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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 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!

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 is the Recipient of our Meeting Sixteen Donation!

Our sixteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph demonstrated that even during the hazy hot days of Summer, our members are committed to supporting local community organizations!  In spite of a torrential rainstorm which deluged Guelph an hour before our quarterly meeting, members braved the elements and joined us for a chance to listen to eloquent speakers making inspiring presentations for their chosen charities.

We started off the evening with refreshments and a networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Home Group Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.

Sharon Lewis delivered introductory remarks to the group, noting that at this last meeting of year four, 100 Women Who Care Guelph has 150 committed donations (individual donors and teams) and that the thermometer total at this time stands at $182,450.  She also noted that at the conclusion of the meeting, we would have the opportunity to award 3 year pins to another 23 members.

Sharon informed members that we have encountered a challenge related to the venue we use at our quarterly meetings.  Due to a corporate ownership change, the Guelph Delta Hotel has re-evaluated our arrangement with them and will no longer be able to provide free accommodations for those meetings.Sharon outlined three options which face the group moving forward:

  1. 100WWCG could continue to hold meetings at the the Delta and every member would pay a nominal fee (approximately $10 per year) to cover the cost of room rental.
  2. We could continue to hold meetings at the the Delta, but seek sponsorship from area businesses to cover the cost.
  3. We could search for another location which would be available to 100WWCG, at no cost.

Members present were given an index card and asked to vote on these three options.

We are asking any member who was unable to attend last evening’s meeting to take a moment, follow this link and fill out a brief survey which will let us know your opinion on this critical issue.  Deadline for completion of the online poll is
July 31st, 2018. 
Once all votes have been tallied, we will notify all members by email.

After  a thorough discussion of this issue, members listened to presentations from three very inspiring nominators:

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  1. Amber Wood presented on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, an organization which mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity offers a zero down payment, interest-free mortgage, with payments which are geared to income.

 

2.   Suzanne Longpre presented on behalf of  Shelldale Family Gateway, a community hub located in the Shelldale Centre.  Their multicultural approach strives to meet the needs of the Onward Willow community, offering programs and client support in more than 29 languages.  With a focus on children, they offer residents of this underprivileged neighbourhood a variety of programs including preschool and early literacy programs, a breakfast club, an after school program for teens, adult ESL, a women’s circle and a summer camp program.

3.   Karen McElroy presented on behalf of Pet Protect Guelph, a pet fostering program to help people who are precariously housed, women fleeing domestic violence, individuals recovering from a medical procedure and those who are seeking addictions treatment. Through their affilliation with  Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, it is the organization’s mission to provide a temporary, safe home for pets with selected foster families, while using science-based practices to optimize animal welfare.

 

Following each presentation, members asked a variety of questions about each organization, the clients they serve and their funding models.  This is a very important aspect of our meetings, because the more we know about the charities who present, the better we will understand their mission and value to the community.  Your engagement with our presenters is essential to our mission.  Most important, our members’ continued generosity is key to 100WWCG’s success and the success of the charities we sponsor.

Teresa Waldner, Manager, Community Support Services for the VON, says “Thank you!” for our April Donation.

While member votes were being counted,  Teresa Waldner, the manager of Community Services for the VON Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (Victorian Order of Nurses), delivered an enthusiastic “Thank you!” to the group, She told members that VON rarely sees single donations of this size and that the funds donated will be used to provide increased service levels in our area, particularly related to program accessibility and mobility.  To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

 

 

Sharon and Diane present the “Big Cheque” in recognition of our April donation to VON Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

A ffew days after the meeting, children at Shelldale Family Gateway express their thanks for being chosen to receive 100WWCG’s Meeting 16 Donation.

Following this heartfelt presentation, we learned that our July selected charity is Shelldale Family Gateway. When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be directed towards providing  support to valuable ongoing services for families in the Onward Willow Community.   You can read more about these exciting plans in Tannis’s press release online.   We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting, in the Fall of 2018.

Congratulations on receiving your three year pin!

As the last order of business for the evening, Sharon handed out 3 year pins to qualified members and photos were taken of pin recipients in attendance at the meeting.
If you missed the meeting, you’ll find instructions about how to send in your cheque below.  We are also offering the option of making your payment online! 

 

Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

VON Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is the Recipient of Our Meeting Fifteen Donation

Our Third Meeting of Year Four

Three uplifting presentations and one successful charity!

 If you missed the meeting, we’re happy to provide a recap…
AND
If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom.
You are now able to make payments online, as well!

Our fifteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph once again demonstrated the commitment of our 165 members, to supporting local community organizations!  In spite of an ice storm which forced the postponement of our quarterly meeting, members rearranged their schedules and came out one week after the original scheduled date, for a chance to listen to enthusiastic speakers making compelling  presentations for their chosen charities.

We started off the evening with our new pre-meeting networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Sotheby’s Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.

Diane Nelson delivered introductory remarks to the group, thanking everyone for rearranging their schedules and gave special thanks to the Delta Hotel, for making it possible for us to re-book our meeting on short notice.  She also informed members that representatives from Best Version Media (Guelph) were in the audience and would be interested in taking a photograph of our group for publication in one of their local neighbourhood magazines. In light of the fact that there were several new members present, Diane reviewed the charity selection and voting process and took this opportunity to remind members that they have the option of making their donations by cheque or online through our website.

We listened to presentations from three very passionate nominators:

  1. Joan Bruder presented on behalf of The Julien Project, a community-based charitable

    Joan Bruder presented on behalf of “The Julien Project”

    organization that provides social and therapeutic gardening opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and abilities, enabling personal growth, community membership, and environmental well-being.  Based at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, the initiative offers a variety of horticultural programs designed to heal people holistically.  Programs are offered to schools, special needs clients and people served by Hope House.

  2. Cathy Bulych presented on behalf of  VON Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (Victorian Order of Nurses), a charitable home and community care organization which offers home care, personal support, and community services designed to help people of all ages to get healthy and stay healthy.  Volunteers provide respite care, Meals on Wheels and transportation to medical and rehab programs for seniors and those dealing with long term illness.
  3. Stacy Cooper presented on behalf of  Habitat for Humanity, an organization which mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat for Humanity offers a zero down payment, interest-free mortgage, with payments which are geared to income. All partner families and individuals and individuals are required  to contribute up to 500 hours of “sweat equity” by volunteering in construction, office work and fundraising.

Following each presentation, members asked a variety of very insightful questions.  This is so important, because the more we know about the charities who present, the better we will understand their mission and value to the community.  Your engagement with our presenters is essential to our mission and as always, our members’ continued generosity is key to 100WWCG’s success and the success of the charities we sponsor.

Steve Kraft says “Thank You!” on behalf of Guelph Public Library…

While member votes were being counted, Steve Kraft of Guelph Public Library gave a wholehearted “Thank You!” to members for our January donation, which was used to purchase Early Literacy Stations for branch libraries within the system.  These stations, valued at approximately $4,000 a piece, provide a wide variety of learning experiences including reading, writing, phonics, math, science and social studies to children aged 2 to 8 years.   Most important, the units provide a learning experience which is engaging and entertaining for children, fostering a love of the library experience and incredible enthusiasm for learning.  The library had a goal of installing two of each of these ELS in each branch and our donation has substantially helped to achieve that goal.

Three year pin recipients were honoured and photographed. Congratulations!

Following his very entertaining presentation, Stephanie Birt of Blue Ocean Office Supplies handed out 3 year pins to qualified members and photos were taken of pin recipients and of the members in attendance at the meeting.

Once these activities disbanded, we learned that our April 2018 selected charity is VON Waterloo Wellington Dufferin (Victorian Order of Nurses).  When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be directed towards providing subsidies for seniors and disabled clients who lack adequate funding to make use of their services. We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting, on July 16, 2018.  You can read more about these exciting plans in Tannis’s press release online.

If you missed the meeting, you’ll find instructions about how to send in your cheque below.  We are also offering the option of making your payment online! 

Guelph Public Library is the Recipient of Our Meeting Fourteen Donation

Our Second Meeting of Year Four

Three inspiring presentations yield one successful charity!

If you missed the meeting, we’re happy to provide a recap…
AND
If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom
.   You are now able to make payments online, as well!

Our fourteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph once again reaffirmed the commitment of our 136 members to supporting local community organizations!  In spite of inclement weather, members turned out for an opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers making enthusiastic presentations for their chosen charities.

We started off the evening with our new pre-meeting networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Sotheby’s Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.

Following this valuable get-together, Sharon delivered brief remarks and informed those present that our donation total is now $157,225.  She also took this opportunity to remind members that if they have missed making a quarterly donation there is always an opportunity to make it online through our website.

We listened to presentations from three articulate and  enthusiastic nominators:
  1. Lisa Hood presented on behalf of Guelph Public Library, Ontario’s oldest free public library, with a membership of more than 59,000 people.   At least 39,000 are enrolled in programs at the library annually, with at  least 25,000 hours of learning logged, making GPL a leader among library participation within Ontario, for the past 7 years.  The library’s ongoing mission is expansion of collections and programming, including new technology and equipment.
  2. Tara Kanerva presented on behalf of Beginnings Family Services, a charity which provides pregnancy counseling and adoption services to clients of all ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and walks of life.  Services also include life skills training and provision of basic supplies for new parents.  This organization also implements educational programs within the local school boards.
  3. Barb Tremblay 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, art therapy programs and a free choice food market, as well as a community garden/horticulture therapy program  for those experiencing addiction, trauma or loss.

A wholehearted shout out to everyone who provided thoughtful and insightful questions after each presentation.  Your engagement with our presenters is essential to our mission!  Most important, our members continued generosity is key to 100WWCG’s success and the success of the charities we sponsor.

After these inspiring presentations, members voted, and the selected charity was Guelph Public Library.  When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be directed towards expanding digital workshops for senior adults and providing additional literacy computers for the young.  We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting, on April16, 2018.  You can read more about these exciting plans in Tannis’s press release online.

Ann Caine. President and Volunteer Fundraiser says, “Thank you!” on behalf of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre.

 While we were waiting for the results of our voting, members had the pleasure of listening to an inspiring presentation by Ann Caine, nominator of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, who gave a very moving “Thank you!” to the group, for our October donation. She emphasized the significant impact our financial assistance will bring to the kids Sunrise serves, through the purchase of a new horse (which she assured us would be done as soon as one that is temperamentally suitable can be found).  The funds also sponsor horses and classes, providing subsidies which will make it possible for more children to enjoy the freedom, camaraderie and exhilaration of spending time in nature, engaging in physical activities and experiencing the joy of connection with the animals they love.

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.

Three-year pin recipients were happy to receive their pins and commemorate their accomplishment with a photograph. Sponsor Stephanie Birt of Blue Ocean Office Supplies and Solutions (far right) participated in the ceremony.

Finally, Sharon and Stephanie Birt of Blue Ocean Office Supplies & Solutions presented three year pins to all members who had fulfilled a commitment to donating to chosen charities for a full three years.

Stephanie Birt, owner of Blue Ocean Office Supplies & Solutions is the sponsor of our commemorative pin initiative.

Blue Ocean is 100WWCG’s newest sponsor, committed to supporting our commemorative pin program.  We are proud to engage in this exciting partnership because we believe that the mission alignment between both organizations will allow us to have a big positive impact now.  As the video on their website demonstrates, 100WWCG members who make purchases through Blue Ocean Office Supplies & Solutions, will see their chosen charities benefit as well!

Guelph Public Library is the Successful Recipient of our Meeting 14 Donation

Our Second Meeting of Year Four

Three inspiring presentations yield one successful charity!

If you missed the meeting, we’re happy to provide a recap…
AND
If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom
.   You are now able to make payments online, as well!

Our fourteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph once again reaffirmed the commitment of our 136 members to supporting local community organizations!  In spite of inclement weather, members turned out for an opportunity to listen to inspiring speakers making enthusiastic presentations for their chosen charities.

We started off the evening with our new pre-meeting networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Sotheby’s Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.

Following this valuable get-together, Sharon delivered brief remarks and informed those present that our donation total is now $157,225.  She also took this opportunity to remind members that if they have missed making a quarterly donation there is always an opportunity to make it online through our website.

We listened to presentations from three articulate and  enthusiastic nominators:
  1. Lisa Hood presented on behalf of Guelph Public Library, Ontario’s oldest free public library, with a membership of more than 59,000 people.   At least 39,000 are enrolled in programs at the library annually, with at  least 25,000 hours of learning logged, making GPL a leader among library participation within Ontario, for the past 7 years.  The library’s ongoing mission is expansion of collections and programming, including new technology and equipment.
  2. Tara Kanerva presented on behalf of Beginnings Family Services, a charity which provides pregnancy counseling and adoption services to clients of all ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and walks of life.  Services also include life skills training and provision of basic supplies for new parents.  This organization also implements educational programs within the local school boards.
  3. Barb Tremblay 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, art therapy programs and a free choice food market, as well as a community garden/horticulture therapy program  for those experiencing addiction, trauma or loss.

A wholehearted shout out to everyone who provided thoughtful and insightful questions after each presentation.  Your engagement with our presenters is essential to our mission!  Most important, our members continued generosity is key to 100WWCG’s success and the success of the charities we sponsor.

After these inspiring presentations, members voted, and the selected charity was Guelph Public Library.  When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be directed towards expanding digital workshops for senior adults and providing additional literacy computers for the young.  We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting, on April16, 2018.  You can read more about these exciting plans in Tannis’s press release online.

 While we were waiting for the results of our voting, members had the pleasure of listening to an inspiring presentation by Ann Caine, nominator of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, who gave a very moving “Thank you!” to the group, for our October donation. She emphasized the significant impact our financial assistance will bring to the kids Sunrise serves, through the purchase of a new horse (which she assured us would be done as soon as one that is temperamentally suitable can be found).  The funds also sponsor horses and classes, providing subsidies which will make it possible for more children to enjoy the freedom, camaraderie and exhilaration of spending time in nature, engaging in physical activities and experiencing the joy of connection with the animals they love.

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.

Finally, Sharon and Stephanie Birt of Blue Ocean Office Supplies & Solutions presented three year pins to all members who had fulfilled a commitment to donating to chosen charities for a full three years.

Blue Ocean is 100WWCG’s newest sponsor, committed to supporting our commemorative pin program.  We are proud to engage in this exciting partnership because we believe that the mission alignment between both organizations will allow us to have a big positive impact now.  As the video on their website demonstrates, 100WWCG members who make purchases through Blue Ocean Office Supplies & Solutions, will see their chosen charities benefit as well!

Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre is the Recipient of our Meeting 13 Donation!

Our First Meeting of Year Four!

Three outstanding presentations yield one successful charity!

 If you missed the meeting, we’re happy to provide a recap…
AND
If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom
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You are now able to make payments online, as well!

Our thirteenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph once again confirmed the commitment of our 141 members to supporting local community charities!We started off the evening with our new pre-meeting networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Sotheby’s Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.Following this valuable get-together, we listened to presentations from three animated and eloquent nominators:

  1. Ann Caine presented on behalf of Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre, a Puslinch-based organization whose mission is to develop the full potential of children and adults with special needs and lead them closer to independence through therapy, recreation, horse riding, life skills and farm related activity programs.
  2. Marissa Teeter presented on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph, a child and youth mentoring charity.  Big Brothers Big Sisters facilitates life-changing relationships that inspire and empower children and youth to reach their potential, both as individuals and citizens.  In co-operation with local school boards, the Guelph chapter has been working hard to expand its efforts to include in-school mentoring programs.
  3. Laura Greenway-Balnar presented on behalf of Hopewell Children’s Homes, a residential program which provides service to individuals with varying developmental needs, who require complex medical or behavioural support. Their facilities and care model  offer individualized services, providing meaningful lives for children, youth and adults, as well as support for their families.

Thank you to everyone present, for your deliberate and well considered questions.  Your engagement with our presenters is essential to our mission and your continued generosity is key to 100WWCG’s success and the success of the charities we sponsor!

Liz Kent, Executive Director of VSW says “Thanks!” to 100WWCG for their July donation to “Project Lifesaver”.

After these thoughtful and enlightening presentations, members voted, and the selected charity was Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre. When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be directed towards purchasing and sponsoring therapy horses for the centre. Funds may also be directed towards sponsorship of riders and development of facilities for horse care.  We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting, in January 2018.  You can read more about the program in Tannis’s press release online.

While we were waiting for the results of our voting, members had the pleasure of listening to a fascinating and touching presentation by Liz Kent, Executive Director of Victim Services Wellington, describing  their Project Lifesaver program.  Liz noted how challenging it is nowadays, for charities to secure grant money and how thankful she was to receive the donation made by 100WWCG in July.  Funds have been used to purchase new transmitters, eliminating the need for a waiting list for clients who qualify for the Project Lifesaver program, along with additional receivers for emergency services personnel within our community.  She described the positive outcomes that she has observed through the program and was happy to report that remaining funds will be directed towards purchasing more equipment to support the program in Guelph.

Co-founder Sharon Lewis (left) and nominating member Robin Smart (right) present the 100WWCG big cheque to Liz Kent of VSW for our July chosen charity, “Project Lifesaver”.

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

 We are also offering the option of making your payment online!
Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

Victim Services Wellington’s Project Lifesaver is the Recipient of our Meeting 12 Donation!

Meeting Four of Year Three!

Three phenomenal presentations and one successful charity!   In case you missed the meeting, here’s a recap…
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom
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You are now able to make payments online, as well!

Our twelfth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph demonstrated once again, that our 146 members are steadfast in their support of local community charities! Thank you to everyone present for your thoughtful and attentive questions.  We appreciate your engagement with our presenters and as always, we would like to thank all of you for your continued generosity!

Last night we heard from three articulate and enthusiastic nominators:

  1.  Claire D’Arville presented on behalf oFocus on Nature, a local organization which brings trained volunteers and photographers into classrooms to engage students in creative workshops, hands-on nature and photography activities, plus photo editing and feedback sessions.  Their mission is to inspire young people to explore and connect with the natural world, using these outdoor experiences to enhance development of technical photographic skills.
  2. Robin Smart presented on behalf of Victim Services Wellington, in support of their Project Lifesaver  program, which provides wrist transmitters to families dealing with members suffering cognitive impairment due to a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism, Down Syndrome and acquired brain injury.
  3. Suzanne Longpre presented on behalf of Better Beginnings, Better Futures, a community hub located in the Shelldale Centre.  Their multicultural approach strives to meet the needs of the Onward Willow community, offering programs and client support in more 29 languages.  Specifically, they offer residents of this underprivileged neighbourhood a variety of programs including preschool and early literacy programs, a breakfast club and a women’s circle.

Diane Nelson congratulates Robin Smart, nominator of Victim Services Wellington’s “Project Lifesaver” program.

After these engaging and informative presentations, members voted, and the selected charity was Victim Services Wellington, in support of their Project Lifesaver  program. When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will be used to purchase new transmitters, which would eliminate the need for a waiting list for clients who qualify for the program, as well as additional receivers for emergency services personnel. We look forward to hearing about the impact of that donation at our next meeting in October 2017. You can read more about the program in Tannis’s press release online.

Dawn Matheson, interdisciplinary artist and former board member of Ed Video, says a wholehearted “Thank you!” for our April donation, which purchased audio and video equipment to support upcoming local video projects.

While we were waiting for the results of our voting, members had the pleasure of listening to an inspiring presentation from  Dawn Matheson, an artist and past board member of Ed Video. Dawn delivered a wholehearted “Thank you!” to the group for the donation made by 100WWCG in April.  Funds were used  to purchase video, audio and lighting equipment and to enhance computer storage capacity, in support of current and upcoming video projects within our community.

Many of those in attendance joined us for our after-meeting networking event sponsored by Irene Szabo of Sotheby’s Realty and Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre, valued members of 100WWCG.