Winnipeg's Vital Signs® 2017

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Learning and Living

The Derek and Polly Riley Bursary, held at The Winnipeg Foundation, provides annual support to students enrolled in the Social Work bachelorette program. Since 2012, the Bursary has provided 90 students with $174,000 in support

When it comes to opportunities for education and learning, post-secondary schools in Winnipeg take it one step further by offering access programs, professional development opportunities and student support services to help ensure students successfully complete their studies. Student awards also help facilitate this success. Receiving the Derek and Polly Riley Bursary allowed me to complete my bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Manitoba’s William Norrie Centre without having to worry about finances. My hope for the future is to graduate this spring with a Master of Social Work based in the Indigenous Knowledge degree, and to continue working with First Nations people. - Karen Bruce, Master of Social Work student at the University of Manitoba

CITIZEN PRIORITIES EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT 1. Increase the number of high quality, affordable early learning services 2. Increase supports for children experiencing developmental difficulties 3. Increase access to early childhood parenting programs

EDUCATION AND LEARNING 1. Improve affordability of post-secondary education 2. Improve Indigenous youth high school completion rates and enrolment in post-secondary education 3. Increase supports for students living in poverty



Karen Bruce

Located on Selkirk Avenue in the city’s North End, the University of Manitoba’s William Norrie Centre is home to the Inner City Social Work Program.