By Anil Patel
The day after a Timeraiser can be a bit of bummer sometimes. With so much build up before the event, energy required to get through the evening, then finding the extra energy to get everything into storage the following morning is like experiencing an emotional hangover.
I thought the day after the Winnipeg Timeraiser was not going to be any exception to that rule. Especially considering it meant spending a Saturday morning unloading all the supplies, solo. (Can you hear the little violins playing?) However, after getting everything into storage, doing inventory, and then dropping off the van, an unusual instinct kicked in. It was my mini Forest Gump response: I started to walk. And walk. And walk. For nearly 6 hours in and around downtown Winnipeg.
And Winnipeg completely surprised me.
- [Good] 2:30 pm – Happened to stumble across the 9th Open Doors Winnipeg, giving people access to unique opportunities to explore over 30 heritage buildings.
- [Bad] 3:00 pm – Walking by the Cummings theatre in the Exchange area, two EMS attendants were tending to a teenager passed out in a back alley.
- [Good] 3:30 pm – Had a coffee in the Winnipeg Public Library, and witnessed a stranger go out of his way to open the door for a women confined to a wheelchair.
- [Bad] 3:45 pm – Walking past Windsor Hotel, saw a shit-faced old man, fall over several times. Two woman walked up to him to help, but he swung his arms aimlessly.
- [Good] 4:30 pm – ‘Hung out’ at The Forks watching some of the Skate"4"Cancer Festival. Tons of kids and families hanging out.
- [Bad] 5:00 pm – Went online to look up when the Canadian Museum of Human Rights is supposed to open. Found out there are lots of delays and controversy. On the home page news section, the board chair wrote a response to a Winnipeg Free Press story on cost overruns.
- [Good] 5:30 pm – Continued to walk around the Forks, and there was so much amazing activity going on, especially in the kids activity area.
- [Good] 7:00 pm – Made my way over to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where the Norman Rockwell exhibit was such a hit, the WAG extended the show and exhibit hours.
- [Good] 8:00 pm – Toured Plug-In Gallery. Chatted with Winnipeg Artist Michael Benjamin Brown, who was also staffing the gallery until close. He asked what I was doing in town. I explained. He hadn’t heard of the Timeraiser, but loved the way we authentically support artists.
What am I rambling about? For me, today was a rare opportunity to take advantage of a free schedule. It was so amazing to walk in whatever direction a streetlight directed me. It provided a let the sights and sounds draw me in one direction to the next in a city I really like.
Winnipeg is awesome. While it often gets so much bad press, it has way more good things going for it than most people give it credit.
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On the Thursday before the 2nd Winnipeg Timeraiser, Amanda and Anil visited with Erin Bartlett
from United Way Winnipeg. While waiting in the lobby, we picked up a copy of the 2nd edition of Eagle’s Eye View
: An environmental scan of the Aboriginal Community in Winnipeg
One section stood out in particular: Contributions to the arts by Aboriginal People. The research highlighted one very startling economic fact. Aboriginal artists earn 30% less than the average Canadian artists ($22,700); a level that is near or below the poverty line.
Just before the meeting, Amanda and Anil purchased three works of art from Wah-Sa Gallery, dedicated to promoting Aboriginal artists. As we wrote about in a previous post, one of the artists we selected was Ted Oster. He is a self-taught artist living in Winnipeg. Of the $11,900 we invested in the careers of artists, 15% was earmarked directly for Aboriginal artists. Taking a moment to re-read Eagle Eye View on Saturday, one paragraph stood out in particular: “Aboriginal people in the arts face many challenges, including lack of resources, limited recognition, preconceived notions and they are navigating between artistic practice and cultural expectations.” (pg 19)
Well, here is our response: we are going to – just as we have in our printing and catering social procurement strategy – explicitly ensure that a specific amount of money we raise is allocated to help Aboriginal artists make their careers financially sustainable. (You can read about our social procurement strategy here
Specifically, we are going to set a base line of how much of the art we purchase nationally will come from dedicated outreach from Aboriginal artists. While this isn’t the first time we’ve thought about doing this, we have now reached a particular size and scale, especially with our corporate partners, to make this a cornerstone in the development of the Timeraiser program.
If you haven’t had a chance to read our social procurement strategy, you can view it here. We’d be interested in what you think. Are we on the right track? Are we missing something? Do you know of any Aboriginal artists that we can connect to?
Nice work Winnipeg! We raised just over 4,000 volunteer hours on Friday May 25th!
MTS signed up as a sponsor just a few weeks ago, helping us meet our goals of over $10,000 invested in local emerging artists. The additional sponsorship money allowed us to purchase a few more works of art for the Winnipeg Timeraiser, bringing the total to $11,500! You can view our Winnipeg artwork gallery here
The night was great for a couple reasons. First, emcee Kerri Salki
from 102.3 Clear FM was able to acknowledge 5 of 16 people that completed their pledge from last year. She brought them on stage to read out their accomplishments. Celebrating last year's winners really helped others in the crowd to witness how ‘doable’ a Timeraiser pledge actually is.
Second, with 26 organizations in the room, there were lots of interested volunteer opportunities for people to get involved with. One of our main collaborators, Volunteer Manitoba,
passed along that most organizations they spoke to were getting a lot of good connections throughout the night.
Third, a big thanks to our volunteers who helped made the night happen, especially our co-chairs Janellyn Marcial and Heather Flynn. They put in countless hours preparing for the event.
Finally, we were devastated to learn the news of Violet Nelson, who was fatally injured in a cycling accident on the Wednesday before the Timeraiser. Violet was one of the Manager's of the Graffiti Gallery - a Timeraiser agency. Graffiti Gallery understandably was not present at our event, but we lit a candle and put up their poster in recognition of the work they do and for Violet.
One of the highlights from this trip was visiting Wah-sa Gallery
and the Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association
to purchase the extra artwork made possible by the MTS sponsorship.
The work ‘Owl’ was a crowd favourite (see right). Artist Ted Oster was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, but moved to Winnipeg in his mid-teens. He is a self-taught artist, recently deciding to pursue becoming a full time artist.
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We’ll be writing about our new art strategy in the next blog post. In the meantime, below is the list of the winners from last night. And the team is already starting to plan our 3rd Winnipeg Timeraiser.
Were you at the Timeraiser? What did you think of the artwork and volunteer opportunities? Any ideas about where we could do this next year? Keep the comments coming.
We also want to thank all our other friends, collaborators and sponsors for making the evening so much fun: MTS, Investors Group Quantum Graphics, The Winnipeg Foundation, Volunteer Manitoba, CIBC, PWC, RBC, and TD.
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Lisa has had an amazing year working with the Japan Exchange Teaching Programme Alumni Association and the Japanese community of Ottawa. She has helped organize over a dozen events over the past year, including a Japanese summer festival that saw 600 participants from the National Capital Region. Lisa also volunteered with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Alumni Chapter, helping to bring together alumni, students, and faculty. For Lisa, community building in itself has been rewarding and being a part of Timeraiser has made it that much more special.
Your First Day by Christine Nobel. Oil on Canvas
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Adriana has always felt the need to do something more, something that can actually make a difference for a better and happier world. Adriana says, thanks to the Timeraiser initiative she was able to give a tinny fraction of my time to help. She started volunteering in two different organizations, and although only one ended up being the right for me, the experience was worth it. Currently Adriana is involved with community organizations concern with food justice and security, and has been not only volunteering in different activities but also incorporating healthier and more environmental friendly practices into her own life style. She also volunteered for friends and at work realizing how few hours of your life helping others can make a real difference!
"I loved the experience and can't wait for a new volunteer contract in this 2nd Timeraiser!"
Tickles by Jordan Miller. Mixed media
| || |We celebrated our 1st Regina Timeraiser this past Tuesday May 15 in partnership with United Way Regina and SaskEnergy. 21 amazing nonprofit organizations seeking skilled volunteers were in the room.With financial support of our local presenting sponsor, SaskEnergy and several other corporate partners we were able to invest $10,000 in the careers of local artists. JJ Voss wooed the room with his dynamic performance throughout the evening.
| |Our charismatic Emcee Craig Lederhouse (CBC Radio Afternoon Edition Host) broadcasted across Twitter: “You organized a classy, innovative, worthwhile #yqr (Regina) event that I’d proud to be a part of any time. Here is to next year!” @CraigLederHouse
What a nice thing to say! His efforts encouraged 150+ people to pledge nearly 4,000 volunteer hours. Congratulations to all the people who successfully bid on artwork. A list of winners is below. Photos from the event will be posted shortly.
Recognition must be made to Amanda Lanoway (United Way Regina) Ida Leruyet (SaskEnergy) and Christina Attard (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina) who were a massive and consistent help in all of our planning efforts. A big thank you to our Local Founding Partner SaskEnergy and Lead Community Partner United Way Regina as well as to our other amazing sponsors and volunteers who made the evening possible.
- CBC Regina
- GreatWestLife-London Life-Canada Life
- Casino Regina
- The Co-Operators
- Conexus Credit Union
- Harvard Western Insurance
- Paradigm Consulting
- TD Bank
We look forward to following up with all the agencies and art winners, and begin planning for the 2nd Regina Timeraiser!
Local Founding Partner
Thursday May 10th, 2012
The Timeraiser evening was a great success. But we will get back to that in a moment. We expected 23 organizations to be present at the 3rd London Timeraiser.
However, the Canadian Cancer Society Elgin-Middlesex Unit had to cancel at the last minute for the most gut wrenching of reasons imaginable: one of the people involved with the Society passed away earlier that week.
Normally when an agency does not attend the Timeraiser, we take their poster down so we don't have an empty table at the event. In this sad case we lit a candle and solemnly carried on with the evening. While doing so it also reminded our team why helping people connect to causes they care about is so important.
As in years past, our lead partner was the United Way of London and Middlesex and their GenNext Cabinet. Together with Pillar Non-Profit Network and the London Arts Council, they helped us to sell out the event three weeks in advance.
Photo Credit: Dana Nosella
Our third Timeraiser in London was held The ARTS Project on Dundas St. With over $10,000 of artwork hanging on the walls, our goal was to raise 4,000 volunteer hours. While bidding progressed, we brought several winners on stage to receive their artwork from last year. TD employee Joe Morrison was one of the 18 recipients who claimed their artwork, celebrating a 95% completion rate!
Our Emcee, Taz, from London’s Best Rock FM96 keep the crowd informed and engaged throughout the evening. With over 250 people through the doors that evening, we raised 4,015 volunteer hours. We look forward to connecting with all the art winners, agencies and other attendees to enable their community involvement over the next year.
A shout-out must be sent to Vlora Muslimi from TD, who as part of her role on GenNext helped us plan and execute the event with style. Special thanks to our community and corporate sponsors for all their support with making the night such a great success:
You can check out all the event photos by the very talented Dana Nosella here. We are exciting to begin planning our 4th London Timeraiser!
- GreatWest Life/London Life/Canada life
- London Arts Council (help with our call to artists & art selection)
- Libro Financial
- Milestones Restaurant (Social Media Contest)
- TD Bank
- Pillar Non-Profit Network
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After meeting many different organizations at Timeraiser 2011, Christa was excited to start volunteering. Finding out she had successfully bid on artwork was a great added bonus. Christa exceeded her goal by working with Between Friends Club, Spin Sisters Mountain Biking Club and the World Junior Hockey Championships. She enjoyed her experience, has met many wonderful people and plans on continuing to volunteer. It has been such a positive experience and Christa encourages everyone to get involved in their community.
Horseshow Bend by Jeff Cruz. Giclee print on archival paper.
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Laura was excited to see her name on the winners list for her favourite piece of art at the 2011 TImeraiser. It marked the beginning of a busy but enjoyable year of volunteering. Committing to 100 volunteer hours, Laura volunteered at a number of different places. Her favourite experience was with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), which provided her the opportunity to meet people within the organization and to interact with the public. Laura would like to thank Timeraiser for giving her the incentive and plan to get out and volunteer locally, something she's wanted to do for some time.
Transparency by Lisa Small. Archival Print
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Growing up through the Scouts Canada program, the importance and value of volunteerism was taught to Ashlan at a very early age. Over the past 10 years, Ashlan has been an avid volunteer with 3 organizations in her community, which is why the idea behind Time Raiser intrigued her. But Time Raiser did more than just offer the opportunity to complete service hours - it provided valuable networking opportunities with organizations that she otherwise would have never been introduced to, learned about, or spent time with. Over the past year, Ashlan has surpassed her 100 hour bid with some of her most memorable time spent with the Sunshine Foundation of Canada and the London Hospice. Ashlan met both organizations through connections at the event last year, and over the past year, attended numerous events supporting both organizations. She says, "I never knew that such amazing organizations existed in our community. I encourage you to bid. Yes, you will receive beautiful artwork for your pledge. But the real prize is in the people you will meet, the things you will learn, the personal growth you will experience, and the difference that you will make in your community
Puss'n Boots by Samantha Chilvers. Oil on Wood.