Life’s work of care, support continues through Memorial Fund

Deborah DesRivieres supported animal welfare and environmental issues with  charitable gifts during her life. This support continues following her death thanks to her Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. Photo credit: courtesy of Dennis DesRivieres.

Deborah DesRivieres supported animal welfare and environmental issues with charitable gifts during her life. This support continues following her death thanks to a fund established at The Winnipeg Foundation. Photo courtesy of Dennis DesRivieres.

Deborah DesRivieres was a Renaissance woman.

She held degrees in geography, library science, business administration and accounting. Her successful career included being a Regional Director for Manitoba Environment.

In her home life, she and her partner Thor Guttormsson lovingly raised cattle, horses and dogs.

Underlying it all was a deep desire to contribute her time and talent. From tackling important water quality issues through her work, to volunteering her horses for riding programs for special needs children, the good of the community was always at the forefront.

Ms. DesRivieres’ rich life intersected with The Winnipeg Foundation in many ways. As a fan of live theatre and a volunteer with local festivals, she would often have seen the Foundation’s logo in programs and signage. Many of the causes she supported with charitable gifts, including animal welfare and the environment, also benefited from Foundation grants.

As her life drew to a close at age 62, Ms. DesRivieres decided to establish a Community Building Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation. The Deborah DesRivieres Memorial Fund will continue to support the broad range of local activities she held so dear.

“Deborah felt that the Foundation was the best way to continue to support community initiatives that she had always cared about. … It would be her legacy, a reflection of her own community-oriented values,” says Dennis DesRivieres, Ms. DesRivieres’ brother.

“Above all, she hoped that by establishing the Deborah DesRivieres Memorial Fund she could enrich the lives of other people in the Winnipeg community for many years to come.”

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