We are privileged to have many people who give generously to MYS and we enjoy sharing their stories. Here are just a few of the outstanding community leaders we call our friends.
George and Pam Sigurdson
George first became involved with MYS in 2008 when he received the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Award. George and Pam quickly became passionate about the agency when they learned more about the services that MYS offers to youth at risk in Manitoba. George was part of the MYS Capital Campaign Cabinet and Pam has been actively involved in the annual spring fundraising events.
Among other inititives, George and Pam support the Mobile Crisis Stabilization System Program and the Youth Resource Centre and Shelter Program. It is important to the Sigurdsons that youth have a safe place to stay and that there is help for them at certain times in their lives.
"MYS is like a service centre. It helps provide resources. Social services are big and sometimes people may not know where to start. MYS is the funnel."
Louis Trepel has been an active volunteer since the early 1970s. Inspired by Monty Hall, Winnipegger and television show host of Let's Make a Deal, Louis founded the Manitoba Chapter of Variety, the children's charity.
Louis first became involved with MYS when he received the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Award.
"I was moved by the essentiality of Macdonald Youth Services. I realized if MYS did not exist, youth would have nowhere to go and would end up on the streets."
During the Youth Resource Centre and Shelter Capital Campaign, Louis sponsored The Dream Room Project. Through this initiative, rooms are transformed through murals and bedroom furnishings, creating spaces for children and families to heal from traumatic experiences through art.
"I wanted to create an environment that felt safe, peaceful, comforting and give them a place to reflect. I felt I needed to roll up my sleeves and see what I could do to make a difference."
Doug Harvey and Jan Shute
Doug Harvey and Jan Shute became friends to MYS during the Youth Resource Centre and Emergency Shelter Capital Campaign. Doug and Jan believe it is important to set an example for others by being good corporate citizens and encouraging others to give.
"We believe in giving back to the community and providing support to enhance the lives of others and this wonderful city."
Edward Kennedy's association with Macdonald Youth Services began when the community leader took the reins as Winnipeg's United Way 2011 Campaign Chair. It that time, Kennedy visited a wide range of social service agencies, including MYS. While he remained very impressed with their sense of purpose and expertise, he was concerned with the conditions and inadequacy of their facilities.
"I met with Erma Chapman, CEO and immediately became aware of similar situations at MYS. Given the significance of the agency, I decided to get involved in many ways, one of which was to help raise awareness of capital-type needs within our community."
Edward received the Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Award in 2013. He was honourary chair for the public phase of the Capital Campaign.