Building Belonging

Are you or someone you know between 6-12 years old? Live in the Spence area? Want to have fun, meet friends and get to know your community? Join Building Belonging! Building Belonging is an initiative of the Spence Neighbourhood Association designed as an after school program for children 6-12. 

We are dedicated to providing children in the Spence neighbourhood with a sense of ownership and belonging in our diverse and vibrant community. By fostering creativity, sharing our cultures, taking part in local events, planting vegetables, or just playing together outside, we encourage kids to get involved!


We ask all participants, volunteers and staff members to be respectful, safe, engaged and accountable in our program.


SNA's Building Belonging Summer Program for ages 6 - 12 opens Monday July 6. We will run Monday to Friday from 1 - 3pm at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre  (430 Langside St. ) with lunch provided and Safe Walk pickup from home available within our community. Program will be primarily outside, and encourage social distancing. Please dress for the weather.

To register:

Registration can either be scanned and emailed to one of the programmers or dropped off at 430 Langside.

Registration forms can also be picked up at 430 Langside (MERC).

What Do We Do?

* Swimming

* Festival du Voyageur

* Cooking

* Wheelies Roller Rink

* Art Stars

* Claymation

* Millennium Library


* Floor Hockey Intramurals

* Fringe Festival

* Outdoor Sports and Games

* Museums

* Girls Club

* Kidsfest

* Skating & Sledding

* Hip-Hop Dancing

* Bowling

* Fun Mountain

* And much, much more!


Every weekday we offer:

* A Healthy Meal

* Safe Walk from Sister Mac & JMK schools

* Safe Rides

* Volunteer Opportunities and Mentorship

* Structured Activities and Outings

* A Friendly, Safe, and Positive Environment

For more information, please connect with our Building Belonging Coordinators:

Building Belonging Co-Coordinator:

Allison Besel | 204-783-5000


Building Belonging Co-Coordinator:

Johnathan Kopchuk | 204-783-5000

When & Where

Sept – June Programming

Monday to Friday 4:00-6:00 pm

Snack served 4:00-4:30 pm

July-August Programming

Monday to Friday 1:00-3:00 pm

Lunch provided.


Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (M.E.R.C.)

430 Langside St.

Winnipeg, MB

R3B 2T5

Healthy Eating & Active Living

  • We strive to provide access to recreation and healthy options for food. We feed nutritious meals to up to 30 children a day.


  • Kids cook once a week to learn easy ways to make inexpensive snacks and meals, while maintaining a balanced diet and healthy eating habits.


  • Our SNA Kids Garden provides fresh veggies and fruit in the summer and teaches kids how their food is grown while we learn about the environment


  • We go swimming at local pools, try new sports such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and gymnastics and provide skates, skateboards, helmets and sleds so that every child can play.


   Strong connections within the community help us deliver the best opportunities for our kids!

  • The City of Winnipeg provides staff support, access to supplies, special events and programming, and a home for Building Belonging.


  • The University of Winnipeg and the Wii Chiiwaakanak Centre provide access to recreation programs and the Axworthy Health and RecPlex and weekly Science Explorer and Code Club workshops together with Kids Code Jeunesse.


  • Art City Outreach, The West End Cultural Centre, The Manitoba Museum, Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Freeze Frame and other arts and cultural organizations expose our kids to new ideas and ways to express themselves.


  • Volunteers and practicum students and youth workers share their time and talents in our program from Red River Community College, SOAR Heartland, the Elmwood Youth Employment Experience and YMCA-YWCA’s Summer Work Student Exchange

  • Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) allows kids to go to summer camp and provided opportunities for collaboration and professional development.


SNA Youth & Families Committee

We invite community and family members to join us

on the 2nd Tuesday of every month

at 7:00 pm at the MERC!

Building Belonging Calendar:

Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA)

615 Ellice Avenue

430 Langside Street

641 St. Matthew’s Avenue

583 Ellice Avenue

 Winnipeg, Manitoba


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