Doer Back in Winnipeg to Visit Youth Program

Gary Doer
Gary Doer, former Manitoba premier and Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S., visits the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre on Sinclair Street with wife Ginny Devine on Monday, August 12, 2013. (BERNICE PONTANILLA / METRO WINNIPEG)

Former Manitoba premier Gary Doer put his summer vacation on hold Monday to make a return visit to Winnipeg.

Canada’s Ambassador to the United States visited about 60 kids at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre’s (WASAC) summer camp program. Doer was joined by his wife, Ginny Devine, and Kevin Chief, Minister for Children and Youth Opportunities.

The program, housed at the Old Exhibition Grounds on Sinclair Street, receives about $600,000 annually from the province.

Doer and his wife received homemade dream catchers and were treated to a performance of the Red River jib, which was tweaked for a more Washington-style to mark the occasion.

Each summer, more than 1,500 youth enrol in the program, which aims to develop leadership and mentorship skills of aboriginal youth through sports and recreation programs.