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48th Annual Folklorama to get underway in Winnipeg
12 August 2017 SMART BIZ The door to opportunity in Manitoba Canada Summer
Games turns 50 The hottest summer games in half a century
“You can't have these Native people sitting in our reception area!"
Ignorant comment turns out to be a “blessing in disguise” for Brenda LaRose Bill Burfoot
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hat do Sidney Crosby, Lennox Lewis, Steve Nash, Cindy Klassen and Diana Matheson all have in common? Each are professional athletes within
their fields, most are Olympic champions and all of them are Canada Games alumni. This summer, Winnipeg has the honour of hosting the
Canada Summer Games which will feature 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the games, previous host cities and notable alumni. Winnipeg will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches as well as more than 20,000 visitors coming to attend the games. It is our chance to shine and showcase our fabulous city and province, to show the rest of Canada what Manitoba summers are all about. Te 2017 Canada Games are co-hosted by Treaty 1 and Treaty
3 Indigenous People and the Manitoba Metis Federation. Cultural guidance was kindly provided by many Elders and Grandmothers, Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Healers and organized by Turtle Lodge, the International Centre for Indigenous Education and Wellness. “Te games started out as a way to unify the country and
celebrate our cultural diversity. With this being such a momen- tous year, we may be hosting the largest gathering of youth in one location,” says Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Games Host Society. “Te games are a sporting event but the festival is a cultural event and this year Winnipeg will host the hottest summer festival in half a century.” A little history
Te very first Canada Games were held in Quebec City in 1967, and were organized to celebrate Canada’s centennial.
Canada Games page 5 Lucy Fouasse of Lil' Steps.
ot all recruiters are created equal. Just take a look at Brenda LaRose.
LaRose is Anishinaabe Métis
who was born in Winnipeg and raised in Regina, but spent the first few years of her life growing up in the North End. With a dad in the military, La-
Rose had moved many times dur- ing her childhood. Her parents split up when she was young and at 15 she made the decision to leave home. For many, this could lead to a path that sadly becomes one we hear about far too often. Instead, LaRose found a job in Calgary working for a recruitment company, where she got into per- sonnel and recruitment – which is now called search; specializing in management to senior manage-
Brenda LaRose accepts her Indspire business award in 2015.
ment positions, and the rest as they say, is history. LaRose quickly worked her way
up the ranks, finding out she really had a knack for recruiting. 20 years ago, after making stops in a few different cities throughout Canada,
LaRose moved back to Winnipeg after her husband had taken a job in the city. “The first thing I did when I
moved back to Winnipeg was I went and worked for CAHRD (Centre for
Higgins International Inc. page 5 Providing Life Skills and
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Bill Burfoot P The family-friendly and free
Movies on Memorial return to Memorial Park (450 Broadway), Tuesday evenings in August with your favourite 90’s movies.
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eople with animals at home know the feeling of unconditional love pets
can provide. Now that same un- conditional love is being used to help adolescents with emotional
healing through animals Lucy Fouasse helping kids and youth dealing with mental difficulties.
and mental difficulties to get well. Lil’ Steps Miniature and Well-
ness Farm in St. Malo Manitoba provides Equine Facilitated Well- ness (EFW) for chi ldren and youth.
In EFW, children and
youth engage in team empha- sized or individual sessions with the horse as the teacher.
It is an
experiential and process orien- tated experience for the child; where they will learn various life skills in a therapeutic and fun setting.
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MOVIE SCHEDULE August 1 - The Little Rascals August 8 - Spice World August 15 - Space Jam August 22 - It Takes Two August 29 - Jumanji
Movies start at sundown. downtownwinnipegbiz.com
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