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Grants handed out at AGM


The community of Swan Valley demonstrated its lasting legacy when the Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their 17th annual meeting and grant night on Thursday (Dec. 2) in the banquet room of the Westwood Inn. During the evening, more than $128,000 in grants and scholarships were announced.
“This year, the Foundation will reach the $1 million mark in granting,” said Tim Mendel, the now former chair of the CFSV. “This achievement is due to the visionary founders of the Community Foundation of Swan Valley: Doug Hinchliffe, Rex Leach, Conrad Robinson and Beggie Palsson. The Valley owes them a huge debt of gratitude for their foresight, commitment and vision.
“Of course, a huge thank you to the many donors and supporters of the foundation through the years.
“With a million dollars of giving reached this year, the board decided it was a good time to rebrand ourselves as we head into our 17th year (with our new logo),” Mendel continued. “The new logo was created by local designer Kylie Hart. Kylie worked with the Foundation on the logo and really brought it to life. The swan represents our Foundation and the Valley as a whole, while the different shades of green represents the many communities and initiatives that board serves and supports.
“Additionally, the wings represent the purpose of endowment in that it will live on in perpetuity. This new logo will serve us well as we work towards the next million in support for the Swan Valley.”
Built entirely of donations made to the foundation since its inception in 2005, approximately $4.28 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 Linda Cole, she mentioned that the CFSV grew significantly last year, with net assets growing from $3.38 million in 2020 to $4.28 million in 2021, as of June 30.
The grants for Fall 2021 were then awarded as follows to:
• Sunflower Learning Centre Inc. for an infant outdoor play space;
• Birch River Recreation Commission for Birch River Pool upgrades;
• SVRSS Tigers Rugby for rugby poles installation;
• Northwest Regional Library for the ukulele group keyboard project;
• Minitonas and District Arena for Phase 2 of the arena accessibility project;
• Swan River Adult Education for a security system project;
• Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics Club Inc. for building upgrades;
• Friends of Cowan Wayside Park for Phase 2 of the wayside park;
• Town of Swan River for an outdoor skating oval and skating pathway; and,
• Swan River Golf and Country Club for an outdoor washroom project.
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 bursaries between $450 and $5,000 that were already handed out during the 2021 SVRSS Graduation Ceremonies.
The CFSV Board also said farewell to two board members that served their two three-year terms: Max Polon and Lorne Henkelman. David Madill also stepped down earlier this year.
New directors to the board included Bill Schaffer, Patti Henkelman and Joel Mateika.
Existing board members include Lynda Parsons – who was promoted to board chair, Darren Webster, Henry Rasmussen, Rhodel Ferris, Ryan Immerkar, Kim Paterson, Roxanne Schneider and Dwayne Strate. The CFSV Executive Director is Donna Martin.

Jeremy Bergen