Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Niagara



    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Six remarkable Ontario not-for profit
organizations will be honoured for the difference they have made in their
communities at the Ontario Trillium Foundation's 25th Anniversary celebration
in Niagara Falls, October 15th. The evening will be hosted by Nancy McIntosh,
(formerly of 1220 CHSC Radio) from Community Care of St. Catharines and
Thorold.
    "The Great Grants Awards recognize the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Brian Hutchings, OTF
Board Director. "This is our 25th year of strengthening communities and we're
celebrating by holding 16 award events across the province. We look forward to
meeting community members in the Niagara Region who help make Ontario a great
place to live."
    The Foundation presents the Great Grants Awards every two years. The
award winners were selected by volunteers who serve on the local Grant Review
Team. In Niagara, six organizations were chosen for their outstanding
achievements in the Arts and Culture, Sports and Recreation, Environment and
Human and Social Services sectors.

    
    2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Niagara

    -   Arts and Culture: R. Nathaniel Dett BME Church. A National heritage
        site, the church was granted funds to restore the R. Nathaniel Dett
        Memorial Chapel and preserve historical documents in the Norval
        Johnson Heritage Library. Over 2,000 people visit the church annually
        and devoted volunteers have operated and maintained the facility for
        years

    -   Sports and Recreation: Niagara Regional Minor Football Association.

        Without volunteers, amateur sports in Canada would not exist. With
        OTF funds, the Association bought new equipment, so kids could be
        safe playing the game they love. Over 140 volunteer coaches, trainers
        and board members contribute over 8,000 hours to administer and
        operate the organization.

    -   Environment: Morgan's Point Conservation Area c/o Wainfleet Lions
        Club.

        Working with OTF funds, the Niagara Peninsula Conversation Authority
        and the Township of Wainfleet, the Lions Club rallied the community
        through fundraising and donations of labour and equipment. The
        installation of signs, fencing and a playground, combined with dune
        and park rehabilitation helped restore and protect the Lake Erie
        shoreline.

    -   Human and Social Services: Peace Bridge Newcomer Centre

        The Centre created an integrated and coordinated system to link
        newcomers with existing supports and services. Since opening its
        doors in December 2002 in a temporary trailer, it has helped close to
        15,000 adults and children. The Centre is the first of its kind in
        Canada.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplifying the spirit of
        volunteerism:

        The Early Childhood Community Development Centre c/o Kiwanis Clubs of
        Niagara. The collaborative delivered new books and toys to 140
        daycare centres across Niagara. Volunteers from five area Kiwanis
        clubs visited each of the 140 daycare centres to read with the
        children.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: Niagara Peninsula Homes. The group launched the
        Good Food Box project, an innovative plan that brought nutritious
        food directly to low income people. The program evolved into "Niagara
        Presents," a small business initiative that makes high end gift
        baskets using local produce.
    

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Monday, October 15 from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The award presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. The Ontario
Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. To learn more
about OTF, visit www.trilliumfoundation.org





For further information:

For further information: Carolyn Bennett, Writer/Communications Officer,
1-800-263-2887 ext. 293, cbennett@trilliumfoundation.org; R. Nathaniel Dett
BME Church: Wilma Morison: (905) 358-9957, bmechurch@bellnet.ca; Niagara Minor
Football Association: Rick Oreskovich: (905) 356-4343,
roreskovich@hotmail.com; Wainfleet Lions Club: Earl Sibbald: (905) 899-1328,
esibbald@vaxxine.com; Peace Bridge Newcomer Centre: Catherine Mindorff: (905)
658-3322, pbnc@firststepsincanada.com; Early Childhood Community Development
Centre: Tammy Ferguson: (905) 646-7311, tferguson@eccdc.org; Niagara Peninsula
Homes: Betty Ann Baker: (905) 788-0166, nph@niagara.com


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