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We are a network of Winnipeggers, working together to support each other. 


Linking Hope began with a few emails to friends, and when overwhelming support flowed in, we saw that people wanted to help. Linking Hope blossomed into an immense yet cohesive team of individuals and businesses wishing for a more inclusive community.


This team hs informally used this sourcing and distribution model for the past twenty years. Initially, it was run under 'PROJECT ECHO' and 'Sam's Christmas' and then Linking Hope. Clothing and food hampers were gathered, sorted, and distributed to over twenty local agencies in concert with partners such as True North, BISON Transport, Sturgeon Creek High School, Sportchek, and Mark’s Work Wearhouse.  Join our team by connecting with us today!



Kristie Pearson, Board Chair

Kristie has an MBA. She spent over a decade working for companies like True North Sports & Entertainment and Manitoba Hydro, developing and implementing marketing, communication, and sponsorship strategies. As founder & President of Linking Hope, Kristie assists charitable organizations like Inclusion Winnipeg, Lake Winnipeg Foundation, Riverview Hospital Foundation, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Fort Whyte Alive, Thrive Community Support Circle, Acorn Family Place, Rainbow Resource Centre and CMHV to develop fundraising plans and strategies.  She also recently completed a successful campaign for the United Way of Winnipeg as co-chair with her husband, Doug, raising over $22.8 million. 

Shannon Johnston, Board Member

Liz Prall, Board Member

Liz is a strong advocate of community service activities.  She has been on multiple Boards and Committees and is currently involved with the Winnipeg Winter Club, Thrive Community Circle, and Linking Hope.

Rob Crowley, Board Member

Rob is a retired businessman. Involved in the clothing industry for 40 years. Very active over the past 20 years, helping provide for the underserved, vulnerable and challenged with much-needed apparel. With the support of over 15 National retailers and manufacturers, we have been able to re-purpose both NEW and used apparel and footwear and distribute them to the less fortunate through 30+ charitable organizations in Winnipeg

Lawrence Mulhall (Spatch) 

Spatch has been and continues to be involved in the non- profit community for over 25 years . Spatch has helped to establish youth and cultural programs for organizations such as, MaMawi, West Broadway, Lord Selkirk Developments, Bear Clan, and many more. Spatch is currently the Operations Manager for the Indigenous-led shelter known as N'Dinawemak. Spatch is also a member of Juno award winner Eagle and Hawk and Juno nominated Indian City band.

Our Network

There are too many volunteers & donors to list everyone taking part in Linking Hope.

OUR community is OUR network.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

- Mahatma Gandhi

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