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Community Foundation gives more than $75,000


You make a living from what you get. You make a life from what you give.
– Winston Churchill

The community of Swan Valley demonstrated its lasting legacy when the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their 13th annual meeting and grant night on Thursday (Dec. 7) in the banquet room of the Westwood Inn. During the evening, more than $75,000 in grants and scholarships were announced, including $49,750 in grants from unrestricted funds.
“We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman. “The CFSV is a vehicle that individuals, families, groups, and organizations use to leave a lasting legacy in our Valley community. Contributions to the Community Foundation are invested and the interest that those funds earn are then used to fund a variety of projects and activities throughout the Valley.
“We can be confident that not only will our community foundation continue to grow, but it will be here to support activities in community both now and long after those of us in this room are gone.”
Built entirely of donations made to the foundation since its inception in 2005, approximately $2.278 million – as of June 30 – is collecting interest that is given back to the community in the form of grants.
In a brief financial report given by PKHC Chartered Professional Accountant Deanna Martin, she mentioned that there was approximately a $200,000 growth from the 2016 year end.
“The funds this year had a very significant return on investment, about $186,000,” said Martin.
The grants for 2017 were then awarded as follows to:
• Thunderhill Courts Tenants Association – $750 to go towards purchased exercise equipment;
• Swan Valley Splash Park Committee –$1,000 to go towards the building fund for the Swan Valley Splash Park Project;
• Swan Valley Communities That Care – $1,000 to go towards their Toys 4 U initiative that provides Christmas gifts for children who may not receive any;
• Swan River Adult Education – $750 to go towards furniture and storage;
• SVSD-SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team – $1,500 to go towards the purchase of hockey jerseys;
• SVSD Administration Department – $2,000 to go towards a Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future Project, which includes restoring old school buses at the Swan Valley Historical Museum, using the new SVSD vocational trades facilities;
• Heyes Child Care Centre – $350 to go towards new chairs that better accommodate the older children;
• Benito and District Recreation Centre – $2,500 to go towards a replacement of the flooring in their viewing area;
• Swan Valley Food Banks – $3,000 to go towards a project to build a large, walk-in cooler;
• Bowsman and District Curling Club –$1,500 to go towards the replacement of chairs, as well as other upgrade projects;
• Kenville Memorial Hall – $800 to go towards a storage room upgrade;
• Swan Valley Band Boosters – $3,000 to go towards instrument purchases;
• Town of Swan River – $1,100 to go towards the replacement of well-used lifejackets and fitness belts for Aquasize;
• Dolyna Dancers – $1,000 to go towards the purchase of Poltava costumes;
• Tent Town Garden Club – $800 to go towards the further beautification of the Village Square
• Swan River Communities in Bloom – $1,000 to go towards enhancing green spaces at the Birchwood Cemetery;
• Dauphin Amateur Radio Club – $700 to go towards the Windy Hill Battery Storage Building Project;
• Bowsman Early Learning Centre – $7,500 to go towards the initial costs of starting an early years child care centre;
• Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce – $2,000 to go towards refinishing the exterior of the Chamber building;
• Swan River Golf and Country Club –$1,500 to go towards purchasing golf clubs for their Junior golf program;
• Tread the Thunder Bike Club –$800 to go towards trail signage and an enclosed trailer for a space at the Swan Valley Historical Museum;
• Town of Swan River Veterans Community Hall – $1,500 for the purchase of round tables;
• Swan Valley Animal Protection League –$1,600 to go towards insulated dog houses;
• Sunflower Early Learning Centre – $3,000 to go towards daycare equipment;
• Swan River Valley Agricultural Society – $2,000 to go towards an outdoor entertainment structure;
• Swan Valley Youth Soccer – $500 to go towards a shelter for the Rotary Soccer Fields;
• Swan Valley Gymnastics Club – $4,000 to go towards the purchase of new gymnastics equipment;
• Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Benito –$1,500 to go towards renovations in the Benito Legion Hall;
• SVSD-Benito School – $400 to go towards the purchase of floor curling equipment; and,
• Community Bible Fellowship Christian School – $700 to go towards the construction of an outdoor sports pad.
Funding was also handed out through Donor Advised Funds – in which the donors choose the recipients every year, Designated Funds – in which a donor-named fund contributes to a specific cause every year, as well as Field of Interest funds, Unrestricted funds, and several scholarships and bursuries between $400 and $4,000 that were already handed out during the 2017 SVRSS Graduation Ceremonies.

Jeremy Bergen