HG Meeting Minutes: October 21, 2021

DATE: Thursday, October 21, 2021
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: North Gym

ATTENDANCE:   Leslie Walsh, Chair; Mary Hayes, Secretary; Rose Marie Hess, Dorothy Derksen, Rose-Marie Floch, Deanna Muller, Liz Omeniuk, Dale Watts, Ray Newman, Gail Shimonek, Linda Walker, Elaine Primeau, Glenn Baldwin, Cynthia Zelenewich, Laura Payne, Don Wiebe (Zoom).


The Chair welcomed everyone. Masks were worn and members were spread out in the gym.

The speakers were Gail Shimonek and Linda Walker. They gave an interesting and comprehensive overview of Friendship Force (a travel club with members all over the world). Gail spoke and showed videos about her trip to Thailand. Brochures on Friendship Force were available. 

ADOPTION OF AGENDA with revisions. (Ray Newman, Liz Omeniuk) Leslie added under Business Arising: the Direction of the HG, and under New Business: RRC Polytechnic.

ADOPTION OF MINUTES  February 20, 2020 (Deanna Muller, Dorothy Derksen) September 16, 2021 (Liz Omeniuk, Dorothy Derksen)


The Constitution has been revised as per February 20, 2020 meeting. It will be approved at the next AGM in April 2022.

Leslie has agreed to stay on as Chair for the present until such time as an annual general meeting is held.


Since September, nearly $5,000 has been received in donations to the Heritage Group fund. This is great, keep them coming! This has bumped the endowed portion of the fund to approx. $130,000. 

Laura also said that we may be able to return to our usual meeting place (A137) for the next meeting, but at this time the North Gym is booked for the January and February meetings. If there are any changes, communications will be sent out. Food and drink will likely be offered at the January meeting, however attendees are also welcome to bring their own coffee, or purchase a drink at the Voyageur café. 

At present, because of COVID, parking is scramble in the South and West parking lots. Parking services will also no long have a staff member present in the parking booth, so for future meetings, license plates will be collected ahead of time and provided to parking services. Meeting attendees can then park anywhere they like free of charge.  

Tuesday, November 30, there will be a donor event and campaign launch at the new Innovation Centre. There will be opportunities to volunteer at this event and information about this will be emailed out soon.  

SOCIAL COMMITTEE (Leslie reported for Karen)

Heritage Group Holiday Luncheon will be held at Maximes Restaurant and Lounge on Thursday, November 18 at 11:30. Individual bills will be presented. Please let Karen Wall know if you plan to attend. Email or text at 204-797-1732 or phone 204-269-5550.  Karen wanted to stress that the RSVP is to her, not to Laura.  


Mary Hayes reported that five $1000 awards were presented this year to the following students:   Nicole Roy. Nursing; Arjuna Tuazon, Graphic Design; Rodelia Aguilar, Business Administration; Tanner Bouteller, Bus. Information Tech; Chelsea Vigfusson, Nursing.


Dorothy Derksen and Steve Lipischak are on the committee.  Dorothy asked for volunteers for positions.  Elections will be held next April.  Email Dorothy at


Speakers: Leslie has revised the speaker’s list.  It is very tentative at this point.  Laura has arranged for Fred Meier, President RRC to speak on the Future Direction of RRC at our next meeting which is January 20, 2022. 

Rose Marie Hess will contact Dr. Eva Pip re the April 21 meeting.

Member News

Leslie reported that Howard R. Engel was instrumental in the induction of Marshall McLuhan to the Citizens Hall of Fame at Assiniboine Park. Howard is the Director of the Winnipeg Marshall McLuhan Initiative.  

Leslie named a few members who have passed away recently.

The Chair thanked Laura for all her work behind the scenes and to Dorothy for trying to secure a meeting location at her residence. 


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