Community clubs a vital part of any neighbourhood

By: Erna Braun, MLA for Rossmere

As published in The Herald

June 12, 2013

Community clubs are a vital part of any neighbourhood. These centres of activity are places for sport and leisure pursuits, as well as gathering places. North Kildonan Community Centre is one such place. It has been special part of our neighbourhood for over 50 years.

On Thursday, May 23rd, NKCC held it’s annual general meeting and a new executive was elected to continue the tradition of providing an diverse range of activities for the community. What started all those decades ago with baseball and hockey has grown to include soccer, basketball, and ringette, not to mention special events such as carnivals and pancake breakfasts.

All of this is possible because of the dedication of the community members who volunteer their time to ensure that programming is in place for our youth in North Kildonan.

To keep NKCC going through all seasons is not a small task and the volunteers deserve thanks for all the hours they give to ensure the kids have quality programs, exciting activities and great fun!

The NKCC executive for 2013/14 is comprised of Paul Dureault, president; John Hudohmet, past-president; Justin Giasson, vice-president; Jennifer Chiarotto, director of communications; Jenny Larson, director of hall rentals and activities; Cyndi Dureault, director of special events; Glen Stepaniuk, director of winter sports; Sherry Stepaniuk, director of equipment; Frank Horvath, director of basketball; and Jeff Sichello, director of soccer and baseball. There are also many individuals who take on special committees that look after the canteen, scheduling, and coaching duties at the centre.

Thank you everyone for all your hard work!

The NKCC executive is always undertaking new initiatives. Several years ago, it launched extensive renovations to make the building a brighter and more flexible facility with the assistance of a Building Communities Initiative II grant through the province and city, and a provincial Community Places Program grant. The results are noticeable and have greatly increased the hall rental revenue.

This summer may bring a new program to NKCC in the form of Mad Science Camp, a day camp opportunity for youngsters to explore the world of science. This will surely attract many young people to the NKCC. Discussions on the feasibility of a "before-school program" at the centre have also started.

In conclusion, I would like to invite you to consider the opportunity of volunteering at the North Kildonan Community Centre. Each of you has something special to contribute. The centre can be contacted at www.nkcc.ca or by calling (204) 663-5028.

As the summer approaches, have a safe and enjoyable time and look at spending some of it at the North Kildonan Community Centre!