On Saturday June 15th, the Marine Museum of Manitoba will host its first of two annual pancake breakfasts from 8am to 11am. The breakfasts, which serve as important fundraisers for the iconic non-profit museum, have become fixtures in the region’s social calendar. This year’s breakfasts have been sponsored by No Frills and The Riverboat Restaurant, with Sunova Credit Union as coffee and juice sponsors.
Shay Nordal, the museum’s General Manager, says not only does the breakfast help to raise money to keep the museum in operation, but it helps to bring the museum’s supporters together.
“Every year we see many of the same faces at the breakfast; supporters, local politicians, donors, past board members, and people who feel connected to the museum because of their family connection to the ships themselves. It takes a whole community of people to keep a non-profit museum of this size going and we are so lucky to have such a committed group that support us” Nordal said.
In addition to pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, breakfast goers get free admission to the museum. At $8 per adult and $4 for children under 12, Board Chair Duane Nicol says it’s a great deal, and a wonderful way to spend a summer morning.
“It’s a great breakfast and lots of good fellowship. It’s often a regional who’s who. But more importantly if you come for breakfast, you will get to see all of the great work being done at the museum. We have brand new interactive displays and ship restorations are ongoing. Our volunteers have been very busy renewing and refreshing one of the most unique cultural assets in the entire province” said Nicol
Nicol said while the breakfast is well known to locals, the museum is working hard to get the word out to Winnipeggers and the surrounding region.
“A delicious breakfast, supporting a vital part of our history, and hours of wonder and entertainment for the whole family, all for an extremely low price; there just isn’t a better deal anywhere”.
All of the money raised at the breakfast is used to maintain and operate the non-profit organization. The Marine Museum of Manitoba was founded in 1972 to preserve, protect and interpret the unique maritime history of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River. These marine operations were a critical part of the early Manitoba economy and vital to the province’s social development.