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Jan 2019

2018 Kilcona Park Dog Club Outstanding Volunteer Honour Roll

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Kilcona Park Dog Club Board of Directors recognizes and thanks 127 outstanding dog-loving volunteers who donated their time and service to Kilcona Park stewardship activities – the spring clean-up, the coyote research project, trail-chipping, Winnipeg Dog Fest, and fundraising to bring clean drinking water into Kilcona. Our favourite dog park is a better place thanks to awesome volunteers like you!

  • Alex Mills

  • Alex Rapley

  • Alex Zenchuk

  • Alysha Scott

  • Andrew Robertson

  • Angela Biyak

  • Angie Zalondek

  • Ann Gay

  • Ashley Toews

  • Aurora Vandersluis

  • Bernard St. Amant

  • Beth Proven

  • Camille Kram

  • Chantal DeMare

  • Charlene Biebrich

  • Christine Montsion

  • Christine Quinlan

  • Cole Kachur

  • Colleen Hill

  • Connor Miles Gold

  • Corrie Shore

  • Craig Handkamer

  • Dar Close

  • Daria Zenchuk

  • Darryl Burton

  • Dave Brown

  • David Firman

  • Dawn Cross-Baron

  • Don Martens

  • Don Taylor

  • Ericka Oelke

  • Ezra Vandersluis

  • Gail Kulyk

  • Gail Warywoda

  • Greg Iannaccone

  • George Foley

  • Heather Bater

  • Heather Gold

  • Helen Foite

  • Helene Kirkman

  • Irene Warkentin

  • Jai Reid

  • James Biyak

  • Jamie Neczkar

  • Janet Werbiski

  • Jeff Henry

  • Jeremy McLellan

  • Jeremy Piche

  • Jerry Pritchard

  • Jessica Vandersluis

  • Jim McEachern

  • John McPeek

  • Jon Close

  • Judy Pfeiffer

  • Jules Carlson

  • Karen Friesen

  • Karen Naylor

  • Kathleen Kirkman

  • Kathryn James

  • Kathy Foley

  • Keith Vandersluis

  • Kelly Munroe

  • Ken Kalturnyk

  • Kendra Turl

  • Kieren O’Keeffe

  • Kim Loeb

  • Krystyn Larry

  • Kurt Burstahler

  • Larissa Munroe

  • Larry Wozney

  • Leslie Daum

  • Linda Christian

  • Lisa Light

  • Lori Darragh

  • Makaela Poirier

  • Manny Bairos

  • Margie Jackson

  • Mary Franklin

  • Maureen Voss

  • Melanie Bidzinski

  • Melissa Makara

  • Melodye Shymkiw

  • Mike Dixon

  • Monika Trendota

  • Nathan Kachur

  • Nic Alleyne

  • Nicolas Blandford

  • Nicole Doherty

  • Pat Hervo

  • Paul Shelton

  • Payton Poirier

  • Phil Werbiski

  • Raf Grymuza

  • Ray Gutnick

  • Renee Gould

  • Rhonda Molotsky

  • Robert Thompson

  • Robyn Miller

  • Ron Fortier

  • Rose-Zan Verinder

  • Ross Shaw

  • Russell Loewen

  • Ryan Cowtun

  • Samantha Tease

  • Sandra Skorupski

  • Sasha Emric

  • Sheila Fortier

  • Sonia Jablonski-Praznik

  • Stacy Kuryk

  • Stephanie Biyak

  • Sue Murray

  • Susan Argue

  • Susan Burkitt

  • Sylvia Champion

  • Teresa Lynn Holloway

  • Teresa Zadravec

  • Terry Fogg

  • Tony Zerucha

  • Tyler White

  • Sellars

  • Wendy Bates

  • William Nerger

  • Zach Piche

  • Zelko Krytlyk

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Sep 2018

The Results Are In – Kilcona Park Coyote Research Project

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KPDC has been informed of the results of the study that Manitoba Health conducted at Kilcona Park in May. The goal of the research was to learn whether a gastrointestinal parasite – E. multilocularis – is being passed from coyotes to dogs. The tapeworm doesn’t hurt dogs, but if people are infected, it can cause serious liver damage that is very difficult to treat.

Many Kilcona dog owners volunteered to help with the research project by collecting coyote scat at the dog park and providing stool samples from their own dogs.

University of Manitoba Professor Pierre Plourde, a member of the research team,  has informed KPDC that all of the dog stool sample results were negative for the parasite. Of the forty-nine coyote scat samples that were collected, one tested positive for E. multilocularis. Dr. Plourde says the research team is not very alarmed or surprised by this result.  He says the risk of human infection is still very low.

Dr. Plourde says the best way to prevent humans swallowing tapeworm eggs and becoming infected is to prevent your dog from becoming infected.  Don’t allow your dog to hunt and eat wild rodents like mice.

If you’re concerned that your dog may have eaten rodents, take a stool sample to your veterinarian to be tested. The good news is that if a dog is infected, the tapeworm is easy to treat with medication.

Dr. Ploudre’s message to Kilcona Park users is that it’s good practice to wash your hands after handling any animal (to prevent coming into contact with and swallowing tapeworm eggs) and it is prudent to prevent pets from hunting and eating wild animals, including rodents to prevent them from getting infected with tapeworms.  He says those two simple measures are the most effective and easy ways to prevent human infections of E. multilocularis.

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May 2018

Kilcona Park – Clean and Green!

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The first Sunday in May…the perfect day to be at the park! Hundreds of volunteers agreed and turned out for the 18th Annual Kilcona Park Dog Club/ Royal LePage Prime Spring Clean-up.

Armed with buckets, bags, rakes, shovels and pooper scoopers, and enjoying the warm, sunny weather, the Poo Crew pitched in to clean up and spruce up our favorite dog park. Thanks to everyone who performed the seriously unpleasant task of picking up other people’s dog poop to make our park cleaner, safer, and more attractive.

This spring’s clean-up will be remembered for two things.

The first…A dedicated team of volunteers also picked up coyote scat in the interest of science. Coyote scat can be recognized by the presence of bones, fur and feathers. Fifty samples were collected along the Forest Trail, near the northern ponds behind homes on Knowles Avenue, and on the hill in the off-leash hill.

The collection was done in support of a research project the is being directed by MB Health, the University of Manitoba and the WRHA. Investigators wish to know if a species of tapeworm that has been introduced into Canada from Europe and Asia is present in wolves, coyotes, foxes and dogs in the Winnipeg area. While the tapeworm is harmless to dogs, it causes serious disease that is difficult to treat when transmitted to humans. Many Poo Crew volunteers also provided baggies with fresh samples of their dogs’ feces that researchers will test for the parasite.

The second thing – a matter of great concern to clean-up volunteers – is how incredibly filthy almost every part of the park was this spring. Poop everywhere! While most Kilcona dog owners are responsible pet owners, some obviously are not.

If you are one of the scofflaws who thinks you don’t have to pick up if you dog heads into the tall grass, you’re busted! It’s a very dangerous practice. Dog waste that hides in the weeds carries the same disease-causing bacteria and parasites as it does in the short grass and along the trails.

Spring run-off carries fecal matter from the hills down into the ponds, contaminating the water where dogs swim and drink.

Kilcona’s responsible dog owners have grown tired of such irresponsible behavior. They are reporting park users who violate the law and Winnipeg Animal Services is acting on those reports. Here’s the process.

Animal Services advises park users to carry spare bags. If you see a pet owner not pick up after their dog, offer them a bag. If the person refuses to co-operate, take photos of the dog, the person, and their vehicle license plate.  Email the photos to the City at

Animal Services investigates every complaint except anonymous ones. You will be asked to provide your name, address and phone number but that information will not be given out to the offender.

So far this spring, Animal Services has received 283 complaints. Sixty-six resulted in warnings and 21 pet owners have been ticketed. Fines for not cleaning up after your dog range from $200 to $400.

Hundreds of bags of unclaimed dog waste were picked up at Kilcona Park on Sunday. Thanks to KPDC’s outstanding Poo Crew for a brilliant performance!

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