Welcome to TJ's Gift Foundation

TJ's Gift Foundation

Our 20 year old son & brother, T.J. Wiebe, was brutally murdered on January 5th, 2003. As a result of this horrific tragedy, TJ’s Gift Foundation was born.


The purpose of the Foundation is to help youth, “Choose to be Drug Free”, through a variety of means, including funding projects where young people help other young people avoid drug involvement.

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TJ's Gift Presentations

The TJ’s Gift Foundation is happy to support presentations where Karen Wiebe, mother of TJ Wiebe, will come out to speak to your organization about her experiences and TJ’s Story. School Presentations are offered by TJ’s Gift Foundation, free of charge. Donations are gratefully appreciated. Learn more here.


Little One is a book for children who are coming from homes where there may issues of addictions. It was written and illustrated by kids, for kids!

Students from Frontier School Division wrote this book and students from Seine River School Division illustrated it. 

“Be brave, little one, Know that what you are feeling is temporary,

Look up to the sky, Little One, and feel the peace. You have that within you.

Look up to the sky, little one. Know that you are worth more than life itself.”



Gala 2022 is now in the bag!

We are looking forward to an in-person Gala next year! Please save the date - May 18, 2023!

Thank you to our sponsors for Gala 2022!

Via Rail, City Cats Guiding Service, Nopiming Lodge, PAL Group!

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Hear more about TJ Wiebe's story and the importance and value of making good and healthy choices. 

Learn more about the work that TJ's Gift Foundation is doing and the impact it is having on kid's lives.

TJ's Gift Champion Awards


TJ’s Gift Champion Awards will be open all year for nominations.
Please submit a nomination before March 31.

Apply here.

TJ’s Champions Award was established to recognize individuals and groups who have inspired young people to avoid drug involvement or individuals or groups who have supported youth in their efforts to be drug-free


Open to 1) individuals or organizations who work in the field to help kids avoid drug involvement, 2) volunteers that support kids in avoiding drug involvement, 3) young people, under the age of 18, who are supporting their peers in Avoiding drug involvement.


NEW! TJ’s Gift Anthology

TJ’s Gift is creating our first Anthology of students writings and artwork around their experiences with the dangers of drug involvement.


All submissions will go before a committee that will make the final decisions on which pieces will be included.

Submissions may be sent by email to Karen@tjsgift.com

NEW! Children’s Books

TJ’s Gift is looking for talented student writers and illustrators who would be interested in creating children’s books on the topic of addictions in order to help young children cope with addiction and the effects of addiction in their lives.


Anyone interested in participating in such a project is invited to contact Karen Wiebe at Karen@tjsgift.com to discuss further.

School Projects

TJ’s Gift Foundation will pay the expenses for projects that kids prepare to help other kids avoid drug involvement.

​Open to all grades.

Rockin' for Choices

TJ’s Gift Foundation is presenting its Rockin’ For Choices Concert during on April 8 and it is open to all grades 7 – 12 students.


TJ’s Gift will be working various bands who will present a concert, along with their statements and beliefs about why they are not involved in drugs. TJ’s Story will be shared by TJ’s Mom and opportunities will be given for students to link themselves to TJ’s Gift through social media. All students will receive pledge cards and wristbands at the concert.


This concert series is presented free of charge, although donations are greatly appreciated. (Mileage or flight costs may be charged for long rural distances.)

Battle of the Bands

An annual "battle" to promote drug awareness in high schools, encouraging youth to make the right choice when it comes to drugs. Open to all garage bands in grades 9-12.

Open to all garage bands in grades 9-12.

Soaring Eagles Conference

A conference to equip students with valuable tools and resources to go back to their communities as leaders and mentors, armed with the knowledge of drug awareness, to help themselves and their peers to make good choices.

Open to grades 9-12 from Northern Communities.

Curriculum Links

Joan Zaretsky, Ph.D. has gone through the Manitoba Physical Education Curriculum and linked it’s outcomes to TJ’s Gift.


This is a comprehensive tool showing the ways that TJ’s Gift Foundation can assist Phys Ed teachers in handling this difficult section on health in the Manitoba Curriculum.

Leadership Workshops

These interactive workshops with students are designed to help kids find, or develop their own leadership abilities. Each workshop is designed around the particular group of students involved. Therefore the workshop will vary in design and in length and numbers of workshops and will be planned in consultation with the teacher/leader involved.


TJ’s Gift believes that positive peer pressure can help kids make safe decisions to avoid drug involvement. Our Leadership Workshop Program is designed with that goal in mind, although the skills learned there will assist students involved in a wide variety of student activities. These workshops are valuable for those students involved in student councils, clubs, teams and organizations where students are primarily running the organization.

Open to grades 5-12.

Teacher Resources

This reading list of fictional novels about kids and the effects of their involvement with drugs, includes a synopsis of each book. It is a valuable tool for teachers and parents in their efforts to get kids to think about what getting involved with drugs will mean in their lives.