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Wishing everybody safe and happy holidays! We will be closed from December 21 to January 1 to reflect on this very challenging year. But before we take a break, we’d like to share a few words of encouragement from our staff as well as offer our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for your endless support of Creative Manitoba’s events and programming throughout 2020.

It has certainly been a strange year. I am looking forward to a break from my daily routine and all I want for Christmas is a zoom free day and to get outside – whether that is on my back yard rink or out at our family cabin in the woods for a few days. I hope everyone is able to find a little peace and quiet as the most unusual year winds down. Cheers to 2021 being a year of recovery and building back better! — Thomas Sparling, Executive Director

Happy holidays to everyone! May your days be filled with sun and your evenings filled with warmth. Take care of each other and remember to breathe deep with gratitude.
Arlea Ashcroft, Indigenous Programs Manager

This Covid Holiday season brings reconnection to things we’ve previously left behind. Half completed crafts, that box of yarn in the back of the closet that never made it into scarfs, or giving through creating instead of buying. Over a decade ago my Grandmother gifted all her grandchildren her holiday recipe book, all her favourite cookies and deserts she would always make in army surplus quantities. While always enjoying the confectionary delights I have never been a baker myself. This year I will wield the spatula and gift my family care packages of sweet nostalgia, far better than any gift card. — Amelia Marshall, Digital Development and Operations Manager

Moving into a holiday time that surely feels quite changed, even strange, I find myself creating altered traditions – online hamper offerings, doorstep deliveries to family and friends, cozy nights in supporting local places, a lot more baking, and zooming – oh there will be zooming! Wishing everyone a safe, warm holiday and a message to take you into the new year from a  favourite author of mine  “For here, I hope, begins our lasting joy” (William Shakespeare).  — Dora Carroll, Youth Mentorship Programs Manager

This year has been quite draining for us all, so I wish everyone a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday season! My big plans are to limit my commitments and reduce my screen time. It’s going to be sad not seeing my family face-to-face, but at least I get to cook the turkey this year! (Turkey pie, anyone?) The snow is finally here so I see a snowman in my future too.  Here’s to 2021!  — Rachel Andrushuk, Training Programs Manager

If there’s one thing I’m reminded of this year, it’s that you can’t predict what will happen in the future no matter how hard you prepare. Knowing that, I’ve learned to practice a whole lot more patience and kindness for myself as a gentle reminder that self care is important for growth and maintaining wellness. This holiday season, I hope we all stay safe, happy, and healthy! — Ally Gonzalo, Communications and Facility Coordinator

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