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Assiniboine Foundation Gala proceeds to increase representation of women in Public Safety programs

March 7, 2024  By Assiniboine Community College

Mar. 7, 2024, Brandon, Man. – Proceeds from Assiniboine College’s upcoming Foundation Legacy Gala Dinner on March 21 will support new student awards for women in the Public Safety Advanced Diploma program at the college.

“Providing financial support for women entering the public safety profession is an important step in making careers in the public safety field, like policing, accessible for women,” said Mark Frison, President at Assiniboine. “Addressing the public safety needs of today means providing a holistic, community policing model, and having appropriate representation of women in the field is a key piece of that. Reducing the financial barrier to training is an important part of encouraging women to pursue this as a career.”

The 30×30 pledge is a North American initiative to advance women in policing that aims to increase the representation of women in police recruit classes to 30 per cent by 2030. The Brandon Police Service, a partner in the college’s Public Safety program, is among five police agencies in Canada to join the pledge.

“We need an all-hands-on-deck approach when it comes to public safety in Manitoba,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Matt Wiebe. “Our province’s law enforcement agencies need to reflect the communities they serve and I am encouraged to see Assiniboine College reduce financial barriers for women getting into public safety.”


In recent years the Legacy Gala has given proceeds to financial support for Mature Student High School students (2017), Indigenous students (2018), Early Childhood Education students (2019), emergency student needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020), students in healthcare programs (2022) black Canadian students (2023).

“The Legacy Gala is our largest fundraising event each year, where guests have the opportunity to experience a remarkable evening while supporting a worthy endeavour,” said Tamra Rapsky, Assiniboine Foundation Board President. “It’s a pleasure to be involved in this event, and I want to thank our supporters and guests in advance for supporting the future of women pursuing a future in policing and public safety.”

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