A lesson in environment and animal welfare

Environment & Animal Welfare

Community Learning Sessions connect donors to causes and community.
Community Learning Session attendees learn about composting at the Eco-Centre.

Community Learning Sessions provide donors with opportunities to learn about the local charities that help our community thrive. This spring, groups of donors visited the Winnipeg Humane Society and the city’s Eco-Centre. During the sessions, attendees had opportunities to learn how these two different organizations are doing their part to help ensure a sustainable future.

“Those that care about the environment are seeing people doing work on the ground – that’s important,” says Glen Koroluk, Executive Director of Manitoba Eco-Network. “I’m pleased that The Winnipeg Foundation has taken time to help organize this with the Green Action Centre, ourselves, and the other groups.”

A rewarding part of Community Learning Sessions for donors, is they not only learn about the programs they support, but they also help provide a sense of validation.

“A great characteristic of donors that always impresses me is they actually care,” says Jaret Olford, Office Coordinator of Green Action Centre, one of the organizations working out of the Eco-Centre.


The Eco-Centre is home to Green Action Centre, Trails Manitoba, Wilderness Committee, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, and Manitoba Eco-Network, which administers the space. Located on the third floor of the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) building on Portage Avenue, one of Canada’s greenest buildings, the space features in-house composting, a rooftop patio and garden, and a collaborative space for environmental non-profits.

Winnipeg Humane Society

The Winnipeg Humane Society (WHS), established in 1894, is dedicated to the well-being of animals. WHS provides temporary shelter for domesticated animals, educational opportunities, adoption/foster services, and veterinarian services for thousands of animals annually. Learn more about WHS see our story – Literacy program shows youth reading isn’t so ‘ruff’.

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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