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…
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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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.
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!
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