Inner City Recreation & Wellness Program

Inner City Rec Update

  • Leroy Walter Steven Paquette. Rebecca Kaiser

Hockey/Sportsmanship Award
The June sportsmanship award went to Leroy Walter Steven Paquette. Leroy has been attending programming on and off for several years and has grown in his ability to communicate with others and play fair and clean at programs.

Drop-in soccer has been going awesome. We have had some challenges this outdoor season with extreme heat and other weather conditions, so we have been switching between the outdoor field by Sacred Heart Church and the Boyle Street Plaza gym! If it’s rainy when you get to the field, look for us indoors instead.

Lady Flower Garden
We continue to to head out to Lady Flower Garden every Wednesday, departing from Bissell Centre at 1:00 p.m. and will continue throughout the summer. We usually have lots of seats left in our van and welcome all community members to join us in harvesting food for Edmonton’s Food Bank.

The Inner City Sluggers are having one of the best seasons they have had in a long time. Not in terms of wins but in terms of playing an awesome defense and getting more runs in a game then they have in the total of previous seasons! The best part of this is seeing them playing to have fun and be among their peers, and not focussing just on winning.

Pet Food Bank
The Inner City Pet Food Bank is excited and proud to be a part of this year’s Muttstock Festival, a gathering of rescues, live music and dog lovers! This is a free event with loads of fun activities for all ages on July 7 at Eastwood Park, 11803-86 Street. This year, Muttstock has chosen us as the recipient of all pet food donated at the festival. For more information check out

Street Prints
After weeks of anticipation, the Street Prints crew finally had some much needed art creation session time in the newly renovated Bissell Centre. The artists shared stories and techniques as they each worked on their own artwork in preparation for the upcoming sales this summer, including the 124 Street Grand Market on July 19.

Underground City
After many months of work and several delays, fits, and starts, the Underground City LP is finally available for listening and downloading! The team celebrated with several performances at Heart of the City Festival last month, and now they proudly present the recordings that were made at Boyle Street Community Services Youth Unit and CJSR Studios. Check out the recordings at

Rylan Kafara is the Program Lead, Inner City Recreation and Wellness Program. Mike Siek and Rebecca Kaiser are Program Coordinators with ICRWP.

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Neighbourhood Views

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman was the first recipient for her involvement in a number of volunteer, non-profit groups. Marissa Loewen

  • Harbin Gate Memories – Memories written about the Harbin Gate hang on the fence where it was removed for Valley Line LRT construction. Paula E. Kirman

  • Portrait of a Caterpillar – Gord Currie is an Ambrose Place resident who has taken up photography to cope with the challenges in his life. Here is an example of his work. He says that he has gone from “poverty to photography” and gives credit for this photo “to the caterpillar for being a good subject.” Gord Currie

  • MUSE Awards – The Edmonton Muse, an online magazine dealing with local art, culture, and music, celebrated its first anniversary on May 25. As part of the celebration at the Starlite Room, awards were handed out to several Edmontonians making a difference. One of the recipients was Sinder Sparks, founder of The Musical Mamas Society, a group of women musicians from in and around the area. Paula E. Kirman

  • New Community Space at Bissell Centre – Ryan Arcand presents Gary St. Amand, CEO of Bissell Centre, an eagle staff at the grand opening of Bissell Centre’s new community space in its west building, on June 11. The drop-in has improved access to basic needs and support services. Paula E. Kirman  

  • Editor Receives Award from ESPC – Boyle McCauley News Editor Paula E. Kirman received the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice on May 24. She is pictured between ESPC Research Coordinator John Kolkman and his wife Kate Quinn, both McCauley residents and founders of the paper. Melissa Scott

  • Graffiti Artists at Work – Graffiti artists made original creations during Hip Hop in the Park on May 26 at Boyle Street Plaza. Paula E. Kirman

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