About Us

Our Vision

To be the premiere children’s charity in Manitoba that raises sustainable funds to provide help and hope to children of all abilities, one child at a time.

Our Mission

Stepping in where government, healthcare, and other funding ends to provide direct assistance to children in Manitoba living with special needs and / or economic disadvantage.

Our Impact

Alexis

got a compact feeding pump to ease her growth & development.

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Brody

got a brand new adaptive tricycle for family bike rides.

READ HIS STORY »

Lisa

has an iPad with Proloquo2Go so she can communicate.

READ HER STORY »

Joshua

can now excel at basketball in his new sport wheelchair.

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Our Core Values

  1. Collaboration- We work together with other partners in the community to ensure the needs of Variety children are met in the most efficient and timely manner possible.
  2. Compassion – We demonstrate empathy and show a heartfelt passion and desire to help improve the lives of Variety children and their families.
  3. Empowerment - We believe in the abilities of Variety children and advocate on their behalf to ensure they can achieve their full potential.
  4. Inclusion- We strive to create a world where all children play, learn and live together and are provided equal opportunity.

History

One evening in 1927, a group of 11 theatre owners and showmen in Pittsburgh heard whimpering outside their door. Upon investigating, they discovered a one month-old baby girl to whom her mother had pinned a note:

 

“Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business people and pray to God that you will look after her.”

 

Proud that this mother had entrusted her precious child to them, the club members set out to raise money for Catherine’s care. The members found themselves inundated with help from those inspired by Catherine’s story, and the so-named Variety Club evolved into a charity in 1928 to help other disadvantaged and orphaned children. Today, Variety, the Children’s Charity has a network of 45 offices in 14 countries. Variety Manitoba, established in 1978, operates with a volunteer board of directors, dedicated volunteers, and a small staff in support of children of all abilities in Manitoba.

Our Team

Jeff Liba

Chief Executive Officer

Email

204-292-9811

Amanda Henry

Program & Outreach Coordinator

Email

204-471-0488

Ashley Irwin

Volunteer & Community Event Coordinator

Email

204-999-7973

Laura Loconte

Fundraising Coordinator

Email

204-293-3400

Board of Directors

 

Executive Committee

Lisa Cefali – President / Chief Barker
Tom Daeninck – Past President / Co-Treasurer
Brant Harvey – Legal Council / Governance Committee Chair
Sheena Roscoe – Co-Treasurer

 

Directors

Lou Caci
Laurie Fischer
Peter MacKenzie
Tracy Mainland
Kaylee Maslowsky
Dustin Ready
Susana Scott
Meaghan Wilford

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