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.[/vc_column_text]


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
  • Treasurer: Lorne Schultz
  • Barrie Dobson
  • Charissa Dobson
  • Ray Keen
  • Evelyn Lea
  • Travis Long
  • Robert Selby
  • Thor Thorleifson

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

2018-19 Grants
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

February 28

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 will be matching a portion of the funds raised by the local collegiate’s philanthropic group, SWAT (Stingers Working At Tomorrow) for the 2019-2020 school year.

Jim Henderson Estate bequest

Received over the years 2016-2020
A large bequest from the estate of former resident Jim Henderson, to the PMAF general community fund.

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.