Students at Minnetonka School will have a new play structure to explore in the coming weeks thanks to funding from City of Winnipeg St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes, The Winnipeg Foundation, Western Financial Insurance, and fundraising from the Minnetonka Parent Advisory Council.
On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Minnetonka Parent Advisory Council hosted a sod turning event to kick off the construction of the new play structure and thank donors and dignitaries for their support. Councillor Mayes contributed $17,000 from his ward funds to the project, while the Winnipeg Foundation kicked in $10,000 and Western Financial Insurance contributed $5,000 to the project. The Minnetonka Parent Advisory Council fundraised the remaining $3,000.
School Trustees Sandy Nemeth and Chris Sigurdson as well as Assistant Superintendent Lisa Aitken rolled up their sleeves to kick off the sod turning event, while Elder Jules Lavallee performed a Land Blessing with support from Corey Kapilik, Coordinator of Indigenous Education for the Louis Riel School Division.
The new play structure replaces an old city structure that was removed a number of years ago. The sod turning and land blessing event were part of the larger Minnetonka Parent Advisory Council's annual year-end barbeque.
A special thanks to Principal Lisa Lewis and Minnetonka parents for their hard work in helping to bring this new structure to students, parents, and the wider community.
(Top photo, from left:) Principal Lisa Lewis, Trustee Sandy Nemeth (Vice-Chair of the School Board), Kim Petrash-Nault, Western Financial Insurance employee and Minnetonka Parent, Trustee Chris Sigurdson (Chair of the School Board), Assistant Superintendent Lisa Aitken, Councillor Brian Mayes and son, and Debra Naaykens (PAC Chair).