Duane Nicol, Anna Pazdzierski, Shirley Muir and Jerret Long hold out funding grants on behalf of their respective organizations. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)
The Selkirk and District Community Foundation handed out $249,506 in grants was giving out to 44 different community organizations.
“Our little foundation has grown," SDCF chair Kelly Lewis said.
During the annual Grant Reception at the Selkirk United Church May 24, SDCF chair Kelly Lewis told the those in attendance the Community Foundation has given out $1.8 million in grants to the community since 1997. And in 2016 the foundation’s asset size was $8.9 million.
“We’re here tonight to not only award grants to deserving community groups, but to recognize the importance of volunteers. Volunteers transform communities - the Selkirk & District Community Foundation has certainly known this to be true during the past 22 years,” Lewis said. “This year at the Foundation we’ve been recognizing and reflecting on how our past is connected to the present and how everything that has happened along out time line has made the Foundation ‘Here for Good’ in the communities of St. Andrews, St. Clements and Selkirk.”
Three organizations received a Community Fund for Canada’s 150 grant and they included the Marine Museum of Manitoba, the Selkirk Community Arts Centre and Homes for All/Light up the Night (Gordon Howard Senior Centre).
Ten organizations were awarded grants from the Gaynor family Fund and they included the Lord Selkirk Education Centre, Growing Healthy Together, Selkirk Friendship Centre Daycare, Onashiwin Aboriginal Head Start Centennial School and PAC, Nova House, St. Andrews Child Care, Ecole selkirk Junior High Band Parent Association, Interlake Co-op Nursery School, Robert Smith School.
During the event, immediate giving bursaries were also acknowledged. One made by the Selkirk Youth Hockey Assocaiton and two separate bursaries created by the Selkirk Rotary Ann Club, along with the most recent created bursary called the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School Welding Program Bursary gifted by Fred Jensen.
A group of high school students from the Selkirk Comp were recognized for the Youth in Philanthrophy Advisory Committee. The committee was given $2,500 from the foundation to be used as a way to experience the act of philanthropy.
This year, the committee distributed the funds to six local non-profit organizations and they included Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Selkirk Daycare, Project Linus, St. Francis Place Shelter, the Starv’n Marvin Breakfast Program, and the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School Nursery School.
This year the Western Canada Games Legacy Fund presented grants to the Town of Beausejour Community Service, St. Andrews Gymnastics Club, Selkirk Canoe & Kayak Centre, St. Andrews Community Club (soccer program and Interlake-Eastman KidSport Program.