WINNIPEG, MB – Brett-Young Seeds Limited is proud to announce it has made a donation to Epic Opportunities, an organization focused on providing support, resources, programs and services to individuals living with intellectual disabilities in Winnipeg.
BrettYoung recently donated $15,000 to assist Epic Opportunities with renovations at its day service locations at 1745 Portage Avenue and 250 Goulet Street. Both locations are developing resource areas to serve as drop-in sites for people who are best served by access to community-based day services. The agency has always taken an approach that emphasizes empowering people to live, learn and work in their community, but this change in focus will help the organization to move more firmly towards helping people establish valued community roles and connections.
BrettYoung, a family-owned company, has supported a number of charitable causes over the years and recently began examining how it might step up those efforts and be more proactive in providing funding.
“It was serendipitous that Epic had a need and our company was going through some changes in terms of how we go about corporate giving,” Lloyd Dyck, company owner and Board Chair, says.
Executive Director of Epic Opportunities, Ruby Reimer, says the Dyck family’s contribution is an example of how much the agency can achieve with the support of community partners.
“This contribution is a generous gift that fits so well with our goal to increase community engagement,” Reimer says.
“We are pleased beyond words that BrettYoung, with the encouragement of company owners Lloyd and Jacqueline Dyck, has chosen to invest in our work as an organization. We are so very grateful and feel blessed to establish this working partnership with a company like BrettYoung. Their belief in our vision for all people to be valued members of our community is so evident and we are honoured to help them carry out these shared goals.”
The Dyck family already had a connection with Epic Opportunities and the community living sector. Chad, one of two sons in the family, is autistic and was supported by the agency for 17 years. Their daughter, Kali, worked on behalf of a number of different non-profits and was one of Chad’s biggest supporters until her tragic death in an automobile accident five years ago. The family recently established the Kali Dyck Foundation to honour her memory.
Lloyd says his mother’s family also played a key role in encouraging him and Jacqueline to support agencies like Epic Opportunities. Three of Lloyd’s uncles had intellectual disabilities and were supported by his maternal grandmother until her passing. At the time, there was little in the way of community-based support available to the family, he added.
“It just struck us that this was a cause that we wanted to support,” Lloyd says. “We’d seen first-hand what a challenge it can be for families to get funding for people with disabilities. That’s what really drove it. We understand what it’s like to be parents of a child with [an intellectual] challenge and what they have to go through. We empathize with them and will continue to try and support them through organizations like Epic Opportunities.”
Reimer says Epic Opportunities believes that all people have the potential to live a rich and full life filled with opportunities to contribute and grow. She adds these supports will emphasize the goal of full inclusion and the belief that communities are stronger when values that celebrate diversity and full participation are embraced.
BrettYoung is a privately owned agribusiness with headquarters in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. Proud of our 80+ year history in agriculture, we employ approximately 200 people in 5 processing and distribution facilities in Canada and in various sales territories across North America serving customers in three distinct markets: (1) BrettYoung partners with growers to produce forage and turf seed for export to 40 countries around the world; (2) BrettYoung provides crop input solutions to Canadian and US farmers, including BrettYoung canola and forage seed, Elite® brand corn and soybean seed and Lallemand® biological growth promoting technology, BioBoost®, for canola and soybeans; and (3) BrettYoung provides a wide range of products and services to professional turf and reclamation markets in Canada.
About Epic Opportunities
For over four decades, Epic Opportunities has provided support, resources, programs and services to individuals living with intellectual disabilities. During their long and important history, Epic Opportunities has focused on delivering holistic, person-centred care with the ultimate goal of empowering people in community and improving overall quality of life.
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