Westland Foundation fundraiser for inner-Winnipeg students goes virtual
by Marilyn Camaclang
Dayna Spiring, President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg
Morgan Neault, Westland scholar
Walter Silicz, director (left) and John Prystanski, Westland Founder and President
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Westland Foundation’s fundraisers have stopped. In lieu of its annual Fundraising Breakfast, which supports its Education Fund, the Westland Foundation released a video campaign, featuring community and business leader Dayna Spiring, to challenge the community to step up to help deserving students. The campaign runs until December 31, 2020.
“We need you to share this video because if we want to see a better Winnipeg, we need your help. We need to give all inner-Winnipeg students a chance at post-secondary education,” says Westland Founder and President John Prystanski.
Walter Silicz, a Westland director, donor and volunteer for more than 25 years, along with Prystanski, will donate a dollar for every video share, up to a combined donation of $10,000 to the Education Fund.
As President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW), Dayna Spiring says she knows how important it is to invest today in tomorrow’s leaders. She wanted her message to inspire students while also reminding them they can build their dreams and careers right here in Winnipeg.
“Find the education and training that feeds your passion, use that to create the life you want, then stay here to help build an even stronger Winnipeg that everyone is proud to call ‘home.’”
Last year, support for the Education Fund meant 205 inner-Winnipeg students were awarded more than $89,000 in scholarships for post-secondary education. Since 2009, approximately 1,120 scholarships totalling more than $610,000 have been awarded. Westland Foundation’s goal is to provide every inner-Winnipeg student with a full post-secondary scholarship so that they can pursue higher education and thrive in today’s complex and competitive world.
Westland scholar, Morgan Neault, values education so much that she works two part-time jobs to support her dream to be a teacher. It would take her seven years with her current work and school loads. Thanks to the Westland Foundation, the scholarship has made her load bearable, motivating her to pursue the career she loves no matter how long it will take.
“It’s very important for me to have that education so that I can create a better future for my kids.”
Marilyn Camaclang is the Communications & Development Coordinator of the Westland Foundation Inc.
Westland Foundation Scholars virtual committee meeting
Watch and share the video fundraiser on YouTube
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