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Join LITE’s #FirstPayDay Challenge!

Can you help us create 25 jobs this summer?

We are looking for supporters to become individual fundraisers or start a fundraising team to create 25 jobs. LITE jobs help people who are struggling in our community to earn a first pay cheque. LITE jobs give people a chance to build a resume, earn some money, and prove what they can do.

Getting involved is easy. Create a team or individual LITE #FirstPayDay page from CanadaHelps and answer these questions:

Do you remember what it felt like to earn YOUR first pay cheque? Do you remember YOUR first pay day?

Share your story and create jobs for people who need your help with a hand up into work. Every $400 raised creates 1 LITE job that supports a person who needs a hand up into a job.

All the steps:

1. Create a fundraising team or sign up as an individual.

Click here to create a CanadaHelps profile/team page and set a fundraising goal.

Click here to donate to LITE’s #FirstPayDay Challenge.

2. Share your story with friends online and ask them to donate.

For extra awesomeness-points, take your fundraising out of the digital realm and hold a real-life get-together. Keep it fun (and perhaps in the realm of “things you’d like to do anyway”):

Payday Nachos, anyone? (Mmmmm!)
Friday BBQ? (Mmmm, mmmmm!)
Sun-tan-a-thon? (Ahhhhhhh!)

Get together, share stories of first jobs and that all-important first pay day! Collect donations by donating online.

– If you’d like to go BIGGER, you or your team can raise funds by holding a garage sale, a walk-a-thon, or a concert featuring your Rolling Stones Tribute Band!

3. Spread the word!

Share your #FirstPayDay with us on social media. Tag us so we can share your story!
Instagram: @LITEWinnipeg / Twitter: @LITEWinnipeg / Facebook: @LITE.winnipeg

  • Posted: Monday, July 17, 2017

2017 Board Election

Click here to vote for LITE’s 2017 Board


The following board members are being renewed:
Janelle Whitley works as a consultant in the agriculture industry, having worked for the Canadian Wheat board and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Her experience includes setting policies, developing strategies, managing special projects, and advocating on a wide-variety of political, social and regulatory issues. She holds a B.A (Adv) in Political Science and Economics and a post-graduate diploma in international business.

Tom Rhodes is a senior business analyst with Manitoba Public Insurance. He began his career in market research and has experience in project management, data analysis comparative analysis, online research, and survey design. He holds a B.Sci. in Political Science and Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.

New board members nominated in 2017:
Eric Gabner is a financial planner with Investors Group who holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba. Eric has lived and worked in Europe, is a long-time volunteer with the Winnipeg Humane Society and the United Way of Winnipeg, and a member of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg.

Wade Parke, B.A., is an Aboriginal Liaison Officer at the Neeginan Institute of Applied Technology, working to foster long-term Aboriginal participation in the Aerospace sector. His experience includes policy and legislative work in government and non-profit settings. He has worked in community development, nwcomes and refugee services and serves on a number of boards and committees. He believes the Aboriginal community has a key role to play in Manitoba’s economy, and that people can change their lives for the better with education, hard work, and the support of the community.

Pat Hayes is a retired registered nurse. Her professional experience includes human resource management, quality auditing, and five years senior management experience in the areas of quality, continuous quality improvement, and education.  She has a specific interest in policy development and strategic planning. Pat believes volunteering is a way to make a difference while learning new skills. She also enjoys quilting, lake life, and ballroom dancing.

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 Bylaws

2017 Bylaws

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  • Posted: Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Grants : Apply for funding now

Click here for more information on how to apply.

  • Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017

Toward Wicozani

Wicozani is a Dakota word meaning “healthy community.”

Thanks to you, we recently bought ten star blankets crafted by three indigenous women. Because of you, we will give blankets to community organizations so they can use them in their fundraising.

We seek to create wicozani by highlighting the role star blankets have in creating income for the blanket-makers.  We seek to create wicozani by helping organizations meet their funding needs to deliver their programs.

We can’t do this work without you.  Please give your most generous gift today to create a healthy community.

Invest + Employ + Indigenous

Action 7 of the Truth and Reconciliation’s calls to action speaks to the need to eliminate gaps in education and employment between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians.

All Canadians can be a part of closing the jobs and income gap by supporting Indigenous co-workers and staff, and by using Indigenous-owned businesses.

Our purchase of star blankets, made possible with your gifts, supports the livelihood of the women that made them. Buying from small businesses headed by local indigenous women is one way of building a healthy community.

Your gifts to LITE hire people who, for a variety of reasons, have trouble finding a job.  Thanks to you, we estimate that two-thirds of people hired through LITE are Indigenous people. Because of you, we are moving toward a healthy community where everyone has a role in creating jobs and welcoming workplaces.

We need your help to create a healthy community. Please give today.

Thanks to you, $3,000 turns into $30,000

To move toward wicozani we help recipients of the gift of star blankets learn about the significance of the blankets in indigenous and Dakota communities, encourage recipients to engage with a Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action and to be inspired to fundraise in ways that respect the meaning of their blanket.

Thanks to you, we invested $3,000 in buying the star blankets. We expect community organization can raise $3,000 each. In total, your investment will raise $30,000 for ten organizations.  And we couldn’t do it without you.

A healthy community is one where community organizations have enough money to buy supplies and food for the people needing their services and programs. So thank you for your support.

We need your help to keep creating jobs. Your donation will hire someone in Winnipeg’s inner city in a life-changing job. Please give your most generous gift today.


  • Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2017


  • Posted: Friday, December 9, 2016