Apr 10, 2021

Bike tune-up day at Bourkevale


Looking for some tips on how to tune up your bicycle for the season? Bourkevale is hosting a one-day community bike tune-up session on May 2 on the north rink. This is a great opportunity to learn more about keeping your bike in top shape for the season and to help promote cycling in our community. The session will be run by The WRENCH. Outdoor gathering limits will be followed.

What: Community bike tune-up workshop

When: Sunday May 2

Time: 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: North Rink

There is no cost to this event. Bourkevale is covering the expenses. Donations can be made to The WRENCH at the event.

Mar 17, 2021

Soccer registration now open

The season will proceed with a tentative start date by the end of May (based on Government COVID outdoor sport regulations).

This year ‘All players’ must register on the MSA website to be recognized as a sanctioned player prior to registering through the sanctioned community club.  

This year this MSA fee is removed from the yearly community club player registration cost.

Upon completion of the community club registration an email for payment collection will follow with confirmation of the season.  A payment due date will be set for community club player registration fees.

The other community clubs (Bordaire, Woodhaven to be confirmed) will be scheduled to play against Bourkevale (travel both ways).  Teams will be formed based on player interest.

Please download the registration form below and email to nstconway@shaw.ca


Mar 15, 2021

Bourkevale working on reopening plan

Bourkevale hosted several minor league hockey teams this season
Bourkevale Community Centre is still closed due to the pandemic, but the club is ready – and eager – to reopen as soon as public health orders allow.

Like most public facilities, Bourkevale will likely reopen gradually, beginning with some limited programming and, if all goes well in the coming months, a return to regular operations.

Although the club’s indoor facilities have been closed since the first pandemic lockdown in the spring of 2020, there has been a lot of activity at the club.

Bourkevale’s volunteer board members continue to hold monthly meetings, which have been virtual since the fall. The club’s finances remain in excellent shape. While the centre has lost some programming and hall rental revenues over the past year, those have been partially offset by reduced expenditures, such as lower cleaning, canteen and utility costs. Bourkevale continues to receive its regular operating grants from the City of Winnipeg. The board also applied for and received $15,000 in grants from the Manitoba government’s Bridge Grant program.

Bourkevale is operated entirely by volunteers and has no employees. As a result, there were no layoffs.

The club’s buildings and grounds are inspected daily by our volunteer board members to ensure the facility is secure and heating and plumbing remain in good working order. Regular inspections by city and fire officials continue as normal.

Outdoors, the club had one of its busiest winter seasons in recent memory. Our volunteer crew was ready as soon as the province allowed outdoor ice rinks to open. To comply with public health orders, the board had outdoor signs printed to inform skaters of their responsibility to follow social distancing rules. The regulations were also posted on our website and our outdoor electronic sign.

With indoor arenas closed for the season and some outdoor rinks unable to open, Bourkevale’s rinks were well used. The club provided scheduled ice time for several minor hockey teams to practice and play exhibition games, at no cost. The highlight was the U18 Female Winter Classic on Feb. 28, a match between the Winnipeg Avros and the St. Mary’s Academy Flames.  

Bourkevale’s executive also worked closely over the winter with the construction company contracted to do sewer upgrades on Ferry Road and Assiniboine Avenue to ensure the public had easy access to Bourkevale Park during the winter. The club worked with the company to construct a redirect path to accommodate walkers and cyclists.

When public orders allow, Bourkevale will be ready to open its doors again for programming such as yoga, pattern dancing and concert band, as well as hall rentals. The board has formed a sub-committee to develop a reopening plan that will incorporate new safety measures that comply with public heath orders. Our primary goal will be the safety of everyone who uses the club.

The date and format of our annual general meeting will be announced soon.

Bourkevale looks forward to unveiling its reopening plans. The board will inform the community in advance when indoor programming resumes and when renters can start booking events again in the hall. As always, please email us at bourkevale@gmail.com for comments, concerns, or ideas. The board always welcomes community input. Until then, stay safe and enjoy the outdoors.

Feb 28, 2021

U18 Female Winter Classic at Bourkevale


Bourkevale was proud to host several teams for practices and exhibition games in February. It was a tough season for minor hockey, with indoor arenas closed due to the pandemic. Bourkevale was able to provide ice time to several teams.
The ice season ended on a high note as Bourkevale hosted the Winter Classic Female U18 between the Winnipeg Avros and the St. Mary's Academy Flames. It was a memorable evening.

Jan 7, 2021

Temporary redirect at Bourkevale

 

Construction at the end of Ferry Road impacted the community's use of an active transportation path and the local off-leash dog park. Both are very busy! Bikes, school kids, seniors and neighbors all use them.

There was no plan to accommodate the daily users of these areas and a makeshift detour over curbs, through bushes and around the back of buildings, complete with handwritten signs were put up by a well-meaning construction worker.

The volunteers at Bourkevale identified the community concerns and worked with managers from the City of Winnipeg and TetraTech to develop a safe, marked path around the construction, but still connecting the neighbourhood as well as access to the dog park via Douglas Park Road.

Signage and path markers clearly show where we can all safely walk or ride for the next several weeks. This is a great example of how community centres have a role to play as advocates for the neighbourhoods they are in.






Jan 2, 2021

Rinks in top shape at Bourkevale

 
 Thanks to all the volunteers who helped get the ice in this year. It was a late start but after about 40 floods, Bourkevale had its rinks ready before Christmas. A big thanks to the volunteers who clean and maintain the rinks every day.

Oct 24, 2020

Pickleball in October

What do you do during a pandemic on a Saturday afternoon when it's -2 C out? You play pickleball outdoors, of course, on the north rink at Bourkevale Community Centre. That's what this hearty group from Winnipeg West Pickleball was up to on Oct. 24.

Sep 16, 2020

Bourkevale Community Centre continues to thrive during pandemic


Bourkevale Community Centre's indoor facilities may have been largely closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there was plenty of activity at the club outdoors during the spring and summer months. You may have noticed daily pickleball games on the north rink, one of the fastest growing sports in North America. Bourkevale is now home to Winnipeg West Pickleball, which has over 100 members and plays on six freshly-painted courts at the club. With the help of two grants from the City of Winnipeg and a financial contribution from Bourkevale, the club has purchased nets and other equipment for WWP and granted the organization exclusive access to the north rink for games, practices and tournaments from Monday-Saturday between 9 am and 2 pm.

It was also a busy spring and summer for youth soccer at the club. Several games a week (and many practices) were held on Bourkevale's 3/4 field on the west-side grounds. Bourkevale continues to be an active member of the St. Charles Soccer Association and the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association.
Meanwhile, a local branch of Beaver Scouts (Scouts Canada) is using the club's north rink for outdoor, weekly meetings. The Beavers have scheduled their annual "buggy race" at the club for Saturday Sept. 26, beginning at 2 pm. Bourkevale has also been hosting St. James-Assiniboia Minor Hockey Association's monthly board meetings.

One of the most valuable assets of the club is the ability of the community to use its grounds on a casual basis, which we saw in spades this year; from ball hockey games, rollerblading and basketball on the north rink, to karate classes and other fitness activity on our sprawling greenspace (not to mention daily use of the club's play structure). Undaunted by the constraints of the pandemic, at least one concert band took to the outdoors during the summer and serenaded the community from our front yard with wonderful evenings of fun, toe-taping live music.

Bourkevale held its annual general meeting Sept. 10. The community centre is excited to welcome several new volunteer board members and many returning ones, including our new president Daevid Ramey, vice-president Scott Nystrom, and hall rental assistant Cassandra Zibell. We would like to thank outgoing president Dan Reles for his many years of service and his unwavering commitment to Bourkevale Community Centre.

Bourkevale's board continues to monitor and follow public health orders regarding COVID-19. There are plans to begin re-opening the club's indoor facilities on a limited basis in the fall. Unfortunately, owing to wide-ranging public health orders that require the club to adhere to social distancing rules and other requirements, it will be some time before the club is fully operational again. Nevertheless, we are making the best of it and Bourkevale continues to be a thriving  and important part of our community. 

If you have an idea for the club, would like to attend one of our monthly board meetings or just want to send us a note, please email us at bourkevale@gmail.com. We are always eager to hear from community members and count on your support and participation to ensure the longevity of the club.




Jun 7, 2020

Pickleball comes to Bourkevale

Bourkevale Community Centre is proud to announce that it is the new home for Winnipeg West Pickleball. WWPB (an affiliate of Pickleball Manitoba) will be playing outdoors on the club's north rink, which was recently painted with new court lines. All information about the new program can be found at winnipegwestpickleball.club

Aug 29, 2019

Playgroup runs Tuesdays

Bourkevale's Playgroup is an informal drop-in for pre-school children and their parents or guardians that meets once a week for playtime and socialization. This is a great way to meet new friends and get to know your neighbours. It's especially nice to have a warm place to hang out when the weather turns cold! The club has toys and mats for kids.
What: Playgroup
When: Tuesdays 9-11 am
Where: Main hall, 100 Ferry Road
Cost: Free
**Postponed due to COVID-19**


Aug 26, 2019

Yoga every Tuesday




Tuesdays 7-8 pm

Where: Main hall, 100 Ferry Road
Cost: $5 drop-in fee for each class

**Postponed due to COVID-19**

Feb 18, 2019

Apuckalypse Now tournament a great success


Apuckalypse Now held its 8th Annual Tournament at Bourkevale Community Centre on Feb. 16. The fundraiser for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba drew over 100 people.

Feb 9, 2019

Music fills the hall at Bourkevale


The Friday Morning Concert Band gets together, you guessed it, every Friday morning at the club to play some wonderful music.

Dec 9, 2018

Elaine's Scrapbooking at Bourkevale

Elaine’s Scrapbooking Workshops at Bourkevale Community Centre
Are you overwhelmed with photos in boxes or on computers and hard drives?  Need time and space to work on your photos and your memories?  I have been helping busy people to preserve their pictures and memories for over 10 years!

I provide monthly (sometimes twice a month) workshops from September to June where you can work on preserving your photos and your stories.  These workshops are held at Bourkevale Community Centre.  No pressure to be creative – I support all scrapbooking styles from simple to decorative and from traditional to digital too!  Card makers and other crafters welcome too!

If you are coming to me for the first time – you can come for FREE!  Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Contact me for upcoming dates and pricing.

Whether you have boxes or hard drives filled with printed photos or thousands of digital images to sort through, I have a solution for you! Whatever your needs, I can help you get started or re-motivated today!

Elaine Hepburn
Creative Memories Advisor & Forever Executive Ambassador
204-981-7876

Dec 8, 2018

Rose's Scrapbooking at Bourkevale

Rose's scrapbooking Crops/Scrapper's Club/Weekend Retreats
Held every month (from September to May)

Two-day Monthly crops/scrapper's club (Friday and Saturday)
Bi-yearly Weekend retreats

First time? Come for free! If you bring a friend, you both come for free! Workshops dedicated to preserving your family stories and memories. Can add a per-designed layout to your class. A great place to share ideas and work alongside others. We have a very welcoming group of scrappers that come each month. Traditional and digital scrapbooking. All kinds of crafting including card making.


All workshops at Bourkevale Community Centre, 100 Ferry Road.

Rose Bogoslowski
204-864-2800

Jun 18, 2018

Bourkevale's Bike to Work Day pit stop a great success

Cyclists, including Mayor Brian Bowman, stopped by Bourkevale's
pit stop Monday for snacks, refreshments and prizes.
For the sixth consecutive year, Bourkevale Community Centre hosted a Bike to Work Day pit stop on Monday, June 18. Turn-out was great with lots of people stopping by for snacks, refreshments and prizes. We had 80 cyclists come through our pit stop, which we believe is the most we've ever had. We also had more kids come through on bikes than ever before. We'd like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this event happen.


Bourkevale Community Centre would also like to thank the
following local businesses for making the pit stop possible:

Advance Conditioning
High Tea Bakery
IDA Silver Heights Pharmacy
Olympia Cycle
Portage Family Foods
Sargent Sundae
The Burger Place
Underworld Scuba & Sport
Vandenberg's Fine Jewellery
YMCA-YWCA Winnipeg Downtown

To learn more about Bike Week Winnipeg, click here.

Sep 10, 2017

Another great Hoedown

The Millennium Big Band performs at Bourkevale's annual Hoedown Sept. 9. The event was another great success. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this year's Hoedown such a great event.

Jun 24, 2017

Bike to Work Day pit stop big success

Bourkevale was one of many official pit stops around the city for Winnipeg's Bike to Work Day Friday June 23. About 25 riders stopped by en route to their destinations. Among them was Winnipeg's Mayor Brian Bowman and local Coun. Scott Gillingham. A big thanks to Mary and family and Kim for organizing the event.
Mayor Brian Bowman (l) and more than 20 other riders dropped by Bourkevale's Bike to Work Day pit stop Friday.
Coun. Scott Gillingham was among about two dozen cyclists who stopped by Bourkevale's pit stop Friday.

Apr 24, 2017

Bourkevale honours its longest serving volunteer

Past-president Gary Kristiansen and Joan Templeton at
Bourkevale's April 13 Annual General Meeting
Joan Templeton began volunteering at Bourkevale in the 1960s, when her son was four and when community centres in Winnipeg were the social hubs of most neighbourhoods. Nearly half a century and literally thousands of volunteer hours later, Joan is finally relinquishing her duties.
The mother of two and grandmother of four began her volunteer career at Bourkevale - when the club was barely 20 years old - as a member of the ladies' auxiliary, which in those days were the chief operators of Winnipeg community centres. Joan took on a number of responsibilities at the club throughout the years, including canteen duties, the social committee and hall rental coordinator, a position she held until this month and one which she performed dutifully and with the kind of loyalty that keeps volunteer-based community clubs alive.
Joan is undoubtedly one of the longest serving volunteers of any community centre in the city, having given some 48 continuous years of her time, energy and passion to the club.  She has not only "given back" to her community, she has helped make it what it is today; a close-knit, family-oriented group of area residents with a strong sense of collegiality.
Joan will be missed, but we know she'll still be around to help out with the odd event. Thank you Joan for your years of unwavering service to the community.

Nov 27, 2016

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. 

Sep 11, 2016

Hoedown video 2016

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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.