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Smart and Caring Community Volunteer Nominees Announced

For immediate release: Kenora, ON – October 24, 2017 The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation is pleased to announce the list of nominees for their Smart and Caring Community Award. Established in 2015, the Award recognizes the efforts of community- minded individuals who have made a real difference in the lives of others, in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region.

“Each nominee is a winner to me, because they have positively impacted the lives of others and supported the charitable sector in our Region.”, said, Community Foundation Director, Darlene MacGillivray. “This year’s list is terrific, with the depth of the individuals nominated.”, she added. Nominees include: Theresa Bowen, Mark Duggan, Olean Jones, Jack Martin, Lucia Melnick, and Dean Woodbeck. “Our Marketing Committee reviewed the biographies for the nominees and have identified Theresa Bowen, Mark Duggan and Jack Martin as the finalists.”, stated MacGillivray.

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A voting process will take place, on Facebook, on our website (www.klwcf.ca), by email at [email protected]  and by phone: 807-467-4427, between October 24th and midnight on October 31st. The finalist with the most votes will be declared the winner of the Award and will be announced at the CANADA 150 Granting Ceremony at 7:00 pm, on November 1st, 2017, at Seven Generations Educational Institute. Past winners include Woody Linton in 2015 and the late Marlyne Crawford in 2016.

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, over $2 Million has been granted to over fifty different local charities in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods region. Our endowments funds now stand at $4.5 Million.

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, including how to vote for a finalist, please contact:,

Darlene MacGillivray, Executive Director, Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation | 467- 4427, [email protected]   or visit our web site at www.klwcf.ca

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