The Community Foundation of PEI held its Annual Awards Reception on Thursday, August 23rd at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel and presented more than $360,000 in grants and scholarships. Over 150 people were in attendance for the special evening.
Before the official presentations got underway, CFPEI President, John Robinson addressed more than 150 people in attendance with a very special announcement. “Our impact in the community has enjoyed phenomenal growth over our first 25 years as we deliver on our mission of connecting caring people and worthy causes. I am pleased to announce that on behalf of our donors, by the end of this year we will have written cheques in excess of $3 Million to more than 1,000 worthy causes and individuals.”
While there were many highlights throughout the evening, one of the most memorable moments was the presentation of the inaugural Brodie McCarthy Memorial Leadership Scholarship. An endowment was started at the Foundation earlier this year after Brodie’s tragic passing. The first annual scholarship valued at $1,500 was awarded to Jacob MacEachern of Montague Regional High School by Brodie’s parents, Lisa and David.
Jacob shared some extremely touching comments upon receiving the award and outlined how touched and honoured he was. He said “I was heartbroken and honoured at the same time. I am grateful for the financial support but the fact that I was considered to be like Brodie means more to me than anything”.
Jacob will use the funds to attend the Plumbing and Pipefitting Program at Holland College this fall. He finished by saying “Brodie was a great role model and I will do my best in the future to make him proud of me”.
Several other testimonials were shared throughout the evening’s presentations. A touching tribute was made by George and Kathryn Doughart who created an endowment to fund the Gordon Doughart Memorial Scholarship after the passing of their son Gordon, in 2014. George and Kathryn spoke about the importance of the Foundation in providing a service for people who wanted to honour a loved one and provide a legacy in perpetuity and to help future generations.
The attendees also heard a passionate message from Cheryl Gotell who is a board member with the Reach Foundation. The Reach Foundation received two grants during the evening and Cheryl spoke about the importance of these funds and how they will be used for development activities for their organization. The funds will allow them to do two projects that they would be unable to undertake without the support.
The Foundation now turns its attention to its Annual Gala Fundraising Dinner that will be held on Thursday, September 6th at Clinton Hills Rustic Barn. Tickets are still available by calling the Foundation office at 902-892-3440.
Now in its 25th year, CFPEI distributes funds to all corners of the community in arts and culture, education, health, social services and the environment. The Foundation currently manages over seventy funds with a combined value approaching ten million dollars and works with its donors to realize their philanthropic goals, matching their interests with the needs of the community. In 2018, more than $500,000 will be awarded to organizations and students through the Community Foundation.
A full list of grants and scholarships that were handed out are provided below.
· Edith & Eric C. Robinson Endowment – Charlottetown Boys & Girls Club ($2,770), P.E.E.R.S. Alliance ($2,465), PEI Writer’s Guild ($1,900) & Reach Foundation ($1,110),
· Arthur & Theresa MacDonald Charitable Trust Grants – The Reach Foundation ($3,360), Canadian Mental Health Association ($2,860), Family Service PEI ($2,100) & MS Society of Canada ($2,000)
· J. Melville Campbell Fund – Summerside Boys & Girls Club ($1,000) & College of Piping ($940)
· Island Arts & Heritage Fund – PEI Symphony Orchestra ($900) and King’s Playhouse ($1,500)
· David “Jiggs” MacDonald and Gerry Ruttan Musical Legacy – Morell Regional High School ($2,440)
· Living Memorial Trust – MacPhail Woods Ecological Project ($400)
· Summer Islanders Legacy Fund – MacPhail Woods Ecological Project ($370)
· David A. MacKay Endowment Fund – QEH Foundation ($2,700) & Inclusions East ($2,000)
· Dr. Donald K. Taylor Memorial Fund – Appin Road Summer Day Camp ($600)
· The Souris Fund – Silver Threads Seniors Club ($1,280)
· Alzheimer’s Society of PEI Foundation – QEH Foundation ($3,100)
· North Tryon Women’s Institute Fund – Tryon River Watershed Cooperative ($600)
· Cumberland Rocky Point Women’s Institute – Westwood Primary School ($720) & Eliot River Elementary ($720)
· Brodie McCarthy Memorial leadership Scholarship – Jacob MacEachern ($1,500)
· Arthur & Theresa MacDonald Scholarship – Raymond Cahill & Serena Milligan ($1,000), Ernestine Bradley, Alyssa Vriends, MacKenzie Wright, Zoe MacKenzie, Madeline Hamill & Nathaniel Baker ($500)
· PEI Protestant Children’s Trust Bursary – Braylee Mitchell ($4,000) and Maggie Burns ($4,000)
· Joseph Spriet Scholarship – Kiera Rigby ($5,000) & Laura Burge ($1,520)
· Gordon Doughart Memorial Fund Award – Jill Culleton ($600)
· Duke & Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship – Matthew Meenick ($1,590), Kaitlyn Ledgerwood ($1,590)
· & Emma Somers ($1,590)
· Lorne & Ruby Bonnell Scholarship – Ellen Stetson ($1,050)
· Lowell Phillips Scholarship – Greg Morrison ($800)
· George & Noreen Corrigan Scholarship – Single Mother Scholarship – Jenna MacLeod ($1,784)
· George & Noreen Corrigan Scholarship – Learning Disability Scholarship – Riley Payne ($1,646)
· & Madalyn Murphy ($1,030)
· Orin Carver Scholarship (5 Scholarships of $1,120) – Callie Thomson, Leo Han, Julie VanLeeuwen, Matthew Meenink and Shannon Hill
· Summerside-Natick International Friendship Hockey Scholarship – Taylor Gillis ($260) & Margaret Linkletter ($260)
· St. John’s Lodge Scholarship – Michael Ogden, Heather Learie & Brianna Hennessey ($1,000), Olivia Cox, Isaac Cox, Ben Coles, Ben Coles, Emma Hurry, Chelsea MacRae, Catherine Noseworthy, Grace Coles, Alexis MacRae & Daniel Mosher ($500)
· Stephen Turner Scholarship Award – Raymond Cahill ($740)