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  • Winnipeg Tribune


Thursday, April 6, 2023 - The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign is receiving over $24,000 from the Government of Manitoba to support an advertising campaign to combat racism and other forms of discrimination in sport in Manitoba.

The campaign is led by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg, with an advisory committee of 26 community organizations, including Sport Manitoba. The campaign aims to disrupt racism in sport through a multi-pronged approach that includes research, middle and junior high school presentations, training for sport stakeholders, and an anti-racism in sport accord.

“The Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign was built with support from community partners, and this additional funding will allow us to continue raising awareness of racism and discrimination faced by First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Black, racialized, and religious minority communities in Manitoba and highlight their contributions to the sport sector,” said Reuben Garang, director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg. “We are grateful to the Manitoba government for supporting anti-racism education and helping to make sport a safer space.”

The funding is in addition to more than $15.8 million provided this year to support 84 projects that promote sport in the province through the Arts, Culture and Sport in Community (ACSC) fund.

Additionally, new appointments to the Sport Manitoba board of directors were announced.

Susanne Dandenault will assume the role of board chair until her current term expires on Nov. 22, 2025, the minister noted, while also thanking outgoing board chair David Patsack for his years of service. D.J. Lalama has been appointed to the board for a three-year term, the minister added.

Dandenault has competed internationally in both athletics (throwing events) and weightlifting, and was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. She is the past chair of AthletesCAN and a founding member of the Manitoba Athletes Association. Dandenault was also a founding member of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada.

Lalama is a former Canadian Football League player and earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Manitoba. While earning his degree, Lalama won the Presidents’ Trophy as the top defensive player in the country and was named a first team all-Canadian during his U Sports football career with the Manitoba Bisons. He currently works in the strength and conditioning industry.

“We are excited to work closely with the Manitoba government and so pleased to see these investments to the Anti-Racism in Sport Campaign to help make sport a safe and inclusive experience for everyone,” said Janet McMahon, CEO, Sport Manitoba. “The support through the ACSC fund is extremely significant and will allow the opportunity to enhance programs and services, breathe new life into existing facilities, and put on sporting events that bring Manitobans together. We are also grateful to have the leadership, passion, and esteemed perspectives of our newest board members, as we lead and support sport for life in our province.”


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