CFOW announces LEAD grants 

Foundation grants now total more than $163,000

The Community Foundation of Whistler released its first round of grants for 2004, with $9,737 going towards the community LEAD (Leadership, Engagement and Development) Grants program.

The Whistler Museum and Archives Society received $2,500 to fund a Bear Field Ecology Program for students.

Sea to Sky Community Services received $2,100 to fund the creation of a parent drop-in advisory committee in Whistler.

The Zero Ceiling Society received $1,799 to fund its Peer Mentorship Program. The program assists at-risk youths and First Nations candidates who were chosen to participate in Zero Ceiling’s snowboard instructor program with support and counseling from previous graduates.

The Success Foundation of School District 48 received $1,500 to fund the Whistler Secondary School Drama Club’s production of Footloose.

WAG received $935 to fund their Animal Awareness/Safety Education Program for Kids.

The Kelty Patrick Dennehy Foundation received $900 towards a Teacher and Counselor Training Program on Teenage Depression.

The LEAD Grants were made possible by the Vancouver Foundation and income from the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation Fund, which supports projects for children, youth and families.

Since 1999 the CFOW has made grants to a variety of community projects that benefit the environment, children, youth and families, and to help non-profit groups build their capacity.

Total CFOW grants since 1999 are now in excess of $163,000. A further $34,000 in grants will be announced next week, including the Environmental Legacy Fund Grants for 2004.

The annual Scholarship Award Recipients and the details of the first Jill Ackhurst Social Action Fund will be announced at the CFOW’s annual Success Showcase on May 28.

The Whistler Youth Foundation, which was created in the spring of 2003, has recently formalized its grant process and applications have been distributed to locations in Whistler, Pemberton and Mount Currie.

"This has been an exciting time in the development of the Foundation," said Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, president of the CFOW. "With the creation of the new Pemberton Community Fund and the Glacier Creek Development Corporation Fund, we are moving closer to our vision of providing dedicated philanthropic leadership and resources, in perpetuity, to Sea to Sky communities.

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