Many begin their new year with the resolution to live a healthier lifestyle starting January 1st, and many in the Killarney-Turtle Mountain area were happy to receive the latest Winter 2019 Recreation Guide in the their mailboxes to see what's all happening at the Shamrock Centre.

Wendy Giesbrecht, stepped into her new position as Recreation Manager in September and says she loves everything about her job.

"I started September 24th, right at a busy time. We had a new Rec Guide issued with all the new Fall Programming starting so I was tossed right in there which is the way that I love it!" she says.

"I'm completely happy with my job! I love the community, I love the response I'm getting, I love it when people stop in. I've got my office located right at the front of the building so I get to see everybody and that's right up my alley!"

New to the position of Facility Manager come early Spring, will be Deb Penner. Penner will be taking over the position from Brian LePoudre who has devoted 37 years to his career in the Recreation Department, 9 of those at the Shamrock Centre. LePoudre will be retiring in April.

Giesbrecht says Deb Penner will be looking after the entire Shamrock Centre building itself, as well as the two of them partnering together on larger events.

The new Winter 2019 Recreation Guide is loaded with ample opportunity to get fit, and be involved in community.

"We've got a lot of new and exciting programs coming," she says. New programming includes dog training, sign painting and Zumba with new instructors.

As well, programs with Prairie Mountain Health include the Emergency/Standard First Aid Course in February, as well as understanding your food cravings and eating habits course called Craving Change..

Unstructured play is available for kids during the winter months for drop-ins.

Opportunities to learn more about quilting, pottery painting,karate and pickleball continue now in the new year.

As well, Giesbrecht says their is a special January membership opportunity at the Lewis and Jones Fitness Centre where if you renew or sign up for 1 year membership, an additional 6 weeks will be added to your membership free of charge.

The new Rec Manger encourages those interested in the gym facility to drop in for a tour and learn more about the membership specials on now in January.

The RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain has a municipal communication system to receive local information regarding community and recreation events, and to be alerted in case of emergency.

Go to killarney.ca to register, or download the mobile app.

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