,” says Vallance. “If people choose careers they’re happy in, they win, the employers win and society as a whole wins.” For more information about the Rotary Career Symposium, call 975-8209 or visit

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The birth house A new birthing centre will be the first of its kind in Western Canada.

by Lindsay Stewart Glor photography by Grajewski Fotograph Inc.


oving across dusty cement floors, through a labyrinth of steel beams, visitors to the city’s new birth centre must still rely on imagination, and a detailed floor plan, to glimpse the completed project. Speak with the women behind the centre, however, and this steel framework suddenly transforms into painted walls, work benches into double beds, piles of snow into private green spaces and construction crews into families. Standing on the grounds of the former CKND station at the entrance to Old St. Vital, the building, once completed, will house a new kind of health care facility. Managed by the Women’s Health Clinic (WHC), the centre will offer a wide variety of services to women and their families, from pregnancy to birthing and beyond. And when the doors finally open later this year, it will be the culmination of an unprecedented collaboration between community groups, WHC, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the Province of Manitoba.

A tour of the underconstruction birth centre at St. Mary’s Rd. and St. Anne’s Rd.

The idea for a free-standing birth centre first germinated 10 years ago during a casual dinner between Beverly Suek and her daughter-in-law Sonya Jantz. Having both worked around the



parenting From left: Lori Lamont, WRHA vicepresident and chief nursing officer, and Joan Dawkins, executive director of Women’s Health Clinic.

issue of maternal health, on policy and grassroots levels, the women had each been quietly contemplating the idea of a birth centre, but had never spoken about it. Action came only after a prophetic reading from a restaurant tarot card reader. “We were told that we were going to be involved in a big building project and that it was going to be successful,” laughs Suek.

Minister of Health Theresa Oswald.

utes after I took my chair,” laughs Oswald.

state of maternal health care in the province.

The new minister proved to be the right person, in the right government, at the right time. “The stars did align to a degree,” says Joan Dawkins, executive director of the WHC. “[She] has an interest; she is young and has a family.” In 2007, Oswald announced that a free-standing birth centre would be built. It was a lightening-bolt moment for those on the

“Women must have the opportunity for care that keeps them the happiest and the healthiest,” says Oswald. “When you have a healthy mother, you have a healthy family.” At the core of that women-centered approach is the ability to present women with a variety of options when it comes to where and how they

“This is a place away from home, but the And while she says she’s only “a little bit of a believer” in the metaphysical, the pair decided to take it as a sign. Soon they had gathered a group of like-minded women and formed what would later evolve into the birth centre advisory committee. Five years later, as the committee researched other birth centres and put together ideas, they were joined by Madeline Boscoe, who was working with the Women’s Health Clinic. She got the WHC involved and the group was soon putting together an extensive proposal to bring to the newly elected minister of health, Theresa Oswald. “They were in my office about 20 min-



ground floor. “When a government minister makes a public announcement, then it’s going to happen,” says Dawkins. Government support was crucial for a project of this scope, especially since birth centres are a relatively new concept in Canada. Although they have been home to midwife-attended births in Quebec since the mid-1990s, similar facilities are rare across the rest of the country. Winnipeg’s birth centre will be the first of its kind in Western Canada. Its opening, along with the upcoming construction of a new Women’s Hospital and upgrades to St. Boniface Hospital, appear to be part of a renewed focus on the

deliver their children. This includes the option of having a natural, midwife-attended birth. When the Manitoba government declared midwifery an independent, regulated health care service in 1997, new rules suddenly governed this age-old profession. In came registered midwives, who were able to offer clients two choices: a home birth or a midwife-attended hospital birth. More than a decade has passed and the demand for midwives has continued to exceed supply. Those women who are successfully matched with a midwife then choose between the two polarities of home and hospital. Based on the home birth model, the birth

Centre de naissance parenting

Women’s Hospital to usher in a new era in Project Team maternal health Équipe du projet PROJECT LEAD / CHEF DE PROJET Cheryl MacKinnon, Regional Manager Capital Planning Directrice régionale, Planification des immobilisations PROJECT COORDINATOR / COORDONNATRICE DE PROJET Leslie Badger was built 60 The current Women’s Hospital Planning Planification des immobilisations yearsCapital ago and staff /have struggled in recent

A rendering of the birth centre. wide hallways equipped with handrails will be ideal for women who want to use walking as a pain management tool. Rooms will also have access to a private outdoor space. “This is a place away from home, but the vision is really home-like,” says Dawkins. As with any birth, the unexpected can occur and the centre is equipped with an emergency access area and is just five minutes from St. Boniface Hospital.” You never know when an emergency is going to happen,” offers Oswald, “which is another reason why a location like this was desirable.”

Leslie Badger, project coordinator, WRHA capital planning, leads the tour.

While labour, delivery and post-partum care are the crux of the care provided at the clinic, the sunny space will be a hub of maternal health services, from prenatal appointments to education sessions. The building has been thoughtfully designed to include a child-minding area and stroller parking; it will also be breastfeeding friendly. “It’s planned for families,” offers Suek, who took part in the building’s extensive consultation process. That process included

Project Intent

The resulting “family-centered” design is expected to strengthen cooperation between departments, provide greater flexibility in care and allow for increased privacy for patients and their families. “We expect to provide a much different experience,” says Lori Lamont, WRHA vice-president and chief nursing officer. “In some ways we’re going a little bit away from some of the science and getting back to the art of caring.” Features of the new design award-winning hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2014, include user-friendly surgery suites and 16 private labour and delivery rooms. “When you have patients sharing a double room, it’s hard to have family with you and it’s not conducive to any significant conversation,” says Dr. Maggie Morris, medical director for Women’s Hospital. “Also,” she notes, “the best protection against hospital-based infections is having a private room.”

Objectif du projet

e vision is really home-like.” The new Birth Centre is a joint effort between the WRHA & the Womens Health Clinic. It will be operated by the Women’s Health Clinic and will also serve as a hub for the Winnipeg region’s Midwifery program.

years to make an old building fit new PRIME CONSULTANT / CONSULTANT PRINCIPAL concepts in maternal healthcare. So when MMP Architects it was decided that a new hospital would be built, the WRHA launched an extensive GENERAL CONTRACTOR / ENTREPRENEUR GÉNÉRAL consultation program, which included Con-Pro Industries Canada Ltd. everyone from nurses to new mothers. “We knew that if we were gong to make a big investment, we were going to get it right,” says Minister of Health Theresa Oswald.

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centre will one more optionand along the roads, the site will offer a full range their sickoffnewborns by adequarter Located at offer the junction of St. Mary’s St. Anne’s à lawith jonction des chemins Mary’s etfrom St. Anne’s, le centre rira un large éventail services de of maternité et building mock LDRP rooms Situé filled to-scale continuum care. a mile.lesThe new NICU willlesbe based onet ales soins of maternalof and newborn services including birthing, primary prenatal, postpartum pour les nouveau-nés, y compris l’accouchement, soins prénatals primaires, soins postnatals cardboard furniture and equipment. where babies are grouped and newborn care, and breastfeeding support and education. It will be a place that aux nouveau-nés, ainsi que des services “pod” de soutien design à l’allaitement maternel et d’éducation. Le centre accueillera “The goal and always is women to offerfrom a balance of sertogether in fives, with a private space for welcomes serves diverse backgrounds andAnd experiences. et répondra aux besoins des femmes de tous les milieux. while those involved admit that it will take vices so women can find the right choice for each. “It’s a huge jump forward,” says some time until the centre isLe running at its sera fullconçu de façon à offrir un milieu confortable, accueillant et chaleureux au sein de The design intent of the Birth Centre will be a comfortable, welcoming & residential Centre de naissance them,” offers Dawkins. Morris. potential—budgets plansdans are stillles femmes pourront donner naissance en étant entourées de sages-femmes et des environment in the community where women give birth, attended by midwives andand service la collectivité lequel waiting for final approval—they aredethrilled to surrounded by theirto families. membres leurs familles. With the capacity support 500 births a year, With great attention paid to all aspects be just months away from welcoming the centhe birthPlanning centre worked will have fourwith LDRP (labour, staff and Consultants during the of the building, from room layout to Capital closely the program Les responsables de la Planifi cation des immobilisations ont travaillé en étroite collaboration avecthe le personnel tre’s first baby. delivery, recovery, post-partum) rooms. Each and to respond to the many the wild flower-themed Integrated Design Process (IDP) to plan the interior du programme et les consultants durantchoosing le processus deof conception intégrée (PCI) afin d’élaborerdecor, les plans will be large enough toBirth accommodate womthe team behind thedenew hospital expect functions required of the Centre. It was a a collaborative process & approach des locaux et de répondre aux multiples besoins fonctionnels du Centre naissance. Le processus concerté a For Beverly Suek,that who has been working an’s support team of friends and family, and the effects to be positive for both patients engaged midwives, Women’s Health Clinic staff, the WRHA, Advisory des sages-femmes, personnel de la Women’s Health Clinic, l’ORSW, les membres du comité consultatif towardsCommittee opening day for theréuni past 10 years, itleis will have different zones, including an area to and for staff. “We’re excited to have pride members and the Community to share, gather, process and proof translate thecommunity-action information et can la collectivité afinresults. de recueillir, de mettre en commun, de traiter et d’interpréter l’information nécessaire that garner stretch or use things like birthing balls, a large in the environment we work in,” says into the building design.The community commitment and public engagement has one idea “It’s so exciting that change theL’engagement de la collectivité et de la population a été un élément essentiel et à lacan conception du centre. tub, a private washroom and a double-sized Morris. “And I think it gives women the world,” says Suek. “It’s nice indissociable to know.” been a vital & integral part of the process throughout. du processus global. hospital bed. Running throughout the building, message that they are valued and deserve As a designated bilingual site, the birth centre will produce all of its materials and offer À titre de site désigné bilingue, le Centre this de naissance produira tout son matériel et offrira une partie des attention.” some services in both English and French. services en anglais et en français. The birth centre will meet Canadian and international standards of safe practice


Le Centre de naissance répondra aux normes canadiennes et internationales en matière de pratiques



Live right now CBC’s Janet Stewart proves the road to healthy living photography by Grajewski Fotograph doesn’t have to be hard.



fitness “If I’m really going to make changes and stick with them, what I need is motivation. Getting back into that old skirt ain’t gonna cut it. Avoiding the cardiac I.C.U. might.”


hated my eighth birthday party. Hated it. I thought it was the worst party ever. Now if you asked my friends who were there, they’d probably tell you they had a great time. “Best party ever,” they might say. After all, what eight-year-old girl wouldn’t love a birthday party organized and hosted by two teenagers? She’d think it was cool to hang out with an 18- and 16-year-old. My sisters threw that party for me. As an adult, I realize that was very sweet of them. It probably was a fabulous birthday party–but nothing could have made me like it. I was too upset that my mother wasn’t there. She was in the hospital, recovering from a massive heart attack. I was eight. She was 44. My mother had a heart attack at 44. She’s almost 80 now, still very much alive, but I’m just now realizing how the spectre of that heart attack hangs over the girls in my family like the blade of a guillotine. I’m just now realizing it, because this month I turn 44. A couple of months ago I pointed that out to my sister Judi. “I’m going to be 44,” I said. “I know,” Judi replied. “When I turned 44, I was freaked out for months.” I called my other sister. “I’m ten years clear,” Gail said. She’s 54. On Jan. 3, CBC launched a nation-wide initiative called Live Right Now. The goal is to give Canadians tools, help and encouragement on the road to healthy living.

before. Sure, I’ll go to the gym. Sure, I’ll eat healthier foods. But it doesn’t take long for my enthusiasm to wane. I get busy. I get tired. Gym memberships turn into charitable donations. Old food habits cling tighter than a skirt I bought five years ago. And as the winter wind blows colder and colder, I find just getting out of bed harder and harder.

These days I’m using my slow cooker more, and trying to cook big batches of healthy food on Sundays that I can freeze and eat through the week. I found an enchilada recipe I really like. There’s lots of cheese in it, but other than that the ingredients are heart-healthy. And what’s a little cheese between friends? Ya gotta live when you’re Living Right Now.

If I’m really going to make changes and stick with them, what I need is motivation. Getting back into that old skirt ain’t gonna cut it. Avoiding the cardiac I.C.U. might.

I accepted a challenge from the Live Right Now website to eat only when I’m hungry. Trouble is, I’m ALWAYS hungry. I’m a grazer. I like to eat constantly. I once had an audio guy say in my earpiece during a show, “What was that?” The mic had picked up the sound of my stomach growling. Try living that down with the guys in the control room. It’s almost as bad as the time I said kids were building snowfarts.

We recently had a staff challenge at work to wear a pedometer for several days. The goal was to take 10,000 steps a day. My total: 3,764. Clearly, I spend way too much of my life sitting in front of a computer, writing headlines and checking scripts. The next morning I spent 25 minutes walking on a treadmill before I went to work. My steps that day: 7,682–still only two-thirds of the way there. Now I know I need to use the treadmill more than just a couple of times a week. We bought one on sale, and put it in the basement. My brilliant husband also bought a small TV with a DVD player in it, and set it up in front of the treadmill. Now we can watch comedy shows while we work out. The cardio’s good for my heart, and the laughter’s good for my soul. Now, to tackle the food issue: Remember the dieting rule of not eating after 8 p.m.? That’s tricky for me, because I don’t usually get home until 7:30 or 8 p.m. I’m tired, mentally drained and hungry. I eat way too much frozen pizza.

I try to bring bags of carrots with me to work, or those little peel-off-the-lid cans of tuna, so that when I need a snack, it can be healthy. I’m far from perfect. If there’s cake or cookies or chocolate around, I’ll eat it. I just try to take a smaller piece, with less icing. Everything in moderation, right? Besides, this isn’t about deprivation; this isn’t short-term. This is about embracing life, living right now and for decades to come. It’s a long road, but we can walk it, one small, manageable step at a time. And if we do it together, at least we’ll have good company along the way. Janet Stewart is the host of CBC News Winnipeg at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. on CBC TV. You can be part of the Live Right Now movement at

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Daily Grind How to deal with TMJ. by Ali Mintenko


magine being unable to do something as simple as chewing a piece of gum. Even chewing food, which your body requires for your survival, can cause pain or clicking sounds when you eat.

There could be many diagnoses for what causes such pain in your jaw that it affects something so simple as chewing gum. One of the possibilities is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ as it is more commonly known. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint between the jawbone and the skull, which is located just in front of the ear, and the dysfunction is a disorder of that joint. It is manifested by pain in the head (headaches), face, neck, shoulders and some other structures. TMJ Dysfunction can also refer to Myofacial Pain Dysfunction, or MPD. It can be found in both sexes, but tends to be most common in women. It is a condition that is often misdiagnosed. There are several causes for TMJ, most of them unavoidable: - Trauma to the head or neck, e.g. whiplash - Pathology, e.g. damage to the joint itself, arthritis



- Hormonal imbalances: growth spurts in teens, menstrual cycle, menopause - Medications: as the side effect of certain drugs - Occlusion: jaws which do not line up correctly, e.g. post-orthodontic treatment

tions that TMJ can be overlooked as the cause. It’s an incredibly lengthy list and could be a combination of some of the following, or in very severe cases can even include all of the following:

The greatest contributing factor to TMJ, however, is a low threshold for stress.

- Headaches–often misdiagnosed with migraines - Shoulder pain that may mimic a rotator cuff injury - Stiff, sore neck upon awakening, with restricted range of motion - Tingling fingers and arm pain - Pain in the trapezius muscles (the shoulder blades), usually only on one side - Restricted, painful jaw opening with the possibility of clicking joints - Inability to smile or facial tingling when trying to smile - Clicking, popping or grinding in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth - Locking jaws - Extensive problems with teeth - Ear pain with no infection - Clenching the teeth during sleep and when awake - Disturbed sleep, no dreaming and waking tired - Lightheadedness when walking - Symptoms of a collapsed or plugged

Dr. Sidney Fleisher, DMD, took a special interest in TMJ problems over 35 years ago, focusing his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of myofacial pain dysfunction symptoms and temporomandibular joint (TMJ)– related disorders. “As long as you live, you cannot avoid stress. The one variable is increasing one’s tolerance for stress,” says Dr. Fleisher. “Because of the symptoms, MPD and TMJ Dysfunction are known in medical circles as ‘The Great Imposter,’” he says. “Until very recently, the medical profession had little knowledge of MPD. Indeed, it is still controversial in certain dental circles. The concept may not be understood by many, but the medical doctors that have been treated for MPD will tell you otherwise through their own experience.” The reality is that the symptoms of it can be so similar to many other illnesses and condi-

eustachian tube as when flying–popping, stuffy ears - Snoring, with a negative sleep apnea diagnosis - Shooting or throbbing pain behind the eyes, usually one eye only - Difficulty swallowing or constantly choking on food when eating - Exacerbation of symptoms when wearing a night guard

The greatest contributing factor to TMJ, however, is a low threshold for stress. With a symptom list as extensive as that, it’s understandable how it can be difficult to pinpoint TMJ as the culprit. Someone that suffers from TMJ could also suffer from other afflictions as a result of it. A lack of sleep due to pain can lead to apprehension, depression and many other serious health problems, including possible kidney or liver problems from an over-indulgence in pain killers. “Treatment for TMJ is to prevent clenching and to correct the occlusion (bite) to allow the teeth to come together without any interferences into comfortable complete closure of the jaws. To prevent clenching, a special splint (nightguard) must be fabricated which will allow the jaws to close so that the closing muscles must not be in conflict with the nervous system signals from the brain,” says Dr. Fleisher. Donna Sarna, BMR, PT at Donna Sarna Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, also helps with treatment for TMJ. “You look to work in conjunction with the dentist. Physio’s role is to work with the professional to deal with specifics to the joint or muscles,” she explains. What physio does is complement what a dentist has done for a patient, perhaps with a nightguard, by actually going into the mouth and using a technique to release the muscles and the fascia.

The first step, though, is to help decrease the pain with heat, ice and acupuncture. Without first minimizing the pain, there is no hope of dealing with the actual condition–physio wouldn’t be much use when the patient can only focus on the pain the condition is causing them. Sarna also points out how something as simple as someone’s posture can be a big contributor to extra aggravation on a TMJ condition. “You want to take into consideration people’s posture–that can really affect the jaw. We address the posture, into the neck and into the jaw and cranium.” The following are a few exercises you can try at home. If you feel pain when trying any of these, refrain from doing them until you speak to your dentist or physiotherapist. 1. Sitting straight up, pull your chin in, keeping your neck and back straight (not tipping your head forwards). Hold in this position to feel the stretch in your neck. 2. Sitting straight up, pull your chin in. Take hold of your chin with your hands and push your chin carefully further backwards. Hold for a moment and feel the stretch in your neck. Only do this if you have no pain on pushing on the chin. 3. Sitting straight up, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth as though you were starting to say the word “No.” While your tongue is in place, try and open the jaw as far as you can. You should not experience any clicks and little pain. 4. Repeat exercise 3 while leaning forward with your hands supporting your forehead. 5. Sitting leaning forward with your hands supporting your forehead and your tongue on the roof of your mouth as though you were starting to say “No,” move your jaw from side to side. So is there a cure for TMJ? It’s very hard to say one way or the other. Since one of the primary reasons for suffering from TMJ in the first place is stress and clenching the teeth both at night and during the day, a person’s ability to deal with that stress can be a major factor in if they can be helped at all. If you feel that you could be suffering from TMJ, see your family physician. “Rule out pathology,” says Dr. Fleisher. “If the findings are negative, see your dentist to see if he or she is knowledgeable in this aspect of dentistry.”

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Susan Scott, director of promotions and boxing instructor with Holly Enns, club manager and boxing instructor.


Be fighting fit J The Pan Am Boxing Club provides more than just a great workout. by Connie Tamoto

photography by Ian McCausland

ab, cross, hook, upper cut–it’s Saturday afternoon and recreational boxer Christine Armstrong has just finished a few rounds in the ring at the Pan Am Boxing Club. The 46-yearold single mom of a severely special needs son is here for her weekly workout–an hour-long class that has left her feeling invigorated and rejuvenated. “It is so empowering. I have so much energy for work and for life,” says an enthusiastic Armstrong.

to make the decision to leave and find the strength within you to make it stop. When I finally had the courage to leave and start working again, I felt very sad and alone–it was the same feelings I had when I was battling my alcohol addiction.” It was at this lowest point in her life that Armstrong made the first step towards regaining control of her happiness and destiny. And all it took was one single phone call to Pan Am Boxing Club.

But life wasn’t always as optimistic for Armstrong. Just one year ago, this now-confident woman was at the lowest point in her life. She was a recent divorcee who endured a 22-year-long marriage to an abusive man, a former alcoholic and alone for the first time in decades.

Located in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, Pan Am Boxing Club is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run fitness centre committed to developing one’s mental and physical character in a positive, safe and supportive environment. It’s also a place where the doors are open to pretty much anyone looking to hit the bags, no matter what their age, gender or fitness level is.

“I felt controlled by my marriage and I was afraid to leave,” recalls Armstrong. “Everyone has supportive friends, but it is you who has

“We don’t believe in segregation based on sex, ability or age. We treat everyone like a fighter the minute they walk in the door and it’s amaz-



ing how that makes people feel,” says club director Susan Scott.

A typical workout involves a five- to 10-minute warm-up–mostly cardio-based activities–followed by two- and three-minute punching drills on the heavy bag, a short core strengthening series and finishes up with some tossing of the medicine ball. “The workouts take you to a level where you have to get yourself to a place where you push harder and further and you feel so accomplished when you do that,” says Scott, adding that boxing is an extremely effective activity to channel negative energy. “I think a huge part of why that is because negative energies are channeled in a very healthy way through boxing,” explains Scott. “Instead of meeting friends for a drink or spending money you might not have on gambling or shopping, you release those nagging insecurities and issues by helping yourself. And along the way, you probably shared a word of


challenged and Pan Am Boxing Club shows them that they can do anything they put their minds to. “What women get when they walk through the door is a sense of equality,” says Scott. “Boxing shows women are just as good and just as strong and just as capable as their male counterparts in this perceived male sport.” Enns agrees, adding that boxing helps you to believe in yourself and overcome the negative issues that are detrimental to your well-being and personal growth. “It helps release a lot of negative energy that we all have. Energy that you carry inside that makes you feel bad or angry or anxious,” says Enns. “When you are done, you can feel this negative energy being released. It’s amazing that in one hour, you can completely transform your attitude, feelings and emotions.”

agement or loaned an ear in the locker room that ended up helping someone else.”

something the staff and volunteers at Pan Am Boxing are familiar with.

This was definitely the case for Armstrong who, while ready to take back control her life, still felt apprehensive about walking through the club’s doors.

The club has long time been a source of community support for under-privileged and at-risk youth and, more recently, a place for women going through difficult times in their lives.

“It’s amazing that in one hour, you can completely transform your attitude, feelings and emotions.” “I was really scared the first time I went there to work out,” says Armstrong. “I started working on the bags and I would find it was such a great release and everyone is so kind there. Someone might just say, ‘Hi, how are you doing?‘ and when you are feeling down, you would be surprised at how something so simple could pick you up.” Working with people who have self-esteem issues, have been physically or emotionally abused, are addicted to drugs or alcohol is

“The people we help the most, many of them, we didn’t even know they needed help until after they have taken a few classes when they have come to us to say, ‘You have helped me so much,’” says Holly Enns, club manager. Scott refers to this change as a sort of metamorphosis women go through during their journey through the sport, particularly for women with self-esteem issues. She says this is largely due to the fact that women like being

It’s a mental, spiritual and physical transformation that Armstrong can relate to. After overcoming her fear of the ring, recovering from alcohol abuse, battling feelings of helplessness and isolation–Armstrong has emerged stronger, confident and ready to take on the world. “I had a lot of hurt and aggression to let out and I had to put it somewhere good instead of somewhere bad,” says Armstrong. “It’s only been since the summer and in this short time, I feel incredible. I am eating better and feeling better, I am going to university–it is almost like boxing was the catalyst I needed. It changed my life and for that, I am so grateful. I feel like I can do anything; I have my whole life ahead of me.” Back at the Pan Am Boxing Club, the next group of recreational boxers is ready to hit the heavy bags for 60 minutes of release. Some may be there to drop their winter weight and get back into shape for spring, others there for their weekly round in the ring and then there are those who are about to embark on an emotional metamorphosis of their own–a mental and physical journey that will completely transform their mind, body and spirit.

So why does boxing have such a positive effect on strengthening one’s emotional well-being?? According to Melanie Gregg, professor of sport and exercise psychology with the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Health at the University of Winnipeg, boxing leaves women with a strong sense of mental and physical strength because it builds confidence. “Confidence is the biggest psychological factor in an athlete who is successful or unsuccessful,” says Gregg. “When women build confidence in the ring it is carried over into all aspects of their

lives, from work to their social relationships to how they view themselves.” A traditionally male sport, boxing also gives women an opportunity to take on new roles and be in control in the ring to some extent, says Gregg. It is also a way to control how people are viewing them as opposed to how they are perceived by society. “These women are able to expand their abili-

ties and show that they are powerful people and can take on roles that are not traditionally seen as female roles,” says Gregg. “It’s about increasing their confidence and showing that they are mentally strong and physically strong.” By tapping into their inner strength, women are able to overcome not only emotional limitations but also gender boundaries while at the same time building confidence and selfesteem. SPRING 2011



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ues. “For us, it’s extremely exciting because we know where we started. The more money we have, the more grants we can support.” In 2010, the Foundation approved WEF grants to Manidoo Gi Miini Gonaan—to fund the expansion of its existing programming and to include a focus on physical activity and diabetes prevention for mothers and their young children—and Shalom Residences—to fund the purchase of up-to-date resource materials to assist in teaching and supporting adults with intellectual disabilities.

Philanthropic pursuits The Women’s Endowment Fund is giving back to worthy local causes.

Women’s Endowment Fund Committee co-chairs Jane Rabb and Susan Rykiss.


hat began as a way to educate women about their philanthropic potential has turned into an almost million-dollar endowment fund, thanks to the efforts of many women at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba (JFM). The Women’s Endowment Fund (WEF) at the JFM was established in 1994, when a group of women thought it was important and timely to promote women’s philanthropy, as well as to develop an endowment fund that would exist solely for the purpose of helping women in Manitoba. The plan was for people to establish individual funds with a minimum contribution of $100. The accumulated capital would be invested, and each year the income would be used to provide grants for Manitoba organizations whose services directly benefit women. “The capital is never spent and the income goes to women’s causes—when you never spend the capital, all you’re doing is growing all the time,” says Marsha Cowan, chief executive officer of the JFM, the second-largest community foundation in the province, with assets

of just over $70 million. “Now we have reached a milestone at funds of $929,000—we’re hoping to reach the million-dollar mark this year.”

“Our goal is to help our donors realize their philanthropic dreams and potential.” Indeed, the WEF has come a long way. Not only has it seen almost 700 funds established since its inception, but the amount of money distributed has increased as well. While its first grant was for $500, the WEF now distributes $35,000 a year to registered charities that benefit women. “It’s quite remarkable. We started with lots of $100 donations. Over time, we have built a reputation and, although there are still $100 donations, we are now receiving donations in the thousands, as well as bequests,” Cowan contin-

Previous grant recipients also include organizations like Alpha House, which provides safe housing for women and children who have left abusive situations, and Kali Shiva AIDS Services, an organization that offers support programs for women and children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The Winnipeg Boys and Girls Clubs also received a grant to support “Girls Night Out,” a girls-only recreational/educational program that introduces at-risk girls to new sports and activities. “We [the Jewish Foundation] support all facets of the community,” says Cowan. “Our goal is to help our donors realize their philanthropic dreams and potential. We help them support the causes that are near and dear to their hearts.” To help achieve that goal, the WEF hosts an annual spring luncheon to raise awareness of, and to provide information and education on the topic of women’s philanthropy. This year’s event, on Thursday, May 5 at the Fort Garry Hotel, features Gail Asper, president of the Asper Foundation and national campaign chair for the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, delivering a philanthropic message to the audience. “Gail is going to talk about what it was like to raise millions for the museum,” says Cowan, adding they are expecting a large turnout for the event. “She’s an extremely charitable person and we’re really looking forward to her speech.” As for the future of the WEF, Cowan remains optimistic that the fund will continue to grow and aid women in need across the province. “In my view, this fund will one day be in the many millions and will be supporting even more women’s issues in Manitoba and have a huge impact on our community,” she says. “It’s been a remarkable journey and we’re quite proud of it.” For more information about the Women’s Endowment Fund and the luncheon on May 5, visit or call 204-477-7520. SPRING 2011


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A message from the president of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, I would like to welcome you to our 37th annual Home Expressions Show. We are extremely pleased to officially start spring thinking with outstanding exhibitors and exciting speakers that will inform and entertain all. Home Expressions is the largest show to be held at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. Nowhere else are so many ideas and concepts available under one roof. We are especially pleased this year to be able to present Mike Holmes, star of HGTV’s Holmes on Homes.

Make sure that you visit every booth and ask questions. Now is the perfect time to make a sound investment in your home by applying some of the fabulous ideas that you will get from this show. Whether you are getting ideas for a new home or upgrading your existing home, the Home Expressions Show is the perfect place to get started. Thank you for attending. Mike Moore, President Manitoba Home Builders’ Association

Welcome from the show manager Just as the Snow Birds arrive back to Manitoba, so will the 37th Annual Home Expressions Show, presented by Rona. As the spring air energizes us to prepare for the onset of summer, we begin to make a list of all of the home projects begging for a face-lift. No matter if you are thinking about your primary residence or your cottage getaway…. You will find everything you are looking for all under one roof at the Home Expressions Show. We are proud to say that we are the oldest and biggest Consumer Show in Manitoba. Our goal is to offer you all the newest and best ideas in design and décor for the inside and outside of your home and cottage. 2011 promises to be a stellar year! Come hear Canada’s most trusted contractor, Mike Holmes,share his wisdom and knowl-

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FEATURE PRESENTERS Mike Holmes - Host of “Holmes Inspection” on HGTV Mike Holmes is known as Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor, and the man whose mission is to Make it Right™. He is the host and creator of Holmes on Homes™, which has been the #1 show on HGTV Canada since the summer of 2004, and also airs in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. Thanks to strong supporters in both broadcast and building industries, the award-winning Holmes on Homes™ ran seven successful seasons and broke ratings records. Mike Holmes’ knowledge, professionalism and honesty bring a high level of credibility to his show. Holmes on Homes™ is an honest and revealing show about contractor rip-offs and how to avoid them. Homeowners around the world learn from Mike’s tips on how to manage a renovation and what to look out for in home repair and maintenance. Mike is currently in production on Holmes Inspection, a new television series airing on HGTV Canada. Holmes Inspection shines the flashlight on homeowners who face unexpected, expensive repair bills and even potentially dangerous living conditions because they received incomplete, vague or simply inaccurate information from a home inspector. After a Holmes Inspection where Mike identifies problems with the house, he and his crew Make it Right™.

Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 at 1 p.m. • Delta Winnipeg Grand Ballroom. • Tickets are $20 per person and available at all Winnipeg RONA locations or through Ticketmaster* (*agency fee applies). • Mike Holmes tickets will also admit you to the Home Expressions Show floors. • Limited tickets available. • Rush seating. • Doors will open 1.5 hours prior to Mike Holmes’ presentations. • Food and beverages will be available with local talent performances.

Mike is a contractor with integrity, who knows the importance of resourcefulness and craftsmanship. In 2006 Mike Holmes was recognized in Canada’s House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and for his advocacy for improved building standards. He was acknowledged as an “extraordinary craftsperson” and “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience”. Mike is now taking home renovation and construction to a new level. He is developing Wind Walk, the first Holmes Community, in Southwest Alberta. This unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes will set a new standard for residential construction and design. Mike is also the author of two successful books—the national bestseller Make it Right--Inside Home Renovation with Canada’s Most Trusted Contractor and the newly published Holmes Inspection—Everything you Need to Know Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, as well as a weekly national newspaper column. His Holmes Workwear clothing and boot line is available across North America, and he sells out home shows and seminars whenever he speaks in public. Mike is well known for his contribution to the international community through his work with SOS Children’s Villages. On April 26, 2006, Mike launched The Holmes Foundation, a charitable Canadian foundation to support the training of youth in the skilled trades, through apprenticeships, scholarships and bursaries. On February 21, 2008, Mike was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), for his outstanding and sustained achievements in his field. Mike is the national spokesperson for Skills Canada and for World Skills 2009 and is often invited to speak by professional organizations, such as the Canadian Safety Association of Ontario, the Ontario Building Inspectors Association and the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors. In November 2009 he spoke at GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council conference on sustainable housing. In December 2009 he had the great honour to attend COP15 in Copenhagen as an Eminent Advisor to the Canadian government.


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THIRD Floor 3 Seasons Landscaping Inc. / Athletic Flooring Systems E A. Clark Roofing & Siding (Manitoba) Ltd. 415 ADT Security 215 Advance Electronics 1123/1222 Advance Exteriors/Advance Surfaces 116/118/120 Aire Serv of Winnipeg 108 Allied Roofing Inc. 1228 Alsip’s Building Products & Services 203/302/304/306 Amc Foam Technologies/LOGIX ICF 1109/1208 B. Rocke Landscaping W Barkman Concrete Ltd. 423/522/425/524/427/526/323/422 Basement Systems Winnipeg 229 Bath Fitter 1102/1104/1106 Bathmaster W10 Beam Central Vacuum Systems 1128 Home expressions 2011


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Green with envy How to ensure the grass is always greener on your side of the fence.

by Andrea Danelak


ith warmer weather comes the dreaded act of spring cleaning—in which lawn maintenance should play an important role, especially after a long, harsh Manitoban winter. But there a number of things you can do to ensure healthy, lush grass graces your yard this summer. One of the biggest trends in lawn care in recent years is power raking, a method by which you can remove thatch and debris from your lawn, material that can limit water and other nutrients from getting to the soil. “Often over the winter, lawns accumulate a lot of filth and the big benefit of power raking is that it cleans all of that up,” says Dillon Vincent, president of Eco Green, a lawn care company based in Manitoba. “But in Winnipeg, power raking doesn’t hold a huge advantage because we don’t have a lot of thatch problems due to our hot, humid summers.” Another downside to power raking is that it does not hold many long-term benefits. “It makes lawns look good initially but it’s hard to tell the difference in June or July between a lawn 108


that’s been power raked and one that hasn’t,” says Vincent, who recommends vigorous hand raking as an alternative. However, if thatch does become excessive, power raking can be useful. “If you have a large yard or don’t have enough time, it can be very difficult to rake by yourself,” he says. “Calling in a company to power rake may be a good idea.” A more beneficial lawn care service, according to Vincent, is aeration. When the top of the soil is compressed, the roots of the lawn do not have access to proper nourishment and the grass may die. A lawn aerator will puncture the lawn and pull out hundreds of small cores of soil, allowing water and fertilizer to permeate into the root zone. “In Winnipeg, our soil tends to get hard and compacted,” says Vincent. “Natural foot traffic, kids playing and even lawnmowers can all contribute to compaction. Aerating the lawn helps loosen the soil to allow the roots to grow—and if you don’t get good root growth, you’re not going to have a good lawn.” It’s best to aerate when temperatures are cooler. “Essentially,

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people should aerate their lawns when it’s cool outside—usually from late April to early June or in the fall after the September long weekend,” advises Vincent, who recommends aerating once a year. You should avoid aerating in the summer heat, because the holes left as a result allow heat to get down and dry the lawn out prematurely.

Fertilizers high in nitrogen are especially beneficial in Winnipeg, he adds, as the soil here is deficient in iron. He recommends fertilizing four times throughout the season, which will help take care of weeds, too.

“When you plant a garden in the spring, you always rototill the garden,” he says. “Because you can’t rototill a lawn, the next best thing is to aerate it.”

Vincent offers some final advice for those gearing up to prime their lawns for summer. “Before you start cutting grass, you should sharpen the blade on your mower and start the season with a sharp blade,” he says. “Also, you should avoid mowing when the grass is wet because it tears the grass blade.”

The type of grass found in Winnipeg requires a lot of nutrients to look its best, so it’s also a good idea to fertilize your lawn several times a year to keep it green and lush. “It should be fertilized every six weeks throughout the growing season, with the last application done in September,” says Vincent. “In the spring, lawns require a different type of nutrient to kick-start them from winter dormancy.”

And for those who are worried about a wet spring, wet conditions do not necessarily equal a poor lawn. “Lawns typically like moisture. Over the past few years, lawns in Winnipeg have really looked good because of all of the moisture,” he says. Extreme conditions like flooding, however, may call for extra work. “If your lawn is underwater, you should always drain it if possible.”

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lanning your landscaping project will give you the chance to let your imagination run free. It’s important to consider your house’s architectural style, as the yard and the house are considered to be a single entity. With good planning and by following a few basic rules, it can be an easy and agreeable exercise. Harmony. Colours, height, materials, shapes, styles, etc. All these factors must merge naturally into the landscape. To help with colours, use the chromatic circle. Balance. Take the house and yard proportions into account when determining the dimensions of structures and flowerbeds. Integrate the largest number of elements without compromising balance. Conservation. Take the surrounding environment into account so it’s integrated into your landscaping. Creating a focal point. A focal point attracts the eye and stimulates curiosity. It focuses the attention of the person passing through. 112


Your own preferences. Make a list of your tastes and needs.

Here are a few items to check before starting your plan

• Have a building location survey nearby. • Inquire about municipal rules for certain specific installations. • Determine your hardiness zone*. • Identify the prevailing wind direction. • Check sunlight exposure (at different times of day). • Find the north. • Have the soil analysed to determine its composition. • Are there undesirable vistas as opposed to vistas you would like to enhance? • Do your neighbours’ windows and balconies offer a view onto your yard?

A successful landscaping project takes place over a few years. • Divide the job into phases that will allow for changes throughout the project. • Be aware of your financial capacities and the time you can afford to spend on the project. • Establish a realistic schedule; this way, your landscaping won’t become a chore in lieu of a source of pleasure.

• For big jobs like paving, electricity and irrigation, get professional help. • All jobs that require heavy machinery should be done first (swimming pool, parking, main entrance, pond).

Don’t forget the flowers!

It takes more that just good taste to set the stage. The blooming of a plant is-without a doubt-its primary attraction and generally, you want to consider two things: when the plant comes into bloom and the colour of its flowers. Once you’ve got these points straight for a given plant, you can then set up a colour scheme and have a steady display of flowers all summer long.

Suggestions for colours

• Strong contrasts create a dramatic effect (bright red with light yellow, pure white with dark blue, dark orange with blue); • A monochromatic theme makes for a softer display (pink in various tones and nuances); • A dominant colour with accents of its complementary colour makes for a colourful but harmonious display (cold shades: dominant blue or purple with complementary accents of yellow; warm shades: dominant red or crimson with complementary accents of blue). Adding a bit of grey can tone down a contrast that is too strong or buffer two colours that don’t mix well together.

Folliage for colours and textures

• Fine foliage lightens up a display (birch, honey locust); • Dense foliage makes for a fuller look (Norwegian maple, cedar); • Fanned-out foliage lets the light through to a shaded or semi shaded area (‘Drummondii’ maple, ‘Elegantissima’ dogwood); • Foliage with contrasting colours attracts attention (‘Crimson King’, ‘Golden Globe’ cedar, ‘Diabolo’ ninebark); • Foliage with special autumn colours can make for a striking portrait (serviceberry, red maple, ginkgo).

The size

The size of a plant at maturity should be a factor in deciding where to put it in your overall picture. A large plant can eventually overwhelm its neighbours and prevent them from growing properly and it can also end up overpowering your yard and upset the balance. Choosing slow-growing species or species that stay small can be an option for the short-or medium-term.

The form

The form of a plant describes the shape the plant will take on if left to grow naturally and is not pruned. If you are looking for a particular effect (umbrella), it’s best to choose a tree that has that particular form naturally.

Plants adapted to their environment

Not too many people are born with a green thumb. It comes

through observation and a basic understanding of what needs plants have. The primary characteristics of soil that affect the growth of plants are drainage and the pH (degree of acidity). In this guide, you will generally find descriptions of the prefered soil type for the different plants listed.

Exposure to light refers to how much sunlight a given plant needs and this will vary: • full sun: six hours or more of direct sun per day; • partial-shade: three to six hours of filtered sunlight; • shade: two to three hours of filtered or direct sunlight.

Having too little or too much sun can affect the growth of a plant and the quality of its blooms and can even kill certain species. How easy a plant is to care for depends on how tolerant it is to disease and pests, how fussy it is about soil type and nutrients, and whether or not the plant requires regular pruning. Some plants are delicate and require special care while others can stand up to almost anything and require almost no care. Hardiness refers to a code attributed to a plant based on its capacity to thrive through winter. It is a useful tool to help you choose the right plant for your region of the country. However, bear in mind that the hardiness zone attribution of a given plant can be affected either up or down by extraneous conditions such as a microclimate, a wind, a heavy blanket of snow, etc. The safest bet in choosing plants for an easy-care garden is to follow the criteria mentioned in our descriptions. However, there’s nothing stopping you from trying out new and different species or a species considered risky in your garden. Sometimes they produce the most spectacular results. Visit and click on projects for more backyard remodel ideas, including how-to guides and helpful planning tools and checklists. SPRING 2011


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An all canadian renovations project adds brightness and modern touches to a character home


hen Kevin Hughes and his wife Veronique first bought their starter home in Old St. Vital, they’d intended to do the bulk of the renovation work themselves. But after making good on their plans to start a family together, the couple found themselves staring down a particularly tight deadline. “My wife was pregnant—that’s what kind of forced our hand on the reno,” says homeowner Kevin Hughes, 30, of the topto-bottom overhaul of their 1940s-era, one-and-3/4-storey home, carried out last year by local firm All Canadian Renovations. “We’d bought the house five years ago—we wanted a fixerupper, and the job I had at the time allowed me to work on 116


it. So we started, and I gutted most of the second floor, but then I changed jobs and just didn’t have the time to continue on.” Shortly after landing the new job (with local equipment manufacturers Cubex Limited), Hughes was transferred to Australia for a year and a half. By the time he and Veronique returned to Winnipeg, they knew they needed to hasten along the renovation process in order to accommodate their growing family. “The biggest challenge was the timeline,” says All Canadian Renovations’ principal, Tony Teunis. “When the young couple approached the renovator, they already had twins on the way and wanted to be done before their family doubled in size. Their small house was now supposed to

accommodate a family of four, and to function efficiently while maintaining the character of the older home.” Originally, Kevin and Veronique considered starting out small with a simple kitchen reno—which is where they were first introduced to Teunis and his crew. Impressed with the company’s credentials, they instead hired them to carry out the much more extensive project—and not a moment too soon, from the sounds of it. “At points, I could stand in my basement and actually see my roof,” says Hughes. “Not my ceiling, mind you, but my roof.” Worried that renovators might not take them seriously on account of their age, Hughes and his wife approached a professional designer to help

reconfigure their floor plan. The new design required the entire house to be gutted and all walls and ceilings to be replaced, allowing for a revamped kitchen, a custom fireplace feature wall and a drastic restructuring of the space upstairs. “We turned one bathroom into a bedroom, and split one bedroom into a laundry room and a bathroom,” says Hughes. “So where we had three bedrooms and two baths, we now have three bedrooms, two baths and a laundry room. The footprint up there changed quite a bit.” Once the Hughes’ floor plan had been fine-tuned, ACR consulted with engineers to determine the property’s structural requirements. The studs were furred out to accommodate new insulation

in the walls, and—since the new house was going to be airtight—an HRV system and new ductwork were installed to ensure air quality and efficiency. (The Hughes had already purchased a new furnace when they first bought the house; it was relocated as part of the basement redesign.) Bulkheads were configured elegantly to conceal the new plumbing for the relocated bathrooms, and a gas line was connected to the house for the new direct-vent fireplace. “That was the one thing we went over budget on, was the fireplace,” says Hughes. “To keep the budget down, we’d decided not to have a fireplace, but at the very end of the process we decided to put it back in. And for us, that’s been the best part of the renovation—certainly the thing we’ve used the most.” Throughout the house, crown mouldings and custom window and door trims were built to replicate those found in older properties; in order to further add to the historic character of the home, ACR opted not to open up the kitchen to other rooms. Instead, custom arched doorways were built to a generous width to create a feeling of traditional grandeur and historic value—one augmented even further by classic, natural materials such as Bianco Venatino marble tiles, solid maple flooring, maple butcher block



vanities and tumbled marble backsplashes. Oh, and the best news of all? The entire project only took about five months to complete, and was wrapped up just in time for the arrival of the Hughes’ twin daughters— Penelope and Charlotte, born in June 2006. “The homeowners love the new look and functionality of their home, and it was completed just before the twins arrived,” says Teunis. Hughes confirms his family is thrilled with their new living space, even going so far as to describe the process as “fun”— not a word you typically hear in connection with home renovations of this magnitude. “You tell them you want to go, and they start gutting the house right away,” says Hughes 118


of the All Canadian team. “Then they’ve got you out shopping for what kind of sink you want, or what countertop, or what kind of tiles for the floor. In the beginning, it’s pretty go-go-go, but it’s a lot of fun at the same time.” He says he’s similarly impressed with the company’s warranty—noting staff have been quick to remedy any minor issues that have cropped up since he and his wife moved back in. More importantly, he’s happy that he and Veronique can commence making new memories with their daughters in the house of their dreams. “Everything we wanted, we got,” says Hughes. “From the inside out, it’s a brand-new house.” Locally owned and operated, with over 35 years of experience, All Canadian

Renovations prides itself on its superior workmanship, affordable quality and status as a Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) Master Renovator. The company seeks to remove the hassles typically involved in self-managed renovations by employing its own designers, carpenters, plumbers and electricians,

ensuring clients only have to deal with their appointed renovation consultant. For more information about All Canadian Renovations, or to check out its showcase of awardwinning work, visit its office at 1740 St. James St., call 779-6900 or see


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annington Custom Homes is known for its innate ability to craft awe-inspiring homes in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. True to its reputation, Mannington Homes went above and beyond expectations for a local family, for whom it built a timeless, elegant estate home with the quality and comfort of modern amenities.

An airy living space (above) is open to the dining room (below) and kitchen.



“The homeowners had a specific look and a specific function in mind,” says Trevor Markevich, who owns Mannington Homes along with his wife, Kathy. “When we start work on a home, we always look at characteristics of the property, what works well for the homeowners, how the home is going to function for the family, and so on.”

In this case, the homeowners wanted to merge two distinct styles together. “We wanted a cross between an estate home with some features from oldstyle farmhouses,” says one of the homeowners, who wishes to remain anonymous. Recognizing the importance of taking a team approach, Mannington Homes always encourages its clients to provide input during their initial consultation as well as during the construction process. “Mannington Homes is a true custom builder and were with us every step of the way,” says the homeowner. “Any changes we wanted to make along the way were fine—in fact, sometimes they even suggested changes.” To aid in the design process, the homeowners went into great detail about the look

Genteel details, such as the turned wood used on this staircase, adds character and warmth throughout the home.

they were trying to capture, referencing various photos and drawings, and were also in tune with what was happening outside of the local market in terms of trends. With that information, Mannington Homes went on to create a magnificent threebedroom home that captures the look of a building from yesteryear while boasting all of the comforts money can buy. The blending of new and old makes itself apparent in every room of the house, with modern twists incorporated into features like its ceilings. “They didn’t have high ceilings in turn-of-the-century homes because the technology wasn’t there, so that makes this house very unique,” says Markevich, who personally inspects each project to ensure the quality is top-notch. Creating a product at the level of this estate home requires a homebuilder like Mannington Homes that has the ability to pay attention to every detail. Utilizing a small pool of the best-inclass architects, designers,



For this home, Mannington Homes weaved traditional and modern elements for an end result that is truly oneof-a-kind. In the kitchen, for example, it captured the look and feel of an old country home by using natural stone accents and white cabinetryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; along with modern appliances and accessories. The bright, airy bathroom also boasts sharp white cabinetry and is made even more striking with a claw-foot tub and marble flooring, which the homeowners sought after visiting a hamam in Turkey. Furthermore, the home features state-of-the-art 124


Andy and Becky love the view from this room and specifically developed the room to overlook the lake. Watch the video tour and hear why Becky spent so much time with her designer on this space.

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The dreamy master bath may have a classic feel; however, it is well-equipped with a steam shower, built-in audio system from the central home control system and motion sensor lighting.



Trevor and Kathy would love the opportunity to speak to you about building your dream home. They can be reached by phone: (204) 661-2166, email: or website:

The bright, roomy kitchen is designed around the couple’s love of cooking, and incorporates vintage touches with energy-efficient lighting and appliances.



technologies, including a geothermal heating system to lower annual heating costs and electronic controls for the entertainment unit, alarm system, lighting and more. “Everything is automated through an electric touch screen,” notes Markevich.

Indeed, no detail was too small for the Mannington Homes team. Even the electrical outlets are hidden seamlessly into the walls so as not to take away from the quality from the product. Achieving the recreation of a turn-of-the-century estate

home also meant a vigorous search to find the appropriate products, with the homeowners making it a special priority to source local, natural products whenever possible. The chosen hand-scraped wood flooring— which was locally sourced— gives the home a rustic feel, the naturally occurring scratches

made over time only adding to its character. Lighting—both natural and artificial—also played an important role in the design of the home. Each room, including the basement, boasts several windows to maximize exposure to sunlight and give

way to the picturesque outdoor scenery, which both the homeowners and Markevich consider one of the home’s best features.

of being on their own private estate, while almost every room in the home has a beautiful backyard view. This really is a forever estate home.”

“I think the layout and the location make this home very unique,” says Markevich. “The homeowners have the privacy

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t’s easily one of the most daunting tasks a homeowner can undertake.

But the decision to build an addition onto your property can also prove a sound investment –and as it turns out, most of the headaches and hiccups can be avoided through detailed planning in the preliminary stages. “What’s important is the design is nailed down completely before the project starts,” says Grant Sakiyama, president and owner of Sakiyama Construction Ltd., a custom home-building operation that for decades has specialized in additions and remodelling. “That means not only the size and the location of the changes, but also all the specifications and details going into the project–from what kind of flooring to what brand and colour of each individual component of the renovation or addition. The more components that are chosen and priced out beforehand, the fewer surprises there will be.” Sakiyama (whose father, Shig Sakiyama, founded the company in 1954) says there are a number of reasons why additions are worth a homeowner’s

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time and effort–chief among them, the increased functionality and square footage, not to mention the added value. “Particularly now, with the value of homes having increased so much in Winnipeg, we’re seeing so many people putting large amounts of dollars into their homes,” he says. “For example, rather than developing their basement, people will have a family room added on, because the added functionality of a family room off the main level is often more attractive than simply developing or renovating a basement.” Pretty much any home is a good candidate, Sakiyama says, though there are exceptions to the rule. (Extensive modifications don’t always make good financial sense in more modest areas of the city, he explains, since neighbouring properties can have more impact on resale values than additions or renovations.) Before making the decision to build, homeowners should gauge the structural integrity of their home by performing a thorough walk-through or hiring a professional to conduct an engineering report. Cracks in the wall, improperly aligned

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Before door openings and damage to the perimeter of a basement’s concrete floor are often indicative of structural issues like sinking or shifting. To ensure further cost-effectiveness, homeowners should seek out contractors with ample references and a proven track record, in particular those who adhere to the Code of Ethics as laid out by the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA) and its RenoMark program. “This is important because you can actually degrade the value of your home if an addition is done poorly,” says Sakiyama, who in addition to serving as vice-president of the MHBA’s board of directors also sits on the executive of the MHBA’s Renovators Council and is the Manitoba representative for the Canadian Renovators Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association. The next step? Carefully planning out each design element and improvement, taking care to ensure



new additions match the style and finish level of the existing home. As mentioned above, Sakiyama recommends being as specific as possible with each choice–from floors to finishes, cabinets to closet size–while keeping a close eye on the overall budget. As with everything, you get what you pay for: heated ceramic tiles will set you back more than linoleum, for instance, just as granite countertops are more costly than laminate. And although disruptions are inevitable–especially when renovations to the kitchen or bathroom are underway–it is possible to keep time overruns and unexpected costs to a minimum. “Very often, people will get into the design process with a huge wish list,” says Sakiyama. “They’ll add everything into their design, but they’ll often go bigger than they need to, so when they get their pricing, they’re shocked, because it’s far beyond

their means. That’s why it’s important to have either a good designer or contractor who can help you with the design process, and keep you within a reasonable budget.” “We don’t have X-ray vision–we can’t see what’s behind every wall or under every floor,” he continues, “but we can minimize surprises by designing and specifying all the components of the job, and by having someone very experienced do the work.” For further proof of Sakiyama’s expertise on the topic, one need look no further than a pair of projects his company carried out recently. The first involves a truly eye-catching addition to a contemporary two-storey home in Lindenwoods, where designer Greg Palmer positioned the new space at a 45-degree angle to the existing structure. In addition to adding a striking architectural dimension to the property, the design allows for an added great room on the main floor, and an added

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Before master bedroom and en suite renovation on the second. “It’s a fairly modern home, and we’ve added quite a contemporary addition to it,” says Sakiyama of the property, which was built in the 1980s. “From the exterior, you can see the glass rises two storeys off the rear deck area, and in fact, inside the prow or point of the addition, there’s also a two-storey-high vaulted area.” The project–which took about five months to complete and included new cedar decking, new oak cabinetry, a gas fireplace in the master bedroom, and a kitchen eating bar made of curved granite and oak millwork–also delivered on a fairly specific request from the homeowner, says Sakiyama. “Most of the properties in Lindenwoods are surrounded by fences, but the homeowner wanted to be able to see an adjacent lake from the second floor,” he explains. “This particular design really accomplished that–from the second floor, it’s like



you’re looking right across the lake.” The second project involved renovations to a 1940s home in Fort Garry that had already been modified from a one-and-a-half-storey to a two-storey in 1985. “We essentially modified the entire house, so we call this one a whole house renovation,” says Sakiyama. “We took the area that was the existing two-car garage and converted that into a main floor family room. Then we put an addition above the garage to provide a new master bedroom, walk-in closet and en suite. And we completely reconfigured the two bathrooms upstairs and turned the existing master bedroom into two new bedrooms.” Back on the main floor, Sakiyama–working with architect Glen Klym and interior designer Michelle Wiebe–also built a rear foyer addition with expanded entrances and bigger closets, gutted

and expanded the existing kitchen (outfitting it with new cabinetry, built-in appliances and a pair of skylights), and modified the existing dining room and library area. As well, he replaced all the windows, redid the plumbing and lighting, and added new hardwood floors. His vision also extends to the house’s exterior, which was modernized with new colored stucco, concrete siding and cedar accents, not to mention a new detached garage to replace the one that was converted into the family room. Though expansive, the Fort Garry project serves as a good reminder of the range of options available to those hoping to increase the value, functionality and overall appeal of their home via an addition, says Sakiyama. “Every renovation we do is different, whether big or small,” he says. “There’s no such thing as a cookie-cutter renovation.”

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iven the amount of time most homeowners spend in their kitchens and bathrooms —preparing meals with family and friends, or enjoying some well-deserved time alone — it’s only natural they’d expect both to be tailored specifically to their individual lifestyles.

Fortunately, local home builders Ventura Custom Homes have proven themselves adept at creating one-of-a-kind living spaces, and even more so at ensuring value is built into each and every customer experience.

“At Ventura Custom Homes, value is not just a word; it is a fundamental part of how we do business. Value is about building high quality homes at a fair price,” says general manager Glenda Sobie. “We accomplish this not only through being a large home builder, but also through our long standing relationships with our suppliers.” With 20 years of experience, Ventura has produced award winning home designs and product superiority at their price point — meeting clients’ unique expectations by enabling them to customize any kitchen or bathroom layout, via a vast range of popular options and upgrades. “For most of us, the kitchen is where we spend the majority of our time with our families; it’s a place where we entertain our friends and feed our kids,” says Sobie, noting the majority of Ventura’s clients demand open kitchen concepts that are aesthetically pleasing, highly functional and feature plenty of work space. To that end, Ventura offers a wide range of customizable layouts and finishes, as well as countless fixture, counter top, lighting and flooring options. The company takes a similar tack where bathrooms are concerned, which might explain why so many customers are happy to upgrade to the deluxe ensuite option (featuring a jetted whirlpool tub with ceramic tile surround, a corner shower, and a large vanity), or why younger customers are opting to install spacious, acrylic showers in their ensuite bathrooms. “After a hard day’s work, there’s no better place to relax than in a warm bath,” says Sobie. “Our customers expect that bathrooms provide not only functionality, but also tranquility. With a wide range of bathroom options available to our customers, we are able to provide them with exactly what they are looking for.” Whether in the kitchen or bathroom — or any other room, for that matter — Ventura strives to meet the needs of a customer base spanning all cultures. They’re committed to building value into the homebuilding experience by involving customers in every stage of the process: reviewing construction plans and consulting on design choices, allowing for on-site visits while the construction phase is underway, and providing cell phone numbers for site supervisors in case questions or concerns arise at any time. “Year after year, satisfied home owners and their families return to build new homes with us,” says Sobie, “because they see the VALUE in choosing Ventura Custom Homes as their builder.” To learn more about Ventura Custom Homes, visit their display homes in Amber Trails, Bridgwater Forest, Kildonan Green, South Pointe, and Kingswood South (La Salle) and check out their website at



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Kensington cares by David Schmeichel


heir motto– “Kensington Cares” –is more than just a philosophy. It’s a promise.

Which explains how local custom home builders Kensington Homes have come to be so renowned for delivering on that promise –by caring about customers, about safety and about building affordable, quality living spaces where memories can be made and families can grow. “We’re passionate about building quality homes that people can be proud of owning, and we can be proud of providing,” says Kensington’s sales manager, Dave Wooden. “We never want to sacrifice quality for volume. And we’re always working to come up with new designs that match what our customers are looking for.”



Serving Winnipeg for more than four decades now, the company got its start building in Transcona and St. Vital in the 1960s, but over the years has grown to encompass all areas of the city. Since 1992, Kensington has been under the direction of Albert Toews, president, and Tony Balaz, manager, both Certified Building Professionals who pride themselves on being involved in every stage of the design and construction of their company’s homes. Kensington Homes bills itself as a company that’s streamlined enough to ensure ample attention can be paid to even the tiniest detail of the design and construction of each property, but still far-reaching enough to meet customers’ needs and requirements while helping them turn their dream homes into realities. Offering an array of design plans for every lifestyle and budget–

from 1,000-square-foot starter homes to 2,700-square-foot luxury spaces–the company has for years employed the “customer first” strategy to ensure clients fall in love with their homes at first sight. Currently involved in construction work in a number of high-profile developments and communities –among them Bridgwater Forest, Canterbury Park, Kildonan Green, Riverbend, Sage Creek and (as of summer 2011) Stone Ridge Meadows in Stonewall –Kensington Homes strives to stay in contact with its clients at every step of the way, ensuring each home is built to the strict standards set by the builder. To that end, its proud to provide a service specifically aimed at heightening homeowers’ involvement, in the form of a scheduled on-site walk-through once the building process has reached the framing stage.

“That way, we keep the customer involved. They can see their house before the drywall goes on, so they get to see the guts of the house– the nuts and bolts,” says Wooden. “In home building, you deal with the customer a lot at the very beginning, and again at the very end, when you hand them their keys. This way, with the framing walkthrough, they get to be more involved. It’s a great service–one our customers have told us they really appreciate.” Another service customers respond well to is Kensington’s “Express Homes” option, which offers a range of pre-built or nearly-built homes–from bungalows to two-storeys, in four of the above-mentioned communities (Bridgwater Forest, Canterbury Park, Kildonan Green and Sage Creek)–for short-notice buyers who need to fast-track their purchase.

“In each development, we have a handful of houses that we’ve already started construction on, for those people who need a quicker possession date,” says Wooden. “Instead of waiting seven to eight months for a house, potentially you could have one in two or three months.” There’s also Kensington’s recently-opened, state-of-the-art Design Centre–housed within the company’s main office at No. 1 Dr. David Friesen Dr.–where customers receive complimentary assistance in choosing their exterior and interior finishes. “Customers can meet with someone from our staff who’ll help them pick out their floor colour, their exterior paint colour, their shingles, their finishes–you name it,” says Wooden. “It all just translates to better service for our customers.”

But as Wooden explains, Kensington doesn’t just excel at providing “extras” to their client base–its every bit as committed to ensuring even its basic products and services are high-quality and provide true value. “We’ve always been focused on improving the standard specifications of what we include in our houses,” says Wooden, noting Kensington’s homes have for several years running been winners in Winnipeg’s twiceannual Parade of Homes. “For instance, we’re one of the only builders in the city that includes Kohler plumbing fixtures as a standard. We also include maple kitchen cabinets and triple-pane picture and casement windows as a standard.” Kensington’s commitment to quality shines through just as brightly in its efforts to meet–and even surpass–environmental SPRING 2011


standards. At Kensington, homes are designed with an eye on consuming water, energy and other resources more efficiently, providing long-term cost savings and promoting occupant health while reducing the overall impact on the environment. “We’ve always used national building standards as a starting point, but then we also go beyond that,” says Wooden. “Every year, we try to increase the number of Power Smart homes that we build.” Not surprisingly, the company is also committed to ensuring employees and tradespeople receive the training and development required to keep them at the top of their game. In addition to being C.O.R. (Certificate of Recognition) Safety Certified by the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba, Kensington is also in good standing with the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the National Home Warranty program— credentials Wooden describes as key when choosing a contractor. “All of our employees go through a C.O.R. safety seminar when they get hired—that’s something the builder takes very seriously,” Wooden says, noting any on-site visits by customers are supervised by a Kensington foreman. “It gives our customers peace of mind, knowing their house is being built with safety as the utmost of importance.” For more information about the products and services available through Kensington Homes–or to view models, floor plans or a map of available showhomes–call 224-4243 or see



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