Proceeds from Assiniboine College’s upcoming Foundation Legacy Gala Dinner on March 21 will support new student awards for women in the Public Safety Advanced Diploma program at the college.

The announcement was made in light of National Women's Day. 

“Providing financial support for women entering the public safety profession is an important step in making careers in the public safety field, like policing, accessible for women,” said Mark Frison, President at Assiniboine. “Addressing the public safety needs of today means providing a holistic, community policing model, and having appropriate representation of women in the field is a key piece of that. Reducing the financial barrier to training is an important part of encouraging women to pursue this as a career.”

The 30x30 pledge is a North American initiative to advance women in policing that aims to increase the representation of women in police recruit classes to 30% by 2030.

The Brandon Police Service, a partner in our Public Safety program, is among five police agencies in Canada to join the pledge.

“We need an all-hands-on-deck approach when it comes to public safety in Manitoba,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Matt Wiebe. “Our province’s law enforcement agencies need to reflect the communities they serve and I am encouraged to see Assiniboine College reduce financial barriers for women getting into public safety.”

The Foundation Legacy Gala Dinner features a gourmet dining experience hosted by the Culinary Arts, Baking Foundations and Hospitality students at Assiniboine. Guests are treated to an exclusive multi-course menu with wine pairings at each course.

“The Legacy Gala is our largest fundraising event each year, where guests have the opportunity to experience a remarkable evening while supporting a worthy endeavor,” said Tamra Rapsky, Assiniboine Foundation Board President. “It’s a pleasure to be involved in this event, and I want to thank our supporters and guests in advance for supporting the future of women pursuing a future in policing and public safety.”

"I encourage people to have a look at what the Foundation is doing and get involved in giving back to our students in supporting them," adds ACC Communications Specialist, Kyla Cottom.  "They are our future community leaders and it's a truly wonderful thing to support our students in the community and specifically with these community events that we host, they are all student-led so it's giving them hands-on experience which is what ACC is all about!"

Please listen to more with Kyla Cottom below on the ACC Foundation Legacy Gala Dinner on March 21st.

In recent years the Legacy Gala has given proceeds to financial support for Mature Student High School students (2017), Indigenous students (2018), Early Childhood Education students (2019), emergency student needs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (2020), students in healthcare programs (2022) black Canadian students (2023). For more information about the Gala, or to purchase tickets, contact