With the largest amount of funds distributed throughout the Comox Valley community to date, 20 local organization are able to grow and offer more to their members, thanks to the Comox Valley Community Foundation. In January, 2015, at the Comox Valley Recreation Centre, the Comox Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $118,000 in grants to various groups during their annual Community Enrichment Awards Ceremony.

Comox Valley Board member, Mark Burger (left) and Donor, Bent Harder (right), present Black Creek Community Association representative Dana Starritt with a cheque for $1500.00 to improve community event capacity at the Black Creek Community Hall with the purchase and installation of a dishwasher, gas grill and event tent.

Comox Valley Board member, Andrea Rowe (left) and Ron Perin, President of Courtenay Rotary (right), present $3500.00 to Dee Plante of the Comox Valley Society. The money will be used to deliver online and in person a “Money Matters” program to help lower income learners develop their skills in the areas of budgeting and managing money.

This is a Courtenay Rotary “Advised Grant”

Comox Archives and Museum Society’s Helen Kime will use the $1500.00 presented to her by Board member Wendy Craig (left) and donor Judy Hagen (right) to build three-dimensional dioramas for toppers on their information display towers.

Wendy Craig (left) and Liz Phillipson, from Cumberland Rotary (right), present a cheque for $1500.00 to Comox Senior Centre Association’s David Robinson to replace and upgrade existing cabinets in the kitchen area of their centre to provide for more storage.

Dallas Stevenson and Jamie Bowman (center), from the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, receive $3000.00 from RaeAnn Hartman of the Community Foundation (left) and Donor Nathalie Jones (right) to help the Arts Council support its Community Loan Program in creating and stocking a “Tickle Trunk” to include a sound system, projector, 2 way radios, laptop, folding table and chairs for community use.

Comox Valley Community Foundation Board member, Janine Martin (left) and donor, Jorden Marshall, present Comox Valley Food Bank Society’s Fay Friesen with a cheque for $4,000.00 to help the society replace baseboard heat with radiant heat to improve working conditions for staff and volunteers.

Comox Valley Hospice Society Board member, Brian Rice, receives a cheque for $16,000.00 to provide all room furnishings for one of the four new residential hospice rooms being developed at Saint Josephs Hospital. Foundation president Norm Carruthers (right) and donor Roberta Feely (middle) present the cheque. This is a Comox Valley Community Foundation “Signature Project”.

Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association Danielle Hoogland (second from left) and Christine Dickinson (right) accept a cheque for $3,000.00 from former Foundation Board member, Gen McNamee (left) and Courtenay Rotary’s Ron Perrin. The award, Courtenay Rotary “Advised Grant” will be used to support the 1000×5 Project which aims to ensure every child in the Comox Valley has at least 1,000 books read to them from birth until they are five years old, and entering kindergarten.

Comox Valley Special Olympics’ Randy James (right) and Robert Burns (second from right) will use their grant of $24,000.00 to purchase new or replacement equipment and pay costs of renting community sports facilities and registration and transportation fees for 90 Comox Valley Special Olympians and volunteers who compete in 11 different sports. Andrea Rowe, Foundation Board member and Pat Lewis, donor, present the cheque.

Nancy King from Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society receives a cheque for $5660.00 to upgrade paddocks and horse shelters and provide portable fencing for temporary paddocks from Board member Steve Cochrane and donor Dick Graham.

Rene Poirier of the Comox Valley Wheelchair Sports Society received $8,064 which will be used to purchase four new all-sports wheelchairs. Presenting the cheque were CVCF’s Mark Burger (right) and donor Ken Rowe.

Courtenay Recreational Association’s Heather Crites (right) and Carol Millar (second from left) accept a cheque for $16,000.00 to support the Special Needs Recreation programs for adults with developmental disabilities including a range of active living, social and educational programs (fitness, bowling, sewing, music and art). Presenting are Andrea Rowe, past Foundation president (left) and donor, Joan Carson (second from right).

Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary School’s Kim Marks is presented a cheque for $1,425.85 from Courtenay Rotary President Ron Perrin (right), to help support Grade 3 readers and their parents by involving them in the 40-Book Challenge which encourages students to read, build their vocabularies and acquire new knowledge. This is a Courtenay Rotary advised grant. Jothan Veale, donor and former President of the Comox Valley Community Foundation looks on.This is a Courtenay Rotary “Advised Grant”.

Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park Association’s Mo MacKendrick accepts a cheque for $4,000.00 to purchase 250 new chairs to maximize seating at various events at the Comox Rotary stage and elsewhere in the Filberg Park. Presenting are Board member Harry Panjer (left) and former Board member Holly Grant (right).

Janine Martin, from the Community Foundation, and Val Graham, Foundation donor, present $5,000.00 to Glacier View Lodge Society’s Liz Friis, to purchase equipment for adult day programs focusing on Creativity in Dementia.

Hornby Island Educational Society’s  April Lewis will use the $3,000.00 grant from the Community Foundation to acquire a storage container for freezers and bulk food bins used in the Community Food Program. Brenda Kelm Left), from the Foundation and Allen Hopwood, Foundation donor, present the cheque.

Scouts Canada – Camp Gilwell’s John Robilliard  and Dave Kozakowski (right) receive a Courtenay Rotary advised grant of $4,000.00 from Allan Morrison, former Board member, (left) and Blaine Douglas, Courtenay Rotary member and a former President of the Community Foundation. The grant will be used for refurbishing the camp’s kitchen to bring it in line with current Island Health and BC Building Code standards.

Mercia Goodchild, from the The Canadian Red Cross Society, accepts a cheque for $5,305.00 from Foundation Board member, Sue Wood (left) and donor, Norm Leung (right) to purchase a shipping container for storage of medical equipment loaned to Comox Valley residents recovering from surgery or illness in their homes and emergency/disaster assistance equipment.

Comox Valley Community Foundation Board member, Keith Tatton (left) and donor, Thomas Feely (right), present a cheque for $3,000.00 to Darcy Rainey of the Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association to help them purchase a a commercial dishwasher for their club house.