Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $15,000 to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - Jan 23, 2020
The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $15,000 to the following organizations and their programs.
Andrew Siegwart hosted a round table discussion with the above grant recipients with a focus on health, homelessness and youth empowerment to sustain our community.
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Employment Skills Development & Food Supply for Local Programs
“The Collingwood Youth Centre runs a program Kids Feeding Kids every Friday night. This program is led by local Chef Rob Liberty who leads the youth participating in the program to create healthy meals. The program involves meal planning, sourcing nutritional ingredients, prepping, and preparing the food. Food Handlers Certificate as well as Knife Skills were requested by the youth as they would like to gain employment in the hospitality area. Food produced will be donated to local charities serving youth. This funding will help keep this program running throughout the year as well as giving youth employable skills.” Kerri MacDonald
Access for Youth from Low Income Families, School in Nature Program
Essential Life Skills Program
“The Blue Mountain Village Foundation’s incredible support of Home Horizon’s Barbara Weider House will support the Essential Life Skills program which targets youth, either homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Georgian Bay area. The direct benefit of the program is helping youth rebuild their lives and integrate back into society rather than continuing down a path of homelessness that may lead to larger problems. Key to our approach is that youth are provided with a range of life skills that will help them transition to adulthood, live independently and gain confidence in themselves.” The Barbara Weider House is the only facility in our community dedicated to serving youth at risk of homelessness.”
“Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach is grateful for the on-going support of the Blue Mountain Village Association. This funding will enable our organization to offer youth from low income families, the opportunity to participate in our SCHOOL IN NATURE located at Kimbercote Centre in the heart of Beaver Valley. It is an exquisite property that spans over 100 acres of forest and accessible trails on the Niagara Escarpment. The SCHOOL IN NATURE will assist in developing greater resilience and confidence through hands on outdoor exploration and guided experiential learning that complements the Provincial Education system.“ Abby Stec, Director of Business Development
Deb Piggott, Fund Development Manager
Lab Transfusion Medicine Fridge
“We sincerely thank the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for their support of the capital equipment needs of The Meaford Hospital. The funds donated from BMVF will support the purchase of a new Lab Transfusion Medicine Fridge. This vital piece of equipment will be used in the lab, emergency department and inpatient area at The Meaford Hospital. This particular fridge meets the mandatory regulatory requirements to store life-saving blood products for patients who require them on both a routine and emergent basis including Rhogam for expecting mothers, Red cells for our local oncology patients, hemophiliac factor concentrate and PCC complex for bleeding patients that are taking Coumadin. We are grateful for the support of the BMVF and their supporters; they are funding life-saving medical equipment and supporting their local healthcare needs.”
Jen Wright, Executive Director
Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $11,000 to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - June 12, 2019
The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $11,000 to the following organizations and their programs.
"The Blue Mountain Village Foundation is helping the BMFA bring the 4th Annual Story Telling Festival to South Georgian Bay for the month of October. This year we are partnering with other entities to bring some exciting events to the gallery and stage. We strongly believe in working with others. With the cost of the production, it is difficult to bring projects like the Tom Thomson Musical and the Georgian Bay Grand Slam Story Slam to fruition. We have an eductional element in the Story Slam and the Photo Contest. We could not accomplish all of this without help from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation. We appreciate the recognition of Arts & Culter as a valuable sector to the local economy and know that the community of South Georgian Bay will benefit from this support!" Susan Cook - BMFA Administrator
"The Meaford Culture Foundation would like to thank the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for the grant we received. This investment in arts & culture programs adds so much to our community, the benefit to our youth is phenomenal. When we work together we can exceed our goals for giving back. Each year MCF strives to do better, with the help of BMVF we are able to achieve this. Funding received from BMVF is applied to bursaries for musical theatre and drama camps. The feedback from students is overwhelmingly positive 'Best time ever', 'I couldn't wait to get up in the morning and go to camp', 'Thank you for giving me the opportunity to sing, dance & act', 'I had a great time showing the performance'. Helping some kids overcome shyness, learning to work as a team and of course, building self-confidence are skills for life. Once again, thank you, together we can make a difference and add so much to a young persons future!" Joanne McKenzie - Director Community Outreach & Grants
"It is an honour and privilege to receive this grant from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation to create the "Healing and Self Care through Nature" program. As the Child & Youth worker, all too ofen I see the mother-child bond damaged due to traumatic experiences in their lives. This program gives us an opportunity to help ground mothers and children to the earth, while working through the impact domestic violence has had on their ability to be vulnerable and receive love from one another. Mothers and children will develop a better understanding around each other's emotions, experiences and individual strengths. It will allow for inclusion and freedom of expression within the family unit. Through guided activities in art, play, creativity and adventure this program will help the family make a therapeutic connection to the environment around them and use it as a source of healing for years to come. Witnessing the family bond strengthening and seeing mothers and children laugh again is heartening and everyone at My Friends House is thankful to Blue Mountain Village Foundation for making it possible".
Krystal Mullan - Child & Youth Woker
"Thanks to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation grant, Hundred Acres Wood Forest Preschool is able to ensure that we have the necessary infrastructure and furniture required to launch a new non-profit licensed day care/preschool space for the community. We are so honoured to have been selected from many worthy applications by the BMVF"
. Kimberly Edwards
"Thank you for the Blue Mountain Village Foundation for the funding you gave the Beaver Crawl Triathlon. Your assistance is a big encouragement to all of us on the planning team. We appreciate your support for youth leadership and this community event!"
Melrie Wright - BVO Youth Engagement Coordinator
Blue Mountain Village Foundation 2019 Bob Comish Memorial Grant Recipient presentation - June 12, 2019
The Blue Mountain Village Foundation is pleased to announce funding of $5,000 to loval high school students along with one student attending Georgian College, who have worked at the resort property.
"I have worked at Blue Mountain Resort since I was 18 years old. It was there I discovered my love for the hospitality industry. I am now 21 years old and have since worked at the resort as a waitress and bartender. Working in the Village has given me the income to pay for my schooling. Winning an award from Blue Mountain to help pay for my schooling in the Law Clerk Program has been such an honour. I am forever grateful to receive the Bob Comish Memorial Award. Thank you to Catherine Smart for being the donor to such a meaningful cause and supporting me through my studies." Erica Whitten - Georgian College
"Receiving a scholarship through the Bob Comish Memorial award is such an honour for me. I am so happy to be able to represent such an amazing workplace like Blue Mountain. Working at Blue Mountain throughout my high school experience has taught me many skills to move on with my future and has given me many memories to cherish. This scholarship will impact my life in more ways than one. It will aid me in my educational path moving forward and assist me in many finances to come my way for my future. I want to thank Blue Mountain for this scholarship and all of their help towards my future!" Oria Molloy - Jean Vanier Catholic High School
"I am very excited to have been selected to be one of the recipients for the Bob Comish Memorial Award. I have been working and playing at Blue Mountain for many years and I know the importance of being part of a team which works to make the resort as friendly and as enjoyable as possible. I am very excited to continue on to post secondary and use this money to further my education. I am very appreciative to be receiving this award because post secondary school is very expensive and this will make a big difference for me moving fowward". Matthew Rennie - Collingwood Collegiate Institute
Ainslie Hollin - Jean Vanier Catholic High School
Madi Cornelisse - Georgian Bay Community School
Blue Mountain Village Foundation Gives $21,000 to South Georgian Bay Community Initiatives - November 20, 2018
The Blue Mountain Village Foundation was pleased to announce funding of $21,000 to the following organizations and their programs.
“Thanks for the Blue Mountain Village Foundation, five youth from the Town of the Blue Mountains will be sponsored for the "Marsh Street Rocks" after school program building confidence, capability and friendships through music, fun and laughter. Marsh Street Rocks is a not-for-profit organization. Tuition fees cover the costs of teachig instruments. The Marsh Street community is grateful to the Foundation for recongnizing the need of assisting youth take part in a wonderful experience!
” Jan Seneshen - Fundraising - Board Director
"At the GTHS, we believe in helping pets and people. With the support of the BVMF and its generosity, we can continue to grow our Humane Education Program and target at-risk youth in our area. Building on their social and emotional skills through interaction with our shelter animals, your grant allows us to utilize the natural bond between animals and children and help grow a program that educates local youth about compassion and empathy for all living things. We help them to foster positive relationships with pets and people and enhance their social and emotional growth. The long term benefits will impact our local youth, their friends and families, their pets and their communities and contribute to our collective wellbeing. The generosity and forward thinking of the BVMF lends enormous value to our program and helps us to promote healthy, long lasting relationships for generations to come."
Karen Marsh, Humane Education Coordinator Sonya Reichel, Executive Director
“There has been a substantial increase in the requests for services within our Child Witness Program these past few years. The youth are reaching out, but we have limited resources to be able to help. With your support, we can focus on counselling and helping the young people we serve, and with time and education we will see youth learn better coping skills, a decline in the need, and reduced called/need for advocacy/support in these areas. Your support will create a ripple effect of positive change that will be felt throughout our communities” Michelle Lamont - Community & Fund Development Coordinator - Women's House Grey Bruce
“The grant the Environment Network on behalf of the Collingwood Youth Centre received from the Blue Mountain Village Foundation will give youth a real-life entrepreneurship opportinity at no cost. You will be able to get creative and develop their own business idea. The program hopes to ignite a spark within young entrepreneurs who would othersise struggle with the basic know-how or the financials to realize their entrepreneurial ideas!
” Kerri MacDonald - Environment Network
“As recipients of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation funding, our team at Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach is sincerely grateful for this generous support. Our paddle and drum making carpentry workshops will bring together Indigenour and non-Indigenour youth, for a unique skill-building opporunity that will ignite imagination and enhance social and emotional growth. A heartfelt thank you for the BMVF who continues to be instrumental in modelling philanthropy and cultivating a true sense of community”.
Abby Stec – Elephant Thoughts
“Thank you Blue Mountain Village Foundation! Your support and donation will be used to help fund Home Horizon Barbara Weider House’s new Essential Life Skills for Teens program. This program is focused on helping youth at the Barbara Weider House develop critical life and independent living skills in addition, the program rebuilds self-esteem, hope and opportunity. Many of our homeless youth have fled or been forced out of their homes because they are victims of domestic abuse and or neglect. This program has been extended and out-reaches youth on our wait-list, and not just residents.” Deb Piggott – Fund Development Manager
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.
“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!
“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
“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.
"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.
"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
"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 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
"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
"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 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
"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.
A new residential service for homeless youth located in Collingwood and serving youth in the Southern Georgian Bay area.
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.
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:
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.
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.