Deanna Jade Hill is the 2017 recipient of the Fillmore Riley Internship. As a student at Oak Park High School, she dreams of one day living in St. John’s with a stable job and a lively household. Her life has been positively impacted by her time at the FortWhyte Farms, as she believes that “the most rewarding thing about having a job is creating relationships and learning more skills. It can really push you further in life and help you be more successful.” Deanna is an indigenous youth who hopes to change the world by contributing to world peace.
Sponsoring an under-served youth like Deanna is a natural extension of Fillmore Riley’s commitment to giving back to the community. As a law firm, they believe that they have a social responsibility to support programs and initiatives that better our community. They have a longstanding tradition of contributing to the United Way, CancerCare Manitoba, Ducks Unlimited, and many other organizations that make Manitoba a better place to work and live. The initiative at FortWhyte appealed to them because it is an agriculture-based social enterprise that educates youth. Environmental sustainability and empowerment through education align with their firm’s culture.
“We’re proud to support a program that teaches youth about sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry, production and food handling skills. We have a large agriculture and agribusiness practice, and some the graduates of the program may go on to work for our clients or start their own agribusinesses,” said Jody Langhan, a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP and Member of Fort Whyte Foundation Inc.’s Board of Trustees. “It is our first year as a sponsor and we’re pleased to learn that our sponsorship has given the intern the hands-on skills and work ethic she needs to help her be successful in future endeavors.”
FortWhyte Farms is very appreciative of the support provided by Fillmore Riley to help empower the youth who work with us. Together we will contribute to making Winnipeg a more healthy and socially-just community.