Building Communities

Building Communities

One Partnership at a Time

Thanks to overwhelming generosity and care for others, the Shuswap Community Foundation now holds $12 million in capital funds and supports a wide range of community projects, programs and initiatives. The foundation was incorporated in early 1994 and manages more than 180 endowment funds.

“That doesn’t approach the number of generous donations that have been made over the years,” says foundation manager Roger Parenteau.”We have approved an increase in granting percentage in the coming year, which will result in grants going out to the community in excess of $500,000.”

In May, the foundation was excited to announce that it has become the fundraising partner for the new Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail.

“With a goal of raising $8 million and with community support, we are helping to build a world-class trail that connects the Shuswap while building healthier communities, resilient economies and active lifestyles for generations to come,” says Roger.

Purchase of land for the 50-kilometre trail was completed in 2017 and a design, development and technical plan was created over the following two years. 

The trail will connect Secwépemc territory communities between Sicamous and Armstrong. 

As well as protecting natural areas and habitat for wildlife, the trail will facilitate healthy outdoor recreational activities and provide travel options on foot and by bicycle. Another important aspect of the trail is that it will help to conserve heritage, cultural and agricultural values and encourage recreational tourism in rural areas.

Other recipients of 2021 funding are: $45,000 to the (SAFE) Society; $5,200 to the Eagle Valley Community Support Society in partnership with Eagle Valley Arts Council; $7,500 to the Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap; $4,000 to the Sorrento and Area Community Health Centre and $7,300 to the Cedar Heights Community Association and the Sunnybrae Seniors Society.

Donor information is available at shuswapfoundation.ca. Application information and deadlines for charitable and non-profit organizations is also available on the site.

Pictured at top, L to R: Roger Parenteau, Manager, Shuswap Community Foundation,  Denis Delisle, RDNO Director, Electoral Area “F”, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Tribal Chief of Splatsin, Kevin Flynn, Chair of CSRD, Alex DeChantall, Fundraising Strategy Coordinator, Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail.

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