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Community Foundation distributes $133,000 in support to the Charitable Sector, Launches Legacy Building Campaign and Recognizes Don Parfitt as Director Emeritus

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

it will distribute $133,000 in grants to twenty six charitable organizations at its summer granting ceremony on Wednesday, June 17th. “This is certainly a milestone for us, made possible by all our generous donors” says 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. It will also distribute $59,000 in support to its ten agency endowment fund holders.


In addition, the Community Foundation will launch a program entitled “Leaving a Legacy” to your community. Featured speaker, Brenda Chambers-Ivey, a volunteer and Director with the Foundation, will detail her passion for Kenora and why she hopes her contribution will make a difference to those in need. “This is something I can plan for today, that will leave a legacy in my name, at the time of my passing, supporting the charitable sector in the beautiful Lake of the Woods Region”, she says.


The Community Foundation is also recognizing the dedicated years of service of its president, Don Parfitt, and bestowing upon him, the designation “Director Emeritus”. “Don Parfitt’s leadership, vision and commitment has made the Kenora and LOW Region a better place to live, work and play”, says incoming President, Dennis Alvestad.


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 $1.4 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



For more information, please contact:

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

467- 4427, cell 465-4042, info@klwcf.ca

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