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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:


Scholarship Renewals

If you are a current Make It A Reality scholarship recipient or a Ongoing Education Support scholarship recipient, please complete the renewal form that was sent out to your email. In order for our scholarship recipients to receive their renewable scholarships for the upcoming Fall 2021 school year, we need the completed renewal forms to be submitted by January 31, 2021. If you have any questions or did not receive the renewal form, please emails us at

Pay It Forward May

  Pay it Forward is something we can and should be doing all year round. The Winkler Community Foundation and Morden Area Foundation has chosen one month to be more active in our efforts – not because we have to, but because we want to. Not because we’ve experienced kindness from others, but because we want to work together to make our community strong and vibrant. Pay it Forward. Inspire others. Impact our Community.