CENTURY 21 Advanced Realty
- 1415A Henderson Highway
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3
Businesses have Transcona’s back
A trio of area businesses are paying it forward by making significant contributions to the Transcona Centennial Square project.
The Transcona Business Improvement Zone recently announced that three local businesses contributed $245,000 towards the $2.4 million cost of the project, which is aimed at recognizing the neighbourhood’s 100th anniversary.
The three businesses include Geoff and Regan Archambault of Century 21 Realty, Wyatt Dowling Insurance and New Flyer Industries.
The contributions were part of a major fundraising campaign undertaken by the Transcona BIZ .
BIZ executive director Wendy Galagan said the private sector contributions were welcome additions.
The Archambaults’ contribution will go to toward the cost of a performance pavilion while Wyatt Dowling’s will be used for a community wall of fame. New Flyer’s funding will be used for the Peace Water Fountain.
Regan Archambault said it was important for she and her husband to contribute to the community that has supported their business over the years.
"We’ve been involved in the community for quite some time," she said. "When we were approached with this sponsorship opportunity we were quite happy to get on board with this because it will definitely be an asset to the area and we can’t wait to see it come to life."
Wyatt Dowling president Curtis Wyatt said the decision to contribute to the project was a no-brainer since his father started his insurance business in Transcona 40 years ago.
"Our business was founded 40 years ago directly across the street from the new Transcona Square," he said.
"We’ve remained in this community since then and it seemed only natural to continue to create a safe environment for families to go and enjoy the outdoors as a long standing part of this community."
Galagan said the Centennial Square project will have a lasting impact on the community
"It will be a community gathering site with year-round programming that will offer a location for the business community, residents, organizations and associations to meet and gather to celebrate the community," she said.
Archambault Park Renewal
Archambault Park Renewal in Harbour View South
The construction and redesign is complete in Archambault Park. The only thing we are waiting on is the 2 picnic tables for the picnic shelter. We hope that you enjoy the park and if you do, please drop us a line, we would love to hear from you of what you like with the changes we made.
We are now planning the upgrades in Sunrise park on Shauna Way in Kildonan Estates. Please contact us with any suggestions. We will have a public open house once we get the prelimary desing put together.
Geoff & Regan Archambault
Local couple make contribution to parks
Geoff and Regan Archambault saw a need in their community, and decided to do something about it.
The married couple spent 14 years living in Harbour View South before moving to East St. Paul.
Even though they moved away, they still wanted to give back to the community that was their home for so long. As a result, they decided to improve two parks in the area.
"We always feel a need to give back to the community," Geoff said. "A park is a great place for families to meet and have fun."
The Archambaults have committed $120,000 of their own money to improve Harbour View South Park at the corner of Rutledge Crescent and McLellan Drive. The city is contributing $25,000 while the province will provide an additional $30,000.
Improvements will include a picnic shelter, play structure for younger kids, new benches, 35 new trees, and improved drainage in the swing area.
Work on the project is expected to start in September or October.
"We’re trying to make it more age-friendly. Right now it’s geared towards kids aged six to 12," Regan said.
The park was renamed Archambault Park in June to recognize the family’s contributions to the project.
To celebrate the upcoming renovations, the Archambaults staged a movie screening on July 23.
According to Geoff, 250 residents from the community came out to enjoy the day, which concluded with a screening of Rio.
Area resident Reid Kenyon took in the event, and said the Archambaults are making a much-needed contribution to the community.
"The parks in our area are outdated and in desperate need of a facelift," Kenyon said. "The investment they are providing in improving our parks will enhance the quality of life."
In addition to donating the money to improve the park in Harbour View South, the Archambaults also plan donate $30,000 to upgrade Sunrise Park, located down the street on Shauna Way.
The Sunrise Park upgrade will also receive $20,000 from the city and $10,000 from the Rotary Club of Winnipeg East AM, which Geoff currently serves as president of.
"You can’t wait for someone else to do it," Regan said. "When you see the need and have the means, you should do it."
The couple is hoping that the renovations will entice more people to get outside and enjoy the parks in their neighbourhood.
"It is very important to have parks and recreational offerings for our kids close to home," Kenyon said. "Families will want to spend time together at these parks."
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We feel a strong need to give back, that is why we are involved with as much as we can for the Community.
- We have recently donated $150,000 to 2 City of Winnipeg parks in the Harbour View South and Kildonan Estates neighbourhoods. Visit this link for a Winnipeg Free Press article on the work being done. www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Local-couple-make-contribution-to-parks-126608.html
- Transcona Nationals - Regan is currently on the Board of the Transcona Nationals Footblall club in charge of merchandising and we are both major sponsors of the main field.
- Rotary - Geoff has been very involved with the Winnipeg East Am Rotary Club, and is currently serving as President of the club. View www.winnipegeastamrotary.com for more information on what our club is involved with.
- KIDS Initiative - Geoff is a Director with a new start up organization that is involved with raising funds for Kenya and educating students in Winnipeg about their struggles. Visit www.kidsinitiative.ca for more information.
- Children's Wish - We are supporters of the Children's Wish Foundation and sponsor their annual Shiver Ball. Geoff has recently joined their Board of Directors for their Manitoba/Nunavat Chapter.
- North End Family Centre- We have supported this great organization for a few years now and are an annual sponsor of their fall supper.
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