Team Deschenes to represent Ontario at the 2019 U18 Curling Championship

We are so very proud to sponsor this amazing group of young ladies.  They recently won the U18 Ontario Championship and will represent Ontario at the Canadian Championships in Sherwood Park, Alberta April 2-7.  Team Deschenes - Emily Deschenes, Emma Artichuk, Jillian Uniacke, Celeste Gauthier, Grace Cave and coach Greg Artichuk – from the Manotick Curling Centre, put on an examplary display of curling going undefeated through the women’s round robin and holding their opposition to an average 3.63 points per game.

As they prepare for Nationals, please visit their gofundme page, where you will find links to their Facebook page and twitter account.  You can cheer them on, wish them luck and follow them when they compete in Alberta.

Congatulations and best of luck to team Deschenes!

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 benefited 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 plus 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 $539,000 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 was set. Jim was able to reach this goal through the generosity of like-minded donors who wanted to support children’s literacy within our community. To-date, several donors including Jim had committed in excess of $116,000 in the final year of the charity golf tournament. Jim believes there is no such thing as an unrealistic objective, only an unrealistic timeline.

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)

Retired Investment Advisor Roberta Driscoll was a main part of our team and an even larger part of her community when it comes to fundraising for Parkinson's Disease. Bobbie joined RBC Dominion Securities in 1982 and advised clients about their portfolios for the better part of 36 years up until her retirement in May of 2018. She acted as the Chief of Operations for our team in support of the decision making, wealth, and investment management process. 

Bobbie is a founding member and co-chair of Partners Investing in Parkinson's Research (PIPR) successfully raising funds for Ottawa based research for Parkinson's Disease. Here's some background on Parkinson's Disease and her fundraising efforts with 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 Bobbie's former colleagues with RBC Dominion Securities also have Parkinson’s disease in their families. They came together, along with other members of the investment community to form Partners Investing in Parkinson’s Research (PIPR). They wanted to make a difference in the community by helping fund the world class research that is being done in Ottawa, and make a difference in the lives of their loved ones. The ultimate goal is to find a cure.

They committed to a ten year plan, with an overall goal of raising $1,000,000 and are thrilled to announce that in 2015 they achieved the $1,000,000 goal, 3 years ahead of plan. As of 2018, the amount of funds raised stand at $1,300,000. 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 on PIPR or to donate please visit Partners Investing in Parkinson's Research. If you're looking for more ways to give visit The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

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