Annual Grants Reception Honours Dedication and Impact of Local Non-profits

On June 17, friends of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough gathered at The Canadian Canoe Museum to celebrate grants to community organizations and to mark the beginning of the Foundation’s 15th Anniversary of building a vital community for everyone.

In her opening remarks, Jennifer DeBues, Executive Director of the Community Foundation asked the audience to “picture the Community Foundation as a well that has resources to sustain all of us. This well benefits the entire community when funds are granted to charities to support their needs.”

Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, and curator Jeremy Ward welcomed attendees to the newly opened museum. Carolyn highlighted the crucial role of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, along with five other community foundations from across the country, who provided financing to bridge donation pledges.

Focusing on the good that charities do, Jennifer asked grant recipients what their version of “good” is within the context of their challenging work.

Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of Camp Kawartha said, “For us ‘good’ looks like the work we are undertaking as part of our Pathway to Stewardship and Kinship Project. Kids are frightened today of an uncertain future – climate change, species depletion, overpopulation,pollution – these are just a few of the issues that our children will have to deal with.  We need to focus on what activates, motivates and inspires children at every age, to create a greener future. Our Pathway Program provides a series of simple, step wise ‘landmarks’ that help children love the earth and create meaningful change in their own schoolyard and backyard.”

Kim Dolan, Executive Director of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton said that for the YWCA, “Doing good means speaking out, interrupting violence and hate, taking care of one another, and expecting the best for each member of our communities where each person and every interaction is based on equity, dignity, and respect. We can all help by supporting the good work of our non-profits with whatever resources we have to share.Nothing is too small.”

Before the Community Celebration began, the Foundation convened it’s annual general meeting and welcomed three new board members: Jennifer Garland, Bethan Bates and  Zen Keizars. They also thanked outgoing board chair, Jenn Harrington, for her immense contributions to the Foundation, and welcomed Geneviève Lavallée as their new chair.

Grant Recipients

  • 4th Line Theatre
  • Camp Kawartha
  • Five Counties Children’s Centre
  • GreenUp
  • Hospice Peterborough
  • Kawartha Haliburton Children’sFoundation
  • Kawartha Land Trust
  • Kawartha Youth Orchestra
  • New Canadians Centre
  • Otonabee Conservation Authority
  • Peterborough Field Naturalists
  • Peterborough Historical Society
  • Telecare Peterborough
  • YMCA Central East Ontario
  • YWCA Peterborough Haliburton