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Stars on ice

Dufferin School's Hockey/Learn to Skate Program recently completed its sixth tremendously successful year.

Organizers say that accomplishing such incredible success comes directly from a community-based approach. ‎Winnipeg Police Service and Police Cadets have partnered with Dufferin School, Hugh John MacDonald junior high, the City of Winnipeg, the Freight House and numerous community volunteers to run the program. Equipment is donated through the generosity of many corporate donors, local businesses and community members.

Photo: Dufferin students and volunteers pose for the camera on ice level at Pioneer Arena.

The main goal of the program, which takes place Wednesdays throughout the school year at Pioneer Arena, is to keep youth engaged in a positive, healthy atmosphere.

The Dufferin Hockey/Learn to Skate Program is aimed primarily at students between the ages of 5 and 13. Among the 95 students taking part are many who are new to Canada.

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On March 14, all of the programs partners—students, community volunteers, Dufferin School staff, Hugh John MacDonald staff, members of the Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Police Cadets and community leaders—all took part in a parade from Dufferin School to Pioneer Arena.

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A celebratory ice jamboree followed, with students taking part in drills, a skating obstacle course and an exhibition hockey game between students and Winnipeg Police Service constables and cadets.

All of the Dufferin Hockey/Learn to Skate participants received medals donated by Tim Horton's, and everyone also enjoyed food and refreshments at the event.

It was the perfect wind-up to another great year of showing that whether its students or community members, we all really do "Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk."

With files from Winnipeg Police Service.

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