GRANTING “ON THE GO” – Jun 2020
PRINCE ALBERT & AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INC.
COVID has changed the way we live and interact in our community, but it has also changed the way we give out money. At our Annual Granting, PAACF usually hosts a public ceremony to which we invite Grant recipients, PAACF Donors, the Media, government officials , and the general public. But 2020 is different! Since we could not have Grant recipients come to a large gathering, WE went to them. Over the space of 5 days, Board members of PAACF met with Community agencies at their sites to present their Annual Grant cheque for 2020.
Day 1 saw Marilyn Peterson, Executive-Director of PAACF, accompanied by Board members, Bill Powalinsky and Jennifer Brouwer, visited the Canadian Mental Health Association site on Central Ave. We took a “Before” picture of the storage space that will be converted into a space for the new CMHA Hydroponic Gardening space, where Jennifer presented the Grant cheque that will make that possible to Doug Kinar, Executive-Director of CMHA. The CMHA plans to develop Hydroponic Gardens within their building to produce vegetables to supplement the Affordable Meal Program.
Picture #1 Jennifer Brouwer, Doug Kinar
On Day 2, Marilyn and Board members, Joseph Kiunga and Michelle Hassler, went on a tour of the YWCA “Our House” on the corner of 15thSt and 1st Ave. East, guided by Donna Brooks, CEO, and Edith Bruce who has worked at the YWCA for 35 years. The PAACF awarded a Grant to help operate the “Cold Weather Shelter” in the basement of the YWCA. This Shelter operates during the winter months to help cope with the greater demand for shelter in the cold weather. Although not in use currently, we were able to see the space and the cots, as well as other accommodation available on the Main and the Top floor of the building. Our pictures show the cots stacked against the wall, ready for colder weather, and the building itself, a landmark in Prince Albert for many, many years.
Picture #2 Cots in Cold Weather Centre
From here, we walked down the block to the new headquarters of the Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Centre. This Agency provides crisis counselling for victims of Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, and have recently expanded their service to Meadow Lake, La Ronge and surrounding areas. The PAACF and United Way- Prince Albert Branch, both provided grants to Mobile for this service. We were given the grand tour of their new building by Vicki Stewart, Executive-Director. The picture taken is of Board members Joseph and Michelle, handing the Grant cheque to Vicki in the Call Centre, which is the space used by Crisis Counsellors as they handle the calls for help coming into Mobile Crisis.
Picture # 3 - Michelle, Joseph, Vicki
We changed our agenda a bit for Day 4 and invited 3 groups to join us in a downtown office to receive their 2020 Grant cheques. Below are the 3 group representatives, exchanging information about their services over muffins and coffee. They met Board members, Myrna Nagy, and Delphine Melchert.
Robin Knudsen, SHARE, receives a Grant for a new Mentorship program they are starting. This program will provide direction to participants in social events and to promote arts & culture, with trained volunteer companions.
Donna Straus, Family Futures, shares information about their Milk Coupon program. It involves more than 300 women, who each recei6 L of milk per week for 3 months.
Dave Butorac, Cathedral of St Alban the Martyr, describes their newly created Recital Series. They will hold
4 concert recitals with local musicians with 100% of the funds going to youth musicians.
Picture # 4 Robin Knudsen, Donna Straus, David Butorec
Our last day was another super interesting day. Marilyn visited 2 places with Board members, Michelle Hassler and Jim McKnight.
Our first stop was at the Centre that is now home to Jubilation Residential Centres, Inc., and the Seniors Advocacy Centre. A Grant cheque was going to the Prince Albert Senior and Elder Abuse Project which operates out of a building which is steeped in history as the one-time Synagogue of Prince Albert. John and Hannelore Fryters described their project and the other work of the Advocacy Centre and introduced us to several of their staff. They invite anyone interested to drop in and talk to them about what they offer.
Picture #5 Seniors Advocacy Centre
And then, our last stop – Prince Albert Catholic Family Services. Board members, Jim and Michelle, presented a Grant cheque to Executive-Director Louise Zurowski, to assist in their upcoming program, called “Parenting from the Heart”. This program will teach better parenting skills and teach ways for parents to address questions from children who have experienced trauma, together with other skills to strength the family unit.
Michelle Hassler and Jim McKnight, PAACF and Louise Zurowski, CFS
There were several other projects we were unable to make personal contact with due to distance and COVID-19 and we had to use the old way – Canada Post – to present their Grant cheques.
1. Association des Parents Fransaskois – CREPE project
- To increase French resources at the Learning Centre
2. Make-A-Wish Foundation – to grant a wish to a seriously ill child for a unique experience
3. Prince Albert Branch of Inclusion Sask – Interec 2020
- To provide inclusion companions for people with intellectual disabilities for summer activities
4. CPL Recreation – Wellness Adventure
- To provide children of all ages to learn about the environment, shorelines and forest education. Weekly sessions.
5. Sask Environmental Society – SSBB project
- To provide bus subsidies for students to go to the Smarter Science Buildings program.
6. Prince Albert Multicultural Centre – Tapestrama project
- To help cover costs of a 3 day Multicultural Art and Folk Festival