Planning for the Long Term - BB Camp Campaign Aims to Enhance Campsite and Grow Endowment Fund

by Stu Slayen | Mar 31, 2017
Rory Paul’s parents were counsellors at BB Camp in the late 1940s, even before the camp moved to its current site near Kenora. Paul, a current BB Board member, became a camper, counsellor, resource person, Program Director, and offsite director. His kids were campers and counsellors, too. 

“Outside of my immediate family, BB is the one thing that has had the most profound impact on my life,” says Paul, the former Head of School of Gray Academy of Jewish Education. “BB influenced my decision to build a career in education.” 

When BB Camp launched its capital campaign in the fall of 2016, Paul did not hesitate to contribute to the existing Rory and Barb Paul and Family Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. 

“I’ve been blessed with three healthy grandchildren. My late wife Barb and I always wanted to support BB in a way that would ensure that the camp endured for them and for other children in the community,” says Paul. “The endowment piece of the campaign was most attractive to me because the gift would live on in perpetuity. Our goal was always to make it easier for kids to attend camp.”

For BB Camp Executive Director Brenda Tessler-Donen, the endowment portion of the $6-8 million campaign is an essential component. 

“A successful endowment fund allows us to strategize for the future while we operate effectively today,” says Tessler- Donen, who also has an endowment fund in support of BB Camp. “The endowment fund will help BB remain financially stable and ensures a stronger future.” 

The endowment element of the campaign has been especially attractive to camp alumni who no longer live in Winnipeg, she adds: “They see it as a way to reconnect with the community.”

For more information about the BB Camp capital campaign, visit