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WOMEN WINE FOOD: An all-female group of 15 Winnipeg cooks served up mouth-watering appetizers on the Women Wine Food gala on March eight on the Hilton Winnipeg airport lodge. It was the Women’s Health Clinic’s fundraiser and salute to International Women’s Day. More than 300 visitors laughed, chatted, launched pals and shmoozed. Singer Amber Epp and her band set a celebratory temper.
Team chief Gio Guzzi of the contraception and being pregnant counselling group frolicked with volunteers Nia Ross and Melissa Chambers after the speeches.
“There’s something about meeting the people who cook the food you’re eating,” stated Guzzi of the unusually pleasant crowd. “Also, it’s good to know whoever walks through those doors understands the concept of social justice and social change. The money we made here tonight goes directly toward free birth control and medications for people with sexually transmitted infections, making health care accessible for people who really need those services.”
Most of the Women’s Health Clinic’s medical shoppers are younger — youngsters and of their 20s. It holds a drop-in clinic for younger adults 21 and beneath on Thursdays, from three to eight p.m.
So who was cooking? Featured cooks included Emily Butcher from Deer + Almond; Kelly Cattani of the Oak and Grain; Kristen Chemerika-Lew and Cloe Welchinski from Chew; Laura Currie from Carne; Quinn Degner of Cocoabeans Bakeshop; Jackie Hildebrand from Hy’s Steakhouse; Rachel Isaak of Loaf and Honey; Connie Klassen from Pizzeria Gusto; Pamela Kirkpatrick from Forth; Melissa Makarenko of Resto Gare and Train Bar; Kristel Pastorin from The Grove Pub & Restaurant, Claire Snowball from Red River College; Jessica King from Elements Restaurant; and Talia Syrie of the Tallest Poppy.
So what does the clinic do?
“The Women’s Health Clinic provides a medical program, health education and parenting help,” says Leigh Anne Caron, the clinic’s director of counselling, schooling and coaching. “We also run the provincial eating disorders and abortion programs, teen clinics on Thursday nights, sexual and reproductive health programs. Then we run the birth centre with (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority), we do adult and teen counselling.”
SPOTTED: Event emcee Susie Parker of Sparkers Strategy group; palliative care skilled Zofia Dove; Christine Ens, the clinic’s board chair; clinic administrators Robyn Beninger and Trina Larsen; Liberal MLA John Gerrard and NDP Leader Wab Kinew.
NO LIMITS: Kristi Arbuckle of Manitoba Hydro had a implausible International Women’s Day. “I spent it mentoring at the No Limits for Girls in Trades conference in Vita.” Arbuckle, 37, works within the direct work-order division on Chevrier Boulevard. “I deal with specialty equipment just ordered for a certain project — anything from something as small as a fuse, to a giant transformer that needs to be lifted with a crane. Hopefully, the other mentors and I have shown good examples of what girls can accomplish.”
The convention was for Grade eight women from three faculty divisions, and launched them to women who work in trades. In totally different panels, women mentioned their experiences working in trades, the challenges they face in a principally male workforce and what led them to their careers. The Grade eight women then cut up into teams for hands-on actions like digital welding, plasma-cutting and sheet-metal work.
It wasn’t all heavy labour, although. “We had… Lucy Fouasse, an entrepreneur from L’il Steps wellness farm, over to provide a chat and usher in her small canine and two rats,” Arbuckle says. L’il Steps (lilstepswellnessfarm.internet) makes use of horses, home pets and small animals to assist youngsters study to deal with totally different challenges. “Gumdrop the rat was snuggly and curled up on my shoulder,” Arbuckle says. “I think he’d be great for a kid that was intimidated by a bigger animal.”
ST. PATRICK GOES WILD: March 17 falls on a Saturday this yr, so there’s a weekend bonanza of events that includes live shows, dancing, meals, merriment and a St. Patrick’s Parade capping the weekend on Sunday. An entire day of celebration on Saturday begins on the Irish Association of Manitoba, 654 Erin St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Entertainment occurs all via the day and night, with the McDonnell School of Irish dance, Irish Myst Choir, Celtic Way and the Thistle Time Show Band.
Across city at 290 Dubuc St., the McConnell Irish Dancers host the town’s largest St. Patrick’s Day night get together Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Irish food and drinks can be served, with leisure that includes the Comhaltas set dancers, Flatland Ceili Band, Humours of Whiskey, the Irish Myst Choir, Traicy Robertson and Tom McDermott. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 youngsters and youngsters two and underneath are free. For tickets, you have to name forward to Allison at204-290-3106, or Julie at 204-995-5174.
SUNDAY IS PARADE TIME: The noisy, dazzling floats, people sporting inexperienced and loopy hats and masks will assemble on the Irish Association of Manitoba on Erin Avenue at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m., when it heads to Portage Avenue and again to the Irish membership for meals and drinks.
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