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Launch of Smart and Caring Community Volunteer Award

Kenora – As we approach our country’s 150th birthday in 2017, Canada’s Governor General David Johnston, Patron of Community Foundations of Canada, has challenged Canadians to imagine our country as it could be – a Smart and Caring Nation that holds promise for all. In recognition of this call to action, the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is seeking nominations of community minded individuals who have made a real difference in the lives of others, in this region. Nominations will close on October 19, 2016 and three finalists will be chosen. A voting process will then take place, on Facebook, on our website (www.klwcf.ca), or by email at [email protected] between October 22 and October 29. The finalist with the most votes will be declared the winner of the Award and will be announced at our Granting Ceremony on November 2, 2016.

Nomination forms can be picked up and submitted at any of the following locations: Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation Office at Gillons (LOW Insurance); Lake of the Woods Museum; Copperfin Credit Union Branches in Kenora, Sioux Narrows and Nestor Falls; Kenora Recreation Centre; Kenora Public Library; Keewatin Public Library; Kenora City Hall; Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls Township Office and New Horizons Seniors Centre.

“In 2015, we were thrilled with the response and recognized the significant accomplishments of sixteen volunteers throughout our region. The winner was Woody Linton, from the Township of Sioux Narrows – Nestor Falls.”, said Darlene MacGillivray, Executive Director. “We are hoping to receive many nominations again this year., she added.

The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation 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, $4.3 million has been contributed to our endowment funds and $1.7 Million has been granted to over fifty 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.

For more information, please contact:
Darlene MacGillivray, Executive Director, Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation at 467-4427 or [email protected]

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