2nd Annual MMHF Manitoba Day Gala Fundraiser
"A Hunt for the Cure"
On Saturday, May 12th, 2018, the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund (MMHF) in partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation, successfully hosted their second annual fundraising gala, A Hunt for the Cure, in support of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, MB. Hosted by MMHF Board Chair Minister Denise Thomas and Honorary Chair Mr. H. Sanford Riley.
All funds raised on behalf of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation will stay in Manitoba to help deliver the best research, patient care, treatment and support for all patients living with cancer and their families throughout the province. Proceeds from the event will be put towards patient and family support services, allowing CancerCare Manitoba to continue its efforts toward improved care for underserved populations in general and Metis, First Nations, and Inuit peoples in particular. The theme for the evening was “A Hunt for the Cure”. As you walked through the doors into the main lobby, volunteers were dressed in traditional Metis clothing—some carrying baskets and others playing familiar Metis fiddle music. The reception featured a traditional Metis hunting cabin with Metis dancing and fiddle music where guests were able to have their photos taken in the Metis cabin.
The co-emcees for the evening, Rachel Legace from CTV and Metis Elder Oliver Boulette, welcomed the guests and gave some background information on how many Manitobans are or will be afflicted by cancer in their lives, as well as how many families the disease touches. They also spoke about the positive work that CancerCare does, not only in finding better treatments but also in how a more inclusive interaction of families is needed.
Entertainment throughout the evening was provided by the young fiddlers and Clint and Riley Dutiaume in the Metis hunting cabin. Dan Deeds entertained the audience in the ballroom over dinner. Elder George Fleury provided a blessing in Michif before everyone sat down for an amazing meal featuring a traditional Métis inspired menu, with items such pickerel, venison, wild rice and saskatoon blueberries. Individuals attending the gala were encouraged to take part in both the Silent Auction and the Rainbow Auction throughout the evening. These auctions would not have been possible without the generous donations of our supporting companies and organizations.
A live auction took place later on in the evening. Led by Rachel Atherton, the auction featured three spectacular prizes, which included: a custom tailor-made leather rifle case with Metis floral beadwork by world renowned Metis designer Jennine Krauchi; an all-inclusive trip to Churchill, Manitoba, including two guided tours; as well as a meet and skate with Team Canada Manitoba Olympian Jocelyn Larocque along with Jocelyn’s autographed game used stick from the gold medal game in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Keynote speakers for the evening included cancer survivors Hunter Goodon and Sherelle Kwan. Hunter, who just finished his second year of biology at Brandon University, spoke about how leukaemia affected him and his family when he was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years of age and how difficult it was for his family. “While I don’t remember a lot about those years, I do know how hard it was on my family,” said Goodon. “When children get sick, it’s not just the child that is impacted, their entire family suffers.” Goodon continued, “It is for this reason that for as long as I can remember, I have wanted to become a paediatric oncologist. I believe it is what I was meant to do - to help other kids fight and beat cancer, and to know that there is a life for them beyond the hospital.”
Sherelle spoke of her diagnosis, her treatment and her desire to also give back and assist others in treatment. Her story consisted of a diagnosis when she was in university and the emotional and physical hardships that ensued, and even of the struggle to have a family with her husband years after her treatments. Despite her long journey, Sherelle and her husband are expecting a healthy baby girl within the next few weeks.
$65,000 raised to support families and patients in CancerCare
On June 28, 2018 the MMHF presented a donation of $65,000 to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. The funds will be directed toward patient and family support services, allowing CancerCare Manitoba to continue its efforts toward improved care for underserved populations in general and Metis, First Nations, and Inuit peoples in particular. The funds were raised at the MMHF’s “A Hunt for the Cure” Gala, held on Manitoba Day, May 12, 2018. The gala, featuring traditional Metis music, food and culture, was made possible through partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation, Manitoba’s Metis government.
“It’s a very exciting day for us” said Denise Thomas, MMHF Chair. “I want to thank Manitoba Metis Federation and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation for partnering with us on ‘A Hunt for the Cure.’”
“We’ll continue to be a long-term partner with CancerCare” added MMF President David Chartrand. “I think we have the same vision, the same challenge and the same aspirations… It’s about helping Manitobans, and helping families, get a better chance and hope for their dreams, and their lives, and their future.”
“The Foundation is very grateful for the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund’s generous donation,” said Annitta Stenning, president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. “This incredible partnership will benefit many cancer patients across our province who are living with cancer today or who will be diagnosed in the future.”
CancerCare Manitoba is the provincially mandated agency tasked with providing care, treatment and support to cancer patients across Manitoba. All funds raised and donated to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation remain in Manitoba to support CancerCare’s strategic priorities and its goal that no life is cut short by cancer.
The MMHF would like to thank the many individuals, volunteers, and sponsors who contributed to “A Hunt for the Cure’s” success, including Metis N4 Construction Inc., Forbes Brothers Powerline Construction, CTV, NCI and many more.