Keira’s Winter Klassic

Thank you to all who joined us for the inaugural Keira’s Winter Klassic (KWK).

With your help, we raised a staggering $36,205.10. This money will go directly to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation via Keira’s Krusade to help fight pediatric brain cancer.

Who would have thought a coffee date between Committee Directors, Chelsea Kaufmann and Trista Tambakis would lead to KWK. Once the idea was formed, these two along with Toni Bond spent countless hours planning, attended weekly meetings at the Daily Grind, sent hundreds of emails, and organized for months. Team Captains were formed to oversee the various roles (Sponsorship, Public Relations, Silent Auction, Player Bags, Program Design/Technology, Ticket Table, Ref/Timekeeper, Decoration, Social Evening, Tournament Schedule, Slide Presentation, Indoor Activities, Food/Beverage (non-alcoholic) Supplies, Bar Supplies and Schedule, Kitchen/Canteen, Pancake Breakfast, 50/50 & Toonie Stick, Banner Table, Photographer/Videographer, and Set-up/Tear-Down) and under those Team Captains were numerous volunteers. This was truly a community event, with well over 100 volunteers and many more helping in so many ways. KWK showcased the power of community.

The chilly temperatures that day did not keep people away as many volunteers and ringette players from eight teams and their families packed Assiniboia West Community Club at 861 Buchanan Blvd. on Saturday, February 3rd.

The event started at 9:00am with a pancake breakfast and the first ringette game. The rest of the day was filled with various indoor activities, such as colouring and craft activities, bake sale, Rising Strong, glitter tattoos, plinko, candy kebobs, photo booth, hot dog lunch and special presentations and remarks. And those silent auction prizes lining the back of the building were unbelievable.

Hon. Steven Fletcher MLA Assiniboia brought greetings at 2:15pm. He was a hardworking and determined advocate for Keira after her diagnosis and we were honored that he was part of this amazing day.

And who would’ve thought an outhouse could bring so much joy. Greg Botterill and his Portage Thunder Botterill team presented a cheque in the amount of $8,772.68 they raised through their ‘biffy drop’ fundraiser. For this small ringette team and the community of Portage la Prairie to go the extra mile and raise even more money for Keira’s Krusade using the “Biffy Drop” advertises the community’s hearts and soul!!!!

And there wasn’t a dry eye in the building after hearing from Toni and Gary Bond who shared their personal journey.

The tournament was played in frigid temperatures but the warmth of giving kept the players in high spirits. Those ringette players were such troopers, showing their determination and drive out on the ice and having great fun at all the indoor activities.

But the fun didn’t end when the medals were handed out by two Santas. More than 350 people attended the social at Sturgeon Heights Community Centre, while others bought tickets in a show of support.

KWK was a success because of the generosity and commitment from businesses, volunteers, friends and family and their concern and support for children like Keira.

Thank you for being a part of our inaugural KWK. We hope to see you next year!

We sure miss Keira but are so amazed at how she continues to bless so many with her beautiful spirit.


Keira’s Krusade Clothing

Keira’s Krusade clothing will be available for purchase on February 3rd at the Assiniboia West Community Club on 861 Buchanan Blvd during Keira’s Winter Klassic ringette tournament.

There will be a limited selection in sizes and colours available. The sweatshirts are available in youth and adult unisex sizes in black and grey. The t-shirts are available in youth and women’s sizes. The long sleeve is a unisex and the tank top is only available in women’s sizes.

There are two logo options available.

In case you can’t make it on February 3rd, you can also order clothing by email. Please click on the Order Form below and sent to Cindy Barnes at Orders will be accepted up to Saturday, February 17th.

There will be a $5 extra charge if Cindy delivers. Pick-up is in Whyte Ridge.

Keira’s Krusade Clothing Order Form




The draw will consist of four teams in two pools.

Portage Thunder
Lorette Royals
BVRA Lightning
Sturgeon Heights Boom
Oxford Heights Blues
Varsity View Falcons
Fort Garry Tigers
Selkirk Stingers

St. James Ringette Association is hosting the tournament on February 3, 2018 at the AW Buchanan Community Club. This tournament is an 8 team, one day outdoor tournament, with a three game guarantee.

Keira’s Story:

At 5 years of age Keira joined the game of ringette for the first time and never looked back. The speed, the competition, the strategy, the camaraderie – all were elements of the game that Keira absolutely loved. A tenacious competitor, Keira was a team player who enjoyed setting up plays as much as scoring a goal.

At the young age of 10, Keira was diagnosed with an aggressive brainstem tumour. Her trademark strength, resilience, and sense of humour helped support her throughout this difficult journey.

Tragically, in June 2017, Keira was taken from us just six months after her diagnosis. Keira’s battle with cancer did not stop her from putting other people first. Her care and compassion for others prompted her to start Keira’s Krusade, an organization created to help support others diagnosed with cancer.

Now the community has come together to create “Keira’s Winter Klassic”, an outdoor tournament that combines things Keira truly loved: ringette, Christmas, horses and helping others. This family event highlight’s Keira’s trademark resiliency and strength by hosting the ringette tournament outdoors. Keira’s humour is present via the fun activities and her love of providing for other via the pancake breakfast. The social in the evening highlights Keira’s fun-loving, always-ready-to-dance personality.

ALL proceeds from Keira’s Winter Klassic will go to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation via Keira’s Krusade to help fight pediatric brain cancer.



Keiras Krusade Poster FINAL