Gus Wruck and Cliff Zarecki

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.

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.

Banner Bearers are Sara Petersen and Rebecca Betker from Lac du Bonnet before parade.

Banner Bearers: Sara Petersen and Rebecca Betker

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.

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

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 on previous post dated April 25, 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.

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.

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!