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Story – December 11, 2012

Grants awarded to a number of Valley organizations

— December 11, 2012 by Danielle Gordon-Broome, Swan Valley Star and Times

You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

– Sir Winston Churchill

The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) proved once again that they live by the words of Sir Winston Churchill as they held their eighth annual meeting where a number of fund interest and grant presentations took place.

CFSV Board of Directors Chair Keith Behrmann opened the evening with a welcome, introduction of the board and remarks about the foundation. “There is more to philanthropy than just money – it’s your time, your talents and yes, your treasures,” he said. “In the short period of time we have been (in existence) we have raised approximately $1.3 million. But, it’s not (the foundation) that raised the funds – it’s the generosity of the people in the Valley. After tonight we will have granted back, not in the form of scholarship, bursaries or designated funds, but just in grants that the foundation can distribute, in excess of $100,000.” Behrmann went on to explain that no matter how large or small these grants may have been, they have made an impact for each group or organization who has received them.

Mark Provencher, partner with BMP Chartered Accountants, then presented the financial statements for the year beginning July 1, 2011 and ending June 30, 2012. “The investments that were held from the Endowment Fund at the Winnipeg Foundation earned $52,304 worth of investment income and in the year another $50,145 in donations were added to the fund,” said Provencher, noting that the Winnipeg Foundation charged an administrative fee of $14,767 to hold the money and generate the income.

Behrmann returned to the podium to distribute the Heritage Certificates earned this year, explaining that the purpose of the club is to recognize and honour past or present residents of the Valley who have made a lasting impression for the future. “Rather than just have a name on a monument we want to capture what that person meant to you and to give a sense of who that person was,” said Behrmann.

Once contributions in the name of an individual reach $1,000 that name will be added to the Heritage Club sign at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. To date 61 names have been added to the monument.

“The best part of the granting committee is what we’re going to do right now,” said Bob Woodward, head of the granting committee, as he introduced the grant portion of the evening. “You see that there are a lot of little things going on around the Valley that are very important to people and that’s what I enjoy the most.”

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The Swan Valley Animal Protection League accepted a grant that will be used for the purchase of a warmup facility while walking dogs. The Minitonas and District Arena received a grant for the upgrade of outdoor lighting and kitchen electrical upgrades. Special Olympics Parkland Regions received a grant for the purchase of equipment while the Veteran’s Community Hall received a grant in order to paint the hall.

Grants were provided to the Birch River Northern Neighbours for roof repairs to the senior centre and Richardson Recreation and Wellness Centre to be used to assist the building fund. The ÉSRSS Day Care Inc. was provided a grant to put toward playground equipment while Swan River Minor Hockey received funds towards the purchase of jerseys. Youth Voice will use their grant money to bring in a speaker to keep the group active in the upcoming year while Students Who Care will use their funds to attend We Day 2013.

The Northwest Regional Library received a grant that will be used to upgrade their technology while the Community Bible Fellowship Christian School will be using their money to purchase 17 pairs of snowshoes for their Physical Education program. The Minitonas Middle Years School will also be upgrading their playground equipment and the Heyes Child Care Centre requires the funds to purchase items to meet licencing requirements outlined by the province.

The Swan River and District Resource Council will use their grant to purchase a multimedia projector and wireless microphones in order to make it easier when putting on Services to Seniors presentations. The Swan Valley Air Cadets have been working hard to raise funds to purchase a flight simulator and will have almost reached their goal with the grant received. Lastly the Harley House and the Kenville Memorial Hall will both be using grant funds received for building restoration and upgrades.

This year, Youth in Philanthropy awarded four grants to assist local organizations – Heyes Child Care Centre, ESRSS Day Care Inc., Special Olympics Floor Hockey and Community Bible Fellowship Christian School. There were also several Designated Funds presented. These funds award the interest earned off of money in the fund to a specific initiative chosen by the donor.

Grants were presented to the Swan Valley Air Cadets (Lloyd Spicer Fund), Animal Protection League (James and Marie Hogg Fund), Swan Valley Historical Museum (who have setup a fund to help with long term funding), Swan Valley Fine Arts Music Camp (Lloyd and Betty Bertram Fund), Swan River Figure Skating Club (Carissa Kowal Fund) and The Swan Valley Historical Museum (Tony and Vincent Gulash Fund).

Field of Interest grants were also provided. ÉSRSS Day Care received the grant from the Mike and Olive Didychuk Fund, who specified that their monies go toward youth in the community while the Harley House Committee received a grant from the Robert and Joyce (Barrow) Mills Fund. Donor Advised grants were presented to The Bowsman Cemetery from the Bowsman Lions Fund and Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club from the Lorne and Lesley Henkelman Fund.

The evening wrapped up with coffee and dessert for all attendees.