December 2016 - Issue #3
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The Board and Staff of the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. May 2017 be a year of impact and progress for your organization and our entire sector.

Regina DaSilva-Gibbons: Making a Difference Today

Regina DaSilva-Gibbons, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Thompson, thinks she might have gravitated toward "people-intensive" work because at one point in her life she felt helpless.
She recalls a childhood punctuated by frequent trips to the psych ward to visit her struggling father, who battled schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He ultimately took his own life when DaSilva-Gibbons was only seven.
"I was too young at the time to fully understand," says DaSilva-Gibbons, who grew up in Winnipeg's Weston neighbourhood. "I came to realize and understand over the years that he wasn't weak, he was sick." Read More.
Building the Next Generation of Non-Profit Leaders 

Who will lead your organization in the future? Who will provide frontline services? Who will run your office? Who will be your volunteers? Who will fill the positions that don't exist today, but certainly will tomorrow?
The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations is eager to answer those questions by inspiring youth and young adults to pursue careers in the non-profit sector. A first step in achieving this important objective is the launch of the Career Explorations website.
"The site will be an important way to engage youth, new graduates, and young professionals," says Meaghan Morrish, the MFNPO Project Manager leading the development of the site. "We want them to see that they can orient their careers in a way that will make a difference in the community, while challenging themselves to grow professionally in a thriving sector." Read More.

MFNPO: The Voice of the Sector

People who don't work or volunteer in our sector are often amazed to hear the numbers. Even people who DO work or volunteer in the sector are often taken aback. There are roughly 8,000 non-profit organizations in Manitoba collectively employing about 100,000 people. It's a significant proportion of the province's workforce.
"As a sector council for Manitoba's non-profits, our key objectives are to strengthen the sector, ensure its long-term effectiveness, and enhance how it is perceived by government, other sectors, and the population at large," says Sandra Oakley, Co-Chair of the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations (MFNPO). "We aim to be the sector's voice." Read More.

Important Dates: 
Fundamentals of Human Resources training in Thompson February 7, 8, & 9, 2017. For more information visit our website 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting held November 25 in the Golden Boy Room at the Legislative Building. Special thanks to Shannon Martin, MLA (Morris) who brought greetings from the Government of Manitoba.  If you were unable to attend but would like a copy of the reports circulated at the meeting, please send an email to  or call our office at (204) 272-6088.

Newsletter Credits
MFNPO Newsletter Working Group: Ron Brown, Monika Feist, Janet Forbes
Executive Director: Sandra Simpson
Administrative Coordinator: Rania Ibrahim
Feature Writer: Stu Slayen
Layout: Philip Navoa 

MFNPO Board of Directors : Ron Brown, Bob Chrismas, Monika Feist, Janet Forbes, Sid Frankel, Martin Itzkow (Co-Chair), Sandra Oakley (Co-Chair), Florence Okwudili
Ex-officio : Dennis Ceicko, Laurenda Madill

The Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations Inc.
Sustaining a high-quality workforce in the non-profit sector.