E-newsletter: May 2015

Dear Friends,

Click on the headlines below to check out the latest news, events and stories from Friends and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR):

Join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Great-Canadian-Giving-Challenge-logoFor the entire month of June, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Every dollar you donate to Friends qualifies us to win $10,000. The more you give, the more chances you create for your gift to have an even greater impact on human rights education and action!

Public invited to final free admission evening before summer season

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights invites members of the public to attend the final free admission evening before the summer season, starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Free admission evenings, open to all members of the public, have been held once a month since January 2015. Each of these nights draws an average of 1,900 visitors, with line-ups stretching throughout Bonnie & John Buhler Hall. After June 3, the next free admission evening will be October 14, 2015.

Museum scores international awards for innovation

Lights-of-Inclusion-gameThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights received four prestigious Muse Awards from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) at the alliance’s annual meeting in April.

The Museum won gold awards for its innovative mobile app and digital infrastructure, a silver award for the interactive Light of Inclusion game, and a bronze award for the gesture-based Actions Count game.

The Muse Awards honour global institutions or independent producers that enhance their visitor experience and engage audiences by using digital media. Other winners this year included the Smithsonian and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

“These awards place Canada’s new national museum among the best in the world for use of cutting-edge technology that inspires our visitors to think and talk about human rights in new ways,” said CMHR interim president and CEO Gail Stephens.

Register now for the Calgary Winnipeg Charity FUN-raiser

Calgary-Winnipeg-Club-logo-244x310The Calgary Winnipeg Club’s 7th Anniversary Charity FUN-raiser Golf Tournament will be held on June 18, 2015 at the Sirocco Golf Course in Calgary, Alberta.

Club President Don Jakul is proud to report that since 2009, the tournament has raised more than $260,000 for local charities in both Calgary and Winnipeg. The tournament is a sell-out every year, so hurry to register at CalgaryWinnipegClub.com.

Volunteer Spotlight: John Stefaniuk (Winnipeg)

John-StefaniukCongratulations to John Stefaniuk, BComm(Hons), LL.B., and Board Chair of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He was recently recognized in the prestigious 2015 Chambers Global guide as one of the world’s leading lawyers.

John is a partner with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, where he practices environmental, real estate and development, natural resources and energy, commercial and municipal law. He has been repeatedly named in the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada and is listed among the “most highly regarded individuals” under Environmental Law in the Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2014 Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers.

John was appointed to the Friends board in 2010, and has served on its fundraising cabinet for several years. He was drawn to contribute to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights when he heard Dr. Israel Asper announce the project at The Forks in 2003. “I think just about every family in Canada, including mine, has its own human rights stories, and they are not always good ones,” he says. “I thought the project was one that would be transformational for Winnipeg and Manitoba, and something that could also work to transform the attitudes of individuals toward human rights issues, locally and globally.”

Among the highlights of his experience with Friends, he lists “hearing the vision for the Museum from people like Dr. Asper, the project architect Antoine Predock and the exhibit designer Ralph Appelbaum,” and “watching Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lay the cornerstone taken from the field of Runnymede. And, of course the opening ceremonies.”

He encourages anyone interested in human rights education and action to volunteer for Friends. “Just pitch in. It is a well-managed organization and a pleasure to serve it in support of such a worthwhile endeavour.”

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 Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Take advantage of Early Bird pricing by registering before July 15. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Markus Chambers at 204.791.1950 or markus.chambers@gov.mb.ca.

Friends of the CMHR welcomes new board member

Diane Boyle, CEO of Friends of the CMHR, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony N. Catanese (Assurance Services partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and Stuart Murray to its board of directors.

Tony and Stuart join Board Chair John Stefaniuk, National Campaign Chair Gail Asper, and Directors Ali Alizadeh, Stuart Clark, The Hon. Vim Kochhar, Richard Leipsic, Moe Levy, Donald B. MacDonald, Howard Morry, Peter Nicholson, Lisa Pankratz, Paul Pellegrini, and Arni C. Thorsteinson. Welcome aboard!

On the CMHR blog

Positive-Impacts-of-Fair-TradeThe positive impact of fair trade

“May is Fair Trade Month, an important opportunity to highlight why the Museum’s Boutique is committed to Fair Trade initiatives. Fair Trade is a market-based system set up to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and better/fairer prices for their products, and to promote sustainability…” Continue reading…

Georgetown-Boys-and-GirlsThe Georgetown boys and girls

“The 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide will be commemorated on April 24, 2015. Beginning in 1915, the Ottoman Empire attempted to wipe out its Armenian population. Millions were murdered and thousands of children were left orphans…” Continue reading…

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