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Meeting 6 of 100 Women who Care Guelph Raised $13,800 for Family and Children’s Services

Our 6th meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph was another incredible success!

Thank you to all of the women who joined us last evening to hear from the Dunara Homes for Recovery. Yvonne Bowes from Dunara let us know about the impact of our donation in a funny, and engaging talk. You can find a transcript of Yvonne’s talk on our website here!

Laura Greenway-Balnar was the member who nominated and presented for Family and Children’s Services

Following the presentation from Dunara, we again selected three of the nominated charities at random (Family & Children’s Services, Special Olympics Ontario and Community of Hearts) and heard from our three nominating members as to what our support for that charity could contribute to the community. All three charity presentations were well thought out and wonderfully presented. A hard choice it was, but a hard choice we made!

With much enthusiasm we tallied the votes and selected this month’s recipient! We have selected Family and Children’s Services to receive this meeting’s quarterly donation! Specifically a pilot fund to assist young adults make the transition from supported living in foster care or other teen programs to independent living. Here’s a photo of your combined donation and our nominating member Laura Greenway-Balnar.

Some additional great news from the January 11th meeting; We had a number of new signups after some wonderful press from the Mercury on January 3rd. So this month’s donation reflects our Voting Membership count which now stands at 138 women who care, meaning when all the pledges come in, our donation will total $ 13,800.00! Well Done Ladies! (as you can see, we didn’t even have a perfectly accurate count on new members when we filled out the big cheque!)

Congratulations to Family and Children’s Services!

And thank you again to all the women who participated.

Photo of members who all live in the Village on the Green

The Village on the Green Contingent. Melodie, Willemina and Sharon

Following Meeting 6 we enjoyed a fun Social & Networking hour sponsored by members Sandra Lastovic and Irene Szabo (see our sponsor’s page for more details.)

Great women getting to know each other!

Great women getting to know each other! Terrie and Sandra are flanked by new members Wendy and Brenda! Welcome Ladies.

As if these meetings could possibly get any more fun. Well, apparently they did. Here are some of the goings-on. We hope you can stay after the next meeting so you can be showcased having a great time making a difference.

 

Wait? Who's Harvey and did he leave a cheque?

Wait? Who’s Harvey and did he leave a cheque?

Obviously, a good time was had by all!  What would it take to have fundraising be this easy every month? We have cracked the code.

Come on in and enjoy yourselves!

Rosemary, ???, Nancy. Look at those Happy Shiny Faces. We made a difference tonight

Rosemary, Robin & Nancy. Look at those happy, shiny faces. We made a difference tonight

 

 

 

 

Tell your friends. 100WWCG has it going ON! There was lots of action at our new “Materials Table” as well. At the next meeting, if you’ve got some information about a fun or important local charity or business event we now have a place for you to share that information. See? Someone just discovered a cool event!

Where to find out about local charity initiatives.

Where to find out about local charity initiatives.

Notes from Meeting 5 – October 5, 2015

We can’t believe it’s year two already!

After extending a warm welcome back to our members, a reminder of the $46,600 we contributed to Guelph last year, and a brief update on procedures, we launched right into picking our three charities up for contention.

We heard three very passionate speeches on behalf of the Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington, The Children’s Foundation of Guelph Wellington, and our eventual winner (drum roll please) Dunara Homes For Recovery Inc., who received approximately $12,400 to aid their cause.

Dunara Homes for Recovery, our 5th winner! Michele Mactaggart (left), proud presenter on behalf of Dunara Homes, and Tannis Sprott of 100 WWCG (right) celebrate our newest winner.

Dunara Homes for Recovery, our 5th winner! Michele Mactaggart (left), proud presenter on behalf of Dunara Homes, and Tannis Sprott of 100 WWCG (right) celebrate our newest winner.

Many of our members were unfamiliar with Dunara Homes for Recovery. They have been quietly working away in our community since 1981, helping those suffering from mental illness as they transition from an institutional setting to a community setting, providing all the support they need on their road to recovery. They work towards autonomy, individual responsibility, engagement in the community, empowerment, hope, self determination, the elimination of stigma, and the opportunity for meaningful choice for their clients.

Our latest gift to Dunara Homes for Recovery was graciously accepted by Executive Director Yvonne Bowes (on right) and Yoland Webster, their Program Manager (on left), presented by 100 WWCG Organizing Member Tannis Sprott (centre).

Our latest gift to Dunara Homes for Recovery was graciously accepted by Executive Director Yvonne Bowes (on right) and Yoland Webster, their Program Manager (on left), presented by 100 WWCG Organizing Member Tannis Sprott (centre).

We were delighted to hear back from Sly Castaldi from Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, our winner from July. She was able to draw a parallel between the beginnings of GWWIC and 100 WWCG (other than the obvious alphabet soup of Gs, Ws and Cs), saying you never know when you start something how important and far reaching it can become, and she applauded 100 Women Who Care Guelph for making an incredible difference to all the charities here in Guelph.

We hope to have her comments posted here shortly so those of you who missed her wonderful thank you will have a chance to hear it, so check back soon!

You have until January 4th to get your charity nominations in before our next meeting on Monday, January 11th, 2016, from 7 – 8 pm (registration begins at 6:30) at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, where we will choose our next member nominated charity! Help us to grow by inviting your friends to join you in this amazing venture. See you there!

Notes from Meeting 4 – July 13, 2015

David's Thank you

David Jackson – Rainbow Teen Camp Leader

100 Women Who Care Guelph concluded it’s first year of operation with the fourth meeting of the season.

Giulanna Giancotta & Diane Nelson

Giulianna Giancotta from Rainbow Day Camp selects this month’s nominees with Diane Nelson.

We opened with some updates and then  heard a heartfelt description of the results of last meeting’s donation to Rainbow Day Camp from the passionate and committed David Jackson – Teen Camp leader. We’re reaching out to David to get the text of his speech if we can. Stay tuned for that.

Following David’s talk we went through our usual selection process and…

July 13 winner

Nominating Member and Organizer Tannis Sprott (centre) receives the quarterly donation cheque on behalf of Guelph Wellington Women In Crisis From Sharon Lewis (left) and Diane Nelson (right) also organizers of 100 Women Who Care Guelph

Congratulations! The donation from this meeting goes to Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis’s Transitional Housing and Support Program. They have been chosen at our
fourth charity selection meeting to receive an award of approximately $12,500 from the membership of 100 Women Who Care Guelph. The Transitional Housing and Support program provides counselling and levels of services so desperately needed by women and their children who are experiencing or have experienced abuse, helping them to start over, with both practical and emotional support.

Group shot

Many of our current members joined us for this impromptu group shot – we hope you can join us next meeting!

Keep your eyes and ears open for other worthy charities, and get those nominations in by the deadline of September 29th for our next meeting set for Monday, October 5th, 2015, from 7 – 8 pm (registration begins at 6:30) at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, where we will choose our next member nominated charity! See you there!

We celebrate all the members of 100 Women Who Care Guelph who have made such an amazing difference this year. Together we’ve raised $46,600 for area causes. And we’ve only just begun!

Previous charity nominations

July 13, 2015 1) Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis (winner) 2) Beginnings Family Services 3) Chalmers Community Services
Apr. 13, 2015: 1) Rainbow Day Camp (winner), 2) 2nd Chance Employment, 3) Focus On Nature
Jan. 12, 2015: 1) Michael House (winner), 2) Rainbow Chorus, 3) The Children’s Foundation
Oct. 28, 2014: 1) Rainbow Chorus, 2) Ed Video, 3) Hospice Wellington (winner)

Notes from Meeting Three April 13, 2015

Congratulations to Rainbow Day Camp, our most recent winning charity! Collectively we have pledged $12,700 to this worthy organization.

Start thinking of other worthy charities, and get those nominations in by the deadline of July 6th for our next meeting set for Monday, July 13, 2015, from 7 – 8 pm (registration begins at 6:30) at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre, where we will choose our next member nominated charity! See you there!Big Chq Rainbow Day Camp

Need some ideas?

If you are looking for a charity to champion, click here for a partial list of registered charities in Guelph, and then fill out a Charity Nomination Form. Remember, it must be a registered charity, and the funds must remain in Guelph.

Let’s put our passion to work for our friends, neighbours and community!

Previous charity nominations

Apr. 13, 2015: 1) Rainbow Day Camp (winner), 2) 2nd Chance Employment, 3) Focus On Nature
Jan. 12, 2015: 1) Michael House (winner), 2) Rainbow Chorus, 3) The Children’s Foundation
Oct. 28, 2014: 1) Rainbow Chorus, 2) Ed Video, 3) Hospice Wellington (winner)