What We're Up To...
Our Foundation identified two strategic initiative projects in 2014 that are carried forward into 2015. One is the construction and implementation of a 32 space daycare for our communities' growing young families. RACF has been very supportive of this project and we are hopeful that construction on this project will begin this year.
The second strategic project is the development of the Rivers Wetland Centre of Excellence within 60 acres of the northeast corner of the Millennium Park. This has gained great momentum and there are some 15 contributing groups that have been working to continue to move this project forward. It will be an amazing place of wetland education for not only the students of Rivers and the rest of the Rolling River School Division, but far beyond that. We are dilligently working to have the outdoor classroom completed as soon as funding allows. It will also contribute to Eco-Tourism within our area.
Our Foundation applied for a grant to Tree Canada for seedlings to be planted in the Millennium Park and we were very successful in receiving approximately 93,000 jack pine seedlings. These seedlings were sponsored by CN and the planting was completed by professional aboriginal tree planters the first week of May 2015. We are excited to watch this forest take shape!
Please keep up with us as we work "for the good of our community."
A Smart & Caring Community
This year we celebrated our "5th" Anniversary and what a year it was. We handed out over $21,000.00 worth of grants to local and area projects. This combined to make over $68,000.00 that we have provided to the community and area over the last five years. How exciting this has been for us!
We collaborated with Westoba Credit Union to showcase Community Foundations on their annual 2015 calendar.
Brandon and Area Community Foundation supported our strategic efforts on the Wetlands Centre of Excellence by providing a grant of $10,000.00. This money will go to the design and building of the outfoor classroom piece of this large project. This centre will be an interesting one to watch as the various components unfold as the year goes on.
The Rivers and Area Community Foundation motto is for the "Good of the Community". Lets' see where the next 5 years take us.