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Community Foundation holds granting ceremony- Q. 104

Written by Grace Protopapas on Thursday, 19 June 2014

Community Foundation grantsQuinn Hamlyn points to one of the bicycles the program at Beaver Brae has helped restore during the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation’s granting ceremony.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation held its granting ceremony last night giving out just over $132,000 to charitable organizations.

“This is a certainly a milestone for us, made possible by all our generous donors,” said Community Foundation President Don Parfitt. “We congratulate all the charities who are doing wonderful work in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region”, says Parfitt. Grants will be presented to arts and culture initiatives as well as to organizations supporting social welfare, animal welfare, health and wellness and environmental needs of the community.”

“As a new recipient, we are thrilled to be included in receiving funds towards our Community Safe Grad Event, which will be happening tomorrow night at the Kenora Rec. Centre. We are focused on keeping the graduates safe and having fun”” said Jacqueline Duhaime, volunteer with the Kenora Safe Grad Community.

Cheques were handed out to the Kenora Cat Shelter, the Public Library, Sunday Smiles and the Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services to name a few.

“We know our mission is belonging and so we commit to bring people, all people, together in our community in spaces that are focused on welcome and possibility. We also know that our mission is social justice so we will continue to  have a historic duty to make sure the ever-changing face of inequality does not confine the dreams of the people we serves,” said Debbie Everley from the Kenora Association for Community Living. Everley accepted a cheque for $1,473 from the agency endowment fund.

Retirees foundationFrom left, Randy Seller and Marie Seymour are honoured by Community Foundation president Don Parfitt for their time on the board.

The Community Foundation also took the time to recognize the impact of the volunteers from the Keewatin Summer Splash group which held the Canada Day festivities for the past several years. Retiring Board Members Marie Seymour and Randall Seller were also saluted for helping to grow the Community Foundation over the past ten years.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation 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, $3.7 million has been contributed to endowment funds and $1.3 Million has been granted to over sixty different local charities.

Foundation cheque sign

Grants:

Moffat Family Fund Grants

In Support of Children and Families:
– Kenora Safe Grad: $4,700
– Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program: $1,700
– Sunday Smiles Family Entertainment Series: $3,000
– Mt. Evergreen Ski Club: $2,050
– Minto Parent Child Resource Centre: $13,825
– Women’s Shelter, Saakaate House: $700
– Triple PLAY: $12,000

Paterson First Nations Youth Apprenticeship Program
Total Grant: $20,000
– Ne-Chee Friendship Centre

Lake of the Woods Dream Fund Grants

Treaty Three Police Service Fund
– Kenora Fellowship Centre: $474

In Support of Community Needs:
The Marr Family Fund, The Dingwall Family Fund, The Pedersen Family Fund
Anonymous Family Fund
– Canada Day Celebration Committee: $1,500
– The Kenora Rowing Club: $2,000
– Kenora Area Road Safety: $1,500
– Kenora Association for Community Living: $408
– Kenora Sexual Assault Centre: $1,150
– Pinecrest Home Ladies’ Auxiliary: $1,200
– Pellatt United Fire Fighters: $3,071

In Support of Literacy:
The James Burns Family Fund
– Kenora Public Library: $2,617

In Support of Literacy:
Tom Ivey Memorial Fund
– Kenora Public Library: $300

In Support of Arts and Culture:
The Foster Family Fund
And the Tom Ivey Memorial Fund for Literacy
– Harbourfront Concert Series: $1,500
– Coney Island Music Festival: $1,456

In Support of the Environment:
The Riley Family Fund and the Foster Family Fund
– Pinecrest Home Family Council: $2,400
– Changes Recovery Homes: $2,075

In Support of the Education of Children in Care:
The Hill Family Fund
– Kenora-Rainy River Districts Child and Family Services: $2,582

In Support of Children in Need:
The Douglas Family Fund
– Salvation Army for St. Thomas Lunch Program: $1,500
– Grassy Narrows First Nation Youth Program: $2,254

In Support of Health & Wellness:
The Alcock Family Fund
– Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts: $1,000
– Kenora Association for Community Living: $1,473

In Support of Health and Wellness:
– The Bachman Family Fund
– LOW District Hospital Foundation: $1,254

In Support of Animal Welfare:
– The Cat Shelter: $2,206

Canadian Pacific and Kenora Employees Community Grants
– Total Grant: $6,259
– Northland Supportive Housing: $3,259
– Salvation Army: $1,500
– Ne Chee Friendship Centre: $1,500

Charitable Agency Endowment Fund Distributions
– City of Kenora Public Library: $4,450
– Triple PLAY: $6,500
– District of Kenora Home for the Aged (Pinecrest Home): $6,500
– Kenora Handi Transit: $1,818
– Kenora Special Olympics: $354
– Women’s Shelter, Saakaate House: $3,817
– Minto Parent Child Resource Centre: $853
– Kenora Association for Community Living: $8,900
– FIREFLY: $1,470

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