Posted by Michael Charach on Dec 17, 2018

Rotary Club to honour two Women who make a difference

Christine Schollenberg

   Diane Redsky



Each year the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West celebrates the holiday season with a special luncheon meeting held at the St. Charles Country Club. The Rotary Club pays special honour to two members of the community that exemplify Rotary's “Service Above Self” and present an Honorary Paul Harris Award to each of them. 


Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. The 35,000+ clubs, and 1.2 million members work together to:


  • Promote peace

  • Fight disease

  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene

  • Save mothers and children

  • Support education

  • Grow local economies

This year The Rotary Club of Winnipeg West is delighted to honour Christine Schollenberg, Executive Director of the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation and Diane Redsky, Executive Director of the Ma MawiWi Chi Itata (Ma Mawi) Centre.


Christine Schollenberg has worked tirelessly with the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West’s Chicken Fest for the past 9 years. Her unwavering work with the Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation towards the betterment of youth with disabilities and her contributions to the success of our major fundraiser makes Christine Schollenberg an excellent partner and perfect recipient of an Honourary Paul Harris Fellow Award.


Diane Redsky is a First Nations woman who has long worked to address the myriad of issues facing Winnipeg’s Indigenous community in all areas of health, justice, education and social services. She has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity with local, national and international agencies and has become a strong advocate for Indigenous children and women’s issues. Through her leadership in several Indigenous led community-based organizations, she has helped to create numerous innovative programs that have helped build healthy communities through promoting the growth and development of the urban Indigenous community particularly the safety, protection and well-being of women and girls and ending sex trafficking.


The Rotary Club of Winnipeg West believes in a commitment to service above self. Contributing to the betterment of our community and world by supporting causes with an emphasis on allowing youth to reach their full potential. Our Mission is: To make a difference. 


About the two organizations:


The Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation raises funds to improve the lives of children who access services through the Rehabilitation Centre for Children and SSCY Centre.


Ma Mawi translated from Ojibway means, "we all work together to help one another" is a community-based, community-led, Indigenous-driven family resource centre that is a leader in community based care for children, youth and families in Winnipeg.