The University of Manitoba is the education and research engine of the province. Educating future professionals and community leaders, conducting groundbreaking research in areas of nanotechnology, functional foods, climate change and HIV/AIDS, the U of M stimulates over $1.8 billion in economic activity in Manitoba.
These are big impacts, and the University of Manitoba is a powerhouse in the province thanks to the efforts of every staff and faculty member, researcher and student.
“I chose to support the University of Manitoba because I know there’s a large number of faculty, students and staff who work with no fanfare, but work very hard,” says Jean Paterson, a senior scholar in human anatomy and cell science. “It’s a very hardworking and productive place in many research and teaching areas.” Paterson is part of a growing number of faculty and staff who are making a charitable gift to the university, in addition to their professional commitment to education and research.
As part of the run-up to the annual faculty and staff giving campaign organized by the university’s Philanthropy office, Paterson was asked why she supports the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library. She says it’s because of the wide reach it has on researchers and students. “The money is not wasted, it will be used for the present and also to invest in the future,” says Paterson. “Our students are the future.”
Case in point is Allan Ronald. Today a renowned infectious disease researcher, Ronald benefited from student awards when he was a student at the U of M. “It made a big difference to me,” says Ronald, who has supported research and other funds at the university. “I think scholarships and bursaries make students feel that someone cares.”
Fred Shore, assistant professor in native studies, agrees. “I love teaching and it’s hard to teach if you don’t have students,” says Shore, whose charitable gifts have supported the Wiciwawin Emergency Bursary and Migizii Agamik. “A lot of students can’t afford to come here and if I can do a little bit to help them out, I’m happy to do it.”
Other reasons why staff and faculty give? Because it’s personal.
“Choose a cause that has a special significance to you or a family member and contribute where you can,” says Rejeanne Dupuis, a U of M architect who supports Project Domino. She and her family are all U of M graduates and she hopes one day her daughter will come to school here. “Working for the university allows me to see the benefit of my contributions.”
Gary Thompson has similar reasons for giving. “I chose to support the Active Living Centre and the Active Living Fund because that’s my life’s work, that’s my passion,” says the director of Active Living, who firmly believes in the power of an active lifestyle to prevent chronic disease. “Everybody has the opportunity to ask themselves the question: What do they really believe in? What would they like to leave to the next generation and how can they do that?”To make a gift to an area you care about, please visit http://umanitoba.ca/giving/annual_giving/fac_staff.html.