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 says, “Thank you!”

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

It is my pleasure to bring you a report  on the impact of your financial support for Sunrise, in the form of a power point presentation, (which is presented below).
As most of you know, our program focuses on the empowerment experienced through human animal bonding and a farm activity program.
With your support we are fulfilling our mission.
“My grandson is isolated in his day to day life.  At Sunrise he experiences total acceptance from each horse he works with and rides, which is empowering.Also he has made friends in our supportive community of young people “
I would like to introduce Dallas, the therapy horse you are sponsoring this year.  We are still actively seeking new horses, and when we find one to buy with your funding, we will forward a photo.
Special Education classes come to Sunrise on a rotating basis, throughout the Fall and Spring.
You have enabled 4 classes to participate, through the scholarship fund.  Teachers and students are active in sending thank yous!
Throughout the year hundreds  will find friendship in our stable! Not only riders but a huge team of volunteers — and the many visitors who see the stall appreciation plaques.
To quote a long time rider “ Sunrise is not just my source of therapeutic activity, it’s my stepping stone into the world “
Thank you again for partnering with Sunrise to empower those with special needs in our community .
Ann Caine.
Sunrise Board President
Volunteer Fundraiser

 

 

Press Release from Jan. 15, 2018 (Year 4. Meeting 2.)

Guelph Public Library Receives Funding from Women’s Group

 The Guelph Public Library is the latest charity chosen by 100 Women Who Care Guelph to receive their $10,000+ donation. Our library, the oldest public library in Ontario, has been serving Guelph for 133 years. It has also held the record for highest per capita use in Ontario for the last seven years. As such, it reaches deeply into our community, bringing together a huge cross-section of Guelphites.

In all that time, the ways in which they serve the citizens of Guelph has changed dramatically, expanding well beyond the loaning of books. The public library has turned into a key resource for access to today’s digital technology. That access is becoming increasingly important in our society, and if you don’t have a computer at home, or are ill at ease with their use, then the library is there for you. 

This is where 100 WWCG can help. Thanks to their generous donation, the library will use a portion of the funding to work with seniors who may feel uncomfortable using modern technology. They will provide tech and digital workshops offering a number of services; teaching a grandmother how to connect with her grandchildren on facetime; introducing you to borrowing ebooks as they continue to grow in popularity; if you need a little help at their Tech Bar using a 3D printer, they can help you with that process too.

 As they say, this is not your grandmother’s library.

 The remainder of the donation will be used to fund more early literacy stations for very young children. There are already 25,000 hours of learning per year, reaching out to moms and toddlers and delivered at all the branches in Guelph. Now they can expand those critical programs.

 The Guelph Public Library is there for everyone, at any stage, connecting us as a community and helping us grow. Learning is a lifelong pursuit, and 100 WWCG is delighted to help with that process.

 To find out more about 100WWCG, see their impact on our community, or to become a member, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

 

 

 

On Behalf of Project Lifesaver, VSW says, “Thanks!”

Victim Services Wellington/Project Lifesaver Program

 

As you have probably heard from the presentations Project Lifesaver started in the United States and when I was told about it in 2011, I could not understand why we did not have more of these programs across Ontario! I am still baffled by this today.

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

My name is Elizabeth Kent and I am the Executive Director of Victim Services Wellington. We have 3 full time staff and approximately 85 volunteers. We provide on scene assistance to victims of crime and tragic circumstance 24/7 365 days a year! We are dispatched to assist victims by emergency services.

Missing persons calls are one of the calls we respond too when called by emergency services. I have no problem saying I have attended to assist a family whose mother /grandmother was missing and I never want to do that again! It was awful, this person was missing 22 hours and it was not only hard on the family but on everyone involved. As time went on and the hours ticked by you knew the chances of finding this person alive was less and less. This mother /grandmother had dementia so we knew she would not find her own way especially after being gone so long. This call for me was many years ago but when I heard about Project Lifesaver I was brought right back to that living room and the many tears! Please note there was a successful conclusion she was found alive! However, the pain and anguish the family went thru was awful.

When I was approached about Project Lifesaver, I did not see how we could not want this service in our community especially with our aging population. Therefore, with the help of my Board, volunteers and the Police Services (Guelph and Ontario Provincial Police Wellington) we made it happen in late 2011.

Sharon Lewis presents a 100WWCG cheque to Liz Kent of VSW and Robin Smart, the nominator of our July chosen charity, “Project Lifesaver”.

Since receiving word that we were the recipients of 100 Women Who Care we have had four searches two in Wellington County and two in the City of Guelph. One of the searches the elderly man lives in the area by Eramosa Zehrs and was located out by Costco in 36 minutes from the time he was reported missing. Another search in Fergus was for an elderly person who left the retirement home in the morning and they did not realize she had not been back until 5:30. This program assisted the police in locating her in under 40 minutes. In total, we have had 16 searches and found people quickly.

I would like to thank everyone for being part of this group and supporting the agencies in Guelph and especially for supporting our program. You are helping to give caregivers/loved ones a peace of mind and that is invaluable! I look forward to being a member of this group.

WOMEN ROCK!

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
.
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.

Press Release from Oct. 16, 2017 (Year 4. Meeting 1.)

100 WWCG Invests in Horses for Kids

Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre can now go shopping for another horse, thanks to 100 Women Who Care Guelph.

With the benefit of a member presentation on behalf of Sunrise, each 100 WWCG member was given a window into the challenges a special needs person faces.

Isolation. Loneliness. No control. The “other” among us.

These phrases are so often found linked in describing the lives of children and adults coping with either physical or cognitive special needs. The world becomes a very small place, with little opportunity for socialization, the making of friends, or the opportunity to take control of some aspect of your life, and denies them all the benefits those things accrue.

Fortunately there are helping hands out there in our community, a valuable one being Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre. There, Therapeutic Riding Association certified instructors, along with an army of volunteers, have helped create a community where through weekly riding lessons those with special needs aged 3 and up can develop muscle strength, improve balance and concentration, make friends, and develop a sense of achievement and independence resulting in increased self-esteem and self-confidence.

It has always been a simple formula: Kids + Horses = Magic.

With a donation of over $13,000 from 100 WWCG, Sunrise can now purchase one more therapy horse, thereby shortening their waiting list, sponsor more individuals to the program, and expand their barn areas which allow the kids to work with their own horse.

This donation marks the beginning of the fourth year of supporting Guelph charities for 100 WWCG, reaffirming their compassion for others and their connection to community. For more information or to join, visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.