Manitoba Museum’s 2023 Tribute Gala: Celebrating Community Voices

The Manitoba Museum will honour three prominent Manitobans at its annual Tribute Gala on Thursday, April 27, 2023, with proceeds supporting the Manitoba Museum’s Access for All community initiative.

Manitoba Museum’s 2023 Tribute Gala: Celebrating Community Voices

Winnipeg, Manitoba: March 24, 2023 – The Manitoba Museum will honour three prominent Manitobans at its annual Tribute Gala on Thursday, April 27, 2023.

Community leaders Stella and Edward Kennedy, long-time volunteer Nadia Thompson, and University of Winnipeg Chancellor Barb Gamey will share the honours at the gala event with proceeds supporting the Manitoba Museum’s Access for All community initiative.

This year the gala will celebrate a multitude of viewpoints and experiences through the theme, Celebrating Community Voices. The 2023 Tribute Gala honorees will join in conversation surrounding the diversity that helped shape Manitoba’s future through sharing stories and encouraging discovery at the Manitoba Museum.  “Every Manitoban and visitor must come to the Manitoba Museum to really know this land, who we are, and where we have come from.” says honouree, Edward Kennedy.

The annual Manitoba Museum Tribute Gala supports the Access for All initiative by removing financial, social, and cultural barriers to visitation. Through your support, the Museum aims to further grow, diversify, and engage new audiences. To continually reflect and assess research, collections, exhibitions, and programs to enhance their relevance to Manitoba’s diverse populations including ethnicity, culture, age, gender, and abilities. Continuing to create a Museum that belongs to all Manitobans. One of the Access for All initiatives is providing Manitobans access to the Museum at no charge – those Manitobans who would otherwise not have the opportunity to engage in memorable learning experiences that bridge our understanding and love of history, nature, and science with today’s reality and hopes for the future.

“In 1971, my family travelled by car from Oshawa to visit my uncle in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. I vividly recall our stop in Winnipeg and our visit to the Manitoba Museum and especially the fascinating Bison exhibit” says honouree Stella Kennedy, “I never imagined that Winnipeg and wonderful attractions like the Museum were destined to be such a part of my future life! Today, I am thankful that our community has the Manitoba Museum which brings so much to its visitors from Manitoba and afar. Like my experience fifty years ago, the Museum continues to have a memorable, almost magical quality for children and inspires us all to be aware of our Province and our possibilities as a community of Manitobans.”

2023 Tribute Gala Honorary Committee Members

  • Gail Asper
  • Dave Brown
  • Gary Buckley
  • Polly Craik
  • Darryl Levy
  • John Loewen
  • Dan Murray
  • Bill & Theresa Parrish
  • Susan & Gord Pollard
  • Gerry & Barb Price
  • Sandy Riley
  • Ross & Allana Robinson

The Manitoba Museum 18th annual Tribute Gala will take place in Alloway Hall on April 27, 2023. For information about reserving tables, buying tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and/or to make a donation to the Access for All community initiative, please visit our webpage or contact Cassidy Nicholls at or 204-988-0629.


Barb Gamey is a co-founder of Payworks, a Manitoba based company and one of Canada’s largest national providers of Payroll, Human Resource, Time and Absence Management solutions, serving 29,000 customers, paying 700,000 Canadians while handling $35 billion in funds annually. Payworks currently employs 300 people in Manitoba and 440 nationwide.

Barb is dedicated to community involvement: she currently sits on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Board of Directors, the Business Council of Manitoba’s Board of Directors, the UM Properties Board and served as United Way Winnipeg’s 2018 Campaign Chair. Barb is the Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg and sits on the board for the University of Winnipeg Foundation. She is an ongoing supporter of numerous other community and charitable organizations.

Edward Kennedy is President and CEO of Eskay Partners Limited, an advisory and private capital enterprise. He is also CEO of Livlite Co. a Vancouver-based zero -waste grocery business and Chair of Manitoba Hydro. In August 2021, Edward retired after 25 years as CEO of The North West Company.

Edward is from The Pas, Manitoba and attended high school as a boarding student at St. John’s-Ravenscourt in Winnipeg. He holds an Honours Degree in Business from the Ivey School at Western University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to joining North West, Edward practiced law briefly in Toronto and then worked in investment banking.

Edward has been a Board member of for-profit and non-for-profit entities including the Conference Board of Canada, the Canada West Foundation, Alaska Growth Fund and Norcraft Corporation. Edward has also Chaired the fundraising for community-based organizations including the United Way, Canada’s History and St. Johns Ravenscourt School. He has received national industry and community recognitions over his career.

Stella grew up in Oshawa, Ontario and her parents were immigrants from Sicily and Ukraine. She holds an Honours Degree in Business from the Ivey School at Western University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Stella worked in financial services in Toronto and then moved to Winnipeg with Edward where she held management positions with Federal Industries and Centra Gas. Stella invested the greatest time in her career caring for a growing Kennedy household and the activities of their four children, Grace, Teresa, Simone and Daniel.

Today, Stella guides the Kennedy family’s larger donation activities (including United Way Family Resource Centres, Canada’s History, Pan Am Clinic, WAG – Quamajuq, the Manitoba Museum and the United Way annual campaign). She most recently co-chaired the fundraising campaign for McDonald Youth Centre (now known as The Link: Youth and Family Supports).

Nadia grew up in the North end of the city. As a visual minority growing up in Winnipeg and going to school as one of the few black children, staying connected to her roots was a challenge.

Nadia graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate in 1995. After having her daughter, she went back to school to attain her Business and Office Administration Diploma from CDI College. She started her career with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority in 2007 in which she has been in various administrative positions and is currently a scheduling clerk for the Downtown West Community Homecare Nursing team.

Nadia is passionate about giving back to her community, focusing on our youth and promoting volunteerism and strengthening her community. Nadia has held volunteer positions with the Congress of Black Women, Folklorama, and the Jamaican Association.

Nadia is dedicated to the promotion of Black Culture and History throughout Winnipeg. She joined the Black History Month Celebration Committee in 2009 helping organize various events throughout the city. She continues to work with multiple organizations to promote diversity and culture in Winnipeg, connecting with various community groups to build a better connection in our city.

Past Tribute Honourees – Michael Redhead Champagne (2022), Anne Mahon (2022), Flor Marcelino (2022), Abdikheir Ahmed (2021), Hilary Druxman (2021), Jaimie Isaac (2021), Niigaan Sinclair (2021), Hannah Taylor (2021); Winnipeg Free Press (co-owners Robert Silver & Ronald Stern) (2019); Abdo (Albert) El Tassi & Samira El Tassi (2018); Gregg & Mary Hanson (Ambassadors for Canada 150 Celebration in 2017); Sanford H. 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). 




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