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COMMITTEE REPORT TO THE 2020 RTAM AGM can be found in each committee's page. Click on a committee on the lefthand side, the report will show on the right. However, if you want to view and download all/any of the reports, CLICK HERE.

 

Committee Chair & Member/s

 

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Peggy Prendergast
Winnipeg

Chair
 
MEMBERS
  • Beth Smith
  • Joan Dawson (guest consultant on the Portfolio Project)
  • Linda Blair
  • Joan Zaretsky

 

Committee Report to the 2020 RTAM AGM

STUDENT AWARDS - RTAM IS LEAVING A LEGACY

The RTAM Student Award Endowment Fund has reached a monetary value large enough to provide $1000 awards in 2020 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members.  Through the compounding ability of the monies held at the Winnipeg Foundation these awards will increase exponentially FOR GOOD FOREVER to provide young relatives of RTAM members support to realize their educational goals in the future.  These young people will be the leaders of the future.  Each dollar we provide to the capital of the fund increases each year with the investing expertise of the Winnipeg Foundation.

We reached our goal of $1000 awards for 2020.  Our membership is rising.  Let’s increase the number of awards we provide to 5 next year! Some of us often send a donation to a charity in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  Consider leaving a gift in your will or even the proceeds of an insurance policy where the Winnipeg Foundation is the beneficiary.  Make the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation your charity of choice for 2020.  Encourage a young relative who is beginning their adult life by investing in their education.  We have spent so many years of our lives investing ourselves in the young people we have been fortunate enough to teach, why not continue that investment by supporting those who are dearest to us, our grandchildren, nieces and nephews who have a passion for education.   Information under the Student Award Committee tab on the RTAM website: www.rtam.mb.ca  will tell you how or call the Winnipeg Foundation or the RTAM office.

 

RTAM Is Leaving a Legacy

 

The 2019 RTAM Student Award Endowment Fund recipients will be announced in the Winter ‘Keep in Touch’ (KIT) magazine and on our website.  Did you know the Fund has reached a monetary value large enough to provide $850 awards in 2019 to four students who are relatives of RTAM members?  Through the compounding ability of the monies held at the Winnipeg Foundation, these awards will increase exponentially FOREVER to provide young relatives of RTAM members support to realize their educational goals in the future.  These young people will be the leaders of the future.  Why wouldn’t we want to be part of their future success? 

The increase in the fund over five years has raised the award money to almost double its beginning value.  Could that come next year?  It is possible with your help.  Each dollar we provide to the capital of the fund increases each year with the investing expertise of the Winnipeg Foundation.

Let’s make $1000 awards our goal for 2020!  Some of us often send a donation to a charity in memory of a loved one who has passed away.  Consider leaving a gift in your will or even the proceeds of an insurance policy where the Winnipeg Foundation is the beneficiary.  Make the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation your charity of choice for 2020.  Encourage a young person who is beginning their adult life by investing in their education.  We have spent so many years of our lives investing ourselves in the young people we have been fortunate enough to teach, why not continue that investment by supporting those who are dearest to us, our grandchildren, nieces and nephews who have a passion for education.   Information under the Student Award Committee tab on the RTAM website: www.rtam.mb.ca will tell you how or call the Winnipeg Foundation or the RTAM office.

The following four letters are written by sponsoring RTAM members whose relatives benefited from award monies in 2013.  Help make this your member benefit by encouraging your young relatives to apply for an award when they graduate from Grade 12.

Anthony Ferens

My son, Anthony Ferens won a scholarship the first year our retired teaching society offered it.  Since receiving the scholarship in 2013, Anthony has had many opportunities and has accomplished many things.  Attending university was going to be difficult with learning disabilities, but that didn’t stop him from challenging himself. He auditioned for the 4 year honours program.

While he was in his third and fourth year of honours and devised theatre this past year, he performed in 5 productions. There was little time for a part time job with these long school hours and commitment. Scholarships were greatly appreciated to start his education.

Other accomplishments include achieving his gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, 2 scholarships from RMTC, the prestigious Hubbell Award (air cadets), and several awards and full scholarships from Talent INC. in Toronto and Orlando.  

Presently, Anthony is enjoying his recent accomplishment of completing an honours degree:  being successful despite his dyslexic disability; beating the odds; being able to choose and further study in a career he loves.  Anthony appreciates his family’s support and the many teachers and mentors who have encouraged him to take risks, follow his dreams, and do wonderful things.  He is very thankful for the financial assistance he has received.

Sandra Ferens
Winnipeg, MB

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Aven Glufka

Following my granddaughter, Aven Glufka’s graduation from grade 12 and receiving one of the first RTAM awards, she enrolled in the University of Winnipeg.  In 2017 she completed her B.A. degree with a double major in French and Theatre, receiving the Gold Medal in Theatre Studies. 

She enrolled in the Faculty of Education program at U. of W. 

On completion of her first year she was accepted into the 10 month International program between U. of W. and Thailand.  She did her final year and practicum at Lertlah School in Bangkok, Thailand.  She completed her studies at the end of February 2019.  The award financially helped her to work towards achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. We are proud that she chose to carry on the family tradition of teaching. 

I hope this note tells you Aven’s story so far.  She is enjoying her experiences

Elizabeth Stewart
Brandon, MB

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Calene Treichel

I am writing in regard to the letter from Peggy Prendergast, asking about how my granddaughter used her $500 award, in 2013, and how she is doing now.

Calene Treichel was a recipient of a $500 RTAM Student Award, when she was graduated from high school in Boissevain, in 2013.  Getting this award was very beneficial for her University expenses and was used towards paying her tuition for her first year at the University of Manitoba, beginning her Engineering Degree.

In 2018, Calene graduate with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, and was honoured by being awarded with the medal for graduating with the highest overall average in the 2018 class.  Calene is continuing her education at Carleton University, in Ottawa, where she is taking her Master’s Degree.  Good luck Calene.

Marlene Kentner
Dauphin, MB

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Kelly Yeo

You had asked how my granddaughter Kelly Yeo, a first year recipient of a RTAM Student Award that she very much appreciated receiving, is doing.  It is a pleasure to provide an update for you.

Kelly began her final year of studies in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in September (2018).  She has recorded an extraordinary academic record there over the past three years.

On June 3, 2018 she was presented with a Centennial Leadership Award while attending the annual Canadian Pharmacy Association Awards Ceremony in Fredericton, New Brunswick as a U. of M. delegate.  A copy of the awards biography is enclosed.  Kelly has won numerous other scholarships over the span of her pharmacy and pre-pharmacy studies.  We are, needless to say, very proud of her efforts.

The practice of giving out RTAM Student Awards is a fine idea.  Based on our granddaughter’s experience, I can certainly attest to the need for such awards and their value to the recipient.

Dale Yeo
Stonewall, MB

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Kelly Yeo
University of Manitoba

Kelly Yeo is from the small town of Stonewall, MB. After being given the opportunity to shadow a few pharmacists at a local pharmacy, she knew it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She often tells people that this was the best decision she has ever made. During her time at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, Kelly has been very involved in advocating for the profession as one of Manitoba’s CAPSI representatives, and her passion for pharmacy quickly grew. Her greatest wish is to continue to spread this passion to others in the hopes of continuing to push this wonderful profession even further!

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Student Success Portfolios

The Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba (RTAM) would like to assist your grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives in their successful application for our annual Student Award Program. We are offering information for students to prepare their “Student Success Portfolio” as a tool to encourage them to collect their mementos and documents starting in Grade 9 to support them in the development of their Student Award application. 

While we anticipate that you will have many items in your portfolio, we view the collection process as important in allowing you to reflect upon all your opportunities and experiences you have/had in high school. A portfolio gives you a personal snapshot of all your interests, skills and talents you have developed and refined in your high school completion.

The development of a portfolio would support students, not only in applying for our Student Awards, but for other scholarships and bursaries as it helps the student to collectively organize all their accomplishments over their four years of high school.

Your specific portfolio will be different from everyone else’s. It will offer a unique portrayal of your participation in various school committees, sports teams, extra-curricular activities and community involvement. Some sample entries for your portfolio may include photos of your various activities, certificates received for your role in any activity, report cards, a favourite piece of work such as a story, science research, history essay or whatever interests you, newspaper articles, congratulatory letters, and anything that you believe is of significance to your personal growth and development over time.

A portfolio is more than a concrete product. The portfolio development process enables students to become active and thoughtful learners about their own personal growth and skills. Portfolios are the windows into a student’s successes over time.

The Student Award application asks that you include the completed application, a summary of school and community involvement, a reference/support letter from a non-relative and a transcript of your final Grade 12 marks. We believe by having an ongoing collection of artifacts in your portfolio, you will find the application process much easier to complete. We look forward in the future to receiving your application upon your high school graduation!

If you have a relative you believe would be a candidate for the RTAM Student Award when they complete their high school education, you can get them thinking about their many skills and talents to build their own Student Success Portfolio. We believe this RTAM contribution to the preparation of the Student Award applications will facilitate your relative and add to their own self-reflection as they review what they have accomplished during their high school years.

Linda Blair, Joan Dawson, Beth Smith and Joan Zaretsky

Student Success Portfolio Checklist

  • Transcript - Have a copy of your High School transcript available to send with your applications. Not all scholarships, bursaries and awards require high marks, but in case they do, high marks are essential for as many years of education as possible. If it comes down to a few candidates with equal qualifications the committee will look further back in your mark statement. The transcript the school sends you has all of the years of your secondary education included.

  • Participation in School - Being part of the school community is important. You need to be involved in school clubs, be in leadership roles within clubs and actively contributing to the quality of your school life.

  • Participation in Community and Volunteerism - It is also important to be involved in your community. If you don’t have time to belong to an ongoing community organization at least volunteer at regularly occurring events. Consider volunteering for a local group such as a Thrift Shop, visiting a nursing home, after school mentoring of younger children, the local soup kitchen and/or boys’ and girls’ clubs. Volunteering over a long period of time provides a long history of involvement in your community. 

  • Work -Some organizations also want to know about your work experience. Getting and keeping a job shows that you are reliable and hard working. Your employer can attest to your work ethic and ability to follow directions, show initiative and be responsible as well as your ability to work well in a team with different age groups.

  • Awards - List thename of the award, when you earned it (year/grade level), who you received it from and whether the award was at the school, community, province, or national level. Give the reason you earned it, what is the importance of the award and how meaningful the award was to you.

  • References - Choose the people who will write your references wisely. You need to be sure that they will give you a positive reference as well as be good writers and effective communicators. Try to vary them, someone from your education background, an employer, your supervisor from where you volunteer, etc. 

  • Personal Statement -This is a common element used in college and scholarship applications and should be included in your portfolio. The personal statement is used to gain insight into an applicant’s beliefs and core values, so it is important to take the time to draft a well-written description that does not simply regurgitate exactly what is in your resume or transcripts.

  • Final Notes - Use adjectives when writing your descriptions and elaborate and give as much information as possible.

It is often a good idea to ask a teacher, mentor, or coach for several copies of any letters of recommendation they provide, especially if the letters do not contain any identifiable information, such as scholarship, bursary or award provider’s name or the name of the award itself.

Save both paper and electronic versions of your documentation, just in case something is accidentally lost. A well-organized Student Success Portfolio is often the key to an applicant’s success.

RTAM'S 2020 AWARD WINNERS

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2020:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Toni Koshowski

Dauphin

Nadia Yakielashek

Grandmother

Shanaya McMillan

St. Francois Xavier

Sylvia E. Sweetland

Grandmother

Serena Werbowesky

Winnipeg

Yvonne Crampton

Grandmother

Mollie Wheeler

Morden

George O. Turner

Grandfather

Toni Koshowski
I am attending the University of Calgary and my plans include, completing my Bachelor of Science Honours with a major in Neuroscience and then continuing on to study medicine. I am hoping to explore more educational opportunities while completing my undergraduate degree. I hope to continue to be involved in volunteering through sport in some capacity, continue playing hockey as well as become involved in student groups on campus.

Shanaya McMillan
Over the next four years, I plan to complete an Honours degree in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba while maintaining involvement in extracurricular activities. After graduation, I am not yet certain of my career path, but I am interested in working with artificial intelligence or software development. I’m thankful to the teachers in my life who helped me accomplish the things that I have. There were a few of them who made a large impact on my decisions in high school that will carry
into university.

Serena Werbowesky
Having completed my IB Diploma at Miles Macdonnell Collegiate, I have chosen to do my first degree in my home city of Winnipeg, in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Manitoba. I plan to explore different areas of mathematical research with summer jobs, and I have already completed one summer experience researching non-standard base systems and matrix operations, under Dr. Robert Craigen. After completing an Honours degree in Pure Mathematics, I plan to continue on with graduate studies in mathematics at another university, one possibility being the University of Waterloo.

Mollie Wheeler
I am enrolled at the University of Lethbridge in a combined degree program. This next year I am doing my courses online from my home in Morden, MB, but look forward to moving west next fall! My plan is to graduate with a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Mathematics, as well as a Bachelor of Education. The combined degree program will allow me to graduate to teach high school math and physics courses. I am so thankful for this opportunity from the Retired Teachers’ Association and for my grandpa for helping me apply.

RTAM'S 2019 AWARD WINNERS

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2019:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Spencer Christie

Winnipeg

Raymond Gordon Billows

Uncle

Olivia Erickson

Brandon

Conrad Erickson

Grandfather

Marissa Claire Hamlin

Winnipeg

Ellen Hamlin

Grandmother

Alexander Iwanchysko

Dauphin

Nadia Yakielashek

Grandmother


The RTAM Endowment Fund was established with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000 enabling four awards of $500. The Fund has grown to provide support this year for four $850 awards to our very deserving young relatives. Endowing the RTAM Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation allows us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student over time. LET’S STRIVE FOR FOUR $1000 AWARDS NEXT YEAR!

Please consider adding capital to the growth of the RTAM Endowment Fund. Contribute to The RTAM Endowment Award Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation by phone, mail or internet with an In Memoriam gift or in your will or just your charity of choice for next year. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Check our website at: www.rtam.mb.ca or www.wpgfdn.ca.



Brief description of post-secondary plans provided by the award recipients

Spencer Christie
I intend on pursuing a degree in Physics at the University of Manitoba. Afterwards, I am interested in entering a medicine school in order to enter the medical field, although that is far along in the future.

Olivia Erickson
I am currently attending Brandon University and working towards completing my Bachelor of Science degree. After I finish my first degree my plans are to attend medical school, hopefully at the University of British Columbia and pursue Dermatology and/ or Plastic surgery. My end goal would be to eventually own my own dermatology and low level plastic surgery practice.

Marissa Claire Hamlin
Marissa Claire Hamlin is currently attending the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Science pursuing an undergraduate degree in biology. She was also accepted into the House of Commons Page Program for the 2019-2020 year. As an avid lover of nature and the environment, Marissa plans to use her post-secondary education in biology in order to pursue field research that will contribute to issues of environmental and social significance.

Alexander Iwanchysko
I am attending the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Engineering. In my second year I hope to get accepted into the Department of Electrical Engineering and earn my degree in that field. After I get my degree I plan to work somewhere in rural Manitoba.

RTAM'S 2018 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2018:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Ainsley Brown

Winnipeg

Barry Wittevrongel

Grandfather

Sarah Lamoureux

Winnipeg

Ken Reimer

Grandfather

Camryn McMillan

Carberry

Gladwyn Scott

Grandfather

Megan Shackel

Brandon

Manmohan S. Malhi

Grandfather

 

RTAM established the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This year the fund provided support for four $700 awards to recipients who were:
· relatives of an RTAM member
· involved in school and community activities
· Grade 12 graduates
· entering the first year of a post-secondary education program

There were 51 award applications submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student. In the near future $1,000 per student is possible. RTAM could then possibly expand the support for its young people in their studies to include awards to students already enrolled in post-secondary education and those pursuing masters and PhD degrees.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency and through The Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by The Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation www.wpgfdn.ca
2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in Retired Teachers. It will take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

Or Contact The Winnipeg Foundation by phone at: (204) 944-9474, (toll-free) 1-877-974-3631

RTAM'S 2017 AWARD WINNERS

 

RTAM is pleased to congratulate the following winners and their sponsors for 2017:

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Award Winner

Location

Sponsor

Relationship

Jane Harkness

Virden

David Harkness

Uncle

Madison Lambert

Portage la Prairie

Linda M. Green

Grandmother

Katlaina McEwen-McMillan

Winnipeg

Eleanor McMillan

Grandmother

Julia Miles

Winnipeg

Salvatore Scaletta

Grandfather

Jack Osiowy

Winnipeg

Doreen Poersch

Grandmother



RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $600.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 36 award applications submitted again this year. The selection committee strongly agreed there should be a fifth award this year. The RTAM Board concurred.

As retired teachers, we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student to at least $1000, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education. Compounding is working well so far with the fund which on December 31, 2016, had a market value of $63,325.03.

On a personal note, I received two scholarships when I was entering university 70 years ago because one of the conditions on applying was that I be a child of a veteran. As much as the money was appreciated at the time so was the support I received in self-confidence. It was a young high school chemistry teacher who was a veteran himself who insisted I apply for these scholarships. As a result of my actions and in receiving these awards, my father's service in the army was recognized in a way that was a delight to him and my dreams of a University education were realized. It became a family dream come true. I know it has the same effect in the RTAM families that participate in this program, Any RTAM member will be delighted they could support and help a student in their family. It also follows the "Pay it Forward" philosophy of living. Who better than retired teachers know the benefits of education? What a legacy we will leave!

Help grow the Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund, held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Gifts can be made through The Foundation by phone, mail or internet. The Winnipeg Foundation is the registered charity through CRA and through the Winnipeg Foundation gifts to the fund are eligible for tax receipts. A bequest in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration as is a donation as part of your annual charity giving.

Because an endowment fund lasts forever, a bequest to the Retired Teachers’ Endowment Fund through The Winnipeg Foundation is a powerful choice for supporting your community for generations to come, specifically helping young people realizing their dreams in attending post-secondary education. Everyone has their own reasons for planning a gift. Whether you want to create a legacy, generate tax savings or organize your estate, we are happy to work with you. If you need more information or already know exactly how you want to make a difference, please contact Jennifer Aarhus, at The Winnipeg Foundation at 204-944-9474 ext 259 or at donorservices@wpgfdn.org.



RTAM'S 2016 AWARD WINNERS

 


Camille Daeninck

Eveline Juce

Rebecca Malcolm

Owen Ready
 

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000. This fund provides support for four $500.00 awards each year to a Grade 12 graduate who is: sponsored by a relative who is an RTAM member, involved in school and community activities, and enrolled in some form of post-secondary education. There were 45 award applications again submitted this year.

As retired teachers we place a strong value on education. Growing the RTAM Endowment Fund at the Foundation would allow us to enlarge the size of the award available to each student, and, possibly expand the support for young people in their studies to include post graduate students and students already enrolled in post-secondary education.

Please consider assisting in the growth of the RTAM Endowment Fund. It is listed as a registered charity through Canada Revenue Agency. The Retired Teachers of Manitoba Endowment Fund is held with The Winnipeg Foundation. Contributions can be made through them by phone, mail or internet. A tax receipt will be issued by the Winnipeg Foundation for your contribution to the fund. Bequests in your will or a memorial contribution as part of your funeral arrangements are suggestions for your consideration.

Online donation information:

  1. Go to The Winnipeg Foundation site
  2. Go to the “Make a Gift” tab
  3. Scroll down to the “Search” box and type in RTAM. It should take you to the Retired Teachers Endowment Fund page to make your donation.

RTAM is pleased to announce and congratulate the winners and their sponsors for 2016:

Award Winners Location RTAM Sponsor Relationship
Camille Daeninck Winnipeg Mr. Marcel Daeninck Grandfather
Eveline Juce Hamiota Mr. David Juce Father
Rebecca Malcolm Aurora, ON Mrs. Jeannette Timmerman Grandmother
Owen Ready Winnipeg Mrs. Edith Cooper Grandmother
Donate To The RTAM Endowment Fund

FOR GOOD, FOREVER please consider donating to the Retired Teachers’ Association of Manitoba Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation when you are considering either a bequest in your will, an “in memoriam” gift when someone close to you has passed away, or in deciding your charitable giving for the year.

RTAM established an endowment fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in 2013 with an initial contribution of $50,000.  Since then, this fund has provided support for four, $500.00 awards each year to Grade 12 graduates who are nominated by a relative who is an RTAM member.  The criteria for receiving an  award includes the student being; involved in school and community activities, enrolled in some form of post-secondary education, as well as academic achievement.  There has been an average of 40+ award applications submitted each year.
The four awards for 2017 will be $600.00 each, as investment interest and gifts made to the fund has given us more dollars for granting.  What better way for us to leave a legacy of “belief in education” to our following generations?  Each gift, no matter what amount, adds in perpetuity to the overall fund.  We have given our working lives to “education”, this is an opportunity to carry on the tradition.  “For Good. Forever”, The Winnipeg Foundation’s inspiring message, says it all!

For complete instructions on how to make a gift please go to The Winnipeg Foundation website: www.wpgfdn.org, go to “Make a Gift” tab, scroll down to the “search” box and type in RTAM,. or contact The Winnipeg Foundation.