Celebrating Winnipeg’s generosity

by Sean Ledwich on January 24, 2017 Comments Off on Celebrating Winnipeg’s generosity

Together we celebrated Campaign 2016 – the first year of a three-year plan to help thousands more in our city

More than 800 people came together to celebrate the generosity of Winnipeggers during the 2016 Campaign on Friday night at the RBC Convention Centre.

United Way friends help reveal Winnipeg’s generosity for the 2016 Campaign.

United Way friends help reveal Winnipeg’s generosity for the 2016 Campaign.

“This is a remarkable achievement and I simply cannot thank you enough – all of you here tonight and thousands more,” said 2016 Campaign Chair Neil Besner as the total of $20.1 million was revealed.

It was the first year of a three-year plan guided by Winnipeggers to keep the support that helps thousands of Winnipeggers strong while bringing more help to over 11,000 more Winnipeggers.

The Rising Sun Pow Wow Club from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre gave a beautiful performance as part of the celebration.

The Rising Sun Pow Wow Club from Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre gave a beautiful performance as part of the celebration.

“I hope you understand the very real difference your generosity and support will make for thousands of Winnipeggers who rely on the resources you make possible every day.”

Neil passed the torch to 2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan, who spoke of the inspiration of his mother showing him the value of volunteerism and giving back to community.

2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan pledged to start work right away.

2017 Campaign Chair Colin Ryan pledged to start work right away.

“She inspired me to always make time to get involved and I am fortunate in that I can now also contribute financially as well.”

Colin said he and the volunteers in United Way’s Cabinet will get back to work right away to shine a light on the challenges we face in our city and how the goals in the three-year plan will help address them.

“They are goals our community – all of us – believe are essential to achieve. We know that there are still kids and families facing real challenges even as we speak – and I know together we can reach them.”

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PJs and Caring

by Sean Ledwich on December 20, 2016 Comments Off on PJs and Caring

Annual PJ Drive brings home generosity and warmth for kids.

Members of The Manitoba Chiropractors Association – 41 offices – collected over 2700 pairs of PJs as part of their annual PJ drive for United Way agencies.

The PJs were sorted and packaged last week for delivery to about 40 different agencies to help stuff stockings this holiday season.

Students from Asper School of Business' Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Students from Asper School of Business’ Team Toba sorted PJs into age groups.

Volunteers from the Asper School of Business (Team Toba – JDC West) and GenNext members did two United Way Days of Caring to sort and organize the PJs for delivery.

Members of United Way’s GenNext Council also showed up on a cold night to sort and package the warm PJs for kids. It brought back happy memories for some of them.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

GenNexters sort and package PJs for United Way agencies.

“A bunch of us were talking about getting new pajamas as kids every Christmas and how nice that was. There are some families who can’t afford that,” said Diana King, chair of Community Involvement on the GenNext Council.

“And they’re all new, and some are even hand-made.”

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

PJs bagged and labelled for delivery to United Way agency partners.

 

 

The drive is over now for another year, but there are still lots of opportunities for groups looking to help out in the community.

To give back through a collection drive or United Way Day of Caring contact us at doc@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca or 204-924-4273.

 

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E.T. gets an orchestra

by Sean Ledwich on December 16, 2016 Comments Off on E.T. gets an orchestra

National Leasing partners with The Winnipeg Boldness Project to sponsor art and culture events for Point Douglas families

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Original Score, and last Sunday families were treated not just a screening of E.T. but also the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performing the iconic score as the movie played.

 

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra played in unison with the movie E.T. playing above them on a giant screen.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra played in unison with the movie E.T. playing above them on a giant screen.

The special day for 25 kids and their family members from The Winnipeg Boldness Project was thanks to National Leasing, which sponsors many arts and cultural organizations in Winnipeg.

 

Since 2014 The Winnipeg Boldness Project has worked towards innovative and parent-informed strategies to improve early childhood development and outcomes for children in Winnipeg’s Point Douglas community, which includes the North End.

This year National Leasing decided to partner with The Winnipeg Boldness Project to give families, many facing severe socio-economic challenges, access to cultural experiences.

 

“Research has shown repeated exposure to arts and cultural activities from a young age often has a positive impact on a child’s path in life,” said National Leasing public relations coordinator Janet Seniuk.

Janet said National Leasing had been looking for a way to get involved with The Winnipeg Boldness Project for a while.

 

“We think what they’re doing for Winnipeg families is very important.”

National Leasing’s eight sponsored events for Boldness families this year included places like FortWhyte Alive, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Children’s Museum, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Dip-netting for marsh creatures at FortWhyte Alive.

Dip-netting for marsh creatures at FortWhyte Alive.

“It’s been really fun, interesting, and a lot of education,” says Darrin Richard, whose son Ayden, 8, and partner Miranda Pullman attended the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s screening of E.T.

Miranda, Darrin and son Ayden try out some percussion instruments backstage at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Miranda, Darrin and son Ayden try out some percussion instruments backstage at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

“They’ve been good experiences we would not have been able to do without National Leasing.”

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Darrin and Miranda are part of the Parent Advisory Group that helps guide The Winnipeg Boldness Project’s initiatives. Darrin says many of those initiatives make him and Miranda feel like their two children have opportunities equal to families living in other areas of Winnipeg.

Building cars to learn about motion at the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

Building cars to learn about motion at the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

According to a Peg indicator report 40% of children are not ready to learn when they enter kindergarten in the Point Douglas community.

“It’s finding ways to improve the North End and families there. It’s giving children opportunities…children are our future, so I’m trying to do my part,” said Darrin.

“It allows us to take the initiative.”

 

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Spence Street Thrift Shop is reborn.

by Sean Ledwich on November 9, 2016 Comments Off on Spence Street Thrift Shop is reborn.

The Spence Street Thrift Shop is welcoming shoppers in the West End again after a three-week closure for renovations.

“We did some new paint, new colour, we updated the flooring and made the store more efficient and the racks are more enticing,” said Thrift Shop Coordinator Kristy Muckosky on Monday at a reopening celebration and ribbon-cutting.

Thrift Shop coordinator Kristy Muckosky, left, and PFSS executive director Rhonda Elias-Penner cut a ribbon to mark the shop reopening.

Thrift Shop coordinator Kristy Muckosky, left, and PFSS executive director Rhonda Elias-Penner cut a ribbon to mark the shop reopening.

The Thrift Shop, located at Sargent Ave. and Spence St., helps support Thrive—a neighbourhood family centre and United Way agency partner that provides respite daycare, family counselling, parenting classes and monthly emergency food and baby-supply services. United Way hopes to offer 2800 more Winnipeggers a chance to access this kind of help close to home at their local family centres by 2019.

 

“Thank you everybody for all the support. We know that this renovation is going to go a long way to not only generating more support and income for the Thrift Shop and the organization, but also just comfort and safety and dignity for the people that are coming here and not feeling like they’re shopping in a dungeon,” said Thrive executive director Rhonda Elias-Penner.

 

Thrive board member and long-time United Way volunteer Bonnie Macdonell said the shop also provides work and volunteer opportunities for community members.

“There’s opportunities through programs United Way has sponsored for members of our multi-national community to have a chance to work and gain experience at the shop,” Bonnie said.

Thrive board chair Bonnie Macdonell has volunteered to help guide the direction and impact of United Way agency partners for 20 years.

Thrive board chair Bonnie Macdonell has volunteered to help guide the direction and impact of United Way agency partners for 20 years.

Kristy said the shop, which is celebrating 30 years in the community, had not seen any significant renovations in about 20 years.

2016 is the 30th anniversary of the Thrift Shop - a great excuse for some cake!

2016 is the 30th anniversary of the Thrift Shop – a great excuse for some cake!

She expressed gratitude to the Richardson Foundation and United Way for their support through the Essential Needs Fund, without which the renovations could not have happened.

“They didn’t just buy materials, they helped create a calming space for people to come in every day and socialize and feel safe and uplifted.”

Investors Group provided $7,000 for new security cameras, Home Depot gave them some generous discounts, and Spark – a service of the Canadian Economic Development Network that matches professionals who want to donate their skills and time to community development projects – found an interior designer who helped Kristy navigate the maze of suppliers.

Important on-the-ground help came from Great-West Life employees volunteering their sweat equity during United Way Days of Caring. Employees spent two days painting, sorting, cleaning, and moving heavy things.

Kristy, left, chats with four Great-West Life Day of Caring volunteers at the celebration.

Kristy, left, chats with four Great-West Life Day of Caring volunteers at the celebration.

“There were a couple of men who came in and said ‘make us do heavy lifting, we want to work’ and I said ‘perfect’,” said Kristy.

Great-West Life employee Trudy Lanouette came out with three co-workers and fellow Day of Caring volunteers on Monday for the ribbon-cutting.

“It was great how they explained how this helps the community and the family centre next door,” said Trudy.

“It was quite neat to see everything that the United Way is involved in.”

Great-West Life is one of  many workplaces whose employees volunteer to help community organizations through United Way Days of Caring to complete short-term projects that require a little extra people power.

“It’s a great time. It is nice to come out with our co-workers and give back to the community,” said Trudy.

“It’s a great team-building experience as well as being able to help.”

Ready for your Christmas shopping needs!

Ready for your Christmas shopping needs!

The Spence Street Thrift Shop is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except during long weekends.

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Setting the pace for a better Winnipeg

by Sean Ledwich on November 1, 2016 Comments Off on Setting the pace for a better Winnipeg

Thank you to Winnipeg organizations and workplaces for pledging early support and completing your workplace campaigns. You set the pace!

United Way's September 15, 2016 kickoff at Hugh John Macdonald School marked the beginning of the Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan to bring more help to over 11,000 more people.

United Way’s September 15, 2016 kickoff at Hugh John Macdonald School marked the beginning of the Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan to bring more help to over 11,000 more people.

Every year some workplaces complete their United Way campaigns before the official kickoff in September. Many organizations and companies follow that trend by pledging a corporate donation before the kickoff. Together they help set the pace towards a successful campaign – especially important this year as we launch the Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan to help over 11,000 more people!

So, to the following workplaces and organizations we salute you as Corporate and Workplace Pacesetters and say: thank you!

Corporate Pacesetters

Akman Construction Ltd.
Akman Management Ltd.
Alliance Investment Manitoba Inc
Antex Western Ltd.
Apotex Fermentation Inc.
Arlington Auto Body Ltd.
Assiniboine Credit Union
Associate Design
Atlas-Graham Industries Co. Ltd.
Bayer CropScience
Bee Maid Honey Ltd.
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Birchwood Automotive Group
Bison Transport Inc.
Blind Ambitions
Boeing Canada, Winnipeg
Casera Credit Union
Caisse Financial Group
Cambrian Credit Union
CanadaDrugs.com
Canadian Linen and Uniform Service Inc.
Cansys West Ltd.
CanTalk Canada Inc.
Cargill Limited
CFA Winnipeg
Champs Food Systems Ltd.
Chinese Universal Enterprises Inc.
Colliers International
Concentra Financial
Corrett Marketing Limited
CR Home Designs
Crestview Veterinary Hospital
Crosstown Dental Laboratory Ltd.
Cunningham Business Interiors Ltd.
Custom Truck Sales (Man.) Ltd.
Cycles Lambert Inc.
D & L Concrete Products Ltd.
Datum Builders (1998) Ltd.
Dimatec Inc.
Donald B. Holdings Ltd.
Drive Line Services
Emergent BioSolutions
Entegra Credit Union
Euro-Graph (1988) Inc.
Family Optical
Farm Business Consultants
Filles de la Croix
FloForm Countertops
Fort Rouge and Imperial Veterans Branch No. 252 of the Royal Canadian Legion
Geo. H. Young & Co. Ltd.
Glenwood Draperies Ltd. & Interiors
Graphic Packaging International
Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life
Gunn’s Bakery
Hechtcorp Holdings Inc.
Hershey Canada Inc.
Industrial Investments Ltd.
Inlett Inc.
Investors Group
Jade Enterprises Inc.
James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies:
– Richardson International Limited
– Tundra Oil & Gas Limited
– Richardson Financial Group Limited
– Richardson GMP Limited
– Richardson Capital Limited
– Richardson Centre Limited
– Wynward Insurance Group
Jardins St-Léon Gardens
Johnson Waste Management Ltd.
Johnston Group Inc.
Ladco Company Limited
LanBro Inc.
Manitoba Blue Cross
Manitoba Federation of Labour
Manitoba Hydro
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
Manitoba Pork Council
Manitoba Public Insurance
Maple Leaf Construction Ltd.
Margolis Capital Group Inc.
Maxim Truck & Trailer
McNally Robinson Booksellers
Midwest Engineering Ltd.
Monsanto Canada Inc.
Murray Chevrolet
National Leasing
New Flyer Industries Canada ULC
North End Weather Stripping/Newco Corp.
Old Dutch Foods Ltd.
Party Stuff/U-Rent-It
Payworks Inc.
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Philip Kahanovitch & Co.
Pollard Banknote Limited
Qualico Developments
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Rigby Medical Corporation
Rohl Enterprises Ltd.
Russell Food Equipment Ltd.
Saikel Studio
Saper Agencies Ltd.
Shell Financial Services
Starbuck All Charities Inc
Stewart Trophies & Engraving Ltd.
The Forks North Portage Partnership
To-le-do Foodservice
United Rentals
Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
Viterra
W. J. Christie & Co. Ltd.
Warkov-Safeer Leather Ltd.
Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company & Wawanesa Life Insurance Company
Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc.
Winpak Ltd.
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
YRC Worldwide Inc.

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Birchwood Automotive Group
Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg
Cambrian Credit Union
Casera Credit Union
City of Winnipeg Charitable Fund
Community Unemployed Help Centre
FloForm Countertops
James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies:
– Richardson International Limited
– Tundra Oil & Gas Limited
– Richardson Financial Group Limited
– Richardson GMP Limited
– Richardson Capital Limited
– Richardson Centre Limited
– Wynward Insurance Group
Johnston Group Inc.
Macdonald Youth Services
Online Business Systems
Payworks Inc.
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Pitblado Law
Provincial Government Employees’ All Charities Campaign
Rehabilitation Centre for Children
Telenium, Inc.
The North West Company
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
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2016 GenNext Summit: Our City shines a light on Winnipeg

by Sean Ledwich on October 27, 2016 Comments Off on 2016 GenNext Summit: Our City shines a light on Winnipeg

The inaugural GenNext Summit brought almost 300 young leaders to the RBC Convention Centre to learn and share ideas for moving forward towards a more thriving Winnipeg.

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Sessions on mentorship, homelessness and reconciliation included wonderful knowledge and insights.

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Panelists included amazing leaders in our city like End Homelessness Winnipeg CEO Louis Sorin, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities’  Michael Redhead Champagne, and Connie Walker, CEO of United Way Winnipeg.

CBC Manitoba host Marcy Markusa led a discussion about the future of our city, and Gail Asper, President and Trustee of The Asper Foundation will gave the closing keynote.

IMG_3172Hanwakan Whitecloud, joined by Jaimie Issac and Wendy Whitecloud, speaks during The Seeds of Reconciliation panel discussion moderated by Tina Keeper.

Hanwakan Whitecloud, joined by Jaimie Issac and Wendy Whitecloud, speaks during The Seeds of Reconciliation panel discussion moderated by Tina Keeper.

Summit attendees also had a chance to mix and mingle with United Way agencies to discover volunteer and board opportunities.

GenNext volunteers, who did all the heavy lifting to make the Summit happen, posed for a picture with some United Way Winnipeg employees at the end of the day.

GenNext volunteers, who did all the heavy lifting to make the Summit happen, posed for a picture with some United Way Winnipeg employees at the end of the day.

The 2017 Summit, planned for October 18, will explore the theme of Identity, and what that means as an individual, a generation, a community, and a city.

Feedback from Summit attendees provided some interesting insights into what people learned, and what matters most to them.

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Email Susan to find out more about the 2017 GenNext Summit: Our City happening on October 18.

A huge thank you to our media sponsor CBC Manitoba and all of our generous sponsors listed below!

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A better Winnipeg includes all its citizens

by Sean Ledwich on October 20, 2016 Comments Off on A better Winnipeg includes all its citizens

On Tuesday United Way Winnipeg and the Manitoba Islamic Association co-hosted an open house to celebrate Islamic History Month and an exhibit in United Way’s atrium that features the history and contributions of Muslims in our province.

The 8-panel exhibit being shown in United Way's atrium features the history and contributions of Muslims in Manitoba.

The 8-panel exhibit being shown in United Way’s atrium features the history and contributions of Muslims in Manitoba.

Marilyn McLaren, volunteer chair of United Way’s Board, brought greetings and put the exhibit in perspective.

“We have many people from many walks of life come through these doors every day, and we know that this is one small thing that we at United Way can to do help educate and help build a story of inclusiveness, and we’re really pleased to collaborate with you in doing that.”

“None of us can go it alone, we cannot do this without each other, and the more we can build partnerships and build relationships the better we all are.”

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association, talked about the privilege and sense of connectedness he felt going through his association’s archives to help create the 8-panel exhibit.

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association.

Dr. Idris Elbakri, President of the Manitoba Islamic Association.

“Our history as a community is part of Canada’s history, we are part of the Canadian story and that’s something we should be proud of.”

October is Islamic History Month, and the theme this year is Muslim Contributions – Enriching Canada.

Each October since 2014 United Way has partnered with a local Muslim organization to celebrate Islamic History Month with an exhibit in our main floor atrium at 580 Main Street. The exhibit is open to the public all month from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Learn more about the exhibit and take a virtual tour of the panels at www.miaonline.org/islamic-history-month-2016

Video of Monday’s event can be seen online here.

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Breakfast focused on youth mental health, campaign progress

by Sean Ledwich on October 14, 2016 Comments Off on Breakfast focused on youth mental health, campaign progress

$7.5 million raised by generous Winnipeggers so far, over $20 million needed.

On Friday 200 Winnipeggers gathered at Robert A. Steen Community Centre for breakfast and to learn more about the importance of connecting Winnipeg youth with mental health supports – one of four community priorities in United Way’s Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

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The plan, created in consultation with Winnipeggers, commits to continuing to support all the programs and services made possible through United Way, while going further over the next three years to help an additional 11,000 kids and families get help in the areas of youth mentorship, mental health supports for young people, job skills and money management training, and help for families at neighbourhood family centres.

Griffin Jenkins, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Griffin Jenkins, on guitar, director of education and youth programming at Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, and Alex Moore, a youth who has participated in the Association’s Rock Camp for kids dealing with mood disorders, played some musical numbers for guests. Griffin, 19, also shared his journey through mental illness as a youth.

Campaign Chair Neil Besner shared progress in the campaign thus far, and gave an important reminder.

“I’m pleased to share that Winnipeggers have already generated $7.5 million – a good start, but remember we still have a long way to go,” said Neil.

“To achieve our goals, we’ll need to grow our campaign by 15 per cent over the next three years.

Last year, we raised more than $20 million. That means we need to raise that much this year just to maintain the amount of help we already help make possible.

We must start this year – right now in fact! We know how many more kids and families we want to support over the next three years, and we also know there are kids and families that need help right now as we speak.”

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

Neil Besner announced the United Way campaign progress, and asked everyone to give more, and work hard to raise more so over 11,000 more Winnipeggers can get help.

“I’m asking each and every one of you here, if you’ve never given before, make this the time you start. If you already give – thank you – please consider giving even a little bit more. And let’s all encourage those we know to join us in getting involved also.

There’s room for all of us in this. It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is. EVERY gift – every dollar – you give will help change someone’s life.”

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Plane Pull 2016 bigger than ever!

by Sean Ledwich on September 23, 2016 Comments Off on Plane Pull 2016 bigger than ever!

More Winnipeggers than ever pulled planes at United Way’s 13th Annual Plane Pull!

Plane Pull 2016 brought out almost 2000 people and 78 teams of pullers – a record number showing their support for our city.

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Nearly $50,000 was raised, all of it going to create more mentors for kids, one of the four priority areas in United Way’s new Three Years for a Better Winnipeg plan.

Victor Golondrina, 19, moved the crowd with a story of mentorship in his life. His mom, a “strong and resilient woman,” struggled with poverty and mental health issues as she raised him and his four siblings. He found positive role models at his local Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, and today is a mentor to young kids at another United Way agency – West Broadway Youth Outreach.

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Victor Golondrina

“They gave me hope, and now I am giving it back…and United Way has been there every step along the way.”

Thank you to all the teams and plane pullers who came out to pull for a better Winnipeg!

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Payworks was the Top Fundraising team with an amazing $7343.71 raised, while Top Individual Fundraisers were Shaun Hauser, $3200.00; Trevor MacHutchon, $1650.00; Raj Misir, $1052.77; Earl Holden, $925.00; and Lauren Slusky: $824.00.

The Team Spirit award was taken down by Winnipeg Airport Authority.

Also note there is STILL TIME TO FUNDRAISE and win some amazing prizes! You have until Friday, September 30 at 4 p.m. to qualify for a super sweet Rocky Mountain trip. Fundraise to earn extra chances to win this incredible prize courtesy of VIA Rail and Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd. Friday, September 30 at 4pm is also the cut-off to claim your limited edition Plane Pull hat ($50+ fundraisers), or hoodie AND hat ($150+).

Team Steam awards for fastest pull times were Standard Aero, who pulled the water bomber 20 feet in a smoking 5.65 seconds, and the Canad Inns team who flew the Boeing 727 in 8.75 seconds. See all results below.

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Congratulations to everyone and thank you for making it a great day, and a special thank you to Red River College and their Stevenson Campus for their hard work and hospitality again this year!

PLANE PULL RESULTS:

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United Way Winnipeg Cabinet 7.85
17 Wing 6.21
Winnipeg Airport Authority 5.68
Birchwood Automotive Group 6.13
Canada Revenue Agency-Tax Center 5.91
Richardson International 6.78
Manitoba Hydro 5.85
MNP LLP 7.22
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 6.43
Deloitte 7.07
HSC 8.00
WRHA 7.60
Johnston Group Inc. 7.69
Manitoba Blue Cross 7.25
Unifor 6.40
Great-West Life 6.19
Wawanesa 6.56
Payworks 7.18
MPI 6.81
Royal Canadian Mint 6.03
Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology 7.03
RBC Royal Bank 6.63
Taylor McCaffrey 7.94
RCMP D Division 8.66
Province of Manitoba 7.28
E-Health 6.44
Red River College 6.66
Calm Air 7.57
Magellan Aerospace 7.32
StandardAero 5.65
Bridgeport 7.03
Online Business Systems 6.69
Color Ad Packaging 9.41
Pollard Banknote Ltd 6.40
Winpak Ltd. 6.88
AON Reed Stenhouse Inc 6.78
Scotia Bank 8.25
Cambrian Credit Union 6.97
Agency 7.31
GenNext 7.00
AON Team 2 6.56
United Way 7.50
Winnipeg Sun 7.07
Toromont Cat 6.78
Canad Inns, fastest on the Boeing 727.

Canad Inns, fastest on the Boeing 727.

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Bisons – U of M Football Team 10.09
MTS 11.84
AAA Security 12.56
EPIC 9.53
MPI – HR Division 10.75
Canad Inns 8.75
North West Company 9.97
Boeing Canada 10.31
Calm Air Team #2 11.13
Manulife Financial 11.16
The Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre 13.32
Tundra Oil & Gas 12.12
CIBC 10.47
National Bank Financial 10.28
Diagnostic Services of Manitoba 11.25
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 10.93
National Leasing 10.50
Fed Ex Canada 10.38
Quintex Services Ltd. 10.88
GHY International Ltd. 10.12
New Flyer 11.47
PCL Constructors Canada Inc. 10.50
MMM Group 12.38
Cargill 11.81
17 Wing 9.56
Red River College 10.25
University of Winnipeg 10.16
Princess Auto 10.66
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba 10.59
Ma Mawi Wi Chi Hata Centre Inc. 8.97
CAA Manitoba 11.41
Labour 9.37
Monarch Industries 10.19
Grace General Hospital 11.72

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Going further for Winnipeg kids and families.

by Sean Ledwich on September 15, 2016 Comments Off on Going further for Winnipeg kids and families.

After listening to Winnipeggers United Way presents a 3-year plan with clear goals to do more for kids and families still struggling in our city.

For the first time in United Way Winnipeg’s history the annual fundraising campaign is evolving to focus on three-year goals to address the growing challenges faced by kids and families in Winnipeg today. The plan – Three Years for a Better Winnipeg – is a direct response to conversations with nearly 2,000 Winnipeggers during United Way’s 50th anniversary last year.

Hundreds came to share breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School and celebrate new goals to help more kids and families in Winnipeg.

Hundreds came to share breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School and celebrate new goals to help more kids and families in Winnipeg.

On Thursday hundreds of children, parents and teachers came together for a community breakfast at Hugh John Macdonald School to share in this exciting plan to give more help in four important priority areas, including a commitment to:

      • 1,800 MORE mentors for kids – role models, advisors and friends who teach by example and help kids make healthy choices, do better in school, and develop important life and leadership skills.
      • Mental health support for 4,000 more young people – help them manage better at home, at school and in the community.
More help for more than 11,000 kids and families was announced at Hugh John Macdonald School on Thursday.

More help for more than 11,000 kids and families was announced at Hugh John Macdonald School on Thursday.

    • Connect 2,800 MORE people with job skills and money management training – helping them earn a steady income, reduce debt, manage their money, and create stability for their families.
    • Help 2,700 MORE families find support close to home – by extending the reach of neighbourhood family centres, which are hubs of the community and lifelines for families, especially those in low-income situations.

“Our campaign remains, as always, a way for all of us to have fun, celebrate our city and donate to help our fellow Winnipeggers. But this year is actually the beginning of a three-year journey tied directly to our new plan,” United Way of Winnipeg’s 2016 Campaign Chair Neil Besner told the community members gathered for breakfast.

Neil stressed United Way will continue to support the network of programs and services that help thousands every day in Winnipeg, while going further to achieve the goals for more kids and families.

Four Winnipeggers – Brandon, Shania, Mary, and Malofo – whose lives have been changed by United Way programs and services related to the new priority areas – shared their stories and thanked Winnipeggers for their generosity.

Brandon talked about how mentorship changed his life and helped him graduate, and how today he mentors other kids to do the same as an academic facilitator.

Brandon talked about how mentorship changed his life and helped him graduate, and how today he mentors other kids to do the same as an academic facilitator.

Neil said all Winnipeggers can get involved to help make achieve the goals they inspired.

“And how do we do it? We do what Winnipeggers do best… we get involved in being part of the Winnipeg we want to see,” Neil said.

“It doesn’t matter how big or small your gift is. EVERY gift – every dollar – you give will help change someone’s life.”

Please give today to do more for over 11,000 kids and families in Winnipeg.

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Sean LedwichGoing further for Winnipeg kids and families.