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CNRC & The Big Red Church are now hiring Youth Green Teams

Two of GeNA’s valued community partners, Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and the Big Red Church, are hiring youth Green Teams right now!

*** Applications due June 3rd. Please apply directly to the appropriate organization.***

The Big Red Church Now Hiring Youth for Summer Green Team

The Big Red Church has received a grant to hire two youth (aged 15-29) for two half days a week (10:00-2:00) during the summer (From June until August 31).

The youth who assume this position will be responsible for:

  • Cutting grass around the church building and in the community garden (directly beside the church) with a gas-powered mower;
  • Maintaining green spaces on the church property (e.g., planting flowers/trimming shrubs and deadheading flowers; watering the church flower bed and lawn);
  • Controlling the spread of weeds in the grass and church flower bed by using a weed trimmer and hand-pulling weeds;
  • Painting the benches, picnic table and other exterior furniture (e.g., community garden signs/plots)

The youth will also work with appropriate personnel to plan recreational activities for children who attend community events within the church (e.g., community pot- luck dinners, Christmas kids’ market, biweekly Parents Morning Out, and annual pancake supper). This will include developing marketing strategies and organizing the supplies for these events.

The salary is $11.65/hr + 4% vacation pay. The two youth will be expected to work approximately 100 hours over the summer.

Regulations pertaining to Covid-19 in regard to social distancing, safety and cleanliness will be strictly adhered to. Training will be provided for all activities required in this position.

If you are interested in finding out more about this position, please contact Barbara Paterson at

DEADLINE:  June 3/20

Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation is currently seeking Two (2) Urban Green Team Staff Members to work with us this summer!

Employer: Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (CNRC)
Location: 180 Poplar is the home base, work occurs in the Chalmers neighbourhood in the community of Elmwood
Wage: $11.65 per/hour
Hours: Monday to Friday- 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (weather dependent) occasional evenings or weekends
Duration: To be determined. Max time frame, June 8th to August 28th, 2020
Job Summary: Under the shared guidance of the CNRC staff and the Beautify Elmwood committee chair, Green Team Staff Members will participate in a wide range of community and green team based activities. These will include: community gardening, various clean-up initiatives, flower box supports, assisting with graffiti removal waivers and 311 by-law responses (such as garbage, unkept grass), safety audits, yard maintenance grounds projects and overall community beautification efforts.


  • Must be between 15-29 years of age inclusive
  • Can work independently and in cooperation with others
  • Capable of working outside, weather dependent
  • Capable of following direction, taking initiative and being self-motivated
  • Ability to do physical labour (able to lift 50 lbs)
  • Capacity to use garden/lawn tools such as lawnmowers, grass trimmers
  • Willing to provide a Criminal Record Check/consent to Registry Check (Costs covered by CNRC)
  • Familiar with Chalmers neighbourhood and Elmwood Community


Contact person: Leilani Esteban Villarba
Office: 180 Poplar Avenue, Wpg, MB, R2L 2C3
Phone: (204) 669-0750. Cell: (204) 890-3282
More details at

CNRC will be adhering to all COVID 19 Protocols

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Glenelm Boulevard Tree Project – Round 2 Begins!

The GeNA Tree Committee has begun our boulevard tree inventory to determine where new trees are needed. We are aiming to replace all the trees lost to Dutch Elm since the last round of planting in 2019.

The new trees that were planted last September fared well over the winter and are looking good. The ones on Beatrice should be especially beautiful as they leaf out, as they are flowering ornamentals such as Starlite Crabapple and Japanese Tree Lilac.

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Bee a pal to pollinators – win a prize!

Did you catch our recent webinar on bee-friendly gardens? In it, Glenelm’s own “honey guy” John Russell shared a ton of information on how to help bees and other pollinators happy in our neighbourhood.

As a fun way to celebrate the arrival of gardening weather and a successful first virtual event during this time of physical distancing, we’re holding a contest!

First, brush up on your pollinator-friendly yard & garden knowledge by watching the recorded webinar on YouTube and/or checking out the resources here.

Put your newfound knowledge of how to help pollinators to use, and to take part in the contest, send us a photo or write-up of what you are doing to make Glenelm more pollinator-friendly. Photos, etc., will be shared in an upcoming newsletter and you could win a prize courtesy of John Russell Honey Company!

Send photos or write-ups to The contest will run until the end of July to give everyone lots of time to create a little piece of pollinator paradise right here in Glenelm.

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Watch now! Urban Beekeeping & Bee-Friendly Gardening Webinar

Last month, we held our first-ever virtual GeNA event: a free webinar on urban beekeeping and bee-friendly gardens featuring the wisdom of Glenelm’s very own bee and honey expert, John Russell. With John’s permission, we recorded the webinar and have published it on YouTube for all to enjoy.

Join John as he guides you through the wonderful world of bees and how you can play a role in pollination and the protection of the environment. As mentioned in the webinar, here are some great resources on plant choices:

A big thanks to John from all the webinar participants and GeNA!

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