Winnipeg Free Press
Love Letters to Manitoba

Love for Humankind


Dear Manitoba,

While there are many things to love about you, one of my favourites is the generosity of our citizens.

The Greek word “philanthropy” is defined as “love for humankind.”

Philanthropy is also a call to action and involvement, for the purpose of lifting a community and benefiting people you don’t personally know. When we give, it changes who we are inside, and we recognize we are part of a greater community. We become connected to who we are and what matters most to us.

Year after year Manitobans are the most generous, giving more per capita than any other province or territory in Canada. This generosity supports charitable programs and projects operating in all Cause areas in our community – from supporting young people’s mental health and aiding seniors’ connectivity, to building outdoor green spaces and ensuring access to the arts.

Being part of a community also involves caring for future generations. Today we benefit from those generations, both past and present, who helped create The Winnipeg Foundation. By giving through The Winnipeg Foundation, we are choosing to come together to build a better future for the generations of tomorrow.

For many Indigenous cultures the actions of today impact seven generations into the future. The symbol often used to represent this concept is the circle, because it has no beginning and no end; it is infinite, and it is forever.

As a young Indigenous man, an elder once shared a teaching with me. She said, “Imagine that you’re sitting in the centre of a tipi. While looking at the poles around you, name a faith and a culture for each pole and continue until you can’t name anymore.”

When I was done, she said, “Now look up and notice how the poles are connected at the top of the tipi.”

This teaching showed me that when we come together, we are strong.

We are living through a time when calls for racial justice have risen to levels not heard in decades. To achieve reconciliation – with Indigenous communities, and with all Peoples of Colour – we must first spend time discovering truth and understanding. Healing requires courage that each individual must be willing to discover, in order to deal with the uncomfortable truths of the past. It is in those truths where we will find the path to reconciliation, compassion, and moving forward.

Community foundations like The Winnipeg Foundation are established to be inclusive and reflective of the communities they serve. They are built on the premise that we are stronger when we work together.

2021 marks The Winnipeg Foundation’s 100th anniversary, as well as the 100th anniversary of the Canadian community foundation movement. Today, community foundations are one of the fastest growing and most popular forms of institutionalized community philanthropy worldwide. There are more than 191 community foundations in Canada. With 56 in Manitoba, our province has the most community foundations per capita in North America. Each year, these community foundations grant out millions to local projects and initiatives that are making life better for citizens.

Manitoba, it is your incredible generosity that makes this possible. And so, I say a most sincere thank you.

Sky Bridges, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation

In celebration of The Winnipeg Foundation’s 100th birthday, Winnipeggers have penned aspirational essays for our community’s next 100 years. Read them here

Submitted Love Letters


MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)


Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil


Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile


Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

Thank you

How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba


A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret


RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies


Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy

Lovely Lake Winnipeg

Lake Manitoba, Oh Manitoba!

What I love about Manitoba


My home, My heart, My Manitoba

Ode to the Manitoba Sky


Passion is a word for us

The Forks, The Exchange District and Surrounding Areas

Manitoba Farm Auction

Maple Sugar Run.


Arts + Culture Like No Other


Love My Manitoba Winter days

A love for the land, wrapped up in memories


My Love for McGillivray Falls

Oh Oak Hammock Marsh!

Beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park

You, Me & BDE

Happy to Hike to Hunt Lake

Kings Park moments

Bear Lake, MB

The Forks

Pine Point Rapids

Astounding Aikens Lake

Amazing, inside & out!

Love The Esplanade Riel!

Gardening in Manitoba is a Love Affair

Crocuses in April

Home Away From Home

First Sign of Spring

Beautiful Manitoba

Mairzy Doats and Liddle Lamzy Divey

Manitoba Multiculturalism

King's Park my go to!

Winnipeg beach in the summer


Amazing at Twin Beaches, MB

You Make Me Feel Rich!

Allo Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain!!

Clear Lake Love

Clearwater Lao


Wonderful Whiteshell

Manitoba, You are So Special!!

Meet you at the Bell MTS Place!

You're corny & I love you!

Winnipeg Coyote

Manitoba Glass Works

You Are Immaculate!

Ahoy Manitoba!

Love you Lower Fort Garry, you National Historic Site, you!

Dam you!

U & Me ; Union Station!

Carman Golf Course

Happy Birthday Manitoba

My Bae, the Basilique-Cathedrale de Saint Boniface..

Le Musee de Saint Boniface

Dalnavert Museum

Gabrielle Roy House / La Maison Gabrielle Roy

Wanna WAG with me?

I'm spying on you!!

Upper Fort Garry Hertiage Provincial Park

Oh St.Boniface City Hall!!

Love my Manitoba Legislative Building

Beautiful weather

Peaceful province

Beautiful Manitoba

True North Adventures

Manitoba, a Great Place to Be!

Trail Blazer


Enjoying Winnipeg parks

Walking in The Park

Rolland 4-H Museum

Love for Humankind

Prairie Cathedral.


Manitoba...From the Air

The Swan Valley

My 150th Blood Donation in Manitoba's 150th year

I LOVE Hiking in Manitoba

We Love our Lakes in Manitoba!


Beyond the Beauty

Manitoba Runs on Love


Oh, Manitoba, what a treasure you are!

A love letter to Winnipeg

Manitoba is about the people

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