Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $7,690 to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - June 14, 2018

The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $7,690 to the following organizations and their programs.  

Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation - $2,000

"With this generous donation, more children will receive bursaries to musical theatre camp this summer! The experience will encourage them to have self confidence by giving them an opportunity to sing, dance and act, and of course have fun!

Rainbows Georgian Triangle  - $2,190

“We are very appreciative that the Blue Mountain Village Foundation recognizes the great work that Rainbows Georgian Triangle is doing with grieving children”. Karen Potts – Rainbows Program Georgian Triangle

Collingwood Public Library - 'Step to STEM program' - $3,500

“Being selected for funding from BMVF for our Step into STEM program will allow the library to support young students in learning, curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. As a direct result of receiving this funding, library staff will be able to engage the community in a number of environments – the classroom, the library, special events, and more. We are looking forward to developing the STEM skills of our young community members, and this would not be possible without the support of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation”

Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $34.9k to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - December 14, 2017

The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $34,910 to the following organizations and their programs.  

Hospice Georgian Triangle - $10,000

"This significant gift from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation will assist Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) with the expansion costs of Campbell House, our safe & conforting home.  This will enable HGT to help more people in our community who need us.  Individuals with a palliative diagnosis, their caregiversa and the bereaved are all supported by HGT at no cost to the patient or family, because of donations like this from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation.  Thank you from all of us at HGT" - Kelly Borg, Executive Director.

Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential Services - Barbara Weider House  - $2,600

"The Blue Mountain Foundation fudning received for Life Skills Workshops is value not only to the women, children and youth in our housing program, but also reaches out to the community.  It is expected it will assist up to 50individuals directly and indirectly through learning and supports.  This funding will give the population in the community an opportunity for peer support, learning and practice to a group of participants to add mechanisms to their skill box, strengthen their abilities and share with other people in the community.  They will learn many tasks such as handling money, creating a safe environment, cooking & shopping, personal care, health and so much more.  This opportunity also creates a social environment for this population to create new friendships and supports.  Thank you for this opportunity."  - Doris Sensenberger, Executive Director

Georgian Bay Community School - 'Backbacks for Learning' - $5,000

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for thier committment to the GBCS Backpacks for Learning Program and to the students in our community.  This grant will enable us to support students facing socia-economic and food security issues in a real and genuine way that communicates our belief in their potential when supports are put in place to help them succeed.  When we acknowledge and address the barriers that hinder studetns from being successful in school, we empower them to see their potential and to engage in their schools and community."  Amy Teed Acres, Teacher/Program Organizer.

Free Spirit Gardens - $1,450

"Free Spirit Gardens is honoured to recieve a grant from the BMVF, especially considering the amazing organizations and projects that have both applied for funding and been awarded funding from this Foundation in the past.  We will use these funds to help complete the building of the Thornbury Communite Gardens in the spring which will, in turn, give Thornbury residents the chance to grow their own food - maybe for the first time!  Thank you so much!"  Kimberly Edwards

Georgian Bay Community School - Baseball program - $2,500

 "The generous grant provided by the Blue Mountain Village Foundation is an immeasurable asset to the student athletes of GBCS.  The funds will directly support the initiative to create a baseball program that will assist numerous young athletes to continue their passion and drive in sport"  Justin Aubin, Community Baseball Coach

Craigleith Heritage Depot - $5,000

"I am pleased that the Blue Mountain Village Foundation will be one of our partners in our Virtual Film Project for the Mary Ward and the Path to the Village of the Souls.  This project will bring together the museum collection with these iconic local landmarks and allow for all to visit these unique and challenging to get to places.  I know that our organization, our community and our visitors will appreciate this new opportunity for learning and discovery, which this project will provide."  Andrea Wilson, Curator

Events for Life Centre - $2,000

"Events for Life is very grateful for the support of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation.  The monies received will allow us to grow our participation numbers for our day program including extra outings.  For example, some of our partcipants attend 2 of the 3 days available and now with sponsorship money, we can attend all three!  We often do extra outings that are cost prohibitive for some and now we can include everyone!  Thanks again!"  Catherine Butler

Collingwood Youth Centre - $6,360

"Thanks to the BMVA donation the Collingwood Youth Centre is able to put in place a kids-feeding-kids program.  This program will provide culinary training to interested youth and stock our fridge with healthy snacks and meals for any youth showing up hungry."  Geoff Jones, CYC Manager


Blue Mountain Village Foundation 2017 Bob Comish Memorial Grant Recipient presentation - June 14, 2017

The Blue Mountain Village Foundation is pleased to announce funding of $5,000 to local high school students along with one student who is currently attending Georgian College who have worked at the resort property.  The grant presentation occured Wednesday June 14th at Sunset Grill at Blue Mountain Village.  

"We are very proud to support students who provide the mountain with innovative ideas about how the resort can expand in the areas of customer service, programming and physical access" says Andrew Siegwart, President of the Foundation.  "The Bob Comish Memorial Award is a wonderful legacy celebrating a man who made such an impact in our community.  Bob would be proud of the recipients accomplishments and plans for their future educational endeavours".

Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $29.5k to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - June 6, 2017

The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $29,500 to the following organizations and their programs.  

Home Horizon Georgian Triangle Residential Services, Barbara Weider House - $15,000

A new residential service for homeless youth located in Collingwood and serving youth in the Southern Georgian Bay area.

Georgian Bay Community School, New Video Equipment - $12,000

GBCS Music Department is one of the mainstays of the school.  More than 2/3 of the students actively participate in the music program due to the caliber of the program.  in 2000, Friday Night Coffee Houses were created encouraging students to perform on stage.  The Coffee House model has grown extensively since that time; hence the need for the improved video equipment.  Much of the Music departments current inventory is in disarry with fractured cables, blurry images and broken components.  The music department's goal is to upgrade to high-definition status purchasing more cameras in order to encourage more students to be involved.  

Marsh Street Community Centre, Marsh Street Rocks Youth Music Program - $2,500

Providing 85% subsidy for six students and two summer campers to attend the Marsh Street Rocks program during the spring, fall & winter seassions.

Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $25k to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - December 2, 2016


Today the Blue Mountain Village Foundation (BMVF) announced the recipients of its fall 2016 Grant Program in a special ceremony at the Don Braden Memorial Sculpture in Blue Mountain Village. A total of $25,000 will support four much-needed local community initiatives in the Southern Georgian Bay Region. They are as follows:

Big Brothers Big Sisters, $50K for 50 Kids Project – $10,000

The goal of this project is to give 50 deserving kids access to programs for an entire year. The most recognized and successful program being the Big-Little Community Mentoring Program which matches adult volunteers with a child or youth in need of a mentor and friend for 3-4 hour weekly visits. This is the signature program that launched the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and since then it has been delivered internationally for over 100 years.
“Providing the funds to support the mentorship of ten children is a really BIG deal to us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Georgian Triangle. It allows us to recruit ten more great role models for ten local kids that would otherwise be spending many more months on our waiting list. Instead, they are given the opportunity to enjoy activities with a great role model now. Because of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation’s grant, these ten children will have a better chance at a better life. For that, we thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts.” Deb Piggott, Fund Development Manager.

Collingwood YMCA, Youth Access to Opportunities and Leadership Project – $10,000

This project will bring small groups of young people together weekly for a variety of life skills experiences. It will provide them a chance to learn skills directly (like cooking and food shopping) and learn from each other and positive role models through games and activities. Healthy coping skills will be modeled such as problem solving, conflict resolution and effective communication. Volunteer opportunities and philanthropic events will provide a better sense of community and social inclusion and physical activity that provides a healthy outlet for stress and teaches the importance of setting goals and balance with other priorities.
“The community is at the heart of everything we do and we are so thankful to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for their generous donation. With the help of their donation, young people in our community facing economic challenges will be able to access the YMCA to keep active, develop strong leadership skills, build self-confidence and make new friends. Together, we are helping to build a healthier community, and for that, we are so thankful.” Nilusha Premasinghe, General Manager.

Elephant Thoughts, Issues Facing Youth Program for Community Social Organizations – $2,500

This new transformative program, aimed at First Nation and high-risk youth in Georgian Triangle, will have a significant impact across a broad range of youth-oriented support groups. Programming will target different age groups on different days and cover topics like healthy living, youth depression, anti-bullying, eating disorders, life skills and more. A total of 28 sessions including 4 weekend overnight experiences will be offered at Kimbercote Farm, including special days reserved for youth with physical disabilities. A total of 700 students will benefit, with more than 10 social organizations participating. Each day will have a common thread of major social issues interwoven amongst exciting activities and leadership development.
“We are so appreciative of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation. They are one of the areas unsung heroes, supporting youth programming in major ways. The BMVF was one of the first organizations to support Elephant Thoughts locally and have shown confidence in us annually over the years. They are very much a part of helping the 1000’s of lives we have touched. This year they are supporting us deliver programs to Collingwood Youth at Risk. This holistic program is designed to help kids develop the necessary tools to deal with stress associated with youth issues like depression, bullying, eating disorders, sexual orientation. Thank you BMVF for your support.” Jeremy Rhodes, Executive Director.

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation, Surgical Equipment Campaign – $2,500

The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital is an Orthopedic Centre of Excellence and our community relies on the hospital to provide superior orthopedic care. This funding will help assist in upgrading and replacing surgical orthopedic equipment, which in turn helps reduce wait times and ensures patients are cared for with the highest degree of safety, dignity and comfort. “Expanding our surgical equipment broadens our capabilities to care for patients with life threatening illnesses or injuries. It broadens the range of procedures and positive outcomes at CGMH. The right tools today means having the opportunity to save someone’s life. That’s why we are launching a $1.5 million campaign to replace a wide range of surgical equipment at CGMH. Every day the CGMH healthcare team is here to diagnose, treat and sometimes operate on our patients. This is all possible because of the support of our community. Thank you to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for their investment in this important campaign.” Jesse Dees, Annual Giving & Communications Associate Coordinator.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and donors, we are proud to support these timely, important and impactful organizations and initiatives. Each organization’s focus on engagement, experience, and enriching the lives of our local community members is to be commended. It is fitting that we will provide these grants to community leaders at a ceremony where we will also honour the late Don Braden with the unveiling of a memorial sculpture dedicated to his years of leadership and service to Blue Mountain Village and the South Georgian Bay Region.” Andrew Siegwart, President of BMVF.