Fall 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,


Message from the CEO
9th Annual Drive FORE the Stars
Your Gift in Action
Did you Know
Bringing the Museum to Toronto
National Student Program
Your Support is Needed
People Are Sharing
Thank You To Our Donors

Message from the CEO


Anniversaries are always a great time to celebrate. It’s amazing how much you can accomplish in a year—and great to take time to reflect before moving forward.

It’s truly astonishing to reflect on the variety of exhibitions that found a temporary home in the Museum’s Level 1 Gallery in the year since it opened.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty and Legacy opened the gallery and invited visitors to explore the document that laid much of the groundwork for democratic life today, and the similarities between Magna Carta and some of Canada’s foundational documents. The family-focused XOXO: An Exhibit About Love and Forgiveness invited visitors of all ages to explore the concepts of love and forgiveness, universal values that transcend race, culture and nationality. And most recently Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists explored the idea that blind people can often see in ways that sighted people cannot, and sparked thought and conversation about the rights of people with disabilities.

These exhibitions also drew strong media coverage for the Museum. Media coverage for Sight Unseen was national and international, including features in Fast Company, American Photo and Photo Life.

I hope you join me in my excitement for what will come in the next year and many years to come – much of which is made possible through the generous support of you, our donors.

Thank you for your continued support.

Diane Boyle, CEO
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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9th Annual Drive FORE the Stars a Grand Slam Success

Smiles, sunshine and big swings were made this August as $25,000 was raised for Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Friends) during a beautiful day of golf at Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf and Country Club.

L-R: Markus Chambers and Moe Levy

The tournament continues to be made possible by the commitment from tournament chair Markus Chambers and the generous sponsors of the event. This ongoing dedication to Friends is a tremendous benefit to our cause.

“Drive FORE the Stars continues to grow as new sponsors seek us out to participate in the event and provide a quality experience for our golfers,” he said.

L-R: Sargent Ron Johansson (WPS), Felix Sandron, Peggy May, Frank May.
L-R: Sargent Ron Johansson (WPS), Felix Sandron, Peggy May, Frank May.

The 10th annual Drive FORE the Stars will take place on August 24, 2017at Larter’s at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club. This event is a great opportunity for businesses and local organizations to support the Museum and get their name out in the community. Sponsorship opportunities are available.Get ahead of the game and arrange yours now.



Thank you to all our sponsors who made this event possible!

Agri-Tel Transportation, The Asper Foundation, Assiniboine Credit Union, Clay Oven, DPD Software Ltd., The Electric Chair Massage, The Fort Garry Hotel, Flavia Fernandez Fabio – Ma Vie En Vin, Frontera Wines, Hollywood Limousine Service Inc., Investors Group, JC Paving Ltd., Lavergne Draward and Associates Ltd., Legacy Bowes Group, The Pita Pit, Regehr’sPrinting Ltd., South Beach Casino & Resort, Steinbach Credit Union, Stuart Clark, Ten Spa, Titan Building Management Ltd., TD Canada Trust, Wasabi.

Contact Markus Chambers at 204.791.1950 or driveforethestars@mymts.net or Friends at info@friendsofcmhr.com.

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Your Gift in Action

Intensive Summer Program Partners with Museum for Sixth Year

Emerging Issues in Human Rights students visiting the Museum
Emerging Issues in Human Rights students visiting the Museum

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (the Museum) is a home for human rights education. Your support inspires visitors of all ages to work together towards a new era of global human rights leadership. It helps the Museum show how change starts with awareness, and to illustrate how each and every one of us can do something to make the world better.

Your support allows the Museum to build partnerships with people in our community doing their part to guide the next wave of human rights leaders—people like Professor Marilou McPhedran. Professor McPhedran’s ‘Emerging Issues in Human Rights’ summer intensive course (now in its 6th year) was developed in partnership with the Museum, and takes place partially within the Museum’s classrooms. Together students examine the voices, perspectives and actions of individuals working for human rights—globally and right here in Canada.

Emerging Issues in Human Rights students visiting the Museum
Emerging Issues in Human Rights students visiting the Museum

“You can’t live your rights unless you know your rights. And you can’t know your rights without education,” said Marilou.

The Museum is so much more than a classroom. Students use the galleries as primary sources of information for assignments and receive lectures from Museum curators. “Being based in the Museum, being able to draw upon the range of exhibit and curatorial expertise available in the museum is core to this course,” explained Marilou in a recent conversation with Friends. “It’s a phenomenal resource. There isn’t anything else in the world on this scale.”

Your generosity helps the Museum provide the tools and inspiration for visitors to reflect on their own lives and community, and to also look beyond. “I have seen countless times a transformation in students when they have the opportunity to engage in depth with human rights information, and in particular with the galleries at the Museum,” Marilou confirmed. The experience allows them to “see themselves as key players in that much larger drama of life.”

At the heart of all our donors’ support is the drive to help visitors learn not only their own rights, but also how to advocate for the rights of others. “You cannot be an effective advocate if you don’t know your stuff,” said Marilou. “And that’s really the core of what the Museum stands for, not only for those of us who live in Canada, but all over the world.”

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Did you know?Marilou

Professor McPhedran’s steno pad is on display in the Museum’s Protecting Rights in Canada gallery.

In 1981 women activists (including Marilou McPhedran) carried steno pads to disguise themselves as secretaries and gain entry into Parliament. Once inside, they lobbied for inclusion of a gender equality clause in the Charter.Learn more about the evolution of Canada’s unique legal system in the Protecting Rights in Canada gallery at the Museum.

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Bringing the Museum to Toronto

L-R: Susan Asper, Donald MacDonald, Adina Erem Isenberg
L-R: Susan Asper, Donald MacDonald, Adina Erem Isenberg

Supporters of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights were invited to the home of Senator Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski in late September for an interactive evening featuring examples of the Museum’s exhibits.

3D imagery, which challenges visitors to reconsider notions of blindness and disability, from the Sight Unseen temporary exhibition; clip from Acts of Conscience: Armin T. Wegner and the Armenian Genocide, produced by the Museum; Weaving a Better Future, a virtual reality documentary which immerses you into the lives of indigenous Maya woman; and the Witness Blanket documentary film allowed guests to experience the Museum away from its home in Manitoba.

Guests had the opportunity to meet the Board and learn more about the Museum’s upcoming plans. Dr. John Young, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was on hand to give an update after his first year in the role;

L-R: Susan Wortzman and Heather Partridge
L-R: Susan Wortzman and Heather Partridge

Professor Jennifer Tunnicliffe from McMaster University spoke about bringing her History and Peace Studies students to the Museum; and Kayla Saul, a student from the Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) told the room how visiting the Museum impacted her.


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National Student Program: Trips to the Museum Helping Students Stand Up For Human Rights

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ national student program will provide opportunities for students from across Canada to take part in human rights learning experiences. These experiences may range from a one-day introduction to human rights to an intensive week-long experience in Winnipeg with three days of experiential learning at the Museum. The program is now in the 2nd year of a 3-year pilot phase.

“.. to see the look in their eyes as they’re telling their story and to hear their voice it just makes it so much more real. Just reading something in a book or listening to someone else talk – it doesn’t have the same effect, you don’t understand as much about what they were going through and what really happened.”
~ Laya Shatil, student from London, Ontario speaking about the Museum’s interactive exhibits.

Education is one of the primary purposes of the Museum. It is the Museum’s goal to continue bringing post-secondary and high school students from across Canada to visit the Museum year after year, to be inspired and help make changes in their communities. With your ongoing support, more students will embark on this incredible experience, and make their communities – and Canada – better for years to come.

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Your Support is Needed: Level 1 Gallery


To enhance the visitor experience even further, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights unveiled a dynamic new exhibit space in August 2015 – the Level 1 Gallery. This new climate-controlled space allows the Museum to host some of the most sought-after human rights related exhibits in the world. We hope you will join us in December as the gallery showcases 1867: Rebellion and Confederation , an exploration of a society in transition, and again in 2017 when the gallery will feature a national photography exhibition that marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian Federation. Although the Level 1 gallery is open and running we are seeking support for the cost of outfitting and maintaining the gallery.

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People are Sharing: Some of our Favourite Social Posts This Month


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Every Donation Counts – Welcome To Our First Time Donors

Since 2003 Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has received donations from more than 8,400 individuals, businesses, foundations and labour groups in support of the Museum’s vision and mission.

Thank you!

We are pleased to acknowledge the following new supporters who donated for the first time between October 2015 and August 2016. (A searchable list of all donors can be found on the Friends website).

The Family of Thomas & Corona Abbott
Abilities Manitoba
John & Elsa Alho
Arthur Arpin
Carrie Bedder-Manley
Janet Belair
Bella Ben-Ari
Margaret Bennett
Derrek Bentley
Ada Bergman
Alison Bergman
Lee Anne Block
Paul Bonder
Ruth Borden
Menno Braun
Jeff & Andrea Brien
Gerald R Brown
Lauris Brownlee
Mary Brownlee
Clifford Burke & Miriam Baron
Gail Byers
Canadian Insurance Claims Managers Association
CancerCare Manitoba – Community Oncology Program
Dora A. H. Carpenter
Jonathan Cohen
CONAM Charitable Foundation
Dr. Marvin Cooper
Rémi Courcelles
CPA Canada
John & Carol Craig
Heidi Crowley
Donna Cymbalist
Ellen & Graeme Dearnley
Helen Delacretaz
Miriam Devins
Marianne Dordick
Pierre Doucette
Donna Ekerholm
Barry Elkin
Dr. Derek Fewer
Flagstone Foundation (David Spence and Donna Otto)
Seth Foucault

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Patricia Gagic
Luba Gallinger
Stefanie Goldberg
Mrs. Randee Goldman
Howard & Mindy Goodman
Joshua Greenhut
Gil Gross
Corrina Gutnik
James Hanky
Gillian Harkness
David Harris
Richard Hechter
Dustin Henry
Janice Heramchuk
Larry Hershfield
Noel & Lil Hershfield
James Hicks
John Hobbins
Jillian Horton
Robert S Houston
Sharon Hunter
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2085
Margaret Jeffries
Betty Kirshner
Sandra Kneller
Sam & Mary Kohn
Larry & Joan Kraitberg
Erin Kravetsky
Jordana Krofchick
Alan Lacovetsky & Joanne Mills
Lillian Lamothe
Claudette Leclerc
Larry Lemesurier
Reisa Libling
George A. Lockhart
Rowena Lunn
Merle MacAulay
MacDon Industries Ltd.
Manitoba Association of Optometrists
Peter Mansbridge

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Herbert & Lesle Margolis
Ken McCulley
Grace McKay
Linda McNaughton
Jim & Winifred McPhee
Eleanor Medved
Sarah Mendelson
Anna Miller
Murray & Susy Miller
The Estate of Marion Mills
Norris Nagao
Chuck & Ruth Narvey
Nuala Nazarko
Bonnie Neil
Newfoundland & Labrador Nurses’ Union
S. Nicholls
Shelley Nimchonok
Mr. Alan & Cindy Osheroff
Bruce Palansky
Party Stuff
Russell & Barbara Pedneault
Paul Pelletier
Harvey Permack
Simone & Leon Pincovich
Elizabeth A. Poker
Karen Quinn
Jack & Adrian Raizman
Jeff & Sherri Ramsay
Ellen & Eppy Rappaport
Red River Mission Rivière Rouge
Colin & Mona Reid
Candace Reinsch
Perla Riesenbach
Ripano Stoneworks Ltd.
Kevin & Nira Rittenberg
Celia Rodd
Norm & Penny Roseman
George Saltzberg
Yale & Diane Schachter
Tony Schellenberg
Perce & Elizabeth Schirmer Foundation

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Cameron Schulz
Laura Schwartz
Alan Shanoff
Sally K. Shkut
Nicole Shucket
Thomas Shura
Mimi & Earl Singer
Bert Smith
Charles Smith
Robert Smith
Heather Stesin
Robert Stobie
Stephanie Tabac
Janey Talbot
Bruce Taylor
Allyne Thow
TJX Canada
Gordon Toombs
Elizabeth Tough
Barbara Triggs-Raine
Lora Tushinski
Allan Valgemae
Angela Van Damme
Margaret Vandenberg
Caroline Vecchiarelli
Verla Verrier
Lucia Walis
Ernest & Erika Wehrle
Evelyn Weiss
Denise Williams
Dennis Wilton
Rhonda & Richard Winston
Barbara Wojtas
Michael Wright
Sonya Elizabeth Wright
Wendy Wright
Patrice Yamada
In honour of Haigazoun H. Yapoudjian
Chris Yaren
Young Presidents’ Organization Inc.
M. Ruth Young

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