Previous Grants

2021 Grant Program Recipient

Vanderhoof Hospice Society receives funds to assist with the delivery of a “Rainbows” program in Vanderhoof 

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is pleased to announce the final recipient of our 2021 Grant Program. 

The Vanderhoof Hospice Society is a community charity providing assistance for those who are dying and their families by offering companionship, practical assistance and bereavement support. As part of this assistance, they are offering a peer-based, nationally recognized grief support program called “Rainbows” in partnership with Connexus Community Resources, to train local volunteers. The Vanderhoof Community Foundation has agreed to provide $1360 towards the cost of this program delivery.

The Foundation recognizes that the Covid Pandemic has many people in our community grieving the loss of a family member or friend. We understand that for every COVID death there will be nine deeply affected who could benefit from grief supports. Add this to those experiencing loss from a separation, divorce, death or other painful transition and we believe that these skills will be in very high demand.

Chris Mushumanski and Valerie Pagdin representing the Vanderhoof Community Foundation
Chris Mushumanski and Valerie Pagdin representing the Vanderhoof Community Foundation

2021 Grant Program Recipient

Nechako Valley Sporting Association receives grant towards their Parking Lot Improvement Project

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is pleased to announce the third recipient of our 2021 Grant Program. 

The Nechako Valley Sporting Association (NVSA) is an umbrella organization for several clubs in the Vanderhoof Area which offer a variety of recreational and sport opportunities to area residents of all ages. Their grounds include a club house, trail system, and shooting range.

These clubs have seen an increase in membership and participation in recent years including many school groups that are transported via school bus. This increase in traffic has put a strain on the available parking space and necessitated improvements to the grade and drainage so that it is accessible year round. 

The Foundation recognizes the importance of sport and recreation in the overall mental and physical health of our residents, particularly our youth and are pleased to support this worthwhile project.

Gerd Erasmus and Paul Collard representing NVSA
Gerd Erasmus and Paul Collard representing NVSA

2021 Grant Program Recipient

The Air Cadet League of Canada – 899 Vanderhoof receives grant for Canoeing Equipment 

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is pleased to announce the first of four recipients of grants for 2021. 

The Air Cadets in Vanderhoof offer a program for youth ages 12-18 which focuses on developing leadership, citizenship, physical fitness and an interest in air activities of the Canadian Forces. The local group has been developing their outdoor recreation and education program including canoeing skills. The group has received grants to purchase canoes and the next step is the purchase of necessary equipment such as dry bags, VHF radios, water filters, First Aid kits and waterproof barrels. The Foundation’s contribution helped leverage grants from several other organizations to cover these costs. 

Brad McRobert, Commanding Officer of the Vanderhoof Cadets says, “this project allowed the cadet squadron to purchase specialized waterproofing and storage equipment for canoe training and multi day trips. This will ensure that cadets’ personal gear and squadron equipment is kept safe and secure and allow our cadets to participate in trips in more remote locations.”

David Wlasitz, 899 Cadets and Kathie LaForge, Vanderhoof Community Foundation
David Wlasitz, 899 Cadets and Kathie LaForge, Vanderhoof Community Foundation

2021 Grant Program Recipient

Nechako Valley Search & Rescue receives grant for Personal Protective Equipment for Incident Command

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation (VCF) is pleased to announce another grant recipient for 2021. 

The Nechako Valley Search & Rescue (NVSAR) group in Vanderhoof is a volunteer program providing search & rescue, recovery and evacuation notice deliveries for Vanderhoof area as requested by the RCMP, BC Ambulance, Coroner Service or a Local Government. 

It is critical that the Search and Rescue team and others involved with a particular mission be able to easily identify those in charge to ensure faster and safer responses and potentially save more lives. Incident Command Vests will assist with the efficiency and effectiveness of their role in coordinating these events. 

President Chris Walker says, “the Incident Command vests help clearly identify the roles people are filling in management of a search or rescue operation. It provides a clear understanding of chain of command and who is in charge of what, which then assures the public and our searchers that a knowledgeable, professional, and safe team are managing the situation.”

Chris Mushamanski and Chris Walker (NVSAR) and Kathie LaForge (VCF)
Chris Mushamanski and Chris Walker (NVSAR) and Kathie LaForge (VCF)

2020 Grant Announcement

Cluculz Lake Community Association – $3,000

This grant was used to upgrade the hall by adding eavestroughs to the hall for added safety to those entering and exiting the building and to prevent ice build up on the roof. In addition, the Association was able to purchase an upright freezer, a kitchen cart and a popcorn machine. These appliances will ensure food safety, a safer way to set up and put away dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils at hall events. The popcorn machine will provide another way to raise funds for the club.

New hall eavestroughing, kitchen cart and upright freezer, popcorn machine

2019 Grant Announcement

The Vanderhoof Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of our very first Grants. We wish to thank all those who applied and hope that perhaps in the future we will be able to also provide your group with a grant.

In 2019 we were able to provide 5 groups with $500.00 each to help with their community projects.

 

Nechako Community Arts Council 

The grant was used to help with the Purchase of Portable stage lighting. This lighting unit will be used for the Home Routes Concert Series, the Footloose Dance group, during lessons and events, and also for the local art shows and sales featuring local artists and artisans.

C. Himmelright, R. Springer T. Clement, M. Burkholder, W. Clement, I. Kutzner, J. Schoenhardt, S. Funk
C. Himmelright, R. Springer T. Clement, M. Burkholder, W. Clement, I. Kutzner, J. Schoenhardt, S. Funk

Spirits Mission Rescue Society

The grant provided will assist Spirits Mission Rescue Society in partnership with Saik’uz First Nation, to educate and provide veterinary care with health and wellness of companion Animals, the enhancement of the human/pet bond and educating the members on pet-care, (focusing on youth).

D. Page, V. McDonald, M. Burkholder, J. Caldwell, F. Thomas, K. Wilson
D. Page, V. McDonald, M. Burkholder, J. Caldwell, F. Thomas, K. Wilson

Vanderhoof Mens Shed

The grant will be used to assist with the building of garden boxes and Riverside Place Greenhouse construction, enabling our seniors to once again enjoy the garden.

K. LaForge, H. Millard, M. Burkholder, W. Dettwiler, J. Alderliesten, D. Leslie, F. Curl, J. Mortimer, R. Embree (missing C. Irving)
K. LaForge, H. Millard, M. Burkholder, W. Dettwiler, J. Alderliesten, D. Leslie, F. Curl, J. Mortimer, R. Embree (missing C. Irving)

Vanderhoof Farmers Market Society

The grant will be used to provided support for their Summer Arts Series which features local artists, artisans and musicians.

C. Himmelright , J. Schoenhardt, R. MacIntosh, K. LaForge
C. Himmelright , J. Schoenhardt, R. MacIntosh, K. LaForge

College of New Caledonia

The Grant will assist in providing funds for the purchase of equipment for the Free Weekly Yoga Class for Students and Community members.

K. LaForge, L. Aldred, T. Morin
K. LaForge, L. Aldred, T. Morin