By Marc Zienkiewicz

The Lac du Bonnet Leader’s Brett Mitchell spent 12 hours outside the Lac du Bonnet Community Centre in sub-zero winter temperatures Nov. 28 to raise money for the community’s new charitable foundation.

Brett Mitchell

“In Memory of Cheryl Bruce”

A substantial pledge was made last week to the Lac du Bonnet Charitable Foundation in the name of the late Cheryl Bruce. Cheryl’s husband John has pledged $5,000 in the name of his wife, who died of cancer earlier this year, and the money will be used to start an “In Memory of Cheryl Bruce” sub-fund. The interest earned will be earmarked for local community initiatives and worthy causes in the future that would be dear to Cheryl’s heart.

“My hope is this fund will be of assistance to those in need in the future, with the emphasis on having Cheryl’s spirit attached,” John said.

Foundation member and Cheryl’s friend Brett Mitchell said the pledge is more than welcome and will ensure Cheryl’s memory and willingness to help her community will live on.

“Cheryl was a great volunteer and an ambassador of this community,” he added.

Cheryl was fond of helping out various community causes, including sitting on the rec district board, volunteering at the Lions Club seniors dinner and donating items to the town nursery school.

“Anything to do with children and needy families was especially of concern to her,” John said.

Cheryl’s friend Marilyn Stewart said the fund will be a fitting tribute.

“Cheryl would have been very proud to be a part of this,” she said.

For information on the foundation and to donate, contact Gus Wruck at 345-2206 or visit the foundation website at