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COY – Terry Elias

October 6, 2016

Terry was selected for his community building. His vision to better develop the city through residential, commercial and industrial development is refreshing and appreciated.

Terry’s involvement and community building stems from the legacy of his grandfather Mr Peter Enns, founder of Triple E Canada and past Citizen of the Year. This legacy of innovative thinking, building businesses that help the community thrive, and developing our community for the future has been evident in Terry and his involvement in the community. Terry may be seen as a behind the scenes community builder. Terry has quietly supported many initiatives and organizations promoting the whole community.048

Terry’s vision and commitment to enriching our community go much further than his contributions to the city’s residential, commercial and industrial developments. Over the years Terry has been actively involved in many community and church projects, including numerous building projects at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church, the Cedar Estates senior housing project and the P.W. Enns Centennial Concert Hall, to name a few. Other boards Terry has greatly contributed to include the Garden Valley School Division, Winkler Golf Club and the local Business Improvement Area Committee.

With a belief that a community should not only provide employment for its citizens but also with recreational facilities, good health care and active organizations, Terry has been a generous supporter of many local organizations such as the Winkler Flyers, The Bunker Youth Centre and Salem Home.

Over the years, it is clear to see that Terry has worked hard to provide for his family, employees, and the community of Winkler. Thank-you Terry for giving back to our community; making it a better place to live, work and play in.

Stories

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 […]

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