Winnipeg Harvest

Winnipeg Harvest usually provides struggling people with little joys of life that can become the turning point for each of them. You can find info about the organization's projects at

Earlier this year I was approached by Winnipeg Harvest to participate in their annual Empty Bowl Celebrity Auction by personalizing a bowl.

Winnipeg Harvest is a non-profit, community-based organization committed to providing food to people who struggle to feed themselves and their families. I was impressed to learn that they are also committed to maximizing public awareness of hunger while working towards long-term solutions to hunger and poverty. Founded in 1984, Winnipeg Harvest opened its doors in 1985. Their immediate goal was, and continues to be, to feed hungry people.

I was saddened to hear that each month more than 64,000 Manitobans rely on food bank assistance, with nearly half that total being children.

Happily, we were finally able to coordinate a time (with my hectic travel schedule) to receive/decorate the bowl. I drew a simplified version of my coat of arms.

It included the universal symbol of woman with justice scales hanging from it hearkening back to my career in law and service as the first female Minister of Justice and Attorney General. I also included the herald mark of the prime minister of Canada, four maple leaves conjoined in a cross, as well as three wavy blue lines below, which represent the lakes and rivers of Canada, and the three parts of my career: politics, teaching, and law.

I also inscribed my motto: Seek wisdom. Conquer fear. Do justice. I think it came out fairly well considering I was doing it freehand, don’t you?

More importantly, the gala evening, which included the auction of my bowl as well as bowls signed by other Former prime ministers and many other public figures, took place recently and raised more than $314,000.00 for this worthy cause.

Congratulations to Duncan Stokes and the entire team at Winnipeg Harvest for all their hard work. They are indeed, helping their community… one bite at a time.

Please visit Winnipeg Harvest’s website to learn about how you can help as well.

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