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Our Virtual Meeting For October 2020

Our Second Virtual Meeting Brings Members Together For Another Opportunity To Give Back to Our Community!

For the second time this year, 100 Women Who Care Guelph was unable to connect in person due to Covid-19 concerns. In spite of the challenges, we persisted in our determination to give back to the Guelph charities.  As part of our “virtual” nomination and selection process, members representing three charities selected in our nomination draw, provided written presentations which were reviewed and voted upon by members. It’s great to know that in these difficult times, 100WWCG continues to “think outside the box” in our efforts to give back our community. 

 Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash
Photo by israel palacio on Unsplash

We may not have a meeting room or a microphone, but as part of our virtual nomination and selection process, the three members selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation about their nominated charities, to describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care.  

Just in case you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

Our three chosen charities are:

1.  Guelph Community Foundation’s Youth Hub Flow Through Fund
     (Nominated by Cyndy Forsyth)

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 Follow this link to Cyndy’s written presentation.

2.  Guelph Black Heritage Society 
     (Nominated by Barb Tremblay)

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 Follow this link to Barb’s written presentation.

3.  Grand River Conservation Foundation
     (Nominated by Rebecca Whitney)

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 Follow this link to Rebecca’s written presentation.

Important Announcement!

Our Second  Virtual  Meeting Is Scheduled for October!

100 Women Who Care Guelph continues to triumph over the challenges of Covid-19!

We were disappointed when pandemic concerns forced the cancellation of our April meeting. When we replaced our in person July meeting with a virtual nomination and selection process, we were breaking new ground for our group. This initiative allowed members to vote on qualifying charities from the comfort and safety of their own homes, and allowed us to comply with provincial restrictions on mass gatherings.  

We were extremely pleased with the results of our efforts.  In spite of this being our first attempt at this type of meeting format, we received very positive feedback from our membership and we successfully raised just over $10,000 for The Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington.

The steering committee of 100WWCG is happy to announce that our second virtual nomination and selection meeting will be held in October!

How Will This  “Meeting” Work?
 
1. Timeline:

•   All new nominations must be received by Friday September 18th, to allow for vetting and approval.  Visit us online for easy-to-follow instructions on how to submit your charity for consideration.  If your charity is drawn from the hat on September 23rd, you must be prepared to provide a written appeal on behalf of your charity (about 250 words would be great).  To assist you in preparing these presentations, the steering committee will provide a list of frequently asked questions posed by our members at previous meetings.

•  On Wednesday September 23rd, we will send along a link to a video where we draw the names of the three charities nominated to present to our group.

•   On Wednesday September 30th, you will receive an email containing a link to our three member presentations, along with instructions on how to cast your vote.

•   Tuesday October 6th (midnight) is the deadline for casting your vote.

•   On Wednesday October 7th, an email will be sent to the membership announcing the chosen organization and instructions for payments.

•   Wednesday October 21st is the deadline for cheque submission and on Friday, October 30th we will take the gathered cheques to the charity.

2. Voting Procedure:

We will be giving members three ways  to vote for the organization of their choice.  Please choose one of the following options:

•   Complete an online survey (a link will be provided).

•   Send an email to info@100womenwhocareguelph.com

•   Call our designated 100WWCG contact person ( a phone number will be provided).

3.  Making Your Donation:

We realize that these are uncertain financial times for many and completely understand if you decide to temporarily withhold your donations for the time being.

To that end, we will be suspending our membership policy with regards to fulfilling your commitment to donate at each meeting, for the rest of 2020.

We will not be sending follow-up emails for collections and on October 30th, we will be taking the gathered cheques to the charity. Please make every effort to have your cheques and donations arrive before this day.

We are looking forward to reconnecting with you in October and continuing the valuable work that 100WWCG does in our community.  

Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington is the Recipient of Our Second Donation of 2020!

Our July Virtual Meeting Was a Great Success!

100 Women Who Care Guelph may not have been able to meet in person this quarter, but we weren’t deterred from finding a way to give to a deserving local charity.  As part of our “virtual” nomination and selection process, three charities selected in our nomination draw have made written presentations and members have reviewed them and voted. The process was remarkably smooth and feedback from members has been positive.  It’s great to know that in these difficult times, 100WWCG can still “go the distance” to make positive change within our community. 

The three charities nominated were:

Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington is the Recipient of our July 2020 Donation!

The contribution from 100WWCG will be used to support their Free to Grow at Home initiative, providing kits that will get kids’ hands and feet moving, spark their imagination, and support their learning and healthy childhood development, while also providing some respite for parents who have been parenting and teaching 24/7 during the COVID shut-downs.

Our donation will be put to work immediately through the purchase of supplies from local retail partners, to bring nutritious food, fun, creativity and learning to kids this summer.  For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Carol Dilworth of 100WWCG presents our donation to representatives of Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington.

Food4Kids Guelph Says “Thank You!” For Our January Donation


As is the tradition at our quarterly meetings, the winning charity which is the recipient of the previous quarter’s donation, addresses the meeting and updates the group and provides an update on how the funds received have been used.  Terrie Jarvis, the Program Co-ordinator of Food4Kids, has provided a written transcript of her expression of thanks.  

Follow this link to see the text of her presentation.

What’s Next?

Like everyone else, the steering committee of 100 Women Who Care Guelph is working hard to plan for how the group proceeds in the future, given the changing situation related to COVID-19.  We are in discussions with the Delta Hotel, to firm up our meeting dates for 2020-21.  As soon as we have information about “in person” meetings, we will notify everyone by email and post information on the Upcoming Meetings page on our website.

Meanwhile, we would like to thank all of our members for their patience and support during this incredibly challenging time. The Guelph community is the major beneficiary of your commitment to give generously, even when life is complicated.

Thanks for all you do,

Sharon, Tannis, Miriam, Lisa, Carol, Peggy and Dianne
The 100 Women Team

July 2020 Brings Our First “Virtual Meeting”

Our Three Nominated Charities Make Their Pitch!  

Due to ongoing COVID 19 concerns, 100 Women Who Care Guelph decided to replace our “in person” July meeting with a “virtual” nomination and selection process. To that end, we invited nominations for local charities to make presentations to our group. New nominations were vetted and previously qualified charities were also considered.   Sharon and Tannis drew names from a hat and created a video announcement which was circulated to members. 

Just in case you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

We may not have a meeting room or a microphone for this meeting, but as part of our “virtual” nomination and selection process, the three charities selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation to describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care. 

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Karyn Kirkwood presents on behalf of 

Children’s Foundation of Guelph-Wellington

Follow this link to see Karyn’s written presentation.

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Cyndy Forsyth presents on. behalf of

Guelph Community Foundation’s Youth Hub Flow Through Fund

 Follow this link to Cyndy’s written presentation.

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Lorna Ronald presents on behalf of 

Lakeside Hope House

Lakeside HOPE House

Follow this link to Lorna’s written presentation.

Meeting Twenty Two – Our First Meeting of a New Decade!

A New Year Brings a New Successful Charity!

Here is everything you need to know about the meeting on January 9th 2020…
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If you still have to submit your cheque, payment instructions are at the bottom

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 You can follow this link to make your payment online!

100 Women Who Care Guelph began 2020 with great excitement, new members and worthwhile new charities to support.  Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to Sandra Lastovic of Skip the Bank. a valued 100WWCG member and the generous sponsor of our meetings at the Delta Hotel.

Great News!
In the past five years, we have raised  $265,150  in support of local charities!

Sharon took the opportunity to thank the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to make our organization a success – our cheque collectors, Carol Dilworth and Peggy Brightwell and our volunteer co-ordinator, Erin Moore.


She also stressed that we still need people to step up and help 100WWCG.  After a year of laudible service Erin has stepped back from her position and we will need to find a replacement volunteer co-ordinator.  We are also still hoping to find someone who is interested in taking photographs at our monthly meetings.

If you or someone you know might be willing to step into one of these roles, please call us for details as soon as possible. Our next meeting is  April 7th, 2020 and we  would really like to fill these essential positions as soon as possible.

Contact Sharon (519-820-6822, slewis@questiam.com ) or Tannis ( 519-763-1172, tannis.sprott@gmail.comfor the specifics.

 

After opening remarks we drew names of charity nominees from the 100WWCG hat.

After Sharon’s opening remarks, Sheila Markle, the Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, drew the names of this quarter’s nominees from a hat and members listened intently to the selected charities’  presentations:

  1. Cyndy Forsyth presented on behalf of Guelph Community Foundation’s Integrated Youth Services Initiative, a grassroots community initiative, led by the Rotary Club of Guelph, which would bring an integrated youth services centre to Wellington County and the City of Guelph.  Youth age 12-26 would be at the centre of, and have equal access to, a continuum of programs, from employment to mental health and addiction services.  Funds dedicated would be used to engage in outreach with local youth through workshops and activities, with the aim of establishing an effective service model for the organization’s target audience.
  2. Wendy Clayson presented on behalf of Michael Housea pregnancy and parenting support service which provides programming and residential support to women coping with a crisis pregnancy.  This organization gives shelter to pregnant women and new mothers as well as affordable housing, after-care programming  and a drop-in program for existing clients.  Money donated would be earmarked for specialized staff training to deal with the challenges faced by pregnant women in crisis.
  3. Terrie Jarvis presented on behalf of Food4Kids Guelph.  This organization bridges the weekend food gap for severely food-insecure children in our community.  Most Guelph children can get some food at school, Monday to Friday, but some go home to empty cupboards and fridges and struggle through weekends with little or no food. Food4Kids provides healthy food bags for those kids to take home from school for the weekend.  Money donated would be used to reduce numbers of children still on the waiting list for service in local schools.

After each presentation, members spent some time asking presenters for more information about the programs supported and the funding models of each organization. Following these astute and thoughtful questions, members took a few moments to make their choice and cast a vote.

 

Sheila Markle of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, says, “Thank you.”

While members were voting, Sheila Markle, Executive Director of Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County took the opportunity to thank members for our Meeting Twenty One donation.  To read the full transcript of her comments, follow this link.

100 Women Who Care Guelph has chosen

Food4Kids Guelph

as the recipient of our Meeting 22 donation!

Our donation will be used to increase the numbers of hungry children which Food4Kids Guelph can serve.

Follow this link to read our press release which provides even more information about this quarter’s chosen charity.

If you missed the meeting,  you can make your payment online by following this link!

Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

 

Family & Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County (The Children First Fund) is the recipient of our Meeting 21 donation!

Our First Meeting of Year Six
Congratulations to Our Successful Charity! 

Here’s your recap from the meeting of Thursday, October 17th
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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!

100 Women Who Care Guelph began its sixth year with a return to the Delta Hotel, sponsored by our valued 100WWCG member, Sandra Lastovic of  Skip the Bank.

Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to our sponsors, acknowledged Sandra and her organization’s generosity and encouraged members to check them out at skipthebank.ca or on Instagram and Facebook.


Our recent move back to the Delta means that the sponsorship dollars formerly allocated to refreshments at the meetings have had to be re-allocated to room setup fees.  We need your help!

We are beyond grateful that Sandra Lastovic of Skip the Bank has continued her generous support for those room charges at The Delta Hotel for this year. But if we still want refreshments for these meetings we’ve got to find another sponsor.  If you or someone you know might be willing to take this on, please call us for details as soon as possible. Our next meeting is coming up fast on January 9th 2020 and we really need your help!

Contact Sharon (519-820-6822, slewis@questiam.com ) or Tannis ( 519-763-1172, tannis.sprott@gmail.com) for the specifics.

Members were excited to learn that 100 Women Who Care Guelph has reached a remarkable milestone.

In the past five years, we have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in support of local charities!

Sharon Lewis talks about our quarter million dollar milestone and the importance of sponsorship.

Following Sharon’s presentation, John Gilbert, the Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington,
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 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.
  2. Laurie Graham presented on behalf of  the  Canadian Improv Games.  This organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth with improvisational theatre programs that promote invaluable skills including positivity, communication, leadership, commitment and teamwork. This goal is achieved through a variety of annually programmed workshops, training sessions and performance opportunities.
  3. Trish Schreiber presented on behalf of Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington’s Children First FundThis organization provides support to 16 to 18 year olds who are no longer eligible for foster care, and thus struggling to make it on their own. Children in that situation have no parental or family support, and find themselves adrift, living on their own with extremely limited financial resources.   .Members took the opportunity after each presentation to “drill down” into the details with each presenter.  Members asked for more information about the programs supported and the funding models of each organization. With presentations complete and questions answered, members took a moment to make a decision and cast a vote.

    John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington, says, “Thank you.”

    John Gilbert, Events Co-ordinator of Hospice Wellington took the opportunity to thank members for our Meeting Twenty donation.  To read the full transcript of his comments, follow this link.

    100 Women Who Care Guelph has chosen

    Family & Children’s Services
    of Guelph and Wellington County
    (The Children First Fund)
    as the recipient of our Meeting 21 donation!

    Our donation will be used to support kids in two different streams. If the child is going on to college or university, they will be provided with a $400 set-up kit consisting of a backpack and other necessary supplies. In the second stream, where kids have found work, $1000 worth of kitchen supplies, bedding, towels, and furniture will help them transition to living on their own.
    If you missed the meeting,  you can make your payment online by following this link! Please arrange to make your donation as soon as possible.

     

    Congratulations to our new Three and Five Year Pin Recipients!

    Congratulations to our newest 3 Year Pin recipients!Congratulations to our newest 5 Year Pin recipients!

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.
AND
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.
AND
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. AND 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.