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Emily Shane


[ Press Release ]

As a child, we all remember the feeling of excitement as we got in the car with Mom and Dad to head to the circus. It had just arrived in town and we could almost taste the cotton candy. The park was filled with kids screaming as the roller coaster dove into its final turn. These memories live within us as we grow older. We have tried to relive that excitement through our children and grandchildren with the bright looks on their faces the first time they try mini donuts or candy apples.

Macdonald Youth Services hosts its 3rd annual Gala Dinner Under the Big Top on April 15, 2010 at Delta Winnipeg. This vintage carnival feel is your chance to be a kid again. This event promises to be filled with some of the things we all cherish from our childhoods. Not only is this your opportunity to play carnival games and eat cotton candy it’s a chance to support an agency that helps the youth in our community.

During this event, MYS will also be honouring our own Emily Shane, Executive Director of Jewish Child and Family Services with the 2010 Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Award.

“This award is presented to someone who demonstrates values of respect and fairness towards youth, and practical assistance for youth so they can have a positive future,” said Dr. Erma Chapman, Executive Director of MYS.

Over the past 38 years, Emily has been known for her humanity, her sensitivity and her profound empathy for those in need.  She has worked extensively with people of all ages and origins. Particularly, she goes above and beyond in helping every child realize his or her optimum potential.

Emily’s wonderful track record of caring and fostering hope and renewal is exemplary and she truly symbolizes the work and mission of MYS.

I am proud to have been the person to support the nomination of Emily for her ongoing dedication to the youth in our community.  I hope you will join me in supporting her and Macdonald Youth Services on April 15.  For more information or to order your tickets, please contact me at [email protected] or at (204) 949-4292.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Philipa Caplan
Donor Relations
Philipa Caplan
Philipa Caplan, Donor Relations,
Macdonald Youth Services

Macdonald Youth Services has been serving the community since 1929. MYS is a registered charitable organization dedicated to providing a range of quality assessment, treatment and support services to individuals, families and communities, with an emphasis on children and youth. MYS believes in wholistic services, maintaining and promoting dignity and self-respect.

MYS – Helping Manitoba Youth for Over 80 Years!MYS – Helping Manitoba Youth for Over 80 Years!
Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) recently celebrated 80 years of growing futures for youth, families and communities in Manitoba!

Since its inception in 1929 and founded under the official name of Sir Hugh John Macdonald Memorial Hostel, MYS has a long and rich history of serving youth.  MYS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a range of quality assessment, treatment and support services to individuals, families and communities with an emphasis on children and youth. 

MYS employs 750 part time and full time staff, serving the needs over 6,400 youth last year in Manitoba.  Lead by Erma Chapman, Executive Director, the agency is governed by an active Board of Directors.

The agency is structured into six service areas that provide both community-based support  services and residential placement services.

Support Services

  • The Youth Resource Centre/Shelter
  • Services to Older Adolescents 
  • Positive Alternatives for Youth
  • The Mobile Crisis Team , Youth Emergency Crisis Stabilization System

Placement Services

  • Adolescent Resources in Community Homes
  • Alternative Parent Homes (Foster Care) in Winnipeg, Thompson and The Pas/Opaskwayak  Cree Nation
  • Specialized Individual Placements
  • Kisewatisiwin Services in Thompson, Manitoba

MYS fosters hope and opportunities to empower youth and families throughout Manitoba to grow and heal through safe, caring, respectful and collaborative relationships.

To listen to, or read some of the MYS Stories of Hope, visit  or call 477-1722 for more information.

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