Inner-city students awarded scholarships at UWinnipeg

University of Winnipeg students Andreah Anterola and Ruth Mesgna have joined the ranks of students to be assisted by the Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarships in Memory of Injured and Fallen Officers, which supports students from high schools in the North End and Downtown Winnipeg. The two were awarded the scholarships at the start of the school year this fall.
“Having the privilege to be awarded this scholarship will not only help relieve the financial strain, but also assist me in furthering my university career,” says Anterola, a pre-medicine student in her fourth year at UWinnipeg.
She plans to become a doctor that specializes in oncology. “Thanks to Winnipeg Police Service’s generosity, I will be able to focus more on my academics, community service and leadership involvement. I hope to be able to repay this gift through my excellence in all my future endeavours.”
Anterola is enjoying her UWinnipeg experience. “I appreciate the close interaction between professors and their students as well as between students… My UWinnipeg experience has helped me focus on what is important in life – that is, the attainment of proper education.”

Ruth Mesgna.
Ruth Mesgna.

Like Anterola, Mesgna has no plans to stop once she receives her undergraduate degree. The biochemistry student says she enjoys her field of study, and plans to pursue graduate studies and obtain a PhD.
“I think it’s a wonderful scholarship that has helped – and continues to help students in the inner-city,” explains Mesgna. “I really like that UWinnipeg is close by and I’m very familiar with the campus, which has helped me adjust to university life that much easier.”
Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis believes the scholarship is a vital part of the police service’s work. “As chief of police I truly believe that providing young people with access to education is a vital part in being a good community partner.”
The first Winnipeg Police Service Opportunity Scholarships were awarded in 2012, and since then, the scholarships have helped seven unique students from the inner-city.
The $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually and are renewable annually, with the intention that students receive scholarship support throughout their university degrees.
For more information on scholarships and awards at UWinnipeg, visit

Labourers: a doorway to all the trades

When it comes to joining a trade, not all candidates have a specific skilled trade in mind that they would like to pursue. The job of a general labourer can provide an insight to joining another skilled trade, as they all depend on general labourers to help fulfill tasks in the construction industry.
Working alongside other skilled tradesmen and women, you will gain an understanding of the many attributes that it takes to specialize in one trade or another. It should be noted that the labourers trade does offer its own apprenticeships and the opportunity to become Red Seal certified.
In Manitoba, labourers work in industrial, institutional and commercial construction sites and also on road building, masonry, hydro and pipeline construction projects.
Looking forward, Manitoba has many projects either underway or set to begin that will require construction labourers. Those include new pipeline work, road building and rebuilding, and new hydro dam projects. Continue reading Labourers: a doorway to all the trades

Millennials are in love with images of perfection – at a cost

Young Money - Vanessa Kunderman
Young Money – Vanessa Kunderman

We millennials seem to be accustomed to thinking we have no money. We always feel a smidge tight. And, for many of us, if we missed just one paycheque, we’d be calling mom and dad for help.
But are we really that broke?
Millennials have spending habits that are toxic and they don’t even realize it. How many times per week do you buy tall, skinny vanilla lattes? How much do your yoga classes cost, plus the lululemon pants and yoga mat? How much do you spend at fancy restaurants in a month?
According to Starbucks, 40 per cent of its consumers are 18 to 24, and 50 per cent are 25 to 40. That’s a whole hearty chunk of millennials spending on coffee. And, according to Demand Media, Starbucks’ young adult audience grows 4.6 per cent per year.
Time Magazine says 42 per cent of millennials visit upscale casual dining restaurants at least once a month, and that thanks to the rise in food culture among young people, this demographic is spending 25 per cent of its paycheques on fine cuisine.
Long gone are the days of Easy Mac and Kool-Aid.
In an age in which publicizing much of our lives is normal, millennials operate at the core of this movement. We covet people who appear to have ideal Instagram lives, eating stunning exotic food and travelling the globe. We are so inundated by images of this imagined lifestyle that naturally, we want it for ourselves.
Taking a picture of a sad can of Campbell’s soup for dinner isn’t nearly as exciting.
It sounds stupid, but this generation cares about how it looks in the digital world. The Internet is its way of painting the picture of the life it wants. Even when curled up in our fat sweats, ignoring the unopened bills on the counter, we’re editing the snappy photo we took on our trip to Toronto last weekend.
It’s only when millennials begin to think about their lifestyles in a different way that they can put into perspective just how much money they have.
Why is it so bad if you have to buy your new IKEA couch next month, or the month after, instead of today?
Why is it so bad if you have to skip out on this week’s dinner date and cook at home? Why is it so bad if you press your own coffee tomorrow morning instead of having a barista do it for you?
Reexamine your lifestyle and sincerely evaluate if you’re really that hard done by – or if you’re just addicted to luxury.
Vanessa Kunderman writes every month on money issues facing millennials. Email her at

Table for One

Twist Me Toned - Tannis Miller
Twist Me Toned – Tannis Miller

Entering a new week and combating a bit of post-summer blues, Ainsley (my business partner) and I were sitting and chatting over coffee one morning while creating new Twist Me Toned (TMT) plans. We entered the age-old topic of how tough it can be to stay eating healthfully, especially during a season of hearty comfort foods and the cravings for warm, sugary drinks.
We got to thinking: we’re constantly providing advice and meal planning for women with families, but what about the single gals or those who live on their own?
We have found that we’re constantly teaching and preaching tips and tactics to stay focused on goals while juggling a busy household with crazy schedules, but very seldom touch upon the struggles of fitness and lifestyle goals in singledom.
You’ve heard it all: cook in big batches, make Tupperware your best friend, cut and wash all veggies ahead of time – you know the spiel, there’s nothing new to see here.
Except there is. With all of those tips being entirely useful, it can sometimes be less than convenient to always keep the refrigerator fully stocked, especially if you’ve only got one mouth to feed.
As we’ve all learned the hard way, the “enjoy fresh” window for veggies is limited to only a couple days, and avocados turn black faster than you can decide on what to do with them. You’re then forced to wonder if you can get away with freezing them for that paleo banana muffin recipe from Pinterest you’ve saved because you cringe at the idea of throwing away food. Continue reading Table for One

UWinnipeg Bike Lab hosts forum with election hopefuls

By Megan Benedictson

While the weather put a wrench in plans to have civic election candidates experience what it feels like to ride a mile along someone else’s route, the ElectionCycle: Accessing UWinnipeg and Downtown did manage to successfully draw attention to several serious challenges.
The event was the brainchild of staff and volunteers with the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) Bike Lab, an award-winning community bicycle facility located on the university’s downtown campus.
“Winnipeg’s cycling community is growing stronger every day, and we need civic leadership that can respond to this shift in how people get from A to B,” says Bike Lab advocacy coordinator Jacob Nikkel. “It’s vital to hear how candidates will support active transportation, especially considering the positive impact it can have on the health of people and the environment.”
Initially, Nikkel and his team invited candidates for the bike ride to be followed by a discussion, but faced with a rainy weather forecast the day before the event, organizers quickly assembled a detailed photographic tour of bike routes cyclists must use to reach The University of Winnipeg. And so as rain fell across the campus, candidates gathered inside a boardroom to explore the obstacles along Nikkel’s virtual tour: difficult road crossings, pseudo-bike lanes that disappear without warning, and – you guessed it – potholes. Continue reading UWinnipeg Bike Lab hosts forum with election hopefuls