Concert for the Park fundraising success

“Concert for the Park” Fundraiser: Amounts are in!

On behalf of the Friends of Inglewood, I would like to thank all our volunteers and donors who contributed to make “Concert for the Park” on September 15th a great success! Along with the bids from the auction items, ticket sales, liquor sales, games and several generous donations, we were able to raise just over $8600.00!

This total is from the auction item bids ($3350.00), the ticket sales, liquor sales, games and various donations ($1926.00) minus $737.00 of expenses, and a very generous donation from the Winnifred Stewart Association for $4075.28, presented to us by Larry Smook!

Thank you to our musicians: Second Avenue, the Woodman Strings, and Joy Spring Jazz Choir. The music was amazing! I have received so many positive compliments about the evening’s excellent entertainment!

We will now be able to move forward with grant applications and continue to work towards the revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park.

Thank you! We are immensely grateful!

Thank you to our donors!

Alberta Aviation Museum
Atco Gas
Baba’s Own Ukrainian Food
Back to Nature Wellness Centre
Be Hot Yoga
Boston Pizza (Westmount)
Brad Marshall
Brokel Stainless
Canadian Western Bank
Carolyn Campeau
Carolynne Bruha
Catherine MacLean
Church Of Christ
Citadel Theatre
City of Edmonton
Cookie Love
Councillor Kim Krushell
Curves (on Kingsway)
Dairy Queen (Westmount)
Diane Reid
Don Smallwood
Duchess Bake Shop
Earthsong Professional Massage Centre
Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Police Services (West Division)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Elite Sportswear
Heather Klimchuk, MLA
Heather Miller
High Level Diner
Honor Computer Systems
Judy Smallwood
Ken Kowalski
Laurie and Ray Titiryn
Larry Smook
Lavoro Financial Group Ltd.
Magenta Hair Salon
Mane Stop Hair
Marion McFall
Massage Essentials
Mayor Stephen Mandel
Mother Earth Essentials
Mountain Equipment Co-op
OK Tire Groat Road
Petals on the Trail
Rebecca Pickaard (Little Mama Bee Studio)
Rexall Drug Store (Westmount)
Rexall Place
Royal Alberta Museum
Safeway (Westmount)
Sandra Weber
Sherbrooke Liquor
Shoppers Drug Mart (Westmount)
Stan Fisher Superstore (on Kingsway)
Telus World of Science
The Dish Bistro
The Mixing Spoon
The Pampered Puppy
The Theatre Network
Tim Horton’s
Tiramisu Café
Tony Roma’s Restaurant
Trail Tire
Walmart (Westmount)
Western Cycle
Westmount Jewelers
Winnifred Stewart Association

Sound System provided by: Charlotte Lirette, Ray Titiryn, & Long & McQuade
Program printing donated by: Staples (Oliver Square)
MC: Jacqueline Wallis
Live Auction Bidding by: Charlotte Lirette

Concert for the Park September 15 2013

DATE Sunday, September 15, 2013
TIME 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
WHERE Winnifred Stewart Association gym, located at
11130 – 131 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
AGE Adult Cash Bar
TICKETS $20 at the door [includes one beverage and light fare]

Jill Brighton 780-414-1245, or Deena Larsen 780-887-3160
Winnifred Stewart Association (reception) 780-453-6707

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; please contact the numbers above

Please join the Friends of Inglewood for a fun evening of fundraising and fine music.

6PM– The silent auction and cash bar open.
7pm– The music begins, featuring three homegrown musical groups. Second Avenue, Woodman Strings, and Joy Spring Jazz Choir will entertain with a variety of styles: country to pop, classical to jazz.
Silent auction items will be available for bid all evening.

All proceeds will go towards the revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park [formerly Inglewood Park] working to build a safer green space in the heart of Inglewood for all to enjoy.

June 2013 News

June 2013 News

Our next neighbourhood meeting will be on Monday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm at Mark and Jaki’s house. We will be breaking down all the tasks necessary for the running of the “Concert for the Park” fundraising event to take place on September 15th. That means deciding things like who will get and prepare the food, who will be at the door selling tickets, who will be the 50/50 sales people, who will take care of the silent auction closing, who will clear tables, and probably many other duties. We will also be looking at when to get the various permits for the event, and how to coordinate the set up, tear down, etc. We will need 18 – 22 volunteers for the evening of September 15th. If you are willing to help, please let me know, either by coming to the meeting, or by emailing me at

Our next park cleanup is Wednesday June 26 @ 8:00 pm at Winnifred Park (formerly Inglewood Park), corner of 116 Ave and 128 Street. Bring work or garden gloves. This will go ahead unless there is severe weather. There will also be some juice boxes and granola bars for the kids!

The “Park Re-Naming Party” is scheduled for Saturday August 17th, from 12 – 4 pm in the park. There will be a free barbecue. Several picnic tables will be placed in the park, and porta potties will be on site. There will also be a DJ, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, games, and possibly some dogs or puppies for kids to pet. Mark the date on your calendar. Invite your friends and neighbours!

The “Nature Days” campfire and marshmallow roast took place on June 15th. Thank you to our City facilitators, Krissia Gonzalez and Desiree Hagan. They did a wonderful job of entertaining the kids and adults alike. Despite the cool and cloudy conditions, we had a small, eager group of children, and the parachute and sing along were a big hit! Pictures are below.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!



Donations for September 15 fundraiser

We are looking for donations for our silent auction, to be held on Sunday evening, September 15th at the Winnifred Stewart Association. This fundraising event is for the park revitalization, to buy new picnic tables and benches, and to help fund the project.

Are you a business owner? Do you have a service or item that you could graciously donate for our event? Do you know people who might also be able to contribute?

Please email me at if you would be willing to be a part of this community endeavor.

I will make arrangements with you to pick up the items, gift certificate, etc. Below is a donation form that can be filled out.

Donors will be recognized and acknowledged in our event program, social media and ongoing communication pieces.

Do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

On behalf of the Friends of Inglewood and the Winnifred Stewart Association, I thank you.

Jill Brighton (chair, Friends of Inglewood)

Donation Form

FREE Nature Program for families on JUNE 15, 2013 from 7pm

Inglewood will be receiving a FREE Nature Program for families on JUNE 15, 2013 from 7pm – 9pm. The program will take place in Winnifred Stewart Park (formerly Inglewood Park) and will be staffed by City of Edmonton leaders.

This year’s theme of our Nature Days is Camping. Thus our event will include a campfire, marshmallow roasting, camp games and a whole host of other fun activities. Attached is promotional poster. Come and join us. Bring your friends and family.

Inglewood Park Cleanup 2013 Dates

Inglewood Park Cleanup 2013

Spring is finally here! It’s time to start the park cleanup. Below are dates and times that Friends of Inglewood, and anyone else interested can join the effort to keep our park clean and safe. Bring garden or work gloves, garbage bags will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you at the park, 128 Street and 116 Avenue.

Wednesday May 29 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday June 26 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday July 31 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday August 28 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday September 25 @ 7:00 pm

We didn’t do an October one last year as it had snowed already. We can play it by ear for October if it’s a nice one and no snow yet.

Friends of Inglewood is our new group name


At several of our neighbourhood meetings, we discussed a potential name change for our community group, since Inglewood Park is scheduled to be renamed “Winnifred Stewart Park” this summer. Votes within the group were tallied at the last meeting, and the result was overwhelmingly positive for “Friends of Inglewood”.
This name was chosen in keeping with the goals that brought all of us together in 2010, which involved more than just the park. We were concerned with neighbourhood safety, and had put forward several issues to City Council, dealing with lighting in the back lane, lighting around the park, cutting the sight lines in the park, and finding ways to keep criminal activity at bay in our area, thus forming a Neighbourhood Watch group. So, in keeping with our original ideas, we are now called “Friends of Inglewood”. Our current focus remains on the revitalization of our park.

Our plans for a fundraising event continue. We will be hosting a silent auction and “Concert for the Park” on Sunday, September 15. The event will be held at the gym at the Winnifred Stewart Association, located at 11130 – 131 Street. The time is yet to be determined, but it will be an evening event. We are looking for volunteers to help us with the organization of this silent auction, both leading up to it with looking for fundraising donors, and the day of for setting up, and managing the event. Separate committees have been suggested, in order to delegate the tasks to be accomplished.

  • Food services
  • Music
  • Ticket sales & registrations
  • Promotions
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Decorations
  • Transportations
  • Auction items management
  • Facilities
  • There are probably several more areas to be addressed. If any of you think you might want to help with this, please let us know. Email at the following address:

    Also, if you know of someone who might be willing to donate an item or services for our silent auction, that would be greatly appreciated. Again, contact us at

    Another exciting event to watch for this summer is the official renaming of the park to Winnifred Stewart Park. The date chosen is Saturday August 17th, between 12 – 4 pm. As the event planning progresses, more information will be provided. It will be a fun afternoon for the whole family. Stay tuned!
    As spring finally is showing up, it will be soon time to start our Capital City Cleanup for the park. Dates will be announced soon.

    The next meeting has been moved to Tuesday May 21 @ 8:00 pm at Mark and Jaki’s house. We will have a special guest that evening, Marj Ball, who will talk about her experience with a recent successful fundraising event a few weeks ago in Sherwood Park. We are looking forward to her tips and ideas!

    March 2013 News

    We have an upcoming meeting with the CEO of the Winnifed Stewart Association on Monday, March 18th at 6:00 pm at the Inglewood Community League. This meeting is to engage in discussions about each committee’s support for the park revitalization project. We hope to clarify the roles of each group, the expectations moving forward, the financial contributions to assist in the funding and grant applications for the project. These discussions may have legal implications, as partnership is sought between the WSA, the Community League and the Friends of Inglewood Park. It is expected that this will be a friendly conversation, starting to explore all these aspects.

    Our fundraising event is set for Sunday September 15th in the evening. We have not made a final decision on the venue as yet. We are planning a “Concert for the Park”, and a silent auction. Possible locations for the concert are: the Community League hall, the Winnifred Stewart Association gym, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Aviation museum. More are being looked at and sought. Discussions around this event suggested that it would be good to have alcohol, which might encourage people to spend more at the silent auction. We will need to explore any insurance requirements at whatever venue is chosen, as well as appropriate licensing. We are aiming for approximately 200 audience members.

    We discussed the silent auction part of the fundraising event. As no venue is yet chosen, it was decided that we should wait before asking for donations from various establishments in the community. We are starting to list possible businesses that can be approached for donations.

    Our committee name change is also being talked about, since Inglewood Park will be renamed Winnifred Stewart Park. A suggestion that has been brought forward is to simply add an “s” to our name, as in: “Friends of Inglewood Parks”. Other name choices are also in the works. This decision will be delayed until the park is actually renamed, in August of this year.

    We have voted to delete the section of our website called “Meeting notes”, as the minutes are sent directly to the members. Instead, we will continue to provide a brief summary on occasion to update the site for the community.

    We will be applying for the Community Play Space Program Grant, and much of it is completed. We are waiting to hear what financial contribution we might expect from the Winnifred Stewart Association, and we will also need a letter from someone at the Inglewood Community League indicating they support or sponsor our application.

    Our next Friends of Inglewood Park meeting is scheduled for Monday April 8 @ 8:00 pm.

    February 2013 News

    The City Naming Committee has approved the name change from Inglewood Park to Winnifred Stewart Park. Several positive letters of support were included in the application to the City. These included letters from: Councillor Kim Kruschell, the Minister of Culture: Heather Klimchuk, the president of the Inglewood Community League: Paul Adams, the present of the Winnifred Stewart Association: Tony Roccia, our CRC: Savannah Westgarde, the Friends of Inglewood Park, and Thelma Hansen from the Board of Directors of the 124th Street Drop-In Association of Edmonton.

    The neighbourhood survey from the Friends of Inglewood Park was also presented. While it represented a very small cross-section of the Inglewood Community, it also mostly included several residents who live in a 2-block radius around the park. The survey was sent out via email to over 60 people who live or work in Inglewood.

    Survey results:

    · 34 respondants (of whom 23 were residents)

    · Total “YES” replies 85% (29 people)

    · “YES” replies from residents: 87% (20 people)

    · “YES” replies from non-residents 82% (9 people)

    A few of the questions that came up relative to the name change: Why Inglewood Park? Why not rename the park closest to the Winnifred Stewart Association building?

    The small park closest to the WSA is named John A. Norris Park. It already is named for a notable Edmonton historical figure (He owned much of the land now known as Inglewood.) It was not up for renaming. We were informed that there were only three parks that qualified for a name change. Only one of these three was in Inglewood: Inglewood Park. As Winnifred Stewart did the bulk of her work in the Inglewood community, this park was chosen. It is a larger park than the John A. Norris Park, and can hold a larger amount of people for group functions, block parties, etc. and part of the proposal includes the increased proper and positive use of the park.

    The next step in the re-naming process involves sending a circulation document to the City. Circulation is a City procedure that ensures this project has approval and sign off from all City departments possibly impacted by the project (examples would be transportation, drainage, parks operations, planning, etc.) Once circulation has taken place, any comments and questions from the respective departments will be reviewed, changes will be made if required and then, the development and construction phases can move forward with our Project Manager. We have been informed that the City departments responsible for this circulation document are currently very backed up, so this step is currently in a queue. We’ll provide an update once more information comes forward.

    The next Friends of Inglewood Park meeting is scheduled for Monday March 11 @ 8:00 pm. We are working on an exciting fund raising event for this fall. Stay tuned for more details!

    Inglewood Park name change survey

    At our last Friends of Inglewood Park meeting on November 26th, we were pleased to have as guests Larry Smook, CEO of the Winnifred Stewart Association, and Candace Smallwood, Special Events & Development Manager for the Association. We all have the revitalization of Inglewood Park at heart, and have begun to move forward with certain elements, the first being a proposal sent to the City of Edmonton to change the name of Inglewood Park to Winnifred Stewart Park, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Winnifred Stewart Association in 2013.

    Below is a link to a short survey about the name change. Please take a minute to fill this out. The survey results will be added to the City proposal, and will be presented at a meeting with the City of Edmonton in January.

    Please complete the survey by January 15th, 2013 so that the results can be analyzed and forwarded to the appropriate people. Invite your neighbours and friends who live in Inglewood to fill out the survey as well. No personal information is asked on the survey, so there is no risk in reply.

    We greatly appreciate your taking the time to fill this out.