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Youth in Philanthropy Celebrate 11 Years of Giving Back to the Community

Students from Thomas Aquinas High School and Beaver Brae Secondary School gathered on May 10th to award community grants to their selected registered charitable recipients. The groups have been in existence since the fall of 2006. They begin meeting at the start of each school year to determine the needs of our community. Throughout the school year, their weekly meetings focus on researching charities, conducting site visits, and ultimately awarding charitable grants.

A total of $4,000 was distributed to the following:

Kenora Sexual Assault Centre

Vilij Well Youth Drop-in Centre in Sioux narrows,

Opening Our Doors Feeding Program at Knox United Church

Alzheimer’s Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts

Kenora Fellowship Centre

Rotary Splash Park

Transition Initiative Kenora

Each school also established their own youth in philanthropy endowment fund which is valued at over $6,000. Since inception in 2006, the youth in philanthropy program in Kenora has awarded more than $40,000 in community grants.

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