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Community Foundation distributes $209,000 to the Charitable Sector

Kenora – The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce that

it will distribute $209,000 in total grants to forty charitable organizations and programs, at its summer granting ceremony on Wednesday, June 15th. “This is certainly a milestone for us, made possible by all our generous donors”, said Community Foundation Executive Director, Darlene MacGillivray. “We congratulate the charities who are doing wonderful work in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region”, noted MacGillivray. Grants will be presented to arts and culture initiatives as well as to organizations supporting social welfare, health and wellness and environmental needs of the community. For the first time, the Community Foundation will be providing educational bursaries to local students through the Wauzhushk Onigum Foundation Endowment Fund for Education.

“This is also the 10th Anniversary of the Paterson First Nations Youth Apprenticeship Program, which helps students learn job skills that will last a lifetime. Over 30 students have benefitted from this program since 2007, with many securing employment in the health care field”, added MacGillivray. The program has grown this year to provide summer employment for six students”, she said.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation, one of 191 community foundations across Canada, is a volunteer driven, public foundation, which accepts donations and builds endowment funds – creating a nest egg that will always be there for the community. The investment income earned on the funds is granted to local registered charities that enhance the quality of life, in line with the donors’ wishes. Our catchment area includes the City of Kenora and the neighbouring communities of Reddit, Minaki, Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls, the First Nations Territories and the unincorporated territories surrounding Lake of the Woods. Since 2004, thanks to our generous donors, $4.2 Million has been contributed to our endowment funds and $1.7 Million has been granted to over sixty different local charities.

Because the Community Foundation supports all kinds of charities – not just one sector or issue area – we are well positioned to bring diverse voices together to address local issues. Together we build networks, we collaborate; we build community: Building Forever Together

View the 2016 Granting Ceremony Agenda

 For more information, please contact:

Darlene MacGillivray, Executive Director, Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation

467- 4427, cell 465-4042, [email protected]

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