Our Funds

 

Donor-Advised Funds

The Dr. R K Dewar Medical Research Grant - (Established 1987)

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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Ontario Endowment For Children and Youth in Recreation (OECYR) - (Established 2003)

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.

To support opportunities for children and youth in recreation

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Dr. S. Penny Petrone Fund - (Established 2004)

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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Hannah and Victor Stevenson Fund - (Established 2010)

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.

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Margaret & Arnold Westlake Endowment for the Arts - (Established 2010)

Margaret and Arnold Westlake believed strongly in the Arts. They set up a fund to assist Charities devoted to arts obtain seed money and make "artistic" dreams come true. 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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Christopher Jean Memorial Fund - (Established 2011)

To honour the giving spirit of a loving father, husband and son Christopher's family set up this fund to promote athletic sports, games, recreation and activities to foster goodwill, sportsmanship and healthy life styles for children and young adults in Thunder Bay. To relieve poverty by providing services such as shelter, food, clothing and other amenities to assist people in need in their transition to independent living and other such complementary purposes.

To promote athletic sports, games, recreation and activities to foster goodwill, sportsmanship and healthy life styles for children and young adults in Thunder Bay.  To relieve poverty in the City of Thunder Bay by providing services such as shelter, food, clothing and other amenities to assist people in need in their transition to independent living and other such complementary purposes.

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Donny Ritza Development Fund - (Established 2013)

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.

To help mentally challenged people learn to read and develop skills that would help them integrate into the community

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Kelly and George Badanai Family Fund  - (Established 2014)

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 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 freelance 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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JP Hudolin Family Fund - (Established 2014)

The JP Hudolin Family Fund will grant funds for community programs and services with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity for those living with a disability or limited mobility. This fund was established by Jack P. and Maria Hudolin as a tribute to Jack’s parents John and Phyllis Hudolin who lived and worked in Thunder Bay during their 66 years of marriage. John and Phyllis had a strong work ethic providing financially for their family while enjoying and sharing their love for music and dance. Phyllis’s dancing came to an end when she suffered a stroke leaving her to adapt to life in a wheelchair. Even with limited mobility she never lost faith in the support of family and friends and believes strongly in the importance of accessibility and inclusivity for all members of our community.

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Keri Chase Memorial Animal Welfare Fund - (Established 2014)

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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Dr. George and Mary Morrison Fund for the Environment

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Donor Designated Funds 

Shirley H. and Meredith O. Nelson Fund

Deborah H. Kraft, the daughter of Shirley H. & Meredith Nelson created this fund in their honour. Shirley H. Shrum was from Gainsborough Township, Ontario. Shirley graduated as a registered nurse from Mack Training School in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. Meredith and Shirley married and lived in Newfoundland where Meredith was in the Navy. When Meredith retired they settled in Thunder Bay in 1985. This fund supports various charities every year.

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JSTS Fund

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Scholarships and Bursaries

Joshua Dyke Family Fund - (Established 1981)

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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Helen L. Dewar Scholarship Fund - (Established 1987)

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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Arthur Widnall Bursary - (Established 1993)

Arthur Widnall was born in 1897 in Yorkshire, England and came to Canada in 1903 where he settled on homesteads at Silver Mountain and Whitefish Lake. He moved to Fort William in 1908. His father, Fred, operated Widnall Dairy until 1930. Art was a noted athlete and runner competing in the 1922 Caledonian Games in Calgary. He served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and after the war worked as a private secretary for the C.P.R.. He later entered the University of Manitoba, specializing in dairying. He worked in his father's dairy from 1923-1930, then became secretary manager of the Fort William Parks Board and later director of recreation and tourism director for the City of Fort William. He acted as voluntary secretary for the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce and later became its president. Widnall was for a long time associated with the Fort William Chamber of Commerce and, until 1975, Rotary International. He was past president of the Fort William Rotary Club and district governor of Rotary International. During World War II he was chairman of the Victory Loan Sales and Salvage Committee locally and secretary of the local ration board. Widnall was a Progressive Conservative and served as secretary of the Fort William P.C. Riding Association in the 1960s and 1970s. He ran unsuccessfully as P.C. candidate in a Federal election in the late 1950s or early 1960s. He served as alderman of Fort William in 1968-1969.

The Arthur Widnall bursary is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people from the Thunder Bay aboriginal community, who as a result of economic limitations may not otherwise be able to attend College or University. 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 aboriginal students to inspire leadership by becoming mentors and role models for other youth (not only aboriginal youth) in the community and help create a bright future for the community of Thunder Bay.

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Ross A. Wilson Education Scholarship Fund - (Established 2001)

A former Hammarskjold High School teacher, Mr. Wilson's has created 2 scholarships for students from Hammarskjold High School who show particular interest in the Sciences and who are proceeding on to a Canadian University.

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John Alexander McLean Scholarship Fund - (Established 2004)

Created by Mr. McLean's wife Jean Elizabeth one Scholarship will be awarded to a High School Student enrolling in first year Bachelor Education or Concurrent Education at Lakehead University.

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Geraldine Ruth Rodgers Scholarship Fund - (Established 2005)

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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Hanna and Victor Steveson Scholarship in Engineering and Aviation - (Established 2010)

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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Shirley & Meredith Nelson Scholarship - (Established in 2011)

The Shirley H. & Meredith Nelson Health Care Scholarship is for a student graduating from a secondary school in Northwestern Ontario currently living on a working farm or a student who was raised on a farm and is in a graduate program. Priority will be given to student(s) entering the health care field; Additionally, nursing will be given a priority.

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Trevor Jonassen “Take Flight Memorial Bursary”- (Established 2012)

From Northern Ontario, Trevor went to flight school and became a passionate pilot. When Trevor was killed in a plane crash his family created this bursary in his honour to ensure new pilots attending flight school in Canada would have financial support. It is their hope once the pilot graduates they will fly in the North as Trevor did.

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Aileen, Amanda and Gertrude Lahti Scholarship - (Established 2013)

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 life in Thunder Bay.

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Veena Lamba Scholarship for the Arts - (Established 2013)

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June Morgan MacDonald Bursary for the Arts and Design - (Established 2014)

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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Susan C. Simonsen Aboriginal Bursary - (Established 2015)

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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The Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Bursary

Justice Ronald B. Lester moved to Thunder Bay with his wife Susan in 1975 and was made a Provincial Court Judge in 1991. He was very committed to his community and his family and was involved in a myriad of activities. After his passing in 2000 the Harbour Youth Foundation celebrated his memory by renaming their Foundation the Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation. The Foundation’s bursaries have been awarded to local graduating high school students who have demonstrated financial need and outstanding community service. Since its inception in 2000, the bursary has been awarded to 34 students, for a total of over $150,000. In 2014 The Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Foundation ceased operations and requested that the Thunder Bay Community Foundation administer their Bursaries.

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Superior North EMS Leslie Vance Bursary

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.

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Agency Endowment Funds

Keri Chase Foundation Fund - Animal Welfare - (Established 2008)

This is a permanent endowment fund of KCF. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the administration and advancement of the agency. 

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Justice Ronald B. Lester Memorial Youth Fund - (Established 2008)

This is a permanent endowment fund of the JRBLMYF. Proceeds from this fund are used to support educational bursaries for youth. 

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Hospice Northwest Fund - (Established 2008)

This is the permanent endowment fund of Hospice Northwest. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency. 

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Lutheran Community Care Centre - (Established 2008)

This is the permanent endowment fund of programs within Lutheran Community Care.

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Thunder Bay Art Gallery Fund - (Established 2010)

This is the permanent endowment fund of the Art Gallery. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the administration and advancement of the agency. 

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Kitty Kare - (Established 2014)

This is the permanent endowment fund of Kitty Kare. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency.  

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Habitat for Humanity - (Established 2014)

This is the permanent endowment fund of Habitat for Humanity. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency. 

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Shelter House - (Established 2014)

This is the permanent endowment fund of Shelter House. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency.

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The Thunder Bay and District and Humane Society - (Established 2014)

This is the permanent endowment fund of Humane Society. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency. 

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Dilico Childrens Foundation

This is the permanent endowment fund of Humane Society. Proceeds from this fund are used to support the ongoing work of the agency. 

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