CRF receives first $50,000 from Manitoba Lotteries employee Charity of Choice campaign

Board members from Manitoba Lotteries’ employee program, ECHO (Employees Caring by Helping Others), presented CRF with the first 2011/12 ECHO Charity of Choice cheque for $50,000.

This is the second time Manitoba Lotteries’ employees selected CRF as their Charity of Choice, supporting and improving through volunteerism the communities in which all employees live and work.

On December 14th, the ECHO board members toured the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, and witnessed first-hand the work being done – from Prosthetics and Orthotics, to the Family Resource Centre to the Specialized Communication Resources for Children department - to help children with disabilities be more independent and mobile.

ECHO is an employee-driven charitable giving program run by a volunteer board of employees. With the help of 600+ employee volunteers and their families, they are currently raising $100,000 for CRF through community volunteering and donations.

Last year, thanks to ECHO, CRF purchased 29 pieces of individual children’s equipment. Under the current campaign, the ECHO grant will fund Summer Day Camp, Cooking Clubs and youth recreation programs for children with disabilities and special needs at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children.


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Snowmobile Raffle update

The tickets for the first ever Ride for Rehab Snowmobile Raffle are going fast. Don't delay! Get yours today!

The prize is

- two 2011 TNT 600 E-Tec Ski-Doo Snowmobiles and

- one XT10 Triton Trailer with multiple options.

Tickets are $20 each or 3 for $50.

Get yours today by calling Erin at 477-4587 or emailing

Draw date is January 9th, 2012. Only 5,000 tickets available so don't delay!

NEW - Every person who sells one book of Raffle tickets on behalf of the Foundation will be entered to win a new snowmobile helmet from Enns Brothers Powersports (a $500 value). To sign up, contact Erin at 477-4587 today.

All funds raised through Ride for Rehab will help fund equipment and adapted recreation program for children living with disabilities and special needs in Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwestern Ontario.

Thank you to our generous sponsors - Enns Brothers PowerSports and Triton Trailers.

Raffle License # MGCC 3813-RF

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Dufresne donates $10,000 to CRF as part of $1 Million Charity Challenge

Shelters for abused women, sports programs for less fortunate children and treatment services for cancer patients are some of the charitable programs that will benefit from Dufresne’s $1 Million Charity Challenge - including the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation. 

As part of the year-long celebration of Dufresne’s 25th anniversary, Dufresne is awarding $500,000 in grants to 51 charities, including forty-three charitable organizations in Manitoba and eight non-profits in Ontario.  Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $30,000 each.  These non-profit recipients, who focus on women, children and health programs, will then raise an equivalent amount to equal a total of $1 million.


Mark Dufresne, CEO of The Dufresne Group remarked, “We are all enriched by our community experiences and that is why we at Dufresne believe in recognizing and supporting the quality of life within the communities where we live, work and play.”


The charities will receive their award presentations at a special event in the coming weeks. 

Two senior managers from Dufresne visited the Rehabilitation Centre for Children on December 8th for a tour of the facilities. The Foundation's Executive Director Christine Schollenberg enjoyed the opportunity to showcase the innovation taking place at the facility, and to thank Dufresne in person for their generosity and support.

A list of all the recipients is available at


About The Dufresne Group:

Dufresne is one of the few companies recognized by the 50 Best Managed Companies program for 12 consecutive years. In addition, Dufresne has achieved Platinum Status in the club, a recognition reserved for those outstanding companies who have sustained a standard of excellence and leadership in all areas of their business practices and have qualified in the award program for at least six consecutive years. 


Dufresne operates 11 retail stores that stretch from Manitoba through Ontario.  In addition, they own the Dufresne Retail Solutions Group, a buying group that serves over 85 independent member locations from coast to coast.  Dufresne is proud to supply The Northwest Company with furniture, mattresses and appliances for their 145 locations that service remote communities across northern Canada.


This family owned business continues to be one of the largest furniture and appliance retailers in Canada.  To learn more about The Dufresne Group’s story, please visit


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Winnipeg Jets visit Rehab Centre for Children

27 lucky children (who are clients of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children) had the opportunity to meet members of the Winnipeg Jets hockey club  last Wednesday

The children showed their obvious excitement as Pavalec, Jaffrey, Kane, Byfuglien and 9 other team members strolled into our Family Resource Room to greet the kids, carrying souvenirs for everyone.

Many photo were taken, and autographs signed by the players.

The children could barely contain their enthusiasm for Winnipeg's newest "Rock Stars".

Many thanks to the Winnipeg Jets hockey club for creating an amazing experience for the children!

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