Friends of Sherbrook Pool

Advocating for the preservation, improvement, and marketing of Sherbrook Pool

KidSwim: Fall 2017, registration is open!

KidSwim Spring 2017 2Hi Everyone,

Great news! We at Friends of Sherbrook Pool have secured funding (big thanks to the Graham C Lount Family Foundation and DMSMRI) to offer a session of KidSwim, our free swimming lesson program this fall: October 4 – December 6, 2017.

Find more info and application forms right here!

And if you have questions, feel free to call or email us.

Happy swimming!

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Idea Jams: March 16 and 18

idea-jam-handbillsThe Friends of Sherbrook Pool have launched our Collaborative Programming committee. Now it’s time to put it into action.
Join us
Thurs, March 16 from 1pm – 3pm
Saturday, March 18 from 1pm – 3pm
at the
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice @ Sherbrook St

Let’s dream together, imagine activities and programs for the Kinsmen Sherbrook pool and see how the community and City of Winnipeg staff can work together to make it happen!

Attendance is free and everyone is invited. Join us for coffee, tea, snacks and ideas.

For more info, message us, email us at or call us at 204-774-7005.

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Pool Party / Grand Re-Opening!

Join us for a Pool Party to celebrate the re-opening of the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool!
Here’s the latest schedule (as of Feb 16, 2017):

12pm – 2pm Free lunch! Chili (meat and veggie options) from Wolseley Family Place
12:30pm demo: Winnipeg Synchro
1:00pm demo: Neptunes Water Polo
1:30pm demo: Aquatica Synchro
2pm Opening Ceremony
2:30pm – 5pm Free Swim!
also free swim level testing



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The Pool is Open!!!


Friends of Sherbrook Pool celebrates today’s re-opening

Friends of Sherbrook Pool celebrates the announcement that the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool is re-opening today, Monday, January 9th, after a four-year closure.

“We are going to celebrate the re-opening with a big Pool Party in coming months,” says FOSP board chair Marianne Cerilli. “We’re also looking forward to implementing our Collaborative Programming model, in which community organizations will work with the City of Winnipeg to plan programs at the pool, and re-starting our free KidSwim lessons in the spring. But in the meantime, we couldn’t be happier to see the community get back into the pool!”

“The re-opening of the Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool is essential to the health, safety and social wellbeing of the large umbrella that makes up the Sherbrook Pool community,” says FOSP Co-ordinator Daniel Thau-Eleff. “The pool looks great. At the ribbon cutting this morning, you could feel everyone’s excitement.”

The Sherbrook pool serves one of the most economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Canada. It is also uniquely appropriate to sections of the larger Winnipeg community, such as seniors’ Aquacize programs and swimmers with multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and arthritis. The pool’s smaller size and potential for privacy can facilitate programs like the women-only swim organized by the Canadian Muslim Women’s Institute. The diverse uses of the pool also include training for the ChemoSavvy breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.

Friends of Sherbrook Pool was formed in 1992 as a community advocate for the pool and since the 2012 closure, FOSP has worked alongside the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg and countless community members and volunteers to get the pool re-opened.

City of Winnipeg programs can be found at Friends of Sherbrook Pool’s programming will resume in coming months. For updates, see and

And for more info any time, email friendsofsherbrookpool (at)

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KidSwim Program to resume after reopening of Sherbrook Pool

The Friends of Sherbrook Pool are planning to offer KidSwim and other programs again, but at Sherbrook Pool when it is open again.  The Sherbrook Pool will not be open in October 2016 as anticipated.  The City of Winnipeg is now saying the Sherbrook Pool will reopen in December of 2016.  When we have a firm date we will post it and we will post it and Friends of Sherbrook Pool will host a big re-opening party with the City.

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Rediscovering swimming just a few blocks from home

By Joseph Kornelsen

Growing up, my family regularly took advantage of family swim on Sunday afternoons in Winnipeg. We would all pile into the car and head down to Bonivital Pool in the late afternoon while supper cooked in the slow-cooker. Occasionally my brother and I would get to bring a friend along whom we must have smuggled past the front desk ostensibly as the latest member of our family.

Beginning in the shallow pool with pool mats, flutter boards and other floating knickknacks, we soon graduated to the deep pool with the diving boards, slide and diving rings. In the later years we would spend time in the sauna with our parents and their growing community of Sunday afternoon pool regulars.

As an adult living in the West End, I had all but forgotten the days of swimming at Bonivital Pool. One day, while riding a bus down Sherbrook Street, I noticed the non-descript brick building advertising itself as “Public Baths.” A few days later I stopped by this mysterious building just a few blocks from my house and discovered the Sherbrook Pool.

While I would occasionally stop by the Sherbrook Pool for a swim, it was in the fall of 2012 that I began going for morning lap swims regularly. With the pool located so close to my house, the University and work, it only took a couple weeks to realize how convenient the pool was for me. I decided to get a three-month pass.

But it was not to happen. The day I went to purchase the pass was the same day the pool was closed.

With other pools a much further walk from home, I figured I would simply wait until the pool reopened to get that pass – I never would have guessed it would take four years. Regardless, I’m as excited as ever to pick up a pass for that pool just a couple blocks from home and get back to the lap swimming I had only just discovered.

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Tell us your Sherbrook short story

We are so excited that the pool will be re-opening this fall that we want to celebrate!

The Sherbrook Pool has been welcoming swimmers for over 85 years. It has been the site of countless stories and we would like to hear yours! With the Sherbrook Pool’s grand re-opening just around the corner, we want to share the stories of one of Winnipeg’s most historic pools as told by it’s patrons – you.

Do you have a tale of bundling up the kids to get to the pool for family swim day? Was there a particular swimming instructor that particularly impacted you? Did you break a personal best doing during a morning of lap swimming?

Stories can be any length up to 400 words. You are welcome to provide pictures to accompany your story or even in lieu of a story.

At the Pool Party, we will do a draw from all the folks who submitted stories for some fabulous prizes!

Stories may be emailed to Please include your full name along with your story. Stories may be subject to editing.

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