Current and Past Fundraisers

Together We Can Campaign

Pembina Active Living (PAL 55+) was conceived and driven by community members. In 2009, our founding volunteers began passionately working together to create programming for older adults in the community. Within weeks, the idea for the Centre began developing through the work of four committees and the original Board of Directors.

Today, PAL (55+) has approximately 500 members. Many of the original volunteers who attended the first gathering are still actively participating. The passion of the volunteers has allowed our programs to expand with new offerings that support the needs of older adults in South Winnipeg. Still, with over 12,000 seniors living in the surrounding area, there is much work to be done, and we are just getting started.

The Need for Connectedness

 Isolation and loneliness are issues that plague seniors throughout Manitoba. In Winnipeg’s Fort Garry region, nearly 500 men and over 1,700 females age 65+ live alone. Our social programs provide seniors with activities that can lead to improved health outcomes. Specifically, older adults who engage in social activities can:

“Research on senior centres demonstrates that participation is associated with social, mental, and physical health benefits” making centres such as PAL (55+) invaluable resources in the communities where they operate.

PAL (55+) is the only organization in the Fort Garry area offering recreational, social, educational, and fitness programming specifically for older adults.

Together We Can

Be part of the solution!

There are 3 ways to donate to the campaign:

PAR – PAL (55+) is extremely excited to announce our new Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) program. This program will allow participants to set up a convenient, monthly withdrawal from their checking account. The United Church of Canada (UCC) has been selected as the service provider to administer these monthly donations. Download the form here.

One-time donation – As always, PAL (55+) will continue to accept one-time donations. You can drop off your cheque or cash at the PAL office during regular business hours.

Canada Helps – Credit card donations can be made to PAL (55+) through Canada Helps. A service charge of 1.8% of your donation will go to Canada Helps to manage this account on our behalf. Here‘s a link to PAL’s Canada Helps profile.


Food and Wine Pairing Gala Evening

A huge thank you to Riverwood Square – Linda Sherrin, General Manager and Heather Malazdrewicz, Director of First Impressions and their wonderful staff for another successful, fun event.  And, of course, to Roma Falsarella as Event Coordinator!

On October 26th, 2017, the weather was lousy but still, 131 people enjoyed quite a party and helped raise $3,739 (after expenses) to help PAL (55+) enhance the lives of seniors living in South Winnipeg. Everyone enjoyed the evening – the food, the beverages, the music and time with friends. It was such fun!

A few more statistics about the evening:

To see some photos from the event, please click here.

Fundraising Dinner

On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, PAL (55+) held its fourth annual Fundraising Dinner at the Canad Inns Fort Garry with 140 people attending. The proceeds raised from this dinner will be added to the PAL (55+) Building Fund for a future home for our membership.

We were very pleased to welcome Nancy Gajdosik, PAL (55+) member, as our emcee, and Ray St. Germain as the evening’s entertainment, who delighted the guests with many old-time favourites.

A huge thank-you is extended to our dedicated Dinner Committee who met over the summer months to plan this event. They had a lot of fun and worked so well together as a team – brainstorming and putting ideas into action!

Dinner Committee:

Many thanks also to the business community for supporting our 2016 Fundraising Dinner. We were able to put together 25 amazing gift baskets. We added to our fundraising with the Dufresne Raffle ($2,000 Gift Card) that will count towards the total amount raised from the Dinner and will go towards the PAL (55+) Building Fund.

The extensive list of contributors to the dinner sponsorship and prizes is provided below.

Corporate Sponsorship Program:

 Special Donor ($2,000)

Gold ($2,000)

Silver ($1,500)

 Dinner Sponsorship Program:

 Ruby ($500)

Sapphire ($250)

PAL Prize Basket Donors:


Dufresne Raffle

Dufresne graciously donated a $2,000 GIFT CARD that was raffled off at the 2016 Fundraising Dinner. Many thanks go to Terry and Don Duguid for arranging this with Dufresne, and a huge thank you to Shaun Dufresne for his generous support of PAL (55+). Last year, Dufresne provided a lovely sofa and two-seater for our raffle.  The raffle was won by Kathleen McLennan.  Here she is with some of her lovely new Dufresne furniture,