Category Archives: Notes on Meetings

Virtual Meeting Number Six  Reinforces Our Commitment to Serving the Guelph Community…

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We’ve discovered a great deal over the past year, but the one thing we have definitely learned is the power of determination and commitment.  100 Women Who Care Guelph has used virtual meetings to continue our important work for Guelph charities in response to ongoing Covid-19 concerns.
 For those in need of support, the sentiment above says it all. Our determination to prevail during this challenging time has required 100WWCG to be innovative in our efforts to give back to our Guelph community. 
We are proud to say that we haven’t given up on local charities.  They are not alone in their struggle to survive and their continued success matters to our membership.  The power of generosity is a mighty one.

Members, representing three charities selected in our nomination draw, provided written presentations which were reviewed and voted upon by members.
 Our three chosen charities were:

1.  YMCA of Three Rivers
      (Nominated by Rosemary Fernandes-Walker) 

2.  Guelph Wish Fund for Children
      (Nominated by Karyn Kirkwood)

3.  Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
     (Nominated by Lisa Hood)

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Important Announcement!

YMCA of Three Rivers
(Nominated by Rosemary Fernandes- Walker)

Is the Recipient of our October 2021 Donation!

 YMCA of Three Rivers will use our donation to support its Day Camp initiatives.  These valuable  programs  benefit parents by alleviating the stress of finding care for their children while they need to work – specifically for PD days and March Break.  They also provide a safe and inclusive camp experience for all children ages 4-12 years. 

For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Torchlight Services Says “Thank You!” For Our June Donation

Kim Court, the  Program Co-ordinator of Torchlight Services, has prepared a special “Thank You!” for all members of 100 Women Who Care Guelph. 
Follow this link to their expression of thanks on our website.

What are Our Next Steps?

We’re starting to see changes, slowly but surely, to the way that we are able to do things.  

Sixteen months ago, our world changed.  Handshakes and hugs were replaced by hand sanitizer and masks. Connection used to be easy, but we have learned that we can still stay connected by being flexible during challenging times. 

The steering committee is SO proud of our membership. Whatever the challenge we may have faced, you have been up to the task!  Your commitment to giving back to the Guelph community has made it possible for us to donate more than $10,000 per quarter to eligible local charities. Congratulations to our membership for achieving this incredible success.

Currently, the situation is fluid. As soon as it is possible to host safe “in person” meetings, approved by local and provincial authorities, we will notify everyone by email and post information on the Upcoming Meetings page on our website.  

Meanwhile, here is some food for thought from others whose lives have impacted many:

“No one has ever become poor by giving”

Anne Frank

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.”  

Napoleon Hill

Thanks for your huge contribution to our success!  Together, we really do make a difference…

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

Our June Virtual Meeting

Three Members Want You to Know Why Their Chosen Charities Deserve Your Votes! 

If you missed the chance to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link.

Hats off to the three dedicated 100WWCG members who volunteered to describe the significant work their charity undertakes and how our donation would be deployed to improve the service they provide to our community!  

Our three chosen charities are:

 The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
      (Nominated by Sharron Watson) 
Follow this link to read Sharron’s presentation.

Torchlight Services
      (Nominated by Diane Harvey)
Follow this link to read Diane’s presentation.

Guelph Youth Singers
     (Nominated by Heather Mair)
Follow this link to read Heather’s presentation.

Important Announcement!

Torchlight Services

(Nominated by Diane Harvey)

Is the Recipient of our June 2021 Donation!

Our donation will allow Torchlight Services to continue their mission to “advocate for, promote, and facilitate the full participation, inclusion and empowerment of people who have a disability within the community.”   

Torchlight has earmarked these funds to continue running virtual programs which help clients to socialize and engage in fun games and activities.  The expected outcome will be a reduction of boredom and loneliness and an increased feeling of emotional well-being for program participants.  

For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Our Virtual Meeting for April 2021

 Three Members Make A Pitch for
Their Chosen Charities! 

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Meeting rooms and microphones aren’t necessary for virtual meetings.  The most important component of our “gathering” is the information provided by the three committed 100WWCG members who have volunteered to detail the important work their charity is undertaking and how they would make use of a donation.

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If you missed the chance to see the nomination draw, follow this link.

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Our three chosen charities are:

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1.  ARCH – HIV AIDS

(Nominated by Sonia Preisler)
Follow this link to read Sonia’s presentation.

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 Hope House

(Nominated by Marissa Teeter )
Follow this link to read Marissa’s presentation.

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 North End Harvest Market

(Nominated by Linda Cowbrough)
Follow this link to read Linda’s presentation.

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Important Announcement!

North End Harvest Market 
is the Recipient of our April 2021 Donation!

Our donation will give NEHM the opportunity to continue to safely provide much-needed food security to many struggling individuals and families during the ongoing pandemic. Their mission is to ensure that Covid is not a barrier to fresh produce for the city’s most vulnerable population.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Our Virtual Meeting For January 2021

 Our Three Nominated Charities Present their Request!

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We don’t have a meeting room or a microphone for our virtual meetings.  That said the three members selected in our nomination draw have been invited to make a brief written presentation about their charities, as part of our nomination and selection process.  In these presentations, they describe the work they do and how they would make use of a donation from 100 Women Who Care.  

If you missed the opportunity to see the nomination draw, you can follow this link. 

Our three chosen charities are:

 

Guelph Community of Hearts Lifelong Learning Centre
     (Nominated by Susan Wahlroth)

Follow this link to read Susan’s presentation

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 Guelph Chalmers Community Services Centre
     (Nominated by Alison Jukes)

Follow this link to read Alison’s presentation.

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Guelph North End Harvest Market
     (Nominated by Linda Cowbrough) 

Follow this link to read Linda’s presentation

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We have news!

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Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Guelph Chalmers Community Services Centre Is the Recipient of our January 2021 Donation! 

Money will be allocated to provide support to their very necessary Food Pantry program, which has been in great demand during the Covid-19 pandemic.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.

Chalmers Community Services Centre receives a cheque from 100WWCG.
Carol Dilworth presents a cheque from 100WWCG to Chalmers Community Services Centre

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.

Drum Roll Please!

Guelph Black Heritage Society is the Recipient of our October 2020 Donation!

Money will be spent two ways:

Change Starts Now, is a response to the increased demand in our community to learn about Black History, anti-racism, discrimination and diversity, both locally and globally. Funds will help sponsor educational programming events at Heritage Hall, as well as on-line. In addition, GBHS is in the process of developing a resource library at Heritage Hall and has reached out to local school boards about making these valuable resources available to local teachers and students. These resources can easily be shared with everyone in Guelph-Wellington and beyond.

Funds will also be used to provide a new front door for Heritage Hall. The GBHS is committed to restoring Heritage Hall to make it safe, environmentally friendly and accessible. There is great symbolism in funding this door. When closed, a door provides safety and protection for those within. When open, a door says “Welcome”.For more information, follow this link to our most recent press release.





 

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!