Caritas Award Dinner 2020-05-04T21:27:34+00:00

COVID-19 Pandemic    Caritas Award Dinner Postponed to April 22, 2021

In the light of COVID-19 and the safety of our guests, The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba has deferred the Caritas Award Dinner to Thursday, April 22nd, 2021.  All tickets and sponsorships purchased will be honoured for the rescheduled date.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 204-233-4268 or by email at cfmb@mts.net


La fondation catholique du Manitoba reportera le Gala Caritas au jeudi le 22 avril 2021. Tous les billets et commenditaires achetés seront honorés pour la date reportée. Si vous avez des questions ou des inquiétudes, veuillez communiquer avec notre bureau au 204-233-4268 ou par courriel à cfmb@mts.net.


We ask for God’s blessings – especially for those suffering directly from the effects of the pandemic and for our health care professionals and others that are working tirelessly to deal with it.

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Ticket Price: $110

Tables are seated in groups of ten. All seating will be pre-assigned. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

 Reception 5:30 p.m.

Program starts at 6:30 p.m.

Victoria Inn Hotel and Cenvention Centre

1808 Wellington Ave Winnipeg.  Free parking.

2021 Caritas Award Recipient


Centre Flavie Laurent

A provider of support and comfort to the poor and vulnerable that allows them to live with dignity.

Centre Flavie-Laurent distributes at no cost, furniture, household items and clothing to people in need. They sort, store and distribute the goods and the clothing received from donors to help the impoverished in St. Boniface and Winnipeg. The strength and mission of the Centre’s work is shown by the service provided to the needy and the concern for the needs and the fate of the poor. Its credibility is rooted in its rich heritage and its founders – the Grey Nuns.



2021 Service Award Recipients

Karin Gordon. A former radiation technician, she is the house mom at the ministry’s reception centre, a Scotia neighbourhood six-bedroom home next to and donated by St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. She’s in charge of resettlement, helping refugees find the best thrift shops, taking them to doctor’s appointments and the like. She has been the one called by Canadian Customs border agents when refugee claimants have managed to walk into Canada. She has personally taken some of them in, fed them, clothed them and assisted them as they apply for formal refugee status.

Tom Denton. A Nova Scotian by birth and a lawyer by training (Dalhousie University) Tom came to Winnipeg almost 50 years ago from the Bar of Alberta, where he was a practicing lawyer, to join a large business enterprise where he served in law and management capacities.  In 1980 he was the founding publisher of the Winnipeg Sun newspaper. He was executive director of Winnipeg’s then settlement agency, the International Centre from 1984 to 2000, and of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry since 2006. In 2016 alone Hospitality House has landed in Canada over 1,100 refugees it had sponsored. Tom has served on many public and volunteer boards and was the first chair of the Manitoba Immigration Council and of the Winnipeg Arts Council.  His involvement with immigration and its issues, on which he consults, speaks and writes frequently, extends over 37 years.  He is a Member of the Order of Manitoba.

Charity of Choice

Grants at the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba support a range of charitable organizations that care for the needy and underprivileged, educate youth, and promote Catholic values within the province of Manitoba. Each year, the Foundation will choose one organization as the Charity of Choice to create awareness to the important work they perform.  A grant will be presented to them at the Dinner.

Charity of Choice 2020

Hospitality House Refugee Ministry is a non-profit organization, and has for many years been Winnipeg’s leading sponsor of refugees. Thousands have been sponsored from appalling refugee circumstances, into new hope and productive lives in Canada.  They continue to flood into our city, and while caring families look after many, others must look to the support of Hospitality House to survive their first year here.


There will be a 50/50 style draw at the Dinner.  The proceeds will be disbursed to the draw winner and the Charity of Choice.

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About the Dinner

Caritas – the love of God and neighbour which leads to true Christian charity, care and concern. The annual Caritas Award Dinner honours those who have made outstanding contributions towards others and the fabric of life in Manitoba.

The Foundation held the inaugural Caritas Award Dinner in 1979 to honour organizations or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the well-being of the citizens of the Province of Manitoba, to the Catholic community, or provided exceptional service in support of Catholic values, works and causes. Past recipients include bishops, religious orders, laypersons and other clergy, service organizations and outstanding community leaders.

For the first six years of the Dinner, the proceeds helped to build up the value of the general Capital Fund. Since then, the proceeds of the Caritas Dinner have been used to offset the modest operating costs of the Foundation in order to maximize funds available for grants.

In the course of honouring organizations and individuals who have been exemplars of caring leadership and service in all of Manitoba, the Caritas Dinner has become a time of celebration for Catholics from all dioceses. In so doing, the dinner has become the preeminent celebration of the broader Catholic community in Manitoba.

Caritas Awards Sponsorship Program

Sponsor the Caritas Award Dinner

 The Caritas Award Dinner attendance has averaged 650-750 persons in past years. They represent people and communities of varied walks of life and interests who are united by their desire to foster Catholic values and community improvement for the sake of all Manitobans.

The Dinner provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and corporations to support the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba’s mission through the Caritas Award Dinner sponsorship program outlined on the following page.

PLATINUM SPONSOR        $5,000.00

  • 10 tickets to dinner
  • VIP entrance into banquet
  • Company banner at banquet
  • Opportunity to introduce an Award Recipient
  • Mention during speeches
  • Loop of your logo on projection screen with other sponsors
  • Predominant logo in menu/program
  • Predominant logo for event on CFM web site throughout 2018
  • Predominant logo on all publicity related to the Caritas Award Dinner
  • Oral mention of sponsorship during all media interviews.
  • Name displayed on a table

GOLD SPONSOR                  $3,000.00

  • 6 tickets to dinner
  • Company banner at banquet
  • Opportunity to introduce an Award Recipient
  • Mention during speeches
  • Loop of your logo on projection screen with other sponsors
  • Logo in menu/program
  • Logo for event on CFM web site throughout 2018
  • Logo on all publicity related to the Caritas Award Dinner
  • Name displayed on a table

WINE SPONSOR  (one only)               $2,500.00

  • 4 tickets to dinner
  • Mention during speeches
  • Loop of your logo on projection screen as wine sponsor
  • Logo in menu/program
  • Logo on all publicity related to the Caritas Award Dinner
  • Name or logo on wine bottles at each table
  • Name displayed on a table

SILVER SPONSOR                $1,000.00

  •  2 tickets
  • Mention during speeches
  • Loop of your logo on projection screen with other sponsors
  • Logo in menu/program
  • Logo on all publicity related to the Caritas Award Dinner
  • Name displayed on a table

MUSIC SPONSOR  (one only)              $1,000.00

  •  2 tickets
  • Mention during speeches
  • Loop of your logo on projection screen with other sponsors
  • Logo in menu/program
  • Name displayed on a table

BRONZE SPONSOR                $   500.00

  • Name shown on projection screen as bronze sponsor
  • Name in menu/program
  • Name displayed on the table

TABLE SPONSOR                    $1,100.00

  • 10 tickets
  • Name shown on projection screen as table sponsor
  • Name displayed on the table


2020 Sponsors





APRIL 23, 2020 | Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Ave

Past Recipients

Year Caritas Award Recipient
2019 Joy Smith
2018 The Catholic Health Association of Manitoba
2017 Conrad Wyrzykowski
2016 Service of all consecrated men in Manitoba
2015 Service of all consecrated women in Manitoba
2014 Actionmarguerite, Holy Family Home, and St. Joseph’s Residence
2013 Honouring the memory of the blessed Nykyta Budka & 100 years of Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manitoba
2012 The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions
2011 St. Amant
2010 Most Reverend James Weisgerber Ph.L., S.T.L., D.D Archbishop of Winnipeg
2009 L’Arche Winnipeg
2008 Marymound Inc. and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
2007 Catholic Schools of Manitoba
2006 The Knights of Columbus of Manitoba
2005 Dr. Jaroslaw Barwinsky
2004 The Missionary Oblate Sisters of St. Boniface
2003 The Northern Bishops:
Archbishop Peter Sutton and Bishop Reynald Rouleau
2002 Rossbrook House
2001 Leo Mol
2000 Missionaries of Charity Sisters of Winnipeg
1999 The Misericordia Sisters
1998 Archbishop Leonard J. Wall
1997 Pauline Dyrkacz,
Céline Houde;
Patricia Soenen,
Madeline Spence;
Elizabeth Willcock, C.M.
1996 Son Excellence Monseigneur Antoine Hacault
1995 Joseph C. Stangl
1994 Sisters of St. Benedict
1993 The Society of Mary (the Marianists)
1992 Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (Ukrainian Order)
1991 The Catholic Women’s League of Canada,
Manitoba Provincial Council;
La Ligue féminine catholique du Manitoba;
The Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada,
Winnipeg Archeparchy
1990 Roland Couture;
Arthur V. Mauro;
John J. Nowosad
1989 The Sisters of the Holy Name of Jesus and Mary
1988 The Manitoba Clergy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church
The Redemptorist Fathers;
The Order of St. Basil-the-Great;
The Secular Priests
1987 The Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
1986 The Oblates of Mary Immaculate
1985 The Grey Nuns of Manitoba
1984 Honourable F.L. “Bud” Jobin Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba
1983 His Eminence George B. Cardinal Flahiff
1982 His Grace Archbishop Maxim Hermaniuk
1981 Edwin Cass, Joseph Donovan, William English
1980 Son Excellence Monseigneur Maurice Baudoux
1979 His Grace Archbishop Philip F. Pocock


Year Service Award Recipient
2019 Carol Peloquin and Bo Gajda
2018 André Blondeau                                                                                       .


Year Charity of Choice
2019 Future Hope Home
2018 Holy Names House of Peace


Photo Galleries

2016 Caritas Dinner

2015 Caritas Dinner

2014 Caritas Dinner

2013 Caritas Dinner

2012 Caritas Dinner

2011 Caritas Dinner

2010 Caritas Dinner

2009 Caritas Dinner