TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, the Temerty Family
Foundation and Donald MacDonald and family today announced $1 million
donations each to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, reflecting an increase
of $3 million in new private sector donations to the Museum.
Speaking at a recognition ceremony to honour the donors' contributions,
Larry Tanenbaum commented on the impact that the Museum will have on Canada's
youth and challenged others in Canada's business communities to donate to the
Museum. "The Museum's potential role in educating youth inspired me. When the
Museum opens it will help Canada's young people understand human rights
violations of the past and what they can do to improve human rights for a
better tomorrow. I urge others to contribute and to leave a lasting legacy
that will impact tomorrow's leaders."
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.
"As a Ukrainian-Canadian I have seen what happens when there is little
regard for ethnic, racial and religious diversity," added Jim Temerty. "It is
an honour to contribute to an institution that has the support of all levels
of government as well as 50 ethno-cultural and human rights groups from across
the nation. I encourage corporate Canada to show continued leadership in
supporting such a remarkable centre."
In making the gift, Donald MacDonald commented on his personal connection
to the Museum. "Our daughter Tayler is disabled. My family's hope is that the
Museum will help sensitize Canadians and global citizens to the consequences
of discrimination towards people with disabilities. Our contribution today, is
in part, our legacy to Tayler."
The three $1 million donations bring the total dollars raised to over
$88 million toward the $105 million private sector campaign goal
(approximately $17 million has come from Ontario.) The Canadian Museum for
Human Rights is a $265 million project funded by the Government of Canada
($100M), the Province of Manitoba ($40M), the City of Winnipeg ($20M) and the
private sector ($105M).
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Campaign Chair Gail Asper
thanked Donald MacDonald and his family, the Temerty Family Foundation, and
Larry and Judy Tanenbaum for their donations and their vision. "We are humbled
by the tremendous support from these donors. We are at a critical juncture in
our campaign, and are strengthened today by the generous contributions
provided by these families that have acknowledged the role that the Museum
will play in promoting human rights."
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is proposed to be the first national
museum to be built outside the National Capital Region and the first national
museum to be created in 41 years. The proposed Museum has the support of all
levels of government, as well as 50 ethno-cultural and human rights groups
from across the nation. In addition, several corporations, labour groups,
associations, foundations and private donors from across Canada have donated
to the private sector campaign. To date more than 2,300 individual gifts have
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the non-profit
registered charity tasked with raising the $105 million in private sector
funding for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Visit the Friends of the
Canadian Museum for Human Rights website at www.friendsofcmhr.com
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