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Let’s try out a happier Henderson Hwy!

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Henderson Hwy?

Is it a place you like to walk, bike or wait for the bus on? Walk your dog on? Bring your kids to?

Does it feel comfortable and safe? Does it feel inviting – like a special part of our neighbourhood where you want to linger?

If you think Henderson Hwy could be a happier place for our residents and local businesses, you won’t want to miss this event!

Along with the Elmwood Business Coalition, Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and other awesome community partners, and with support from Councillor Jason Schreyer, GeNA is thrilled to help bring this one-day pop-up event to our neighbourhood high street.

The goal of Happier Henderson is to do something quick, inexpensive and temporary to:

  • Get the community excited about possibilities
  • Try out options to see what kinds of things are helpful, and which aren’t
  • Build capacity in the community to repeat, improve and expand on ideas!

Visit to find out more.

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June 26 is Front Yard Friday!

This Friday, June 26th is Front Yard Friday in Glenelm!  At 6pm, eat supper in your front yard and connect with your neighbours at a safe distance.

Here are some ideas on how to participate!

  • bring your BBQ out front and fire it up to make some supper
  • set up a picnic on your lawn or boulevard
  • get take-out or delivery from one of Elmwood’s wonderful independent restaurants – who need all the support they can get during this time of COVID
  • bring out a musical instrument and start a little jam session or porch concert
  • create a chalk masterpiece on the sidewalk
  • play charades with neighbours (one household on the boulevard, the other in a front yard)
  • pick up any litter from the boulevard

Or simply head outside and see who’s around!

Be creative, stay safe and have fun!

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Curious about composting? We’ve got a FREE webinar for you!

Are you curious about composting? Maybe you would like to start but don’t know where to begin, or perhaps you’ve been composting for a while but would like to know how to be more efficient or simply have some questions answered. Well – GeNA has a webinar for you!

We are delighted to be offering a FREE composting webinar on Tuesday, June 16th from 7:30-9pm. With expertise provided by the Green Action Centre, this event will include lots of information and ample opportunity to get your composing questions answered.

The webinar is free but registration is required. Click here to register; you will be emailed the details on how to join the Zoom event. You’ll also receive a reminder the day before the event.

This webinar is made possible by a generous grant from TD Park People!

About TD Park People Grants program: TD Park People Grants program is providing essential funding to support park groups in delivering over 334 awesome nature-based activities that foster environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in cities across Canada. Together, TD and Park People are helping to bring Canadians together to unlock the power of  parks because they know that when people are connected to nature in their parks and communities, people are happier and communities feel more connected to nature and each other.

About Park People: Park People supports and mobilizes people to help them activate the power of parks to improve quality of life in cities across Canada.

About TD Bank: TD is providing funding to this event as part of the The Ready Commitment. TD has a long-standing commitment to enriching the lives of its customers, colleagues and communities. That’s why TD launched The Ready Commitment in March 2018, a new multi-year program to help individuals and communities prosper. As part of The Ready Commitment, TD targets CDN $1 billion in total by 2030 towards community giving in four areas critical to opening doors for an inclusive tomorrow – Financial Security, a more Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. Through The Ready Commitment, TD’s aspiration is to link business, products, services, and community giving to help people feel more confident – not just about their finances, but about their future and their ability to achieve their personal goals in a changing world. For further information, please visit

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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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Register now! 3rd Annual Glenelm Snow Sculpture Challenge


It’s that time of the year again — let’s all bundle up, get outside and participate in GeNA’s 3rd annual Snow Sculpture Challenge!

This coming Saturday, Feb 1st, show us your best snow creations. All ages and skill levels are encouraged, and there are dozens of chances for you to win a prize just by participating! Plus, it’ll be lots of fun, we promise!

Get all the details here:

Big thanks to our generous sponsors!

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Upcoming Event: The Life of Dr. Glen T Hamilton

Come and hear a fascinating, free talk on the life of Dr. T. Glen Hamilton, his research into psychic phenomena and the possibility of life after death.  His former home, Hamilton House, is a well-known building in Elmwood at 185 Henderson Hwy; the Hamilton family hosted many prominent guests over the years, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!

The presentation will be given by East Kildonan resident Linda Horodecki, who’s a retired archivist with the Manitoba government. It will cover both Dr. Hamilton’s paranormal investigations and his civic leadership. Linda has given talks on the subject previously at WPL and the Elmwood EK Active Living Centre.
The event will take place Sunday afternoon, February 2, 2020 from 2 to 4pm at the Big Red Church at 127 Cobourg Avenue.  Admission is free. 

A few articles about Dr Hamilton to pique your interest:
Psychic Experiments at Hamilton House – Part One & Part Two (Heritage Winnipeg)
Digging deep into family’s history (The Herald)
Psychic Research in a Winnipeg Family: Reminiscences of Dr. Glen F. Hamilton (Manitoba Historical Society)

Above: Hamilton House photo source: University of Manitoba Hamilton Family fonds

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6th Annual Elmwood Winter Fun Day!

On Saturday, February 8th, 2020 come on out for the 6th Annual Elmwood Winter Fun Day!

Elmwood organizations including GeNA have joined together again to offer a fun-filled day of family-friendly outdoor activities: wagon rides,snowshoeing, giant hamster balls, fat bikes, jug curling, bonfire & more. Free hotdog lunch & hot chocolate – bring your own mug!

Clara Hughes Recreation Park, 281 Henderson Hwy
11am – 3pm

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3rd Annual Glenelm Holiday Lights Contest

It’s time to light up our little corner of the world with our friendly, low-stakes holiday lights challenge!

This year the Elmwood Business Coalition has decided to use the theme of ‘stars’ for their Christmas light displays in businesses in and around Elmwood.  We at GeNA thought it would be great if as a neighbourhood we also adopted this theme!  SO … if you can … find a way to incorporate a star into the lights you have (or are hoping to have) set up on or around your home. 

The prize is simply bragging rights for being Glenelm’s brightest block. Who will take this year’s title? Will it be Glenwood Crescent again for a 3rd year? Or will Noble, Martin or Carmen (which all tied for runner-up last year) be declared the winners? Or will another street pull out all the stops for a surprise win? That is the question, and we can’t wait to find out!

The 3rd Annual “Light up the Neighbourhood” contest starts NOW!

Online voting will take place beginning December 20 and winners will be announced by New Year’s Eve! 

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Upcoming Event: Glenelm Winter Warmer

We’re not letting the dead of winter get in the way of staying connected as a community! Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 19th, 2020 – that’s the day of the Glenelm Winter Warmer.

The event runs from 5 to 6:30pm.  GeNA is teaming up with the fine folks at the Big Red Church at 127 Cobourg to offer a delicious, low-key 2-in-1 event.

At 5pm, the Big Red Church will host a neighbourhood potluck supper – bring a dish to share! After we eat, GeNA will present a 5-minute AGM, and then there will be free time for visiting and board games – bring your favourite one(s)!

We had a fantastic turnout at last year’s Winter Warmer, and we hope to see many more familiar and new faces this time around. Hope you can join us!

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Upcoming Event: Glenelm Pumpkin Parade

Introducing a brand new GeNA event… the first-ever Glenelm Pumpkin Parade!!

On Friday, November 1, bring your jack o’lantern to the Big Red Church (127 Cobourg) between 5 and 8pm.

We will display all the jack o’lanterns so that they can be admired and enjoy hot chocolate and a bonfire. There will also be a fabulous fall-themed photo booth plus a draw for cool prizes. And it’s all free!

Here are a couple of things we’re asking for your help with:

  • Please save your pumpkin seeds! Rinse the guts off them if you can, and email Mellanie at to arrange pickup. The seeds will be dehydrated and donated on behalf of the neighbourhood to the Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre. You can also stick them in your freezer and arrange pickup after the event.
  • GeNA will take care of any jack o’lanterns left at the event: we’ve arranged to donate the spent pumpkins to Aurora Farms to be turned into food for their animals. With that in mind, when you carve up your pumpkins, please don’t dip them in bleach or vinegar.

Hope to see you there!

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