For its 22nd annual celebration, the Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP) South Saskatchewan Chapter will host an awards luncheon on November 14, 2023 at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.
2023 National Philanthropy Day
Outstanding Philanthropist Award - Nominated by the U of R
Drs. Lynn and Jim Tomkins
Every year in November, the Association of Fundraising Professionals - South Saskatchewan Chapter joins charities, organizations, and citizens across Canada to celebrate National Philanthropy Day by recognizing the contributions of donors and volunteers. This year, we are pleased to announce Drs. Lynn and Jim Tomkins as our 2023 Outstanding Philanthropist award recipients presented by DCG Philanthropic Services Inc. and supported by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation.
This award recognizes an individual or family with a proven history of exceptional generosity, civic, and charitable responsibility, and who motivates others to become philanthropic locally, nationally, or internationally.
Drs. Lynn and Jim Tomkins are philanthropists, humanitarians, and community leaders that have made an impact that is keenly felt in communities across Saskatchewan. They’ve been strong supporters of the University of Regina – at which Jim has dedicated over 50 years of service, be it serving as Chancellor, President and Vice-Chancellor, or professor and Department Head in the U of R’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Jim has granted degrees to thousands of students and, together with Lynn, who practised family medicine in Regina for 40 years, made significant donations toward areas such as the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, the U of R Neuromechanical Research Centre that supports movement and health research, and student awards, to name a few.
"On behalf of the University of Regina, our heartfelt congratulations to Drs. Lynn and Jim Tomkins for earning their Outstanding Philanthropist Award,” said Marc Butikofer, Director of Advancement at the University of Regina. “This award fittingly recognizes not only their exceptional philanthropic spirit and lifetime of service to the community, but also our deepest gratitude for their leadership in changing the world with a heart of giving, and humility."
Through the Lynn and Jim Tomkins Foundation Fund with the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, they have supported numerous causes ranging from the Regina Transition House, which helps women and children live violence and abuse free, to the construction of the new Mosaic Stadium, bringing people together from all corners of the province through the passion of sport.
“Jim and Lynn are very generous individuals who continue to be involved in opportunities that help improve the well-being of community,” said Donna Ziegler, Executive Director of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation. “Over the years they have given their time, talents and resources back to numerous charities. Through Jim’s past board leadership with the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, and now as a Foundation trusted advisor, the communities the Foundation serves have flourished and benefited from his wise counsel.”
If you scoured the Internet for annual reports of charities, you’ll see the Tomkins listed in countless numbers of them as donors and volunteers. Lynn Tomkins volunteered for many years at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and is a contributing member of Connecting Threads, distributing quilts to cancer patients and women’s shelters; and Jim is Vice-Chair of the Darke Hall Society and a member of the Trust and Endowment Committee and Senate at the University of Regina. In previous years, Jim served on the boards of the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation; Regina Palliative Care Inc; the Saskatchewan Red Cross; and as a member of the U of R Academic and Administrative Benefits Committee (for over 40 years).
“Through their giving from the Lynn and Jim Tomkins Foundation Fund, Jim and Lynn have responded to emergent community needs, gifted to the Vital Community Fund at the Foundation to increase its reach and impact, and supported causes that are close to their heart,” Ziegler said. “Their efforts help to build a resilient and vibrant place where everyone belongs.”
The Tomkins are strong supporters of the Regina and Saskatchewan community be it through their giving, volunteerism, and leadership. Their generosity transcends monetary value, serving as an inspiration and example to us all.
The Association of Fundraising Professionals - South Saskatchewan Chapter has seven award categories we recognize donors and volunteers across. To celebrate all of our award recipients on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, purchase your tickets to our 2023 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon presented by DCG Philanthropic Services Inc. and supported by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, here:
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Do you know someone in southern Saskatchewan who has gone above and beyond in philanthropy, fund-raising, volunteering or planned giving?
Nominate them for our 2023 National Philanthropy Day Awards!