On behalf of our donors, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation impacts the community every year in many ways. In Our Community highlights these achievements and activities that help support our community.
Greeting from Melanie Blanchette
What a busy start it’s been…Bonnie and I have been working together to ensure the passing of the torch has been a very smooth transition. I’m excited to be here and have been spending the first few weeks getting to know the lay of the land, our donor network, and our amazing team of staff and Board members. We’ve had a busy month starting with our Scholarship and Bursary Reception and then Bonnie Moore’s retirement bash. I’ve had so many opportunities to meet such a wonderful group of people involved in making the community of Thunder Bay an amazing city to live in! Thank you to the community for the warm welcome to my new position. I look forward to our upcoming Grant application season, where the TBCF will have another year of successfully supporting our local charitable groups and programs. The next few months will certainly prove to be exciting…
Lunch at Habitat
Photo: George Patterson (Habitat for Humanity Vice-Chair), Andrew Campbell (Habitat for Humanity Board Chair), with Bonnie Moore (TBCF Executive Director) and Dan Stezenko (Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay CEO).
We were excited to bring a hot, pizza lunch to Habitat for Humanity, the winners of our 2017 Lunch with the TBCF Contest. We sat down with their staff and board members to discuss all the contributions they make to Thunder Bay as well as the upcoming 2018 build.
They explained to use that they have worked with 32 different families to date – that means 32 homes built in Thunder Bay. There is a very detailed process for determining which individual or family is selected for each build. The most heart warming part is that they do not consider these people “clients” but rather they become part of the family at Habitat for Humanity. Gearing up for the next build, they are working to be “good stewards to the community by using every dollar wisely,” said Build Coordinator Dion Horton. Dion reiterated to us that each build is not only rewarding for the partner family, but also for the staff as well, to which the other staff and board members agreed with.
Currently, land is the biggest need for Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay.
A big thank you to everyone who submitted photos in our ‘Lunch with the TBCF’ contest, as well as to Eat Local for providing us with delicious pizzas!
Through Their Eyes
Today we made a visit to the Shelter House for their open house show casing their "Through Our Eyes" project. In partnership with CAHEP (Community Arts & Heritage Education Program), this project took place throughout the year, generally on a weekly basis. Local artists would join Sheena and the residents of the Shelter House and create art that expressed themselves. These art periods helped give the residents time to escape the world and their surroundings and focus on projects that had meaning to them. Thank you Shelter House for providing such a great program to our community. Thank you to CAHEP and the artists for helping facilitate these activities. And a big thank you to the residents of the Shelter House for showing us the world through your eyes!
The Tale of a Town
In honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th to provide grants that celebrated uniquely Canada’s 150th. A grant was given to FIXT POINT, a theatre and media company based in Toronto for their project The Tale of a Town – Thunder Bay. The funds brought FIXT POINT to Thunder Bay, where they are currently conducting interviews with independent business owners, local heroes, community stakeholders, and neighbourhood residents to learn about their Thunder Bay memories. These stories will be compiled into a performance, in partnership with local artists, that will highlight what we as a community remember and love about Thunder Bay. Eventually, these stories will be available online through a digital story map.
TBCF Executive Director Bonnie Moore and TBCF Trustee Mike Larizza(pictured) stopped The Hub Bazaar to welcome The Tale of a Town team to our neighbourhood and to thank them for all their hard work. While visiting, they were able to see The Tale of a Town’s “Storymobile” where their story gathering happens. Over the summer, this little trailer has heard many stories from people in our country and will surely gather some fantastic stories from TBCF residents. We are excited to see the results of this project and learn about our community’s oral history through tales from our locals.
If you’d like to participate by tell your Thunder Bay story please go to http://fixtpoint.simplybook.me/v2/#book/service/8/ to book your interview. Storygathering will be held throughout the city.
Fort William (Outside The HUB Bazaar, 507 Victoria Ave. E)
- Wednesday, September 13: 10AM - 2PM
- Thursday, September 14: 10AM – 2PM
- Friday, September 15: 3PM – 8PM
- Saturday, September 16: 10AM – 2PM
- Sunday, September 17: 10AM -2PM
Fort William First Nation (Community Hall)
- Tuesday, September 19: 10AM – 2PM
Port Arthur (Cumberland St & Park Ave, 28 Cumberland St. S)
- Wednesday, September 20: 10AM – 2PM
- Thursday, September 21: 3PM – 8PM
The performance will be held at The HUB Bazaar (507 Victoria Ave. E) on Saturday, September 30 with showings at 12:00PM, 1:30PM, 4:00PM and 6:00PM as a part of City of Thunder Bay Culture Days. The performance is free, but register to reserve your seat at https://goo.gl/yfafiA.
2017 Scholarship and Bursary Reception
Board of Trustees, Donors, Teachers, Families and Friends of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation came together to celebrate and announce the 2017 Scholarship and Bursary winners. This year 24 students from the Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay received 26 awards totalling over $70,000 to assist them in realizing their academic dreams. Alexandra Valcourt who received the Rogers Scholarship in 2013 spoke on behalf of the past recipients. On her way to the Northern Ontario Medical School in the Fall she imparted great advise on how to handle the challenging road ahead. Riley Yesno a 2017 Joshua Dyke Scholarship winner represented the current group. Riley was in meetings with members of the United Nations and her speech was eloquently delivered by her mother Kim Bevilacqua.
“These 24 students are incredible examples of what our community has to offer and they will leave a lasting legacy” said Bonnie Moore, Executive Director. After reading the many fabulous applications Liz Wieben a Scholarship and Bursary Committee member stated, “I can retire knowing we can turn the world over to them”.
Pictured: 2017 Scholarship and Bursary Recipients with the 2017 Scholarship and Bursary Committee and the Past Recipient Speaker.
Dr. George Morrison
It is with sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of a long time supporter, donor and alumni of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Dr. George Morrison was on the Board of Trustees of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation from 2000 to 2006. After his tenure on the Board of Trustees, he and his wife Mary went on to create the Dr. George and Mary Morrison Family Fund for the Environment. Below is his obituary which can also be found at https://www.tbnewswatch.com/obituaries/george-hamilton-morrison-634398 and http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chroniclejournal/obituary.aspx?n=george-hamilton-morrison&pid=185694861&fhid=31365.
Dr. George Hamilton Morrison, born July 15, 1926 in Kincardine, Ontario, died peacefully surrounded by his family in Thunder Bay, Ontario on June 1, 2017.
Beloved and adoring husband of Mary Louise (Parish) Morrison, loving, devoted and cherished father and grandfather of George, John, Gillian, Catherine and Peter (Elliott), Ben, Charlie and Sydney, George lived a life of meaning, service to others, adventure and unceasing intellectual curiosity.
George is also survived by his sister Ann Lichtenberg and leaves cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, particularly Sally Triedlinger (Bill Smith) and Thorpe Lichtenberg (Kelly). He was predeceased by his father John George Morrison, his mother Agnes (Nan) Isabel Hamilton Morrison, of Kincardine, and his brother-in-law Thorpe “Mate” Lichtenberg.
The son of a Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele veteran, he enlisted as a boy solider in 1943 and attained the rank of Second Lieutenant.
George received his M.D. in 1952 from the University of Toronto. While interning at Toronto General Hospital, he met Mary and they married in 1957. After one year as a family doctor at the Moffat Clinic in Port Colborne, he did his internal medicine residency at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, and the Toronto General Hospital, earning his fellowship in Internal Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. From 1958 to 1995, he was a partner in the Fort William Clinic in Thunder Bay. After his retirement from the clinic, he continued to practice medicine in various roles until 2014.
He served in many leadership roles during his medical career including Chief of Staff, McKellar General Hospital, Chief of Staff, St. Josephs Care Group, and the first Chief of Staff, Thunder Bay Regional Hospital.
George was a committed and active volunteer for his profession and his community. His long involvement with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario culminated in his service as President from 1990-91. In his community, he volunteered on numerous boards and committees, including the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society of Thunder Bay.
Politics were an enduring interest for George and he was a member of the local Liberal riding association for over 50 years. He served as President of the Fort William Liberal riding association from 1967-69, and was a delegate to the leadership convention in 1968, helping to set off Trudeaumania. George’s spirit of adventure took him around the world and across Canada. In 1947, he was a crew member aboard the RMS Nascopie when she was shipwrecked in the Arctic. Memorable among our family vacations was a car trip through England and Scotland in 1972. His favourite trip was one he and Mary took to India in 2000.
George’s kind and gentle nature earned him many enduring friendships from his university days, his medical career, his many pursuits, and our family home on Silles Court where the family rink was a magnet for the neighbourhood kids.
George loved to ski and to golf, pastimes he shared with his children and grandchildren. He took his last run down a ski hill just four years ago and played his last round of golf three years ago.
Profound thanks to all the staff of the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, and particularly to the nursing staff on 2A and Dr. Janet Noy for their outstanding dedication and compassion.
He will be deeply missed and loved forever.
Habitat for Humanity Reaches GoalAugust 24, 2016
In May, one of our generous donors challenged Habitat for Humanity to raise $50,000 by the end of June to match their donation of $50,000 to build a home for a very deserving Thunder Bay Family. The Hrycyshyn family's dream of having an accessible home will come to fruition. This new home will allow Taisha Hyrcyshn's oldest son, whom is confined to a wheel chair enjoy time with his mother and younger siblings in the comfort of their own home.
Thanks to the hard work of Diane Mitchell, her team at Habitat for Humanity and many very generous donors in our community, the goal was reached and then some. Habitat for Humanity rose to the challenge and raised $62,562. This is initiative really brought out the love in the community with another anonymous donation for over $5,000 that was added to the project's funds. The Hrycyshyn family was overjoyed and joined Habitat for Humanity CEO Diane Mitchell and Thunder Bay Community Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Moore on July 8th to celebrate this great accomplishment.
"This matching grant is from one caring and remarkable family to another" -Bonnie Moore.
Pictured (Left-to-Right): Diane Mitchell (Habitat for Humanity CEO), Hrycyshyn family, Bonnie Moore (Thunder Bay Community Foundation Executive Director)
Thank you Tamara
We are sad to announce the departure of our Marketing and Stewardship Coordinator, Tamara Piché on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Tamara started with the Foundation on May 4, 2015 under a contract sponsored by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). After almost a year with the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, Tamara obtained employment as a Communications Officer with another great organization. We are very proud of Tamara and grateful for all the amazing work she completed with the Foundation. From creating our newsletter to creating a new website to helping create our Charity Seminar and a lot more, Tamara really helped the Foundation reach out to our community. Good luck Tamara, we know you will be successful!
Group grateful for support
February 28, 2016
It takes a village to raise a child, is the motto that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay (TBBGC)
strongly believes in and lives daily. The nonprofit organization receives no core funding of any type from any level of government. The TBBGC are fortunate to live in such a giving community as Thunder Bay.
You quickly learn that so much more can be accomplished when so many people come together for the benefit of a specific cause. In the last 10 years alone, the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) has provided financial support in excess of $60,000. The Foundation has been an integral part of the improvements done at the Windsor Street facility by funding projects such as the Community Garage, Enhances Playground, and the addition of Security Cameras. On the programming side, funds have been made available to assist the clubs in the purchase of a Mobile SK8 Park, inflatables, staffing positions for the growing After School Program, Computer Upgrades, Outdoor Play Area and assistance in funding the Breakfast Program which serves approximately 700 children per day out of area schools.
“The TBCF has been a part of “our village” for many years. TBCF’s continued support has helped us become the leaders in the community in the Recreational and Nutritional programming for children and youth and without their help this couldn’t be possible”, said Albert Aiello, Executive Director, Thunder Bay Boys and Girls Club.
The TBCF hopes to continue to support TBBGC so they can remain a key provider of programs and services for children and youth.
Mishko Bimaadziwin helps spread diabetes awarenessFebruary 21, 2016Mishko Bimaadziwin Family Support (MBFSS) is a charitable organization that assists Aboriginal children and their families to have a healthier life. MBFSS received a grant from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) that will support networking between the Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal community and will assist in drawing attention to the epidemic of Diabetes in First Nations
The first component of the Shiiwapinawin (Diabetes) Program will consist of 4 consecutive workshops consisting of reading one of the four Eagle Story books. The Eagle Story books promote learnings from our Elders about traditional ways of being healthy, and are used as a means to discuss prevention methods to delay the onset of Diabetes. Children and their caregiver will also be able to participate in activities consistent with the book that was read. The usage of storytelling (a traditional cultural practice) will be one the techniques utilized in teaching youth about the disease.
The second component will consist of a community workshop which will discuss general information, simplifying diabetes terminology, the importance of making changes in Diabetes Management and ways to delay the onset of Diabetes.
“We focus on First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and their families. We make sure our workshops are easily understood and apply to everyday living”, said General Manager, Marilyn Junnila. The workshop is not only geared toward youth and their families; it’s for community workers who are wanting to also promote diabetes awareness.
Keri Chase Animal Welfare Fund looking for charities to support in 2016
The Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund has been in existence since 2002. Keri Chase, who passed away in 2001, was forever salvaging injured and stray animals and birds of every kind. She would either find the animal homes or return them to the wild. The fund was created in her honour to provide financial assistance to charities who provide care, assistance and shelter to stray and injured domestic animals, birds and wildlife in the Thunder Bay area.
For over ten years, the foundation was involved in many fundraising activities and donated directly to local
registered charities. We all remember the Thunder Bay Superior Pet Calendars! In 2013 the Keri Chase Foundation turned over the balance of their fundraising to The Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Since that time, the foundation has given out annual grants to registered animal welfare organizations such as Kitty Kare, Humane Society and most recently, Flight of Fancy Exotic Bird Sanctuary.
“It was Keri’s passion to rescue and care for animals in distress. We are requesting animal welfare charities in Thunder Bay to come forward and apply for grants to the TBCF so the good work that was started in 2002 can continue. Let’s help keep Keri’s memory alive by helping as many animals as we can.” said Ken Chase, Treasurer of the KCF.
2016 Scholarship and Bursary Reception
Pictured: 2016 Scholarship and Bursary Recipients
On June 15, 2016 at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, the Board of Trustees, Donor and Friends of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation came together at the 2016 Scholarship and Bursary Reception. This event celebrates students from the Thunder Bay and the District of Thunder Bay and their academic achievements and their community involvement. 21 students will be receiving almost $70,000 in Scholarships and Bursaries this year. These 21 students are great examples of what our community has to offer and they will bring a lasting legacy to the community.
“The evening was very successful. The students were a pleasure and very grateful. Our donors and board had a pleasure meeting these very deserving individuals. We know they will be successful in their futures” – Bonnie Moore, Executive Director
We would like to thank all those who attended including our donors and friends of the Foundation and the volunteers that came together to help make the evening special for our recipients, their loved ones, and our wonderful school representatives.
Moving speeches were given by by Mike Maher, Attorney with Buset and Partners LLP and a 2007 Recipient of the Joshua Dyke Scholarship as well as Hanna Dahl of Nipigon-Red Rock District High School, a recipient of the Roy Seymour Rogers and Geraldine Ruth Rogers Scholarship. Below is a copy of Mike Maher's moving speech, providing encouragement and advice applicable to all students in Thunder Bay and district of Thunder Bay.
2016 Annual General Meeting
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Liana Frenette (CEO – TBT Engineering), Michael Larizza (Partner – RFL Holdings) and Reily Madigan (Badanai Motors – Controller) to the Board of Trustees. These active community members will help push the Foundation forward and support the community in the year 2016 and beyond. With these great additions to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, we see two members depart.
Tere McDonald, Trustee and Past President, was a member of the Board for six years and active of the Foundation’s Marketing Committee and a regular member of the marking committees for the Foundation’s Grants, Scholarships and Bursaries processes. Jody Krupa, Secretary Treasurer and trustee, was with the Board for three years. Jody ensured the Foundation’s fiduciary responsibilities were always in line with Foundation policies, by-laws and contracts and that the Foundation always met governmental regulations. The Foundation thanks these two great members for their amazing service to the Foundation and to the community and welcomes the three new members to the Foundation.
Cooking Up New Skills
January 30, 2016
Charities embody the best spirit and values of a community. They protect, feed, shelter, educate, and nurture those in need. When charities work together, even greater things can happen. Harbour Youth Services of Thunder Bay and the Thunder Bay Community Foundation(TBCF), both established in 1971, have worked together many times over the year to effect positive change for children in our Thunder Bay community.
Each of the Harbour Youth afterschool participants spend on average, over 200 hours at the programs during the course of the school year. To fill those hours with the best experiential learning opportunities that help bolster self-esteem, create opportunities for mastery of new skills and equally important, to inspire them to help others, often requires financial resources beyond reach. This is where the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) is able to step in and help.
This year, with the generous assistance of a TBCF grant, a group of 16 children, between the ages of 11 and 13 are enjoying weekly cooking classes where they are learning basic cooking skills while preparing hearty, wholesome foods.
“We know that as children grow, they learn to make decisions and begin to make more choices on their own. They develop viewpoints and habits that form the foundation of their behaviours in adulthood. Our goal is to help instill a love of cooking and an awareness of how healthy food choices are beneficial for their wellbeing,” said Program Manager of Harbour Youth, Joanne Tomlinson.
Harbour Youth Services is grateful for the support of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation in helping to support their goals and making a difference for children’s futures.
Anonymous Gift Prevents Downsizing
January 16, 2016
Right before the holidays, Big Brothers Big Sisters came to a financial decision of downsizing service delivery staff, who support the children and volunteers. “Due to the tough economic times, unforeseen events, growth of services that are requesting grants/ financial support, it had led us into financial hardships”, said Executive Director, Penny Radford, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Recently the Thunder Bay Community Foundation’s (TBCF) provided Big Brothers Big Sisters with a critical anonymous donation of $20,000. These funds saved the organization from downsizing their staff. “Our donors are very tuned into the community and want to make a difference wherever they can. The TBCF works closely with charities to understand their needs and assist our donors to invest in their sustainability,” said Bonnie Moore, Executive Director, TBCF.
The exciting outcome of this generosity in Big Brothers Big Sisters is now appropriately staffed and stabilized while they head into new events for fundraising and providing high quality services in 2016. Their vision is that every child who wishes for a mentor receives a mentor. “With change comes growth, and our donor has provided us with the ability to grow with our community,” said Penny.
The TBCF works to provide grants and other support to charities such as the Big Brothers Big Sisters so they can continue to provide much needed services and ensure our community is a vibrant place to live.
Charities Get a Helping Hand
December 2, 2015
Fifty charities will ring in the New Year with $500,000 in grants from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.
"This year’s Grant Reception was held on Giving Tuesday, which was a perfect day for the TBCF to give out $500,000 to 50 charities throughout Thunder Bay,” said Bonnie Moore, Executive Director.
Thanks to our donors for supporting the following charities in 2016:
Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Canadian Red Cross, Children’s Centre Foundation Thunder Bay, Community Arts and Heritage Education Project, Crime Stoppers, Evergreen A United Neighbourhood, Flight of Fancy Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Faye Peterson House, Grace Ministries of Thunder Bay, Hope Air, Harbour Youth Services of Thunder Bay, Handicapped Action Group Incorporated, Hospice Northwest, Little Lions Waldorf Daycare Social Responsibility Committee, Lakehead University, The Multiple Sclerosis Society Lake Superior District, Mishko Bimaadziwin Family Support Services, Magnus Theatre Company Northwest Incorporated, Northwestern Ontario Aviation Heritage Centre, Northwest Ontario Regional Science Fair, Our Kids Count, Roots to Harvest, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Shelter House Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra Association, Thunder Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra, Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Foundation, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay Museum, Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Association and Underground Gym
“Many of our Family and General Fund Grants help ensure charities become sustainable, support important programs, create innovative new projects and provide critical care. It is such a pleasure to help donors nurture their passion, build our community and create a legacy,” said Lesley Bell, Grants Committee Chair of the TBCF.
These important grants will make a difference to our community 365 days a year.
Scholarship Recipient and Donor Meet
September 1, 2015
On August 25th Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) Board Member, Lesley Bell hosted the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Scholarship Recipient, Derek Brekveld and Donor, Mr. Meredith Nelson.
To receive this scholarship, the student graduating from high school must live on a working farm in Northwestern Ontario. Derek has been farming on his father’s farm, Woodstar since he was six. As Derek got older, he took on more responsibility and began working full time on the summer months. “I pretty well learnt the meaning of a jack of all trades. For the past two years, I have been the only full time employee my dad has hired,” said Derek.
In 2013, Derek wasn’t sure if farming was the right path for him. He decided the best way to figure it out would be to try it out for himself. “That is when I decided to start a rabbit farm. I knew that meat rabbits would be low maintenance, so I could balance them with my busy lifestyle. The rabbits were low cost, meaning I could try raising them without a huge financial commitment. I sold rabbits on Kijiji and through word of mouth. I have owned over 100 rabbits over the course of the 3 years since I started. I made money, gained experience and decided that agriculture was the right path for me,” said Brekveld.
Mr. Nelson was pleased to meet Derek and discuss with him how much his family farm means to him. Mr. Nelson grew up on a farm and is happy that his family (His daughter Deborah Kraft started the Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson fund) was able to create this scholarship and give it to Derek who will be attending Ridge Town College where he will begin working towards an associate diploma in Agriculture.
New Aboriginal Bursary
July 16, 2016
When the Thunder Bay Community Foundation (TBCF) was formed in 1971, Sue Cochran Simonsen became a founding member. “I was thrilled to be part of a philanthropic group created to make a difference for our community”, she said. Two years ago, Sue was invited to attend the graduation ceremony at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School on behalf of the TBCF. While being part of that graduation ceremony, she gained an insight into the amazing Aboriginal culture through the stirring drumming and singing of the ceremony. As well, she felt the almost palpable 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. She realized 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, such as those she met that day, would not be hindered in continuing their studies after High School.
In February of this year, Sue decided to create a bursary at the TBCF that would be awarded to Aboriginal students who want to continue their education at a College or University in Canada. This bursary will be called the Susan Cochran Simonsen Bursary for Aboriginal Students.
“I invite anyone to consider adding a contribution to this fund so that we can all begin to make changes in the social structure in Canada which will encourage leading Aboriginal young people to take their rightful place in our great land,” said Simonsen. Sue will give out the first bursary at the next Scholarship & Bursary Reception in 2016.
Student Speaks on Behalf of Recipients
June 19, 2015
Alison Ross is a grade 12 student graduating from Westgate Collegiate High School and was the Valedictorian for the Thunder Bay Community Foundation’s (TBCF) Scholarship and Bursary Reception this year. “I feel honoured to be here amongst so many hardworking and deserving individuals. Each one of us knows that we would not have accomplished this on our own. We owe many thanks to the people who have supported and encouraged us as we strive towards our goals,” Said Ross.
Alison has been involved in many school activities, such as basketball, soccer, badminton, Student Activities Council, Grad Committee and Grade 12 Representative. “When I first met Alison, she had such a bubbly personality and you could tell she was very passionate about her future endeavors,” said Bonnie Moore, Executive Director.
“I would like to acknowledge the teachers and school officials from all high schools. They challenge us, they test us, but they also believe in us,” said Ross. Alison is enrolled in the 3 year compressed Nursing program at Lakehead University which will take place this fall. She hopes that she can further her education by attending Medical School in the future.
Ross was one of the recipients of the Joshua Dyke Family Scholarship. This scholarship was open to nominated students from South Ward schools in Thunder Bay.Photos by John Nistico, Primary Foto and Christina Zuback
2015 Scholarship and Bursary Reception
June 19, 2015
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation recognized 28 graduating secondary school students form across the region for their academic acheivements this school year. Scholarships and bursaries worth over $90,000 were presented June 17, 2015.
John A. McLean Scholarship
McLean Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Maria Hudolin (Presenter), Girgio Scimeca (St.Ignatius High School)
Shirley H. & Meredith O. Nelson Scholarship
Nelson Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Arthur Warwick (Presenter), Derek Brekveld (Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute)
Aileen & Gertrude Lahti Scholarship
Lahti Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Christina Anthes (Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Jackie Dojack (Presenter), Brett Caccamo (St.Patrick High School)
Roy Seymour & Geraldine Ruth Rogers Scholarship
Rogers Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Andrea Zapcic (Nipigon-Red Rock High School), Dillon MacGregor (Manitouwadge High School), Cassidy Houston (Nipigon-Red Rock High School), Sierra Grouette-McDougall (Marathon High School), Briar Hunter (Manitouwadge High School), Kelly Badanai (Presenter)
Superior North EMS Lesley Vance Bursary
Vance Bursary Photo (Left to Right): Brian Schenk (Presenter), Sierra Grouette-McDougall (Marathon High School), Landan Brochu (Hammarskjold High School), Harleen Bhullar (Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute)
Helen L. Dewar Scholarship
Photo (Left to Right): Lori Knott (Presenter), Emma MacLeod (École secondaire catholique de la vérendrye), Caitlin Mundy (Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute), Kittima Ratana-Rueangsri (St.Ignatius High School)
Victor Stevenson Engineering Scholarship
Stevenson Engineering Photo (Left to Right): Graham Robertshaw (Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute), Anita Pustina (Presenter), Ashley Andrea (St. Ignatius High School)
Victor Stevenson Aviation Scholarship
Stevenson Aviation Photo (Left to Right):Daniel MacGillivray (St. Patrick High School), Paul Jasiura (Presenter), Andrew Potter (École secondaire catholique de la vérendrye)
Ross A. Wilson Scholarship
Wilson Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Sarah Friesen (Hammarskjold High School), Ken Chase (Presenter), Paige Nieckarz(Hammarskjold High School)
Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Bursary
Lester Bursary Photo (Left to Right): Karli Lynch (St.Ignatius High School), Susan Lester (Presenter), Bethany Goral (Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute)
Joshua Dyke Family Scholarship
Dyke Scholarship Photo (Left to Right): Jordan Lester (Presenter), Alison Ross (Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute), Julie Boyle (Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute), Samantha Smith (Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute)
The Arthur Widnall Bursary
Widnall Bursary Photo (Left to Right): Linden Waboose (Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute), Antonia Meekis (Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School)
Thank you to the 2015 Scholarship and Bursary Committee including Lesley Bell (Chair), Jordan Lester, Maria Hudolin, Kelly Badanai, Lori Knott and Anita Pustina.
Photos by John Nistico of Primary Foto and Christina Zuback
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR GENERAL
Our Executive Director, Bonnie Moore, attended the Community Foundations of Canada's Annual Conference in Calgary. Unfortunately, the Governor General could not attend, but created this lovely short video instead. Check it out: https://youtu.be/t76N3nJxJqk
THE RONALD B. LESTER MEMORIAL YOUTH FOUNDATION
Susan Lester, whose late husband started the foundation named in his honour, signed the transfer agreement on Wednesday, saying it’s the best way to ensure the bursaries continue to be doled out to students in need.
After 14 years, it was just too much work involved for their board of directors, Lester said.
“They had other things going on and we just thought it made perfect sense for a community bursary to join a community foundation. For us it was a win-win situation because the Community Foundation has allowed some of the board members to maintain control of the bursary.”
Family members and a board member will still short-list the applicants, who will be chosen based both on financial need and outstanding service to the community.
“We will be interviewing and we have the final say on who wins the bursaries,” Lester said. “The Community Foundation, on the other hand, does the daily administrative work. That was the part that was getting a little bit tedious and no one wanted to take it on.”
Originating from Harbour Youth Foundation started Justice Ronald B. Lester and agency co-founder Walter Serkowney, the foundation was renamed after Lester following his 2000 death.
Now valued at more than $300,000, the Ronald B. Lester foundation has given out more than $150,000 to 34 students since 2000.
Tere McDonald, chairman of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, said their excited to help administer to the Lester foundation funds.
The TBCF started 42 years ago with a $100,000 donation. It’s grown to more than $8 million, with $318,000 disbursed annually.
Taking on the Ronald B. Lester Foundation is a great fit, McDonald said.
“Our foundation gives people the opportunity to create their own endowment, to create their living and lasting legacies. So it’s the donors that create the bursaries and the scholarships. It’s their will that wants students in the area to continue their education. So we’re just the vehicle for them to carry out their wishes to enrich the lives of students in Northwestern Ontario.”
The Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation bursaries will be advertised in March and given out each June at the TBCF’s annual reception.
DR. MARGUERITE NEELANDS
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation recently lost a beloved Trustee, Dr. Marguerite Neelands. Dr. Neelands served on the Board from 1991 – 1996 and most recently continued to be involved through her support of the TBCF Trustee Alumni Fund. “A firm believer in giving back to one’s community” Marg’s contributions to many organizations has left a lasting legacy.
JUNE MORGAN MACDONALD
Our thoughts and well wishes go out to the loved ones and those impacted by June Morgan MacDonald. Mrs. MacDonald was the founder the June Morgan MacDonald Bursary for Arts and Design.
LAWYER NICK PUSTINA REMEMBERS PRUE MORTON
Learn more about the first donor to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Follow this link to read Nicholas Pustina's article recalling the life and character of Mrs. Prudence Morton.
2014 ALUMNI RECEPTION
This year was the 2nd Annual Thunder Bay Community Foundation Alumni Reception. This event unites past board members with present board members and celebrates the contributions the Foundation has made to the community. This year's event was hosted by Cliff Friesen (former board member) and Susan Jones Friesen at their beautiful Whitewater home. The proceeds from this year's event will go to the Children's Aid Society "Community Cupboard".
AN INTERVIEW WITH SUE SIMONSEN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FOUNDATION
Learn more about the people and ideas that helped form the Thunder Bay Community Foundation 40 years ago. Follow this link to an interview with Mrs. Sue Simonsen, a Founding Trustee of the Foundation.
DILICO PARTNERS WITH TBCF, (SEE VIDEO)
The Dilico Children's Foundation has created an Agency Endowment Fund within the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.
The TBCF will match the fund dollar for dollar up to $50,000
DR. R.K. DEWAR MEDICAL RESEARCH GRANT
In December 2013, Lakehead University’s Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio was proud to accept the Dr. R.K. Dewar Medical Research Grant for $5,000 from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.
This generous support will contribute to the educational research project entitled Good Medicine: Supporting Elderly Individuals at Home in Northwestern Ontario being undertaken by Jones-Bonofiglio, a research affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH).
Emphasizing the idea that a person’s home has the potential to play a key role in quality care, this project will evaluate the use of mobile simulation technology in the delivery of health care education for interdisciplinary health care teams.
Led by principle investigator Jones-Bonofiglio, community partners on this endeavor include the School of Nursing, CERAH, and the Northwestern Ontario End of Life Care Network.
Lasting one year, this innovative project will support the progress and provision of health care that meets individual, family, and community needs in Thunder Bay, and honours the life and work of Dr. Robert Kerr Dewar, who believed in supporting and building capacity in health sciences and health care.
“Over the past few years, we have hosted many successful simulation research projects in the lab,” said Jones-Bonofiglio.
“This project allows us to take simulation out into the community and evaluate its use and potential for continuing education and professional development. The ultimate goal is to contribute to quality of life through excellence in care for elderly individuals in our community.”
KIND WORDS AND APPRECIATION FROM DIANE CHASE, PRESIDENT, THE KERI CHASE FOUNDATION
Unimaginable Success for Animal Welfare Fund
On behalf of the Keri Chase Foundation, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Thunder Bay community for the tremendous support they have given to our charity for the past 12 years. We could never have imagined we would have such success!
The Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund is now managed by the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and sits at $245,000! In addition, we have been able to directly donate over $50,000 to animal welfare charities. We expect that between $12,000 and $15,000 will be available annually to registered animal charities in the Thunder Bay area starting in the fall of 2014.
Donations can still be made to our charity or to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation directed to the Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund. Please check our website for more details at thekerichasefoundation.ca, especially in respect of memorials for pets and individuals. Thank you!
President, The Keri Chase Foundation www.thekerichasefoundation.ca
Keri Chase Foundation at Thunder Bay Community Foundation
Keri Coleen Chase
Keri Coleen Chase
1959 - 2001
MPP BILL MAURO CONGRATULATES THE FOUNDATION AT QUEENS PARK
Bill Mauro makes a statement in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Click here to watch.
RECEPTION HOSTED BY WAYNE TOYOTA
Charities Benefit from Thunder Bay Community Foundation
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation provided some early holiday cheer as it gave out over $250,000 to 40 Charities. “It is all because of the generosity of our donors both living and who have left bequests in their wills that we are able to give out a total of $318,000 in 2013” said Tere McDonald Chair of the TBCF.
The Charities were honoured at a Reception hosted by Wayne Toyota. “It is an opportunity for the Executive Directors and Board Members from the local Charities to get to know each other and for our donors to see the people who are engaged in making a difference in Thunder Bay,” said Bonnie Moore the Executive Director of the TBCF.
The grant amounts ranged from $25,000 to $600. Some exciting project included the building of a garage at the Boys and Girls Club, Shelter House Elder in Residence, as well as the Inaugural Trustee Alumni Fund award to Red Cross for an AntiBullying Program.
THUNDER BAY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 2014 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Members of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation and the Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation sign an agreement Wednesday, transferring the assets of the Lester foundation to the Thunder Bay Community Foundation. Back row: Maria Hudolin (from left), Lesley Bell, Sandra Seibel and Jordan Lester. Front row: Tere McDonald, Susan Lester
Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
Beatrice Kaiser the Ross Wilson Scholarship recipient spoke on behalf of the 26 students at the Scholarship & Bursary Awards' Reception June 11, 2014 at the NorWester Hotel.
The Thunder Bay Community Foundation recognized 25 graduating secondary school students form across the region for their academic acheivements this school year. Scholarships and bursaries worth a total of $80,000 were presented June 11, 2014. Accepting awards from left: McKenna Beockner, Melissa Davidson, Kelsey Frankl, Carter Dumonski, Shelby Rooney, Jak Lorree-Spacek, Bonnie Donaghy, Wilson Poulter, Abby Rose Arnold, Ankur Shahi, Shelby Malakoff, Matthew Jollineau, Beatrice Kaiser, Marisa Curran, Elora Oades, Hayley Krasowski, Alexis Penna, Adrian Grebowicz, Montana Takalo, Nathan Ryan, Johnathan Kettle, Brock Borody, Logan Turner and Reegan Bushby.
Photographer: John Nistico