Foundations Register Organ Donors at 2013 March 27 Blood Donor Clinic

On 2013 March 27 the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation and the Pinawa Community Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Blood Services and Transplant Manitoba ran a campagne to register organ donors.  Manitoba has one of the lowest percentages of organ donors with less than 4000 people registered.  The Foundations set up a logo_suflbooth with computers and on-line links to Transplant Manitoba’s sign up for life website.  Out of 114 blood donors in attendance on March 27th 53 were registered as organ donors.


Press Release (Wednesday March 6th):The Lac du Bonnet and District Charitable Foundation Responds to the Pinawa Challenge. Sign up for Life on March 27th.

The Pinawa Foundation partnered with Transplant Manitoba to promote the cause of organ donation by registering 500 Pinawa residents to be organ and tissue donors at  In initiating this “Drive to 500 Campaign” they have issued a challenge to neighbouring communities to match or exceed the goal of 500 registered tissue donors.  The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation supports the cause of tissue donor registration and urges you take up the Pinawa Foundation’s Challenge.

logo_suflOrgan donation saves and improves the quality of life for thousands of Canadians every year. Registering your wishes to be an organ and tissue donor not only helps someone else, it helps your family as well. When you register your wishes, this information is made available to your family at the right time, ensuring that your donation decision is known and respected. By making a donation decision today, you relieve your family of the burden to make this decision without your input.

To assist in this objective the two foundations, in collaboration with the Canadian Blood Services and Transplant Manitoba will be holding a registration drive at the next Lac du Bonnet Blood Donor Clinic scheduled for 2013 March 27th at the Lac du Bonnet Community Centre.  Computer access for immediate online registration will be provided and personnel will be available to help you register as a tissue donor and insure that your community is credited with your registration in the drive for 500 challenge.

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You do not have to wait until March 27th to be included in the “Drive to 500”.  You can register now to be a donor at  You will be issued a donor card, which you can print out at that time.  Once you register, you need to e-mail a copy of your donor card directly to  In the subject line of the e-mail, just say:

Lac du Bonnet Resident

If you have previously registered to be a donor, you can still be part of our campaign by e-mailing a scanned copy of your donor card to the email address above with your town or municipality of residence in the subject line.

Foundation Host Community Celebration with a Pork Barbecue

On September 3rd the Labour Day weekend the LdB Foundation hosted a Thank You Lunch for the Community for our recent sucesses over the past three years. In addition this was a a marketing activity to make the community aware of our role in the community. O

Pictured are current and past Presidents (Gus Wruck & Cliff Zarecki) ready to greet visitors to the booth with various informational handouts. All went well until a rain shower came over but by that time we were nearly out of food.

Foundation Member Attends Community Foundations of Canada Conference in Vancouver

On May 11th to 14th of this year, John Barnard, the Fund Development Chair for the Foundation attended the Community Foundations of Canada national conference in Vancouver. The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation was able to secure scholarship support from The Winnipeg Foundation, The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company and the Thomas Sill Foundation.

John’s major observations were the vast amount of information and the range of subjects that were discussed. Most important for John was the opportunity to meet with and discuss issues with Community foundation members from small local foundations and foundation that recently started.

For a complete report from John on his attendance, please click Vancouver Conference.

For a complete webpage dedicated to the conference, Please click CFC 2011 Conference

A listing of the presentations given at the conference is available under Resources or click Presentations. All of the Presentations have a link to the actual presentation.

The Foundation is very grateful that John was able to attend this very important and useful meeting to learn more of how community foundations operate.

Foundation Holds Annual Annual General Meeting on April 27 2011

Foundation Holds Annual Annual General Meeting on April 27 2011

On April 27th of 2011 the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation held its Annual General Meeting for 2010. Several reports were given. Out going President, Cliff Zarecki noted that our total funds were now nearly $200,000 and several significant donation were received in the past year.

He noted that in 2010 the Foundation was able to give out the first grants to the community. About $600 was granted to the Community Centre to assist with upgrades to the bowling lanes and similar amount was granted to the Library for painting upgrades. It was anticipated that there will be considerably more funds to give back to the community as our funds have grown considerably.

Mr. Zarecki also noted that we have at least one corporate partner, Acsion Industries has challenge grant out for its employees. Acsion Industries will match up to $25,000 over the next five years all donations made by its employees to the Foundation. See story below.

AcSion Industries Partners with Foundation

From Acsion Industries

The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation and Acsion Industries are please to announce a new corporate partnership program for Acsion’s current and past employees and contractors. The “Thank-you Lac du Bonnet” program sees Acsion match the donations made to the foundation from their employees and contractors over the next five years, to a total of $25,000. Acsion has also set-up a payroll deduction plan to make it easy for staff to donate.

“Lac du Bonnet has been a great home for many of Acsion’s employees and contractors”, said Chris Saunders, President of Acsion. “Many of our staff have lived and worked here for decades. This new partnership with the Lac du Bonnet Foundation allows us to say thank-you to the town in a significant, on-going way”.

“The Foundation welcomes Acsion to our family of corporate partners”, added Maurice Rutherford, Chairman of the foundation. Their generosity will help us raise as much as $50,000 to support the great charities in our town. This is a wonderful gift for the foundation and we hope that their “Thank-you Lac du Bonnet” program can become a model for other local companies as we work together to grow the foundation”.

The funds generated from the program will be added to the endowment funds of the foundation. The revenues generated from these investments will be donated annually to worthy charities in and around Lac du Bonnet. For the complete news release: Acsion Partners with LdB Foundation (.pdf).

Foundation Hosts a Wills Seminar in Feb 2011

In February of 2011 the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation hosted a wills seminar for residents of Lac du Bonnet and District. About 28 people came to hear Mr. Bill Bodman from Selkirk discuss the importance of using a will in estate planning. Mr. Gerald Hawranik a lawyer and former MLA discussed the legal ramifications of not having a will.

Casual Friday brings in money for charity

Horizon Insurance Staff Members Give to Foundation

By Lory Mitton

An initiative by the women working at Horizon Insurance is contributing $431 to the Lac du Bonnet and District Charitable Foundation. Last year the group chose as an office to raise money through a weekly happening they call, “Casual Friday”. The decision allowed the women to wear jeans at the office on Fridays so long as they gave $2 to a collection which would be given to charity.

“Sometimes we didn’t wear jeans,” manager Carol Oucharek said stating that the relaxed tradition was just something simple they wanted to do. “The main idea was to give to the community so they can help others.”

Last week Oucharek and the five other women at the office presented the foundation with the money they collected.

Gus Wruck, vice president of the foundation hopes the effort will encourage others in the community to find creative ways to contribute to charitable causes.

“It was a spontaneous initiative that the foundation is very appreciate of,” he told the Leader. “We’re very pleased.”

The Lac du Bonnet and District Charitable Foundation is a community of donors working to enhance the quality of life in Lac du Bonnet. The funds raised are pooled and a board of directors supervises the resulting investment portfolio. The income from the portfolio is made available for distribution to support charitable activities in the local community.

Foundation Receives Significant Donation from Local Fund

In February the Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation received a sum of $54,000 from a local fund that was set up many years ago to assist a local resident. The money was not needed for this resident and it was with the accumulated interest given equally to two community groups in Lac du Bonnet. The Foundation was selected to receive one portion of this money. This amount of money represents one of the larger single donations received to date to the Foundation. Thank You!