Fuelled by passion: Winnipeg Jets tour CMHR

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stars of the Winnipeg Jets helped shine a light on human rights when they toured construction progress inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on April 12. 

CMHR president and CEO Stuart Murray led six players on a journey through the stellar new spaces of the Museum, which are rapidly moving to completion.  Grant Clitsome, Anthony Peluso, Jim Slater, Mark Stuart, Eric Tangradi and James Wright began their visit in the Garden of Contemplation, where they met a few of the site construction workers and autographed some hard hats.

“They all let out a collective ‘wow’ when we entered the Garden and immediately whipped out their smart phoned to snap photos,” Murray relates.

Then it was up to the fourth level and down a series of illuminated, alabaster-clad ramps, which will eventually take visitors through the Museum’s gallery spaces.

Alabaster-clad ramps


The players then looked down on the breathtaking vista inside the glass “cloud” from terrace spaces on the upper floors.  

“A marvel of construction, impressive to see the scope of the project and all the different trades involved,” Clitsome tweeted afterwards. 

And from Peluso: “This place is incredible and it's only going to get better.”

Wright, whose father is in the construction business, said he was really amazed by the complexity of the construction job.  Slater said the interior was much different than he imagined from viewing the outside, and quickly asked to climb up into the Tower of Hope. Although not part of the planned agenda, Murray was happy to oblige.

Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Paterson, grandson of CMHR founder, the late Dr. Israel Asper, was thrilled to help explain the human-rights vision of the Museum to some of his favourite sports stars.


Players signing Jets gear for construction workers

While on their tour of the Museum, the players took a few minutes to sign Jets gear for the construction workers.


The CMHR invited members of the local media to join the tour and get a rare look at the interior construction. Many of the photographers and videographers had not been inside since the Museum installed its last piece of glass in September 2012, and were astounded with the changes inside.

More images and comments on the Jets visit were posted on Websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for the Winnipeg Jets, Metro News, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Sun, CTV and Global News. See below to view a great piece of video from ChrisD.ca Winnipeg News and Media.

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