MNP paying it forward to Minnedosa project


Eoin Devereux
Neepawa Banner & Press

A national accounting firm has decided to ‘pay it forward’ and nine charitable organizations in southern Manitoba are the beneficiaries. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, MNP announced details to its Reach Out/Pay it Forward program for 2018. Starting Feb. 1, and running until Jan. 31 2019, for every client referral provided to all of their southern Manitoba offices, MNP will donate five per cent of the new client’s first year fees to local charities and organizations.

In total, nine organizations are receiving support from MNP, including the Minnedosa Primary Care Centre. The Minnedosa project involves a group of community leaders and local doctors who have formed a non-profit charitable corporation in order to assist with a new primary care facility. The long term plan is to attract, recruit and retain medical practitioners in Minnedosa.

Some of the other notable organizations being supported within the region include Central Plains Cancer Care, Helping Hands (Brandon) and the Virden Area Foundation.

In a written statement to the Neepawa Banner & Press, Pam Miller, business advisor for MNP, said that their offices in Neepawa and Minnedosa each came up with a list of charities that they thought would benefit from this program.

“We asked our staff to vote and they decided on Central Plains Cancer Care and Minnedosa Primary Care Centre as the two organizations that we would support for this term of the Reach Out program. While Central Plains Cancer Care is not based out of Neepawa, it supports many of the residents in the area as they go through treatments. Minnedosa Primary Care Centre is a facility needed to help Minnedosa remain a vital community. Having a modern, up-to-date medical centre will help to attract graduating doctors that will provide varying levels of health care,” stated Miller.

After a year, MNP will evaluate the success of the program in the communities within our region and determine the impact. Assuming that the program continues, new charities will be voted on and our support will be spread to other organizations in the community.