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Grateful for grants
The Shuswap Community Foundation’s nest egg keeps on growing, now up to $5.8 million, allowing for $168,000 in disbursements for this fiscal year.
Since its inception in 1995, the foundation has distributed $1.5 million to community groups from Malakwa to Seymour Arm.
At the annual community meeting, past president Karen Angove announced the establishment of 10 new family funds during the year, as well as seeing the memorial walkway at McGuire Lake come to fruition. The walkway allows for people to “purchase” a brick to be inscribed with a personal message of remembrance.
Angove passed the reins to Dave Wood, while acknowledging the contributions of retiring directors Joanne Mason and John Schlossar.
Lana Fitt is joining the board as a new director.
Angove is not leaving the foundation entirely, as she will continue as director and will be working on developing a report to identify areas of need within the region, to assist with the grants process.
The foundation also announced that in addition to their fall grants program, they are initiating a second grant cycle in the spring for those groups whose summer projects may clash with the traditional deadlines.