April 1st, 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

Global Citizenship Award Presented to Minnedosa Student Group

April 1st, 2014 by admin

The 2014 Marquis Global Citizenship Award was presented to the Minnedosa Collegiate C.H.A.N.G.E. student group at a school assembly at the collegiate on March 25, 2014.  The Citizens Helping All Nations Grow Equally group has been active for the last seven years volunteering for many local causes and raising over $75,000 for projects in the developing world.

C.H.A.N.G.E. Student  Group, Staff Advisors and Marquis Board Member Kim Burgess at Minnedosa Collegiate

C.H.A.N.G.E. Student Group, Staff Advisors and Marquis Board Member Kim Burgess at Minnedosa Collegiate

Marquis board member Kim Burgess and Education Program Facilitator Samantha Dellezay presented a group certificate to be displayed at the school, as well as individual certificates to group members.

For more information on the work of the C.H.A.N.G.E. group, see the April 2014 Marquis Newsletter by visiting our Library page.  You can also view the article that appeared in the Brandon Sun.

Marquis Meets with new Minister of Education

April 1st, 2014 by admin

Several members of Marquis met with the new Minister of Education, James Allum on February 27, 2014.  The meeting provided opportunity to apprise the Minister of the history of Marquis, our educational work in southwestern Manitoba, overseas partnerships and recent Fair Trade initiatives.  Marquis reported in detail about our educational work made possible by the annual grant from Manitoba Education, thanked the Minister for this support and expressed the hope that this partnership would continue under the new Minister’s tenure.


For more information about the meeting with the Minister, see the April 2014 Marquis Newsletter by visiting our Library page.

Marquis Trivia Night a Great Success!

February 5th, 2014 by admin

Fifty six enthusiastic Marquis supporters and trivia buffs packed the second floor dining room at The Dock on Princess on January 17 for a very successful information and fund-raising event. Aside from the delicious meal served by The Dock, the main feature of the evening was an exciting and competitive trivia game organized by Marquis Board Member Carissa Taylor and emceed by BU Communications Officer Glen Kirby. The crowd was organized into teams of four, with the most notable teams representing Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, and a motley crew of local politicians.

The evening included a silent auction for items donated by supportive local businesses and individual donors, a 50/50 draw, door prizes and a Fair Trade information table. Proceeds of the event, earmarked for the joint Marquis – TSAEE project in Tanzania, exceeded the $1,000 goal by $400!

The Marquis Project would like to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work put in by Carissa and Michelle in particular, and additional support provided by Al, Mireille, Manuel, Naomi, and Samantha. Thanks also to Emcee Glen Kirby and to all those who sold and purchased silent auction and dinner tickets.

Finally, Marquis would like to acknowledge the following businesses and individuals who made generous donations for the silent auction and door prizes:

  • Two Farm Kids
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Mindful Brandon
  • Wildflower Café
  • Coffee Culture
  • Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
  • The Dock on Princess
  • Remington’s Seafood & Steakhouse
  • Hansel & Gretel Schnitzel House
  • Wok Box
  • Manuel Godoy
  • Mireille Saurette
  • Judy Bartel
  • Linda & Al Friesen

Fair Trade Fridays

November 4th, 2013 by admin

The Marquis Project is extending its fall Brandon Fair Trade Friday campaign to include Fridays throughout the year. Pledge your support at work, at home or even out with friends; choose Fair Trade products on Fridays beginning November 1st. For more information concerning Brandon’s challenge, email marquis@marquisproject.com.

This Brandon Fair Trade challenge promotes MCIC’s Fair Trade Challenge. For more information check out: Fair Trade Manitoba’s Fair Trade Challenge

We Are Making A Difference

Watch the video about the Brandon Fair Trade Town initiative, visit http://mcic.ca/makingadifference-2014/video/the-city-of-brandon

The City of Brandon is a great supporter of Fair Trade and is on the cusp of becoming the second Fair Trade Town in Manitoba. Mireille Saurette (The Marquis Project) explains how the campaign for Brandon to become a Fair Trade Town came to be, and how close the city is to achieving this status. Lynn Nightingale (Ten Thousand Villages) manages a store that sells a wide range of Fair Trade products, and she explains how people in Manitoba buying Fair Trade products impacts positively on the lives of producers in the Global South. Shari Decter-Hirst (Mayor of Brandon) describes how Brandon being a Fair Trade Town would show support for new Canadians who come from coffee-growing countries, as well as how city council came to support and champion the initiative.

Promoting Fair Trade in Brandon

The Brandon Fair Trade Steering Committee, under the auspices of The Marquis Project, is raising awareness of and promoting the purchase of Fair Trade products in Brandon.  The committee has made up gift bags of fair trade products that will be used as prizes for draws during various promotional events throughout the year. The gift bags are made up of products generously donated by vendors that displayed their products during the 2nd Annual Fair Trade Network conference in Toronto, January, 2014. The Marquis Project greatly appreciates these donations.

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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.