2018 Casera Community Award Recipients

The 2018 Casera Community Awards were presented at our Annual General Meeting on April 17. We’re proud to present Casera Community Leadership Awards to Peter Martin and Daryl Reid and a Casera Community Enrichment Award to L’Arche Tova Café.

In the photo above: (L-R) Daryl Reid (MLA for Transcona, Retired), Robert Riddell (Board Chair, Casera), Peter Martin (Transcona Legion, Branch #7), Jim Lapp (Community Leader, L’Arche Winnipeg), Ross (L’Arche community member), Rob Dejonge (Manager, L’Arche Tova Café), Carley Molner (Server Supervisor, L’Arche Tova Café), Diane Truderung (Director of Fund Development and Communications, L’Arche Winnipeg), and Brent Thomas (CEO, Casera).

Read about the award recipients and their good works below.

2018 Casera Community Leadership Award — Peter Martin

The Martin family name is synonymous with community leadership in Transcona, and from an early age, Peter Martin learned from his father, Sir Paul Martin, that it is essential to give back to the neighbourhoods in which you grew up.

Following in his father’s footsteps — the ones that landed on D-Day on the beaches of Normandy and had also walked across many school auditoriums on Remembrance Day — Peter has focused on helping educate young people about fallen soldiers through the No Stone Left Alone program. This initiative brings area students to the Transcona Field of Honour to pay tribute to those who fell in battle.

Peter has also been instrumental in spearheading or supporting some vital community initiatives, including chairing a committee at the Transcona Historical Museum that oversees the protection and conservation of CN 2747, the first steam locomotive built in western Canada. He has also been an integral part of the Transcona Playground Renewal Association, and the Transcona Centennial Celebration Committee.

Casera is proud to present Peter Martin with the 2018 Casera Community Leadership Award.

2018 Casera Community Leadership Award — Daryl Reid

It serves any community well to have deeply committed people champion its attributes and potential. Transcona has been fortunate to have Daryl Reid as a citizen because his commitment and work over many decades exemplifies community leadership.

An electrician by trade, Daryl began his career with CN in Transcona in 1969. His concern for the jobs and welfare of his co-workers led him to become a shop steward and executive board member of his union. In 1990, Daryl entered politics as an NDP candidate for Transcona. He was elected to the Manitoba Legislature and subsequently served for 26 years, five of them as Speaker of the House.

Throughout his career, Daryl worked tirelessly to serve his constituents and in his capacity as an MLA supported funding for seniors, veterans and neighbourhood community clubs.

As a long time resident of Transcona, Daryl understands that personal involvement is key to building vibrant neighbourhoods. Over the years, he’s participated in community sports, both as a player and coach.

Casera is proud to present Daryl Reid with the 2018 Casera Community Leadership Award.

 2018 Casera Community Enrichment Award — L’Arche Tova Café

L’Arche Tova Café embodies the spirit of community. Launched in 2012 to further the caregiving mission of L’Arche Winnipeg, the Transcona bistro helps foster inclusion, understanding and belonging to community members with developmental disabilities.

The restaurant provides job training and meaningful employment for L’Arche community members who enjoy serving and interacting with guests. Since opening, L’Arche Tova Café has worked hard to break down social barriers, creating a place where participants are accepted, valued and permitted to demonstrate proudly the skills they’ve learned.

The program is an essential outreach for L’Arche Winnipeg that has also been accepted and appreciated by the greater Winnipeg community. The café plays host to regular business groups and special music nights, and attracts patrons from across the city.

Beyond the great food and comfortable ambience, you may also get a warm hug from staff. L’Arche Tova Café is a welcoming place of hope, gratitude and respect and it truly is changing lives, one cup of coffee at a time.

Casera is proud to present L’Arche Tova Café with the 2018 Casera Community Enrichment Award.