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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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.