Generous Donors Boost UWinnipeg Scholarships and Bursaries

Apr 15, 2011 | Corporate Member News

2nd annual I Heart UWinnipeg dinner raises more than $40,000

Denise Ommanney, Mohinder Singh Dhillon, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Devi Sharma. All photos, except the headshot of Dr. Axworthy, by Cory Aronec, Studio 448

University of Winnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and his wife Denise Ommanney hosted a successful fundraising event Tuesday night, with the support of honourary co-chair Devi Sharma, Winnipeg City Councillor and UWinnipeg Alumna. 

The “I Heart UWinnipeg” dinner on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 attracted more than 500 people and raised more than $40,000  to help students in need.  Proceeds benefit UWinnipeg’s Opportunity Fund as well as the Wesmen Athletic Scholarship Fund and Alumni Scholarships. 

Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg

“We are committed to removing barriers that keep talented people from achieving their full potential. We could not fulfill this mission without the dedicated support of our valued partners,” said Axworthy. “The University thanks the evening’s Gold Sponsor Dimark Research Inc, Silver Sponsor Bee Clean, and Media and Prize Sponsors the Winnipeg Free Press, The Indo-Canadian Telegram, and Advance Electronics.        

UWinnipeg also thanks the following corporate sponsors and individuals for their generous support: 

All-Net, Boom Done Next, Canad Inns, Cangene Corporation, The City of Winnipeg Mayor’s Office, The Council on Post-Secondary Education, Dakota Ojibway Health Services, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Davian Construction LTD, DPL Group, Studio 448, The Duff Family, Horizon Insurance, LTD Ventures Inc., Number Ten Architectrual Group, Peerless Garments, The Punjab Cultural Centre, Sorrento’s on Ellice, Thompson, Dorfman, Sweatman LLP, University of Winnipeg – Follett’s Bookstore, University of Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Police Association, and Winpark Dorchester Properties 

Background – Opportunity Fund 

Opportunity Fund recipient Given Isaac

The University of Winnipeg is committed to helping youth dream big. Since 2008, UWinnipeg has been able to offer more than 653 students fast-track bursaries thanks to generous donations to the Opportunity Fund. The fund is unique in Canada, set up specifically to offer financial support to students who are underrepresented on campus including Aboriginal students, young people from war-affected areas and refugee populations, and youth from inner-city neighbourhoods.

The goal of the Opportunity Fund is to create a $10 million endowment fund that will ensure that everyone, regardless of background and socio-economic status, has access to higher education. For more information, please contact the University’s Awards Office at 204.786.9458 or visit 

Wesmen Athletics Scholarships Fund

Wesmen Athletic Scholarship recipient Nolan Gooding

The University of Winnipeg provides financial support to many of its student athletes through the Wesmen Athletics Scholarships Fund. Student athletes may receive an award up to the value of their full tuition and compulsory fees. To make a donation or to obtain more information on the Wesmen Athletic Scholarship Fund please contact Athletic Director Doran Reid at 786-9817 or visit 

Alumni Scholarships 

Alumni Scholarship recipient Gabrielle Levin

Up to 10 Alumni Entrance Scholarships of at least $5,000 each are presented every year to Manitoba high school students with exceptional academic standing, outstanding extra-curricular achievements and leadership potential. Two $2,000 “Family of Alumni” Scholarships, exclusively for family members of University of Winnipeg graduates, are offered every year. For more information, please contact the University’s Awards Office at 204.786.9458 or visit and click on Awards and Financial Aid. 


Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7135, E: [email protected]

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