A look back at the year in Royalwood

Hello everyone! In addition to the blog, I write a monthly column as a community correspondent. Here is an overview of the past year including links for more detail. Enjoy!

Republished from the Dec. 23, 2015 issue of The Lance, a Canstar Community News publication.

Republished from the Dec. 23, 2015 issue of The Lance, a Canstar Community News publication.

We’ve had a great 2015 in Royalwood!

The themes that dominated many of the columns I submitted in the past 12 months were Royalwood residents staying active and visitors to the Bois-des-Esprits enjoying everything the forest has to offer, in all seasons.

Here’s a quick run-through:
• While their namesake animal was asleep below the riverbed, Team Turtle of Trail Run Manitoba laced up for a winter run through the Bois;

• On a warm and muggy summer evening, more than 60 participants enjoyed a guided botany walk. Led by botanist Charles Burchill, the event was part of Save our Seine’s 25th anniversary celebrations;

Botanist Charles Burchill leads a guided botany walk along the Seine River
• This fall, Royalwood resident Dee Dee Budgell kicked off weekly Sunday afternoon walks through the Bois trails. The walks continue all winter and into the spring, wrapping up at the end of May 2016;

Dee Dee Budgell leads weekly walks through the Bois-des-Esprits. City councillor for St. Boniface Matt Allard gives his support

• Two Royalwood women were profiled for their community fundraising efforts in walk-based events;

Connie Robertson led her Cure of Duty team in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in memory of her brother-in-law.  One month later, Danielle Denny and her Boston Terrier, Martha, took part in The Fairmont Winnipeg Paws in Motion;

• Recently, readers met Wally MacKey and her mother Erna Leipert, both living with arthritis. The daughter-mother duo take walks in the Bois and do warm-water arthritis aquatics at Boni-Vital Pool to stay active and manage pain.

Wally MacKey and her mother Erma Leipert live with arthritis. They manage pain by staying active.
Matt Allard, city councillor for the ward of St. Boniface, was highly engaged and active in Royalwood this year. From hosting a spring town hall, to advocating for improved transit service, to promoting community initiatives like the weekly Bois walks, Allard’s support made a difference;

• Finally, readers met a trio of Royalwood business owners: Lisa Chapil of WedLife Photography, Jamie Robertson of United Therapies STRIVE Rehabilitation Centre, and Colin Flockton of redroc Drywall and Renovation.

Everyone has a story to share. The people and organizations involved in our neighbourhood make it a great place to live. Sincere thanks to Royalwood residents and everyone who participated in this column.
A big thank you to my husband for all his support.

I am excited to share more stories of Royalwood people and places in 2016. Contact me by e-mail at tanya.royalwood@gmail.com with your feedback and ideas!


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