The Perth Union Library Children’s Literacy Program

Each summer the Perth & District Union Library runs a literacy tutoring program for children ages 4-8 who need extra help reading. The program reaches at risk readers in Lanark County schools and more than 1,400 area children have benefitted from the program over the last 25 years. The Library hires tutors to facilitate the program and provides each child with 10 one-on-one hours of summer reading activities.

Ten years ago Jim Noble was looking for a local community program to support through an annual fundraising golf tournament. He strongly believes that reading is a core skill that raises one’s quality of life and standard of living. Each year Jim invites clients, business associates, family and friends to join him for a day of golf and dinner. All of the participants generously make a donation to the Children’s Literacy Program. With their support, more than $271,000 has been raised!

Jim realizes that a longer term approach is needed to ensure the legacy of the Perth & District Union Public Library Children’s Literacy Program. With the support of The Perth and District Community Foundation and the Perth & District Union Library a permanent endowment fund has been created for children’s literacy programs. The annual cash flows generated from capital within this fund is intended to exceed the needs of literacy programs for perpetuity.

An ambitious fundraising goal of $500,000 has been set. Jim hopes to reach this goal through the generosity of like-minded donors who want to support children’s literacy within our community. To-date, several donors has already committed in excess of $225,000. Jim believes there is no such thing as an unrealistic objective, only an unrealistic timeline. He firmly believes this $500,000 objective is attainable in our lifetime.

For more information please visit The Perth & District Union Library or to donate please visit The Perth and District Community Foundation.

Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR)

Parkinson’s disease in the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s affecting more than 100,000 Canadians, including 8,000 here in Ottawa. Sadly, Roberta Driscoll's husband, John was diagnosed with the disease 23 years ago. There are no proven treatments that can slow the relentless progression of this disease, only drugs to help manage the wide range of symptoms.

Two of my colleagues with RBC Dominion Securities also have Parkinson’s disease in their families. We came together, along with other members of the investment community to form Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR). We wanted to make a difference in our community by helping fund the world class research that is being done in Ottawa, and make a difference in the lives of the people we love. Our ultimate goal is to find a cure.

We committed to a ten year plan, with an overall goal of raising $1,000,000. We are thrilled to announce that in 2015 we achieved our $1,000,000 goal, 3 years ahead of plan. As of 2016, the amount of funds raised stood at $1,060,000. All funds raised have stayed in Ottawa and are at work in the research labs of the Parkinson’s Research Consortium at the Ottawa Hospital. The Parkinson’s Research Consortium is working on the development of new drug treatments and targeted gene therapy to help stop the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

In recognition of her exemplary commitment through her dedicated volunteerism, Roberta was honoured to be awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General in 2016.

In November 2016, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ottawa Chapter awarded the PIPR volunteers with the award for Outstanding Philanthropic Group as nominated by The Ottawa Hospital Foundation

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation recognized PIPR’s efforts by naming them the recipient of the 2012 Inspiration award.

For more information or to donate please visit Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research.

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