By Marianne Curtis
A Vita teen who is known as being an active volunteer and advocate is taking the challenge further. In an efford to raise awareness to homelessness Candace Maxymowich will be spending a night under the stars in Winnipeg.
On September 27, Maxymowich will join CEOS and representatives from the media and community organizations in participating in the CEO Campout. The event is an inititive of the Change for the Better campaign to help homeless people get off the streets into permanent paid employment and a healthier environment.
“I’m looking forward to participating in the event, fundraising, and raising awareness about the Change for the Better campaign and the possible solutions to ending homelessness such as supportive housing and employment,” says Maxymowich.
The CEO Sleepout event will take place the evening of Sept. 27 near the Portage Avenue and Main Street intersection in Winnipeg. The event is designed to raise funds that will be used for employment initiatives for homeless individuals. The goal is to raise $250,000.
“I think it’s great that members of the corporate community are coming together and I am really looking forward to lending my voice to important issues that affect so many people,” says Maxymowich.
Among the participants who will be sleeping near the city’s most famous intersection are Rob Johnston (Regional President of RBC), Paula Havixbeck (Acting Deputy Mayor, City of Winnipeg), Marilyn McLaren (President and CEO of Manitoba Public Insurance), Larry Desrochers (General Director and CEO of Manitoba Opera), and Jeff Hnatiuk (President and CEO of Sport Manitoba).
Maxymowich notes that “homelessness and poverty aren’t just in Winnipeg.“
“This is an issue that is prevalent in the south-eastern region and across Canada. It’s a growing issue and we need to work together to find solutions. We need to provide structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness so they can participate fully in society.”
In 2011, Change for the Better held their inaugural CEO Sleepout. Participants helped raise over $100,000 for Change for the Better.