Ontario Trillium Foundation 2007 Great Grants Award Winners: Northwestern Ontario

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    THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 27 /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 Thunder Bay, September 28. The evening will be hosted by CBC Radio's
Lisa Laco.
    "The Great Grants Awards celebrate the vision, commitment and energy of
Ontario's volunteers and community organizations," said Mr. L. Robin Cardozo,
CEO. "We're excited to be holding 17 award events across the province. This is
our 25th year of strengthening communities and we look forward to many more."
    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 Northwestern Ontario, 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: Northwestern Ontario

    -   Arts and Culture: Visions and Light Film Festival is a yearly event
        using film to raise awareness and understanding about mental illness,
        addiction and AIDS/HIV. The festival was created by the Canadian
        Mental Health Association in partnership with the Centre for
        Addiction and Mental Health and the AIDS Committee of Thunder Bay.

    -   Sports and Recreation: Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay reduced
        recreational barriers for youth by investing in a mobile skate park,
        which gives kids a safe place to participate in their favourite

    -   Environment: The Northwestern Ontario Conservation Partnership, a
        collaborative with the Rainy Lake Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy
        of Canada and the Rainy River Valley Field Naturalists, spearheaded a
        strategy to identify and preserve significant natural heritage
        features within the region, established a wetland bog walk in
        Alberton Township and opened an office in Fort Frances.

    -   Human and Social Services: Equay-wuk (Women's Group) of Sioux Lookout
        updated and revised a cross-cultural reference resource called "A
        Guide to Professional Caregivers - Self Advocacy for First Nation
        Clients". The resource is in great demand across the country, helping
        to foster understanding between cultures.

    -   Grant Review Team Chair's Award - for exemplifying the spirit of
        volunteerism: Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay helps those in need of
        adequate shelter work side by side with volunteers to build simple,
        decent housing in the community.

    -   25th Anniversary Award - for remaining a leader in the not-for profit
        or charitable sector by consistently delivering on the Foundation's
        granting priorities: The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise was
        created in 1995 as a women's community loan fund. Today, it is a
        multi-faceted women-centred community economic development program
        supporting PARO groups across Northwestern Ontario.

    The 2007 Great Grants Awards will be held Friday, September 28 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; PARO Centre for
Women's Enterprise: Rosalind Lockyer: (807) 625-0328, rlockyer@paro.ca;
Habitat for Humanity Thunder Bay: Diane Mitchell: (807) 345-5520,
habitat@tbaytel.net; Visions and Light Film Festival: Lyle Nicol: (807)
626-8111, lyle_nicol@camh.net; Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay: Albert
Aiello: (807) 623-0354, TBBGC@tbaytel.net; Rainy Lake Conservancy, Phyllis
Callaghan: (807) 274-4684, dcallaghan@terrapintech.com; Equay-wuk (Women's
Group): Felicia Waboose: (807) 737-2214, equaywuk@nwconx.net

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