Calling to Connect Banquet – Hope to the Core

What a night! What a night! After six years of organizing ICYA’s “Calling to Connect” banquet, I would agree with many people who connected with me later that it was the best banquet so far.

The room décor was breathtaking, creating a heavenly feel with white fabric cascading around chandeliers and throughout the room. The evening was amazing because of Pianist Simion Smith, MC Janet Stewart, Winnipeg Singer/Songwriter Jaylene Johnson, Cellist Natalie Dawe, Speaker Wilma Derksen, and Artist Cliff Derksen.

The Exceptional Achievement Awards were presented to two awesome youth, Misty and Terry, and a long term volunteer, Michelle Fast. A thrilling part of the night was the fact that we raised a record of $146,200 for Inner City Youth Alive to continue bringing hope to thousands of kids in the core, such as Misty and Terry.

A big thank you to all who supported our banquet, specifically our wonderful sponsors.

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Speaker: Wilma Derksen
Since the abduction and murder of her daughter, Candace, in 1984, Wilma Derksen has influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She is a public speaker and workshop leader in religious and public forums throughout North America. Wilma is the author of Have you Seen Candace?, Confronting the Horror: the Aftermath of Violence and The Emerald Angel.

Master of Ceremonies: Janet Stewart
Janet Stewart is the host of CBC News Winnipeg at 5 p.m. on CBC Television. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Janet graduated from journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax. She moved to Winnipeg in 2001 to anchor CTV News, and then joined CBC Manitoba in 2007. In 2009, Janet was nominated for a Best News Anchor Gemini.

Entertainment: Jaylene Johnson
Winnipeg singer / songwriter Jaylene Johnson’s music has danced its way into shows like Pretty Little Liars and Degrassi: The Next Generation. She is an artist who makes you “listen more closely” (CD – Baby), putting her own quirky, yet insightful slant on life, love and matters of faith. Jaylene has been a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for the past three years in country and pop

Banquet Sponsors
The generous support of our sponsors helps us do wonderful work. Please view our sponsors below.

Platinum Sponsors

  • Westgate Enterprises Ltd.
  • Novid
  • Primrose Farm
  • MacDon
  • 6p Marketing

Gold Sponsors

  • Olympic Building Centre
  • Bartel Bulk Freight Inc.
  • Vidir: vertical storage solutions
  • HarrisPrinters
  • City Mix Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • Steinbach Credit Union
  • Lakeview Insurance Brokers
  • NorthWest Company
  • Novid
  • Hardscapes

Gift in Kind Sponsors

  • Bockstar Photography
  • Nitro Graphics