UWinnipeg announces inaugural Axworthy Charter Fund recipients

Brian Daly, Dr. Annette Trimbee, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, and Joe Bova at a donation presentation in November 2016, ©UWinnipeg

Brian Daly, Dr. Annette Trimbee, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, and Joe Bova at a donation presentation in November 2016, ©UWinnipeg

Twelve not-for-profit community outreach programs receive funding

The University of Winnipeg‘s Axworthy Health and RecPlex Charter Fund Committee is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Axworthy Charter Fund Grant of 2017.

  • The Butterfly Club & The Sister’s Circle, Ka Ni Kanichihk Inc.
  • MacKinnon’s Y-Not? Anti-Poverty Program Inc., The Y-Not? Inner City Karate Program
  • WASAC After School Soccer Program
  • Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc., After School Program
  • Graffiti Art Programing Inc., Youth Dance Workshops
  • Winnipeg Newcomer Multi-Sport Academy
  • Spence Neighbourhood Association Futsal Program
  • St. Charles Soccer Association
  • The Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Winnipeg Football Club
  • Gordon Bell High School Grade 7 – 12 Indoor Soccer Development Program
  • Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Sharing Dance Initiative
  • Liberty FC Soccer Academy Winnipeg, Kids Academy

Each of these successful programs will receive a grant ranging from $2,700 – $4,500 to support their community outreach programming run at UWinnipeg’s Axworthy Health and RecPlex during 2017/2018. Programming supported by the Charter Fund Grant includes karate, dance, soccer, football, and futsal, among other activities. Some programs engage individuals of all ages, while others focus on at-risk youth where age groups range from 3 – 28.

These programs develop, support, and encourage the incorporation of regular participation in physical activity or sport into the achievement of personal and collective goals of health and wellness to individuals and groups from low socio-economic and marginalized communities, refugees, and new Canadians.

“The University of Winnipeg believes that participating in these programs not only allows participants to practice their skills and learn new activities, but also allows them to develop a sense of belonging and community while creating pathways to pursuing post-secondary education,” said Dean Melvie, Director, Athletic and Wellness, UWinnipeg. “The Axworthy Health and RecPlex is pleased to partner with and support these fantastic programs.”

A small portion of the Axworthy Charter Fund is reserved to supplement the cost of RecPlex usage by successful applicants. No community groups under the Community Charter are charged a usage fee.

Special thanks to Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Dr. Joe Bova, the Paletta Family, and Mr. Ron Brown, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Winnipeg, as well as to all of the donors to the Axworthy Community Charter Fund for making these grants possible.

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