Funds

Aileen Amanda & Gertrude Lahti Scholarship Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 2012

Description

Aileen Lahti passed away in 2008 at the age of 97. She was employed by Prudential Insurance Co. of American until her retirement after 38 years of service. Her sister Gertrude Lahti passed away in 2011 at the age of 97. She worked for 31 years for the Grain Commission. The sisters lived all of their lives in Thunder Bay.

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Arthur Widnall Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2013

Description

The Arthur Widnall Indigenous bursary is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people from the Thunder Bay Indigenous community, who as a result of economic limitations may not otherwise be able pursue post-secondary education. The goal is to help individuals further their educational pursuits and realize their highest potential and aspirations. Another goal of this bursary is to motivate young Indigenous students to inspire leadership by becoming mentors and role models for other youth (not only Indigenous youth) in the community and help create a bright future for the community of Thunder Bay.

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Bonnie Moore and Jay Eingold Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2017

Description

 

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Christopher Jean Memorial Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2011

Description

Christopher Jean grew up in the construction industry. After earning a Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma from Confederation College in 2001, he began a successful career working alongside his father at MLA Northern Contracting. He married Sheri in 2009. Christopher loved being in the kitchen wearing his chef’s apron preparing meals for his wife and son, Owen, and friends. He also loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing. Christopher loved his community and generously supported many local Thunder Bay charities including Shelter House and the Underground Gym. The fund is to be used to carry out activities to promote healthy lifestyles and sportsmanship for children and youth through sports, games and recreation and to “relieve poverty by providing shelter, food, clothing and other amenities to assist people in need” in the City of Thunder Bay.

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Derek T. Noyes Humane Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2018

Description

 

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Dilico Children's Foundation Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2013

Description

The Mazinaajim Children's Foundation is an Anishinabek-led charitable organization established in 2009. The mandate is to support the educational, recreational, cultural and community needs of Anishinabek children and youth in North western Ontario. Mazinaajim works with over 6000 children and families who face many social and economic challenges. The need for help is great, yet many services that are vital to the health and well-being of children and families are not funded. The Mazinaajim Children’s Foundation can meet the changing needs of children and youth with support from donors.

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Donny Ritza Skills Development Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2012

Description

In 2012 the estate of Lucy Frances Ritza created the Donny Ritza Fund to “assist in the skills development of people who are mentally challenged. Donny is Lucy's son and she wanted to honour his achievements by supporting those with disabilities.

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Doreen & Bill Everitt Family Bursary Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2018

Description

Doreen grew up in Peel County, graduated from The Mack School of Nursing in St. Catharines and received her Diploma in Public Health from the University of Western Ontario. She practiced public health nursing with the VON in Windsor and Toronto, and then public health in Dufferin County before joining the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Doreen has been an active member of the community as a Girl Guide leader, board member of the Canadian Red Cross, founding member of the Thunder Bay Quilter’s Guild, member of the provincial Psychiatric Review Board, volunteer at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, St. Paul’s United Church, and the founder of the Caring Community Quilters Group. Doreen values education and the importance of making a positive contribution to your community. Bill grew up in Chatham, Ontario, graduated from the University of Windsor and the University of Toronto and had a successful career in education having taught secondary school in St. Catharines before entering school administration. He was principal at both Lakeview High School and Hammarskjold High School in Thunder Bay before being appointed Superintendent of Curriculum with the Lakehead Board of Education. Bill was appointed the Returning Officer for the federal electoral district of Thunder Bay Superior North in 2000, a position he held until the spring of 2018. Bill has had extensive community involvement including being a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Thunder Bay (Port Arthur), Magnus Theatre Board of Directors, St. Paul’s United Church Board, and the local federal and provincial Liberal Riding Associations. He served as chair of the city of Thunder Bay’s Committee of Adjustment, is an active member of the Thunder Bay Prostate Cancer Support Group, is a Patient Family Advocate at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre, and currently sits on a number of local boards and committees. Like Doreen, Bill values education and the importance of making a positive contribution to your community. Bill and Doreen have four adult children and six grandchildren.

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Dr. George and Mary Morrison Family Fund for the Environment

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2006

Description

 

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Dr. S. Penny Petrone Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2003

Description

In 2003 Dr. S. Penny Petrone established a named fund to grant to agencies that support persons with disabilities, especially the blind. In her directions for this fund Dr. Petrone wrote: “I truly believe that the able-bodied should be responsible for their own welfare. My concern is for those, who through no fault of their own, are born disabled or have become so. Thereby, I hope to make their lives a little better.”

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Friesen/Jones Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2016

Description

The Cliff Friesen and Susan Jones Friesen are excited to announce the creation of the Friesen Jones Family Bursary. Susan created the Bursary to support individuals under the age of 29 that have been in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay who have graduated or will be graduating from high school and pursuing post-secondary opportunities. Like the mission of the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay – “to protect and enhance the lives of children through strengthening families in partnership with our community” – the Friesen Jones Family felt a strong desire to continue to protect and enhance the lives of these former children, now young adults, by contributing to the educational success. As a long time educator and advocate for the Children’s Aid Society of Thunder Bay, Susan Jones Friesen has joined with her philanthropist husband Cliff to established this bursary as a partnership with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

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General Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Community Fund

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 1971

Description

The Foundation grant support existing programs and services and new and innovative programs or other charitable works in the District of Thunder Bay. Each year the Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations for projects in areas including, but not limited to: arts, heritage, youth, recreation, capital projects, alleviating human suffering, health and welfare and community innovation.

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Grace and Colin Bruce Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2015

Description

 

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Habitat for Humanity Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

Since 1994 Habitat for Humanity of Thunder Bay has been building homes and hope for families in need by providing affordable housing in the community of Thunder Bay. To date 39 families and numerous children have been served through our homeownership program and 30 new homes have been constructed in the city. Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay’s success can only be attributed to the partnership and the support of the community. Together with your contribution we can ensure everyone has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live. Our build projects can only happen with the support of our business partners and sponsors. 1 in every 8 families in Canada must choose between paying rent or buying food. We firmly believe that our homeownership plan is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty ensuring that no one has to choose between shelter or food. At Habitat we provide “a hand up, not a hand out,” All families are required to put in 500 hours of sweat equity, working side-by-side with volunteers to construct their own home, assisting on other builds or helping out in our ReStore or office.

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HAGI - Agency Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Agency Endowment Fund

Year Established: 2018

Description

HAGI a not-for-profit, charitable organization serving persons with a disability and seniors in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. HAGI Community Services for Independence was formed, under another name, in 1975 by persons with a disability in Thunder Bay. HAGI's mandate is to, “improve the quality of life for persons with a disability including seniors by providing services that enable persons with physical disabilities to play an active role in their community". It is HAGI's goal to provide services which allow persons with a disability the freedom to make independent choices about their lifestyle.

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Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant, Scholarship and Bursary

Year Established: 2008

Description

The Hannah & Victor Stevenson Fund was established by the estate of Mr. Stevenson in 2010 to partially support education and arts development. In his will Mr. Stevenson intentionally left the broadest possible interpretation of education and arts development, so that the Community Foundation could direct the income from his fund to the most pressing needs of the City. As these needs change, the Hannah and Victor Stevenson Fund will remain flexible enough to change with them. Victor Stevenson was born in Ontario, studied engineering in the United States and worked his entire career at Can Car (now Bombardier). This Scholarship was created in his honour and his love for this community and region. He was very concerned about its economic future and how he could make an impact. He was very impressed by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and wished that this scholarship be administered by the Foundation.

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Helen L. Dewar Scholarship Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 1987

Description

Miss Helen Lilodah Dewar was born in Calcutta, India. Her family moved to Canada when she was eight years old and in 1920, the family moved to Fort William. Helen was a music supervisor and teacher with the Port Arthur Public School Board for many years. She died in December 1989 and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation became one of the main beneficiaries of her estate. In recognition of her substantial contributions the Thunder Bay Community Foundation established the Helen L. Dewar Scholarship in 1991.

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Hospice Northwest Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2011

Description

Hospice Northwest is a non-profit community hospice organization that began in 1986 as the Thunder Bay Community Palliative Care Volunteers. We are honoured to serve approximately 350 end-of-life clients and their families each year. Hospice Northwest is a hospice without walls. We define hospice as a philosophy of care, rather than a place. Our specially trained palliative care volunteers provide emotional and spiritual support for clients and their families in their homes, hospitals or long-term-care facilities. Hospice Northwest is a not-for-profit charity, managed by Executive Director, Communications Coordinator and Manager of Client and Volunteer Services and governed by a dedicated volunteer board of directors. We comply with all current principles of palliative care service, and collaborate with other palliative care providers in Thunder Bay and District to ensure an effective, holistic approach to client care. Hospice Northwest serves the City and District of Thunder Bay with satellite offices in the communities of Geraldton/Longlac, Terrace Bay/Schreiber, Marathon, Manitouwadge and Nipigon. Hospice Northwest is also a member of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. At Hospice Northwest, we help you make every moment matter.

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J P Hudolin Endowed Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

 

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Jackie and Ernie Dojack Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2014

Description

 

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James & Shirley Symington Donor Directed Endowed Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

Jim and Shirley Symington established the Shirley & James Symington Donor Directed Endowed Family Fund Bursary in 2018 with the goal of assisting young people in our community pursue an education with reduced financial burdens. Jim grew up in Hurkett and Port Arthur, Ontario and Shirley grew up in London, Ontario. Both Jim and Shirley pursued a post-secondary education with Jim earning his Bachelor of Commerce and Shirley earning her Bachelor of Nursing - both receiving support in the way of bursaries. In 1976 Shirley and Jim moved to Thunder Bay and have been a integral part of the community ever since. As a result of their own experiences, Jim and Shirley wish to provide support to students who would otherwise have challenges pursuing a post-secondary education.

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James and Catherine Colquhoun Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2014

Description

 

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John Alexander McLean Scholarship Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 2001

Description

In 2001, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation received a bequest from Ms. Jean Elizabeth McLean to create a scholarship in memory of her late husband. Mr. John McLean was a public school educator in the City of Fort William for 32 years, from 1936 to 1956. Mr. McLean eventually served as the principal of Franklin Street Public School.

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Joshua Dyke Family Scholarship Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 1981

Description

Mrs. Edith Dyke was a graduate of Victoria College, University of Toronto and was one of the first women to practice law in the District of Thunder Bay. Her legal practice was eventually purchased by the firm Weiler, Maloney, Nelson. On November 20th, 1980 Mrs. Edith Dyke passed away at the age of 84. Through her estate she established a scholarship in honour of her father, the late Rev. Joshua Dyke. In 1890 Rev. Dyke founded the Wesley Methodist Church (now Wesley United Church), and in 1902 he also served as the Mayor of the City of Fort William.

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June Morgan MacDonald Bursary for Arts and Design

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2013

Description

June Morgan MacDonald was born in Fort William in 1926. Before retiring, June was head of the Art Department at Lakeview High School, where she spent much of her life helping generations of students to discover and embrace the arts. She had an irrepressible gift for teaching, and her life was filled with a passion for all the arts: painting sculpture, tapestry, music, ballet, theatre, and literature. June established the bursary support students who are in financial need pursuing education at the University level in the Arts.

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Justice Ronald B Lester Memorial Youth Bursary Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2013

Description

The Harbour Youth Foundation was created by that youth service agency’s founder, Walter Serkowney and its president, Justice Ronald B. Lester. After the death of Justice Lester in 2000, the foundation was renamed the Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation. The foundation’s bursaries are awarded to local graduating high school students who have demonstrated financial need and outstanding community service. Since its inception in 2000, the foundation has awarded over $150,000 to 34 students. In February 2014 the foundation partnered with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Ronald Lester was born in 1950 in Port Hope, Ontario and was educated in Agincourt, Ontario. In 1973 he graduated from Osgoode Law School being called to the bar in 1975. In 1972 he had married Susan and after completing their university degrees they moved to Thunder Bay. In 1991 Ron accepted a position on the bench of the Provincial Court of Ontario. Ron was past president of the Thunder Bay Law Association, Executive Director of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Executive Director of the Ontario Judge’s Association, President of Harbour Youth Services, chair of the Harbour Youth Foundation and Board member of the Northern Cancer Research Foundation and the Children’s Wish Foundation. He passed away in 2000.

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Kelly & George Badanai Family Fund Endowed Bursary

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2014

Description

Creating the Kelly and George Badanai Family Fund is another in the long line of philanthropic gifts the couple has given to their beloved community. The owners of Badanai Motors they have taken the company Mission Statement “…remaining a socially responsible member of the community” to heart by investing in causes that resonate with their family. They have created a TBCF Bursary for St. Ignatius students who utilize the Learning Centre. Their son Spencer who is a director/videographer is a graduate and their daughter Neave is currently there. “ We are a community oriented family and the TBCF is a great vehicle for giving back” said George.

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Keri Chase Memorial Animal Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Donor Directed

Year Established: 2013

Description

The Keri Chase Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of Keri Coleen Chase, who died in a tragic auto accident. Keri was continually helping injured and stray animals and birds of every description and either finding them homes, or returning them to the wild from which they came. In 2013 the KCF created the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund at the TBCF. The grants will support animal welfare charities for specific projects, such as and not limited to spay & neutering, shelters, medical, food and general care of animals.

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Kitty Care Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

Kitty Kare began in 2010 as a result of volunteering at the City of Thunder Bay Animal Services and witnessing the number of unclaimed stray and abandoned cats and kittens being euthanized due to condition or space issues. We could not stand by and allow so many innocent lives be destroyed. We are 100% volunteer run, not-for-profit registered charity and receive no government funding. We are not a cost recovery rescue in that we do not have a set adoption fee. We pay all our vet care and foster expenses out of pocket and rely on our fundraising activities and donations.

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Lesley Bell and Rod Morrison Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2014

Description

 

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Lutheran Community Care Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2012

Description

With compassion and respect, the physical, spiritual, emotional, social and economic needs of individuals and families in the Northern Region of Ontario are met, enabling them to develop to their potential as citizens.

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Margaret and Ed Ayer Charitable Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2018

Description

 

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Marlo Ellis Bursary for Leadership in the Uncommon Woman

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2018

Description

The Marlo Ellis Bursary for Leadership in the Uncommon Woman was established in 2018 to provide support to future female leaders pursuing post-secondary education. Marlo Ellis is the Founder and Visionary of The Uncommon Woman, and a leadership coach for women who are no longer afraid to step through their deepest fear, raise their voices and share their stories with the world.

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Marlo Ellis Bursary For Leadership In The Uncommon Woman Non-Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2018

Description

 

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Meredith/Karam Family Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2017

Description

 

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Northern Ontario Writers Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2017

Description

In 1997, four individuals with big dreams (Deborah de Bakker, Rosalind Maki, Charles Wilkins and Jim Foulds) founded the Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop (NOWW). Today, NOWW has grown into the largest literary organization in Northwestern Ontario, boasting a strong track record of service to writers and the community. Our mission is to encourage and promote the development of the writers and literature of Northwestern Ontario.

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Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre Non-Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2016

Description

The Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre was established in 2007 with a mandate to collect, preserve and celebrate the aviation history of our region, which extends from the Manitoba border on the west to Wawa in the east and as far north as Hudson Bay. This is an area comprising of over 500 000 square kilometres of boreal forest, countless lakes and isolated communities. Although it is situated in Thunder Bay, the Centre will have a regional focus.

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Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation (OECYR) Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2000

Description

The OECYR Fund was developed in partnership with the Province of Ontario; these funds were matched by generous donations from our community. Grants from fund are available to registered charities providing recreation programs for individuals less than 18 years of age. Community recreation includes: sport, recreation, fitness, youth leadership, camping, outdoor education, playgroups, the arts and cultural activities.

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President's Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Designated

Purpose: Operations

Year Established:

Description

The President's Funds provides support to the Foundation's operations when necessary.

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R.K.Dewar Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 1981

Description

The Dr. R. K. Dewar Medical Research Grant was established in 1987 by Ms. Helen Dewar to honour the life and work of her brother Dr. Robert Kerr Dewar. Dr. Dewar had faith in the future and progress of medical science and had a keen interest in cutting edge research of his day. He was particularly interested in Neuro-Regeneration and Molecular Biology.

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Rebecca Johnson Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2017

Description

 

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RFL Fund for Indigenous Initiatives

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2017

Description

The RFL Fund for Indigenous Initiatives was established by Mike Larizza on behalf of his family including his parents Rocco and Frances Larizza and brother Steve Larizza. The purpose of this fund is to support local indigenous initiatives that support the community.

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Ross A. Wilson Education Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 2003

Description

Ross A. Wilson graduated in 1949 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He worked for several forestry companies before joining the Science faculty of Hammarskjold High School in 1964. He became the Vice-Principal and continued to teach until his early retirement in 1984. Mr. Wilson enjoyed his teaching career at Hammarskjold and wished to give something back to the school that provided him with so much. In 2003, he created a scholarship endowment fund. The first scholarship was awarded in 2005.

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Roy Seymour & Geraldine Ruth Roger's Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 2006

Description

In 2006, Mr. Roy S. Rogers established a scholarship fund at the Thunder Bay Community Foundation to honour his late cousin, Ms. Geraldine Ruth Rogers. Geraldine was born and raised in Espanola, Ontario and moved to Fort William in 1951. She attended Toronto Teacher’s College and later received her Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University. She taught at Ogden Street School and Edgewater Park School where she retired in 1989.

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Shelter House Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

Shelter House provides short-term relief to those in need of shelter, food, clothing and access to resources to support their transition toward successful independent living. Shelter House also forges community links, identifies gaps in service currently being provided for its clients by the community and acts as an advocate for change.

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Shirley & Emilio Rigato Family Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: To Be Determined

Year Established: 2018

Description

 

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Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant and Scholarship

Year Established: 2006

Description

The Shirley H. & Meredith Nelson Health Care Scholarship was established in 2006. Shirley H. Shrum was born April 7, 1923 on her family farm in Gainsborough Township, County of Lincoln, Province of Ontario. Shirley graduated as a registered nurse from Mack Training School in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. Meredith O. Nelson and Shirley H. Shrum married and lived in Newfoundland where Meredith was in the Navy. When Meredith retired they settled in Thunder Bay in 1985. The fund was established by their daughter Deborah H. Kraft.

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Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Memorial Bursary Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2011

Description

Leslie Vance worked as a Primary Care Paramedic for Superior North EMS since 1992; she passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at age 38. She was an avid reader, loved to travel, stay active and spend time with family and pets. Leslie had a unique sense of humour and volunteered at the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society. This bursary was initiated by many of her peers, friends and family to provide support to students interested in a career as a Paramedic or other Health Care Professional. The Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Bursary will be presented each year to two (2) graduating high school students from the District of Thunder Bay who exemplify the qualities Leslie was known for. Leslie was a very intelligent, athletic, kind hearted, approachable, and outgoing person who excelled at most anything she tried. She graduated from Westgate High School, and then went on to graduate from the Paramedic Program at Confederation College.

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Susan C. Simonsen Aboriginal Bursary

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2014

Description

When the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) was formed in 1971, Sue Cochran Simonsen became a founding member. Sue was invited to attend the graduation ceremony at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School and gained an insight into the amazing Aboriginal culture through the stirring drumming and singing of the ceremony as well as through the pride of the parents and community as they celebrated the achievements of their young graduates. It was then that Sue fully realized the chasm between the Aboriginal culture and the mainstream Canadian culture and that for the future of Canadian Society to advance, this separation had to be understood. As a retired educator, Sue had witnessed the many doors that had opened up to young people as they became transformed by education. Sue knew that the misunderstandings between the cultures could only be breached by education on both sides. She was determined to contribute in some way so that young Aboriginal Graduates. As such, Sue established the Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Aboriginal Students.

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Tere And Marie Mcdonald Fund … Supporting Volunteers In Our Community Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Named Fund

Year Established: 2017

Description

Volunteers are the strength and backbone of every charitable organization and the success and effectiveness of the charity is a direct relation of their knowledgeable commitment. Volunteer recruitment, training and recognition is essential for the continued growth and sustainability of all charities. This fund will assist charities in sustaining their volunteers and address their ever-changing needs and opportunities in our community now and forever. From Board and Committee to grassroots roots training in developing individuals skills to preform day to day hands on support and fundraising this fund will financially support those training initiatives. The Tere and Marie McDonald Fund will give consideration to requests for funds to provide for all types of training and education, strategic planning, community engagement and capacity building.

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The Amber Foundation Fund

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Donor Directed

Year Established: 2014

Description

The Bursary is for a motivated person who has had to struggle with life's challenges to get to this point in their academic life. While their prior academic grades are of secondary importance, they should be of a sufficient grade to ensure that the student could succeed in a post-secondary environment.

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The Margaret & Arnold Westlake Endowment for the Arts

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2009

Description

In 2009 Mr. Arnold and Mrs. Margaret Westlake established a permanent endowment to help foster new and innovative arts programs and organizations in Thunder Bay. The income generated by this fund is intended to help organizations get started or try new things. The Westlake’s were business owners in Thunder Bay and throughout the years have made significant contributions to several local arts organizations. This endowment is a result of their desire to foster a culture of arts in the City that has given them so much. Their hope is to provide exhibitions and performances to the public in the areas of visual and performing arts for years to come.

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Thunder Bay and District Humane Society Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2014

Description

The Thunder Bay & District Humane Society is a 100% not-for-profit established as a corporation in 1994; We do not receive any government funding and rely solely on donations, fundraising and adoption income. We are an affiliate of the Ontario SPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) www.ospca.ca. This allows us to offer humane education in the schools as well as educate the general public on animal welfare. Also, registered with the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. The Humane Alliance. We are dedicated to providing care and shelter to animals in need.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery Agency Endowment Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2010

Description

As a non-profit, public art gallery, the Thunder Bay Art Gallery exhibits, collects and interprets art with a particular focus on the contemporary artwork of Canadian Aboriginal and Northwestern Ontario artists. The Gallery advances the relationship between artists, their art, and the public, nurturing a life-long appreciation of contemporary visual arts among residents of, and visitors to Thunder Bay.

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Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club Agency Endowed Fund and Non-Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Endowed and Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Agency Endowment Fund

Year Established: 2018

Description

Boys & Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay has been serving Thunder Bay's children and youth for over 40 years. We aim to provide a positive experience to all our members between 4-18 years of age. Through our programs and services, we promote a sense of belonging, self esteem, appreciation and ensure there is something for everyone at the club. With the safe and healthy environment provided at our Clubs, our members can expect an atmosphere where they can learn, participate and grow.

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Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Foundation Endowed Fund and Non-Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Endowed and Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2017

Description

The Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Foundation is dedicated to enriching lives by providing the “community” with access to cultural, arts and entertainment events in one of the finest concert halls in North America.

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Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Endowed and Non-Endowed Fund

Fund Type: Endowed and Non-Endowed

Classification: Agency

Direction:

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2018

Description

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is the only fully professional orchestra between Toronto and Winnipeg. Celebrating over 55 seasons, the Orchestra currently includes 30 full-time musicians, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children’s concerts. The TBSO strives to be the best regional orchestra in Canada, appealing to as wide and diverse an audience as possible through excellent performances and original programming.

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Trevor Jonasson Memorial Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Bursary

Year Established: 2012

Description

Trevor Jonasson was born on May 4, 1975 in Winnipeg. He grew up in Sioux Lookout, Ontario with his parents, Raymond and Faye Jonasson, his brother Edward and sister Tammy. His father worked as a signal maintainer for the Canadian National Railway and his mother was a hospital worker. Trevor trained as an auto body apprentice, an electrician, and a mill worker. After a fly around Sioux Lookout in the co-pilot seat, Trevor began flying lessons between shifts at the sawmill. Coworkers remember Trevor studying to be a pilot at every break and lunch period during his shifts. Being frustrated with the slow pace of the part time flight lessons, Trevor took out a loan, quit his job, and began training full time for his commercial licence. While working in Pickle Lake, Trevor met Betsy Lucko, a teacher in the community. In the spring of 2010 he was hired in Yellowknife. In the industry, a distinction is often made between a commercial pilot and bush pilot. Both kinds of pilots require similar qualifications but commercial pilots tend to fly automated mass transit airplanes travelling between airports while bush pilots fly older, slower, less automated airplanes for the pure enjoyment of being able to exercise their skills, see the scenery and wildlife, and explore. Trevor was one of the latter. He passed away at 36 years of age in Yellowknife.

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Trustee Alumni

Fund Type: Non-Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Donor Advised

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2013

Description

The Trustee Alumni Fund is a fund created by Board Alumni. The recipient(s) are chosen by the Alumni on an annual basis.

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Veena Lamba Scholarship for the Arts

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Scholarship

Year Established: 2014

Description

Mr. Lamba created this scholarship in memory of his Veena. Veena died on July 1, 1991 at the age of 47. As a rememberance of her love of art, her love of life and her joy in her family, Pritam Lamba has created a scholarship in her memory. In perpetuity Veena's name and legacy will live on in this scholarship in Thunder Bay. The award will assist a student to find their passion in art as Veena did.

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Danny Clara Legacy Fund

Fund Type: Endowed

Classification: Donor Directed

Direction: Field of Interest

Purpose: Grant

Year Established: 2019

Description

The Danny Clara Legacy Fund Grant was created to support existing programs and services and new and innovative programs or other charitable works in the community of Thunder Bay. Each year the Danny Clara Legacy Fund Grant will award grants to charitable organizations for projects in areas including, but not limited to, the arts, heritage, youth, recreation, capital projects, alleviating human suffering, health and welfare and community innovation