Friday January 13, 2012

Community News

The Smart Money

Chilliwack Foundation gives away $70K



ine Chilliwack organizations can count their lucky stars after $70,000 was dished out by the Chilliwack Foundation Tuesday evening at the regular city council meeting.


Twice a year the Foundation arrives at City Hall with a bag full of shekels to groups who applied last fall. Todd Harvey, Vice-Chair, Chilliwack Foundation and Chair of the Distribution Committee, gave out cheques to grateful recipients in chambers.


Dr. Diane Reed accepts a cheque on behalf of UFV from Todd Harvey.


Harvey spoke about the Foundation’s pledge to the CGH expansion project.


“This is the first installment on the second commitment of $100,000 and over a number of years the Chilliwack Foundation will have donated $200,000 the Chilliwack Hospital.”


Barrie McMaster, Public Relations Chair for the Chilliwack Foundation, told the Voice the seed money that the Foundation operates on money that comes from local residents and is used exclusively in Chilliwack.


"The money comes from people in the community. It really, literally is, community money," said McMaster. "People will either give bequests or they'll just give a gift, or sometimes a memorial gift, and that money is invested and the interest is used for projects, people and scholarships around  in Chilliwack."


The Foundation doesn't advertise and most find out about it through word-of-mouth or at the City Hall cheque presentations.


"We do talk to accountants and lawyers and people who are handling wills and people who are advising financial aid for people who might give, and we're a great community, people remember and they want to give back."


The General Hospital expansion project received $12,500, which represents part of the Foundation’s continued commitment toward the Chilliwack Healthcare Excellence Campaign which has been focusing on renovations to the emergency room and its supporting services.  The foundation previously pledged $100,000 to the project, with the full amount to be paid in by the end of 2014.


The University of the Fraser Valley’s nursing program was awarded $10,000 to provide medical mannequins for its baby and child nursing education program. 


The Arts and Cultural Centre received $14,524 to add video projection equipment to the main theatre. 


The Players’ Guild received $5,000 to complete a new pre-production facility for rehearsals and set storage attached to the Landing Leisure Centre.


The Chilliwack Resource Centre now has $10,000 for computer equipment and software, allowing completion of the centre’s office.  And $1,000 for a new computer was awarded to the Mennonite Central Committee thrift store.


Two Chilliwack schools won grants.  Chilliwack Middle School was awarded $5,747 to purchase equipment for its robotics program, and the Bernard Elementary parent council received $7,767 for needed new playground equipment.


The 147 Air Wolf Air Cadets parents’ society received a cheque for $4,000 toward the cost of the new front entrance in their endeavour to renovate the Princess Armories and bring the heritage building up to current standards.



The foundation is also funding part of the renovations to the Princess Armories to bring the facility up to standard for a heritage building.  The


  The Chilliwack Foundation distributes grants to community organizations twice a year.  The Foundation also funds annual scholarships for Chilliwack students.  Money for the awards comes from earnings on donations and bequests made by Chilliwack individuals and organizations since the Foundation started in 1985. 


 The deadline for applications for the next community awards will be announced in early autumn of 2012.    


Information about the foundation is available at or by mail to Suite #1, 45780 Yale Road, Chilliwack V2P 2N4.



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