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.

Workplace Pacesetters

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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.

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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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The greatest gift

by Sean Ledwich on August 31, 2016 Comments Off on The greatest gift

Family resource centre brings healing.

Human connection is one of the greatest gifts to be found at a family resource centre.

When Malofo Fofana lost her husband to cancer in 2014 the Winnipeg Central Park Women’s Resource Centre gave her that gift.

“I would just be crying. When my kids would go to school it was difficult for me to even stay alone in the house.”

At the family centre someone would ask how she is, and then listen.

Malofo with her boys, Hassan and Ahmed, at the neighbourhood family centre where she found support during a difficult time.

Malofo with her boys, Hassan and Ahmed, at the neighbourhood family centre where she found support during a difficult time.

“I would share with them the emotions I was going through and they would support me.”

Malofo learned how to sew from the centre’s coordinator, Melrose Koineh, who she calls ‘Auntie’ out of respect.

“Now I can make dresses. I have lots of dresses that I made for myself, so I am very proud of myself, and it’s thanks to this women’s centre.”

Malofo, who came to Canada as a refugee in 2008, has used many of the centre’s resources and teaching opportunities including the peer support group, computer skills, multicultural cooking and physical activity classes.

She says the community of families at the centre, which is used by many newcomers, helps each other by sharing stories and knowledge about life in Canada.

“It’s very supportive, especially when people newly come to Canada with family.”

It’s just one of 24 United Way-supported family resource centres around Winnipeg – places of safety where families connect to resources, community supports, and their neighbours. They give opportunities to learn life-skills and provide basic necessities like affordable food, laundry facilities, and job search resources.

And human connection.

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#YouthBreakingBarriers goes global

by Sean Ledwich on August 24, 2016 Comments Off on #YouthBreakingBarriers goes global

United Way’s agency partner Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA) art show begins a global social media campaign to spread youth vision for a better world.

Youth gathered at Graffiti Gallery for the #YouthBreakingBarriers opening on Tuesday.

Youth gathered at Graffiti Gallery for the #YouthBreakingBarriers opening on Tuesday.

Malissa’s vision for a brighter future includes better mental health support for youth, and a ‘#StopSuicide’ hashtag is her way of sharing that hope.

“Because depression and stuff comes when you’re my age,” the 11-year-old said, adding that school bullying is an ongoing problem in her life.

Malissa was one of dozens of youth taking part in YAA’s #YouthBreakingBarriers art show – a youth-led initiative with a social media goal of engaging youth across the planet to share their wisdom and insight. The free show opened at Graffiti Gallery on Tuesday and runs until Friday, August 26.

Malissa, 11, added #StopSuicide to a #YouthBreakingBarriers hashtag sculpture, saying that depression can start in youth as young as her.

Malissa, 11, added #StopSuicide to a #YouthBreakingBarriers hashtag sculpture, saying that depression can start in youth as young as her.

Young people from YAA’s membership of 18 after-school and community youth agencies helped create about 150 hashtag cut-outs adorning the gallery’s walls. The art represents their vision for breaking barriers that contribute to negative outcomes in the world and for potential solutions.

Hashtags include #Listen2Youth, #SafeDrinkingWater, #CyberBullying, #StopRacism, #GetEducated, #DontRuinNature, and #StopInfluencingKidsToBecomeGangMembers.

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Over the next few days many of the artworks, which coin their own hashtags representing the issues they focus on, will be shared on Twitter at @y_b_barriers and Instagram at youthbreakingbarriers using the #YouthBreakingBarriers hashtag.

The young artist assigned #Bullying #PhysicalAppearance and #StandUpForYourFriends hashtags to this piece.

A young artist assigned #Bullying #PhysicalAppearance and #StandUpForYourFriends hashtags to this piece.

YAA hopes the #YouthBreakingBarriers hashtag goes viral so policy-makers are exposed to the vision and solutions offered by youth.

“We want youth to join the conversation with one another,” said Jen Coverini, program coordinator at YAA.

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“But we also want a wider audience to see youth have valuable insight, and worthwhile input to give us to solve social issues.”

At the show opening Tuesday Jen told dozens of youth “we believe in you guys.”

Artists from Art City, Graffiti Art Programming, and the North End Arts Centre helped guide the youth to represent their barriers and solutions.

Two giant hashtag sculptures have also been covered with hashtag messages by youth. After the art show ends on Friday they will hit the road, Jen said, showing up at public spaces throughout Winnipeg over the next couple of months.

Two hashtag sculptures with hashtag messages by youth will be displayed around Winnipeg for the next couple of months.

Two hashtag sculptures with hashtag messages by youth will be displayed around Winnipeg for the next couple of months.

Jen said the campaign will be “ongoing and indefinite,” and has the potential to be much more than a social media hashtag.

“I believe if you address youth issues many adult issues will be taken care of.”

YAA has information on their website – www.youthagenciesalliance.com – for other agencies and groups that want to get involved or start their own #YouthBreakingBarriers initiative. They have also reached out to organizations in other cities inviting them to join in.

The show is open Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Friday 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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#Homelessness #YouCanBeTheChange

#CulturalAppropriation #CultureNotCostume

#CulturalAppropriation #CultureNotCostume

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Sunny skies and generosity

by Sean Ledwich on August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Sunny skies and generosity

The 24th Annual United Way Winnipeg Golf Tournament saw sunny skies and a lot of generosity on Wednesday at the beautiful Bel Acres Golf & Country Club.

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More than 140 golfers on 36 teams took part in the Texas Scramble tournament.

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Together they were able to raise more than ever – over $133,000 to support United Way’s work with a network of programs and agencies that help thousands of Winnipeggers each year.

Volunteer Golf Committee members present a cheque to incoming volunteer Chair of United Way Winnipeg's Board of Trustees.

Volunteer Golf Committee members present a cheque to incoming volunteer Chair of United Way Winnipeg’s Board of Trustees, Joan Hardy.

After the golfing Ron Brown, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, shared the story of a 12-year-old boy who was able fulfill his dream of going to a Winnipeg Jets game through United Way’s Dream Seats program. The youngster got to watch the Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers in overtime and a Jets player gave him a team-signed stick – something he now treasures.

The annual golf tournament could not happen without the effort of a fantastic volunteer committee that works very hard to make the day a success.

The 2016 Golf Tournament Committee.

The 2016 Golf Tournament Committee.

The tournament also could not happen without the support of many wonderful sponsors.

A special thank you to Rogers, the Title Sponsor; MNP LLP and CIBC, Tee Gift Sponsors; Samsung, Dinner Sponsor; The Fairmont Winnipeg, Lunch Sponsor; Birchwood Automotive Group, Putting Green Sponsor; Johnston Group, Golf Cart Sponsor, Vins Philippe Dandurand Wines, the Wine Sponsor; and thank you to ALL of our sponsors for their generous support:

Thank you to all sponsors!

Thank you to all sponsors!

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The secret to happiness.

by Sean Ledwich on August 9, 2016 Comments Off on The secret to happiness.

Turning five is a special event in anyone’s life, and for her fifth birthday Braelyn had a special idea.

“She decided she wanted to do something,” said Braelyn’s aunt, Shania Pruden.

“We were talking and she doesn’t like it how some kids can’t afford new clothes for school.”

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

For her birthday Braelyn asked friends and family to donate items for children, and on Tuesday she showed up at United Way Winnipeg with five bags of clothes and several backpacks.

The clothes – boys and girls items for winter and summer – will go to children at a neighbourhood family centre in Winnipeg.

When asked how she felt knowing that her caring generosity will help kids and families, Braelyn thought for just a second before answering.

Happy,” she said.


A collection drive is a wonderful way to give back to our community. They can be hosted by individuals, like Braelyn, or groups of people at schools and workplaces. Clothes, school supplies, baby items, non-perishable food, household items and more are all much-needed items in our community.

To learn more about hosting a collection drive contact Melissa Burgess, United Way’s Community Involvement Manager, at (204) 924 4273 or email her at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

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