South Central Regional Library 2022 Grant for Storage Shed

South Central Regional Library $1,500 Book Storage Shed

SCRL stores books all year long for their annual book sale, however, due to COVID their annual book sale was cancelled.  SCRL now hosts several small book sales throughout the year.  Nonetheless, people drop off books and more are collected throughout the year therefore more space was needed for storage.  This new shed now houses the books that are collected, sorted, recorded, boxes, and stored while waiting to be brought out for future book sales.  Thank you SCRL for continuing your book sales fundraising program and giving the public the opportunity to share the stories, history, and education these books offer. Left to Right – Board members Oleksandra (Sasha) Annamuradova and Phyllis Loewen.  Due to poor weather conditions, SCRL board members and director were unable to attend to accept.

MAF Citizen of Distinction Award 2022 Nominations now being accepted

Morden Area Foundation Citizen of Distinction 2022 Award nominations are now being accepted to recognize and honour, on an annual basis, citizens who have a strong commitment to making the City of Morden and area a better place to live, visit and play through their long-term commitment by service and excellence in leadership in either volunteering and/or work employment. DEADLINE: 5pm March 31, 2023. Citizen of Distinction nomination form.

2022 Grants Awarded

Morden Area Foundation Grants Over $26,000 to Community Projects in 2022

The Morden Area Foundation supported seven community organizations in 2022, enabling many community organizations to complete their projects. $23,545.00 was granted from the MAF annual interest earned on the MAF community fund and $5,325 was granted from the Sports & Recreation Fund.

MAF 2022 Community Grants:

South Central Regional Library Morden Branch: Book shed $1,500
Many Hands Resource Centre: Refrigerator $7,775
Genesis House: Commercial kitchen space $9,000
Morden Multicultural Winterfest: Enclosed shelter $170.60
Pembina Hills Art Council: Portable printing presses $1,603.10
Douglas Kuhl School of Music: Digital piano $1,200

MAF Sports and Recreation Fund Grant:
Morden Multicultural Winterfest Enclosed shelter $5,325

Morden Area Foundation Establishes the Midge & Lorne Kyle Memorial Fund

Morden Area Foundation opens the Midge and Lorne Kyle Memorial Fund

Established in loving memory of Midge and Lorne Kyle by their family and friends, their memorial fund supports general applications for a wide variety of projects that support the charitable purposes and activities of the Morden Area Foundation.

Lorne & Midge arrived in Morden in 1957 and over 60 years they watched Morden grow from a small town of 3,000 to a city. The Kyles contributed to Morden’s growth through their volunteer efforts, coaching baseball and softball, delivering food hampers and their dedication to the Elks, Royal Purple and St. Thomas Anglican Church. Lorne & Midge firmly believed that what you give to others makes life more valuable. The family felt that establishing a fund with the Morden Area Foundation provides them with flexibility and guidance to continue giving in their honour. According to Colleen Kyle, her parents would be delighted to continue building a community that they loved.

New Scholarship Established in Memory of Isaac & Dorothy Kroeker

Morden Area Foundation Establishes the Isaac and Dorothy Kroeker Memorial Scholarship Fund

The family of Isaac and Dorothy Kroeker established a scholarship fund with the Morden Area Foundation in loving memory of their parents and grandparents to highlight the values they lived by during their lifetime in Morden.

Isaac Kroeker grew up on a farm south of Morden and went to school at Mountain City. Dorothy Doerksen was raised on a farm south of Niverville. They met through mutual friends in Winnipeg and were married in 1951, taking up residence on Alvey Street in Morden. They lived there in a number of houses renovated/built by Isaac until Dorothy passed away in 2016. Initially employed as a heavy equipment operator at Pembina Mountain Clays strip mining bentonite near Miami, he moved over to Morden Lumber and Fuel in the mid 60’s and eventually became the Plant Manager at Valley Concrete until he retired in.199?  Dorothy was an efficient home-maker raising six children, but became very involved in the operations of the Morden Thrift Shop, volunteering there, in various capacities, for over 30 years. They were long time volunteers and recognized for their efforts at the Morden Tabor Home. Both were extensively involved in many aspects of the life of their church, Christian Life Centre. In just one of their many contributions, they completed three volunteer work assignments in Kenya.

Like many of their generation, they were raised during the depression and their education was limited to grade school. Self-sufficiency, thrift, and hard work were the order of the day for much of their working lives but all suffused with love for God and a desire to serve their community; values they lived by and ultimately passed on to their family.

This scholarship fund is created to assist a deserving student in the community pursuing higher education (in any discipline) with a $750 award who has demonstrated tenaciousness in overcoming adversity as well as demonstrated evidence of volunteerism and a willingness to assist others.