Start2Finish Guelph is Successful Recipient of our Meeting 10 Cheque!

Meeting Two of Year Three!

Three informative and inspiring presentations and one successful charity!

In case you missed the meeting, here’s a recap…
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 Our Tenth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph reinforced the commitment of our 151 members, to giving generously to local community charities!  We welcome our new members and thank everyone present for their thoughtful questions. Most important, we would like to thank all of you for your continued generosity!

Last night we listened to well-prepared presentations from three enthusiastic nominators:

  1. Wendy Clayson presented on behalf of Start2FinishGuelph.  Start2Finish Running and Reading Clubs provide a supportive environment for children to accomplish academic and physical goals, as part of a 32 week program which culminates in the Start2Finish 5K Running & Reading Challenge, at the end of the school year.
  2. Irene Szabo presented on behalf of Trillium Waldorf School, an institution which provides a developmentally appropriate and experiential-based approach to education, to inspire life-long learning and enable children to fully develop their unique capacities.
  3. Carol Tyler presented on behalf of The Seed, a collaborative initiative of community partners in Guelph & Wellington with the shared vision of strengthening the local emergency food system through the distribution of healthy fresh food to local providers and their clients, community kitchen & garden programs, and healthy food education and cooking programs

Diane Nelson congratulates Wendy Clayson, nominator of Start2Finish Guelph, the successful recipient of our Meeting 10 donation.

After these thoughtful and informative presentations, the membership voted, and our selected charity was Start2Finish Guelph. When pledges come in from all members, our contributions will provide a substantial portion of the $20,000 start up costs for the new Westwood Public School running and reading program, including the purchase of books, running shoes, and t-shirts for up to 60 kids. We look forward to hearing about that impact at our next meeting on April 10th, 2017.  You can read more about the program in Tannis’s press release by following this link.

While we were waiting for the results of our voting, members had the pleasure of listening to a heartfelt presentation from Randy Betts, Head Parenting Coach, and a volunteer for the Guelph chapter of APSGO (Association of Parent Support Groups Ontario). His talk was an inspiring description of the significant contribution APSGO has made to supporting the lives of parents and young people in crisis. Randy expressed gratitude for the contribution that 100WWCG made at their October meeting.After the meeting, many of those in attendance joined us for our after-meeting networking event sponsored by our very own members, Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre and Irene Szabo of Royal City Realty.

Press Release from Jan. 9, 2017 (Year 3. Meeting 2.)

“100 WWCG Tops $100,000 Mark in Giving to Guelph”

Last night at the end of their 10th meeting, 100 Women Who Care Guelph succeeded in raising over $100,000 for local charitable organizations. The latest recipient of their collective donation was the Start2Finish Running and Reading Club, which plans to start up a new club at Westwood Public School, the fourth in this city.

Start2Finish is dedicated to the elimination of child poverty by empowering children for life through improving their literacy skills along with their physical fitness and social and behavioural skills. This work is done through a volunteer led weekly after-school program offered to children in grades 3 – 6. The running component involves 45 minutes of physical activity through the use of circuit training and active games, followed by a healthy snack, a “word of the day” character-building portion, and finishing with reading one-on-one and in small groups with a mentor. The end of the 32 week program culminates in the Start2Finish 5K Running & Reading Challenge, and an awards ceremony recognizing each child’s achievement at the end of the school year. Along the way, the children learn to love to move, to read, and to find increasing confidence in themselves, all vitally important skills to finding their way in life.

100 WWCG was pleased to help provide the opportunity for 60 more children in our city to participate in and benefit from this important program.

Over the course of two and a half years, 100 WWCG has raised close to $119,000 in support of local charitable initiatives. To become a part of this collaborative effort visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com to sign up and join the other 150+ women in Guelph who have a passion for supporting those in need in our city.

 

 

 

 

A Thank You from Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

Thank you to “100 Women Who Care” for donating over $15,000 to support Minds in Motion in Guelph.

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington executive director Michelle Martin expresses thanks to 100WWCG for their July donation.

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington executive director Michelle Martin expresses thanks to 100WWCG for their July donation.

What is Minds in Motion?  Minds in Motion is a program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people living with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and their care partners.  Two main components make up the social program.   45 to 60 minutes of physical activity led by a trained physical activity program leader and 45 to 60 minutes of mentally stimulating activities facilitated by a Minds in Motion coordinator and volunteers.

The two hour program is a great opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living with the same experiences.  People can be seen for who they are, not someone with dementia.  People are in a truly safe environment where they will not be singled out, made fun of, stared at or ridiculed in any way for having a strange behaviour, saying something out of place or not being able to follow the moves.  They are in a truly accepting environment where they are free to be who they are.  This is a critical step in having people access programming.

What is the benefit of the program?  Combining physical, mental and social stimulation can decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and may slow the disease progression.  For the person with dementia, Minds in Motion can improve balance, mobility, flexibility, alertness and can lead to an increased sense of confidence.  For the care partner, the program is an opportunity to focus on their own health, and to find support from other care partners.  And for both the person with dementia and their care partner, Minds in Motion provides an enjoyable activity that can reduce their sense of isolation.

Your support will provide 66 people with 24 weeks of programming.  This is a phenomenal impact for our community.  You are providing an inclusive program where people can thrive.

Minds in Motion is a province wide program that has been extensively evaluated.  Here are some interesting results:

  • 96% of participants report they enjoy the program
  • 99% report that they felt they were treated with respect while participating in Minds in Motion
  • 98% felt they were listened to during the program
  • 95% of participants enjoyed the physical activity
  • 91% enjoyed the therapeutic part of the program
  • 97% felt the program facilitators did a good job
  • 95% would recommend Minds in Motion to others
  • On average, participants endurance improved by 20% and strength by 15%
  • 90% of recreation centre staff and program volunteers identify an increase in their knowledge related to older adults and dementia

I would like to welcome Thayna Walter, Coordinator of Minds in Motion, to share some personal client stories.

Thayna’s Testimonials

Thayna Walker, Minds In Motion program co-ordinator, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

Thayna Walker, Minds In Motion program co-ordinator, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington

From D

I am pleased to be able to say a few words about the Minds in Motion program. This is the fourth time I have been participated in the program and I am so pleased I have had the opportunity to be part of the program again!

I am not an expert on dementia but I have been living with it, and am always looking for a way to live my life as normal as possible.  When we heard that the Alzheimer Society was presenting a program designed for persons with memory problems, I remember saying “that’s for me”!  The mind portion would keep my mind busy and the motion portion would keep my blood circulating.  From the reading I have done, I understand that keeping the blood flowing through the brain and being social is an excellent way to keep the brain agile.  These are two things that could possibly help –  how can you go wrong!

From L

I remember the first time we went to Minds in Motion and being really excited to find out that it was not only okay, but important to really set the bar high for physical exercise with people with dementia…. not demanding it, but inviting it.

I was such a relief to be socializing with other couples who were facing the same thing. There was no worry about others feeling uncomfortable in a social setting with us as a couple (as so many of our friends did at that point). That was one of the most difficult things to experience as our friends gradually got used to my husband’s dementia and we all got used to not being able to be together in the same social settings that we had always taken for granted. It was such a joy to have fun together as a couple again with other couples.

Meeting other families living with dementia has led to some very deep and mutually supportive friendships as couples and as care partners. I have been meeting with the same group of women privately every two weeks for a couple of years now. It is extremely important to us and every time we think maybe we don’t need to do this, so often a crisis happens to one of us and we reach out for support. The Alzheimer Society is instrumental in helping people connect with each other because they support us in such a healthy way.

I think that finally I want to say that being involved in such a group which focuses on a positive way of living life as fully as we can gives us hope, not maybe over the final outcome, but definitely on the journey being manageable and even often enjoyable.

alzheimerThe Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington is so appreciative to “100 Women Who Care”.  Your generous gift is truly making a difference for our community.  Let’s help everyone to have their best day.

Meeting 9 of 100 Women Who Care Raised $15,000 for the Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario (APSGO)

Our Ninth meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph kicked of 100WWCG’s third year!

Our membership count now stands at 150 committed membership pledges. We welcome our new members and thank everyone present for their thoughtful questions and all of you for your continued generosity!

On the evening of October 3rd 2016, we listened to well-prepared presentations from three enthusiastic nominators:

  1. Irene Szabo presented on behalf of Trillium Waldorf School, an institution which provides a developmentally appropriate and experiential-based approach to education, to inspire life-long learning and enable children to fully develop their unique capacities.
  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’s Syndrome and acquired brain injury.
  3. Rosemary Fernandez-Walker presented on behalf of the Guelph chapter of the Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario.  APSGO is an organization of parents of disruptive youth who have joined together to provide support and empower parents to deal with their situation. The organization provides weekly meetings, workshops and other resources to assist parents in acquiring the skills to help themselves and their children.
Sharon Lewis presents our Meeting 9 donation to Rosemary Fernandez-Walker, nominator of the Guelph chapter of Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario (APSGO),

Sharon Lewis presents our Meeting 9 donation to Rosemary Fernandez-Walker, nominator of the Guelph chapter of Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario (APSGO),

 

After these fascinating and inspiring presentations, a vote was taken, and our selected charity was Association of Parent Support Groups of Ontario ( APSGO)  When pledges come in from all members we will be contributing $15,000 to fund a conference in Guelph. We look forward to hearing about that impact at our next meeting on January 9th, 2017. You can read more about the program in Tannis’s press release online.

Executive director Michelle Martin and program co-ordinator Thayna Walker express their thanks to 100WWCG for their July donation.

Executive director Michelle Martin and program co-ordinator Thayna Walker express their thanks to 100WWCG for their July donation

 

We had the pleasure of listening to an inspiring presentation from Michelle Martin, executive director of  Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington and Thayna Walker, program co-ordinator.  They gave us a moving description of how our July 2016 donation to their Minds in Motion  program has improved the lives of people with dementia and their care partners. Our $15,100 donation has really made a difference and changed some lives!

Post-meeting networking is a great way to connect!

Post-meeting networking is a great way to connect!

 

 

After the event, many of those in attendance joined us for our after-meeting networking event sponsored by our very own members Sandra Lastovic of The Mortgage Centre and Irene Szabo of Royal City Realty.

Press Release from Oct. 3, 2016 (Year 3. Meeting 1.)

Parental Support Group awarded $15,000 for conference

Troubled teens acting out – in trouble at home, at school, with drugs, alcohol or the law – and desperate parents, feeling isolated and looking for ways to cope with nowhere to turn. Or is there?

The members of 100 Women Who Care Guelph learned of the local chapter of The Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario (APSGO) at their first meeting of the year last night. At APSGO, weekly parent support groups are led by trained and experienced parent volunteers, people who have experienced similar parenting challenges and have found their way through the crisis.

Rosemary Fernandes-Walker, who heads up the Guelph chapter, assured everyone there was no problem new under the sun that they had not heard of. APSGO is there to provide support to parents; not to change the child, but to help parents acquire the strategies, support and practical techniques essential in dealing with disruptive behaviour, because for each of us the only behaviour we can control is our own.

APSGO was awarded $15,000 from 100 WWCG to support an upcoming conference here in Guelph. Their goal is to connect the parents and parent volunteers with professionals, working on ways to achieve the end goal – that of improving the relationship between parent and child. A worthy goal that spoke to the hearts of 150 caring women of Guelph.

A Thank You From the North End Harvest Market

Thank you 100 Women Who Care Guelph for your wonderful donation. Because of your generosity, we have been able to stabilize the market for six months, feeding 200 to 250 people a week.

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Your donation also symbolizes the care and compassion of your organization to not only feed these families, but to share in the compassion, openness and dignity these families deserve without prejudice. Your donation provided $500 a week for produce.

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In the last six months we have spent a total of $16,209.01 on food, registered an average of 173 people per week, distributing $623 in food per week which averages out to $3.30 per person per week.

Barb McPhee, manager of the North End Harvest Market and Harvey, the Market's mascot.

Barb McPhee, manager of the North End Harvest Market and Harvey, the Market’s mascot.

The following testimonials are from some of our Market users.

“I am a senior living on ODSP and being able to get at least a few fruits and vegetables makes me happy – I can then use my money for other nutritious items like bread and milk. My health is improving slowly, but my sense of dignity is improving faster because of the North End Harvest Market.”

“I am so thankful to the Gang at the North End Harvest Market for not only giving us fresh fruits and vegetables, but they make sure that they provide them to us with dignity, discretion and a whole lot of fun.”

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Canada Day at the Market

 

 

 

“My kids just love coming to the North End Harvest Market. They ask every week if they can come – they have so much fun and get treats and get to join in the entertainment.”

 

 

 

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“Thank You North End Harvest Market for giving my family a chance to get out and have some fun, my kids love the entertainment – if only for an hour, it makes our day.”

 

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“My kids are actually starting to take an interest in vegetables as they get to pick them out themselves and the great volunteers talk to them about how good they are for them and how they can help mom cook them.”

 

 

“I suffer from a terminal illness that affects mainly my lung function, but there is nothing more soothing and therapeutic for me than to come and sing at the Market and watching the children dance.  Thanks to the Market for giving me this.”

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Meeting 8 of 100 Women Who Care Raised $15,100 for Alzheimer Waterloo Wellington’s Minds in Motion Program

Our 8th meeting of 100 Women Who Care Guelph raised the bar on donations higher than ever before!
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Barb McPhee, manager of the North End Harvest Market and Harvey, the Market's mascot.

Barb McPhee, manager of the North End Harvest Market and Harvey, the Market’s mascot.

Thank you to all of the women who joined us on the evening of July 11, 2016.  We had the pleasure of listening to an inspiring presentation from Barb McPhee, manager of the North End Harvest Market regarding the impact of our April 2016 donation to the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, in support of the market.  Our $14,600 donation has really made a difference to their day to day operation and changed some lives!

Prior to the presentation by North End Harvest Market, we selected three of our nominated charities at random and heard from our three nominating members as to what our support for that charity could contribute to the community.  Below is a list of the selected charities and their nominators:

  • Robin Smart presented on behalf of Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington, in support of their Minds in Motion program, which incorporates physical activity and mental stimulation for people with early to mid-stage signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and their care partners.
  • Paula Alblas presented on behalf of Civil K9 Youth Services, a  non-profit charitable organization focusing on the use of service dog training as a means to mentor youth, specifically boys aged 12-18 years old.
  • Karen Bilton presented on behalf of Victim Services Wellington and their program which provides support to victims of crime, accident or loss, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year round.

All three charity presentations were thorough and enthusiastic. The audience was fully engaged and asked thoughtful questions. In spite of the fact that all three charities were worthy contenders, a choice had to be made!

As we listened to Barb McPhee’s presentation, votes were tallied and our selected charity was the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. When pledges come in from all members we will be contributing $15,100 to their Minds in Motion program.  We look forward to hearing about that impact at our next meeting on October 3, 2016.

Here’s a photo of your combined donation and our nominating member.

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Diane presents a cheque to Robin Smart, the nominator of Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.