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Kick off to Pay it Forward May
Kick off to Pay it Forward May

Pay it Forward May

An initiative encouraging citizens of Winkler & surrounding area to do good deeds throughout the month of May. Pay it forward is the centre of what we do at the Winkler Community Foundation and we feel helping others impacts the community making Winkler a better place to live, work and play.


Each year we grant to non-profit charitable organizations in Winkler and surrounding area. It is our goal to grant funds to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives.


The Gordon Wiebe Post-Secondary Scholarships help make life dreams possible for local youth who demonstrate a strong commitment to community service. By offering support in the form of funding, we encourage high school students, current post-secondary students and prospective students to pursue advanced education.

Vital Signs

In order to gain a better understanding of our community in 2012 the WCF took on on the Vital Signs project.  This research was extremely valuable in learning about real challenges in our community and countering perceptions with reality.  Now with a better understanding of community needs we are better able to focus on helping the community where it means the most.

WCF has decided to embark upon Vital Signs Winkler 2018. A new report measuring the heartbeat of our community will be released October 2018.

Terry Elias – 2016 Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year

Since 2006 the WCF has been sponsoring the Citizen of the Year award.  The Winkler Citizen of the Year Award is significant – it recognizes the efforts of an individual who contributes to making the City of Winkler a great place to live, work, play and learn. We feel it was a good fit with what the Foundation stands for which is community and creating a better life for people in our community.


We also take an active role in working with youth through our YiP programs.  Through these programs, students in elementary and high school are able to take part in philanthropy and help to give back to our community.

Public Education

Will Week encourages people, young and old, to have valid and up-to-date will and consider using it to make a charitable gift. Will Week is a partnership with the local Law firms, the Manitoba Bar Association and the Office of the Public Trustee.

If your organization is interested in partnering with WCF on a upcoming project, we would love to hear from you! Get in touch with us here.