Mayor awards Moffat funds

By Merna Emara
Staff Writer

Fort Frances Mayor June Caul announced the Moffat Family Fund recipients last week during the Committee of the Whole meeting.

The fund, organized and given by the Winnipeg Foundation, allocated $93,750 to organizations in the community with the aim of supporting and advancing the economic, social, physical and intellectual well-being of children and families in the community.

The first recipient is KidSport Fort Frances, an organization that Caul said receives 100 applications per year from low income families requesting financial support to help with the cost of sport registration and equipment. KidSport Fort Frances is one of the 166 community chapters across Canada, Caul said.

KidSport Fort Frances received $4,980.61.

“Every year we help families with over $10,000 in sport registration fees,” Caul said. “We believe that no kid should be left on the sidelines and also be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sports. They distribute grants and promote local organized sports.”

The second winner is Borderland Pride, which received $2,490.30.

Caul said this organization’s promotion and implementation of community events forms part of the 2020 LGBTQ2 Pride Festival for Fort Frances and the surrounding area.

The third winner is the Salvation Army Fort Frances Corp., which received $10,098.18.

Caul said the funding will provide a virtual online summer camp experience for every child in Fort Frances with a kit consisting of hands-on activities, participation guide to educational videos and interactive sessions, participatory t-shirts and a week’s supply of nutritious foods.

“The online platform would be launched at the beginning of August 2021 and provides a flexible schedule for children and their parents to tune in,” Caul added.

The fourth winner is the North Western Health Unit’s Nutrition on Weekends Program. They received $10,000.

“This program improves health outcomes in children by increasing food availability and nutrition to children who have been identified as having insufficient access to healthy food during the weekend,” Caul said.

The Fort Frances Community Garden and Kids Club provides a communal gathering for people of all ages and abilities to come together to share, learn and grow healthy foods. They received $1,965.09.

The garden has grown to include 100 spaces, 45 ground plots, 54 raised beds and 20 Kids plots. The priority projects for this season include the expansion of their raised bed program, expanding water access on site, installation of a water tank and development of a sustainable compost program.

Riverside Foundation for Healthcare received $10,000.

The foundation has recently launched a capital campaign towards the purchase of a new CT scanner and a new digital mammography machine and the upgrade of the X-ray rooms from analog to digital.

“This will allow Riverside Healthcare Facilities to continue to provide high quality health care for families and individuals in the Rainy River District,” Caul said.

Sunset Water Sports was also among the list of recipients. They received $14,000 that will go towards the purchase of a 25-foot utility trailer for conversion into a mobile carrier washroom and adaptive equipment trailer.

Caul said this would allow individuals in wheelchairs or with mobility needs an accessible washroom facility at events.

Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau received $10,000 in order to create an aisle of food preparation and distribution area to increase the efficiency of the Family Centre’s kitchen, and provide installation of a commercial dishwasher.

Caul said this will reduce single use plastics and disposable dinnerware to reduce operating costs and negative environmental impacts.

The ninth organization is Community Living Fort Frances and District, which received $3,212.45 to build on the success of the Open Air Art Studio which was first established in the summer of 2017.

“The open air art studio will continue to provide community members with weekly art sessions in an environment that promotes creating connections amongst participants,” Caul said. “The sessions are always free of charge and are held in public park spaces which are easily accessible to all.”

Friends of the Fort Frances Public Library received $7,551.85 that will go towards creating an initiative designed to spark dialogue and action in the community in order to prevent substance abuse in teens and youth.

The final recipient is 908 Rainy Lake Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The squadron will be receiving $12,451.52 to subsidize the increasing cost of rent to secure and safe weekly meeting places.

“Their goal is to continue to have the air cadet program free of charge,” Caul said. “So all youth ages 12 to 18 can participate regardless of each child’s economic, social, physical or intellectual challenges.”

Caul said she thanks the Moffat Family Fund for sponsoring every year.

Summary of recipients and funding allocation:

KidSport Fort Frances – $4,980.61.

Borderland Pride – $2,490.30.

Salvation Army Fort Frances Corp. – $10,098.18.

NWHU Nutrition on Weekend Program – $10,000.

Fort Frances Community Garden and Kids Club – $8,965.09.

Riverside Foundation for Healthcare – $10,000.

Sunset Water Sports – $14,000.

Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau – $10,000.

Community Living Fort Frances and District – $3,212.45.

Friends of the Fort Frances Public Library – $7,551.85.

908 Rainy Lake Squadron – Royal Canadian Air Cadets – $12,451.52.