In 2006, Derek and Polly Riley established this bursary fund to help support Indigenous students access post-secondary education at the William Norrie Centre at University of Manitoba. Born in Winnipeg, Derek became an Olympic athlete, a war veteran, a businessman, and a philanthropist of the highest order. His unassuming generosity has improved the lives of Manitobans through organizations such as the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, United Way, The Winnipeg Foundation, University of Manitoba, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Derek died on May 6, 2018 at the age of 95.
Your gift will be pooled and invested with the generated income distributed as scholarships to student recipients. As the original gift remains invested, your contribution will continue to benefit the people of Winnipeg in perpetuity.