New Budget – New Shoe(Boxes)! en français
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."
We are so pleased to announce that Eva Whitmore, our Manitoba Chapter Founder and former Coordinator, has been selected to receive the 2017 Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) Shelter Foundation Award in recognition of her invaluable contributions, and dedication to uplifting the lives of women in shelter, and/or at-risk of homelessness across our province – and beyond. This very special recognition award from the MREA also includes a $2,500.00 cash award to be given to Eva’s charity of choosing.
Eva’s award for recognition of her work with The Shoebox Project for Shelters will be formally presented to her on April 25, 2017 at the Volunteer Manitoba 34th Annual Award Dinner.
Manitoba REALTORS® recognize that shelter is a vital component of our communities and understand that structured fundraising and philanthropy are beneficial to community development. REALTORS® also know that safe shelter is the foundation of every healthy community, and as a result, The Manitoba Real Estate Association Shelter Foundation Inc. was created to support Manitoba charities that are devoted to shelter-related causes. We are very honoured by the MREA's acknowledgment of both our charitable initiative, and of Eva's tireless work and dedication.
Thank you to everyone who has been behind this effort to get Eva nominated…your support and encouragement have meant so much!
Eva…you are so deserving of this very special recognition! Congratulations!
2017 Valentine's Day Donations
Once again, the RBC Women’s Employee Resource Groups in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and NW Ontario held a Valentine’s Day Shoebox Drive. Under the direction of RBC Champions, Kathleen Michaluk (Greater Winnipeg) and Michelle Vermeulen (Central Winnipeg), and along with their colleagues, a total of 84 Shoeboxes were assembled and delivered to 4 local partner shelters and agencies!
Valentine’s Day represents many kinds of ‘love’, and by presenting these beautifully wrapped and decorated Shoeboxes – and fittingly, a few heart-shaped boxes! – an important, thoughtful, and caring message was conveyed to the recipients. One of… “YOU” are valued, and are not forgotten in our community. A perfect sentiment at any time of the year for women facing challenging circumstances.
On behalf of The Manitoba Chapter of The Shoebox Project for Shelters, the recipient shelter and agency Executive Directors, and most importantly, the very deserving women, "thank you" so much Kathleen, Michelle, and your RBC colleagues. Your generous efforts and kindness resulted in some very happy hearts! We are all very grateful.
2016 Holiday Drive
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2016 Holiday Drive. Our deadline has passed, but we're so overwhelmed with the incredible amount of community support. Check out our stats below!
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In the most recent Winnipeg census, almost 76% of respondents experiencing homelessness identified as aboriginal.
Almost half of participants in one survey reported spending time in foster care or group homes during their youth.
70% of those experiencing homelessness for 10+ years report first becoming homeless when they were 18.
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Our Partnering Shelters
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Thank you HEB Manitoba colleagues who assembled and delivered 52 Shoeboxes this year!
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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!
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