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Awards Recipients 2017

August 30, 2017

“Volunteering is about making an investment….I have realized in my short life that there is one guarantee when volunteering; my community grows, and I grow.” – Katrina Epp, Library Sciences Student, Red River College


At a ceremony held on August 24th, recipients of the Ongoing Education Support Scholarship were honoured by the Winkler Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, members of the community Scholarships Committee, alongside family and friends. We are thrilled to introduce to you Alina Fischer, Cameron Wiens, Hailey Penner, Janelle Ewert, Jayna Janzen, Jen Derksen, Jessica Froese, Katrina Epp, Noah Olfert, Steph Derksen, and Tegan Penner. This outstanding group of young people has been actively volunteering to deliver youth programming, team coaching, care for the elderly, respite for abandoned pets, data collection of local biology, moral and spiritual support for their peers and much more. Their dedication to building community is strong and their impact will continue to build for some time to come.


Students (Back Row L-R): Hailey Penner, Tegan Penner, Katrina Epp, Jayna Janzen; (Front Row L-R): Noah Olfert, Cameron Wiens


This award is for local students age 30 or under who are completing their first undergraduate degree or diploma at a registered post-secondary institution within Canada. This award is valued at $2,000 and is renewable for up to two years during the student’s first program of study. The defining criteria for this award is the student’s commitment to community service. As of March 1st, we had received 45 applications for this award.


Recipients of this award represent the very best of our community – a generous spirit, a commitment to learning and a plan to grow these gifts. As you will read in their biographies (end of article), their inspiration is rooted in a variety of experiences, but their lessons are similar. They do this work because it builds stronger relationships, citizenship, belonging and equity in our community. Altogether, their volunteerism is testimony that Winkler’s next generation is rooted in community.


We thank all applicants for their commitment to building a strong community. We thank their families for all of the support given to help these students to flourish. We thank our volunteer committee members for developing this remarkable program. Most of all, we thank Gordon Wiebe, in loving memory, for his insights and foresight in establishing the Gordon Wiebe Post-Secondary Scholarships.


Read about the recipients:


WES YIP give back

Winkler Elementary School ran Youth in Philanthropy as an Exploratory program during the 2020-21 school year. They had a group of grade 8 students participate. As a part of the program, the students ran a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser by selling boxes of smarties. They felt the smarties could share some “joy” during a COVID Valentine’s. The girls designed to and from tags for the students to send the smarties to friends aor siblings in the school. The money raised during the YIP exploratory program was matched by the Winkler Community Foundation. Thanks to the student’s efforts and the Foundation’s match, a grant of $669 was awarded to Gateway Resources. This grant has been designated for Gateway’s Life Skills Program to add tactile and sensory box resources. “We decided to raise money for the Gateway Life Skills Program because we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to contribute to the community and do what they love!” – Karli, BYNN and Bria grade 8 YIP students from WES.   The Winkler Community Foundation loves seeing students engage in philanthropic activities. We were happy to see WES find a creative way to still teach young students about philanthropy and positively impact […]


2021 Giving Challenge

November 15-21 All donations will be stretched.

Scholarship Renewals

Deadline: January 31, 2022. All current Make It A Reality scholarship recipients and Ongoing Education Support scholarship recipients must submit scholarship renewal form to qualify.

Community Grants

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Scholarship Applications

Deadline: Feb 28, 2022.