Story – December 8, 2015
Giving Back to the Community
— December 8, 2015 by Jeremy Bergen, Swan Valley Star and Times —
The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it
– William James
The community of Swan Valley demonstrated its lasting legacy when the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their 11th annual meeting and grant night on Thursday (Dec. 3) at the Westwood Inn’s banquet room. During the evening, more than $40,000 in grants were given to over 30 recipients.
“We’ve been at this for 11 years, and every year it gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said CFSV Board Chair Bob Woodward. “We are quite well into our goals. We were hoping to collect $2 million in the first 10 years, and we are going to (accomplish that goal) this year.
We’re the third largest foundation in Manitoba. There are a couple outside of Winnipeg that are a little larger than ours, but they’ve been at it for approximately 25 years and we’ve been at it for only 11. This is thanks to the generosity of the Valley.” Built entirely of donations made to the foundation since its inception in 2005, approximately $2 million is collecting interest that is given back to the community in the form of grants.
Marc Provencher, partner with the BMP Chartered Accountants, presented the financial statements for the year beginning July 1, 2014 to June 30 of this year. “As of June 30, there was approximately $1.9 million in assets sitting with the Winnipeg Foundation, but in reality the Endowment Fund is sitting at just over $2 million,” he said. “In the fiscal year between July 2014 and June 2015, there were nearly $82,000 worth of donations received.”
Following the auditor’s report, the Heritage Certificates were presented, which go to this year’s inductees into the Heritage Club. The Heritage Club consists of donors who have contributed $1,000 or more to the foundation.
The grant recipients were then announced:
- Swan River Junior Curling Club, who will use their grant for on ice cameras and TVs;
- Swan River Communities in Bloom received a grant that will be used for three special planters to be placed around Swan River. The community already has four of these planters, which are made in province out of environmentally friendly resin, and contain reservoirs that make watering easier and more economical;
- Harley House Committee, who will use their grant to replace windows in the house;
- Swan Valley Communities that Care, whose grant will go towards youth activities;
- NorthWest Regional Library, whose grant will go towards activity learning wall units that will be placed in the children’s activity area;
- Heyes Child Care Centre, which will use their grant for new equipment;
- Minitonas School Parent Advisory Council, which will also use their grant for playground equipment;
- Sunflower Early Learning Centre, which is a new child care centre starting up in Minitonas, and they will use their grant for an intercom system;
- Kenville Community Club, which will use their grant to make improvements to their food booth on the Swan River Valley Agricultural Society grounds;
- Swan River Valley Agricultural Society, who will make improvements to their grounds, including a potential underground drainage system;
- ÉSRSS Parent Advisory Council, who will use their grant to purchase a hot dog cooker and grill cart, which can be used for fundraisers and barbecue events throughout the year;
- Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, which will use their funds for a Swan Valley Radon Awareness project;
- SVRSS Youth Voice, Breakfast Program, which will use their funds to purchase a new refrigerator and microwave;
- Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre, which will use their grant for their SUCCEED Connections program, which is an adult life skills and essential skills program;
- Swan River Daycare Centre, which will use their grant for new play area rugs;
- Swan River and District Community Resource Council, better known as Services to Seniors, whose grant will go towards a more permanent Dura Tile base that will replace the wood chip base in the Gym in the Park in Swan River Legion Park;
- Benito School Parent Advisory Council, whose grant will go towards new playground equipment;
- Canadian Parents for French, who will use their funding for a performance and reading program;
- Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics, a growing club that will use their funding for the purchase of new equipment;
- Tread the Thunder Bike Club, the only biking club in the Valley, who will use their grant to purchase a brush trimmer to help maintain the bike trails on Thunder Hill. As well, in the future they plan to plant better signage for the trails; and
- Thunderhill Ski Club, who will use their grant to offset the costs of new helmets that have been recently added to their equipment. While helmets are optional for the average skier, they are mandatory for all school programs, and the grant will help keep the cost per student more affordable.
The Designated Funds were then announced and handed out with:
- the Lloyd Spicer fund going to the Swan Valley Air Cadets;
- the Jim and Marie Hogg fund going to the Swan Valley Animal Protection League;
- the Lloyd and Betty Bertram fund going to the Swan Valley Fine Arts Festival Music Fund;
- the Tony and Vincent Gulash fund going to the Swan Valley Historical Museum (SVHM);
- the Carissa Kowal fund going to the Swan River Figure Skating Fund;
- the Jean Donaldson fund going to the Chemotherapy Department at the Swan Valley Health Facility;
- the Glynn Donaldson fund also going to the SVHM;
- the Bowsman and District Lions Club fund going to the Bowsman Cemetery; and
- the Youth in Philanthropy fund being used to bring up young philantropists in our region.
Lastly, Woodward explained the new Celebrate Canada 150 Club, which is a fund that donors can join if they donate a minimum of $1,000, and the club members will have their names memorialized on a plaque which will be displayed at the SVHM.