Tuxedo LBC is proud to highlight the Senate recognition of member George Ames. George and his canine cohort recently travelled to Ottawa where they were awarded the Canada 150 Senate Medal for their almost 2500 hours of public service in Winnipeg. Rusty is featured in the story below, however it is George who is the real hero of the story. It’s a story of great giving, kindness, sacrifice and humanity. You can see below that he and Rusty provide a much needed and exceptional service to our community. George is also an active member of our club, a great bowler, and a good guy. We salute you George. Bravo!!!!
Charleswood’s 14 year old “rescue dog” Rusty, is still at work 3 afternoons a week at St. Boniface Hospital.
As part of that hospital’s pet therapy program , Rusty is one of about 10 active dogs that comfort patients, their families and staff. He is into his 9th year working at the hospital, and has become very well known in Winnipeg due to his long time service, his trademark glasses, and social media who widely broadcast his teddy bear face.
He was recently awarded, along with his owner/handler, George Ames, a Canada 150 Senate Medal for his almost 2500 hours of dog therapy service in Winnipeg.
Rusty started out doing nursing home visits as well as accompanying his owner with food bank and ESL volunteering work. But his greatest impact has been at the hospital level with extensive palliative care visiting, as well as front lobby greeting work, where he can comfort and entertain a large number of people who seem to really enjoy his presence.
Rusty’s face will adorn the 2017 Christmas card of the St. Boniface Hospital
Foundation. That fund raising foundation supports cardiac research and care, neonatal facilities, cancer and depression treatment, all at their highly respected local hospital. Rusty urges you to become a needed donor.
Tuxedo LBC will host its annual Christmas dinner on Saturday Dec 9th at 6 pm. Our executive and volunteers invite you to come and join us in this celebration of seasonal – fun, food, and fellowship. The menu includes: appetizers, ham, turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, butter, desserts, dainties, punch, and more. Please let Sandra know by Wednesday, Dec. 6 if you plan to attend. In addition to the meal there will be wine and punch, pen and pencil games with prizes and carol singing. We will be decorating the club house on Friday, December 8 starting at 1:30. All are welcome to lend a helping hand.
On Saturday Oct, 07 long time Tuxedo member Maurice Van Walleghem will be honoured by Bowls Manitoba and will receive an award in recognition of his enduring commitment and contribution to bowls in Manitoba. Morris, as he is known, has long been a champion of junior bowls and is famous for his annual fundraising corn roasts. Maurice can be proud of his playing record as well, having won many provincial championships including the men’s fours event upward of 15 times. Manitoba is proud of Maurice and his exemplary record of support and achievement. Many thanks go out to his lovely wife Cecile who is equally loved in our bowls community. Bravo!
The Tuxedo Lawn Bowls Club will host the 2017 season wind-up on Saturday, Oct 21st at 1 pm. This get together will begin with a pizza meal, followed by the annual general meeting and prize presentations. More info to follow.
Congratulations to Tuxedo’s Jerome Kirby, he is the 2017 Canadian Open Singles Champion! Congratulations also to BC bowler Mary Wright who won women’s gold medal.
As many of you know Winnipeg is hosting the 2017 Canadian Open Singles Championships at Norwood and 1212 Dakota this week. In total there are more than 40 men and women vying for the title of Canadian Champion. Singles play, like 4’s, is rarely played at the clubs. Many members never experience singles, or even see it. Well now you have the chance. Sports Canada TV is live streaming many of the matches and you can view live streamed games at this link.
Bowls Canada has an event web page that can be viewed at this link. It has complete listing of the schedule, participants, results, and standings. Click on over and have a look. There are two entries from Tuxedo LBC this year, Brian Kullman and Jerome Kirby. We wish them all the best!