Great fun cleaning up the creek

By Rob Altemeyer - MLA for Wolseley

As published in The Metro

June 27, 2016

Hello Wolseley! Since I last wrote, two of my favourite annual community events have taken place: the annual Omand’s Creek cleanup and the Ellice Street Festival.

It’s been 14 years since we started cleaning up Omand’s Creek and every time I’m more and more impressed by the turnout and the results. This year we started a bit later in the spring than usual because of the election, but that just meant the creek was in gorgeous full bloom. Amazing weather, wonderful friends and phenomenal songbirds made our hard work easy.

I had an awesome crew who took their work in stride and with good humour. At one point, the cleanup score was three shopping carts for the volunteers against one boot lost to the creek bed. And yes, we managed to rescue the boot. Thanks to everyone who came out.

The 17th Ellice Street Festival, from June 10 to 12, was just as fun and lively as it’s always been. The West End had a chance to show off and celebrate its unique personality with live music, a barbecue, a kid’s carnival hosted by the Spence Neighbourhood Association, and a local merchant area.

A few blocks were closed off for the celebration and so there was plenty of room for the annual ball hockey game, which was as diverse as the neighbourhood. The sun was shining as my colleague Andrew Swan, the MLA for Minto, and I had a chance to learn a thing or two from some local West End hockey experts. A new Canadian family even joined us and scored their first of many goals on Canadian soil in their first hockey experience ever.

There was no shortage of fun activities for all the families who came out. Local live bands provided a soundtrack on an outdoor stage as children and adults enjoyed crafts, wandering performers, and fun with the Winnipeg Public Library.

About 10 community organizations were involved in putting the event together, including the West End Cultural Centre. This year the free Friday night concert event was a little different. The Bart House Band played at the WECC where square dancing lessons were taught, and then the band took their music to the streets on Saturday. People that came out and learned could show off their skills in the street.

Thanks to everyone involved in organizing the Ellice Street Festival and thanks again to everyone who helped clean up Omand’s Creek. It is inspiring to work with so many awesome people in our community.

For more information on these or other events, feel free to call my office at 204-775-8575 or visit my website at