2017 Holiday Drive for Manitoba
We have completed our Holiday Drive! We want to thank all of our generous donors that helped make our drive successful!
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Karma and the Act of Giving...
A BIG "Thank you" to Annabel Scott, Owner of Pilates Manitoba who hosted 'Christmas Karma' classes at her studio for a fundraising effort on behalf of our Manitoba Chapter. With Annabel's support, along with Instructors extraordinaire, Lisa Daher, Rose Hull, Eva Quan, Nicole Walker, and Joy Winchell, who all volunteered their time and gave of their talents, participants had the opportunity to attend hour-long classes not only in Pilates, but in the exciting, and unique disciplines of the MELT Method, the ELDOA Method, and Foundation Training!
Entire class fees were donated to The Manitoba Chapter, and an amazing $836.00 + change was raised over a course of a few days! This most welcome and appreciated donation, will be put to very good use towards supporting our efforts in getting Shoeboxes ready, and into the hands of oft-forgotten women facing challenging times in our communities.
We could not be more grateful to Annabel - who also offers her studio as a Shoebox drop-off location, and volunteers her personal time with us! - to all of the instructors, and without a doubt, to the clients of Pilates Manitoba who came out to support our initiative. We are honoured by your collective gestures and generosity. As Annabel likes to encourage us with her saying - "...it is your opportunity to put your money where your core is!" And you all certainly have in a very impacting way! "Thank you so very much!"
Little Hands...Big Heart!
Mum, Pamela, has let us know that she and daughter Naomi have been gathering items for donations throughout the year, and are ready with 24 Shoeboxes for our 2017 Holiday Shoebox Drive campaign that will eventually be delivered to women in our community currently living in challenged circumstances. What valuable life-lessons this dynamic duo are sharing and learning about...compassion, caring, and love, for those less-fortunate. We are honoured and grateful Pamela and Naomi for your gracious and generous gesture...and for permission to post this adorable picture of Naomi with the fruits of your labour! Thank you both!
When the Heart Motivates Action...
Celebrating Volunteerism in Manitoba
A very special “Thank you” to The Manitoba Real Estate Association for awarding our own Eva Whitmore with the 2017 MREA Shelter Foundation Award at the 34th Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner held on April 25th. In recognition of Eva’s invaluable contributions to our Chapter, and selection, Brian Canart, Chair of the MREA Shelter Foundation delivered a wonderful and very fitting speech acknowledging Eva’s accomplishments. Joining Eva and me to celebrate her special award, were her very proud husband, Mark, and Chapter volunteer Bette Birss, who has played a very integral part in her own right to our organization.
We were also so pleased to see Millie Anderson, the Executive Director of our partner agency, Oyate Tipi Yape, and her own team of amazing volunteers in attendance. Millie attends the Volunteer Awards Dinner every year, but she shared that this year was very special because Eva was being recognized for her efforts, and Oyate Tipi Yape’s appreciation for Eva and our organization’s support that is very impacting. “Thank YOU” Millie…we know the incredible work that you and your volunteers undertake every day!
Volunteer Manitoba organized a most memorable evening, and we are very appreciative of their outstanding efforts! It was a joy!
In the News
New Budget – New Shoe(Boxes)!
April 11, 2017 was Budget Day for Manitoba, and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen chose to bypass the unique Canadian tradition of wearing new, or newly re-soled shoes to present the new financial strategy plan. Instead, Minister Friesen and each member of the PC Caucus honoured our local Chapter with 36 beautifully assembled, and thoughtful gift Shoeboxes at the Manitoba Legislature! In addition, Minister Friesen announced that the Legislature will serve as an official drop off location until April 30th for any other workplaces – or individuals - that care to take up his challenge of making Shoebox donations to our charitable initiative.
Thank you so much Minister Friesen and members of the PC Caucus for your caring and generous Shoebox donations, and most of all for shining a spotlight on The Shoebox Project for Shelters. Eva and I were so happy to be invited to attend, and participate in the event! We are thrilled, and grateful for this opportunity!
Our local government partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart and the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) to unite, and make a clear statement that women in shelter, and those at-risk of homelessness in our communities far and wide, do matter, are valued, and are important members of our society. They are not forgotten.
On hand, representing Shoppers Drug Mart, was Ms. Marilyn Sidhu, Pharmacist/Owner of Shoppers Drug Mart, Dominion Centre. We would like to express our heart-felt thanks to Ms. Sidhu for her encouraging words of support for our organization, and for being part of a corporation that is always willing to lend a hand, right across the country. Product donations, special event drives, initiative promotion…we could go on! We are very appreciative!
Another very special acknowledgement was conveyed by Mr. Chris Pennycook, president of the MREA. Mr. Pennycook paid tribute to our own Chapter Founder, Eva Whitmore, by detailing many of the reasons why Eva was chosen as the 2017 MREA Shelter Foundation Award winner. This is a very special honour, and we are very grateful to the MREA for not only reinforcing the importance of the work that we do, but in particular, the achievements that Eva has accomplished over the last four years, and the impact her efforts have made on almost 7,000 women. Mr. Pennycook also personally issued a challenge to the Realtors of the MREA to donate Shoeboxes, and participate in our initiative. Thank you…we are so honoured!
We would also like to thank Minister Rochelle Squires for the lovely job she did as MC for the morning’s event…it was perfect!
And finally, I’d like to extend a personal note of appreciation to Alysia and Morgan for providing me with wonderful support and encouragement as I prepared for this very important event! Your professionalism and organization were amazing!
This truly was a very special event for Eva and me, and please know we are bolstered in the knowledge that you all care, and humbled to be chosen as your charity partner. “Thank you”!
I’d like to close with a quote from Minister Cameron Friesen…
“In our country's 150th year, it remains our hope that every Manitoban will take stock of their own ability to give to a charity or organization of their choice. Together we can make a precious difference in the life of someone less fortunate."
Homelessness in Manitoba
Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners!
Make a Shoebox
Each Shoebox is special and made unique with your personal touch. It's fun and rewarding and every Shoebox helps a woman experiencing homelessness remember that she is loved and valuable.
Become an Organizer
Making a Shoebox is a great activity to do with your friends, family, coworkers, or any other group of people in your life! Host a party and do something good. Every Shoebox counts!
Items or in-kind donations are gladly accepted and will be used to fill even more Shoeboxes. If your company would like to donate, please contact us.
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