E-Newsletter: June 2015

Dear Friends,

You’ve been reaching for the stars with us for so many years – and now, your commitment to human rights awareness, education and action has transformed a dream we shared into a reality we can all be proud of.

On Monday, June 15, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights reached our capital campaign goal of $150 million. In fact, thanks to your support, we raised $151.5 MILLION for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights!

Click on the headlines below to find out more about this incredible news and meet some of the donors whose generosity helped us reach the finish line:

News

Friends of the CMHR achieves capital campaign goal

 

Campaign-Achievement-310x227Thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Calgary Foundation, a $1.5 million gift from The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation, and a $1 million gift from the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has exceeded our capital campaign goal and raised $151.5 million in support of the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)!

The campaign, which began in 2003, succeeded because of the combined efforts of 8,200 donors and hundreds of campaign volunteers from every region of Canada and beyond, said Friends’ National Campaign Chair Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. at the campaign announcement on June 15. “They are the ones who kept this project going, whose vocal support kept pushing us through. Seeing our supporters’ determination, learning the stories that fuelled their passion for the project, always renewed our efforts. They are the ones that demonstrated to Canada how important this project was.”

Asper also thanked the leadership of the Museum and Friends, including past Friends executive director Moe Levy, “without whom this place would not have been possible.

The announcement took place on the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, a document that set the groundwork for many concepts that define democracy and human rights today.

Joining the celebration were Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager, LiUNA; Victor DaSilva, General Manager of LiUNA Local 1258; Jim Brownlee, board director of the Calgary Foundation; and Gail Stephens, Interim President & CEO of the CMHR. All four spoke about the tremendous impact the CMHR will have on human rights education for generations to come.

“We’re not even done our first year yet, and we’re already seeing the impact this place is having,” said Asper. “When we watch those students taking part in school programs, and see them engaged and excited to learn, we know, and all of our donors know, that they supported so much more than just a building. We’ve created this place of understanding, this place of inspiration, a place that is creating positive change in the world. On behalf of Friends and the Museum staff, my family, our city, our country, the world, thank you to each and every person who looked to the future, who saw an opportunity for change, who found their courage and their energy, and helped to make this happen.”

With the capital campaign for the building and inaugural exhibits now complete, Friends will continue to partner with our community to support the Museum.

A message of thanks from Gail Stephens, interim president & CEO CMHR

 

Gail-Stephens_adjusted-for-web-240x310To overtake a $150-million fundraising goal is an amazing achievement and could only happen with donor support from every region of this country.

In order to build this incredible structure, and fill it with hundreds of meaningful exhibitions, Canadians came together by the thousands. Representing families, corporations and unions from all across Canada, they came together to support a common vision…a vision of inclusion, of hope and understanding.

These donations, together with contributions from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Forks-North Portage Corporation, have turned what once was a bold dream into a reality.

On behalf of the Museum, I’d like to thank all of the donors, volunteers, supporters and ambassadors who saw the possibilities and helped create this Museum.

Donor profile: LiUNA 

LIUNA-310x215Thank you LiUNA (the Labourers’ International Union of North America) for donating $1 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! LiUNA is a multi-faceted union that represents more than 500,000 members, including 100,000 Canadians, many of whom work in the construction industry.

Speaking on behalf of LiUNA at the June 15 campaign announcement, Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA’s International Vice President and Regional Manager, said, “Our organization shares a lot of the same values as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, including democracy, education and advocacy. We advocate for the rights of our members, and we are honoured to be associated with a venture so close to their hearts.”

Victor DaSilva, Business Manager for LiUNA Local 1258 in Winnipeg, said many members helped build the Museum. “Evidence of their workmanship is all around us. They knew that people from all around the world would be coming to visit this Museum, to see and learn about mankind’s human rights history. They knew people would be seeing their craftsmanship, and they took a lot of pride in that.” Many LiUNA members also made individual donations to the Friends’ capital campaign. “Our contribution reminds us that labour unions will always be on watch to stand up for the rights of workers and ensure they’re treated fairly and equally. We believe in what this building stands for.”

Donor profile: Calgary Foundation

Calgary-Foundation-310x219Thank you to the Calgary Foundation for your $1.5 million donation to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. One of 191 community foundations across the country, the Calgary Foundation forges powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and the surrounding area.

Board member Jim Brownlee presented the cheque to Friends of the CMHR at the campaign announcement on June 15, and said the Foundation was “pleased to help bring this campaign across the finish line.” The Calgary Foundation was inspired to make a donation to the Museum after visiting the site two years ago. Even though the building was “bare walls and concrete foundation,” representatives were “so moved by what was being created that they decided to get behind it. This is something very special, for all Canadians, forever.”

The success of Calgary’s Aboriginal citizens, added Brownlee, is one of his Foundation’s key priorities, and he believes the stories told throughout the CMHR “will serve to educate future generations so that we can truly build the kind of Canada we all want, and a country where we all belong. This museum is located exactly where it should be: in the heart of our country. And we recognize that it will bring value to all Canadians, and help further our cause in Calgary as well.”

Sustaining CMHR memberships

Make the most of the Museum by purchasing a Sustaining membership. Sustaining membership is a great option for supporters of the CMHR as it combines the benefits of annual membership with a charitable gift to the Museum.

This unique membership is based on the number of people participating in the arrangement. They don’t have to be from the same household. Memberships can be purchased individually or in groups of two, four or six people. So get together with your friends and sign up!

To see the full list of membership benefits visit the Museum website.

For publication Friday, June 26, 2015 Subject: THANK YOU!!! from Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Content: Le texte français suit l’anglais. Dear Friends, E-blast: You’ve been reaching for the stars with us for so many years – and now, your commitment to human rights awareness, education and action has transformed a dream we shared into a reality we can all be proud of. On Monday, June 15, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights reached our capital campaign goal of $150 million. In fact, thanks to your support, we raised $151.5 MILLION for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! NEWS Friends of the CMHR achieves capital campaign goal Thanks to a $1.5 million gift from the Calgary Foundation, a $1.5 gift from The Paul Albrechtsen Foundation, and a $1 million gift from the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA), Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has exceeded our capital campaign goal and raised $151.5 million in support of the creation of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)! The campaign, which began in 2003, succeeded because of the combined efforts of 8,200 donors and hundreds of campaign volunteers from every region of Canada and beyond, said Friends’ National Campaign Chair Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. at the campaign announcement on June 15. “They are the ones who kept this project going, whose vocal support kept pushing us through. Seeing our supporters’ determination, learning the stories that fuelled their passion for the project, always renewed our efforts. They are the ones that demonstrated to Canada how important this project was.” Read more |Read the campaign announcement | View a complete list of capital campaign donors A message of thanks from Gail Stephens, interim president & CEO CMHR To overtake a $150-million fundraising goal is an amazing achievement and could only happen with donor support from every region of this country. In order to build this incredible structure, and fill it with hundreds of meaningful exhibitions, Canadians came together by the thousands. Representing families, corporations and unions from all across Canada, they came together to support a common vision…a vision of inclusion, of hope and understanding. These donations, together with contributions from the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Forks-North Portage Corporation, have turned what once was a bold dream into a reality. On behalf of the Museum, I’d like to thank all of the donors, volunteers, supporters and ambassadors who saw the possibilities and helped create this Museum. Donor profile: LiUNA Thank you LiUNA (the Laborers’ International Union of North America) for donating $1 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights! LiUNA is a multi-faceted union that represents more than 500,000 members, including 100,000 Canadians, many of whom work in the construction industry. Speaking on behalf of LiUNA at the June 15 campaign announcement, Joseph Mancinelli, LiUNA’s International Vice President and Regional Manager, said, “Our organization shares a lot of the same values as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, including democracy, education and advocacy. We advocate for the rights of our members, and we are honoured to be associated with a venture so close to their hearts.” Read more Donor profile: Calgary Foundation Thank you to the Calgary Foundation for your $1.5 million donation to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. One of 191 community foundations across the country, the Calgary Foundation forges powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of Calgary and the surrounding area. Board member Jim Brownlee presented the cheque to Friends of the CMHR at the campaign announcement on June 15, and said the Foundation was “pleased to help bring this campaign across the finish line.” The Calgary Foundation was inspired to make a donation to the Museum after visiting the site two years ago. Even though the building was “bare walls and concrete foundation,” representatives were “so moved by what was being created that they decided to get behind it. This is something very special, for all Canadians, forever.” Read more Sustaining CMHR memberships Make the most of the Museum by purchasing a Sustaining membership. Sustaining membership is a great option for supporters of the CMHR as it combines the benefits of annual membership with a charitable gift to the Museum. This unique membership is based on the number of people participating in the arrangement. They don’t have to be from the same household. Memberships can be purchased individually or in groups of two, four or six people. So get together with your friends and sign up! To see the full list of membership benefits visit the Museum website at: https://humanrights.ca/support/membership. In addition to annual membership benefits, Sustaining members also receive free admission to over 100 North American museums through Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM). Check out the full list of institutions here: https://sites.google.com/site/roammuseums/home/about-roam. Volunteer profile: Ajay Chopra (Toronto) Ajay Chopra is a volunteer fundraiser for Friends of the CMHR, and principal of Chopra Consulting Group in Toronto, Ontario. He was so inspired by a recent visit to the CMHR that he decided to increase his own donation to our capital campaign. Here’s Ajay’s story in his own words… Read more 8th Annual Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic On Thursday, August 27, 2015, come out and enjoy a fabulous day of golf at Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in support of the CMHR. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Markus Chambers at 204.791.1950 or markus.chambers@gov.mb.ca. ON THE CMHR BLOG Vietnamese Refugees in Canada “I was ten and the older brother that escaped with me was eleven. The two of us were put on a boat with 20 other people.… We were at sea for 11 days. On the second day of our escape we ran into a pirate ship. [The pirates] took all of our fuel, jewelry, and food containers. We were left to drift…” Continue reading… If you would like further information on donating, please contact the Regional Campaign Manager for your area. Manitoba Carolyn Basha cbasha@friendsofcmhr.com 204-289-2273 Kelly McArthur kmcarthur@friendsofcmhr.com 204-289-2278 Alberta Alice Ogston aogston@friendsofcmhr.com 403-474-0157 Ontario Lynda Henriksen lhenriksen@friendsofcmhr.com 416-369-4625″ target=”_blank”>https://humanrights.ca/support/membership.

In addition to annual membership benefits, Sustaining members also receive free admission to over 100 North American museums through Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM). Check out the full list of institutions here: https://sites.google.com/site/roammuseums/home/about-roam.

Volunteer profile: Ajay Chopra (Toronto)

 

Ajay-Chopra-271x310Ajay Chopra is a volunteer fundraiser for Friends of the CMHR, and principal of Chopra Consulting Group in Toronto, Ontario. He was so inspired by a recent visit to the CMHR that he decided to increase his own donation to our capital campaign.

Here’s Ajay’s story in his own words…

“I’ve been a volunteer fundraiser with Friends for a few years now. As a proud Winnipegger, I was a believer in the Museum right from the start. On my tour of the CMHR, I was struck speechless by the world-class architecture and the gorgeous ramps. I was incredibly moved by the displays and exhibits, and the multitude of human rights stories that make up our collective human rights journey.

“During that tour, I felt such immense pride that I made a commitment to increasing my pledge. This museum is a jewel in the heart of Canada. I personally classify it as a wonder of the world!”

8th Annual Drive FORE the Stars Charity Golf Classic

On Thursday, August 27, 2015, come out and enjoy a fabulous day of golf at Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in support of the CMHR. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Markus Chambers at 204.791.1950 or markus.chambers@gov.mb.ca.

On the CMHR Blog

Indigenous-Rights (1)Recognition of Indigenous Rights at the CMHR

“At the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) we tell the stories of human rights. For National Aboriginal Day, a day of celebration and recognition, I would like to discuss three different categories of Indigenous rights: original, Aboriginal and Treaty rights and those protected internationally…” Continue reading…

Vietnamese-RefugeesVietnamese Refugees in Canada

“I was ten and the older brother that escaped with me was eleven. The two of us were put on a boat with 20 other people.… We were at sea for 11 days. On the second day of our escape we ran into a pirate ship. [The pirates] took all of our fuel, jewelry, and food containers. We were left to drift…” Continue reading…

If you would like further information on donating, please contact the Regional Campaign Manager for your area.

Manitoba

Carolyn Basha
cbasha@friendsofcmhr.com
204-289-2273

Kelly McArthur
kmcarthur@friendsofcmhr.com
204-289-2278 

Alberta

Alice Ogston
aogston@friendsofcmhr.com
403-474-0157 

Ontario

Lynda Henriksen
lhenriksen@friendsofcmhr.com
416-369-4625