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As sure as spring, another sign of
the impending finale of another year at Norquay School is the annual Run with
the Chiefs event.
The chiefs in this case are former
MLA Kevin Chief, who started the event ten years ago, and Winnipeg Police Chief
Danny Smyth. Chief Smyth runs in the footsteps of former chiefs of police Keith
McCaskill and Devon Clunis, who also participated in years past.
“We’ve always said that you have to
feel safe and feel proud of your neighbourhood, and having the Winnipeg Police
come out with us and celebrate is great,” Mr. Chief said. “They are there with
us through our most difficult times, but they are also here with us today to
help us celebrate. We’re very lucky to have Chief Smyth and the Winnipeg Police
Service supporting us.”
The two chiefs were joined on June
8 by Mayor Brian Bowman, WSD Trustee Arlene Reid, students, staff and a large
group of volunteers to make for a great run in the sun.
“This is a great day to be out with
these kids,” Chief Smyth said. “It really is about the community. There are
people helping to run this event that ran in the original run 10 years ago, so
it’s nice to see that cycle.”
The event was made possible with
partnerships with WASAC (the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sports Achievement Centre),
Lafarge Canada (who have had an ongoing volunteer relationship with Norquay for
many years), Winnipeg Police Service, Point Douglas seniors and other community
“I always say Norquay School is the
heartbeat of the North Point Douglas community,” said Principal Leslie Last. “I
can’t imagine not having Run with the Chiefs here, it’s all about community
spirit and having everyone involved. We really are blessed to have so many
people supporting this community.”