Partnership grows!

The Grade 3’s at the Minnewasta School had a good idea that grew into something more for local fury friends.

The Grade 3’s held a bake sale and raised $257.65. They were going to donate the monies directly to the Pembina Valley Humane Society (PVHS) but decided to partner with the Morden Area Foundation to create an even larger grant to the PVHS for the much needed new cat and dog beds at the shelter.

Students Mia Brass and Austin Dyck made a presentation to the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) as to why they wanted to donate to the PVHS. The Grade 3’s had gone to a lot of great work learning about non-profits, choosing a local non-profit organization to donate to, making a plan on how to raise monies, and then completing the plan. The MAF Board was so impressed by their work, the Board chose to team up with the Grade 3’s by offering a matching grant for $257. Together the Grade 3’s and the MAF granted $514 to the PVHS.

Congratulations Pembina Valley Humane Society! Thank you for your continued hard work in taking care of Morden and area’s fury friends. And thank you Minnewasta School Grade 3 students for the opportunity to partner with you in the wonderful project.

Morden Fire & Rescue

Thanks to a couple of large donations from Enbridge and the Morden Area Foundation, Morden Fire and Rescue has been able to add a rescue boat to its fleet of emergency vehicles.

The boat is to be used on Lake Minnewasta but can also be accessed within the mutual aid district. “We hope we never use it for saving a life … we want to wear it out training” says Fire Chief Andy Thiessen. “We’ve had a number of instances over the years where we’ve been fortunate enough to obtain a boat that’s already on the water, but that’s not something that we can depend on.” He added “now this is something we can depend on that we can use for rescue purposes.”

Morden Services for Seniors

The Morden Area Foundation teams up with the Morden Services for Seniors to purchase a much needed new stove. This project was a joint effort involving donations from local seniors plus $1,000 from the MAF. “This project was very exciting to see it come together with the help of so many” says Karen Dyck, Resource Coordinator for the Morden Services for Seniors. “This new stove replaces our old stove of 20 years. Hopefully this will last another 20 years”. This new stove will certainly help with the meal program available for all seniors. The congregate meal programs provide a full course, hot, nutritious meal served at noon Monday – Friday and available to all seniors for a nominal cost. Thank you once again to the generous community of Morden.

City of Morden – Recreation Department

Morden can officially call itself a True Sport Community.

Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe and Morden Area Foundation Executive Director Lynda MacLean signed the pledge to adhere to the principals of a True Sport Community on Wednesday.

The Morden Area Foundation partnered with The True Sport Foundation to grant the City of Morden in the amount of $32,000 to be used toward sporting needs identified by the community. In a community focus group the projects selected for funding included: baseball diamond repairs or upgrades, mobile tennis and pickleball nets, as well as official and coaches clinics for a variety of sports.

“Partnering and working together with organizations is at the very core of the Morden Area Foundation. By leveraging MAF funds with True Sport funds, the MAF was able to grant with greater impact to the City of Morden. Now that’s exciting!,” shared MacLean. “The MAF looks forward to working on more projects like this to help build Morden and area into an even greater place to live and visit.”

Mayor Ken Wiebe says it’s part of the city’s mandate, to make Morden as healthy as possible. True Sport Foundation is a series of programs designed to give communities and organizations the means to take advantage of the benefits of sport. Their goal is to make sure everyone’s sporting experience is based on fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun.

Morden is the 3361st Canadian community to join the True Sport Community.

Camp Bridges

Camp Bridges is a special weekend camp held at the Pembina Valley Bible Camp. It provides a camping experience for children and teens between the ages of 7 – 17 who have experienced the recent death of someone significant in their lives. Camp Bridges offers an opportunity for children and teens to express and learn to live with their grief through engaging in memorial activities and typical camp activities like archery, campfires, horseback riding, and wall climbing.