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Free Historical Walking Tour in Elmwood

Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and the Northeast Winnipeg Historical Society have teamed up to present a free historical walking tour featuring places in Elmwood not far from Glenelm.  The tour takes place Sunday, June 11th from 1-2:30pm. Read on for more details!

Starts: Brazier Street at Ottawa Ave.
Ends: Ernie O’Dowda Park (by Louise Bridge)
This FREE historical tour will include corner grocery stores of the past, the Elmwood Curling Club and more. There will be a picnic at the park after the tour. FREE refreshments & snacks. Rain or Shine! Everyone is welcome. This event is Wheel Chair Accessible.
Tour walking distance: 1.4 km
Checkout our Facebook Event! RSVP: 204-669-0750 or

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You’re Invited: Glenelm Community Safety Information Evening

GeNA invites all of those who live and work in our area to a Community Safety Information Evening.

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Time: 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Place: Gordon-King Memorial United Church, 127 Cobourg Avenue

Guest Speakers:

  • Wayne Elliott, Chair, Communications Committee, Winnipeg Crime Stoppers
  • Wendy Koenig, formerly from Citizens for Crime Awareness (CFCA)

This evening’s presentation will include information on personal safety, how to reduce property crime, and what each of us can do to be a good community member.  After the presentation there will be an opportunity for community members to discuss the possibility of starting a Neighborhood Patrol and any other safety initiatives individuals would like to discuss.  Our goal is to provide the residents with information and to start organizing some initiatives — bring your ideas! Refreshments will be served.

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GKM Church Featured in Doors Open 2017

Glenelm‘s own Gordon King Memorial United Church will be one of the 85 historical buildings participating in this year’s Doors Open weekend.

When Gordon King Memorial United Church was built in the early 1900’s, it was hailed as a “modern adaptation of the Gothic style of architecture.” All areas of the building will be toured as we tell stories about the building of this church and what it meant to the community at that time. Have a peek behind the original pipe organ as you ponder the question, “Are there bats in the belfry?” We are located @ 127 Cobourg Ave. and our doors will be open on Saturday, May 27th, from 12:00-4:00.

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Turquoise Tables Coming Soon to Glenelm

by Jacqueline van Leeuwen

Several years ago, a woman in the States named Kristin Schell placed a turquoise picnic table in her front yard as an intentional way to get to know the people in her neighbourhood. That table has become a symbol of hospitality in different parts of the world as people from all walks of life embrace the ideal of living in a community where you know your neighbours.

A community where neighbours know each other becomes a safer community, because you are more likely to look out for people you know. You connect on a different level when you sit and share a conversation, or a cup of coffee or glass of lemonade.

Already different members of the community are planning what they are going to do to represent their idea of “the turquoise table.” One family plans to put out a turquoise drinking bowl for the dogs in the neighbourhood who are taking their owners for a walk. Another person is having a picnic table (she will be painting it turquoise) built around the tree on her front boulevard. The possibilities are endless.

So, when you see the turquoise picnic table (coming soon to Gordon King Memorial United Church), feel free to sit for a spell, see how the community garden is growing, and enjoy the butterfly garden.

If you are interested in reading more about the turquoise table, aka “the front yard people”, just google “turquoise table”.

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Turquoise Table Movement founder Kristin Schell.

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The Results are In! Glenelm’s First (and Hopefully Annual) Community Spring Cleanup

by Jacqueline van Leeuwen

Saturday, April 29th saw our first community clean-up. Approximately 15 residents of the Glenelm community came out to clean up our small corner of the world, and the weather cooperated to provide us with a perfect day.

Take Pride Winnipeg donated garbage bags and gloves, so we were all set to go. As the cleaning crew spread out in the neighbourhood picking up garbage from backlanes and streets, many residents came out to express their appreciation. Some neighbours also indicated that they were not aware that the clean-up was going to be happening.

This was our first community clean-up as the new GeNa, and a perfect way to make ourselves visible in the community. It was also great to meet people in the neighbourhood we haven’t met before.

A couple of take-aways from this experience for next time;

  • Post signs earlier and in more prominent areas
  • The church apparently has some ‘pickers’ (who knew?) for those of us who don’t bend as well as we used to…

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to the success of the day. See you next time!

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New Glenelm Business: Mariella’s Bakery

GeNA is excited to welcome another new business into our neighbourhood: Mariella’s Bakery! Located at 182 Henderson (the former location of Sunny Convenience), this lovely little bakery is already bringing delicious aromas into the area.  Several of GeNA’s core organizers have popped in to sample the goods and we are happy to report the breads and pastries taste as good as they smell.

The store is open 10-6, Tuesday to Sunday, and for now, is cash only. Be sure to go and taste some of Mariella’s creations at their grand opening, this Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm.

(Image credit: Mariella’s Bakery Facebook page)

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Upcoming Event: Glenelm Community Clean-Up – April 29th, 2017

GeNA is excited to announce our first-ever community clean-up! Come on out on Saturday, April 29th, meet your neighbours, and help tidy the neighbourhood. We’ll meet at Gordon King Memorial United Church at 1pm, and provide participants with garbage bags, gloves, snacks and water.

If you’d like to join us, please help us plan for supplies and snacks by signing up at Hope to see many of you there!

GeNA is grateful for the support of Take Pride Winnipeg!

If the weather doesn’t cooperate, our rain date is the following Saturday, May 6th. If we do need to postpone, we’ll make a note of that here at and send an email out to our mailing list.

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Volunteers Needed! 16th Annual Happy Days on Henderson

The Happy Days on Henderson Planning Committee has put out a call for volunteers for the 16th Annual Happy Days on Henderson on June 17, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Facebook Event link).

Happy Days on Henderson is a FREE and fun event for the entire family. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles including, but not limited to, canvassing before the event, set-up in the early morning, greeters, helpers at the different stations such as bouncers, carnival games and site clean-up! If you would like to volunteer this year, please let the organizers know by emailing with your availability.

Volunteer Orientation Night: (Link to Volunteer Orientation Facebook Event)

Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm with food/refreshments available (Pizza). Please notify us if you have any food allergies.
Location: 81 Henderson Hwy (corner of Henderson and Talbot) at the Happy Days Event Site
R.S.V.P. by May 1, 2017.

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