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A message from Maryann Lippay Kanee

There are so many reasons why a Judaic studies program is valuable --- to any university, in any city in Canada or the USA. But this is Winnipeg, so the program is not just valuable, it's essential.

I think of this as honoring all of the Winnipeg community. Like so many others, Stephen's grandparents, Rose and Sam Kanee, came with nothing but their dreams and hard work and helped create the fabric of this community that now holds us in its comforting embrace.

Yes, the Kanee family story is colorful and unique, yet it's woven with the same threads that run through so many Winnipeg family stories.

My husband, Stephen, loved Winnipeg.  He was proud to come from the middle of Canada, surrounded by black prairie dirt producing rich and abundant crops.

That sheltering prairie, simultaneously isolating and nurturing, grew Winnipeg to a city of independence, leadership, expansive creativity and diversity.

For his entire life, Stephen expressed the gratitude he felt, not only for his loving parents, Sol and Florence, his grandparents and extended family, but for being a child of the Winnipeg community. In later years, the more he traveled, the more he understood how fortunate he was to grow up in Winnipeg.