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A group of benevolent Manitobans have been honoured for their dedication to helping others in the province succeed.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals Manitoba chapter doled out the 2017 Manitoba Philanthropy Awards on Nov. 15 and recognized six people working for others.
Winners included Gail Asper (outstanding philanthropist), Tina Jones (outstanding volunteer fundraiser), James Richardson & Sons Ltd. (outstanding large philanthropic organization), Chelsey Meade (outstanding youth 16 to 25), Atticus McIlraith (outstanding youth under 15), and Diane Boyle (outstanding professional fundraiser).
Boyle, who was CEO of the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights between 2013 and 2017, said she was shocked to be named outstanding professional fundraiser.
Boyle was nominated by Gail Asper and Carolyn Basha, president of AFP Manitoba.
"It’s a very good feeling to be recognized by your peers in the profession and I appreciate it very much. It’s an honour," Boyle said.
During her tenure with the Friends of the CMHR, Boyle helped complete a $160 million capital campaign supported by donations from the private and labour sectors.
Boyle said her work in the philanthropic sector has been rewarding, particularly seeing youth and visitors to the CMHR leave with a new understanding and appreciation of human rights.
"It’s particularly gratifying to watch the young people come through and watch what they’re learning as they go through the museum," she said.
Boyle is currently working with fundraising firm Ketchum Canada Inc. for arts, health care and educational organizations across the country. She is also on the board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.
"It’s a very satisfying job, particularly working with volunteers who are giving up their time and energy working with you to raise funds for the organization," Boyle said. "I’ve been so lucky to learn so much from the volunteers that I’ve worked with over the years."
Jones, who sits on the board of the Health Sciences Centre Foundation as chair and for donor development, said her volunteerism is driven by seeing others benefit from her efforts. She has been serving on boards of non-profit organizations in the province since she was 25 years old, beginning with FortWhyte Alive, and continues to support St. Mary’s Academy, St. Paul’s High School, Habitat for Humanity, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra through her business Banville & Jones Wine Co.
"It’s important for the community and I think it enhances people’s lives," Jones said. "Whenever we can give time back or money or ask for money we have an opportunity to help others and change people’s lives."
Jones said the HSC Foundation is in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign that will help transform the care offered at the hospital.
"Doctors have to make due with what equipment and resources they have, so the foundation is very important as far as helping many different areas of the hospital purchase equipment," she said.
"I just think that we live and work in Manitoba and we reap the benefits of being able to have great businesses here and to be able to give back in the community we live in is very important to me."
Danielle Da Silva
Community journalist — The Sou'wester
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