Support for Seniors Lunch Program

In December 2015 the Lac du Bonnet and District Charitable Foundation granted $950 towards the purchase of a new fridge for the seniors lunch program established by the Two Rivers Seniors Council. Read about it on page 6 of the February 18, 2016 issue of The Clipper here.

Halfway There!

We are over half way to our fund raising goal for the Thomas Sill grant. We received a cheque from Thomas Sill for $12,500. See the article “LdB Foundation Halfway to their fund raising goal” on page 13 of the November 12, 2015 issue of The Clipper here.

Leverage Your Contribution to the Community with the Thomas Sill Foundation

Would you like it if every two dollars you contributed for the wellbeing of your community counted as three?  From now until mid-September 2016 this can be the case thanks to the Thomas Sill Foundation.

The Thomas Sill Foundation is a philanthropy operating throughout Manitoba in support of our province’s communities.  Besides responding to communities’ immediate-wellbeing needs such as poverty, mental health and family safety, it also supports community projects in the arts, heritage, health, education and the environment.  One of its most prominent on-going activities is support of the Lake Winnipeg Project.  To find out more about the work of the Thomas Sill Foundation view their webpage at

Now the Thomas Sill Foundation is partnering with the Winnipeg Foundation to support the building of community foundations throughout Manitoba.  From now until September of 2016 Thomas Sill will match an extra dollar for every two dollars donated, up to a maximum of $50,000, in donations, to community foundations who maintain their endowment with the Winnipeg Foundation.  The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation, a Community Foundations of Canada member and Canada Revenue Agency registered charity has its endowment managed by the Winnipeg Foundation and therefore qualifies for this support.

The Board of the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation urges you to take advantage of this opportunity to leverage your giving in the community.  Help us support worthy projects, in our community, like the Wildlife Association’s Blueberry Ponds Development and the Lion’s Accessible Play Park.   It’s easy to donate by going to and clicking on “Donate Now” under the Endow Manitoba logo.   Help us make our community more livable, …today, …tomorrow and …forever.




Community Foundation Signs Agreement Establishing Bursary Fund


Left to Right: Mau Rutherford, Foundation Chair; Gus Wuck; John Barnard (Foundation President)

Community Foundation Signs Agreement Establishing Bursary Fund

The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation has signed an agreement with Dr. Gus Wruck establishing the Winnipeg River Education Bursary Fund.  Dr. Wruck is establishing the fund with an initial endowment of $5000.  The earnings from the endowment will be granted to deserving students pursing degrees in a healthcare profession including food-animal veterinary medicine.  Secondary consideration will be given to students pursing degrees in science or agriculture.  Special consideration will be given to a student expressing a wish to return to service in the Lac du Bonnet area.

The fund is a donor directed fund.  Dr. Wruck will be the donor/advisor. Any addition to the fund is subject the condition that the capital be held in perpetuity for the maintenance of regular bursary awards. “I have established this fund with two thoughts in mind, the first is to promote the education of people with skills needed in the Community and secondly, to challenge other people in our community to make similar donations” said Dr. Wruck.

Harry Josephson Foundation Endowment Transferred to Community Foundation


Left to right: Gordon Emberley, Chairman and Emily Konopetski, Recording Secretary of the Harry Josephson Foundation present cheque to John Barnard, President of the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation.

On Friday December 12th the Board of the Harry Josephson Foundation donated its capital endowment of nearly $20,000 to the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundations Health and Senior Services General Fund. It will continue to be used to enhance the quality of life for seniors in the Lac du Bonnet area in keeping with the wishes of the late Harry Josephson who established the fund in 1999.

The fund has been used in the past to provide facilities and furnishings for the Bonny Vista Seniors Housing but the Harry Josephson Board has found it increasingly difficult to utilize the fund solely for those purposes under the tight standards of Manitoba Housing. “The Harry Josephson Board felt that it would continue to serve seniors well and best honour the wishes of Harry Josephson by placing the money with the Charitable Foundation” said Gordon Emberley, Harry Josephson Board Chairman.

The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation works closely with other community groups and with government to fund worthy projects within the Community that make Lac du Bonnet a better place for living. In total more than $7,000 was granted in 2014. Specifically related to the cause of seniors, in 2013 the Charitable Foundation helped the Heart & Stroke Foundation place an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator in the Pioneer Club.

Find out more about the work of the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation at its website To donate, click on the Endow Manitoba icon on the home page and scroll down to the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation listing.