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Prince Albert Area Community Foundation announces annual grants and scholarships

Wednesday was a good day for many of the area’s arts, culture and support programs, as the Prince Albert Area Community Foundation (PAACF) announced recipients of grant funding, as well as United Way funding and a pair of scholarships.

The ceremony was held at City hall in the morning, and a wide variety of programs received grant funding.

PAACF has been in existence since March 1999, and is a growing capital fund, of which the earnings are used to support local charitable needs and interests.

Donations themselves are never spent. Instead, they are invested, and the earnings from those investments go towards the grant and scholarship funding. PAACF also manages the John Diefenbaker fund on behalf of the city and the Rawlinson Centre, and collaborates with the Community Scholarships fund and several private funds. It also distributes grants from the Moffat Foundation and manages finds from the United Way – Saskatoon for the Prince Albert branch.

The 2018 recipients are:

Scholarships

Laroche Scholarship — Heiki Wicks of Birch Hills High School
Community Scholarships — Jayden Bissky, Laura Doderai and Megan Evans

United Way Funding

Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit Co-op — domestic violence and sexual assault program: $11,000 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

PAACF funding

Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan — Minds in Motion: $10,000, has three components (exercise, social, mental stimulation) for Alzheimer victims and their care partners.

Catholic Family Services of Prince Albert — Coping with Grief: $4,885, group sessions for children 6-13 years of age to focus on helping children deal with grief and loss, plus two parent sessions.

Family Futures — Milk Coupon project: $10,000 to purchase milk coupons to be redeemed by a retail network.

Jubilation Residential Centres Inc — OTA TA YA YIN: $5,150 for a dedicated, in-house counselling service for First nations/Métis elders.

Mann Art Gallery — iMAGine ARTS: $3,000 to support monthly outreach programs in public long-term care homes.

Prince Albert Community Networking Coalition — Coordinator position: $9,000 to support a coordinator position to facilitate the collaboration and efficiency of community resources.

Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit Co-op — Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program: $13,295 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault

Saskatchewan Association for Community Living, Prince Albert Branch — Interec Summer Camp 2018: $10,000 to provide support workers to increase the participation in our community of people with intellectual disabilities

St. Mary Daycare Inc. — Teen/infant accessibility: $2,000 to help meet costs of transportation to school for student families

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