Vita teen reflects on sleepout

Candace Maxymowich spent a night under the stars during the CEO Sleepout held recently in support of homeless shelters and supportive programming. 

By Marianne Curtis

Nineteen year old Candace Maxymowich from Vita was among fifty CEOs and community leaders who spent the night sleeping under the stars to raise awareness about homelessness and poverty issues.

Maxymowich was among the group during the night of September 27 when they camped out at the corner of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg. The young woman who grew up in the small community of Vita says the night was an eye opener.

“Several homeless people came to spend the night with us and engaged us in dialogue sharing their stories and challenges,” Maxymowich says. “The Change for the Better CEO Sleepout is a great initiative and I’m glad I was able to participate.”

The 2nd annual CEO Sleepout event supported Change for the Better, a program that helps people who are homeless get off the street into permanent paid employment and a healthier environment.

Prior to the event, the group raised $111,595 to employ homeless people. Donations will continue to be accepted to reach the initial goal of $150,000.

“A lot of people live pay cheque to pay cheque. One life-changing event can have a devastating impact,” notes Maxymowich.

Since 1992, over $235,000 has been raised and 100% of all donations support programs like Siloam Mission’s Mission: Off the Streets Team (MOST) that employs people who are homeless to help enhance the image and cleanliness of downtown Winnipeg while building life skills that may help participants get a full time job. Siloam Mission, Graffiti Art Programming and Red Road Lodge received proceeds from last year’s CEO Sleepout event.




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