Community Profile: The Greens on Gardiner
The Morning Edition shines a spotlight on one of Regina's newest neighbourhoods
Residents seeking a quiet life
This photo was taken on Arminder Sidhu's very first day in Canada. He moved from India to live with his sister who is a pharmacist downtown. He says his sister chose this area because "it's very peaceful" in comparison to the very noisy and busy city he moved from.
Multi-million dollar homes
Dustin Halvorson is the director of Sales and Business Development with Deveraux. He says although the neighbourhood offers a variety of different housing options from apartments to town houses, there is one street where most of the houses are on larger lots with better views and cost between $1 million and $3 million.
City growth part of culture of new school
Jeannette Revet is the principal of Wascana Plains School. She says growth is part of the culture of their new school. "The kids on the second floor actually have a great view of a city being grown. Every week it's something different. Last week I took in seven new students, this week I've toured two and I'm touring two more coming. It is definitely going to be part of our culture."
Karen Dermody is the part-time EAL teacher at Wascana Plains School. She says they have 24 countries represented at their school, with 28 languages spoken, and about a third of the school's population was not born in Canada.
Harpartap Sidhu is an eight-year-old student at Wascana Plains. His family moved into a house in the Greens on Gardner four years ago. He likes living in the neighbourhood because "each week there is something new going to come, there's a lot of houses and you can make so much friends."
Julie Cornwall is an arts education teacher at Wascana Plains. She says building a sense of community and school pride at the brand new school is important to her. She started the "Be awesome, be a bison" campaign at the school. She says school spirit is important to her and that's why she had a friend custom knit her a bison hat in the school colours.
Sydney Brander is in Grade 7 at Wascana Plains. She says she loves going to school in a brand new building. "The school is really new and fresh and it's a really positive community and the working spaces are fun."
Residents seeking safety and green spaces
Josh Royal and Kayla Martinook they say even though they work at the General Hospital they'd rather live in this neighbourhood where they always feel safe. They say most of the people who live there have young families and they like moving into a new place that doesn't need to be fixed up right away. They like the big open areas where they can walk with their dogs Suri and Onyx.
French immersion a popular choice
Daniel Lizee is the principal of St. Elizabeth School, the new Catholic French immersion school in the Greens. All the students and staff at the new school moved over from St. Andrew School, so they like to say "new house, same home," says Lizee. The new school is almost at capacity with 425 students and the Catholic French immersion program draws students from as far away as Winnipeg Street.
Residents say 'brand new' construction is major draw
Brendan Fauchoux moved from Saskatoon to work on the Regina bypass. He lives in a 320-unit apartment complex and likes that this home is only a couple of minutes from his work.
Alex Sen, originally from China, moved to Regina a year ago. He says he was attracted to the new development where his six-year-old twins could go to a new school.
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