Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

30th Anniversary of the Women’s Endowment Fund

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Assiniboine Park Pavilion

Thursday, May 9, 2024

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[Founders and builders of an important community resource] – it’s a pleasure to join you in this beautiful location to celebrate philanthropy in our community.

As our thoughts turn to community tonight, we acknowledge that this city is in the heart of Treaty One land and the heartland of the Red River Metis. And our province is the ancestral and present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Here in Manitoba, we are committed to understanding, learning from the past, advancing healing and reconciliation and building a healthier community for everybody.

It’s a well-known truth in international social and economic development that improving conditions for women also improves outcomes for children and ultimately for entire societies.

That surely is true at the provincial and local level as well.

The support provided by the Women’s Endowment Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba has touched the lives of women and girls across Manitoba.

By supporting education, counselling, employment training and other programs, your generosity has helped women and families to gain security, independence and opportunities economic advancement and for joy.

And while that’s the raison d’etre (RAISE-ON DAY-TRRA) of a fund like this, the Women’s Endowment Fund has no doubt had another important impact.

This fund has brought women together for thirty years to dedicate themselves to the community. For those who established, built and supported the Women’s Endowment Fund, it has provided an opportunity to deepen their understanding of, and love for, this province and its people.

The park where we’re gathered has been transformed over the last few decades through a combination of public funding and private philanthropy. And as we see on virtually every day of the year, it brings more joy to more people than ever before.

That’s the power of philanthropy. By coming together with others who share a similar passion, we can be part of a great positive transformation.

As you set your future goals for the Women’s Endowment Fund, you too can multiply your positive impact across Winnipeg and Manitoba.

Congratulations on this 30th anniversary and thank you for three decades of service to our province.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich. Shalom