May 28, 2019

This is our last Pizza Lunch of the year. There have been 10 in total and 2 additional lunches if you include Subway and Pita Pit. Thanks you Joanne and volunteers for all your hard work. Fundraising totaling $xxx.xx.

May 23, 2019

Our first Annual WALK IN THE PARK! Financially we anticipated somewhere in the range of $1000-$2000 dollars. We arrived at this estimate by looking at what other schools have achieved in the past with their “walks” and then took our number of families into consideration. The reality is that we grossed over $10000. Based on our experiences this would be the kind of numbers you might expect from a school of 600 students. Our school community should be very proud.

Here is the breakdown:

Student Pledges : $4193.46
Corporate Sponsors: $4550
Community Donations: $110
Additional Shirt Sales: $384
Silent Auction: $655.55
Braiding Station: $120.80
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Total Gross: $10,013.91
Expenses: $1707.42
Net Profit: $8306.49

We could not have achieved this without our sponsors. A big part of why I am writing this today is to make sure that I thank everyone as publicly as possible. I really should have done it again at the BBQ but froze up there with the mic in my hand. Shannon was able to thank everyone just before we left on the walk but I really would have liked to thank everyone again at the BBQ where our school community was out in full force.

Polman Plumbing, RBC, General Vanier Nursery School.

Star Building, Healthy Hunger, Randy Bettens, Sullivan Law, Lameg Flooring, Marion Hotel, Sweet Annie’s, Kahunaverse, and Giant Tiger.

Special thanks to Qualico (BBQ), Matt Gentes (Pita Pit on Regent), Sheryl Froese (She Sparkles), Playgrounds R’ US, Canadian Tire, and Josh Meneer. Thank you Michelle Patton and her crew on the hair braiding station who brought in an additional $120.80 in donations.

May 22, 2019

No luck on our application for Jumpstart.

On behalf of Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, we want to thank General Vanier Parent Advisory Council for applying for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant. Overall, our selection panels were impressed by the level of detail and amount of thought put into each of the applications and want to commend you for taking the time to apply.

Unfortunately our email today is to tell you that your application for Playground Enhancement Project: Phase 2 in the amount of $50,000.00 was not selected to receive a grant. In an effort to share feedback and to bring context to the decision making process, below is some feedback from the review panel as to why the application was not successful:

  • Application did not show proof of ownership. A map of outline of boundaries isn’t sufficient (Examples of Proof of Ownership include: Property Tax Bill, Property Assessment Notice, Purchase Agreement or Copy of Lease Agreement and letter from Landlord)

To strengthen future applications, here are elements that stood out for our selection committees in some of the strongest applications.

  • The program provides an innovative project plan that clearly outlines how the infrastructure project will fill a gap within the community and enhance overall access to physical activity and sport for children with a disability
  • The program provides evidence of collaborating with other organizations (e.g., community groups, businesses, local governments) to deliver the project
  • The program provides evidence of a strategy to enhance the number of programs available for youth with disabilities at the facility or intentional use as a result of the infrastructure upgrades
  • The applicant provides evidence of inclusion of persons with a disability in the project team either through an accessibility review committee, endorsements from subject matter experts or potential user groups

Thank you again for your application. We hope to see another Jumpstart Accessibility Grant application from General Vanier Parent Advisory Council in the future. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jumpstart Play Finds a Way team at

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

April 10, 2019

More grant writing – “Province of Manitoba’s Building Sustainable Communities Program”.

March 8, 2019

Last movie night of the year. RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET! Special thanks to our guests and volunteers from RBC. Having them help out at our event qualifies us for $1000 from the Royal Bank.

January 25, 2019

We reached out to the Rick Hanson Foundation to see if they could help with our Playground Ideas. Responded with a couple of great resources for accessible options.

January 18, 2019

Second movie night of the year. SMALL FOOT! Special thanks to our guests and volunteers from RBC. Having them help out at our event qualifies us for $1000 from the Royal Bank.

January 12, 2019

Grant writing day! Applied for Community Grants Application. Ask: $50,000. as well as the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Grant.

December 12, 2018

Thank you to everyone at the K-4 Winter Concert for supporting our Bake Sale and 50/50.

November 16, 2018

First movie night of the year. Special thanks to our guests and volunteers from RBC. Having them help out at our event qualifies us for $1000 from the Royal Bank.

October 11, 2018

Thank you Qualico. Happy to announce that our Acts Of Kindness Grant was approved. Special thanks to the Anderson family for seeking this out for us and all their continuous support for this project. Trying to fundraise money like this can be daunting and sometimes goals can seem unreachable. I am just amazed and inspired at how much Qualico is involved in these types of community fundraising events. Sincerest thanks from all of us at General Vanier School.

August 29, 2018

Applied for Qualico’s “Acts of Kindness” grant.

May 11, 2018

Investors Group commits to a $1000 donation adding another access ramp for Phase 2.

April 25, 2018

Applied for Community Initiatives “Land Dedication Reserve Fund” grant.

November 6, 2017

We have been busy collecting wine and cheese for this years wine and cheese raffle. This has always been our biggest fundraiser and it’s because of all the donations and support we get selling tickets. Speaking of tickets they will go home today and we are asking all of our families to sell 10 tickets. We will also have them available at this years Winter Concert on December 7.

October 10, 2017

Playground Phase 1 is installed, has been deemed safe, and we are open for business. It was incredible to come pick up the kids after school and see the new area flooded with kids. What a truly amazing accomplishment. So many to thank.

October 3, 2017

Get ready…the crew from Playgrounds R’ Us will be on site today prepping for construction. Phase 1 starts now!

September 6, 2017

Just wanted to extend a big THANK YOU to Investors Group for Sponsoring our new Bucket Swings just in time for Phase 1. It’s also important to thank the people who put us in contact with these great companies looking for important causes like ours to get involved with. We have such a great family community here at General Vanier.

September 2, 2017

Welcome the “Cozy Dome” coming soon (Phase 1) to a playground near you!.

The Cozy Dome® offers kids a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy playground, take time by themselves or socialize together.

August 31, 2017

Phase 2 content meeting at Playgrounds R Us. More Phase 2 discussions and how to get there. Nothing is confirmed but here is a taste of concept…

August 2, 2017

Playground Enhancement Committee visits Playgrounds-R-Us to discuss color palette and ETA for breaking ground on Phase 1. Estimated delivery date is early October.

June 1, 2017

PAC Survey 2017 goes live. We are collecting data from the parent community to make sure we are representing their needs wants. Hopefully we get some positive feedback and fundraising ideas along the way.

May 31, 2017

HUGE thanks to the Winnipeg Foundation for their grant approval for $10,000! This will be a huge help reaching our goals this year for phase 1.

May 25, 2017

Plant order pickup. We made over $2000 in orders this time around so not only will we have a great looking neighborhood but we raised some more money towards our playground project. Once again we could not have done this without out amazing volunteers (all of them). Thanks to WPC for sending out some great helpers.

May 16, 2017

This was our last PAC meeting of the school year and our AGM. Not a lot of changes to the board but if anyone would like to step up we would like to fill the vacant secretary position!

May 5, 2017

Rummage sale weekend and this means a lot of school volunteers. Thank you everyone for all your donated time over the weekend. Thank you Brian for all you do to make this happen. We got a lot of feedback at this one and the general consensus was every second year would give people time to save up their knick knacks and whatnots. We did over $1000 at this event and sent 19 bags of clothing Agape Table who could not appreciate it more. Win win.

March 21, 2017

Welcome Ward Trustee Hugh Coburn to our meeting. It was a great time to make the trustees aware of our Playground Enhancement Project and remind them that this is more than just a beautification project, it’s an accessibility problem.

March 8, 2017

Rumors Comedy Club Fundraiser night. Thanks Michelle for putting this night together. I think everyone had fun and we made some money toward the playground.

February 16, 2017

Community incentive grant approved for the sum of $25,000 – Thank you Matt Allard and the Riel Community Committee!

December 9, 2016

We have been working hard over the last month bringing this raffle to a head. Our PEC Coordinator has put in many evening hours managing tickets and getting them out to our many awesome supporters. Congratulations to our raffle winners and a BIG thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets. We raised just over $6000 toward our inclusive structure.

In fact this week I just heard back from one of our developers on the progress of our finalized design. This is not finalized 100% at this time but he sent over some drawings that are very close to our vision from the finalization meeting.


November 2, 2016

Tickets arrive for our much anticipated wine raffle fundraiser. Ticket books will be distributed ASAP.


October 27, 2016

Shannon meets with City Councillor Matt Allard to discuss more grant writing options and discuss our playground initiative.

October 26, 2016

Playground Finalization Meeting – This was our open call to anyone and everyone who might have something to add to our final design. We put all of our survey results and ideas literally on the table and asked everyone with design input to meet us and discuss our final design. The night before at the school staff meeting our admin asked the teachers and specialists for their input as well. Big thanks to Tyler from Playquest for coming to the meeting and sharing all of his expertise on the matter. I think we worked out enough to get some more drawings in the works and then we can go from there. Can’t wait to see them.

September 30, 2016

Our Family Fun Night was a huge success. Special thanks to our past President for sticking around for another year and knocking this one out of the park. It was important for us to raise some money for our playground project and at the same time it felt good to just mingle with our school community in what turned out to be a beautiful night.

Thank you Barry at Weston’s Bakery and Jason (one of our own) from Crescent Multi Foods for keeping our food costs down. More thanks to everyone who donated silent auction, baking, and volunteered their time (Heights Archery, the WFD) on events. Thank you admin, teachers, and students for all of their help and support throughout the night. Also our PAC (you guys are the best) and our General Vanier families for coming out and making it a night to remember.

We came out ahead and I know we had some great conversations with people about their dream playground. It’s time for us to finalize our want list so if you have not filled out our survey or given us your two cents the time is now people!

August 30, 2016

Over the summer we have met with three different playground developers to discuss the possibilities for our project. There is still much discussion to be had to arrive at everyone’s dream playground but this was the next step to be taken before the grant writing begins. We talked to Henderson, Playgrounds-R-Us, and PlayQuest who will all provide ideas and quotes. We felt a little overwhelmed by the endless concepts while flipping through the catalogs and our hope is to add and remove pieces from the drawings to arrive at what ultimately may become our dream playground.

This is just a sample of what is possible (it’s not our concept) and just seeing something in that space has me super excited.


July 6, 2016

Finalized the Playground Survey questioning and posted to our website, twitter, etc.

June 27, 2016

Voting ended this morning and after what seemed like a tight seesaw race for first place the Frosting Foundation edged us out in the final hours. Drat.

Of course communal thanks to all of you who voted and please don’t feel defeated. The exposure we received during this contest is nothing short of a blessing.

June 13, 2016

The voting opens today for the QX104 Kidsville contest. The homepage has been updated to support the voting without having to send the long links to people. We also created a poster to put up around the school and the community to generate some external support that way. Vote, vote, vote.


June 9, 2016

The good folk over at QX104 met us at the school today to shoot our video. Shannon did an amazing job at getting our message across. Voting starts on Monday the 13th. Here is our video:

June 7, 2016

Received word that we are a finalist (top 5) in the Kidsville contest on QX104.FM’s website. We now move on to the next phase of the contest and need to enter a video answering a few set questions later in the week. Here is the email I received:

Congrats on being chosen as one of the five finalists for $10,000 KidsVille 2016. I was just talking with your wife Shannon, and as per our discussion we’re shooting a short video with each of the 5 finalists this week to highlight their cause/initiative/project with a representative from each organization. Each short video will then be published on our websites (links below) and from June 13 to June 27 we will accept votes on both pages. Whoever has the most votes combined on both pages wins $10,000 to put toward their cause/initiative/project. Voting is open to everyone, although people do have to sign-up on our pages in order to vote. You can vote multiple times, but it is restricted to once per hour per account. Your organization will also get plenty of free social media exposure and on-air mentions on both of our stations as we encourage our listeners to vote and take part in $10,000 KidsVille 2016.

We are meeting with their team on Thursday to shoot.

May 25, 2016

Our plant fundraiser orders arrived today! Pick-up/delivery was pretty smooth considering the rain. Some nice weather would have allowed us to have some orders ready outside which would be a great idea if we do this again next year. HUGE thanks to everyone who bought plants and volunteered today you really made this a huge success. Windsor Park is going to have some pretty nice gardens this year!


May 17, 2016

Our AGM was tonight and it was announced that so far this school year we have raised $6254.08 toward a new inclusive play structure for General Vanier School. There were also some big changes to the PAC as well at the meeting that may have some bearing on the PEC (Playground Enhancement Committee).

We have also confirmed the date for our next fundraiser “Family Fun Night”. It will take place September 30, 2016.

May 4, 2016

Got some great information back from our developers. Lot’s of great inclusive (accessible) equipment. We were able to decorate our PAC board with some of the concepts. We also popped in to see Mr. G, the gym teacher, to leave some of the catalogues and get his feedback on what is needed outside that works well with the curriculum.


April 22, 2016

Back to contacting developers and exploring product. Crozier has been sold to playworks so no longer dealing with Victoria on this. Awaiting more information from these developers: Henderson, Playworks, and Playgrounds R Us. All look promising.

April 19, 2016

Started a GoFundMe page. Not going live with it just yet but we wanted to get something going so that it is there when we need it. It’s intended for people who want to just contribute to the cause without attending events etc. It might be a venue for business in the area to contribute as well. Also need to talk with PAC about possible incentives for donations via GoFundMe page. Things like an exclusive t-shirt or something of that nature. For now it’s on hold until we figure out the details. Eventually we will link to our website.

March 24, 2016

Plant orders are due and it looks like we did very well to kick off our fundraising efforts. $1978.42 raised in plant orders. Look forward to delivery May 25th.

April 16, 2016

Another great fundraising effort here today as the rummage sale kicks off. Special appearances by James Teitsma and Preet Singh our election candidates. Donations from both I might add. Ended the day with $1855.66 raised. Thank you to everyone who came out and those of you who donated items and volunteered your time.



March 24, 2016

Plant orders are due and it looks like we did very well to kick off our fundraising efforts. $1978.42 raised in plant orders. Look forward to delivery May 25th.

March 8, 2016

Our project was entered in the KidsVille Contest on Qx 104. $10,000 will be awarded this Spring when QX104 and 94.3 The Drive, reward a kid-friendly initiative here in Manitoba.

An impartial committee will select 5 finalists. Each finalist will get a visit from Brody & Sam, The QX Morning Show. They will film a short video that captures the project. All 5 videos will be posted on our website during the voting period, June 13-27. During this time, you can vote for which project you feel is most deserving of the prize money!

March 1, 2016

Glenlea plant fundraiser has gone out to parents and the school community. The intention being that if you need plants for the spring and were going to buy them anyway why not support the playground. Win win really.

January 23, 2016

PEC (Playground Enhancement Committee) gets together to work on a fundraising strategy for the remainder of the school year. Plans for a plant sale in March and rummage sale in April start to take shape. Our intent is to focus on event based fundraising so that people are not picked apart selling value books and chocolates. Lot’s of other great ideas are put on the table and we are more than excited to start raising money and awareness.

January 19, 2016

Letter of intent is written, sent, and approved by the division. Plans for a family fun night in September are suggested and agreed upon by the PAC.

December 16, 2015

At the annual Winter Concert PEC announces it’s intentions to fund raise for a new inclusive playground at General Vanier and asks the school community for it’s understanding and support. Some proceeds from the bake sale are contributed to the cause and this year oranges were donated to cut back on some of the cost.

October 28, 2015

PEC meets with admin and division person to discuss what is possible and who is responsible for what. We are pleased to find out we (the division) own the land where the structure will be replaced and a lot of city red tape can be avoided.

October 26, 2015

Started thinking about playground development companies today and got in touch with Victoria Plett at Crozier. She seemed very eager to get help us with our project and even sent me a list of grants she was familiar with. She gave me some great direction ideas moving forward. I also requested a catalogue from “GameTime” to see how the products compare.

October 20, 2015

A playground sub committee is formed and a meeting is planned with school admin to discuss a letter of intent for the division.

Playground Enhancement Committee (PEC):

  • Chair: Tom Peever
  • Co-Chair: Shannon Peever
  • Fundraising Coordinators: Michelle Bishop, Alana Grenier, Joanne Riley
  • Grant Writing: Jen Lane
  • School Liason: LeeAnn Mytz, Wendy Wakeman

September 30, 2015

A proposal for a new inclusive playground is on the table and approved.