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Community Centre volunteers recognized at award banquet

Volunteers from 63 community centres in Winnipeg were recognized for their valuable contributions on November 16.

Held at Chalmers Community Centre, the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres’ Above & Beyond Volunteer Awards Banquet awarded the volunteers for their “commitment in a variety of quality recreational opportunities that encourage participation and the adoption of a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Among the awardees was Joseph ‘Joe’ Reynante of Tyndall Community Centre. Kuya Joe played a critical role in establishing Tyndall CC’s Seniors 55+ Fitness Program. Three years ago, he reached out to Tyndall CC and led the development of the program, encouraging participants and finding instructors. There are currently over 40 seniors who enjoy activities such Zumba, yoga, line dancing and stretch/strength classes. Retired from work now for five years, Kuya Joe is there every day, organizing the program for the community centre.

“I enjoy helping people, especially the seniors,” Joe said.

Besides his volunteer work at Tyndall CC, Kuya Joe is also an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church as a Tagalog mass minister and hospitality member. In the summer, he bikes as a hobby, going over 1,000 km per season. He also loves spending time with family.

JOE REYNANTE 3rd from left

Kuya Joe Reynante (front, third from left) with the Zumba Gold group.