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September 15th, on a closed group page made up of Kildonan Estates,
Harbourview South and Bridgewood Estates Families, a note was posted
advising these residents of our Board meeting on Sunday, September
21st and that this would be a very important meeting
for them to attend as there will be a discussion regarding the
$800,000 the City has given to the Community Centre. This note further
says the community needs to have a say on how this $800,000 will be
spent and offers free babysitting to all who attend.
September 16th a post was made on a public website (Elmwood
/ East Kildonan - Preserving our Past, Planning our Future).
be advised this meeting is a regular board meeting of the Valley
Gardens Community Centre and there
is no discussion on the agenda of the City giving our community centre
this discussion were on our agenda there are very clear instructions
in our Constitution on how matters such as these should be dealt with.
This would not be offered out to the community for discussion until
after the Board of Directors has discussed it and approved it in
principal. Once that
occurs an ad-hoc committee will be appointed by the President to study
the feasibility of the project. This committee will provide a detailed
written report to the Board within 60 days; upon acceptance and
approval of the report by two-thirds majority of the Board a Special
General Meeting must be called within 60 days at which time the report
will be submitted to our entire membership, not just a few, for a
two-thirds majority final approval.
community is certainly welcome to attend any of our Board meetings;
however, any member wishing to appear on the agenda must give notice
to the President at least seven days prior to the meeting.
The executive committee will have the right to deny any such
request with written confirmation stating the reasons for the denial.
have been other comments made on the Elmwood / East Kildonan -
Preserving our Past, Planning our Future Facebook page regarding the
current administration of the Valley Gardens Community Centre. The
following will address some of these comments.
The VGCC President did not ask the Vice President to make a
motion to remove any board member. There was a discussion between the
President and Vice-President regarding clarification of process in the
event a board member is not following protocol / board constitution
(i.e. acting on behalf of the VGCC Board when not authorized).
Many discussions have occurred regarding the Outside Building,
currently used by the 1st John De Graff Scouts. A decision
was made by the Board, to submit for a renovation grant to renovate
this building to both make it a better place for the scouts and to
possibly use it as a source of additional revenue; as we would be able
to rent it out for smaller functions and meetings. The application was
submitted and was approved by the City of Winnipeg.
There are no plans to add a stained glass window. The Board, in
partnership with the Valley Gardens Art Group, applied for a Youth
with Art grant through the Winnipeg Arts Council & Winnipeg's
Public Art Program and were one of the successful recipients.
The Winnipeg Arts Council describes this
program as follows:
”WITH ART matches artists with
community groups to collaborate on projects based on community goals.
Exploration and the art-making process are central to the program.
Community groups from diverse sectors who have a history of working
together are invited to apply.
Youth WITH ART is modeled after
the established WITH ART program and focuses on youth aged 6-21.
Youth-engaged community groups who would like to collaborate on
youth-focused art projects are invited to apply."
There have been no definitive plans about what our specific
project will be but public consultation did start at our Family Fun
Day on August 23rd when our artist, Ursula Neufeld, spoke
with some of the people throughout the day to get some sense of what
might interest them. This was to be the first of many public
consultations. One idea was to work on a mural for the Players Box on
Rink one which faces Antrim Road. Ursula
has been involved in doing many mosaic murals around the city, one of
which is on the Red Road Lodge at the corner of Main and Logan, as
well as Hugh John A McDonald School. This is an excerpt from her
Ursula Neufeld is an innovative and collaborative mosaic
artist whose creations adorn schools, community buildings, homes, and
playgrounds. Ursula’s work has been shown in galleries and
gardens throughout Canada, including Wayne Arthur Gallery, Cre8ery,
Assiniboine Park Conservatory, and Uma’s in Gimli. One of the
fundamental aspects of Ursula’s community mural collaborations has
been to give voice to participants who are creating the artwork, so
that their ideas, interpretations, and dreams make up the subject of
the finished art. Recent works include large, exterior community
murals at Red Road Lodge and Hugh John MacDonald School in Winnipeg.
Ursula has conducted workshops through ArtsSmarts, Arts Junktion,
University of Winnipeg, and Daniel McIntyre St. Matthew Community
The hockey rinks are not unusable. As part of our funding
agreement with the City of Winnipeg we are required to pass an
inspection every year. At no time have our hockey rinks been deemed
unusable by the City of Winnipeg.
Valley Gardens Community Centre has been providing services to
this community since 1977. The purpose of our Community Centre is to
provide a broad range of recreational and leisure activities for
persons of all ages residing within our catchment area, through the
management and operation of the facilities and grounds. As times
change, and as our population has changed, we have tried to offer
other programs to accommodate these changes. The Scouts are a very
important part of what we offer to our community.
Sports are also a large part of our Community Centre.
However, of the money collected during registration for any of
the sports programs, VGCC only keeps the non-refundable Admin Fee
($50.00). Of the
$161,788.67 collected for all the sport programs in 2013, Valley
Gardens Community Centre retained approximately $10,758.23, which is
approximately 6.7% of the total money collected. The graph below
provides an overview of our sports income / expenses from 2013.
As you can see, the majority of the money ($113,648.36 or
70.2%) that was received at registration was paid out to the various
sport associations, such as River East Minor Hockey Association,
Phoenix Soccer, Red River Valley Sports League (Hardball), etc.. The
remaining $37,382.08 (20.1%), was used to pay for other sport related
expenses such as; refunds, transfer fees, equipment, referees, etc.
The City of Winnipeg gives the Valley Gardens Community Centre
a yearly Operating Grant of approximately $79,000.
This money is used to pay for the basic operating expenses of
the Community Centre, such as; hydro, water, small repairs, non-sports
related equipment, etc. The
Operating Grant does NOT PROVIDE money for any Valley Gardens
Community Centre employees, including the full-time
only other sources of revenue include hall rentals, fundraisers,
donations, and Family Fees that individuals pay at registration. The
Family Fee is collected at registration and is a "bond" that
a volunteer activity will be provided to the Community Centre. These
activities can include assisting with jersey handouts for hockey
trials, working in the canteen, chaperoning pre-teen dances, Family
Fun Day support, Breakfast with Santa, etc.. Some of these individuals
just tell us we can keep the money, other individuals will not fulfil
their volunteer activity and their bond will not be returned. We are
very fortunate that many of our volunteers fulfill their volunteer
In the city's 2014 / 2015 budget, money had been set aside for
a splash pad to be built at Valley Gardens Community Centre. You can
imagine our disappointment when we learned, through our local
newspaper, that the splash pad was being relocated. After several
unsuccessful attempts to reach Councillor Steen, the VGCC President
finally connected with him to be told that a decision had been made by
the City Administration to build the splash pad at the Concordia pool
location. He indicated he would arrange a meeting between him, the
City Administration and the VGCC President to discuss this. Nothing
happened. The VGCC President has tried through various methods to
determine why this decision was made but had not been successful. On
August 6th the VGCC President received an e-mail from Ken
McKim, Project Management Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg
Planning, Property and Development Department, advising the Splash Pad
was to be built at the Elmwood-Kildonan Pool because it was a
"better site due to on-site maintenance and life-saving staff,
washroom and change room access and efficiencies for maintenance
operation”. The VGCC President responded to Mr. McKim and thanked
him for the communication, but expressed disappointment with this
decision and the decision-making process.
The VGCC President received a call from a friend who advised
that Councillor Steen had posted a reply to them on Facebook on or
about August 12th that said there was all kinds of good
news coming to Valley Gardens Community Centre and there would be some
money for improvements. The VGCC President immediately placed a call
to Councillor Steen. Councillor Steen advised that meetings had been
occurring between him and Councillor Russ Wyatt discussing plans for
the Valley Gardens Community Centre. These plans involve installing a
splash pad, resurfacing a hockey rink (or rinks) and work on soccer
fields (or field). The budget for this work is apparently $800,000.00.
While the Valley Gardens Board appreciates the significant
capital investment, we are deeply concerned that we have not been a
part of the consultation process. Councillor Steen has indicated that
these improvements call for a reconfiguration of our current
infrastructure which, of course, will impact both our programming and
current renovation plans. (We were recently approved for a Renovation
grant to improve one of our buildings. We are now told this building
might be demolished!). It is unfathomable to us that decisions are
being made for the VGCC site without any consultation or approval of
the VGCC Board, the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres or
the City of Winnipeg Community Services Department. There is a process
in place for Community Centre redevelopment. This process is not being
The loss of the BMO contest was not the fault of this
administration or the players. Everyone, including this
administration, did the best they could to keep this Valley Gardens
Community Centre soccer team front and centre.
The breakdown of other registrants in our sports programs for
R3W 319 (Kildonan Estates, Harbourview
South and Bridgewood Estates).
Communities can certainly request to be reassigned to another
Community Centre, however, there is a process that would be involved,
which includes moving boundary lines.