November 6, 2013
November 1, 2013
September 27, 2013
The Fort Garry was built in 1913, and the 2013 Heritage Ball was intended to re-create the hotel's 1913 inaugural event. The Gala had a railroad theme and featured:
- a spectacular dinner in the Crystal Ballroom
- "Speak Easy" Dance and Dessert
- a video of a historical interpretation of the arrival of Dignitaries in 1913 for the Grand Opening of the Fort Garry
- a presentation of the history of the Fort Garry Hotel by Frank Albo, co-author of the Hermetic Code
- Live music by the Danny Kramer Band
- MC - Big Daddy Tazz
August 30, 2013
APTIS is a charitable organization whose operations are governed by a board of directors. To date, some of their most noteworthy achievements include
- "Raising $2,500,000 in donations prior to having a market presence
- Purchasing land and building in St. Boniface for the future development of a new 40 room facility
- Engaging Bridgman Collaborative Architectures Ltd. to prepare architectural plans and prepare Class B estimates for the new facility
- Committing Ambassador Gary Doer to be the official spokesperson for the organization
- Establishing a market presence by temporarily leasing space from Villa Aulneau until the new facility is complete"
In order for APTIS to achieve its goals, they need to raise the funds needed to support their operations and capital development. They currently have two fundraising campaigns - an operational one to subsidize rental rates paid by guests and a capital one to develop the new facility
Vision for the Future:
APTIS intends to renovate and restore the 210 Rue Mason heritage building. The project is expected to be funded completely through fundraising efforts and donations. This larger space will allow APTIS to better accommodate their guests and allow for intake of more patients. As owners of the facility, APTIS will be in direct control and thus are more unrestricted in making the decisions they see best fit in accordance with their mandate.
For more information, visit their website here.
August 30, 2013
Located at 381 Sherbrook Street, Sherbrook Pool officially opened in 1931 amidst The Great Depression and helped provide an escape from the troubles Canadians and Winnipegers faced at the time. Since it was the first Olympic-size pool in Winnipeg, it also served as both a training facility and a competition venue. The architecture of the building features an Art Deco style, designed by Ralph Benjamin Pratt and Donald Aynsley Ross.
For more background information on this historical facility, please consult the following documents published by the City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee in 2001.
381 Sherbrook Street (Long Version)
381 Sherbrook Street (Short Version)
In November 2012, Sherbrook Pool was closed by the City due to safety issues that arose during an inspection. Upon further assessment, it was found that the cost to repair the building and make it structurally sound would cost more than $2 million, and subsequently maintaining the pool would cost even more. Despite the high costs to fix and run the pool, the community surrounding the area is advocating for its repair as a recreation centre and prefer not to see the historic pool demolished. The City is still working on determining the ultimate fate of Sherbrook Pool. Updates will be posted here as they are received.
For more information on the pool's closure:
Sherbrook Pool -- Worth Every Cent (Winnipeg Free Press)
Public to be consulted on fate of Sherbrook Pool (Winnipeg Free Press)
Sherbrook Pool closure worries community group (CBC News)