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Tribute 2017 Ambassadors Announced by Manitoba Museum 

Gregg and Mary Hanson

Winnipeg, MB [January 26, 2017]: On Thursday, April 27 the Manitoba Museum’s Canada 150 Tribute dinner will honour the spirit of generosity and the leaders who are community builders in our province.  Many generous Manitobans have contributed to making this province strong, and have helped make Canada great.

Manitoba is known as one of the most giving, charitable provinces; one that is also characterized by strong leaders who espouse a vibrant philanthropic spirit. Many of these individuals, who give from the heart and have a passion for making the world a better place, shun the spotlight and opt for “Anonymous” on the donor lists. Gregg Hanson C.M., FCPA, FCA and his wife, Mary Hanson, represent this spirit of generosity, volunteerism, philanthropy and quiet leadership, which seeks out opportunities to provide help in time of need. “We are so pleased that, as Ambassadors of the ‘unsung hero,’ Gregg and Mary Hanson have agreed to help the Manitoba Museum shine a spotlight on the strong and vibrant group of people who contribute to the social fabric of our community and the sustainability of our cultural institutions,” says H. Sanford Riley, Chair of the 2017 Canada 150 Tribute Honourary Committee. “I’ve worked with Gregg on some big projects and have always valued his quiet but effective work ethic and commitment.”

Gregg and Mary Hanson observe, “When we look around the world, we can count our blessings for having been born in Canada. As the Keystone province, Manitoba leads our country in so many ways. Whether it’s human rights, philanthropy, volunteerism, cold weather or warm hearts – we have so many unsung heroes in our communities. Let’s take the opportunity to celebrate all these leaders during our country’s 150th year, as they are the ones who make our country great. We are delighted to be ambassadors for this celebration."

“The Museum has a tremendous appreciation for all of our wonderful donors who support our mission, but we also recognize that there are those supporters who prefer to remain nameless,” says Scott Craig, Chair of the Manitoba Museum’s Board of Directors. “After a great deal of discussion, we realized that Gregg and Mary Hanson are ideal representatives of so many of our supporters who are there for the Museum but prefer to see the spotlight on the Museum rather than themselves. We are pleased that they have agreed to be Ambassadors with the clear understanding that they merely represent all those supporters who give so selflessly.”

Born in Saskatoon, Gregg’s family relocated to Winnipeg in 1957 where he was raised, graduated from St. Paul’s High School, and later attended the University of Manitoba.  While Mary was born in Toronto, her family moved to Winnipeg when she was two years old. Mary graduated from Balmoral Hall School, later studied French in Switzerland and attended the Universities of Manitoba and Bordeaux. Gregg and Mary, have two adult children, Adam and Janine, and four grandchildren.

Gregg is known to many in his professional capacity of President and CEO of The Wawanesa Group of companies from 1992 to 2007. He serves on the Board of Directors for James Richardson & Sons Ltd., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MBT) and Wynard Insurance. Gregg has been very involved in business and professional organizations, acting as a chair, council member and board member for many insurance-related institutions.  He was also a member of the Vice Regal Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister.

Gregg has also volunteered as a Director, Chair, President and Committee Member of many community organizations including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Big Brothers Association, Arthritis Society of Manitoba, Salvation Army Grace Hospice, Pan American Games in Winnipeg, The Winnipeg Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, United Way of Winnipeg, Canadian Education Coalition, Winnipeg Boldness Project, the Bear Clan Patrol and numerous other charitable organizations. Gregg has been recognized for his enduring efforts with many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada.

Mary has taken on many volunteer positions.  Her personal goal has been to elevate and improve the lives of others and has contributed greatly teaching French, English and Spanish to many. Mary learned the benefits of volunteering from her parents and had given generously of her time to the Junior League of Winnipeg, assisting in the orchestration of the move to the Forks for the Children’s Museum, facilitating youth leadership seminars through Manitoba ALIVE, and working as Chair to solidify the ongoing viability of Rossbrook House. Mary has been chosen to participate in several language education-related programs and received the Premier’s Volunteer Award.

The Museum’s Canada 150 exhibit Legacies of Confederation: A New Look at Manitoba History provides a historical platform from which great stories emerge about the great leaders that have contributed to the formation of our province and the shaping of Canada. Paying tribute to leaders both past and present, the Museum’s Canada 150 Tribute gala will be an event not to be missed!

The 13th annual Tribute Gala will take place in the newly re-opened Alloway Hall. The 9,700 square foot hall features expansive 25-foot ceilings and a panoramic view, through 13-foot high windows, overlooking Steinkopf Gardens and the Centennial Concert Hall.

2017 Canada 150 Tribute Honourary Committee:
Honourary Committee Chair, H. Sanford Riley C.M., O.M., LLD
Gail Asper O.C., O.M.
Richard Bracken
Ashleigh Everett
His Honour The Honourable Gary Filmon P.C., O.C., O.M.
Doug Harvey
David Johnston
Nick Logan
Susan Millican
Kathleen Richardson C.C., O.M.
Jim Richardson
Diane Roussin
Sister Lesley Sacoumen
Harvey Secter

Past Tribute Honourees: H. Sanford Riley (2016); The Winnipeg Foundation (2015); Doug Harvey (2014); Susan Lewis & United Way Winnipeg (2013); Kerry Hawkins (2012); Ambassador Gary Doer (2011); The Chipman Family (2010); Babs & Gail Asper (2009); Kevin & Els Kavanagh (2008); Lawrie Pollard (2007); Murray Taylor & Investors Group Inc. (2006); and George T. Richardson (2005).

Proceeds from Tribute support the Manitoba Museum’s Access for All community initiative, which provides complimentary Museum visits to more than 60,000 individuals living with special circumstances each year. Contributions to Tribute 2017 will truly provide impact and help the Museum create memorable educational experiences that build a pride of place in Manitoba as tell the province’s essential stories, bridging language, culture, ethnicity and age.

For information about reserving tables, buying tickets, Tribute sponsorship opportunities, and/or to make a donation to the Access for All community initiative, please contact Janet Rheault, Corporate Partnerships Manager at 204-988-0629 or email jrheault@manitobamuseum.ca.

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