Join the HSD Team!

Career opportunities in the Hanover School Division.  View Current

Job Openings...

Dozens of people gathered around the fountain at Bethesda Hospital Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the healing gardens on Wednesday.

Garth Reimer, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Bethesda Foundation, indicates that the park was originally conceived as an addition to the cancer care facility, but adds it is also a valuable resource for the entire hospital. “I’ve driven by often and seen all kinds of people having either an unimportant chat about the hockey game last night or a very important chat about life and death, and a hospital is a natural setting for that to occur.”

Reimer notes that the garden has around 20 strategically placed private benches allowing many groups of people to enjoy the space at once without infringing on one other’s privacy.

Because of the hospital’s significant expansion in recent years, Reimer suggests protecting this green space by renovating the healing gardens was essential. “Parks are important for the emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of patients, and The CEO of Cancer Care Manitoba reaffirms this,” states Reimer.

2018 09 marg rempelMarg Rempel beside the temporary plaque representing what the final plaque will look likeThe Bethesda Foundation Healing Garden will be home to a plaque bearing an explanation of the garden and the organization's new logo. Director on the Board of Bethesda Foundation Marg Rempel came up with the text on the plaque, she says the logo has symbolic significance too: “The shades of blue refer to the healing pools of Bethesda. We went with a stylized cross because that is a traditional identifier of health-related organizations, and we opened up the cross so we would have what looks like an intersection. We felt that that represented community because people come and go in different directions and nothing is closed off.”

Reimer says the entire project was made possible by two donors: Milton Penner, from Penner International, and the Hylife Corporation. Because of their generosity, Reimer suggests the people of Steinbach are able to spend time having all kinds of meaningful conversations with loved ones in a beautiful garden.


More Local News

Contaminated Recycling An Ongoing Problem In Steinbach

The Sanitation Supervisor for Steinbach calls it unfortunate and frustrating when commenting on the recycling habits of people in Steinbach and area. Eldon Wallman is reacting to the story we told…

Falk Unhappy That CBSA Is Not Listening

Provencher Member of Parliament Ted Falk is disappointed that the Canada Border Services Agency won't reconsider its decision to cut hours at the South Junction, Piney and Tolstoi border crossings.…
2013 10 flu3

Flu Shot Clinics Wrap In Southeast

Southern Health has wrapped its flu shot clinics for 2018. Bev Unger is Regional Manager for Public Health/ Healthy Living. She says this year they held 73 advertised clinics in 59 communities. They…

Shoebox Season Ends In The Southeast

4,400 Christmas Shoeboxes were collected by the Blumenort EMC and Grunthal Bergthaler church shoebox stores this year. Debbie de Klein, who coordinates the Operation Christmas Child shoebox…

Utility Trailer And Contents Stolen In Steinbach

Steinbach RCMP continue to search for those responsible for stealing a utility trailer filled with contents. The trailer was taken from a residential property in Steinbach, sometime between October…

A Year Of Cooking Classes Capped Off With Korean Luncheon

A Korean Christmas Luncheon was held at the Mitchell and Area Seniors Recreation Centre on Saturday to celebrate a year of cultural cooking classes. Local Organizer Jane Penner says back in March…

Man Charged After Vehicle Hits Ditch Saturday

A single vehicle mishap Saturday has resulted in a charge of impaired driving. Steinbach RCMP were notified Saturday, shortly before 3:00 p.m., that a vehicle had hit the ditch along Highway #12…

Goertzens Welcome A Newborn

Former Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen and wife Annalee have welcomed their third child into the world. Frank David Schellenberg Goertzen was born last Wednesday, November 14. Dad says the names come…
2018 11 tracy whitby

Local Women's Shelter Says Education Key To Ending Abuse

The executive director of the women's shelter in Steinbach says despite years of public education, domestic violence continues to be a serious problem here in Southeastern Manitoba. This is Domestic…

Blumenort Fire Hall Nears Completion

The Fire Chief for Hanover says by the end of December, the new fire hall should be complete at Blumenort. Paul Wiebe says right now it is about 85 per cent finished. He says they were hoping to take…
2016 08 kelvin goertzen3 (1)

Goertzen Excited About New Session To Start Tuesday

A new session of the Manitoba Legislature will begin Tuesday with the reading of the Speech from the Throne. Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, who is the minister of Education, Immigration and Training,…

La Broquerie/Steinbach Covering More Ground This Year

It's another sign the holiday season is approaching. The team at Operation Red Nose La Broquerie/Steinbach held its launch on Friday and Coordinator Francois Grenier says with a team in St. Malo now… is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide