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Hospice Wellington says “Thank you!”

John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington, says, “Thank you.”

Our donation helped to create this wonderful renovated sunroom at Hospice Wellington,

 

On behalf of Hospice Wellington, we would like to thank 100 Women Who Care for exactly that, caring. Thank you for your generosity and for your thoughtfulness. Your generosity has brought improved sunlight to our residence at Kortright and Scottsdale in Guelph. Your thoughtfulness shows you are aware of the fact that many people within our community need our services, supports and our compassion.

 

Helen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.”

Sunshine does something for us…it does something to us. It makes bad days a little bit better…and it makes good days, great. Sunshine grabs our attention. How often have you been sitting somewhere and the sun comes out from around a cloud and shines a beam of light through a window. Often times you turn and look to appreciate that beam of light, even just for a moment.

Morris West said, “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

That is what this solarium is all about. Moments created, laughs remembered, a place to be in the moment. These residents know that the storm is coming, but this renovated solarium gives them the ability to appreciate that sunshine.

So what have the funds allowed us to do in this sacred space that overlooks the beautiful Gosling Gardens…

We replaced all window coverings. Even the beautiful sunshine can be a little bit too much sometimes. We upgraded all of the furniture to ensure comfort for loved ones, while leaving enough space to wheel a resident’s bed into the room also. We updated the room with a fresh coat of paint in a calming colour and will soon be adding a fan to the room, as the sunshine can make the room quite warm at times.

We thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for making such an impactful decision. This solarium means so much to so many.

“The moment won’t last forever. The memory will.” – Michelle A. Homme

Thank you 100 Women Who Care!

From all of us at Hospice Wellington

Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (The Children First Fund) is the recipient of our Meeting 21 donation!

Our First Meeting of Year Six
Congratulations to Our Successful Charity! 

Here’s your recap from the meeting of Thursday, October 17th
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom or

 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

100 Women Who Care Guelph began its sixth year with a return to the Delta Hotel, sponsored by our valued 100WWCG member, Sandra Lastovic of  Skip the Bank.

Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to our sponsors, acknowledged Sandra and her organization’s generosity and encouraged members to check them out at skipthebank.ca or on Instagram and Facebook.


Our recent move back to the Delta means that the sponsorship dollars formerly allocated to refreshments at the meetings have had to be re-allocated to room setup fees.  We need your help!

We are beyond grateful that Sandra Lastovic of Skip the Bank has continued her generous support for those room charges at The Delta Hotel for this year. But if we still want refreshments for these meetings we’ve got to find another sponsor.  If you or someone you know might be willing to take this on, please call us for details as soon as possible. Our next meeting is coming up fast on January 9th 2020 and we really need your help!

Contact Sharon (519-820-6822, slewis@questiam.com ) or Tannis ( 519-763-1172, tannis.sprott@gmail.com) for the specifics.

Members were excited to learn that 100 Women Who Care Guelph has reached a remarkable milestone.

In the past five years, we have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in support of local charities!

Sharon Lewis talks about our quarter million dollar milestone and the importance of sponsorship.

Following Sharon’s presentation, John Gilbert, the Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington,
drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a hat and our charity presentations began in
earnest.
  1. Jennifer Harrison presented on behalf of Community of Hearts.  This not-for-profit supports adults with developmental exceptionalities, to achieve success in curriculum-based quality programming, build self confidence and become more engaged in our community as they grow and learn. Program content teaches the three pillars of Self-Awareness, Self-Management & Self-Advocacy/Expression to ensure participants achieve the level of independence they desire.
  2. Laurie Graham presented on behalf of  the  Canadian Improv Games.  This organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth with improvisational theatre programs that promote invaluable skills including positivity, communication, leadership, commitment and teamwork. This goal is achieved through a variety of annually programmed workshops, training sessions and performance opportunities.
  3. Trish Schreiber presented on behalf of Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington’s Children First FundThis organization provides support to 16 to 18 year olds who are no longer eligible for foster care, and thus struggling to make it on their own. Children in that situation have no parental or family support, and find themselves adrift, living on their own with extremely limited financial resources.   .Members took the opportunity after each presentation to “drill down” into the details with each presenter.  Members asked for more information about the programs supported and the funding models of each organization. With presentations complete and questions answered, members took a moment to make a decision and cast a vote.

    John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington, says, “Thank you.”

    John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington took the opportunity to thank members for our Meeting Twenty donation.  To read the full transcript of his comments, follow this link.

    100 Women Who Care Guelph has chosen

    Family & Children’s Services
    of Guelph and Wellington County
    (The Children First Fund)
    as the recipient of our Meeting 21 donation!

    Our donation will be used to support kids in two different streams. If the child is going on to college or university, they will be provided with a $400 set-up kit consisting of a backpack and other necessary supplies. In the second stream, where kids have found work, $1000 worth of kitchen supplies, bedding, towels, and furniture will help them transition to living on their own.
    If you missed the meeting,  you can make your payment online by following this link! Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

     

    Congratulations to our new Three and Five Year Pin Recipients!

    Congratulations to our newest 3 Year Pin recipients!Congratulations to our newest 5 Year Pin recipients!

Hospice Wellington is the recipient of our fourth donation of Year Five!

Our Fourth Meeting of Year Five
Three Enthusiastic Presentations – One Successful Charity!

Here’s your recap for last night’s meeting.
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom or

 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

In spite of Wednesday’s oppressive heat and the siren call of vacation time up at the lake, many members took the opportunity to attend our twentieth meeting and listen to new ways to support valuable community organizations.  With 153 committed donations, we knew that we had a chance to make a huge difference to a local not for profit.  We kicked off the evening with our networking session, including an option to have a glass of wine, sponsored by our valued 100WWCG member, Sandra Lastovic of  The Mortgage Centre.
Sharon began the meeting with some brief remarks.   She expressed the group’s sincere gratitude for Sandra Lastovic and her organization’s generosity and encouraged members to check them out skipthebank.ca or on Instagram and Facebook.   She also encouraged people who have missed donations, to catch up with our Canada Helps option for payment, by using the Donate Now button on our website – 100womenwhocareguelph.com

Members of the organizing team were thanked for their efforts to keep the group running smoothly and once again, Sharon sent out a request for a member who would act as our meeting photographer.  If anyone is willing to help us out, please contact Sharon Lewis (519) 780-0468 or Tannis Sprott (519) 763-1172 as soon as possible.

Sharon made a major announcement about next year’s meeting details…

First up, we will once again be holding our meetings at the Delta Hotel (corner of Stone Road and Gordon Street). The Delta has graciously agreed to reduce its rates to accommodate our group and  Sandra Lastovic and  skipthebank.ca will generously be sponsoring the setup costs for our meetings.

Our meeting dates for 2019/2020 are:

Thursday, October 17

Thursday, January 9 

Tuesday, April 7 and

Monday, July 13

Mark your calendars!

Please note that  that this is the last meeting of Year Five and that our first Five Year pins will be handed out at our next meeting, in October!

Tannis Sprott  and Margaret Middleton pose with a “big cheque” for Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

How inspiring it was to learn that currently, 100WWCG has raised more than $237,000 for local
charities!  After Sharon’s presentation, Margaret Middleton,  president of Society of St.Vincent
de Paul – St. Joseph’s Conference, Guelph, drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a
hat and our charity presentations began in earnest.
  1. Rosemary Fernandes-Walker presented on behalf of Guelph YMCA/YWCA This organization provides values-based programs and services that teach the importance of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and inclusiveness. Money requested would be dedicated towards two specific programs for pre-teens.  Safe Sisters  provides girls aged 10 to 14, with a safe place to share, with an emphasis on concerns for safety within the community.  The Two Rivers Club provides activities and programming for kids aged 5 to 12 years in challenged neighbourhoods.
  2. Sonia Jacyk-Bukata presented on behalf of  the St. Ignatius Jesuit Centre.  This organization’s program  objectives are designed to foster an ecological way of life, for the healing of the world, nurture a deeper spirituality in people, leading to inner freedom, promote the production of local sustainable food, and provide a welcoming space for individual and communal discernment, and education.  Monies donated would be used to hire an orchardist and equipment to support the Neighbourhood Farm Project.
  3. Peggy Brightwell presented on behalf of Hospice WellingtonThis organization provides a variety of services to support those individuals of Wellington County living with a life-limiting illness, as well as to their families and caregivers.  Hospice Wellington offers group support programming, art therapy, one-to-one volunteer visiting, hospice palliative care in a 10-bed residence and Day Away respite for caregivers.  Money requested would be dedicated towards refurbishing the residence’s sunroom, a comforting space where patients share memories, reflect and make final plans.After each presentation, members had the opportunity to ask a few questions with the aim of digging deeper into any issues which had not been discussed.  Members asked for more information about the programs supported by our targeted donations, as well as the funding models of each organization. Following the presentations and the follow-up questions, members voted for this quarter’s successful charity.Margaret Middleton, President of Society of St.Vincent de Paul – St. Joseph’s Conference, Guelph says, “Thank you.”
As members’ votes were being counted, Margaret Middleton, the president of last quarter’s
successful charity, took the opportunity to  express her sincere thanks to members.  To read
the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

Drum roll please…

The fourth chosen charity of Year Five is  Hospice Wellington.  Our donation is slated to be

If you missed the meeting, you’ll find instructions about how to send in your cheque below.

Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

Congratulations to our newest 3 Year Pin recipients!

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – St. Joseph’s Conference, Guelph Says “Thank you!”

 Since WWC kindly donated money in April, we have given away 15 single beds and 5 double beds. The St Vincent de Paul store pays part of the costs from the revenue at the store, so St. Joe’s covers $1,712.50. Extrapolating from there, the donations from 100 WWC will cover 21 or 22 months of beds!

Another benefit from 100 WWC is the increased exposure. We have had more referrals from other agencies, such as someone from Family and Child Services who reached out to refer a young family. It is why we volunteer, to be able to reach those who need some extra help. One lady who moved to Guelph with her family with hardly anything and no support network in town, was referred by her new neighbour and we were able to supply beds and some other necessities. What a great way to show how generous Guelph is.

We are very grateful for the ability to serve those who find themselves in need, thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and the 100 WWCG.

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the Recipient of Our Meeting Nineteen Donation

Our Third Meeting of Year Five

Three Inspiring Presentations Yield One Successful Charity!

Here’s your recap for last night’s meeting.
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom or

 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

Spirits were high among members at our meeting on Wednesday night – perhaps it was the appearance of the sun on a day where Spring seems to be slow to bloom.  Perhaps it was just our enthusiasm to listen to new ways to support valuable community not-for-profits.  With 153 committed donations, we held our nineteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph at Cutten Fields.

At 6:00  pm, we kicked off the evening with our networking session, sponsored by our valued 100WWCG member, Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre.   Sharon expressed the group’s sincere gratitude for Sandra and her organization’s generosity and encouraged members to check them out skipthebank.ca or on Instagram and Facebook.

Sharon also let those assembled know that several members had stepped forward to take on volunteer positions in charge of specific tasks which will help the organization.  At this point,  Erin Moore  has assumed the role of volunteer co-ordinator and Carol Dillworth and  Peggy Brightwell will be our cheque chasers. Sharon thanked our new volunteer “work crew”  for offering up their time to the organization and invited them to the front for a photo op. (missing from tonight’s admin team introduction was our charity nomination vetter, Lisa Hood).  We are still hoping a member will step forward to become our meeting photographer.  Interested members should contact Sharon Lewis (519) 780-0468 or Tannis Sprott (519) 763-1172 as soon as possible.

Tannis Sprott  and Jennifer Harrison pose with a “big cheque” for Rainbow Day Camp.

How inspiring it was to know that currently 100WWCG will have raised more than $220,000 for
local charities!  After Sharon’s short presentation, Jennifer Harrison, Executive Director of
Rainbow Day Camp, drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a hat and our charity
presentations began in earnest.
  1. Lillian Wilson presented on behalf of Hospice WellingtonThis organization provides a variety of services to support those individuals of Wellington County living with a life-limiting illness, as well as to their families and caregivers.  Hospice Wellington offers group support programming, art therapy, one-to-one volunteer visiting, hospice palliative care in a 10-bed residence and Day Away respite for caregivers.  Money requested would be dedicated towards refurbishing the residence’s sun room, a comforting space where patients share memories, reflect and make final plans.
  2. Lorna Ronald presented on behalf of Hope House,  a poverty relief organization which provides compassionate assistance, with the emphasis on providing clients with “a hand-up, rather than a handout”.  This organization’s initiatives include backpack and hamper drives and a free choice food market, as well as dental and haircut programs.  Money requested would be dedicated towards the Hope House community backpack program which provides children with a backpack filled with school supplies for the first day of a new year of school.
  3. Margaret Middleton presented on behalf of  Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a lay catholic organization with branches found around the world, which has been active in our community for decades.   This organization has the goal of serving those in poverty among us with love, respect, justice and joy, regardless of religious affiliation, and with a heavy emphasis on the personal touch.  As part of that mandate, the organization supports local thrift stores within impoverished communities.  The Guelph thrift store is committed to providing emergency food, clothing, furniture and household items to its clients.  Money requested would be dedicated to a bed program which would furnish brand new clean beds to clients in need.After each presentation, we took the opportunity to dig a bit deeper into the charities with a few questions to clarify any issues which had not been addressed.  Members enthusiastically asked for more information about the programs supported by our targeted donations and funding models of each organization.  Once all presentations had been made and all questions were answered, members voted for this quarter’s successful charity.As members’ votes were being tallied, Jennifer Harrison, the administrator of last quarter’s successful charity, took the opportunity to  express her sincere thanks to members.  At a time when Rainbow Day Camp is facing cuts to grant money and when families with children who have special needs are seeing reductions in funding, the support we are providing through our January donation will  pay for 3 inclusion counselors for the entire summer – an incredible benefit to the organization and the children it serves. Members were thrilled to watch a short video which demonstrated the substantial impact their donations will make to this valuable Guelph community organization.To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

And the successful charity is…

The second chosen charity of 2019 is Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Our donation is slated to be used to assist with their bed acquisition program.
By following this link, you can read our press release which provides even more information about this quarter’s chosen charity.  
If you missed the meeting, you’ll find instructions about how to send in your cheque below.
You can also make your payment online by following this link!

Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

Congratulations to our newest 3 Year Pin recipients!

A Wholehearted “Thank You!” From Rainbow Day Camp

Jennifer Harrison of Rainbow, delighted at being January’s Chosen Charity

Thank you for having me here this evening – it is an honour to be a recipient of such an incredible donation.

Although you probably think you know what a difference this money will make to our organization, you probably don’t REALLY know. The gratitude I feel is difficult to put into words.

We run a very traditional day camp – we do crafts, play games, break out in song (a lot!), run around, make music, have spontaneous dance parties, decorate cookies and the list continues. All of this is done in a very nurturing, welcoming, diverse and loving environment. 20-25% of our campers have special needs of varying degrees. Some need just a bit of extra support while others need full one-on-one support from a trained counsellor who is there to ensure they are as successful as possible during their time at camp. Success at camp is measured in many different ways – sometimes it’s achieving a goal like jumping off the diving board or putting one foot in the water while other times it can be as simple as a camper asking for his parents 10 times during the day instead of the typical 100 times! All successes are important and one is not better or more important than the other.

As with many other groups who work with children with special needs in our area, we have been dealing with cuts to grants, autism services and our families are dealing with losing many of their financial supports. More than ever, we are delighted to be able to offer the things we do – supporting kids at no extra cost to families. It is an extremely expensive program to run but we feel it is an integral part of the work we do, not only for the kids using support but for typical kids as well. It is incredible to see how much all the kids learn from each other.

We typically have 5 inclusion counsellors per week at Rainbow but this year, after many funding cuts across the board, we were looking at having only 2. The almost $14,000 from 100 Women Who Care will pay for 3 inclusion counsellors for the entire summer. The word INCREDIBLE comes to mind.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. The impact that these funds have on our camp are immeasurable – the ripple effects can and will be felt for years.

Tannis Sprott and Jennifer Harrison pose with a “big cheque” for Rainbow Day Camp.

Rainbow Day Camp is the recipient of our Meeting Eighteen Donation!

Our Second Meeting of Year Five

Three Great Presentations and One Successful Charity!

Here’s your recap for last night’s meeting.
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom or

 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

What a great way to start 2019!  It may have beencold outside, but we had warm hearts and plenty of enthusiasm as we focussed on great new initiatives for the New Year.  With 150 committed donations, we held our eighteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph at Cutten Fields.

Our networking session, sponsored by our valued 100WWCG members Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre and Irene Szabo of  Home Group Realtybegan at 6:00 pm.    It was great to hear from Sharon ‘s introductory remarks, that once donations for this evening’s successful charity have been collected, 100WWCG will have raised more than $220,000 for local charities!

Sharon also highlighted the importance of recruiting some members to assist the administration team in performing some of the tasks which are required to keep 100WWCG running like a well-oiled machine.  Many hands really do make light work!  The team is currently looking for people to fill these volunteer positions:

  • Meeting photographer
  • Press release writer
  • Social media (Facebook, Twitter) representative
  • Cheque chaser
  • Occasional meeting MC
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator

What volunteers would be committing to:

  • a few hours a month or a quarter (varies depending on the task)
  • one or two admin meetings a year (comes with wine and snacks!)

We are looking for people who:

  • are energetic, fun, playful
  • have a positive approach
  • are organized and timely
  • love to brain storm
  • can regularly attend meetings

Interested members should contact Sharon Lewis (519) 780-0468 or Tannis Sprott (519) 763-1172 as soon as possible.

After Sharon’s short presentation, Gail Hoekstra, Executive Director of The Drop In Centre, drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a hat, and our charity presentations began in earnest.

  1. Jennifer Harrison presented on behalf of Rainbow Day CampThis program offers Guelph and the surrounding area a summer recreational day camp experience for children and youth, providing quality programs in a caring, open and inclusive environment which embraces diversity and encourages personal growth, according to each individual’s  strengths, needs and abilities.. Using a “real life” story,  Jennifer stressed the important impact that the Rainbow Day Camp experience has on the empathy that kids and their families have for others.
  2.  Wendy Clayson presented on behalf of Michael House, .a pregnancy and parenting support service which provides programming and residential support to women coping with crisis pregnancy.  Wendy read an inspiring note from a previous client who attested to the positive impact she had experienced at Michael House and how it had changed her life.
  3. Greta Najcler presented on behalf of  Community of Hearts. This not-for-profit supports adults with developmental exceptionalities, to achieve success in curriculum-based quality programming, build self confidence and become more engaged in our community as they grow and learn. Program content teaches the three pillars of Self-Awareness, Self-Management & Self-Advocacy/Expression to ensure participants achieve the level of independence they desire.

There was an opportunity after each presentation for members to ask a few questions and clarify any .issues that might not have been addressed by presenters.   Members enthusiastically asked for more information about the programs offered and funding models employed by each of the nominees.  Once all presentations had been made and all questions were answered, members voted for this quarter’s successful charity.

Gail Hoekstra, Executive Director of The Drop In Centre says “Thank you.”

While members’ votes were being tallied, a representative from last quarter’s successful charity took the opportunity to say a wholehearted “Thank you!” to the group .

Using examples of real life situations, Gail Hoekstra spoke passionately about the impact of our October donation on The Drop In Centre.  Monies donated to the centre have been dedicated to an emergency medical fund which addresses specific client needs for people without means to pay, including prescription medication, emergency medical care not covered by OHIP,  or critical dental work .  Members were pleased to hear about the substantial impact their donations have made to this valuable Guelph community space.

To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

Founding members Sharon Lewis and Tannis Sprott pose with a “big cheque” for the Drop In Centre

And the succesful charity is…

Our first chosen charity of 2019 is Rainbow Day Camp. Our donation is slated to be used to assist with providing staff who will work one on one with special needs children within the Inclusion Program.

By following this link, you can read our press release which provides even more information about this quarter’s chosen charity.  

The Drop In Centre is the Recipient of our Meeting Seventeen Donation!

Our First Meeting Of Year Five

A great new location, three fantastic presentations and one successful charity!

Here’s your recap for last night’s meeting.
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom or
 You can follow this link to make your payment online

We kicked off our seventeenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph in a great new venue at Cutten Fields, with 153 committed donations.  What a great way to start our fifth year!

Our networking began at 6:00 pm, graciously sponsored by our valued 100WWCG members Irene Szabo of  Home Group Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre.  Sharon Lewis delivered introductory remarks to the group and told members that once donations for this evening’s successful charity had been collected, 100 Women Who Care Guelph will have raised more than $200,000 for local charities!  She also noted that charities nominated in the first two years of our operation can now qualify for re-nomination. Sharon also announced the retirement of Diane Nelson, one of our friends and founding members.  She provided a bit of the history behind Diane’s role in the creation of 100WWCG and expressed our sincere thanks for her considerable contribution of time, attention and inspiration to our group.  Tannis and Sharon presented Diane with a beautiful bouquet and she spent a few moments at the podium thanking the group and saying a final “Farewell!”

Tannis and Sharon make a presentation to Diane Nelson on her retirement from 100WWCG

  1. Rosemary Fernandes-Walker presented on behalf of Guelph Yin support of programming for women and girls.  Monies donated would be used to sponsor financially disadvantaged women who have been invited to attend the Women of Distinction Gala and to provide support to The Power of Being YOU, a conference which brings together fem-identified youth from grades 7 and 8, to discuss matters affecting girls and young women.
  2.  Peggy Brightwell presented on behalf of Hospice Wellingtona community organization which provides a multitude of services to support individuals of Wellington County (including their families and caregivers), living with a life-limiting illness. Their kitchen program emphasizes the importance of “breaking bread” to the emotional well-being of their clients, and Hospice Wellington is interested in purchasing specialized tables and chairs in support of that initiative.
  3. Barb MacKay presented on behalf of The Drop In Centre, a community space in downtown Guelph which offers a multitude of services, especially for those living on a limited income. It provides a place to meet with friends and have a meal, access shelter if needed, and connect with support services to improve quality of life, regardless of gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or any other factor.  The centre would like to use funds donated to provide an emergency medical fund for clients in need.

Each presentation was followed by a short
question and answer session where nominators provided any additional
information members might need to make an informed decision.

Michelle Henderson, Executive Director of Shelldale Family Gateway says “Thank you.”

While members’ votes were being counted,
we listened to a heartfelt and truly inspiring “Thank you!” from
Michelle Henderson, the Executive Director of Shelldale Family Gateway.
Michelle described the powerful impact the 100WWCG donation has made
to the Onward Willow Community –  If you help children, you help families,
and if you help families you help children
.

Michelle told members that our donation had been used to target programs
and services which have been underfunded, including purchases of food, socks,
and running shoes, inclusion support needs, and the provision of extra
staffing.  Her enthusiasm and passion for the organization she
represents was inspiring.  To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

Tannis and Sharon pose with Michelle Henderson for a “Big Cheque” Photo

Drumroll Please…

Our first chosen charity of Year Five is The Drop In Centre.  Funds will be earmarked for a medical crisis fund which will provide support to clients in need of such things as hearing, vision and dental care, as well as some prescription products and personal care items which are essential for day to day existence.

 By following this link, you can read our press release which provides even more information about this quarter’s chosen charity.  

Member and Presenter Barb McKay, Gail Hoekstra of the Drop In Centre, and Tannis Sprott of 100 WWCG at the cheque presentation for October 2018.

Once again, we had a ceremony and photo session to celebrate members who qualify for 3 year pins.  It is such a positive experience to see  that our membership continues to grow and be sustained by women who are committed to  making a difference within our local community.

Congratulations to our most recent three year pin recipients!

Shelldale Family Gateway Says “Thank you!”

Here at Shelldale we provide preventative programs for vulnerable children and their families living in the most marginalized neighbourhood in Guelph.

Michelle Henderson, Executive Director of Shelldale Family Gateway, says “Thank you!”

Many of the families experience food insecurity and financial hardship, there are many single parent families and we have the most percentage of families living under the Low-Income Cutoff.  As well, many of the new Canadians settling in Guelph come to the Shelldale Area.  For this reason many of the children attending our programs experience financial, cultural, language and transportation barriers when attempting to be involved in any sport or recreation programming.

Being located in the heart of this community with diverse staff we are able to help remove many of these barriers.  For the past 25 years we have been designated as a Better Beginnings, Better Futures site which has allowed us to help strengthen this community through preventative programming including:

·         promoting the healthy development of children

·         intentionally supporting and promoting activities to reduce the poverty gap for children and their families

·         strengthen the partnership with service providers and schools to support families to navigate the systems easier (many of these partners are located in the Shelldale Centre Hub which allows us to walk families down to other supports and services such as Family and Children’s Services, Lutherwood or Immigrant Services)

We use a holistic approach which sees the child in the context of the family and the family in the context of the community.  This means that if family is not thriving (poverty and other related stressors) then the family can be less able to focus on their child thriving.  If the community itself is not thriving (poor housing conditions, poorly lit areas, crime etc) then the family is less able to thrive.  This approach means that we support capacity building and community building events and programming, we provide programs for the siblings, youth, teenagers and parents in order to best support the whole family.

In January 2018, the Ministry of Education amalgamated all of the Better Beginnings, Better Futures sites into one single EarlyON program for children 0-6 and their caregivers.  The new guidelines mean that we are now unable to be spending our Ministry funding on the types of programs that support this holistic approach.  We know the value of these programs and so have chosen to continue to fundraise in order to support these programs.

When 100 Women Who Care Guelph contacted us, it gave us the space to be able to continue to run these programs in a way that is meaningful for our families.  This means that we feed children in programs (this helps the entire family), it means that we can buy shoes for children accessing our programs, it also means that we are able to pay more staff to be in program to help with the cultural and language barriers our children face as well as bring in more children to the program because we have more staff to supervise them.

It has made an incredible difference for our organization.  This is why this model of giving is so impactful, you can do so much more with a lump sum of money rather than $100 coming in here and there from donors.  We are so grateful to have been chosen and we can’t thank this group of generous, community minded women enough.

With gratitude

Michelle Henderson

Executive Director – Shelldale Family Gateway

(formerly Shelldale Better Beginnings Better Futures)

519-824-8498 ext. 123