2013 was another great year living in this great city! It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to see and do in winter, spring, summer or fall. Though, so far this winter, a lot of my seeing has been looking out my front window and groaning because it has snowed - yet again!
I had a great time Volunteering again this year:
- Winnipeg Fringe Festival
- Children's Hospital Book Market at St. Vital Centre. Did you know the Children's Hospital Book Mart was established in 1961 and is the longest running fundraiser in support of the Childrem's Hospital Foundation raising about $6 million in support of childrens health in Manitoba?
- Alzheimer Society's Memory Walk with the staff of HomeInstead Senior Care. I had a great time.
- Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre [CFDC] at the MB Provincial Mineral & Mining Convention in November.
A highlight, as alway, is sipping champagne & sparkling wines at the Winnipeg Wine Festival.
I really enjoyed watching the Aquatica synchro team practise and compete at the Pan-Am Pool. The skill and dedication of these girls and young women is absolutely amazing. And as they refine their 2013 competition routines all I can say is - you go girls!!!
At the other end of the age spectrum I had a blast bowling with a seniors team at Polo Park Lanes.
LIke the past couple of years, out of all the places I visited in 2013 my most favourite place to be in Winnipeg is the Assiniboine Park and Zoo. The Nature Playground is first class and so much fun when I am joined by friends with grandchildren... strolling around the Duck Pond and then sipping tea at the Qualico Family Centre and Park Cafe was a perfect way to start work meetings and times with friends winter & summer... the Conservatory is always spectacular and I had the great fortune to officiate at several weddings there, and, of course, walking around the Zoo is always a delightful way to spend a few hours. I am eagerly looking forward to going to the Polar Bear Conservation Centre.
As 2012 ends and a new year begins I want to say a big THANK YOU Winnipeg. Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers I met this past year whose generousity of time enables all these great events to happen. You have each enriched my life in some way. Thank you to my friends for the wonderful gift of friendship. And thank you to my family who have cared and supported me as I live my dream.