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Kinettes donate to Opasquia Trails project


The Pas Kinettes have made a substantial donation towards building the Grace Lake Boardwalk. Kinette President, Kristal Gluska, and Kinette members Val Uffelman and Teresa Roberts met with Opasquia Trails Board Chair, Heather Perchaluk, and presented a cheque for $5,000. Each year, Kin members across Canada can nominate fellow members for commendation letters from the National President which recognizes their dedication and hard work to the Association. At the Kin Canada National Convention in 2019 in Nanaimo, all of the recipients of commendation letters had their names entered into a draw for the Possibility Project Fund. Val Uffelman was fortunate to have her name drawn and was awarded $2500 on behalf of The Pas Kinettes. Although The Pas Kinette Club received the funding, it was Val’s responsibility to determine how the funds would be spent. At a recent meeting, Val chose to donate the funds to the Opasquia Trails Boardwalk with a matching donation from The Pas Kinette Club. A Kinette member sits on the board for Opasquia Trails and Teresa Roberts has been the representative for the Club.
“The goal of Kin Canada is to Serve a Community’s Greatest Need” stated President Gluska, “we see this project as one that is necessary for our community, and are proud to support it”.
“We are excited that the Kinettes have come on board” commented Heather Perchaluk. “They are the first major service club to donate to the boardwalk and we appreciate their leadership”
In the past year Opasquia Trails has raised over $350,000 towards the project with the hopes of starting construction in the spring of 2021. Total project costs are close to $700,000
“The Kinettes always look to projects that serve the community”, commented Teresa Roberts, Past President of the Club, “The boardwalk will be a focal point for recreation, environmental studies and tourism for our area, and we are proud to support that”
The Pas Kinettes, a member of Kin Canada, was formed in 2018 and consists of women dedicated to making a difference in their community.
Kin Canada is the only all-Canadian service organization made up of dedicated member volunteers who serve their community’s greatest need through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects. Since its founding, Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs across Canada have contributed more than $1 billion to Canadian communities and disaster relief programs beyond our borders.
Opasquia Trails completed a master plan for an interpretative boardwalk and trail on Grace Lake. This board walk will start at the Kelsey Watershed District Office and end approx. 400 meters north at a boreal discovery trail.
The trail will not impact or be near any residential development along Ralls Island. The trail will be an added attraction to the area and will be used by residents as an end point for existing walking paths and trails. A recent one hour survey identified 45 different species of birds in the area.
In addition to birds and mammals, numerous species of aquatic species, both vertebrates and invertebrates inhabit the lake making the boardwalk an important avenue for showing the value of these species to our environment.
Opasquia Trails is a non-profit organization dedicated to building educational and recreational trails near The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. Members of the organization come from government, education, service groups and interested citizens.