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

I love my MB sunsets!


My Memories of Manitoba Moments


Made in Manitoba

Love the lake

Manitoba, why I love thee.

Patricia Beach Provincial Beach

Killarney Drive-in theatre

Harvest season

Summer outdoor markets


Dear Manitoba, I love you

I'll always be a Flatlander

Ode to a prairie province

Friendly Manitoba


Changing seasons

Outdoor Patios

Walking/biking/jogging paths


Rainy Manitoba Day

Community Gardens

Fishing Trips

Manitoba Road Trips



Love my MB parks!

Love my MB bridges

The Heart of Manitoba

Love Manitoba

Skinner’s in Lockport

Dear Manitoba

The community spirit flourishes

Grateful Heart!

Cool Bridges

Mocha Ice cream summer delight!

Lady Lake Winnipeg

Fresh Manitoba Vegetables

Mini golfing!

Golfing in Riding Mountain National Park!

Triathlon Community!

Fat Biking in the Winter Months!

Winter Running!

White-Out Parties!

Canoeing at Victoria Beach

Canada Day at The Forks!

Fort Whyte!

Go Bombers!

Cirque du Soleil!

The murals around the city of Winnipeg

Deer in my own backyard!

Lakehouse Restaurant

Clear Lake skating trails

Snow-shoeing in the winter in Manitoba!

Skiing at Assessippi!

Beautiful winter weather!

Go Jets Go!

Celebrating Festival du Voyageur!

Pineridge Hollow & Bird's Hill

Walking the Trails

Grand Beach

Manitoba Sunsets


Hiking in the Whiteshell

Prairie Road Running

Swimming in St. Malo

Cycling in Riding Mountain National Parl

Love My MB

Cycling to New Bothwell for some cheese!

Spending time at The Forks!

Food at The Commons!

My own backyard

Staycation at Inn at the Forks

Beauty in Manitoba

Love you Manitoba!

To my province,

Bird's Hill Park

St. Norbert

Golfing in Manitoba


Beautiful Gardens

Bless this Garden!

Kiwi Anyone?

Glorious SUNset on July 25th

Motorcycling down the Highway!

The Secret to Sals!

Winnipeg's GWWD Gas Car

To my love, Manitoba, and Osborne Village, I adore you

To my darling Portage And Main, how I love thee more than any other place!

Lovely Lakes!

My life in Manitoba

"Memories Show and Shine" - people supporting people

Bois Des Esprits

Winter Skiing

Manitoba Family...

Stunning places

Wishing For Winter

Thank you for your kindness

Beautiful rainbow over the city

Surreal Beauty

Beautiful, any temperature!

Beautiful sunset over the Red River

Home made stewed tomatoes!

sunset over the red


Fort Garry Love

Run Community in Manitoba

Winnipeg Police Service Run!

Cabane à sucre de St-Pierre-Jolys

Go Jets Go!

Manitoba Marathon!

Winter Running

Winter Skates at The Forks

Assessippi Adventures!

Land of beautiful sunsets


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