History of the Hubbell Awards

The Early Years

The Hubbell Awards is a registered charity whose mission is to provide scholarships to youth enrolled in a sea, army or air cadet unit based in Manitoba.


They are named after Major Ted Hubbell, a World War II veteran, who devoted much of his life encouraging the development of youth.  He was the President of the United Services Institute of Manitoba when he died in 1967.

His colleagues made the decision to honour the work he had been doing by presenting three $100.00 scholarships annually in his memory.  The value of the scholarships remained unchanged for more than thirty-five years until the Winnipeg Airports Authority agreed to support the program and donated an additional $1,200.00, which allowed each of the three scholarships to be increased to $500.00.

The support from the Winnipeg Airports Authority was wonderful and very much appreciated, but it seemed unreasonable to continue to look externally for funding. The program needed to become self-sufficent.

2004 to 2012

In 2004 Ivan Poitras made the decision to incorporate the program as a charity.

Paul Kolodziej, who was in the Polish Army but served along side Canadians during World War II and immigrated to Canada in 1955, was the first to make a donation to the program. That was done before incorporation. The funds were used to assist with legal and other start-up costs.

Honorary Colonel Ben VanRuiten and Brigadier-General (Retired) John Law joined Ivan Poitras to become the first Board members. Norm Clark joined the Board shortly after incorporation and assisted Ben VanRuiten with fund raising. He was followed on the Board by Robert Gordon, Jim Forestell, Robert Vandewater and Lori Grandmont.

All Board members are volunteers.

General (Retired) Ray Henault, a former Chief of Defence Staff, agreed to become the Patron of the program in 2008.

Ivan's initial objective was to raise $30,000.00, invest it in a perpetuity fund at five per cent interest, and use only the interest to present three $500.00 scholarships annually - one to a sea, army and air cadet.

Shortly after incorporation, Ivan learned that the Winnipeg Foundation had a program to assist small charities such as the Hubbell Awards. The Board entered into an Agreement with them in 2006.

All donations are placed in the Hubbell Awards Scholarship Trust Fund that the Foundation holds. That was a major shift and provided an incentive for potential donors. That change saw a rapid increase in the donations so a new fund raising objective of $100,000.00 became the goal.

In 2005 and 2006, the proceeds from the awards dinners were used to provide three $500.00 scholarships.  During 2007 and 2008 a combination of the proceeds from the dinners and earned interest from donations were used to provide three scholarships. 

In 2009 the program reached an important milestone when three cadets were presented with $750.00 scholarships using only the earned interest in the Trust Fund.

The value of the Hubbell Awards Scholarship Trust Fund had increased sufficiently by 2010 to allow the program to present three $1,000.00 awards using only the earned interest.

The program exceeded its revised fund raising objective by 2011.

The program has continued to grow and currently awards nine $1,100.00 scholarships annually.

Once each year the Foundation informs the Board of its spending limit. That information is used to determine the value of each scholarship.

Because only the earned interest is used, the Hubbell Awards will be available to cadets as long as it exists as a charity.

As the principal in the Trust Fund increases so will the value of the scholarships.

By 2012, the program was firmly established and Ivan Poitras had surpassed all of his initial objectives. He invited Dennis Tabbernor, who had recently retired from the Militia, to replace him as the president. Ivan continues to serve as the past president .

Scholarship Sponsors

The awards currently have a value of $1,100.00 each. A commitment was made to individual scholarship sponsors that all awards would continue to be equally valued.


The Hubbell Awards is proudly independent. The program collaborates with Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest) who have consistently provided invaluable assistance. It also collaborates with unit sponsors and Leagues that support cadets.