February 2017: SAWW (Suicide Action Wilmot Wellesley)
From left: Paula Prong, Tana Nash (Exec. Director of WRSPC), Nancy Silcox (100 Women), and Franz Henke.
54 women - and two girls - from across Wilmot gathered at Puddicombe House on a cold February evening for our first meeting of 2017.
Three charities were profiled: Waterloo Wellington Science Fair, Suicide Action Wilmot Wellesley (SAWW), and the Wilmot Family Resource Centre. The winner, by vote of the members who were present, was SAWW, represented by the Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC).
Tana Nash, Executive Director of WRSPC, and presenters Franz Henke and Paula Prong - who lost a son to suicide - received over $9,000 to continue their important work.
November 2016: Community Care Concepts
100 Women Wilmot held its 6th meeting on November 19th at Puddicombe House Banquet Hall in New Hamburg. Members welcomed three charities to consider: Forest Glen Elementary School's "Greening the Glen" project which is building an outdoor learning centre for students; Community Care Concepts of Wilmot, Wellesley and Woolwich which provides home support for residents in need; and Nithview Community's art and music project for seniors.
It was a tough choice for members but after the vote, Community Care Concepts was the clear vote getter. They will receive just over (000 from 100 Women who Care Wilmot. This will assist in opening a "storefront" CCC office in New Hamburg. Executive Director Cathy Harrington was on hand to receive the symbolic "Big Cheque."
We look forward to our Feb 15, 2017 meeting when another 3 charities that support residents of Wilmot will be featured.
Our host, Puddicombe House brought a special treat to the meeting. A sampling of Puddicombe's Spa products were available to sample as well as a draw for a gift basket worth $200. The delighted winner of the basket was member Shirley Dunford.
Look for another surprise meeting-ending treat for our February 15, 2017 meeting.
August 2016: Morningside Ministries
100 Women who Care Wilmot met at Puddicombe House Banquet Hall on Wednesday evening August 17. While holiday time kept attendance lower than usual, those who participated were treated to three excellent "pitches" from local charities.
The meeting kicked off with 100 Women Wilmot member Dawn Malo introducing the recipient of last May's 100 Women Wilmot donation. She was Margot Vanderlaan Development Manager of Innisfree Hospice. Margot indicated that our donation of almost $10,000 has created flower gardens on the patios of Innisfree residents. Our donation also was used to upgrade Innisfree's web page which will deliver more information on the services afforded at the hospice.
Three charities then addressed the membership. 100 Women Wilmot's Kathy Forsythe introduced Executive
Director Ann Bilodeau of K-W Habitation. K-W Hab. provides programming for intellectually disabled clients including a number from Wilmot Township.
Our second speaker was Dr. Anne-Marie Hunter of the New Hamburg Veterinary Clinic. She was speaking on behalf of the Farley Foundation. Farley assists the elderly and those with low income to pay veterinary bills for their beloved pets.
Member Wanda Cakebread introduced Barbara Davies representing Morningstar Ministries. Morningstar provides accommodation and programming for at-risk teenagers.
The vote saw Morningstar Ministries as our members selection for our first meeting of the year.
We expect a full turn out of over 100 members for our November 16 meeting.
May, 2016: Innisfree Hospice of Kitchener
On Wednesday evening, May 18, Innisfree House Hospice was the member/voters' choice to receive our latest charity donation. Over $9000 was donated to assist Innisfree and their clients.
Introduced by 200 Women who Care member Dawn Malo of Wellesley, Innisfree's Development Coordinator Janet Willard outlined Innisfree's mandate, service and population served. Innisfree was joined by presentations from the Waterloo-Oxford Student Assistance Fund and Bereaved Parents for presentations that evening.
The May meeting was 100 Women Wilmot's final one for its 2015-2016 year. Our second cycle begins at 7:00 p.m. on August 17, 2016 at Puddicombe Banquet Hall.
New members are invited to join in the warm glow of giving to our community. Contact moc.sregor@ecyoj for more information.
February, 2016: Interfaith Counselling Centre
From left: Sabrina Hallman, her mom Angie Hallman (who made the winning pitch), Lisa Akey (Executive Director of ICC), and Pat Mighton (100 Women Wilmot member who made the nomination).
Wednesday, February 17, 2016.
New Hamburg-based Interfaith Counselling Centre is the latest recipient of a large financial donation from members of 100 Women Who Care Wilmot.
ICC, which was nominated by 100 Women Wilmot member Pat Mighton, will receive an estimated $9,400. Three not-for-profits gave short presentations before members voted for their prefered organization. The audience gave the most votes to ICC after hearing an emotional speech by Angie Hallman on behalf of the counselling centre. The other two charities at the February meeting were Hope Springs and Community Justice Initiatives.
Judy Nair, executive director of Hospice Waterloo Region, gave a brief update following that organization's winning vote tally in November 2015.
100 Women Wilmot currently has 97 adult members and 14 juniors. Not all of the members attended February's meeting, which took place in Puddicombe House's new conference and banquet hall. The space was donated by the owners.
Learn more at www.100WomenWilmot.ca.
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