2019 Community Award Recipients Announced

Casera is proud to announce that the recipients of the 2019 Community Awards are Dave Stewart (Community Leadership) and Dakota Collegiate’s Hamper Time (Community Enrichment Award).

Above, L-R: Dakota Collegiate’s Hamper Time administrative representatives — Kristen Mazepa, Linda Noakes, Robert Scott, Megan Vankoughnett, Charlene Leslie, and Robert Riddell, Casera’s Board Chair.

Right: Dave Stewart (left) receives his Leadership Award from Robert Riddell, Casera’s Board Chair.

2019 Casera Community Leadership Award | Dave Stewart

It takes an abundance of time, energy, and personal sacrifice to be a community volunteer, and it takes an equal measure of humility to become a leader. Dave Stewart is one of those unique individuals whose tireless work behind the scenes assures the success of community organizations and neighbourhood events.

Dave’s long run as a community leader included serving passionately for over a decade as a dedicated executive member of the Transcona and District Pipe Band. Over the years, young people in this acclaimed pipe band have benefited from an endowment fund that Dave spearheaded which secured ongoing funding from the Winnipeg Foundation.

A dedicated executive on many community group boards, Dave’s quiet leadership ensured that the organizations would thrive and their legacies would be preserved. For example, his work on the Transcona Centennial committee in 2012 helped bring the event to life and his steadying presence on the Board of the Transcona Museum during troubled times ensured the continued vibrancy of this important heritage society.

2019 Casera Community Enrichment Award | Dakota Collegiate Hamper Time

Since 2004, the students and staff at Dakota Collegiate have spent parts of November and December collecting and buying non-perishable foods, toiletries, fresh produce, and groceries and building sizable holiday hampers for disadvantaged families with connections to the St. Vital high school. The big-hearted program, known as Hamper Time, has made a significant impact on the well-being of the Dakota Collegiate community. In 2018, nearly 40 Dakota families received hampers that also included gifts from Toy Mountain.

Students participate in the hamper-building process through a month-long series of competitions and contests. Their motivation is to show the world what it means to take care of each other, and the challenge is to find something to sacrifice through the act of giving — whether it’s volunteering time generally spent with friends, donating money earmarked for other activities, or bringing in favourite food items.

Hamper Time is a true community project with Dakota Collegiate students and staff pitching in to ensure that a growing number of families needing help during the holidays receive hampers filled with good food and goodwill.