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About Dakota Collegiate

Innovative | Inclusive | Transformative

Dakota Collegiate is one of the most innovative, progressive, and inclusive secondary schools in Manitoba. We are committed to helping all of our students reach their academic, vocational, and social goals whatever they may be. With close to 100 elective courses and more than 60 extracurricular groups and activities, every student can find a place in the Lancer community.

Our innovative teaching approach includes our 21st Century Learning initiative, which has transformed the student experience through comprehensive use of technology in the classroom. Our students are learning in ways that will meet the challenges of our increasingly digital world.

Dakota students have wide ranging backgrounds and characteristics. We have multiple cultures and nationalities represented, differing levels of skills and abilities as well as students from the full spectrum of family incomes.

This mix allows students to learn from and engage with a diverse community, representative of their broader world. We believe this exposure provides our students with depth of character and gives them the ability to bridge the gap across barriers, making them caring, thoughtful citizens.

Our graduates have found success in every sector of our community and economy. Lancers hold positions in political life, professional sport, journalism, business, education, the arts, and trades. Many have enduring connections to Dakota, giving proof to the motto that once a Lancer, you’re a “Lancer for Life.”

Sights from the first game ever played at Murray Field

Murray Field Home Opener, October 5, 2017

You've Helped Us Build Murray Field

But there is still more work to be done.

The attendance at each of our galas has steadily grown, just as the overwhelming support has for Murray Field. With grants collected from The City of Winnipeg and The Winnipeg Foundation, private donations from Bayview Construction, Pinnacle Staffing Solutions, The Klysh Family, Casera Credit Union, Qualico and Dan and Kelly Murray, and hundreds of dedicated donors, we feel like we have moved the ball from our own end across the opposing goal line for a touchdown.

This past year we experienced our first ever home game on the turf at Murray Field. Over 500 community members took in our inaugural home coming game as the Lancer Football Team blazed a trail all the way to the championship game!

But, our work is not complete. Although we have a new artificial turf field that the community can use, we are still working towards completing the whole project. We still require seating, lighting, a scoring tower/press box, an audio PA system, and a storage garage. As well, we need to complete our outdoor classroom honouring our treaty people.

With your support we will continue to develop the outdoor space at Dakota Collegiate making Murray Field the best community complex in Winnipeg.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our students.

Guest Speaker

Donovan Bailey

Track and Field Legend
Donovan Bailey

One of the greatest sprinters of all-time, Hall of Fame track & field legend, Donovan Bailey, is a 3x world record holder (current record holder over 50m ), 2x Olympic champion (1996 - 100m and 4x100m) and 3x world champion (1995 in the 100m and 4x100m and 1997 in the 4x100m,silver in 100m). He was named Track & Field News sprinter of the decade for his stellar 10 year career (1991-2001) greatest sprinter in Canadian history and was only anchor of all of Canada’s gold medal team relay wins to date.

As CEO of Bailey Inc., Donovan has focused on investments and successful business ventures across the globe in the real estate, restaurant, and health and wellness industries for the past 25 years.

His accomplishments on the track and in the boardroom have helped Bailey develop a vast global network and led to his appointment as a board member, brand ambassador or spokesperson for a range of organizations and causes including: Adidas, Coca-Cola, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, Alzheimer’s Research, Participaction, and the Humber River Hospital Foundation.

Bailey is a world renowned sports media analyst for leading broadcasters such as the BBC and CBC. Most recently, he covered the Scotland 2014 commonwealth games, 2013 World Athletics Championships in Russia, London 2012 Olympics, 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the 2015 World Games in Beijing and recently the 2016 Olympic summer games in Rio.

He was given the Order of Ontario in 2016 and is a recent addition to Canada's Walk of Fame.

Career Highlights
  • Three-time World Record holder
  • Two-time Olympic Champion
  • Three-time World Champion
  • Sprinter of the Decade (90's), Track and Field News
  • Eight-time Canadian Champion
  • Pan American Games Champion
  • Goodwill Games Champion
  • Commonwealth Games Champion
  • Lou Marsh Trophy Winner
  • Canadian Newsmaker of the Year
  • Canadian Leadership Award Recipient
  • Two-time inductee of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
  • Recipient of the Order of Ontario (2016)
  • Member of Canada's Walk of Fame


View the sponsorship levels below and purchase your ticket today!

Sponsorship Levels

Quarterback - $10,000

  • 9 dinner tickets
  • Company/organization logo at the table
  • Full page ad in the event program
  • Full screen ad in the ongoing presention
  • Recognition on the front of the event program
  • Priority seating
  • Private meet and greet with Donovan prior to the dinner
  • Donovan seated at your table
  • Gift of recognition
  • Tax receipt

Point Guard - $5,000

  • 10 dinner tickets
  • Company/organization logo at the table
  • Full page ad in the event program
  • Full screen ad in the ongoing presention
  • Priority seating
  • Private meet and greet with Donovan prior to the dinner
  • Gift of recognition
  • Tax receipt

Midfielder - $2,500

  • 10 dinner tickets
  • Company/organization logo at the table
  • 1/2 page ad in the event program
  • 1/2 screen ad in the ongoing presention
  • Tax receipt

Setter - $1,500

  • 10 dinner tickets
  • Company/organization logo at the table
  • 1/4 page ad in the event program
  • 1/4 screen ad in the ongoing presention
  • Tax receipt

Cheerleader - $125

  • 1 dinner ticket
  • Tax receipt
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Hotel Information

We've partnered with Canad Inns Club Regent Hotel to be able to offer a preferred rate for guests of this year's gala dinner. Reserve your room by calling 204.667.5560 and mention group number 360150.

Contact Us

Samantha Turner

Dakota Collegiate Institute
661 Dakota Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2M 3K3