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Shine a Blue Light for Essential Workers

Whether life these days feels like a partial return to normalcy, or the calm before the storm of a second wave, there is one thing for certain: over the past few months, people have become more aware than ever of how much we owe to essential workers!

Have you heard True Blue Manitoba? It’s a campaign to show essential workers that we support them by shining a blue light at night. One of our Glenelm neighbours says she’s seen a few blue lights in the neighbourhood, but would love to see even more.

“To boost the morale and spirit of health-care staff, first responders and essential workers, let’s SHINE A BLUE LIGHT. Whether it’s our home, yard, or business, we can join together even while we keep our distance by turning on a blue light every night.”

Learn more about True Blue Manitoba here:

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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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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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2019 Christmas Bird Count

Thanks to Glenelm resident Natalie Reinhart for contributing this wonderful article and photo, and our apologies for the delay in running it!

This year the Christmas Bird Count, also known as the CBC, was held on December 15, 2019. A brisk day found my husband Brent and I bundled up, walking the streets of Glenelm counting birds as part of this annual event. This was our first CBC, and we were thrilled to cover the community where we live with the expert advice and help of Richard Staniforth, who has done the CBC in Glenelm for roughly the last 15 years. 

Our day started with the help of fellow-CBCers Anne and Jan, where we prowled Elmwood Cemetery.  We expected the Cemetery to yield a greater number of birds given the large mature trees, but were disappointed by the relatively low numbers of birds seen.  Regardless, Brent and I trekked on, hopeful with what we might see in the remainder of the Glenelm area. We were happy to see the usual suspects: Black-capped Chickadees, White-Breasted Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, and even the birds that can be considered a little ‘less exciting’: Common Ravens, Rock Pigeons, House Sparrows, and European Starlings. Unfortunately, we did not spot any rarities.

We took a mid-morning break (and warm-up!) at Richard and Diana Staniforth’s for tea and a snack; we were thrilled to meet them for the first time and hear more about past CBCs. They were both so helpful in sharing past CBC experiences, and we enjoyed their stories of bird antics in the Glenelm community.

The CBC in Winnipeg ends with a potluck and compilation of bird sightings at the Bronx Community Center.  Brent and I were regrettably unable to attend, but we heard it was a good time had by all. The counts from the Winnipeg area this year were unfortunately lower than in years previous. We hope that this was a “one-off” day and are anxious to see what 2020’s CBC brings!  We are excited to be a part of this yearly event and encourage anyone else who may be interested to participate in a CBC or backyard bird count to get involved.

Picture caption: White-breasted nuthatches are year-round residents in Manitoba.  They like eating sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet, especially in winter.  Nuthatches are able to hang upside down from branches, and you’ll often see them stashing seeds under tree bark – saving them for later!

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Bear Clan Elmwood Info/Recruitment Meeting

CNRC is hosting an Information and Recruitment Meeting for the Bear Clan Elmwood  on Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Elmwood-EK Active Living Centre, 180 Poplar Avenue. James Favel, Executive Director of the Bear Clan, will do a presentation on Bear Clan followed by a question and answer session.  For those interested in joining this volunteer patrol, applications will be available.

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Let’s Get Glowing, Glenelm!

The search is on for Glenelm’s brightest block!  GeNA invites you to participate in the 2nd annual “Light Up the Neighbourhood” holiday light contest.

After the success of last year’s contest, we are excited to see just how merry and bright Glenelm can become during the month of December.

Can your street out-glow Glenwood Crescent, which won the bragging rights to “Glenelm’s Brightest Block” in last year’s contest? Or knock out Noble, which came in a close second?

The goal of this friendly challenge is simply to brighten up the Glenelm neighbourhood with holiday lights and decorations. The winning street will earn:

  • Bragging rights to having the brightest block
  • Publicity and pictures of the winning block in the January issue of the Glenelm Community News email newsletter

Online voting for your favourite festively lit block will take place between December 20 and 24, and the winner will be announced on December 28th.

So… start planning with your neighbours, and let’s light up Glenelm!

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“Welcome to Glenelm” Signs Are Up!

At long last, the “Welcome to Glenelm” signs are up throughout the neighbourhood! These beautiful signs were designed by Glenelm graphic designer Glen Sapach and the project was led by Joanne Cerilli. The signs are a gorgeous, lasting contribution to our beloved neighbourhood, and the perfect illustration of what a community can achieve when everyone works together.

GeNA sends its sincere thanks and congratulations to Glen, Joanne, and all the volunteers and residents who dedicated their time or made donations in support of this citizen-driven project. Special thanks also to Speedpro Winnipeg North, A Division of Airmaster Signs for going above and beyond during the installation of the signs.

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