Impact of Giving

Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

March 8, 2013 • Written by

Wawanesa-InsuranceFor more than a century now, Manitoba’s Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company has made a priority of maintaining its ties to the local community.

So it’s no surprise the company has for years been one of Red River College’s strongest supporters, providing funding for both scholarships and capital campaigns as a means of re-investing in the community and the economy.

“We support the communities in which we work and live, and that drives, in part, our donation program,” explains George Bass, Wawanesa’s Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary.

“Education is one of the five areas of our donation program, and the College fits very squarely into that.

“We have employees here who have attended the College, and we see the benefit in supporting the College so that it can continue to support the economy here in Canada.”

Founded in 1896 by a group of farmers in Wawanesa, Manitoba (a small town located about 50 kilometres southeast of Brandon), Wawanesa Insurance, as a policyholder-owned company, has long prided itself on focusing on policyholders and their interests – a mandate that drives much of the company’s donation-related decision making.

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Granny’s Poultry Farmers Cooperative

March 8, 2013 • Written by

grannysManitoba’s largest poultry processor has struck a new cooperative relationship with the Red River College’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, and together they promise to find new meal options and markets for chicken and turkey.

In recent years, Granny’s Poultry Farmers Cooperative has introduced Ginseng-Fed Chicken and Omega 3-Infused Turkey. By working closely with the college and conducting independent research in its own space in the downtown Winnipeg institute, Granny’s hopes to put even more flavourful and more unique chicken and turkey products on kitchen and restaurant tables across Canada.

The cooperative’s $200,000 investment in Paterson’s GlobalFoods Institute is the single largest donation the farmer-owned cooperative has made in its 50-year history. A valuable link between industry and education will be created when Granny’s team starts working alongside the college’s Culinary Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Professional Baking and Apprenticeship staff and students in March.  Together students and industry will help imagine, conceive and develop practical ways to make locally-grown food more interesting, affordable and flavourful for home cooks and high end chefs alike.

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City Bread Co. Ltd.

March 8, 2013 • Written by

city_breadThanks to City Bread for their generous support of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, in particular, the City Bread Co. Ltd. Professional Baking Lab.

Great-West Life

March 8, 2013 • Written by

CR_GWL_clr_EWith roots in the city going back to 1891, Great-West Life supports many initiatives and organizations to help Winnipeg flourish as a community. With local commitments spanning education, the arts and social services, community and economic development, and health and wellness for all citizens, Great-West Life’s support includes the work of Red River College (RRC).

Over the years, Great-West Life has worked with RRC in several ways – from establishing scholarships for students in business and marketing and supporting the Princess Street Campus capital campaign, to hiring many of its graduates across our operations.

In 2010, Great-West Life committed $250,000 to the redevelopment of the historic Union Bank Tower in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The landmark is now home to Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, the College’s culinary arts and hospitality program, a fine-dining restaurant open to the public, and its first-ever student residence, which provides safe and affordable student housing in the downtown core.

This latest initiative enables RRC to meet industry demand for more skilled graduates and focus on advanced food research. At the same time, this new facility will play an integral role in helping to revitalize Winnipeg’s downtown core – a goal that Great-West Life shares. Read More →

James W. Burns, O.C., O.M., LLD

March 8, 2013 • Written by

Thanks to James W. Burns, O.C., O.M., LLD, for his generous support of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, in particular, the James W. Burns Residence Floor.

The Winnipeg Foundation

March 8, 2013 • Written by

wpg_foundation_logoThe Winnipeg Foundation has a long history of working closely with donors, agencies, and other funders to proactively address changing community needs. In 2011, The Winnipeg Foundation made $22.1 million in grants to almost 800 charitable organizations. During the Foundation’s more than nine-decade history, it has distributed close to $300 million back to the community, including $500,000 toward the re-opening of the Union Bank Tower as the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.

“The Winnipeg Foundation has invested heavily in Winnipeg’s downtown, supporting projects such as the revitalization of Central Park, Old Market Square, and the upcoming African Community Centre. The Paterson GlobalFoods Institute is another example of the positive changes coming to our downtown and is a project we are proud to support,” said Winnipeg Foundation CEO Richard Frost.

Established in 1921—just 17 years after the Union Bank Tower was built—The Winnipeg Foundation is the first community foundation in Canada. Today, there are 48 community foundations in Manitoba and more than 180 across the country. The Winnipeg Foundation plays a leadership role regionally, nationally and internationally, and provides a range of supports and services to Manitoba’s community foundations.

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The Paterson Foundation

March 8, 2013 • Written by

paterson_foundationThe Paterson Foundation was started in 1970 by Senator Norman McLeod Paterson. Since then, the Foundation has been a devoted supporter of community organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

The Paterson Foundation is a private, charitable Foundation incorporated under the laws of the Province of Ontario. It is composed of a Board of Directors that meets twice a year to make decisions on applications received and to deal with other Foundation business.

Grants are made to charitable, non-profit organizations with the major emphasis on projects and programs in the areas of education, health care, religion, social welfare and the arts. The Foundation’s prime areas of interest are Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northwestern Ontario.

Click here to learn more about the Paterson Foundation.

Paterson GlobalFoods Inc.

March 8, 2013 • Written by

pgflogoPaterson GlobalFoods is a family owned, international agri-food business with a long history on the Canadian prairies dating back to 1908.

So it’s no surprise that Paterson GlobalFoods has lent its name and generously supported Red River College’s new training facility, the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute in Winnipeg’s Exchange District — a historic neighbourhood that was once the centre of Canada’s grain industry, and now stands as the city’s economic and cultural hub.

Paterson GlobalFoods’ success and reputation for service has been built on shipping high quality agricultural commodities and products to both suppliers and consumers around the globe. Today, Paterson GlobalFoods is a conglomerate of international agri-food and related businesses. The large scale and vertical integration of the company’s resources allows it to provide unique efficiencies in commodity growing, gathering, trading, processing, transportation and milling. Read More →