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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 15, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE B2 B 2 WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015 CITY winnipegfreepress. com Create your legacy For Good. Forever. You live your life with intention and focus. You love this community we share and you have a vision for the future. What will your legacy be? A planned gift to a new or existing Endowment Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation ensures the passions and values that have defined your life carry on Forever. You can support the full spectrum of charitable causes or focus on a particular issue or charitable organization close to your heart. No matter what, your future gift will benefit our community For Good. Forever. For more information contact us at 204.944.9474 | wpgfdn. org Doesn’t For Good. Forever. make sense? Patricia and Norman Stanger planned several charitable gifts, including the establishment of the Patricia and Norman Stanger Memorial Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. 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Last night, the city’s mayor celebrated the volunteer contributions of Reuben Garang, one of the Lost Boys from South Sudan who found a way to use his gifts to help others here. “ I don’t do it for the recognition — it’s how we do things as a society,” said Garang, who received the mayor’s volunteer service award Tuesday night at the 32nd annual Volunteer Awards at the RBC Convention Centre. He was hailed as one of 31 recipients who’ve “ made a significant contribution to our community and who represent the finest in volunteerism in our province.” Not long after arriving in Winnipeg, Garang studied English and began volunteering with Winnipeg Harvest, the organization that nominated him for the award. He put in “ thousands” of volunteer hours at the food bank, but his biggest contribution was helping the charity meet the needs of newcomers from African countries, said Harvest’s hunger and poverty awareness manager Donald Benham. Garang met with its managers, shared his story and filled them in on a hungry segment of the population whom they were missing. “ Winnipeg Harvest was well- known in the community of Winnipeggers already here, but not among newcomers,” Benham recalled Garang saying. “ ‘ They don’t understand the concept of a food bank — a lot of people need services and you aren’t reaching them.’ ” Garang conducted a survey of newcomers in the Central Park area that led to focus groups and Winnipeg Harvest finding better ways to connect with and help recent arrivals stay nourished while getting settled. “ We certainly gained a lot of sensitivity about the needs of the African community,” said Benham. One example is “ the potato — which we prize at Winnipeg Harvest — they just don’t get it.” The donated spuds have never caught on with clients from most African countries unfamiliar with the tuber. “ It’s basically a huge cultural difference that remains to this day.” For Garang, who is now a policy adviser with the province and active in his community, volunteerism is a value shared by Canadians and South Sudanese people. “ When I was young, you could sense nobody is an island,” said Garang, who earned a master’s degree in development practice and sustainability at the University of Winnipeg. “ Everybody worked together... The people in the village are taking care of each other,” said Garang. “ Those values are reflected in Canada.” When Garang was a boy, his village was attacked by land and air. Big enough to hold an AK- 47, he was taken by militants then fled on foot to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, as did thousands of southern Sudanese boys dubbed the Lost Boys. Now Garang, a father of four, is doing everything he can to make sure this community is safe. That includes food security. “ You appreciate the peace in your village. When it’s disrupted you’re thrown into the sea and you’re trying to swim for shore.” Winnipeg Harvest is grateful Garang made it to this “ shore.” “ How lucky Manitoba is and Winnipeg is to have had Reuben come to Winnipeg and offer us what he’s got,” said Benham. “ He’s had the opportunity to develop himself and give back to the community.” Fighting in South Sudan prevented Garang from returning to his home village in December 2013 and he was only able to visit family in refugee camps in northern Uganda. carol. sanders@ freepress. mb. ca STOP us if you’ve heard this one before — Winnipeg School Division trustees have censured maverick trustee Mike Babinsky. It’s the fourth censure of Babinsky’s turbulent career and his second since the new board took office in November. Trustee Kevin Freedman moved for censure late Monday night after Babinsky allegedly directed two expletivelaced outbursts at another trustee during a closed- door session and then stormed out of the meeting. “ Trustee Babinsky had a major outburst and left the meeting. After the conclusion of that meeting, and in public session, trustee Freedman made a motion for censure of trustee Babinsky, which passed,” board chairman Mark Wasyliw said in an email Tuesday. Freedman said in an interview Babinsky directed his outbursts — including F- bombs — before leaving the meeting, at board vice- chairwoman Cathy Collins, who was chairing the closed- door session. “ He continued to speak as he left the room,” Freedman said. “ They certainly were directed in anger. He used very offensive language. “ They related to her skills as chair” and not to the business being discussed, said Freedman, who said nothing happened up to that point in the public or closed session to set off Babinsky or to indicate trouble was brewing. The censure motion passed 6- 2, opposed only by Chris Broughton and by Dean Koshelanyk, whom Freedman said did not want to hold the vote without giving Babinsky a chance to speak. “ I was kind of in shock,” Freedman said. “ He used very offensive language, including a number of expletives… he directed them towards the chair of the meeting, related to her skills as chair. “( Collins) was calling on people to speak in turn — I didn’t see any problem,” Freedman said. Freedman said a minute after leaving the room, Babinsky “ did pop back in briefly to make a comment, then left.” Babinsky could not be reached by phone or email Tuesday. Trustees censured Babinsky in November for making an internal email public. The board concluded Babinsky disclosed the internal email from trustee Lisa Naylor without her knowledge or consent. nick. martin@ freepress. mb. ca Lost Boy’s contributions honoured Connected Winnipeg Harvest with refugee community By Carol Sanders Babinsky’s outbursts earn fourth censure By Nick Martin DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Reuben Garang received the mayor’s volunteer service award Tuesday night at the 32nd annual Volunteer Awards at the RBC Convention Centre. B_ 02_ Apr- 15- 15_ FP_ 01. indd B2 4/ 14/ 15 9: 56: 03 PM

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