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WRENCH is Hiring!

Employment Position  | Opportunity Youth Mentor

Winnipeg Repair Education ‘N’ Cycling Hub (WRENCH), a service charity that has been removing barriers to cycling and empowering people to experience their community by bicycle for ten years, is cycling in a new program in partnership with the Federal Government and local youth justice facilities, Knowles Center and Marymound, called JustCycle. 

We seek outgoing, confident, and creative mentors to build positive relationships with participants. Mentors will implement a program of teaching bicycle mechanics in a COVID-19-safe manner, in addition to guiding them through a plethora of other program opportunities and activities.

Positions Available: 2

Term

  • 2-year contract beginning ASAP to March 31st, 2023.

Wage and Hours

  • $17.00 – $19.00/hr @ 24 hr/week. Other employment opportunities from WRENCH available to chosen candidates.

Benefits

  • Employee benefits package upon completion of probation. Eligibility to be negotiated.
  • Bicycle shop and resource access.
  • Become part of an amazing, fun staff team and integrate into the cycling community.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work as part of a team, under the leadership of the Project Manager, and be in compliance with all relevant WRENCH workplace policies and procedures.
  • Quickly adapt to changing restrictions, both in relation to COVID-19 and budgetary constraints and program requirements.
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism; relate to and build relationships with youth aged 12-17 and people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Embody ideals of restorative justice and trauma-informed care. 
  • Maintain composure working in stressful and face-paced environments.

Qualifications

  • Comfort working in close contact with persons involved in the justice system, in addition to dealing with justice-related issues as part of mentorship.
  • Highly organized and motivated.
  • Provide a criminal record and child abuse registry check.
  • Bicycle mechanic skills an asset. Will train.
  • Prior experience working with or teaching youth aged 9-17 an asset. Will train.
  • Prior experience with A/V technology and online social media an asset. Will train.
  • Driver’s license, or willing to obtain, an asset.
  • Access to own transportation; capability of riding a bicycle required.
  • Additional languages, especially indigenous languages, an asset.

Deadline to apply: 11:59 pm, January 31st, 2021.

How to Apply: 

By e-mail. Send resumes and cover letters to wrenchforksmechanic@gmail.com with the subject “JustCycle Application.”

In person. Deliver resumes and cover letters to the basement floor of 1057 Logan Avenue. Please respect all posted COVID-19 measures when entering the building.

By mail. Send resumes and cover letters to

    WRENCH
1057 Logan Avenue, bsmt
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3N8
ATTN: Gregory Allan

**Priority will be given to candidates who reflect the diversity of people participating in the program, and/or meet WRENCH’s goal of a diverse workforce.

WRENCH Bikes on Sale – One Day Only!

End of Summer Clearance Sale! Discounts of 10-20% off on our refurbished, ready-to-ride bikes. With over 20 bikes freshly added this week.

**This Saturday, September 26th, 12:00 to 6:00**

All proceeds from bike sales go toward our free year-round bicycle programming for children and families across Winnipeg.

The WRENCH at The Forks. At the train cars in the North-West corner of the Forks Market.

Applications are OPEN for our Wheels of Courage program!

Wheels of Courage (WoC) is a free, 10 month volunteer program at the WRENCH for young people (ages 15-30) who love bikes and want to use them as a tool for personal growth and social change.

WoC participants gain exclusive access to a diverse array of skill-building workshops as well as support and funding to develop their own Community Projects.

Click HERE to be directed to the Wheels of Courage page on this website for more details and to apply today!

Application Deadline is Tuesday, August 25th!

Wheels & Feels

Friday, March 13th 7-10pm
@ The Edge Gallery & Urban Art Centre
611 Main street


Do you love bicycles, art and community-building?

Well then we’d love for you to come to the Art Show Finale for the Wheels of Courage (WoC) Mentorship Program, on Friday the 13th of March!

Come experience an array of multimedia art created by WoC mentees, and help celebrate all that this group of young people have accomplished over the past year.

What’s Wheels of Courage?:
Wheels of Courage is an exciting new mentorship program at the WRENCH focused on skill-building and creating positive change through Community Projects.

Show Dates:
This event is the official opening of the show, however the art will remain on display at the Edge Gallery for the entirety of the weekend. This means if you cannot make it to the opening, you can still see the art on:
Saturday March 14th, 2-6
Sunday March 15th, 2-5

Venue Accessibility:
The Edge Gallery and Urban Art Centre at 611 Main street is wheel chair accessible, and contains gender-neutral bathrooms.

—Wheels of Courage is funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Service Corps program.—

Questions?
Email volunteer@thewrench.ca

Thank you for making the Cycle of Giving 2019 a HUGE success!

Thanks to everyone who was part of the Cycle of Giving 2019!

Together we turned over 7,000 kg of “waste” into dreams come true by re-building 560 bicycles for children in need across the city and beyond!

You can still be part of the Cycle of Giving! Support year-round bike programming for children and families by donating online.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Special thanks to all our Event Sponsors!

 

Thank  you  to  all  our Repair  Stand  Sponsors!

Sister Cycle 2020 – Register today!

Sister Cycle is The Wrench‘s free bike mechanics workshop series by and for women, trans, non-binary, two-spirit and femme-identifying people!

There are limited spaces available in this highly popular workshop series, email Sarah at volunteer@thewrench.ca with the subject “Sister Cycle” to register today!

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—-Sundays from 12-3pm @ the WRENCH starting January 19th—-

12-2pm: Lesson + demos (+ snacks!)
2-3pm***: Hands-on learning / Practice time!

1. Jan 19: Intro to Bike Mechanics
2. Jan 26: Wheels I: Tires + Tubes
3. Feb 2: Wheels II: Hubs + Spokes
4. Feb 9 Cranks + Bottom Brackets
5. Feb 23: Handlebars + Headsets
6. Mar 1: Gears + Derailleurs
7. Mar 8: Brakes
8. Mar 15: Review + Celebration

***PLEASE NOTE:
We have Mellow Velo on the following Sundays from 3-5pm: Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, Mar 8. This means that on these days you can stay all the way until 5pm practicing your new skills and/or getting help working on your own bike!

Learn more about Mellow Velo at www.thewrench.ca/mellow-velo or www.facebook.com/mellowvelowpg

Questions? Email Sarah at volunteer@thewrench.ca

Please donate your unwanted bicycles today!

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              The WRENCH needs your help to ensure that children and families across the city can experience their summer by bike!

 During the snowy months bike donations slow down drastically but WRENCH programming keeps going strong all winter long. Now that spring is in the air our bike stock is critically low while demand is rising. 

Support vital bike programming in your community  by dropping off your unwanted bicycles and parts at any 4R Winnipeg Depot today!         

 

Cycle of Giving, Year Ten – Moving on up

Cycle of Giving Year 10 Moving on Up
Cycle of Giving, Year Ten – Moving on up

Cycle of Giving is symbolic of The Wrench’s core work- salvaging bikes and parts from our local landfill and recycling sites, and putting them to the best use possible so that every Winnipegger can get around the city cheaply, while helping the planet.

To date, our headquarters have been in the basement of the Animal Services building. We love our partnership with the city, and this space serves us well and will continue to serve some of our needs.

But we want classroom, bike building, and retail spaces that are accessible, and that feel comfortable and inspiring for all Winnipeggers to visit and use. That means moving above ground!

Continue reading Cycle of Giving, Year Ten – Moving on up