Charleswood Blog

Welcome to the latest news and information about the Charleswood Curling Club


Charleswood Men’s Travelers Rep

Charleswood Men’s Travelers Rep

Team Buchanan qualified to play in the Travelers by winning the Charleswood Club Champions playdown in 2016. The rink consists of Ken Buchanan (skip), Brendan Thiessan (third), Darryl Genyk (second) and Kyle Buchanan (lead).

The club champions of all city curling clubs get to play off against each other in the Travelers regionals which Team Buchanan were playing in at the Pembina Curling Club this past month. Four berths were available to go to the Traveler’s provincial playdowns that will be held in Carman, Manitoba in March. The winner of the provincials goes on to represent Manitoba against all other provinces next year. 

The Buchanan team was playing on Sunday evening for the last qualifying spot. Due to injury the team was down one man in the final game. Despite a good fight they lost by one in the final end to Team Suchy from Elmwood.

Meet you 2017-2018 Executive


President (2017 – 18) Scott Barenz
Past President Jim McRae
Vice President Ryan Wizbicki
Secretary Lori Jewell
Treasurer Jane Howe
Member at Large James Jewell
Member at Large Darren Perche
Director Social Media Michael Strick

How can you help?

Do you want to help ensure the long term viability of the curling club?


We are always looking for new people to help out on the executive!


Do you have Excel experience?


We are looking for someone to take over the role of treasurer for next year. Training provided and can start right away!

Charleswood Travelers Representative

Charleswood Travelers Representative

The Travelers Curling Club Championship is an annual bonspiel featuring the top club level teams. Teams can only have one player who has played in a provincial or Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event that season or the previous season. Each province and territory holds a series of playdowns where only one team per curling club is allowed an entry. Each curling club selects their teams independently with many choosing their respective club champions.

The Charleswood Business Women’s Curling Club (CBWCC – Wednesday Night) 16/17 Grand Aggregate Winners skipped by Kathy Keon will be representing CCC at the 2017 Travelers Cup being held at The Pembina CC November 24-25th, 2017.  The Keon team was successful in beating the 2016/17 Monday Ladies Grand Aggregate Winners in a one game playoff to win the spot.

Learn To Curl

Learn To Curl

Do you enjoy watching the game of curling?

Now is your chance to learn how. Charleswood Curling club is hosting a learn to curl program! Come every week to enjoy the fun, exercise and social camaraderie of the sport of curling. All ages welcome!

This is an instructional program for individuals who have never curled before or with little curling experience. Curling equipment will be provided. The basis of this non-competitive program is to have fun while acquiring curling skills. We have certified curling coaches that will provide on ice instruction throughout the curling season.

DATE: Every Sunday starting November 19th and running till March 11th.

TIME: Curling starts at 2:30 pm and runs till 4:00 pm.

LOCATION: Charleswood Curling Club

If you are a little unsure, come down to the club on November 19th to try it out for free. Bring your friends, neighbors and older siblings and give the sport of curling a try.

If you require further information please contact Jim McRae at 204-612-1728.

Halloween is Tonight!!!!

Halloween is Tonight!!!!

Halloween has invaded the Charleswood Curling Club  Friday Night Mixed League!

CCC Buffet Night

November 24th! Come on down to the curling club and enjoy a freshly prepared buffet meal. It is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow curlers as well.

Friday Night Buffet Dinner

Facilities Improvements – Part 1

Facilities Improvements – Part 1

As a result of the 2017 Manitoba Scotties profits and the receiving of a grant the curling club was able to complete a number of major upgrades to greatly improve it’s long term viability. Over the next several editions of this newsletter we will highlight some of these changes.

If you have been at the club in the last few weeks, you may have noticed the dehumidifier up on the wall at the south end of the building. The dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air and in the ice shed. Curlers should notice the cleaner, warmer air when out curling. The ice will also be more consistent which is great when trying to make that critical draw.

The Charleswood Curling Club was able to procure a used dehumidifier in good condition at a cost of approximately $12,000. With a new unit costing $45,000 significant savings were realized. Since the temperature of the ice will be more consistent , the ice plant will not have to work as hard, therefore reducing our hydro costs, another bonus!


Arthur Gessner 1922-2017

Arthur Gessner 1922-2017

The entire charleswood curling community is saddened to learn of the passing of Art Gessner. Art was the first to start a seniors league for curlers at the Charleswood Curling Club. He was also a past President of the curling club.

We send our condolences to the friends and family of Art Gessner. You will truly be missed by many!

Full Obituary 



2017 Manitoba Scotties Recap

2017 Manitoba Scotties Recap

In January 2016, a large group of curling enthusiasts gathered at the Charleswood Curling Club. This was the beginning of a year long process towards hosting the 2017 Manitoba Provincial Scotties. These volunteers, mostly Charleswood Curling Club members, formed 19 sub-committees and earnestly began preparations for the event. Recruiting the 200 plus volunteers needed for the event would be a huge undertaking but we were up for the task.

The transformation of hockey to curling ice at the Eric Coy Arena, was led by Greg Ewasko and his team. Volunteers joined in and worked around the clock to totally transform the arena into a curling masterpiece. Finally, after thousands of hours of work the championships arrived. During the 5 days of competition, almost 6400 spectators came out and enjoyed the fantastic curling. Local schools brought out signs, banners and lots of students, some of which were seeing the game live for the very first time.

While the curling was ongoing, the Charleswood Curling Club was being utilized as the “Hit & Roll Inn”, the official social hall of the Scotties. Three hot buffet meals were prepared daily for spectators and curlers alike. Live entertainment featuring “The Bivvers” and “The Arnold Street Collective” entertained large crowds between games and after the curling competition.

The competition was heated all week and incredible shots were made by all teams. The teams of Jennifer Jones, Michelle Englot, Shannon Birchard, and Darcy Robertson were the final four standing after the round robin and a series of tiebreakers. Michelle Englot walked away victorious and earned the right to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Ultimately, 250 volunteers committed their time and energy to make the event a success. Co-Chairs Rick Schinkel and Deb McCreanor stated “There is no way to individually recognize all of the people and sponsors that made the event a new standard of excellence, but we have all derived a great deal of satisfaction from the final result!” The goals of the event were to provide a top caliber experience for these athletes and raise money for our club. Both goals were exceeded…the competitors gave it high marks and the organizing committee was able to turn a $70,000 profit towards club improvements!


Charleswood Curling Club Online Presence

Charleswood Curling Club Online Presence

Did you know that the Charleswood Curling Club is expanding its online presence? 

I would like to introduce myself, Michael Strick, as the newly appointed Director of Social Media. My role will be helping to promote the Charleswood Curling Club online and around the club.  In order to ensure the long term viability of our club, one of my focuses will be to attract a younger demographic of curlers. In this day and age social media can be a great tool, since the younger generation has multiple internet enabled devices at their fingertips. 

Prior to this year, I have curled in the Men’s League on Wednesday night and I hope to be back out on the ice real soon! Last season I was the Media, Technical, and Marketing Chair for the 2017 Manitoba Scotties hosted right here at the Eric Coy arena and Charleswood Curling Club. You may have seen some of the changes to the website that have been happening as a direct result of that. I come from a strong technology background, including my job with MBLL and volunteering with the Winnipeg Search and Rescue team.

If you see me around the club feel free to stop me and have a chat. I’ll probably have my 2017 Manitoba Scotties jacket on! I am always open to new ideas and love hearing about things happening around the club. 

Give us a follow and help us grow the online presence of our curling club! All of our pages can be found at @CharleswoodCurl for your convenience.