The meaning of being a good neighbour

If the last few years have taught us anything, it is the importance of community.  Between the civil unrest down South, and the COVID pandemic world-wide, we’re watching people struggle with what it means to be a good neighbour.

For most folks, the strongest bonds are family bonds.  Over the recent holidays, despite the pandemic, most people managed to gather with family for at least a small feast.  But the bonds of family, as vital as they are to our health and well-being, are not enough.  At times our needs are more than any one family can provide.  We need community, that larger context in which our families live, to be truly well.  As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child.”  How we look after and look out for our neighbours defines our community.

Child and Families Services of Western MB is simply one piece of what makes our community in South Western Manitoba a good place to live.  The Agency’s Mission Statement recognizes this.  It states, “CFS of Western MB exists so that children are safe and nurtured in strong loving families within a community of caring people.”

Our Foundation is one way for that community of caring people to act in the best interests of children and youth.   Your donations are used for Agency places and programs that strengthen families, and support children and youth.  Our CFS Western Foundation relies on the generosity of those who seek to meet the needs of their neighbours.  Our Foundation motto is “Together, we are stronger.”

Through your support, families are stronger, and our community is a better place to be.  Thank you for your support, and for all that you do to create community here in Western Manitoba.

On behalf of the Foundation,