Residents love when the kids come. It's like bringing fairies into the home - it's magical. - Tracy Stasiuk, Director of Care at Pinecrest, in response to the Intergenerational Storytelling Program in partnership between the Kenora Public Library, Pinecrest, and Laidlaw Foundation

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Community Foundation Surpasses $10,000 Goal

Written by Grace Protopapas on Saturday, 31 May 2014 From left, Kelly Williams, co-chair of the 10 Hour challenge, Megan Dokuchie, co-chair of the 10 Hour challenge, and Brenda Chambers-Ivey, community foundation director, stand in front of a poster showing how much money they’ve raised. The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation…

Community Foundation’s 10-Year Anniversary Radio-Drive Raises $75,000 for Area Non-Profits

By Amber McGuckin Sunday, June 1, 2014 9:44:47 EDT PM Hugh Arklie is the executive director of the Thomas Hill Foundation in Winnipeg that helped found the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. He was interviewed for the radio-drive that raised $75,000 for the foundation’s 10-year anniversary on Friday, May 30. Amber…

$10K/10HR Giving Challenge Results

The 10 Hour Giving Challenge came to a close at 8 pm this past Friday, with a total amount of $75,000 received! We would like to thank all those who donated as we exceeded our goal of $10,000 by a substantial amount. This wouldn’t have been possible without the kindness and generosity of those in…

10 Hour Giving Challenge Update!

The 10 Hour Giving Challenge is under way at Copperfin Credit Union, and as of the half way point we have received a total of $62,000 in donations! We are extremely grateful for every donation, both big and small. We continue to be impressed by the kindness and generosity of those in the community and…

City Staff Raise Money in Support of 10 Hour Giving Challenge

On Thursday, May 29th, 21 City of Kenora staff from the property and planning department took up the Community Challenge and walked to Husky the Muskie and back, starting from the WhiteCap tent. Charlotte Caron, Manager of Property and Planning, matched every toonie raised, bringing the total to $84 in support of the Community Foundation!…

Muskies on Main

The annual Muskies on Main is set to kick off June 22nd and run through to the end of September. Art will once again be hung on display at Memorial Park (Museum), McLeod Park (Husky the Musky), and the Discovery Center. The art will be displayed at the Coney Island Music Festival on Sunday, July…

Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Community Foundation inaugural Board of Directors: Marie Seymour, Randall Seller and Don Parfitt were recognized for their outstanding service at a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, held at the Best Western Lakeside Inn, by the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture in Kenora on May 27, 2014. All three individuals have served as Board of Directors for the…

Youth in Philanthropy Granting Ceremony

The 8th annual Youth in Philanthropy granting ceremony was held on Wednesday, May 21st at the Beaver Brae Secondary Library. Students from Beaver Brae and Saint Thomas Aquinas presented a total of $4,000 to four chosen charities, in which $1,000 was given to each. Initially, the ‘young philanthropists’ identified ten organizations across the community as…

Huge Thanks to Borelli’s For Fundraising Pasta Dinner

The Community Foundation would like to thank Borrelli’s for holding a spaghetti fundraiser dinner on Saturday, May 10th. Many people enjoyed the evening, as they were treated to Borrelli’s renowned dish, and beautiful weather. We would like to thank the Borrelli family for their kindness and generosity in supporting community needs! The fundraiser was held…

Borealis Mother’s Day Charity Road Race- Another Huge Success

The Community Foundation would like to thank, and congratulate Kenora Borealis Multisport for yet another successful Mother’s Day Charity Road Race. The turnout was excellent, as over 250 people participated in this year’s event. The weather also cooperated, with nothing but sunny skies throughout the day! We would also like to thank the multiple volunteers, and…

Celebrating 10 Years- $10K/10HR Giving Challenge

Call For Lake of the Woods Dream Fund Applications

2014 Kenora Mother’s Day Charity Road Race

Community Foundation Week Radio Broadcasts

Get involved in Random Act of Kindness Day!

RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY is Friday, November 1st, 2013 and we will be spreading TONS of kindness (not that we don’t everyday!) this year!  Captain Kindness will be making her rounds throughout Kenora visiting those organizations and businesses involved in spreading the love. If you’d like more information on how to get involved please…

2012 Annual Reports Generously Donated by Hook, Seller & Lundin

With another year behind us, The Community Foundation was eager to assemble the many milestones of 2012 into an Annual Report. However, how do you choose just one image to represent so many achievements? So, we had to ask ourselves; what does the Community Foundation do, not just this year, but every year? Luckily, Jim…

Youth in Philanthropy 2013/2014 Launches at Beaver Brae Secondary School

Young people who care about their communities are increasingly getting involved in philanthropy. No where was this more evident that at the launch of the Youth in Philanthropy Program (YIP), at Beaver Brae Secondary School held on Thursday September 26, 2013. Entering its seventh year, this innovative program led by the Kenora and Lake of…

1st Annual Sioux Narrows & Nestor Falls Expo

July 23rd, the Community Foundation made the trek to the 1st Annual Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls Expo. There we made connections with amazing people and organizations within the area. Since the Expo, we’ve received an anonymous donation of $10,000 toward the Township of Nestor Falls! We would like to express our gratitude by saying thank you…

Mike Richards Charity Golf Tournament raises $17,864 for Kenora & LOW Regional Community Foundation

Another well attended tournament of 32 teams, hosted by Mike Richards, took place Thursday, July 11th, at the Kenora Golf & Country Club. This year with the Kenora & Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation joining in on the action at hole 10, giving out snacks, water, and lots of encouragement to the golfers…

KACL staff surprise retiring Director, Jim Retson, with $30,000 for his Endowment Fund

If you were driving past the Discovery Centre June 12th, you probably noticed an overwhelming number of vehicles. Many co-workers, family, friends, and even a slew of bagpipers, all gathered there to wish Jim Retson a bitter-sweet farewell, as he ventures out into retirement. Organized by his staff at the Kenora Association for Community Living,…

Continuous Support from The Standard Insurance and Wawanesa

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Community Foundation would like to thank The Standard Insurance and Wawanesa for their generous sponsorship of $2,500 each towards the operating expenses of the Foundation. We are grateful to have had both sponsors since 2007 and look forward to more years to come. With this support we are…

$50,000 in Additional Grants

Calling all Registered Charities and sponsored Non-profits The Community Foundation has $50,000 in additional grants to distribute at the June 19th, 2013 Granting Ceremony. Grants will be distributed in the following sectors: Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, Social Welfare, the Environment, Animal Welfare and the General Needs of the Community. Deadline to apply is…

Volunteers form the heart of the Community Foundation

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” George Bernard Shaw Since the establishment of our lakefront community foundation, our efforts to improve community living and the quality of life for citizens and visitors…

Community Foundation launches Smart and Caring Initiative in partnership with the Governor General of Canada

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce that they are partnering with the Governor General of Canada in seeking to make Canada a smarter and more caring nation. As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has challenged…

Announcement of KMTS Partnership

January 25, 2013 2013 KENORA TELEPHONE DIRECTORY KMTS is pleased to release the 2013 Kenora Telephone Directory. This year’s cover photo contest was themed “North America’s Premier Boating Destination” in alignment with the City of Kenora’s tourism brand. With over 100 images submitted, Wayne Papp’s foggy morning image ultimately won the honour and a $500…

Smart and Caring address from Rideau Hall

Community Foundation Week in Kenora

Features launch of Smart and Caring Communities Initiative and $1 Million Granting Ceremony It was a pleasure and honor to have Ian Bird, President and CEO OF Community Foundations of Canada and two time Olympian, with us to celebrate Community Foundation week in Kenora, from Nov. 5 – 9. Since Ian was only with us…

Captain Kindness helps celebrate Random Act of Kindness Day®

A caped figure was seen dashing around Kenora on Friday November 9, posing for photos, giving out hugs and cookies and generally being a “super nice” super hero to everyone she met! New to Random Act of Kindness Day® this year, Captain Kindness and her Kindness Crew are an initiative of the Kenora and Lake…

Community Foundation launches Smart and Caring Initiative

Community Foundation announces $1 Million in Cumulative Grants to the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region Kenora– The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to make two major announcements today including the launch of the Smart and Caring Communities Initiative as well as the awarding of $1Million in cumulative…

June Granting Ceremony 2012

June 20, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m. Rosewood Room, Best Western Lakeside Inn Agenda         Words of Welcome Don Parfitt, President, Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation Launch of Give Where You Live Campaign   Don Parfitt Recognition of Moffat Family Fund Past and Current Grant Recipients Distribution of Grants Randall Seller, Vice…

Mother’s Day Charity Road Race Results

We would like to thank the Kenora Borealis Multi-Sport Club as well as everyone who participated in the 10th Annual Mother’s Day Run!!For the second year in a row the Kenora Borealis Multi-Sport Club is directing the proceeds to the Community Foundation. For full results click the following link.2012 Mother’s Day Run Results

2012 Spring Newsletter

We hope you enjoy reading our spring newsletter! If you have any questions, comments or concerns we would love to hear from you. Click the following link to read the spring 2012 newsletter spring newsletter

KMTS features the Community Foundation in the Kenora Telephone Directory

Kenora– The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce that KMTS (a division of Bell Aliant) is featuring the Community Foundation on the back cover of the 2012 Kenora Telephone Directory. “In a few short years, the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation has become a…

New Resource Helps Community Foundation Build Sustainability

New Resource Helps Community Foundation Build Sustainability $11,800 OTF Grant Invests in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation Len Compton,Ontario Trillium Foundation Representative;Sarah Campbell MPP for Kenora-Rainy River;Diane Pochailo, Community Foundation Volunteer and Treasurer; Rob Aitken, Community Foundation Volunteer and Finance Committee Chairmen. NEWS On Monday, MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, Sarah…

Love for music and art lives on through John Maunder Memorial Fund

This past month, The John Maunder Endowment Fund in Support of Music and the Performing Arts was established. Mr. Maunder was a life long supporter of the music and theatrical scene in the Kenora region. His family ensured that his love of the arts will live out through grants from his endowment fund.

Another Successful Granting Year

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation was pleased to have another successful granting year. Because of all the hard work from both donors and volunteers, together we granted just over $150,000 to various charities in the local area. Both summer and fall granting ceremonies highlighted all the great causes and gave…

Dec 2011 Newsletter

Your support in 2011 was amazing. Roughly $150,000 was granted to various charities in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region supporting programs in the areas of literacy, arts and culture, and children in need to name a few. Based on your support we decided to put together our first newsletter with some highlights…

Job Opportunity!

The Kenora Fellowship Centre is a community outreach to the homeless and street people of Kenora providing a place of refuge, sanctuary, and opportunity through its drop-in, soup kitchen and shelter programs. They are currently looking to hire a new intern. If you are interested please click the following link. 2011 Intern application

8th Annual Festival of Trees

The 8th Annual Festival of Trees concluded this past Saturday. We would like to thank everyone that made this year’s event a great weekend. See you again next year! Click here to read the Daily Miner article recapping the festivities.

Random Act of Kindness Day Newsletter

Our very first Random Act of Kindness was November 4th 2011. We had a lot of fun and got some great feedback from others who participated. Click the following link to read some of the feedback we received, RAKD newsletter

8th Annual Festival of Trees

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is gearing up for our 8th annual Festival of Trees. The theme for this years event is ” Christmas at the lake” and runs from Dec 1 to Dec 3rd. Click the following link to view the media release for this years event. Festival of…

2011 Fall Granting Ceremony

Our 2011 fall granting ceremony was a fantastic evening. Keynote speaker and Copperfin Credit Union CEO Dennis Alvestad presented a great speech that was both humorous and emotional. The grant recipients all had a chance to speak and shared some wonderful stories and words of appreciation towards the donors and the foundation. Attached is a…

Community Foundation Week

Nov 4th to Nov 10th is community foundation week in Kenora. Please read the attached media release for more information. Media Release CF Week

Giving beyond the perimeter

Check out this article from the Winnipeg Foundations newest newsletter regarding the Moffat Family and their contributions to the Kenora area. Giving beyond the perimeter

Philanthropist Andrew Paterson recognized as Director Emeritus for his outstanding contributions to the Kenora Region

Kenora– The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is very pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of noted philanthropist Andrew B. Paterson to the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region. Mr. Paterson has been appointed a Director Emeritus of the Community Foundation. Over the last seven years, Mr. Paterson has been…

Thank You Card

We have recently received a wonderful thank you card from a recipient of the  Andrew Paterson Loonie Bear Children’s Charities Fund and we thought we would share it with you! Click on the link to read. Thank you card

KMTS Release

With the help of KMTS this past February ,the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation was featured on the back of this years phone book. The newsletter is a little over due but and we apologize. So here is the February newsletter for the KMTS phone book promotion. KMTS-Media-release-February-11-2011

Thank You

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation would like to THANK all of those involved in both the Mike Richards Golf Tournament presented by RBC and the Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club Ladies Luncheon for both of their extremely generous contributions.

2011 Charity Golf Tournament Presented By RBC hosted by Mike Richards

This past month Mike Richards hosted the second annual Mike Richards Charity Golf Tournament Presented By RBC at the Kenora Golf and Country Club with all proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society and Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation. This years event was a huge success, there was a great turn out…

Record breaking granting ceremony for KLWCF with $100,000 gifted back to the Community

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation will set a milestone on Friday June 24th, 2011 when it awards over $100,000 in grants to back to the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region. The grants will be distributed to thirty different registered charities and programs. “This is certainly a special moment…

Granting Ceremony

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation would like to invite you to attend our upcoming granting ceremony to be held on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 7:00pm at the Best Western Lakeside Inn, Rosewood Room. Our June granting celebration will feature the distribution of grants from the Moffat Family Fund, The…

4th Annual Hello Summer!

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods 4th Annual Hello Summer event is right around the corner. This year’s event offers a fabulous pig roast, live music courtesy of the Dave Caissy Band and a live auction with great items. The event is being held this Saturday at 6:00 PM at the scenic Kenora Golf…

KMTS Facebook Promotion

Big thanks to KMTS, who is donating $1 to the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Community Foundation. We currently have roughly 1020 “likes” on the KMTS Facebook page and are getting more “likes” as the days go by. If you haven’t already, head over to the KMTS facebook page and hit “like”. Every dollar makes a…

Mothers Day Run Results

Congratulations to the Kenora Borealis Multi Sport Group for organizing a very successful Mother’s Day Run. Their team of volunteers did an excellent job of organizing the many details involved in this large project with a total of 152 participants.  In addition, their efforts have created a new $3,400 endowment fund for the Community Foundation.…

Youth in Philanthropy Make Grants to Local Charities

Youth In Philanthropy Students Address the Needs of our Community Kenora – Young people who care about their communities are increasingly getting involved in philanthropy.  This was most evident at the Youth in Philanthropy Program (YIP) granting celebration held on Wednesday May 19 2010 at the Lakeside Best Western Inn. This innovative program, led by…

Animal Welfare Endowment Fund Created for the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region

Kenora – February 10, 2010 The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a $50,000 animal welfare endowment fund by Paul and Patricia Reishel. This endowment fund will support programs that work to enhance the welfare of animals in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods…