Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail Says “Thank You”

Tannis Sprott makes a 100WWCG cheque presentation to
G2G Executive Director Doug Cerson  and Executive Co-ordinator Willow Hall 

Hello everyone,

It’s so good to be with you all. My name is Willow Hall I am the Executive Coordinator for G2G Rail Trail Inc.

First, I extend my gratitude on behalf of our organization, stakeholders, and trail users to the 100 Women Who Care Guelph Organization. Together as individuals, you represent a powerful example of what can happen when people band together to create change within their community.

Working in collaboration with the City of Guelph and local stakeholder organizations we have developed a plan to create a launch point at York Road Park right before the Guelph “Covered bridge”. The launch point will include an 8-foot double-sided Kiosk adjacent to the parking area.

This will be the first kiosk of its kind in Guelph and will direct those wishing to participate in the G2G Rail Trail Experience to KM 0 of the trail. The map board will also include emergency and location information for those who are unfamiliar with the area. Working with the city the map board will also highlight local trail sections for the community to enjoy.

The installation of the kiosk and map board is anticipated for the spring of this year. The map board will be created with the required accessibility features to ensure it meets AODA standards,

Through the support of your organization, a strong message has been sent to the City of Guelph Staff and Counselors. Safe, accessible, and easy-to-navigate pedestrian pathways are essential to the people of Guelph. As a direct result of your group’s support for this project, conversations have taken place with the city of Guelph that allows G2G Rail Trail a seat at the table. We are currently in conversation with the City and like-minded groups to create further signage and wayfinding along the trail that will enable trail users to easily navigate to the start of the Kissing Bridge Trailway. All of this would not have been possible if not for your group’s investment in your community’s assets.

Thank you for this opportunity to speak with you tonight. I would be happy to chat or answer any questions you may have after the meeting.

Willow Hall ([email protected])

Executive Co-ordinator

G2G Rail Trail Inc. 36- 620 Davenport Rd Waterloo, ON N2V 2C2

Registration #83590 6231 RR 0001

January 2023 Meeting: 100WWCG Members Ring in 2023 By Joining Together in Support of A Local Charity!

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January 19th, 2023, 100 Women Who Care Guelph ushered in the New Year with our third in person/virtual hybrid meeting.

We should be proud of our efforts…Now in our 9th year, in spite of the challenges of a pandemic and an economic downturn, our group has contributed $

402,679 to local charities – an amazing success story!

But we couldn’t have done it without the wholehearted commitment of our membership. Working together, we have remained steadfast in our mission to support local charities and make a difference within our community.

Our members are awesome. 

Photo by Ben Moreland on Unsplash

Are you wondering what happened at the meeting?

The meeting began with Sharon expressing our sincere thanks to Sandra Lastovic (from SkiptheBank.ca) and the Delta Hotels Conference Centre.   The support they provide is essential to our success, and very much appreciated.

Sharon reminded members that this is our third of four hybrid meetings, and that the April meeting will be our last in the hybrid format. She also acknowledged the considerable help we have received from Audrey Lounder, who has been our virtual meeting moderator and guru.

Moving forward, tentative in person meeting dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
  • Monday, June 26th, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 11th, 2023  

This quarter, 14 members qualified to receive their 3 year membership pins and 28 received 5 year pins. Sharon expressed thanks to those dedicated members and recognized the new members and guests who were in the audience. She also noted some exiting news – 100WWCG has received 11 new charity nominations to add to our roster of potential giving opportunities!

The final order of business was to tell members that we have been approached by the Guelph chapter of “100 Men Who Give A Damn”, about the prospect of holding a “shared meeting” as a way of re-igniting enthusiasm for our shared goal of supporting Guelph charities. A survey will be sent to members in a separate email, to gauge interest in this initiative.Following opening remarks, chosen charities were announced. Members listened to enthusiastic presentations from our nominators and followed up by voting, both in person and remotely.

While ballots were counted, we listened to Willow Hall, Executive Co-ordinator of G2G Rail Trail Inc. (Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail) who thanked 100 Women Who Care Guelph for our October donation.

Our Chosen Charities

On Sunday, January 8th, Tannis  selected the names of three charities which had been included in our nomination draw. This allowed our nominators an opportunity to prepare presentations in advance of our in person meeting.

Our three chosen charities were:

Food4Kids Guelph
(Nominated by Terrie Jarvis)

Terry Jarvis presented on behalf of Food4Kids Guelph. Food4Kids is a largely volunteer-run organization which tries to bridge the gap for children who face chronic hunger and severe food-insecurity.  

This organization has been working hard to identify children in need, through the elementary school system. Kids in need are provided with nutritious weekend food bags to take home from school on Fridays.

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be used to keep feeding the kids, guarantee continued operation of the program and to reduce a growing waiting list of new clients.

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Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph 
(Nominated by Barb McKay) 

Barb McKay was unable to attend the meeting due to a last minute issue, so Tannis Sprott read Barb’s presentation on behalf of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph. 

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is one of the largest youth services programs in the arts in our community. 

This program emphasizes the importance of music to emotional well-being along with the need to mentor enthusiastic young talent. Most importantly, the festival provides thousands of young, aspiring musicians with annual performance opportunities second to none.

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to the scholarship and bursary program, augmentation of school programs and improvements to the festival’s website.

CMHA Waterloo Wellington
(Nominated by Lisa Hood)

Lisa Hood presented on behalf of CMHA Waterloo Wellington’s “Food For Life” program. Designed by a registered dietician and delivered by U of G students, the  program responds to a huge increase in the number of eating disorder referrals to CMHWW, and a definite trend towards clients being younger and younger.

At a time when society is bombarded with conflicted and confusing messages about healthy eating, weight and nutrition, this program educates children, teachers and families about a variety of nutrition-related topics. The initiative is offered through the Upper Grand DSB and Wellington Catholic DSB and targets grades JK to 4. 

Current funding for this valuable program is running out and funds from a 100WWCG donation would be used to cover operating costs for a year.

Photo by Zack Xavier on Unsplash

Important Announcement!

Food4Kids Guelph
 (Nominated by Terrie Jarvis)

Is the Recipient of our January 2023 Donation!

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

Our donation will be used to guarantee continued operation of the program and to reduce a growing waiting list of new clients.

Tannis Sprott makes a 100WWCG cheque presentation to
G2G Executive Director Doug Cerson  and Executive Co-ordinator Willow Hall 

Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail Said a Heartfelt “Thank You!”  For Our October DonationWillow Hall, Executive Co-ordinator of Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail, expressed thanks to our membership for donations we made as a result of voting at our meeting in October.

Follow this link to read what the team had to say.

Where do we go from here?

It’s very exciting to begin a new year and 100WWCG is pleased to have the opportunity to continue its efforts to provide funding to local charities. We have stayed connected – in person or by Zoom – and we have stayed engaged, in spite of the challenges we have faced. It is great to see that there is no shortage of enthusiasm in our membership, to find new charities to support.

We’re on a mission to make 2023 our most successful year of giving yet!

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on April 4th2023, at 7:00 pm, at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre.

Sharon, Tannis, Miriam, Lisa, Peggy and Dianne

The 100 Women Team

Press Release January 2023 (Food4Kids Guelph)

100 Women Who Care Guelph Fight Hunger With Food4Kids Guelph

100WWCG joins the fight against childhood hunger here at home by choosing Food4Kids Guelph as the latest recipient of their $13,000+ donation.

Food insecurity in Canada has doubled since the advent of COVID in 2020. There are many reasons contributing to a family’s inability to provide enough food at home, and difficulties surrounding the pandemic have exacerbated many of them, from job loss or illness to our current state of food inflation.

While there are many breakfast and snack programs run at schools in Guelph, the weekend can seemingly stretch on endlessly for a hungry child, leading to Food4Kids “Closing the Weekend Gap” initiative.

Once children in need are identified by the schools, Food4Kids Guelph packages up and delivers a weekend food bag for each child to the schools every Friday. This work continues like clockwork every week, thanks to the efforts of one paid employee, 25 regular volunteers, and many occasional volunteers.

Now in it’s fifth year of operation, Food4Kids Guelph provides weekend food bags to 400 children in our city. Since September alone, they have sent home 5,000 food bags.

Even while utilizing bulk food purchases, at a cost of $15 per child per weekend it amounts to $6,000 per week. With no government support, Food4Kids Guelph faces a yearly fundraising goal of $400,000 to keep the program running. Even at that level, they have had to cap the numbers at 400 children and have started a waiting list.

The benefits of adequate and consistent nutrition on the immediate, short, and long-term developmental outcomes for children is immense. 100WWCG is proud to partner with Food4Kids Guelph to battle chronic hunger, investing in the present and the future of our smallest, most vulnerable citizens.

Visit www.100womenwhocareguelph.com for more information or to join 100WWCG and help support those in need in our community.

October 2022 Meeting: 100WWCG Begins Its Ninth Year With Another Opportunity to Give a Hand Up to A Local Charity!

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Our October meeting marked the beginning of our ninth year of supporting charities within this community. 

How incredible is that?

In 2014, when Sharon Lewis, Tannis Sprott and Diane Nelson came up with the idea of founding a chapter of 100 Women Who Care in Guelph, it seemed like a natural fit. Ours is a city which has its share of need and there is a huge constituency of generous women.

Charities bring together people who care about a cause and want to make a difference – by providing direct help, giving information, or raising awareness of an issue. 100 Women Who Care Guelph has been on a mission to give local charities a financial “hand up” as a way to help them succeed.

In spite of facing obstacles nobody could have ever anticipated, our group has managed to contribute a whopping $388,529 to the Guelph community over the past eight years. This has required the steadfast support of our membership and a willingness to connect in innovative ways.

Let’s be proud of all we have achieved… 

Photo by  Paola Aguilar on Unsplash

Are you wondering what happened at the meeting?

Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to Sandra Lastovic (from SkiptheBank.ca) and the Delta Hotels Conference Centre.  She acknowledged that their support is essential to 100WWCG’s efforts to meet in person again.

This is also our second of four hybrid meetings, held to accommodate the needs of members not yet ready to meet in person. We acknowledged the contribution of Audrey Lounder, whose assistance in organizing the hybrid component has helped us to move forward through a steep learning process. 

Our October meeting begins our chapter’s 9th year!  

Sharon noted that milestone and presented a list of our meeting dates for 2023:

  • Thursday, January 19th, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 4th, 2023
  • Monday, June 26th, 2023
  • Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 (tentative)

Following the opening comments, our chosen charities were announced and nominators had the opportunity to tell members why they were so passionate to support them.

After presentations had been made, members voted in person and remotely. As ballots were being counted, we listened to the Executive Director of Compass Community Services who thanked 100 Women Who Care Guelph for our June donation.

Our Chosen Charities

On October 2nd, Tannis  selected the names of three charities which had been included in our nomination draw. This allowed our nominators an opportunity to prepare presentations in advance of our in person meeting.

Our three chosen charities were:

Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph 
(Nominated by Barb McKay) 

Barb McKay presented on behalf of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph. She emphasized the importance of music to emotional well-being and the need to mentor enthusiastic young talent and stressed that this organization provides thousands of young, aspiring musicians with annual performance opportunities second to none.

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is one of the largest youth services programs in the arts in our community. 

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to the scholarship and bursary program, augmentation of school programs and improvements to the festival’s website.

Guelph Youth Music Centre 
(Nominated by Tannis Sprott)

Tannis Sprott presented on behalf of the Guelph Youth Music Centre (GYMC). The  centre is a unique facility that educates, enriches and fosters the development of youth through music and the arts.

Until it was shuttered by Covid 2020, GYMC sponsored Do Re Mi, as part of their community outreach. This interactive program was designed to enrich the arts curriculum in elementary schools. Presented in a workshop setting, with a study guide provided to teachers and the guidance of professional musicians, students were given the opportunity to acquire fundamental music skills and explore their creativity. 

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed towards restarting the Do Re Mi program in the 2022/23 school year.

Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail Inc.
(Nominated by Sharon and Cyndy McLean)

The Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail is on a mission to develop and maintain a continuous, safe, accessible and  fully inclusive rail trail experience that is 132 kilometres of linear, multi-use green space from the 401 corridors in Guelph to the shores of Lake Huron at Goderich. All efforts on the trail are funded by private donations and government grants.

The trail is a natural, historical, culturally significant conservation corridor, supporting community recreation and active transportation, promoting health and well-being, and bringing awareness to rural agriculture, heritage and the environment.

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed towards improvements to trail detours in Guelph and surrounding area. These upgrades would include better signage, information kiosks, map boards, kilometre markers and location identifiers which would improve safety and accessibility for all trail users.

Photo by Zack Xavier on Unsplash

Important Announcement!

Goderich to Guelph (G2G) Rail Trail
 
(Nominated by Sharon and Cyndy McLean)

Is the Recipient of our October 2022 Donation!

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

Funds from a 100WWCG donation will be directed towards improvements to trail detours in Guelph and surrounding area, including better signage, information kiosks, map boards, kilometre markers and location identifiers which will improve safety and accessibility for all trail users. 

Our most recent group of 3 and 5 year pin recipients pose for a group picture!

We couldn’t do this without you. 

100WWCG is so happy to acknowledge the members who qualified for their 3 and 5 year membership pins at our October 2022 meeting. Thank you so much for supporting the efforts of 100 Women Who Care Guelph!

We are REALLY making a difference within our community…

Tannis Sprott makes a 100WWCG cheque presentation to Compass Community Services

Compass Community Services Says  “Thank You!”  For Our June Donation

The Executive Director of  Compass Community Services
Joanne Young Evans delivered a wholehearted “Thank You!” to our members for our June donation.

Follow this link to read what the team had to say.

Where do we go from here?

October 2022 marks the beginning of 100 Women Who Care Guelph’s ninth year of giving.

In spite of challenges we have experienced over the past 3 years, our membership should be incredibly proud of the fact that we have managed to donate $388,529 to local charities since October 2014. 

We’ve learned to be nimble, using e-blasts and Zoom to replace or augment in person meetings, as we work hard to stay connected with our membership.

It has been wonderful to see our friends again – in person or by Zoom, and to share our commitment to staying engaged with our community and local charities.

Most important, we have learned that no matter how we stay connected, members continue moving forward with their commitment to giving. We really are making a difference and you are the reason for our success…

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting, on Thursday, January 19th2022, at 7:00 pm, at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre.

Sharon, Tannis, Miriam, Lisa, Peggy and Dianne

The 100 Women Team

Press Release October 2022 (G2G Rail Trail)

100 WWCG Supports Signage on the Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail

The Goderich to Guelph Rail Trail, a 132-kilometre abandoned railbed, has been refurbished to become a year-round, easily accessible recreation trail.

Exercise is well known to contribute to our physical health, and there are proven benefits from getting out and enjoying nature to mental health as well. The G2G trail has seen a marked increase in use since the beginning of of the pandemic.

This well graded and volunteer-maintained trail, with 25 access points along its route, is fully inclusive. Cyclists, hikers, and families with strollers can be seen sharing the trail through all seasons.

The trail ends at the north end of the city, where it detours around the active portion of the railway to connect to city trails and downtown Guelph.

The generous donation of $10,000+ from 100 Women Who Care Guelph will be used to improve safety and accessibility along this detour route. Providing a detailed route map, QR codes to locate positioning on Google Maps, and regular “You are Here” markers, the safety of the trail will be increased for all users and will be critical in the case of an emergency.

100WWCG is delighted to find ways to encourage all citizens of Guelph to connect with nature, while bringing awareness to rural agriculture, heritage, and the environment.

To find more information on the fundraising efforts of 100 WWCG, or to become a member and join in contributing to local charities, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

Compass Community Services Says “Thank You!” For Our June Donation

Tannis Sprott makes a 100WWCG Cheque Presentation to Compass Community Services

Compass Community Services has grown in size and complexity since its inception in 1964 as a prevention-oriented program of the Children’s Aid Society. As the needs of the community grew and changed, the program incorporated as an independent non-profit agency. Formerly Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington, the agency rebranded to Compass Community Services in 2021. The change reflects the evolution of the organization, its current vision, and range of services.

The name Compass Community Services was chosen to capture the reliable, trusted direction, and support the agency brings to community members. Compass is an integral part of the community and provides mental health and social services to individuals, families, and children. These services guide people through life’s challenges, whether they are emotional, developmental, or professional. The programs deeply impact people’s lives.

Compass provides a full range of services to help people deal with relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical and/or emotional trauma as well as service coordination and intensive behavioural consultation for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Agency services also include weekly no appointment Walk-in Counselling and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).

Your donation for our Telephone Support program currently has four service areas: Distress Line (a call in service), TeleConnect (a call out service), LGBTQ+ (a call and text service); and, Seniors Offering Support (a call out service recently acquired in April ‘22). These services operate 14 hours/day/365 days a year. None of these services currently have permanent annualized funding. We are grateful for support from the United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin and private donations, such as yours, to be able to offer the service. Weekly calls of individuals in distress, suicidal situations, alleged abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma and more are increasing every month (see image below) saving $1M+ in emergency services. 

Thank you on behalf of our entire community and for saving lives. We will continue to be there for anyone who needs us with your help.

Compass Community Services

Telephone Support

Our June 2022 Meeting

At 100WWCG’s First In Person/Virtual Hybrid Meeting, We Reconnected and Reaffirmed Our Commitment to Local Charities!

Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

We’ve worn masks, been vaccinated, worked from home and attended virtual 100WWCG meetings for more than 2 years, but now we’re back!  

June has marked the first in person/virtual hybrid meeting that our chapter has ever held and we’ve experienced an excellent outcome.  

Members who wanted to connect face-to-face had the opportunity to attend our in person meeting at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre, and those who were more comfortable attending virtually used our Zoom meeting option. 

Most important, our new format has made it possible for members to stay energized and connected to our mission to give generously to local charities!

Photo by Matt Walsh on Unsplash

So what happened at the meeting?

 Sharon opened the meeting with thanks to our incredibly generous corporate sponsors, Sandra Lastovic and the Delta Hotels Conference Centre. Their support made it possible for our group to meet in person again.

She followed up with an expression of profound gratitude to Audrey Lounder, our “Zoom Angel.”  Audrey is a good friend to founding member Tannis Sprott, who recognized that we have needed help in our quest to hold a hybrid meeting.  Her patience and good humour have helped us to move forward through a steep learning process.

There was also a shout out to our special guest, Suzanne Denomme and her colleagues who are starting a chapter of 100 Realtors Who Care in Waterloo Region.

Sharon reviewed changes which have been made to our charity selection and presentation process and stressed that these changes have been adopted to encourage members to present their heartfelt stories to support the charities they nominate.

That said, any charity nominator who attends on Zoom, is really anxious about public presentations, or who comes down ill at the last minute, can specify another member as a second or (as an absolute last resort) a committee member to present on their behalf. In the event that a nominating member will not be present, that member can invite a charity representative to attend the meeting IN PERSON, to answer questions. (This representative will not be able to make the entire presentation.) This is an effort to level the playing field for small vs. large charities.  

It was noted that there are 66 members who currently qualify for, but have not been able to receive, 3 year and 5 year membership pins. Those members were asked to rise and be acknowledged for their service. A group photo was taken after the meeting. 

Sharon wrapped up her comments by announcing that our next meeting, which will also be in hybrid format, will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, at the Delta Hotels Conference Centre.  She was proud to note that this October will begin our chapter’s 9th year and that we have raised $374,879.00 since October 2014!  

Following the opening comments, our chosen charities were announced and nominators had the opportunity to tell members why they were so passionate to support them.

Our Chosen Charities Are…

On June 13th, Tannis and Sharon selected the names of three charities which had been included in our nomination draw. This allowed our nominators an opportunity to prepare presentations in advance of our in person meeting.
 Our three chosen charities were:

Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph 
(Nominated by Barb McKay)  

Barb McKay presented on behalf of the Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph. She emphasized the importance of music to emotional well-being and the need to mentor enthusiastic young talent and stressed that this organization provides thousands of young, aspiring musicians with annual performance opportunities second to none.

The Kiwanis Music Festival of Guelph is one of the largest youth services programs in the arts in our community. 

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to the scholarship and bursary program, augmentation of school programs and improvements to the festival’s website. 

Compass Community Services | Affordable Support Services to the Local  Community

Compass Community Services
(Nominated by Karyn Kirkwood)

Karyn Kirkwood made a presentation with support from Colten Ura, Manager of Telephone Support, Compass Community Services.

Compass Community Services (formerly known as Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington),  is an integral part of the community, providing mental health and social services to individuals, families, and children. These services guide people through life’s challenges, whether they are emotional, developmental, or professional. Included in these programs are counselling and therapy services, developmental services, workplace wellness and telephone support services. 

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be directed to their telephone support lines which provide four dedicated services – providing emotional support, a dedicated LGBTQ+ support line, their community check-in service and their  telephone visiting service for isolated seniors.   

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington | Charity Profile | Donate Online |  Canadahelps

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington
(Nominated by Robin Smart)

Tannis Sprott presented on behalf of Robin Smart, with assistance from Lorri Watamaniuk, Director of Fund Development, Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington.The Alzheimer Society is here so that no one has to face Alzheimer’s disease or any other type of dementia alone. It provides support for ANY type of dementia and is the only organization in the  community dedicated to helping people and their families live well with a dementia diagnosis. The society offers dementia-friendly social, recreation, education, counseling, and care partner support groups, all free of charge.

Funds from a 100WWCG donation would be dedicated toward much-needed therapeutic recreation programs which provide both stimulation to the person living with dementia and respite to the care partner.

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Great News!

Compass Community Services 
(Nominated by Karyn Kirkwood)
Is the Recipient of our June 2022 Donation!

For more information, follow this link  to our most recent press release.
Funds from a 100WWCG donation will be directed towards sustaining their telephone support lines which comprise four dedicated services – providing emotional support, a dedicated LGBTQ+ support line, their community check-in service and their  telephone visiting service for isolated seniors!

Let’s celebrate our latest 5 year and 3 year pin recipients!

Our most recent group of 3 and 5 year pin recipients pose for a group picture.

Thank you so much for supporting the efforts of 100 Women Who Care Guelph
We are REALLY making a difference within our community…
We are proud to announce that as of our June 2022 meeting, we have 23 members who qualify to receive their 3 year membership pins and 43 members who qualify to receive their 5 year pins.  

The Nightingale Centre Poses with a “Big Cheque”. From 100WWCG

Tannis Sprott presents a 100WWCG big cheque  to Dr. Laura Brown, Executive Director of the Nightingale Centre

If you want to read the Nightingale Centre’s “Thank you!” to 100WWCG, follow this link!

Where do we go from here?

We are  so excited to complete this quarter’s meeting and voting process!  We have proven that through hard work, generosity and innovation, we can achieve incredible success.  


It was wonderful to see our friends again – in person or by Zoom, and to share our commitment to staying engaged with our community and local charities. We would like to thank our members for their persistence and loyalty through the challenges of the past couple of years. Thanks so much for your support!

Press Release June 2022 (Compass Community Services)

100 WWCG Supports Compass Community Services

Compass Community Services (formerly known as Family Counselling and Support Services) was chosen to receive the latest $10,000+ donation from 100 Women Who Care Guelph.

Working toward a vision of a resilient and supported community, Compass Community Services offers support to people in our community through four main pillars. Through their Therapy Services, Developmental Services, Workplace Wellness, and Telephone Support Services programs, they assist those dealing with physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; trauma; financial problems; and developmental challenges.

This generous donation from 100WWCG will go towards their four Telephone Support Lines, which are anonymous, confidential and free to all residents.

In January of 2020, support was offered to 200 individuals per month, utilizing 4 volunteers with limited hours. The program has expanded in 2 ½ years to supporting 3,000 individuals per month, 14 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays, utilizing over 125 trained volunteers.

Their Distress Line provides emotional support through active listening and empathy at times when people may feel stressed, overwhelmed, hopeless, or suicidal.

Their LGTBQ+ Support Line provides an inclusive space to LGTBQ+ youth or those who may be questioning their identity or sexuality.

Their TeleConnect Line sees community members receiving calls offering emotional support, casual conversation, or establishing medical reminders and prompts to support the needs of the individual.

Their Seniors Offering Support line is a telephone visiting services for isolated seniors, helping them combat their loneliness and isolation by sharing stories or reminiscences with other seniors.

Not only do these telephone services help people feel more connected and give them access to the mental health resources they need, but it can literally save lives.

100WWCG is proud to support this critical service for our community members.

To find more information on the fundraising efforts of 100 WWCG, or to become a member and join in contributing to local charities, visit their website at www.100womenwhocareguelph.com.

Nightingale Centre Says “Thank You!” for Our April 2022 Donation

You’ve helped us provide some light in the darkness for grieving families….

Dr. Laura Brown from the Nightingale Centre, accepts 100WWCG’s “Big Cheque” for our April Donation.

The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families is so grateful for the donation from 100 Women Who Care.  The Nightingale Centre is a young organization; we only came into existence in 2019, one year before the pandemic. It was founded because a few individuals who work in mental health services with grieving families, and a few individuals who had experienced significant deaths in their family, recognized the need for a dedicated centre to support the unique needs of grieving children and families.  Research has shown us that children grieve differently from adults and these differences are crucial in understanding how to support children through the anticipation, immediate aftermath, and long-term management of a significant death in their lives.  Parents and caregivers, who are typically grieving themselves, need guidance in how to support their children through these periods while also supporting themselves through their own grief. 

This is where the Nightingale Centre comes in for families of Guelph and Wellington County, and where your donation dollars have made a significant impact for these families.  

To begin, your dollars helped fund the spring 2022 programs for the Family Bereavement Program and the Youth Bereavement Program. These programs bring grieving children and adolescents together with trained facilitators and volunteers, over several weeks, to help them identify their feelings related to their grief, give words to their feelings and experiences, and coping methods to manage them, and help them feel less alone and like they are part of a community of others sharing this significant experience.  In addition, the parents receive support and guidance in what to expect from their grieving children and youth and how to support them during their own grief journey.  Your dollars helped us pay for our facilitators for these groups, amazing women who are incredibly dedicated to the work that Nightingale does and its mission to help these vulnerable families.

Secondly, your donation dollars helped fund the purchase of the therapeutic materials we used with the different groups in the Family Bereavement and Youth Bereavement Programs.  While the groups have been online, packages of materials have been put together by the facilitators and distributed to the families prior to the sessions so that they are accessible to the children and adolescents during each session.  These materials include art supplies, related readings, and building materials – all with the mind to facilitate activities to help them through their grief journey. In addition, the parents receive information packages about how to continue to support their grieving children.  We know that this is a long journey and it’s important that these parents have material to which to refer in the coming months and years following the end of the programs.

We have also used your donation dollars to expand our library of children’s books and other resources that are helpful in opening the discussion of dying, death, and grief with children, and providing parents, caregivers, community support people, and educators, with the words and tools necessary to support these children outside of Nightingale. This furthers our goal of helping our community become more grief literate for our children, so they are supported well beyond specific mental health services, and no longer left out of conversations and experiences that have such a huge impact on their lives.

Our families tell us constantly how grateful they are that we are in place for them.  They feel supported with their unique needs and that the programs are a safe place for them to express themselves to compassionate, like-minded individuals. The children find words to explain how they’re feeling to parents, caregivers, friends, and teachers so that they can get their needs met more readily.

The pandemic has been devastating for organizations, especially young charitable ones like the Nightingale Centre. But your donation dollars are helping us to continue our support of these families during dark times in their lives and helps us to help them find some light.

Thank you so much.

The Nightingale Centre for Grieving Children, Youth, and Families

Our April 2022 Virtual Meeting

At 100 Women Who Care Guelph’s Eighth Virtual Meeting, Local Charities Take Centre Stage

Photo by Nikki Zalewski on Adobe Stock 

So its been a crazy couple of years…

We’ve worn masks, been vaccinated, worked from home, had Zoom meetings (and funerals, and weddings). We keep trying to find balance and a “new normal” but we aren’t quite there yet. 

There may still be some challenges in the future, but 100 Women Who Care Guelph has proven it can rise to any challenge.

Great news!  In spite of Covid-19, we have continued to make a huge financial contribution to local charities. We’re proud to report that over the past (almost) eight years, we have raised close to $362,000.  

And here we are, delivering the results of our eighth virtual meeting. That says something about our members’ level of commitment to giving back to our community. It also says a great deal about what we can achieve, moving forward.

Your kindness is making a difference.

Last week, members representing three charities selected in our nomination draw, provided written presentations which were reviewed and voted on by our group.
 Our three chosen charities were:

The Nightingale Centre
(Nominated by Donna Core) 
*

Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington
(Nominated by Robin Smart)
*

Art Not Shame 
(Nominated by Rachel Collins )
*

Photo by Pricilla Gyamfi on  Unsplash

Important Announcement!

The Nightingale Centre
(Nominated by  Donna Core)

Is the Recipient of our April 2022 Donation!
 The donation from 100 Women Who Care will be used to:
– fund and train facilitators
– purchase therapeutic supplies for memory-making activities
– purchase books that can be read to children to encourage conversation
– provide information packages for parents
– offer educational workshops for the community

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

Tannis Sprott presents a cheque to members of the Guelph Community Health Van Team 

Guelph/Wellington Community Health Van Team Says  “Thank You!”  For Our January Donation

The Guelph/Wellington Community Health Van Team recently expressed its thanks for our January donation!  
 Follow this link to read what the team had to say.

What’s Next?

As we wrap up this nomination and voting cycle, 100 Women Who Care Guelph is looking towards the future. 

We have had some questions from members regarding how and when 100WWCG can return to ‘in person’ meetings. That said, we’d like to transition from virtual to in person meetings in a way that honours all our member’s needs. We recently conducted a brief survey of the membership to try to gauge everyone’s comfort level.

The past two years have taught us that our group is strong, innovative and flexible and will rise to the challenge of finding the best and safest way for our members to “connect” as we move forward. By the end of April, you will be receiving an email which details exciting changes to our meeting format. Stay tuned for more information…

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