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Foundation awards record amount to Comox Valley charities

On behalf of the Child Development Society, Lorraine Aitken accepts $10,000 from Donald Gordon and Mark Burger of the Comox Valley Community Foundation. - Scott Stanfield
On behalf of the Child Development Society, Lorraine Aitken accepts $10,000 from Donald Gordon and Mark Burger of the Comox Valley Community Foundation.
— image credit: Scott Stanfield

The Comox Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $63,000 to 14 charities at its annual Community Giving Awards ceremony Thursday at the Comox Community Centre.

Money helps fund projects ranging from affordable housing initiatives to the purchase of a new refrigerator for a support group.

“We hear firsthand from the groups about how these funds will be used and how they will impact each organization’s clients and the community as a whole," CVCF president Andrea Rowe said. "It’s inspiring to hear from so many groups that are working hard to make a difference.”

As in previous years, the foundation had a difficult time selecting recipients. They are as follows:

• Anderton Therapeutic Gardens Society, $3,790;

• Beaufort Association for the Mentally Handicapped, $8,000;

• Child Development Society, $10,000;

• Ground Search & Rescue, $2,520;

• Head Injury Society, $3,500;

• Land Trust, $3,500;

• Project Watershed Society, $4,050;

• Therapeutic Riding Society, $4,370;

• Transition Society, $1,064;

• Cumberland & District Historical Society, $10,376;

• Cumberland Community Forest Society, $5,000;

• Boy Scouts Camp Gilwell, $2,456.61;

• City of Courtenay Supportive Housing Project, $2,456.61;

• Comox Valley Lifelong Learning Association, $2,456.61.

Later in the year, $24,200 in scholarships and bursaries will be paid to students.

This year, the foundation is awarding nearly $132,000 to charities and students, the largest amount disbursed since the foundation was founded.

Since 1996, the CVCF has put more than $1.3 million into the community.

For more information, visit www.cvcfoundation.org.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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