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Jerk Chicken Cook-off
September Sizzles in the Support of WPS Endowment Fund & Youth In Care Bursary

The event raised $3,600 that will be split between the Winnipeg Police Service Endowment Fund and the Red River College Youth-in-Care Bursary.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the September 9th Jerk Chicken Cook-off. The event raised $3,600 that will be split between the Winnipeg Police Service Endowment Fund and the Red River College Youth-in-Care Bursary.

The Jerk Chicken Cook-off resulted from a good natured challenge between our own Chief Clunis and River College’s (RRC) award-winning Chef Tim Appleton to see who has the best Jerk Chicken Recipe.We could not be happier as both of these funds aim to help communities and children in the welfare system succeed. Red River College facilitated a special check presentation announcing the proceeds on October 19, 2015.

The Jerk Chicken Cook-off resulted from a good natured challenge between our own Chief Clunis and River College’s (RRC) award-winning Chef Tim Appleton to see who has the best Jerk Chicken Recipe.

Annually, Chief Clunis hosts a Jerk Chicken event for members of the Winnipeg Police Service to raise money for the WPS Endowment Fund, and after meeting Chef Appleton and exchanging culinary taunts; Chef Appleton served Chief Clunis a grilled habanero pepper and that resulted in a challenge – a Jerk Chicken Cook-off. 

Nearly 500 people attended the Cook-Off which was held Bijou Park, next to Red River College’s, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. 

Nearly 500 people attended the Cook-Off which was held Bijou Park, next to Red River College’s, Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Chief Clunis managed to win the hearts of the celebrity judges, which included:

  • - Ace Burpee,  
  • - Mr. Andrew Paterson, President & CEO, Paterson Global Foods,  
  • - Mr. Danny Kleinsasser, Owner, Danny’s Whole Hog,
  • - Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, City of Winnipeg,  
  • - Councillor, Scott Gillingham, City of Winnipeg, and
  • - the Honourable Judge, Dale C. Schille, Provincial Court Judge.

Coincidentally, Chief Clunis’ chicken also won the People’s Choice Award as selected by the nearly 500 people who cast a ballot at the event.

The real winner, of course, is our community as all money raised will be directed to the two funds.

RRC’s Youth in Care Tuition Bursary allows youth in Manitoba who grew up in the child welfare system to attend Red River College tuition-free. The Child and Welfare Services Authorities select suitable students for bursaries. Eligible donations to the fund are matched through the Province’s Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI).

The WPS Endowment Fund was created in 2014 under Chief Clunis’s leadership. Established through the Winnipeg Foundation, it will provide a means to subsidize recognized community projects that support the Service’s vision of creating a culture of safety.

WPS Endowment Fund