Creative Foundation Inc in 1999 was First Lauched at Red River College in North America
by Beatrice Watson
When first launced in Winnipeg in 1999, approximately 200 students benefited from the educationally stimulating exchange between professionals and students. The speakers came from across section of professional backgrounds from philosophers to graphic designer, teacher, architect and author. Mr. Dave Williamson, who is an accomplished author presented a keynote address to declare the interactive seminar and workshop open.
Well known Caribbean poet, Ms. Madeline Coopsammy, was among the presenters. She was impressed with the interest the students showed in the program. Other presenters whose papers inspired the students were Samuel Afolayan, an architect and former lecturer at the Kwara State Polytechnic, in Nigeria, Karim Dharamsi, a philosophy lecturer at the University of Winnipeg, Ms. Mitzi Ezzat is a practicing dentist in Winnipeg, while Frank Reimer and Ms. Rosie Hernandez are designers. Frank Reimer currently teach at the advertising art department, Red River College.
The afternoon was fun filled with cultural dances, mime and musical performances. Both students and their teachers went on stage to dance. During the dance session, Patrick Keenan, the Director of Music, Creative Foundation Inc; led the musical group while Ms. Bola Olorundare, the Director of storytelling and dance of the Foundation led the Ariya Afrika Cultural Group of which she is also the President.
Yisa Akinbolaji, Founder of this Foundation which began in Nigeria, in 1994 and President of the Winnipeg Chapter, thanked Red River College and all the participants and speakers for helping to keep the vision alive. He also thank God - the driving force in everything he does.
Two lecture theaters were used to accommodate students that registered from across various School Divisions in Winnipeg. Ms. Kenny Daodu and Eleanor Coopsammy, the Secretary of the Creative Foundation were the Masters of Ceremony for the event. Other distinguished dignitaries include Mr. Gerald Folkerts, the President of the Manitoba Society of Artists, Mr. Duncan McMonagle, journalism instructor at the Red River College and Ms. Lori Skinner, Co-ordinator, International Education, Red River College.
There were three Creative Foundation Awards presented during the event, to honor those who have made distinguished contributions to education, their society and the Creative Foundation program. They were Ms. Barbara Dixon, Multicultural Community Liaison Officer, Red River College. Barbara is well traveled and has taught in Nigeria. Mr. Larry Partap's wonderful support in terms of encouragement and suggestions have brightened the event of the Foundation in Winnipeg. Larry has been employed at the Red River College for over two decades. He is currently the Act. Chair, Creative Arts, Red River College. Mr. Bruce Waldie is also among the recipients of the Foundation's First Mentor Award, 1999. He is the Principal of Frontenac School, St. Boniface School Division in Winnipeg and his contributions to meaningful education and support to the Creative Foundation caught the attention of the Board of Trustees.
Incorporated since 1999
in Manitoba, Canada
Creative Foundation Inc. (CFI) is a not-for-profit community-based organization. The organization successfully launched its first workshop and interactive seminar on the 18th of November, 1999 at the Red River College. The College's Campus Diversity Program Committee led by Barabara Dixon co-sponsored the event with the wonderful support of Mr. Larry Partap, Creative Arts of the College. With CFI, the starting infrastructure and foundation of every child's creativity is vital. The organization which is the brainchild of innovative Canadian citizen, Yisa Akinbolaji, first started in 1994 while he was still in Lagos before relocating to Canada in 1997. The organization was incorporated in Manitoba in 1999.
The board of the CFI Canada have had the privilege of hearing from many professionals that have experienced the organization's activities in their formative years. They have assured the board that a lifelong impact is ongoing in their professional and personal lives. Some of the youth have gone on to be surgeons, educators, technologists, scientists, artists and CEOs who are now established in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom and globally. They have cited the benefits of creative thinking and the value of networking that they learned through the Creative Foundation as fundamemtal in their lives. This is an encouraging indication that every good seed generously sown has the potential of making the world a better, more peaceful and fruitful place.
The Creative Foundation is non religious and non political. It is designed to expose youth to the power of creativity, empower them to express themselves and learn to collabotate with others. It is also designed to expose participants to the unique cultures of other people. The boards of CFI encourage every successful adult to realize that it is rewarding to contribute to the greatness of the youth just as certain individuals have contributed to the success they now enjoy, recognizing that the best future is in the hands of today's children.
The activities of the Creative Foundation include education in Human Rights, Visual Art, Performing Art, Literary Art, Theatre Art, Technology, Storytelling and Creative Thinking. All these areas and much more are facilited by individuals of great professional experiences, academic suitability or creative achievements.
We are a charitable organization based in Winnipeg, Canada