The Rising Stars Foundation will be hosting its annual fundraising Night of Excellence on Saturday, April 18, 2020. All proceeds from the dinner will go towards removing financial, academic and socioeconomic barriers for underserved youth in Manitoba. The Rising Stars Foundation is a local, 100% volunteer ran non-profit organization with the mission of uplifting our community by providing scholarships, support, and mentorship opportunities for aspiring student-athletes and student leaders throughout the province. Through our programming and your support, we aim to develop leaders through a combination of academics and athletics.
With your support through sponsorship and/or ticket purchases you will be investing in Manitoba’s youth. Your contribution will encourage marginalized youth to fully utilize their gifts and transform their adversity into impactful positive change. Together we can provide the opportunity for them to soar and become beacons of hope.
The Night of Excellence will take place at the Caboto Centre and will feature a buffet style dinner from Sorrento’s. The formal portion of the night will include powerful stories from youth leaders; demonstrating determination, perseverance, and a hunger for positive change. Join us on Saturday April 18 as we award Scholarships and bursaries to these youth leaders.
Anne is an oral history writer interested in people, their stories and making meaningful connections. Anne is especially interested in writing the resilient stories of the disempowered. Her first book The Lucky Ones: African Refugees Stories of Extraordinary Courage (2013) was the winner of the Winnipeg Public Library's On The Same Page Book Award. Her second book is Redemption: Stories of Hope, Resilience and Life After Gangs (2017). Both are published by Great Plains Publications. Anne's books have a philanthropic component, with all author proceeds being donated to a charity which supports the community each book represents. Anne is currently working on her next book which will tell the stories of strong and thriving women who grew up in the foster care system.
Anne has been a committed volunteer for 30 years. She began working with the refugee community in 2007 at IRCOM where she spent nine years assisting newcomers learning English. Anne was a founding board member of Humankind International who built a school in the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya in 2014. Anne co-founded and co-facilitates the Book Mates Bookclub at the Women's Correction Centre. She also sits on the For Every Family Initiative subcommittee of the United Way of Winnipeg and is involved with Unicef Canada's Unlimited, a women’s philanthropic group. Anne is the 14th chancellor of the University of Manitoba.