April 27, 2021 is his first day as CEO, and the first day of The Winnipeg Foundation’s second century
For immediate release: The Winnipeg Foundation is excited to announce Sky Bridges assumes the role of CEO today – which also marks the first day of The Winnipeg Foundation’s second century. In celebration of The Winnipeg Foundation’s 100th birthday, Sky shared his vision for our community’s next 100 years, and the role philanthropy may play in making it happen.
“Philanthropy is a call to action and inclusion for the purpose of supporting a community to benefit people we don’t personally know,” says Sky Bridges, CEO, The Winnipeg Foundation. “When we give, it transforms us from the inside out, and we recognize we are united with a greater sense of community. We become deeply connected to ourselves and what matters most to us. Being connected with a community involves caring for future generations. Today we benefit from both past and present generations who have helped create The Winnipeg Foundation. By giving through The Winnipeg Foundation, we are choosing to strengthen the generations of tomorrow. In 100 years, thanks to philanthropy, I hope our idea of community is that of a circle that unifies all of humanity and collectively we celebrate our differences.”
Sky’s full vison for our community’s next 100 years is included in a brand-new collection of essays. Individuals representing different sectors and Cause areas in Winnipeg have written about their aspirations for our community and the potential role philanthropy might play in achieving them. Visit wpgfdn.org/Next100 to read the collection.
“We are excited to build on The Foundation’s strong history as we enter into our second century, and we are thrilled Sky Bridges will be the one to lead us there. We are confident his leadership will bring The Foundation continued success,” says Doneta Brotchie, Board Chair, The Winnipeg Foundation. “In his essay, Sky writes we are all connected, and we must recognize our differences, while making space to include everyone. This aligns with The Winnipeg Foundation’s vision of creating ‘A Winnipeg where community life flourishes for all.’”
Prior to joining The Foundation, Sky held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He was the creator of Indigenous Day Live, APTN’s premier celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Sky has held diverse positions in the broadcast industry, covering both the private sector with PrideVision TV and the public sector with the CBC. He has also served as Vice-President of Business Development at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Sky has a passion for volunteering for organizations that build stronger communities. He has served on the Boards of Winnipeg Folk Festival, United Way Winnipeg, It Gets Better Canada, Travel Manitoba, Manitoba Indigenous Tourism Association, Casera Credit Union, Manitoba 150, and CARAS/MusiCounts. Sky identifies as Two-Spirit. He is Métis with a Cree and Blackfoot bloodline. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Marquette, Manitoba, he is a graduate of Red River College. Bridges is The Foundation’s sixth CEO. He has replaced Richard Frost who led The Winnipeg Foundation for 24 years.
The Foundation has a variety of centennial celebrations planned throughout the year, dependent on gathering restrictions. Details available at wpgfdn.org/100.
LuAnn Lovlin, CFRE
Director of Communications & Marketing, The Winnipeg Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation is For Good. Forever. We help people give back to our shared community by connecting generous donors with Causes they care about For Good. We’re are an endowment-based public foundation, so gifts are pooled and invested, and the annual earnings are distributed back to the community Forever. Formed in 1921, we are proud to be the first community foundation in Canada.