Did you know September is Community Foundations Month in British Columbia? As a Community Foundations of Canada member, BC Interior Community Foundation impacts our community through annual grants for local charities, community projects, & scholarships and bursaries that change lives for the better here in our region.
Throughout September we are asking you to consider the question
“What’s My Legacy?”
We invite you to learn more here: https://www.bcicf.ca/whats-my-legacy/
The Annual General Meeting was held on June 21, 2018, and was well attended with close to 40 supporters coming out to see the presentations of our Spring 2018 Small Grant Cheques, as well as Special Recognition for Service to the BCICF Awards.
Special thanks to Store Manager Neil Allkins, Produce Manager Darren Tibbs, and Cut Fruit Clerk Tim at Save On Foods #931 Sahali for their donation of Fruit and Vegetable Platters; we truly appreciate your support of our community. Our appreciation also goes out to St. Andrew’s on the Square for providing an excellent venue and wonderful service from site manager Mel.
Our appreciation also goes out to Kathy Sinclair, Executive Director of the Kamloops Arts Council who spoke to our Members about the Crossing Bridges Arts Outreach Seniors Program, which received funding in 2017 from the BC Interior Community Foundation. This wonderful program supports accessible arts workshops to seniors facing challenges such as isolation and loneliness, depression, anxiety, dementia, and physical health issues; Crossing Bridges Arts Program helps participants feel a sense of connection, provides them with opportunities for creative self-expression, socialization, and builds self-esteem. Throughout the program, seniors can re-connect with the larger community by sharing their artwork with the public.
Kamloops Early Language and Literacy Initiative (KELLI) Project Coordinator Maureen Doll also spoke about how the BC Interior Community Foundation funding that their organization received in 2016 went to support 3 community events in 2016/17. KELLI uses their events to reach out to the community and increase awareness and availability of quality literacy enrichment activities and events for families with young children. All events are available at no cost to participants.
Kirsten McDougall presented Special Member Recognition Awards in recognition of those who have volunteered years of service as both board and committee members. Those who were present include Helen Barnett, Michael Black, George Campbell, Kathy Humphreys, Peter Olsen, Ross Parkin, Greg Reid, and Gail Winchman. President Hugh Fallis also honoured Kirsten McDougall for her contributions to the BCICF. Honoured but not able to attend were Terry Bepple, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Blair, Janet and Spence Bryson, Russ Chambers, Harriet Chave, Paddy Harrington, Hoverly Hove, Cameron Murray, and Colin Noble.
Big Thank You to everyone who attended!
We received a wonderful Congratulations from Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops – Thompson – Cariboo for our Giving Back – Social Stewardship Award. In honour of International Women’s Day, we wanted to say Thank You to all the women who serve as our democratically elected representatives. We truly appreciate you and your contribution to our communities.
Many thanks to the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association for recognizing the BC Interior Community Foundation with a Giving Back / Social Stewardship Award at their recent event. BCICF President Hugh Fallis (pictured centre) attended to accept this generous award.