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The Gratitude Issue
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The Gratitude Issue

As we wrap the Front and Centre campaign, we celebrate the stories of impact on our campuses and around the world. See the people—and the passion—behind the transformative gifts, and how they’re changing everything for students, researchers and the communities we partner with.

At the heart of the Front and Centre campaign are the 62,075 donors—including 25, 806 alumni—who have taken their place to transform the University of Manitoba and magnify its impact in our province and communities around the world. The story of this campaign will unfold for years to come in the revitalized learning spaces on our campuses, in the outstanding experiences of our students, and in emerging areas of research now made possible.

In the pages that follow, you’ll read about gifts that came from far and wide, and that speak to what matters most to you­—our alumni, donors and community members. These gifts reflect what you are passionate about. Donors will ensure our province becomes a centre of excellence for Indigenous education and research. They will champion scientists and scholars making discoveries that contribute to knowledge, grow the economy and offer real solutions in an ever-challenging world. They will inspire. They will change everything.

This is what happens when passion and giving collide.


In This Issue

The Advocates

They bring idealism and passion—and they’re driven to amplify the voices of others. The master of human rights program at UM is the first of its kind in Canada and among the few in the world.

Urgency demands action.

Global public health researcher James Blanchard takes readers to India, revealing how his team’s work—fueled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—is improving health outcomes for mothers and their babies.

Ernest Rady

The alumnus and philanthropist behind the largest-ever personal donation to UM talks about his giving, his business philosophy and why it was easier being “a nobody.”

Donor honour roll

We celebrate every donor who gave to Front and Centre, who stepped forward to empower UM students and faculty to do great things. Listed here are those who made gifts of $10,000 or more.


Be Proud
An Inspiring Journey
The Launch
Grateful for our donors
Making a Transformative Impact
Powering Manitoba’s Knowledge Economy
More than $46 million from students, for students.
Legacy impacts generations.
Better spaces, more places
Faculty, staff and retirees give $5.9 million
Why didn’t I think of that?
The Future of Work
How do we protect the pristine Arctic?
I got this.
Unique Gifts (of Kindness)
Truth sparks reconciliation.
Fueling their drive to see a better world
New technology, new leads
Medical Mystery
Indigenous Culture and Sport
The Inspiration Within
More Women in STEM
Heather’s Gratitude Picks
Leadership Mashup
What is gratitude, anyway?
That’s a wrap.
A Farewell


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