WPA members support the community, are involved in a variety of charity/community events, and coordinate a number of community initiatives including:
Cool 2Be Kind
The Cool 2Be Kind campaign is an initiative of the Winnipeg Police Association and focuses on teaching youth in grades K-8 the value of being kind. This positive behavior initiative outlines the benefits of being kind to others and making good choices in school and in life. Students and staff are invited to create and submit a unique kindness project for their school with the opportunity to receive funding in the amount of $500 to see their program come to life.
Stars Fore Sprecial 'O' Golf Tournament
The WPA is the presenting sponsor for the Special Olympics Manitoba Stars ‘FORE’ Special O Golf Tournament. The tournament takes place at the beautiful Glendale Golf and Country Club. This golf tournament was developed to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Manitoba and its golf program and at the same time, provide an entertaining and fun-filled day for participants. Each hole is hosted by a Special Olympics Manitoba athlete, with each team assigned a Celebrity golfer including Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bomber players and alumni and media celebrities.
Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad
Since 2008, the Winnipeg Police Association has led an amazing group of volunteers in the fight against prostate cancer – the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad. The Motorcycle Ride for Dad raises funds for prostate cancer research and education through the Prostate Cancer Fight Foundation (reg. charity 85133 3179 RR0001). It’s the biggest motorcycle fundraising event of its kind. PlayNow.com is the regional presenting sponsor. Funds raised in Manitoba stay in Manitoba. To register or make a pledge, visit: www.ridefordad.ca/manitoba
Winnipeg Police Association Charity Ball & 50/50 Raffle
The Winnipeg Police Association has been supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba (CHFM) for over 30 years through our annual WPA Charity Ball. Due to COVID-19, and respecting provincial health guidelines, the 2020 and 2021 Charity Ball galas were postponed. A donation to the CHFM was still made on behalf of the WPA in 2020, and for 2021 we are introducing the WPA 50/50 Raffle in support of the CHFM. We encourage all WPA members, Charity Ball sponsors and attendees, and the citizens of Manitoba to visit wpa5050.ca and enter to win half of the minimum guaranteed $50,000 POT! Draw is July 1, 2021.
For A Safer Winnipeg
For A Safer Winnipeg (Facebook) is dedicated to making Winnipeg neighbourhoods safer for all citizens. Our goal is to make public safety a priority with all elected officials and to ensure police officers have the necessary resources. @ForASaferWinnipeg
Law Enforcement Torch Run & Polar Plunge
The WPA participates in both the Manitoba Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Plunge events in support of Special Olympics Manitoba. The LETR includes participation from all major accredited federal, provincial and municipal police agencies, Provincial and Federal Corrections, as well as other federal and provincial enforcement agencies. The Polar Plunge takes place in venues throughout Manitoba including Churchill/Hudson’s Bay and Winnipeg. All monies raised in Manitoba are in support of Manitobans with an intellectual disability who benefit through participation in sports under Special Olympics programs and activities.
FortWhyte Alive Strong Roots Program
In 2019 the Winnipeg Police Association entered into a new youth service partnership with a mission to improve access to outdoor experiences for underserved youth. The pilot project, titled ‘Strong Roots’ is a collaboration between FortWhyte Alive, the Winnipeg Police Association, Amalgamated Transit Union 1505, and the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg in consultation with Bear Clan Patrol. Strong Roots will see a group of inner city youth visiting FortWhyte Alive for a facilitated outdoor experience session including canoeing, wilderness survival, and campfire cooking.
The WPA supports this golf tournament hosted by Manitoba Curling legend, Jeff Stoughton, which raises funds for Winnipeg Crime Stoppers.