Family Day at the Rink

  • Practising hockey shooting skills. Photos by Leif Gregersen, Paula E. Kirman, and Wesley May.

  • The wagon rides were very popular. Photos by Leif Gregersen, Paula E. Kirman, and Wesley May.

  • Dan Glugosh posing with the “Stanley Cup.” Photos by Leif Gregersen, Paula E. Kirman, and Wesley May.

  • People got the chance to dress up and have their pictures taken at the photo booth. Photos by Leif Gregersen, Paula E. Kirman, and Wesley May.

  • Prizes put smiles on lots of people’s faces. Photos by Leif Gregersen, Paula E. Kirman, and Wesley May.

The 2016/17 skating season has come to a close and we had a successful year! I have said it many times, that McCauley has the best run community skating program anywhere. Our community has lots to be proud of, and this winter gem is one of those.

From November 28, 2016 to March of 2017 the rink had 1,608 people come out to skate. Norwood School, Inner City Youth, and Hope Mission brought out kids and adults for skates. Thank you to all the staff that worked at the rink and did a great job. Also, thanks to the staff from the City of Edmonton who ran a wonderful learn-to-skate program.

Our community couldn’t have such a successful program without the help of all our partners. A big thank you goes out to Al Hamilton and the KIDS organization, the City of Edmonton, Sports Central, and the McCauley Community League.

This year, the Family Day event was a challenge as the weather had been warm for a week before the big event. We were able to work around not having ice by doing lots of other activities. There were horse and wagon rides, face painting by Lady Dolphin, the very popular photo booth, hockey shooting skills, a fishing pond, a bonfire, marshmallows, snacks, hot dogs, great neighbours, and plenty of prizes. I want to thank Jane Molstad and McCauley Revitalization for the grant in order to make this event so special for our community.

The event wouldn’t be possible without the help of businesses and volunteers. Thank you to Darren Pielak, Shelley Hollingsworth, Roma Stephenuik, Albert Bernard, Fabian Bubel Hopkins, Wesley May, Andrew Hamilton, Graham Pretty, Adam Kuipers Glugosh, Harley Kuipers Glugosh, Grace Kuipers, Heather Workman (face painting), Drew Schamehorn, Al Hamilton, Sparky Kulchisky, all the board members from KIDS, Father Jim and Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, City of Champions Lions Club, Elite Sportswear, Challenger Insurance, Cowan Printing, United Cycle, City of Edmonton, the McCauley Community League, and to anyone who I might have forgotten.

The recreation committee is starting to plan some spring and summer events, so stay tuned! Everyone enjoy spring and we will update you soon on information regarding the new building facility that is being proposed for the rink.

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  • Bissell Centre Hosts Memorial – The Bissell Centre drop-in hosts a memorial several times a year to honour the lives and memory of some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable people. The March service was presided over by Rev. Rick Chapman, Chaplain at the Bissell. Os- kapewis (Cree for “helper”) Lloyd Cardinal shared some words and songs with his large drum, and members of the community were invited to speak as well. The ceremony also included a smudge. Sharon Pasula

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. Here are some of the Indigenous drummers and dancers who took part warm up by one of the fires. Bottom: The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

  • Shake-Up Festival Celebrates Winter in Boyle Street – The Shake-Up Festival was a free family event on February 18 in The Armature area (96 Street & Jasper Avenue) featuring entertainment, food trucks, wagon rides, hot chocolate, and more, from Winter Cities Edmonton. The event also featured axe-throwing demonstrations. Paula E. Kirman

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