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What do you care about? We care about it too! Discover the Causes people care about, and what drives them to give back, each week on The Foundation’s radio show BeCause Radio, broadcast on CJNU 93.7 FM and available at Hosted by Robert Zirk and Sonny Primolo, the show features stories about local charities, impact-makers, and Foundation activities. Have an idea for a story? Email


Actively inclusive

Impact-maker: My Body Fitness and Nutrition takes a different approach to physical fitness.

“We’re actively inclusive and we are an intentionally safe space for all humans and all bodies,” says owner Brooke Van Ryssel. “What we focus on is more what you’re capable of, rather than what you look like.”

Once a month, My Body holds a Kindness Class, where proceeds go to support a different charitable organization.

“Everyone deserves to be visible and be accepted and be respected. It’s just about doing my part to help with that.”

Original airdate: April 25, 2019

Reconciliation co-creation

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre has played an important role in strengthening Indigenous children, families and communities in Winnipeg since 1984.

“All of our places are welcoming places,” says Diane Redsky, Ma Mawi Executive Director. “We are rooted in our culture, we are rooted in our values for caring for one another.”

With support through The Winnipeg Foundation’s Reconciliation Grants program, Ma Mawi is working with Cuso International to develop a toolkit based on dialogue, capacity building, and education, to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, organizations and governments together.

“There has to be the truth [as well as] a co-creation of what reconciliation is. It’s not going to be easy. We need to make the investments into that tough work,” Redsky says.

“When there’s a meeting in the middle and it’s done in a respectful way, that’s super powerful.”

Original airdate: May 2, 2019

Happy and healthy

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre is helping Winnipeggers 55+ stay active and connected. With approximately 1,200 members, Good Neighbours is the largest 55+ centre in Manitoba, attracting people from all areas of the city.

“We now offer roughly 60 different programs a week,” says Kay Thomson, who has volunteered with the centre for 22 years. Among its many activities, Good Neighbours offers fitness programming, outings, lectures, games and music, along with special events like its annual Spring Fashion Show fundraiser.

“It’s a fun group. It’s a wonderful way to meet new friends,” Thomson says. “It keeps you healthy and hopefully keeps you young.”

Original airdate: May 23, 2019

This story is featured in the Summer 2019 issue of our Working Together magazine. Download or view the full issue on our Publications page.

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