WAG Volunteer Receives Lieutenant Governor’s Vice-Regal Volunteer Award

Lila Goodspeed, a long-time supporter of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and many other local and national organizations, has been awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Vice-Regal Volunteer Award, as well as the Make A Difference Community Award. The Awards were presented at the 27th Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20.

Seven Lieutenant Governor’s Make A Difference Community Awards are given out every year, one for each region of the province. Out of these seven, one individual is chosen to receive the Vice-Regal Volunteer Award. Launched in 2001 in recognition of the International Year of the Volunteer, the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards recognize individuals throughout Manitoba for their contributions to the community through volunteer services.

Goodspeed was nominated by the Volunteer Associates of the Winnipeg Art Gallery which, over the past 61 years, has raised more than $800,000 to fund exhibitions, works of art acquisitions, and art scholarships, as well as donating $900,000 to The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation. She has been a member of the Associates for many years, serving as President from 2003 to 2008, during which time she also served on the Executive of the WAG’s Board of Governors. She is currently Nominating Chair of the Volunteer Associates; a member of the WAG’s Works of Art Committee; a director of The Winnipeg Art Gallery Foundation; and co-chair of the Centennial Committee for the Gallery’s 100th anniversary in 2012.

“Lila Goodspeed is a willing and able volunteer when it comes to the WAG’s fundraising events, programs, and strategic planning, and she is never without an encouraging word or excellent plan,” says Director Dr. Stephen Borys. “As an astute businesswoman and community leader, she possesses skills and vision that have benefited our organization. I have seldom encountered a Board member and volunteer so eager to learn and share her knowledge and experience with others. She is truly deserving of this Award.”

Goodspeed’s other current volunteer activities include Director, Gimli Festival Board; Director, Nellie McClung Foundation; Board Member, Hope Task Force for the Health Sciences Centre; the Junior League of Winnipeg Legacy Foundation; and the Manitoba Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee for the Lester B. Pearson United World College.

She has also served on the Boards of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Manitoba Cancer Care. Her involvement with the United Nations includes membership on the Advisory Board of the UN Winnipeg branch, the Canadian Delegation of the UN Mid-Decade for Women Conference in Denmark, and the UN International Year of Volunteers World Conference in Netherlands. She has been the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Award, the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, and the national Flare Magazine Volunteer Award for Community and Leadership.





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