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Cold City Warm Hearts 2024

Children from Rossbrook House and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) gathered at FortWhyte Alive on February 21 for their own special winter party.   The smiles were endless as one hundred children played outdoor Arctic games, went snowshoeing, had a bannock bake over an open fire and gleefully soared down the toboggan run.   “We come together as a community to build relationships through experiences and outdoor activities,” said Rossbrook House Executive Director Patty Mainville. “Thanks to our friends at FortWhyte Alive and generous donors we can gather with our neighbours from IRCOM to experience all the
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Cold City Warm Hearts

It all began in 2017.   For four years in a row, the children of Rossbrook House and IRCOM gathered for one evening of classic winter fun at FortWhyte Alive! It was a winter party we called “Cold City, Warm Hearts”. The intention was to show our neighbours at IRCOM that winter can be fun.     In 2017, Rossbrook House Executive Director, Phil Chiappetta said: “In previous years, we’ve invited our friends at IRCOM, otherwise known as the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, to across cultures events, sharing traditional foods, music and dance together. That’s always been
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Winter Fun!

For the past 4 Februarys, (excluding 2021) Rossbrook House and IRCOM (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba) have met up at FortWhyte Alive for a winter party we call “Cold City, Warm Hearts”.   The idea came out of wanting to show Winnipeg newcomers that winter can be tons of fun. The delighted squeals, laughter and smiles keep everyone warm as they take part in a bannock bake, learn to snowshoe, go down the thrilling toboggan run and get tossed in the Inuit blanket toss. Winter Fun is at the max! FortWhyte Alive generously opens their doors for a
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Cold City Warm Hearts 2020

    For the fourth year in a row, FortWhyte Alive generously opened their doors for a fun evening in February to 100 youngsters from Rossbrook House and Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM). We once again celebrated winter with “Cold City, Warm Hearts”. The elementary school-age children from IRCOM and Rossbrook took part in a bonfire and bannock bake, Inuit and Voyageur games, plus snowshoeing and the thrilling toboggan run.   Thank you to the staff at FortWhyte Alive and all of their wonderful volunteers! “We truly believe that connecting people with nature is essential to overall
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Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring

The cold winter months are behind us (barely) and the warmer, longer days are here! In spite of the cold, the snowy days provide a lot of fun to any day.     No matter what season we’re in, the participants at Rossbrook House always have a variety of things to do to keep busy. From regular programming and activities, to van rides and other outings, plus just hanging out, and making your own fun!   Check out the link to see a little of what we did this past winter at Rossbrook House. Click here to view the Winter
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#ColdCityWarmHearts

For the third year in a row, FortWhyte Alive, Rossbrook House and Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) shared a special evening at FortWhyte Alive to celebrate winter for an evening of play and friendship. “Sharing experiences together, especially fun ones, builds relationships and community and that is what this event is all about”, said Rossbrook House Executive Director Phil Chiappetta.  “Rossbrook and IRCOM know the power of seemingly simple exchanges to change perspectives and free us from fears of the unknown.”      #ColdCityWarmHearts has become an annual winter tradition. The delighted squeals, laughter and smiles keep us all
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Winter was a BLAST!

There’s always a lot going on at Rossbrook House. In addition to the Cold City Warm Hearts event, the children and youth had a very busy Winter with donated tickets to hockey games, plus, the Winter Games that includes the ever-popular blanket toss with medals and a meal,
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