Feb 14, 2017

Rinks closed

Bourkevale's rinks are now closed until further notice due to mild temperatures.

Feb 10, 2017

Pancake breakfast Feb 26

Bourkevale is holding its pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 26. Come out and mingle with friends and neighbours and meet new people and families!

What: Pancake Breakfast

When: Sunday Feb. 26

Time: 9-11 am

The club is looking for volunteers to help with this event, including serving and flipping pancakes. If you have an hour or two to help out, please email Stephanie at sburd@mymts.net.

Feb 1, 2017

New martial arts program at Bourkevale

A new martial arts program has begun at Bourkevale on. The MacNeil Wing Chun Do Club practices a self defense system developed by the legendary Bruce Lee and defined by original Bruce Lee student Grandmaster (Sijo) James W. DeMile. Classes are open to ages 12 and older. The organizer may consider a children's program in the future.
All ranks and levels train together.

Initial class price: $10.

Classes run: Mondays and Thursdays 7-8 pm in the club's main hall. On weeks where Monday hockey meetings take place, classes will be held on Tuesday 7-8 pm.
On weeks where Thursday board meetings take place, classes will be held Thursday 6-7 pm. Times and dates are subject to change, so please call in advance at 204-223-2121 to confirm class dates.

All classes taught by former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and Hall of Fame lineman Brett MacNeil

Wing Chun Do Gung Fu is a practical self defense system that maximizes the natural strength of all individuals to defend themselves and improve overall fitness. WCD is a fun, non-threatening martial art that employs a stand up style fighting method that is a great workout and fun to learn.
The MacNeil Wing Chun Do Club is an affiliate of the Wing Chun Do Association whose Global Headquarters are in Livonia, Michigan. Students have the opportunity to earn belt rank and be recognized as association members.
Interested participants can phone the Wing Chun Do Club at 204-223-2121 for more information.

Jan 16, 2017

Bourkevale's rink project video Part ll

Bourkevale's rink project has been a major success. The new state-of-the-art rink boards and the re-asphalted north rink have exceeded all expectations. We captured a few images during construction to give you some idea of what went into this project. You can view the first video here if you missed it. 

Dec 20, 2016

Kindermusik resumes in January

Kindermusik is a music and movement based program for kids aged 0-7 accompanied by an adult. The new program offers the Laugh & Learn FAMILY class which is geared towards families with one, two or more children so that they can all attend the class at the same time.

Cost for the January-June session is $70/month for the first child and $5/month for subsequent children enrolled.

When: Class starts January 10
Time: Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 pm
Where: Bourkevale's main hall

How do I register?: Call Sheryl at 204-999-3980 or visit the website at www.playnotestudio.kindermusik.com

Nov 28, 2016

Bourkevale playgroup runs Wednesdays

Bourkevale's playgroup is an informal drop-in program for parents with infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It's a great way for your child to socialize with others and to meet new people in the neighbourhood. There is no cost and no sign-up required.
Where: Main hall, 100 Ferry Rd.
When: Wednesdays 9-11 am
Cost: Free

Nov 20, 2016

Kids' hockey school

Bourkevale's children's hockey school runs Sundays from 4-5 pm. This is a beginner level program that's perfect for kids who want an introduction to hockey and for those who want to enhance their hockey skills.
Registration is only $25 for the season and includes a jersey, hockey socks, a year-end pizza party and a medal.
A helmet with a cage, skates and a hockey stick are required. Limited skating ability is also a must.

If you missed registration, you can still register by emailing Cam at iwanusiw@mts.net

Sep 13, 2016

Bourkevale's yoga program runs Tuesdays

Bourkevale's yoga program runs every Tuesday evening at the club. This year will feature three yoga styles: Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Self Awakening Yoga. For more information on the program, please visit our instructor Derek Pang's website at pangyoga.com.

When: Tuesdays 8:15-9:15 pm

Where: Main hall at the club, 100 Ferry Rd.

Cost: $5 drop-in fee

What else: Bring your own mat

Sep 11, 2016

Hoedown video 2016

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the 2016 Hoedown such a great success.

Jun 25, 2016

Video: Bourkevale's rink project Part 1

Bourkevale's outdoor rink project took place over the summer and fall of 2016. The old wooden rink boards were removed and the north rink was excavated and re-paved. For more details on this project, check out the E-bulletin we published at the time.

Jun 24, 2016

Bike to Work Day big success at Bourkevale

Bourkevale Community Centre was a busy place during Winnipeg's Bike to Work Day, Friday June 24. A total of 63 cyclists stopped at the club's pit stop for refreshments, snacks and information, including 10 children cycling to school with their parents. A big thanks to our volunteers Scotty and Elaine Nystrom for organizing and running the pit stop.

Apr 15, 2016

Bourkevale elects new board

Bourkevale's 2016 Annual General Meeting
Bourkevale Community Centre elected its new board for 2016-17 on Thursday April 14. The AGM was well attended and included about 45 area residents.
Elaine Nystrom was elected as the club's new president and Nick Hook was elected vice-president.
Outgoing president Gary Kristiansen and vice-president Tom Brodbeck were honoured for the eight years of service they provided to the club, which included transforming the community centre's finances into a more sustainable model that has allowed the club today to invest into important capital projects.
All board members agreed to stay on for another term in office, a testament to the dedication of area residents to the ongoing viability of the club. Suzanna Libby was elected as the board's new treasurer and former club president Dan Reles has agreed to remain on the board as second buildings and grounds director. St. James-Brooklands-Weston Councillor Scott Gillingham was also present for the AGM to lend his support to the community centre. As was former city councillor Jae Eadie, an area resident and a longtime supporter of Bourkevale.

Here is Bourkevale's new board:

Elaine Nystrom - President
Nick Hook - Vice-President/hockey convenor
Scotty Nystrom - 2nd Vice-President
Suzanna Libby - Treasurer
Kim Roffey - Secretary
Gary Kristiansen - Past-president
Tom Brodbeck - Director of Communications
Jeff Valgardson - Buildings and Grounds
Dan Reles - 2nd Buildings and Grounds
Natasha Taiarol - Soccer convenor
Lisa Diamond-Burchuk - 2nd Soccer convenor
Mary Northover-Ramey - Special events coordinator
Joan Templeton - Hall rentals

Feb 15, 2016

Bourkevale Bruins 7/8 hockey team win Tim Vandale Memorial Tournament

Bourkevale 7/8s. Tim Vandale Memorial Tournament champions 2016
Bourkevale's 7/8 hockey team won the Tim Vandale Memorial Tournament Feb.14, with an impressive 5-1 record. It was a strong finish for a team that played four games Sunday to take the championship. Well done Bourkevale! The outdoor tournament took place at Sturgeon Heights Community Centre. The tournament was renamed after Tim Vandale in honour of Tim's tireless contributions to amateur hockey and his years of involvement in the Sturgeon Heights community. For more pics, click here.

Jan 9, 2016

Winnipeg Jets practice at Bourkevale 93-94

The first incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets held a practice at Bourkevale Community Centre's outdoor rinks during the 1993-94 season. This picture was recently donated to us and we're happy to now have it in our possession.
Conspicuous in his absence from the picture was Jets forward Teemu Selanne, who was out with an injury at the time, a severed achilles. Winnipeg Sun staffers Ted Wyman and Kevin King helped us identify the players in this pic. If you have any further info or stories about this practice, including  the identification of the players, please send us a note at bourkevale@gmail.com.

Back row Left to right: Craig Fisher, Darryl Shannon, Mike O'Neill, Dallas Drake, Darrin Shannon, Igor Ulanov, Alexei Zhamnov

Middle row left to right: Wayne McBean, Thomas Steen, Tie Domi

Bottom row left to right: Paul Ysebaert, Dave Manson, Teppo Numminen, Stephane Quintal, Luciano Borsato, Keith Tkachuk, Dean Kennedy, Tim Cheveldae, Randy Gilhen, Nelson Emerson, Kris King, Mike Eagles

Very front: Russ Romaniuk.

Not 100% on Fisher and Ysebaert. Can anybody confirm?

Nov 29, 2015

Bourkevale gets into the Christmas spirit

Santa and Lauren at Bourkevale's children's Christmas party Sunday

Sand Skyscraper performed at Bourkevale's Christmas party.

"Arctic" the Arctic Fox came by for a visit at Bourkevale's Christmas party this year.

Oct 31, 2015

Halloween Howl was a hoot

Bourkevale's Halloween Howl Friday night was a huge success, with over 80 kids attending the annual event.
The music was great, the dancing was superb and a frightening good time was had by all.
A big thanks to all the volunteers who helped decorate the hall and who stayed to clean up.
A special thanks to Dale and Ben for the fantastic job they did spinning the tunes and organizing the games for the kids.
This was community spirit at its best.

Jun 13, 2015

Major projects planned for Bourkevale

Bourkevale Community Centre has big plans!
The club's board of directors has taken the next step towards bringing some exciting new features to the club and refurbishing some of its existing assets. Naturally, these things cost money. And the board has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to seek out grant opportunities, identify what might apply to our club and finally, fill out the lengthy grant applications and get them in prior to deadline.
We have done that and we are now waiting to hear back from the various levels of government.

This initiative is called the Bourkevale Upgrade and Rehabilitation Project and it has three major components.

1) We are planning to rehabilitate both outdoor skating rinks, including re-asphalting the north rink and replacing the boards with more durable puck board. Repaving the north rink - which is about 40 years old, is filled with cracks and is heaving in the middle - is long overdue. The uneven surface has made it very difficult to make ice in the winter. The heaving in the middle of the north rink also reduces the skating season by about three weeks as it causes the ice to melt quicker. Repaving the north rink will also allow for a multitude of activity during the non-snow months, including ball hockey and basketball.

2) Bourkevale is planning to build a new skateboard park. It would be located between the existing play structure and the lawn bowling greens. The skate board park would fill a major void in this part of the city as there are no similar facilities in this part of St. James. The park will be designed for people of all ages. We are very excited about this project! Click here for some examples of skateparks that exist in Winnipeg.

3) The third component of the upgrade project is a plan to build an outdoor bouldering park. The park would be designed for people of all ages and is safe for children. Click here for some examples of what bouldering parks of various sizes look like.

The objective of these projects is to continue to provide area residents with a multitude of active living options for children, teens and adults. If you have any questions or concerns about these projects, please email us at bourkevale@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.


Mar 11, 2015

Calling all concert band musicians!

The sweet sounds of concert band music have been filling the air at Bourkevale Community Centre in recent months, as dozens of local musicians get together weekly to share their love of music. The informal gathering is organized by band leader Howard Mar and others who were looking for a rehearsal hall for their group. The drop-in program has been a smashing success with as many as 30 to 40 players - mostly retired folks - turning out every week to join in on the musical fun. The group meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All are welcome and the drop-in fee is only $1.

Jan 4, 2015

Bourkevale curler goes to junior nationals

From left to right, Beth Peterson (skip), Robyn Njegovan (third), Melissa Gordon (second), Breanne Yozenko (lead) and coach Jack Gordon.
Bourkevale curler Breanne Yozenko and her team won the provincial junior championship Dec. 31 and will be representing Manitoba at the Canadian Junior Curling Championship in Corner Brook Nfld Jan. 24 to Feb. 1. It's a terrific achievement for this group of young women  who have been curling since they were as young as three and four years hold. As a group, Team Peterson has been curling together for the past 10 years.
Yozenko is a member of Bourkevale Community Centre's board of directors and runs the club's canteen. The team will be holding a fundraiser Friday Jan. 9 at the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling or texting 204-226-1793.

Dec 28, 2014

Santa joins up with kids' hockey school for some holiday fun

Santa made an appearance at Bourkevale Community Centre over the holidays to take in some ice time with our kids' hockey school. Apparently ol' St. Nick was pretty good in net.

Dec 8, 2014

Rinks open early this year

Bourkevale's ice rinks opened almost a week earlier than last year. And last year's opening date was a modern-day record. The north and south rinks typically open during the first week of December. But this year, the club officially opened the rinks to the public on Nov. 23. A sustained blast of cold air in November allowed our volunteer ice makers to get an early start on flooding the rinks.

Ice Volunteers
Bourkevale needs volunteers to help clear the ice when there are heavy snowfalls. If you can spare an hour or two from time to time to pitch in, please email us at bourkevale@gmail.com and we'll put your name on our volunteer list. You don't have to come out every time it snows. But if you can help out a few times during the season, it will help take the burden off the same few volunteers who do it every time it snows. We only need two or three volunteers to clear snow at a time. Without volunteers, we would not be able to provide the community with the quality and availability of ice rinks that we do.

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Sep 7, 2014

One of the best Hoedowns ever!

There's no doubt about it - it was a good one. Hoedown 2014 will go down in the books as one of the best in recent years, with great weather, excellent turn-out and smashing live entertainment from local original artists Roger Roger.
The food was great, the beverages were flowing and the kids were never left without something fun to do, from games, bouncers, a gymnastics exhibition, live animals in the skate room (did you see that snake?), the soccer medal award ceremony and of course St. James' best annual fireworks display.
The main reason this Hoedown was one of the best in many years, though, was because of the phenomenal participation of families and local residents. We had one of the best volunteer turn-outs in years, which makes all the difference for these events. A great time was had by all. Please check out our Hoedown Photo Gallery here for some of the images we caught during the day.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer winds down for the season

Bourkevale Bruins had a great season this year. They learned a lot about soccer and mostly, they had plenty of fun. Big thanks to the coaches!
Bourkevale's mini soccer season wrapped up June 26 after another another fun and exciting year. Bourkevale hosted several teams in 2014 and there was plenty of activity on the club's well-groomed soccer fields weekday evenings. Our volunteer ground crew did an exceptional job again maintaining the fields, including grass cutting, weed control and line painting. Without them, and our volunteer coaches and soccer convenor, Bourkevale would not have a soccer program. So remember parents, without your participation, there is no soccer!

May 29, 2014

Brighter nights ahead for south rink

New LED lights went up on the south rink this week.
Bourkevale Community Centre has installed new lights on the south rink, part of a complete overhaul to the club's lighting system this year which is expected to cut energy costs by 40%. New LED lights were installed this week to replace the old street-lamp style lamps that have illuminated the south rink for decades. The sleek, square-shaped LED lights will only use a fraction of the electricity the old lamps consumed and are expected to emit more even lighting. Bourkevale has upgraded all of its lighting, indoor and out, which was funded by a City of Winnipeg Community Centre Renovation Fund grant.

New lights will use a fraction of electricity of old lamps.
Old lamps served the south rink well 

Apr 19, 2014

Bourkevale sets new ice rink record

Bourkevale's ice rinks and skate room set another record this year. Our south rink was open until March 31 in 2014, beating out the previous modern-day record of March 23 set the previous year. The colder-than-average weather allowed the club to open the ice relatively early this season, on Nov. 27. As a result, the rinks were open four straight months, about a month longer than usual.
Meanwhile, Old Man Winter not only brought us record-setting cold temperatures and bone-chilling windchills this season, he also saddled us with frequent and heavy snowfalls, all of which made the business of ice-making and rink maintenance extremely challenging. We'd like to thank our volunteer ice makers Jeff Valgardson and Ron Templeton for their herculean efforts in keeping our rinks clear and in great shape — uninterrupted — for the entire season. Also, a special thanks to Scotty Nystrom and others who helped out with the rinks this year.