July 11th, 2014 by admin

The Marquis Project

Linking Manitobans with the Developing World

(Incorporated in Brandon Manitoba October 16, 1979)

Welcome to the Marquis Project’s website.  Please take a look around and check out the tabs to learn more about the work of Marquis, what they can do for you, and how you can become involved.  Here are some highlights:

  • About Us: Marquis Project Mission Statement, Partners, and Board of Directors
  • Community Initiatives: Check out the projects we are working on.
  • Education: This section is a must if you are a student or a teacher.  Look for curriculum connections and learning resources.
  • Library: Check out the Marquis Newsletters and Articles of Interest
  • Get Involved: Find out how you can made a difference with Marquis
  • Donations & Membership: We now offer memberships, renewals and donations online via PayPal
  • Plus: find us on Facebook

Anonymous Donor offers to match up to $10,000 raised for Marquis!

July 11th, 2014 by admin

Marquis recently received an exciting offer from a generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, to match up to $10,000 in funds raised by December 1, 2014, to help retire debt incurred during past financially challenging times and to support Marquis programming.  Since receiving this offer Marquis has already paid $2,260 towards the loan which includes two regular monthly payments and a voluntary payment of $1,500.
Furthermore, another anonymous donor has offered $1,000 toward this match!

Marquis invites you to help maximize on this generous offer by making a donation which will be matched by the anonymous donor.  You can donate by signing up for monthly debits to your account, by mailing a cheque or by donating online via PayPal or major credit card. Visit the Marquis website and click on the Donate tab for details. All donations and memberships qualify for charitable tax receipts.

Marquis is planning several events and a fall appeal to raise funds for this match. Keep checking this site for details by late August!  With your help, we can retire the long-standing debt by December 1, 2014 and turn our focus to what Marquis does best – linking Manitobans with the developing world through school programming and community engagement.

Click Here For Our Donation Page!

Thank you!

Marquis Annual General Meeting, June 19, 2014

July 11th, 2014 by admin

Thirty Marquis members gathered on a rainy Thursday night in the Elephant Room at Brandon University to attend the annual meeting and to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Marquis Project.  Marquis President Al Friesen provided a brief overview of Marquis since it was founded in 1979, and drew attention to the display of historical documents and artifacts lining the walls of the meeting room. Al also reported on a very successful year of school programming and community engagement, continuing partnership with a local organization in Tanzania, and on exciting financial developments.

The Marquis Education Program Facilitator, Samantha Dellezay, reported that Marquis had exceeded its goals by reaching over 1500 students through presentations in Brandon and western Manitoba schools.  Mireille Saurette, Marquis Vice-president, reported on the very successful Fair Trade initiatives that culminated in the recent declaration of the City of Brandon as a Fair Trade Town, only the second Manitoba city to achieve this recognition.

Marquis members register and mingle at the 2014 AGM

Treasurer David Gamey provided a very encouraging financial report. He reviewed the positive impact of restructuring a year ago resulting in a great start in repaying a long-standing loan and being able to avoid reliance on a reduced line of credit. He also reported that a bequest of approximately $18,000, designated for education, has been left to Marquis by the estate of former member Cristine Winkler. Finally, David shared the exciting news that a former Marquis member, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to match up to $10,000 of funds raised by December 1, 2014 to pay down the Marquis debt (currently at just over $17,000).

Following the business portion of the meeting Zack Gross, former Executive Director, and Curt Schultz, former President, co-facilitated an interactive session of member reflections “Highlights, Cautions & Dreams: A Look at Marquis at 35″. Small group discussions went well beyond nostalgia and past lessons learned to expressing renewed optimism and excitement about the future of Marquis beyond 35 years.

Part of the historical display celebrating Marquis’ 35th Anniversary

For further news from the AGM, including the new Board of Directors, please check out the July Newsletter in the Library tab.

About Marquis

The Marquis Project is a non-profit, charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to making our world better. Established in 1979 by development activists in and around Brandon, Manitoba, it is sustained by the support and participation of individuals, families, congregations, schools and community organizations. What began as a small resource centre on world issues serving southwestern Manitoba is now a nationally recognized non-governmental organization.