At 100WWCG’s First In Person/Virtual Hybrid Meeting, We Reconnected and Reaffirmed Our Commitment to Local Charities!
We’ve worn masks, been vaccinated, worked from home and attended virtual 100WWCG meetings for more than 2 years, but now we’re back!
June has marked the first in person/virtual hybrid meeting that our chapter has ever held and we’ve experienced an excellent outcome.
Members who wanted to connect face-to-face had the opportunity to attend our in person meeting at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre, and those who were more comfortable attending virtually used our Zoom meeting option.
Most important, our new format has made it possible for members to stay energized and connected to our mission to give generously to local charities!
So what happened at the meeting?
Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to our incredibly generous corporate sponsors, Sandra Lastovic and the Delta Hotels Conference Centre. Their support made it possible for our group to meet in person again.
She followed up with an expression of profound gratitude to Audrey Lounder, our “Zoom Angel.” Audrey is a good friend to founding member Tannis Sprott, who recognized that we have needed help in our quest to hold a hybrid meeting. Her patience and good humour have helped us to move forward through a steep learning process.
There was also a shout out to our special guest, Suzanne Denomme and her colleagues who are starting a chapter of 100 Realtors Who Care in Waterloo Region.
Sharon reviewed changes which have been made to our charity selection and presentation process and stressed that these changes have been adopted to encourage members to present their heartfelt stories to support the charities they nominate.
That said, any charity nominator who attends on Zoom, is really anxious about public presentations, or who comes down ill at the last minute, can specify another member as a second or (as an absolute last resort) a committee member to present on their behalf. In the event that a nominating member will not be present, that member can invite a charity representative to attend the meeting IN PERSON, to answer questions. (This representative will not be able to make the entire presentation.) This is an effort to level the playing field for small vs. large charities.
It was noted that there are 66 members who currently qualify for, but have not been able to receive, 3 year and 5 year membership pins. Those members were asked to rise and be acknowledged for their service. A group photo was taken after the meeting.
Sharon wrapped up her comments by announcing that our next meeting, which will also be in hybrid format, will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre. She was proud to note that this October will begin our chapter’s 9th year and that we have raised $374,879.00 since October 2014!
Following the opening comments, our chosen charities were announced and nominators had the opportunity to tell members why they were so passionate to support them.
Our Chosen Charities Are…
On June 13th, Tannis and Sharon selected the names of three charities which had been included in our nomination draw. This allowed our nominators an opportunity to prepare presentations in advance of our in person meeting.
Our three chosen charities were:
Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph
(Nominated by Barb McKay)
Barb McKay presented on behalf of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph. She emphasized the importance of music to emotional well-being and the need to mentor enthusiastic young talent and stressed that this organization provides thousands of young, aspiring musicians with annual performance opportunities second to none.
The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is one of the largest youth services programs in the arts in our community.
Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to the scholarship and bursary program, augmentation of school programs and improvements to the festival’s website.
Compass Community Services
(Nominated by Karyn Kirkwood)
Karyn Kirkwood made a presentation with support from Colten Ura, Manager of Telephone Support, Compass Community Services.
Compass Community Services (formerly known as Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington), is an integral part of the community, providing mental health and social services to individuals, families, and children. These services guide people through life’s challenges, whether they are emotional, developmental, or professional. Included in these programs are counselling and therapy services, developmental services, workplace wellness and telephone support services.
Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to their telephone support lines which provide four dedicated services – providing emotional support, a dedicated LGBTQ+ support line, their community check-in service and their telephone visiting service for isolated seniors.
Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington
(Nominated by Robin Smart)
Tannis Sprott presented on behalf of Robin Smart, with assistance from Lorri Watamaniuk, Director of Fund Development, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.The Alzheimer Society is here so that no one has to face Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia alone. It provides support for ANY type of dementia and is the only organization in the community dedicated to helping people and their families live well with a dementia diagnosis. The society offers dementia-friendly social, recreation, education, counseling, and care partner support groups, all free of charge.
Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be dedicated toward much-needed therapeutic recreation programs which provide both stimulation to the person living with dementia and respite to the care partner.
Compass Community Services
(Nominated by Karyn Kirkwood)
Is the Recipient of our June 2022 Donation!
For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.
Funds from a 100WWCG donation will be directed towards sustaining their telephone support lines which comprise four dedicated services – providing emotional support, a dedicated LGBTQ+ support line, their community check-in service and their telephone visiting service for isolated seniors!
Let’s celebrate our latest 5 year and 3 year pin recipients!
Thank you so much for supporting the efforts of 100 Women Who Care Guelph
We are REALLY making a difference within our community…
We are proud to announce that as of our June 2022 meeting, we have 23 members who qualify to receive their 3 year membership pins and 43 members who qualify to receive their 5 year pins.
The Nightingale Centre Poses with a “Big Cheque”. From 100WWCG
If you want to read the Nightingale Centre’s “Thank you!” to 100WWCG, follow this link!
Where do we go from here?
We are so excited to complete this quarter’s meeting and voting process! We have proven that through hard work, generosity and innovation, we can achieve incredible success.
It was wonderful to see our friends again – in person or by Zoom, and to share our commitment to staying engaged with our community and local charities. We would like to thank our members for their persistence and loyalty through the challenges of the past couple of years. Thanks so much for your support!