Check out these amazing prizes for Plane Pull 2016!

Just a few of the amazing prizes you can earn!Everyone registered online is entered to win a breathtaking vacation odyssey to the Canadian Rockies:

• Round trip for two people on VIA Rail between any two points served by VIA Rail Canada Inc (between Winnipeg and Jasper)

• 6 nights/7 days at the beautiful Lake Louise Inn (Queen room) courtesy of Shelter Canadian Properties Limited

Wouldn't it be nice to visit the breathtaking Canadian Rockies?

Wouldn’t it be nice to visit the breathtaking Canadian Rockies?

Fundraising earns you more chances to win the vacation prize! Just $20 gets you an extra entry, $50 = 3, $100 = 8, and $200 or more = 20 extra chances to win!

This year, we’re proud to announce these fundraising prizes for our Top 5 Fundraising participants:

  • One of two prizes of $1000 in free gas from Esso
  • Fairmont stay, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra tickets, $100 gift card for Jane’s Restaurant, 1-month unlimited pass for Yoga Public
  • 2 “Flight-themed” rooms from Epic Escapes (up to 16 people), Bluetooth speaker
  • 4 passes for Lasertopia, 1-month unlimited pass for Moksha Yoga Winnipeg, Bluetooth speaker

The Top Fundraising Team will receive:

20 tickets to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers home game and the experience of holding the Canadian flag during the national anthem.

The Fastest Team, aka “Team Steam”, will receive:

  • 20 free bowling passes to Dakota Bowling (Hercules)
  • 20 free bowling passes to Academy Lanes (Boeing 727)

The Most Creative Costumes & Cheer, aka “Team Spirit”, will receive:

  • 20 free passes to Golf Dome for a round of mini golf


Also Included in your flight:

  • Choose from morning or afternoon pull times
  • Fundraise $50 for a custom 2016 Plane Pull hat
  • Fundraise $150 & get a warm & stylish hoodie AND hat
  • 100% of your pledges go to youth mentorship in our community AND count towards your workplace campaign total

Register your team now! Registration $250/team. Questions? Call the events team at 204-477-5360 or email

* Please note the following Rocky Mountain prize conditions: VIA Rail tickets valid for two people (economy class) for return travel on any two points served by VIA Rail Canada between Winnipeg and Jasper; VIA Rail voucher expires September 23, 2017; VIA Rail tickets not valid for travel from December 20 – January 5; Lake Louise Inn voucher excludes the Easter long weekend, the period from June 15 – September 15 and December 24 – January 2; Lake Louise Inn voucher expires October 31, 2017. This prize package does not include transportation from Jasper to Lake Louise. 


A huge thanks to these sponsors, who make the day possible:

Workplace of the Week: St. James-Assiniboia School Division

This was St. James-Assiniboia School Division’s—or #SJASD, as they’re tagged on Twitter—very first year in the United Way Plane Pull. And they “pulled in” a ton of enthusiasm, school spirit and fundraising dollars!

SJASD’s team, the Principull Hercs, were the second highest team fundraiser of the day, bringing in nearly $5000. Their pull time for moving the enormous DC9 across the tarmac was a respectable 9.54 seconds.

St. James-Assiniboia School Division at Plane Pull.

“Joyful Principulls from #sjasd celebrating @UnitedWayWpg and all their excellent community supports!” —@RexFB on Twitter.

Brooklands school principal Rex Ferguson-Baird was the top individual fundraiser, with over $1000 in donations. He won $1000 in gas cards for the effort.

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Principal Ferguson-Baird receiving his award from Virgin 103’s LTI for individual person raising the most money. Photo by @jicouch on Instagram.

We talked to Principal Ferguson-Baird about his school division’s incredible efforts, and why they value United Way in their community.

“The mission of St. James-Assiniboia School Division is to provide a meaningful, safe and caring educational environment so that all students are prepared to be responsible citizens in a democratic society.

St. James-Assiniboia School Division team members.

Photo by @StevensonElem on Twitter.

Our students benefit from United Way agency partners in both after school programming as well as through parent and family supports.  I have seen a number of families supported with safe and caring after school programming as well as through food and nutrition education and support.

A great United Way-support program in the community I work in, Brooklands, is called the Brooklands Literacy Project. It’s a partnership with high school students from St. James Collegiate mentoring and celebrating literacy with our elementary students.

This program allows our young students to see themselves as high school students, reflected in the community role models who share their love of reading.

Another wonderful community support the NorWest Co-op Community Health centre and its facility on Alexander Street. This safe after school program is so important for many of our students and families as it provides a destination that is supervised and that exposes kids to fun and appropriate activities.

Both are great examples of United Way agency partners in our neighbourhood.

St. James-Assiniboia School Division at Plane Pull.

“Look for us next year because we’ll be back!”—photo by @RexFB on Twitter.

Our school division believes that schools are an integral community partner.  A main outcome of our Strategic Plan is that students will value the concept of social justice and recognize its importance for the betterment of an ever changing world.

As principals there is no better way to teach social responsibility and respect for self and others than to model it ourselves.

The mission of United Way parallels our mission in St. James-Assiniboia School Division.”


Our Salute to businesses and organizations making a difference in Winnipeg.

Every year, when our annual campaign is wrapped up, we take a moment to compile a list of outstanding businesses and organizations that worked so hard to raise money for our community.

Thank you for making a difference through United Way.

Hosting a workplace campaign is more than just planning pancake breakfasts—it’s a chance to connect with coworkers who care about our community. A chance to think about how working together for a greater goal not only produces valuable results, but cements friendships and builds teams.

We’re so grateful to all the businesses and organizations that find value in having a United Way campaign. Some work to increase their donations or participation. Some get together to volunteer at Days of Caring. And some just go over the top having fun and making a difference in our city.

Here’s a Salute to them.

Government employees on the bus for United Way

2012 Government Employees Bus Pull

There was no stopping hundreds of city, provincial and federal employees in Winnipeg today as they kicked off their 2012 United Way campaigns with the fourth annual Tri-Government Bus Pull.

A total of 41 teams gathered at the south side of the Legislative Building to see who could pull a Winnipeg Transit bus the fastest. Transit’s own team of Mad Mechanics took top honours – muscling their bus 20 feet in just 11.03 seconds.

Thanks to everyone who participated and pulled together to make a difference right here in Winnipeg. Special thanks to United Way volunteers Cynthia Foreman and Monica Girouard, along with government volunteers Darrin Davis and Phil Sheegl.


Thanks a million!

Richardson United Way Plane Pull

After helping United Way’s Campaign get off to a flying start at the annual kickoff and plane pull, the people at James Richardson and Sons and Affiliated Companies were pulling for Winnipeg, landing the city’s most successful United Way workplace campaign in 2011.

Thanks a million to the personnel at James Richardson & Sons Limited and Affiliated Companies, whose generosity and community spirit continued to shine in 2011. Together, they raised more than $1 million through their United Way workplace campaigns in locations across Canada.

Locally, generous contributions from Winnipeg-based employees, both active and retired, have made James Richardson & Sons Limited and Affiliated Companies the number one employee workplace campaign in Winnipeg last year.

Employee donations are matched by a corporate gift provided through the Richardson Foundation. “We introduced a matching gift program into our workplace campaigns in 2002 in an effort to engage more donors,” said Kelly Harris, Employee Campaign Chair. “What resulted was far beyond our expectations; year over year we have increased the level of participation of personnel who support United Way, as well as the number of individuals who increase their gift.”

The firm’s philosophy of investing in the communities where its employees live, work and play is proudly demonstrated through the unwavering commitment of its personnel to United Way.

PwC: the bottom line on success

PwC employees with 2011 Campaign Chair Edward Kennedy

Chris Couture, Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, alongside Employee Campaign Co-Chairs Jeff Eckstein and Mary Ann Porter. Edward Kennedy presented the trio with their award at Celebration 2011.

By starting their campaign early and inspiring more than 96 per cent employee participation in 2011, PricewaterhouseCoopers took a quantum leap toward a company-wide commitment to our community and United Way. In the process, they earned their very first Campaign Chair’s Award—the highest level of recognition through United Way which acknowledges strong growth, participation and Leadership within a workplace campaign.

A record number of employees and partners donated $1200 or more—31 compared to 22 in 2010. That leadership is key, says Employee Campaign Co-Chair Mary Ann Porter. “We get tremendous support from the partners and senior leaders of the firm. That really helps in the success of our United Way campaigns.”

In the past five years, PwC’s United Way Campaign has nearly doubled. “I think every year, people become more aware of the importance of United Way: the need to support it; the many types of agencies supported by United Way; how it’s touched probably everybody in one way or another,” says Porter.