There’s something new and big in St. James, yet at the same time it’s old. In fact, it’s 100 years in the making!

2021 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the R.M. of St. James, and the moniker of “sunny St. James” seems to have stuck! Read the article in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

Striking a St. James 100 committee brought local community organizations together. They applied for grants and an idea for a mural to acknowledge the centennial was born. This capital project is a full-colour commemorative mural commissioned by a local artist, Jen Mosienko, which highlights St. James’ past, present and future, and bringing art, history, and vibrancy to the community.

“Working with local mural artist, Jennifer Mosienko, also a resident of St. James, along with her mentee Morgan Biggs, is such a treat and blessing,” says Kristi Meek, President | Executive Director of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, and manager of the project. “From sharing the committee’s ideas of showcasing St. James’ history, acknowledging landmarks in the area, and welcoming visitors to St. James, the idea of a postcard came to life, and Jen nailed the design.” The mural spells out the neighbourhood’s name, with each letter representing a different industry and landmark.

Organizations and people contributing to the mural project include:

  • Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce
  • City Councillor Scott Gillingham (St. James)
  • Living Prairie Museum
  • MLA Adrien Sala (St. James)
  • MLA Scott Johnston (Assiniboia)
  • MP Marty Morantz (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley)
  • Province of Manitoba – Sport, Culture & Heritage
  • Sargent Sundae
  • Stewart Trophies & Engraving Ltd.
  • St. James-Assiniboia 55+ Centre
  • St. James Village BIZ
  • Take Pride Winnipeg
  • The St. James-Assiniboia Pioneer Association
  • Timberland Tree Service
  • Zeid’s Food Fare

Photo courtesy of John Woods, Winnipeg Free Press.