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Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund Invests in Improved Emergency Childcare at Children's Hospital

July 6, 2017

Winnipeg, MB, July 6, 2017 – This morning, the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund (MMHF), the official charity of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital Foundation in support of the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) program, at the Children’s Hospital Research Centre.

The TREKK program is a national network of researchers, clinicians, partners, patients and families that share the common goal of improving emergency care for children. TREKK takes a “story telling” approach used by the Children’s Hospital while delivering care to children as they visit emergency rooms.

The funds for the TREKK program were raised in partnership with the Children’s Hospital Foundation at the MMHF’s inaugural gala fundraiser “A Night to Remember” on May 12, 2017, where 400 guests packed the Fort Garry Hotel and were presented the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in Métis culture.

“We are very grateful to the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund for hosting the wonderful ‘A Night to Remember’ gala and contributing this generous donation in support of TREKK,” stated Lawrence Prout, President & CEO, Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “Having a partnership like this one is imperative to helping doctors, nurses and allied professionals provide the best care for our kids across this country.”

“The majority of sick and injured children in Canada are managed within nursing stations or emergency departments that are not part of a children’s hospital,” stated Dr. Terry Klassen, CEO and Scientific Director, the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Network Director, TREKK. “Thanks to the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund for supporting the delivery of the right resources and training for all children in emergency rooms across the country, no matter where they live – urban, rural, or remote. Because of this presentation today, there is a greater chance a child’s life will be saved.”

Denise Thomas, Chairperson for the MMHF, echoed Mr. Prout and Dr. Klassen, “Ensuring our Métis families have access to meaningful and appropriate materials when seeking emergency care for their children is important to Manitoba’s Métis government and the Manitoba Métis Community.”

The MMHF would like to thank the many individuals, volunteers, and sponsors who contributed to the gala’s success. These include Media Sponsors – CTV Bell Media and NCI Radio; Diamond Sponsors - Metis N4 Construction Inc. and Forbes Brothers Powerline Construction Ltd.; and Platinum Sponsor - the Manitoba Metis Federation. As the official charity of the MMF, the MMHF looks for opportunities to partner and invest in programs and services that directly impact Manitoba’s Métis Community and the province as a whole. The MMHF invites any charitable organization wishing to partner for next year’s Manitoba Day gala event to please contact the MMHF at 204-586-8474 ext. 331 or by email at mmhf@mmf.mb.ca.

About the Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund

The Manitoba Metis Heritage Fund is the registered non-profit charity of the Manitoba Metis Federation. Its mission is to support economically disadvantaged individuals, children, and families of the Manitoba Métis Community.

About the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids program

The TREKK program is a national network of researchers, clinicians, partners, patients and families that share the common goal of improving emergency care for children. TREKK takes a “story telling” approach used by the Children’s Hospital while delivering care to children as they visit emergency rooms.

About the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba

The Mission of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba is to be an independent agency whose purpose is to raise and distribute funds for the advancement of knowledge and care in the fields of child health research and, thereby, contribute to the improved health of children everywhere.

 

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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

 

For media information, please contact:

Jonathan Hamel
Communications Director
Manitoba Metis Federation

Phone:                 (204) 586-8474
Cell:                       (204) 806-4752
E-mail:                  jonathan.hamel@mmf.mb.ca

 


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