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Pembina Manitou Area Foundation Inc.

P.O. Box 535
Manitou, MB R0G 1G0

Registered Charitable Number: 882834740RR0001
Manitoba Region: South Central


To administer a perpetual fund designed to benefit the communities within the Municipality of Pembina by identifying community priorities and assisting local charities and worthwhile projects.


Pembina-Manitou Area Foundation Inc. provides financial support for other charitable groups in the Pembina-Manitou area, provides financial support in the form of scholarships to eligible students, and provides financial support for various recreational and cultural groups in the Pembina-Manitou area.


  • Chair: Shannon Holenski
  • Vice Chair: Thor Thorleifson
  • Treasurer: Lorne Schultz
  • Secretary: Charissa Dobson
  • Ray Keen
  • Travis Long
  • Robert Selby
  • Sheralee Forsyth

Foundation Funds

General Community fund Funded by general donations, provides financial support for recreational, cultural, and other charitable groups in the Pembina – Manitou area.
Ken Warelis Memorial fund Provides financial scholarships to agriculture students from the Municipality of Pembina.
Manitou Community Swimming Pool fund Supports the Manitou Community Swimming Pool, providing summer recreation for residents and visitors from around southern Manitoba.
Community of Darlingford fund Provides financial support for charitable groups in the Community of Darlingford and area.
Darlingford Memorial Park Inc. Fund Maintenance and enhancements to Darlingford’s memorial park.
Joyce Bowler-Maxwell, and Elwin and Ethel Bowler (Rinn), Scholarship Fund Annual scholarships, starting at $2,000 per year, for deserving graduating students from the area.

Recent Grants

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  • Scholarships at Nellie McClung Collegiate
  • Pembina Valley Music Festival scholarships
  • Darlingford Curling Rink
  • Pembina Valley Conservation District
  • Manitou Agricultural Society
  • Manitou Family Resource Centre
  • La Riviere Community Recreation Centre
  • Manitou Elementary School
  • Rock Lake United Church Camp
  • Pembina Valley Child Care Centre
  • Manitou Opera House Foundation
  • Darlingford Fire Department
  • Manitou Community Pool
  • Darlingford Memorial Park

Grant Deadlines

Foundation Highlights

Danny Maxwell donation
A former resident of the Pembina Manitou area donated $50,000 in bank shares and cash, to commemorate his fifty years of marriage to Joyce (nee Bowler), and the memory of Joyce’s parents Elwin and Ethel (nee Rinn) Bowler.

Donation of mutual fund units worth more than $20,000 to General Community Fund
Another local resident made a generous gift, and because the investment was donated in kind, not in cash, the full amount went to charity, rather than a percentage going to income tax.

PMAF to administer Darlingford Memorial Park assets
Recognizing the value in the PMAF / Winnipeg Foundation investment model, this local charity agreed to allocate a sum of long term assets to a new fund with PMAF.

Matching funds available
PMAF matches a portion of the funds raised by the local collegiate’s philanthropic group, SWAT (Stingers Working At Tomorrow) throughout the school year.


Jim Henderson Estate bequest

Over the years, since 2016, the PMAF general community fund received a large bequest from the estate of former resident Jim Henderson.

Partnership with The Winnipeg Foundation

Started in 2018 Financial management and planning affiliation with Manitoba’s leading community foundation, helping to increase our influence for many years to come.

Membership in Community Foundations of Canada

Renewed in 2018 Joining with community foundations from across Canada, to share ideas, qualify for funding, and help to further the good work that we all do.