World Peace Partners (“WPP”)
Rotary International District 5550 inc. World Peace Partners (“WPP”) inspires, promotes and facilitates in collaboration with other organizations locally, regionally and globally grassroots understanding, goodwill, peace and compassionate actions through education, example and service above self. District 5550 is an evolving international centre for peace building human rights and compassionate action.
A key youth project organized by WPP is the annual Rotary Adventures in Human
Rights program (RAHR), held in collaboration with the Canadian Museum for Human
Rights (CMHR).
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Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Committee
One of the main goals of our club’s HIP committee is to engage in reconciliation by connecting students from Winnipeg schools with their counterparts in northern First Nations communities so that they can get to know one another, learn from and with one another and provide mutual support.
Our first partnership established in 2017-18 was between Kistiganwacheeng School in Garden Hill and Ecole River Heights School. The students communicated with each other and the ERHS students learned a great deal about life in Garden Hill. They were also able to respond to requests from the Garden Hill students which resulted in our sending a large shipment of skates, hockey equipment and the most current culturally relevant books to them. These were shipped via winter road courtesy of the North West Company. In the winter of that year a group of students from Garden Hill paid a visit to ERH School an spent a couple of hours with their fellow students there. The ERHS students received letters and many pieces of art work from the Garden Hill students. The students continue to communicate with one another.
Our intention in 2018-19 was to create a second such partnership involving different schools. It turns out that we ended up with 3 new very successful partnerships!
1. Ecole van Belleghem in Louis Riel School Division is partnering with Wanipigow School (Hollow Water First Nation) to learn as much as they can about land-based education. Gabriel Hall, educator in charge of these programs has visited Ecole Van B school and spoken with students and staff. The plan is for the Van B students to go to participate in land-based activities along with their fellow students from Hollow Water. Ecole van B students conducted a fund raising drive and sent a large consignment of winter apparel for Hollow Water students to use on their land-based expeditions.
2. Three schools from Pembina Trails School Division (Chancellor, Ralph Maybank and Ecole Tuxedo Park) are teamed up with Omishoosh School in Pauingassi situated 280 kms northeast of Winnipeg. Students from Chancellor School have connected with students from Pauingassi who attend high school at South East College. An intense winter clothing drive resulted in the shipping of a large consignment of much needed apparel to the children and youth in that community.
As well a good deal of hockey equipment has been sent. Plans are to send a large consignment of children’s books for a community book giveaway as well as to help to establish stimulating summer activities for the children in Pauingassi.
3. St. Theresa Point Visit: From May 14-17, 2019, a group of eight students and five staff from Louis Riel School Division had the privilege of visiting the community of St. Theresa Point (STP) as part of a growing partnership between the two communities. St. Theresa Point welcomed and honoured LRSD in the warmest manner possible, treating their visitors as family. The week was filled with the outdoors, community building, and fun. Many of the activities centred on land-based and traditional practices, including a school-wide fish fry, a fishing afternoon, ceremony, and the making and playing of traditional drums. The students and adults of both communities formed meaningful relationships with each other, developing renewed understandings of the challenges remote communities in Canada face. LRSD is so appreciative of St. Theresa Point’s generosity, with their gracious sharing of their gifts, community, and spirit. It marks a new chapter in the two communities’ journey of partnership and reconciliation [ trip update compiled by Nika Martinussen, President, SHOW (Students Helping Our World) JHBruns Collegiate]
Summer 2019 Learning Enrichment Programs in St Theresa Point

Our Honouring Indigenous Peoples Committee  partnered with school and community leaders in St Theresa Point to develop and deliver a variety of fun learning and recreation programs for the children and youth to engage in over the summer months.

We enlisted the help of the U of M Faculty of Kinesiology and Rec. Management to train youth from STP who attend high school at South East Collegiate in Winnipeg to run the Recreation and Reading program (follow the link “Rec and Read University of Manitoba - Indspire” for more details on the program). These students were offered summer employment and ran the program over a period of 6 weeks. We provided a large shipment of books from our partners “Share the Magic” for use in the program. At the end of the program students selected their favourite books to take home.

We also provided 24 laptops loaded with fun learning games, a variety of board games, as well as soccer equipment for their summer soccer camps.
A major component of the summer program in STP was a 3-week long summer and soccer camp for boys and girls. We provided all the necessary equipment.
This initiative was a great success and we will be looking to expand it into more communities for next summer.


Ribfest is an annual family friendly free admission event held at the Forks festival ground with the goal of raising funds for youth projects in Winnipeg. The festival attracts the best ribbers from across Canada serving delicious BBQ ribs and chicken. Other treats include corn bread, ice cream, churros, hot dog, 50/50 contest, raffle prizes, kid zone, etc. Several local music bands also perform live at the event. See for more information regarding Ribfest.


Currently in it’s fourth edition, Ribfest is held every last weekend of August. Next edition would be August 23 – 25, 2019. Below are some key Ribfest 2018, August 24 – 26, summary by the numbers:

  •          14,000 people attended over 3 days and Sunday was the busiest day
  •          3 Ribbers, 4 food trucks, 2 large tents,  1 stage , 80 tables, 550 chairs
  •          120 volunteers, filling 1,260 volunteer hours
  •          39 Sponsors/donors - CBC Manitoba our Gold Sponsor
  •          14 Manitoba bands for  music during the three days
  •          177 bicyclists used the bike corral
  •          23 yards of cardboard and beverage containers diverted to recycling
  •          2,250 beer cans collected and recycled
  •          20 yards of food waste and compostable food containers diverted to the Forks compost site
  •          475 gallons of cooking grease collected for recycling
  •          16,764 people reached through Facebook
  •          615 ATM transactions for approximately $43,000
  •          3 days without rain!!!
  •          Great participation from youth  as volunteers

MUNA - Model United Nations Assembly
MUNA was founded in April, 1957 to expose youths to the world of international politics, through participation in a simulated United Nations Assembly. This annual event was held in 2018 from May 3 - 6th at the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), 2316 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The 2019 edition will be held May 9 - May 12, 2019 also at CMU. Further details of current and upcoming events can be found on the website at
Some MUNA student representatives at the 2018 edition with some Rotary swag
Cross section of MUNA students voting on a UN resolution at the 2018 edition
Students presenting  for their represented country (North Korea!) during MUNA 2018 session

Rotary Career Symposium

Started in 1997, the Career Symposium was created to expose students to a variety of occupations, educational institutions and employers.  The two day event, is attended by 14,000 students, teachers and parents. Students can visit the Career Café and over 200 exhibits; and choose from 35 speakers sessions. 

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 Rotary Leadership Circle

The Rotary Leadership Circle (RLC) program, established in 1996, is a youth leadership development and summer work project for 165 youth ages 10 – 14 years of age. During a six-week period in the summer, youth leaders become positively engaged within their neighbourhood by taking on leadership and volunteer roles. Youth Leaders who complete 60 hours of service can earn $200 towards a supervised shopping trip before the start of school.

For more information call 204.982.4946 or email




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