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Calgary Foundation supports Powwow Club

The University of Winnipeg Foundation


Powwow dancing

Photo courtesy of Powwow Club

WINNIPEG, MBThe Calgary Foundation’s Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund has generously awarded $25,000 to The University of Winnipeg to support the Wii Chiiwaakanak Centre's Powwow Club.

One of Wii Chiiwaakanak Centre's longest running programs, Powwow Club is an introduction to the powwow world, where participants are taught various styles of dance, song and drumming giving families an opportunity to spend quality time together, learn about Indigenous culture, work regular physical activity into their week, and have fun doing so. This program has had great success in being accessible and open to the community with hundreds of participants since 2012.

 “UWinnipeg takes pride in the positive impact we have made by bringing culture, pride and physical health to our community in a reliable, consistent format that can be anticipated and depended on by long time participants and new families who wish to join. It is our honour to continue this program into 2020 and beyond and we are thankful to the Calgary Foundation for supporting our efforts. “ said Brian Daly, President and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation.

Doc Seaman has been described as a hero, icon, pioneer, philanthropist, visionary and legend. He was an original owner of the Calgary Flames and was instrumental in bringing them to Calgary in 1980. Among his many accomplishments, Doc was also known for his wartime experiences as a  World  War  II  pilot,  and  for  his  civic  contribution  as  a  member  of  the  Royal  Commission  on  Economic  Union  and  Development  Prospects  for  Canada,  1982-1985.  Doc  received  two  honorary  Doctor of Laws   degrees and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. His philanthropic giving  ranged  from  supporting  education  and  medical  research  to  funding  entrepreneurial  initiatives. Doc’s love for ranching, hockey and sports, and his dedication to community will leave a lasting legacy for years to come.

In  addition  to  amateur  ice  hockey,  the Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund also supports new  initiatives  that  encourage young people to learn about, enjoy and play amateur sport of all kinds as well as those that increase equal  access  and  promote  participation  in  community-based  amateur  sport. The  Calgary  Foundation’s  volunteer Daryl  K.  Seaman  Canadian  Hockey  Fund  Grants  Advisory  Committee assesses grant requests. The committee is composed of board members and community leaders with diverse backgrounds in amateur athletics, charitable work and community building.