Announcing Community Fund for Canada's 150th Grant Recipients
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, the Community Foundation of Whistler partnered with Community Foundations of Canada, and brought in local partner American Friends of Whistler, to participate in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.
The fund is a grants program that supports community initiatives, activities and events in that inspire understanding, encourage participation and bring out the best that Whistler has to offer now and for the future.
Partnering with the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th provided us with access to matching funds to make more grants to organizations within the local community. The Community Foundation of Whistler contributed $7,900, the American Friends of Whistler contributed $5000 to create a total of $25,800 of grant funding to the following projects:
Sea to Sky Discovery: A Storytelling Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary- Whistler Writing Society $3975
Sea to Sky Discovery: A Storytelling Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary is a performance event by established Canadian and Indigenous authors, and local Sea to Sky Corridor writers and musicians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with the Sea to Sky community. We will invite 3 to 4 established, award-winning literary authors who are Canadian and/or Indigenous to share the stage with 3 to 4 local writers who are chosen from a contest. The contest will have three categories: Open, Youth (up to 18 years) and Indigenous. One writer will be chosen from each category to perform at the event, to be held in June at the Maury Young Arts Centre. Contest genres may include literary fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and spoken word.
Show Us Your Whistler- Whistler Multicultural Network and the Whistler Public Library $3837
A photo challenge to those living and working in Whistler to reflect on and share through images, how they see various aspects of personal community life in Whistler. All residents and especially youth are invited to submit photos on themes of my home, my culture, my town, my work, my family. Free workshops on photo composition and technique will be offered to help residents get started. Selected photos will be displayed at the Whistler Public Library, launching with the Whistler Multicultural Festival on June 9th and on display until July 1st (Canada Day)
Neighbourhoods Work- Whistler Centre for Sustainability $3000
Neighbourhoods Work is essentially a Neighbourhood Block Party with a greater purpose to increase social connections between neighbours, catalyzing neighbourhood self-organization, and connecting residents with community organizations and neighbourhood history. We plan to have 5-6 events hosted in neighbourhoods around Whistler. The events are hosted by a team of neighbourhood volunteers.
Whistler Remembrance Place- Whistler Rotary Club Foundation $15,000
By moving the cenotaph to the flagpoles in Whistler Olympic Plaza, we will be creating a place of honour in a visually stunning setting that is more easily accessed and will hold the growing Remembrance Day crowds. The new location will also create a four season place where people can view and contemplate all that's signified by the cenotaph.
About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is matched and delivered locally by Canada’s 191 community foundations.
To learn about projects that are happening all across Canada, visit the 150 Alliance.