Sunday, February 15, 2015

Celebrate with JCI at the Festival du Voyageur

JCI Winnipeg joins the CCFSB Kitchen Party to launch the Festival du Voyageur
The annual Festival du Voyageur kicked-off last Wednesday with the CCFSB’s Kitchen Party, and so began our second year of JCI Winnipeg’s involvement with Western Canada’s largest winter festival.

The CCFSB’s networking lunch was attended by VP Jennifer Donovan-Faubert, Danelle Hueging, Past President Marketing and Sponsorship, Simon Méthot, Director of Communications and Neder Hedfi, newly added member. Altogether, we were close to 150 business people gathered to launch this year’s Festival du Voyageur. The highlight, as it is every year, was the Toast to the Voyageur, which involves a shot of Caribou for everyone in attendance. 

Take a look at the CCFSB’s update of their event on their site

As a CCFSB member, JCI Winnipeg can have members attend their monthly networking lunches. Interested members can contact Simon Méthot at for details. A list of all CCFSB networking lunches can be found here:

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JCI Winnipeg competes in the Voyageur Games
Next up is the Voyageur Games. Danelle Hueging will be competing in the Voyageur Games taking place at Club St. B in Saint-Boniface on Wednesday, February 18th at 7pm. She competed last year and earned respect from the other competitors with her skills and strength in the Leg Wrestling event. There are a total of 5 events in the games, including Log Sawing, Pillow Fight on a balance beam, Voyageur Wrestling and the Tug-of-War. 

MB Battery and Bud Light has joined forces again this year to offer the JCI Mobile Device Charging Station, ensuring everyone's mobile devices are fully charged to capture and share the excitement of the competition. Come say hello and get your hands on a Bud Light battery pack to charge your phone (while quantities last).

More information on the Voyageur Games available on the Festival du Voyageur website here:

We have created a Facebook event with all the details here: www.facebook/

Danelle Hueging faces-off with a competitor in the Voyageur Wrestling event.
Image credit :  Doug Kretchmer at Quidam Photography
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JCI volunteering at the Sugar Shack
We will round out this year Festival with a volunteer shift at the Sugar Shack in the Festival Park. On Saturday, February 21st, six JCI members will be working a shift in support of Manitoba’s only maple syrup production site in Saint-Pierre-Jolys. The Sugar Shack at the Festival du Voyageur is the biggest fundraising event for the Musée de Saint-Pierre-Jolys, which operates the Sugar Shack in Saint-Pierre-Jolys.

During the course of the 4 hour volunteer shift, JCI members will help maple experts serve up the famous Taffy on Snow, a hugely popular Festival treat. We will also be helping serve food to the Sugar Shack guests while listening to live local music from Bon Débarras, The Bart House Band and the Graig and Ash Band. 

Details on the artists and venue available here:

Read about our experience for last year’s volunteer crew here:

Some of our volunteers at Festival du Voyageur 2014
About the Festival du Voyageur
Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quarter, is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Park and at the festival’s various official sites. Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment you can expect to witness during this convivial gathering. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages!

JCI Winnipeg’s involvement with the Festival du Voyageur began last year as part of our bilingual initiative. Our membership to the CCFSB and the launch of a bilingual website are also part of our bilingual initiative.

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