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Aug 2012

50/50 Winner announced

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Congratulations to Zoria Low

The winner of $114.50 at the KPDC 50/50 draw held in conjunction
with the Sunday Fido Casting Call event.

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Aug 2012

KPDC launches its new “Happy Dog” logo

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Meet the KPDC “Happy Dog”

KPDC launched its new “Happy Dog” logo at the Fido Casting Call with club banners, tees and grill master aprons.


The new logo wear easily identified volunteers and made them the “go to” folks for information and services.

KPDC Volunteers Kevin Gordon and Michelle Carbotte show off the club’s new logowear

The Happy Dog logo, designed by KPDC’s Marketing Committee, is a recognition tool for the public and is part of KPDC’s branding, designed to promote the club.

To honour the diversity of breeds that visit Kilcona Dog Park, Happy Dog is simply dog-shaped. His smile and cheerful colour are designed to convey the idea of happiness – that Kilcona Park is a pleasant place for dogs to romp, run and play.

The minimalist logo can be used alone or in combination with the club name, seen here in Good Dog Cool style font.

Happy Dog’s simplicity allows him to be produced on club logo wear at a reasonable price. The logo is recognizable even when shrunk down to a very small size, for example, club pins.

Welcome to the club, Happy Dog!



Aug 2012

KPDC Salutes its Volunteers!

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KPDC Salutes its Volunteers!

Serving up giant, sizzling custom-smoked sausages and dogs from Gold Sponsor JD Hoggs, KPDC held its second barbecue, 50/50 draw and membership drive of the year.
Held in conjunction with the widely publicized Fido Casting Call, the event was designed to increase the club’s brand awareness, attract new members and raise more money for off-leash area improvements.

With strong support from our teams of volunteers sporting the club’s new logo wear, the largest event KPDC has ever hosted went off without a hitch!

KPDC Volunteers at Work


Director of Marketing Jeff Henry (l), Certified Food Handlers Maegan and Michelle Carbotte, and Director of Events Gerald Carbotte oversee operations at the serving table.


Volunteers Tanya Hirsch and Toni Zacharias sell food tickets and club memberships

KPDC’s Auditor Kim Loeb volunteers at the 50/50 draw booth

KPDC newest Director, Board Secretary Kathleen Kirkland and the club’s Certified Food Handler Maegan Carbotte enjoy a lull in the action

Membership Director Lee-Ann Zacharias, volunteers Toni Zacharias and Hercules (l) and Rae Balbo (r)


KPDC Director of Events Gerald Carbotte

Volunteers JoAnn Storie and Michelle Carbotte in background


KPDC’s legendary grill master Craig Handkamer


Sincere thanks from the Board of Directors to the following people for volunteering your time, effort, and your special talents and skills!

Grill Masters

Craig Handkamer

Justin Davis

Food and Beverage Customer Care Team

Kevin Gordon

Maegan Carbotte

Michelle Carbotte

Phil Werbiski

Food and Membership Sales Team

Rae Balbo

Tanya Hirsch

Toni Zacharias

The 50/50 Team

Al Bartlett

Barb Handkamer

Joann Storie

Kathleen Kirkman

Kim Loeb

 The Doggy Day Care Team

Wayne L’Esperance

Sasha Emric


Aug 2012

A Celebrity in our Midst?

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A Celebrity in our Midst?

Who doesn’t want to be a star – being famous, living the good life and raising money for a great cause while you’re at it?

I’m too adorable!

Winnipeg dog owners seem serious about the dream. Hundreds of them – along with the cutest, the cuddliest, the smartest, most talented, most dignified and most adorable dogs – turned out for Sunday’s Casting Call.

Kilcona Park’s dogs were well-represented.  One of our own could be the next star in a national Fido commercial!!

The dog with the most votes wins, so get busy and cast your votes at – One vote per person per dog per day until Sept. 10.

The “studio” opened 9am and by 9:30 the line-up of people and dogs stretched across the lawns as far as the parking lot.

If you missed the 2pm photo shoot cut-off, you can still enter the contest by posting a favorite photo of your aspiring actor at

The nation-wide Casting Call is expected to help raise $200,000 for Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides.

The Kilcona event was sponsored by Fido Mobile in partnership with Kilcona Park Dog Club Inc.


Director of Membership Lee-Ann Zacharias acknowledges KPDC’s corporate sponsors.

KPDC Gold Sponsers Mobile Paws and Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp groomers were recruited by Fido to provide VIP services at the photo shoot and the results were impressive. The dogs – positively fetching!

At the photo shoot

KPDC would like to thank our Platinum Sponsor, Pet Valu (Reenders and Rivergrove locations), Gold Sponsors McPhillips Animal Hospital and Dogfather Pet Services, and City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency,  and Winnipeg Parks and Open Spaces for helping to make the event such a big success.

Treats at the Pet Valu/Groomingdale’s booth.

Groomer, Michelle Reader and Operations Manager, Stacey Cameron


McPhillips Animal Hospital Veterinary Technician, Jen Derkson with her golden retriever, Sierra.

Winners of the McPhillips draw for doggy travel kits

Chris Dales and Sophie

Lisa Menoella and Sky

Winners of the McPhillips draw for doggy lunch buckets

Cherise Alksne and Bella

Giselle Perkin and Shasta

Kaitlynn and Snowy



Rupert catches a few zees at Dogfather Pet Services Daycare-in-the-Park


Mosaic’s Event Coordinator, Salar Ghoreshi searches for the owner of an off- leash dog loose in the on-leash area.

Winnipeg Animal Services Agency Licence Inspectors help with the search and grab a leash.


Special thanks to Kilcona Park foreman, Mark Storimans for moving in extra picnic tables and litter baskets and to park staff Leslie Eng and Ron Gilkes for their help with set-up and clean-up.

The Board of Directors also thanks Winnipeg Park Services East Area Technician, Karl Thordarson and Winnipeg Public Works Customer Service Rep, Louise Lanthier for support in planning and organizing the event.


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Aug 2012

Updates to Membership Discounts

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KPDC is pleased to announce the following updates to the membership discount program.

If you have not already gone to get your membership card please visit our Platinum Sponsor PetValu Stores at Reenders or Rivergrove to receive your new membership cards. These cards are the required identification for you to receive your discounts from any of our sponsors. If you are not yet a member of KPDC you will also be able to purchase your membership at these PetValu locations.

The following is the current list of KPDC sponsors (as of Aug 3, 2012) as well as the discounts available only to KPDC members.

Sponsor Level Members’ Discount
Pet Valu (Reenders/Rivergrove) Platinum 10% on all products and services
Alpine Animal Hospital Gold TBD
Corporate Source Inc. Gold 10% on all products and services
Dogfather Pet Services Gold 10% on all products and services
Interior Autobody Gold 10% on all products and services
JD Hoggs Gold 10% on all products and services
McPhillips Animal Hospital Gold 10% on all exam fees
Mobile Paws Gold 10% on all products and services
Sprockett’s Doggy Day Camp Gold 10% on all products and services

Remember to visit our sponsors and shop often to take full advantage of your membership discounts.


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