Jim and Joyce Gauthier donate $1 million to Museum for Human Rights

    WINNIPEG, July 11 /CNW/ - Winnipeg businessman Jim Gauthier and his
spouse Joyce Gauthier today announced a $1 million donation to the Canadian
Museum for Human Rights. "This Museum will not only ensure a better future for
our city," he said as he and Joyce presented the cheque to Babs Asper (Friends
of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Board Member) and Gail Asper (Campaign
Chair, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights), "It will ensure a
better future for all humanity."
    "Jim is a true visionary," said Gail Asper. "He fully understands the
integral role this Museum will play in the economic and 'spiritual'
rejuvenation of Manitoba. If anyone personifies a dream-big and can-do
attitude, it's Jim Gauthier. We're thrilled by his generous donation to the
Museum. And I'm here to say, everyone LOVES a Gauthier deal!"
    "Winnipeg has been very good to me and my family," said Gauthier. "Joyce
and I strongly believe in giving back to our community. Donating to this
Museum allows us to do so while at the same time, giving us the opportunity to
do something meaningful and significant for the world community."
    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been established as a national
museum by the Government of Canada. It will be the first national museum to be
built outside the National Capital Region (in Winnipeg) and the first national
museum to be created in 41 years. The Museum, a $265 million project, also has
significant funding support from the Province of Manitoba, the City of
Winnipeg, and the private sector including several corporations, labour
groups, associations, foundations and private donors from across Canada. To
date more than 3,000 individual gifts have been received. The Museum also has
the support of 50 ethno-cultural and human rights groups from across the
    The Canadian Museum for Human Rights will explore the subject of human
rights in order to enhance people's understanding of human rights, promote
respect for others and encourage reflection and dialogue.
    "We are particularly thrilled with the potential of this Museum to reach
young people. It is our intent to create a legacy for our grandchildren. This
one will pay dividends for decades to come," said Gauthier.
    Jim Gauthier is owner of the Gauthier Autogroup of Winnipeg.

    Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the non-profit
registered charity tasked with raising private sector funding for the Canadian
Museum for Human Rights. This donation brings the total raised from the
private sector to $94.5 million.

For further information:

For further information: and to download high resolution images of the
Friends' vision for the Museum, please visit the image gallery at
www.friendsofcmhr.com or contact: Kim Jasper, Director of Communications,
Friends of The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Tel.: (204) 989-5525 or (204)

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