Posts tagged Donor Stories
A Family's History of Service

“Our home tended to be occupied by new “Uncles & Aunties” on a regular basis and our parents would house, feed and assist them in navigating their new surroundings,” says Dr. Chhatwal. “As is true for all new arrivals, the first few years can be difficult and challenging and we were taught to embrace these challenges with the hard work and positive outlook that our parents embodied.”

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Expanding the Commitment to Serve our Children and Youth

Thousands of families throughout Waterloo Region and beyond can attest to the life-changing services and support that KidsAbility Centre for Child Development provides. This year KidsAbility is celebrating 60 years of serving children and youth with special needs ranging from communication, physical, general and developmental delays, to more complex diagnoses such as autism and other rare medical syndromes. In short, KidsAbility helps children and youth realize their full potential.

In 2003,…

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Kids to Camp Fund - Letting Kids Be Kids

The Waterloo Region Record Lyle S. Hallman Foundation Kids to Camp Fund has been successfully sending children from low-income families to local day and overnight camps since 2008. The purpose of the fund is to ensure that children in our community, regardless of their family's financial situation, are able to experience summer camp. This year, 16 organizations received grants-worth a combined $46,845-to help send kids to camp. 

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Immigration Partnership Fund Update

Thanks to the work of Immigration Partnership and many community partners, our community has stepped up with nearly $300,000 in donations to support the region's newest residents. 

With The KWCF's matching program in place, this means nearly $700,000 has been made available to support programming and other needs.

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Yassmin GhotbDonor Stories
How a Small Donation Can Make a Big Impact

Back in July 2016, a room full of 200 golfers dug into their meals during an annual charity golf tournament. After a day of swings and putts, everyone at the event, hosted by tenants of the David Johnston Research + Technology Park at the University of Waterloo, was ready to relax.

But when spokespeople for the local Blind Soccer League and a golf program for underprivileged youth stepped up to the microphone, the…

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Scholarship Fund Rewards Student Compassion And Keeps One Incredible Girl's Memory Alive

As a teen, France-Anne Sweeny was determined to make the world a better, more compassionate place. The Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute student spoke out against bullying, helped give suicide prevention workshops, and offered counselling at horse camps. She took soccer, karate, Irish dancing and flute lessons. France-Anne was one to watch. 

But when the 15-year-old's life was cut short in 2009 as the result of a tragic horseback riding…

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Remembering a Loved One and Giving Hope to Others with Cancer

Merv & Diane Redman Family Fund

Ask Merv Redman to describe the first time he ever saw his wife Diane, and it's clear he still has every detail memorized. There was the chance encounter in her law firm's foyer, the immediate sparks and a stumble that made her blush. 

Merv is quick to admit he never stopped trying to get her to blush during the 37 happy years of their marriage. 

"We were a perfect match. When there's talk about soul mates - although that's such a corny phrase - that was…

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A Long-Term Commitment to Our Community's Mental Health

Few would dispute the claim that KW Counselling Services, a longtime KWCF grantee, is the ultimate multi-tasker. 

Committed to creating positive change for vulnerable youth and their families, the agency does everything from offering counselling to individuals, couples and families, helping laid off employees deal with stress, empowering abused women and teaching parenting skills. The agency takes a leading role in advocacy for the LGBTQ+…

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Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers

In September 2015, when the heartbreaking photo of toddler Alan Kurdi, who had washed up on a Turkish shore, went viral, the world could no longer avert its eyes from the Syrian refugee crisis.

Soon, people across Canada jumped into action, offering to sponsor families, donate goods and raise funds to bring the suffering to safety.

But when it was announced that more than 1,000 government-assisted and privately sponsored refugees would soon be settling in Waterloo Region, local community…

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