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Phone: 204-822-5614

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PO Box 50049, Morden, MB

R6M 1V1

Pay it Forward May Coloring Contest

L-R  Marlyn Linaug of Morklers, Altheya Denisse Silva, MAF Executive Director Lynda Lambert.

Thank you to all of the people that entered our coloring contest, held by Morklers and the Morden Area Foundation along with the Winkler Community Foundation. What a wonderful and talented area that we live in. Everyone that entered should be proud of their art work and deserves to win. It was extremely difficult to come up with just one finalist. After much deliberation and discussion Morklers chose the winner.
Congratulations to Altheya Denisse Silva for winning the grand prize. She had provided Morklers, with what they thought were three prizing winning entries. The global pandemic one, was the one that stood out the most. It best reflected the state of the world and the crisis that we are going through. The picture of the palm tree and beach, what we all need to do, relax, and take it one day at a time. The final picture of the forest and sunset are of things to come and hope that everything will turn out for the better.
Seen here is Altheya Denisse Silva along with Marlyn Linuag from Morklers and Lynda Lambert from the Morden Area Foundation, receiving her grand prize.
Morklers were proud to be sponsors of this contest and look forward to working with our local community on other upcoming events over the year. Pay it Forward May is now over, but that does not mean that you should stop paying it forward, staff at Morklers try and continue to pay it forward all year round.

First time award for Bill & Linda Fehr Scholarship to mature student heading back to school June 2019

L-R  MAF Executive Director Lynda Lambert, Fund holder Linda Fehr, and recipient Oxana Kilikova.  Photo credit Golden West Pembina Vally Online.

Bill & Linda Fehr Scholarship fundholder Linda Fehr presents the first scholarship grant since the scholarship’s inception to Oxana Kilikova in the amount of $500.  This scholarship is presented to an individual who has graduated Grade 12, is out of school working for 1 or more years, and chose to return to post-secondary school to further their education.  Congratulations Oxana!  We wish you well at Red River College.

EMMS Grade 5 Students Fundraiser Matched by MAF June 2019

École Morden Middle School teacher, Becky Williams, also a member of the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) Board, has been working with her students all year to teach random acts of kindness.

One of these acts was a taco bag fundraiser for Katie Cares during Pay-it-Forward May.

“Their kind of slogan for this grade five class is ‘kids helping kids.’ That’s why they wanted to do these beanie babies in particular because they knew that they could buy those things and it’s going to help little kids,” says MAF Executive Director, Lynda Lambert.

The MAF already partners with schools in the Western School Division, so it only seemed natural to work with the students by matching their donations.

$710 was raised at the Taco in a Bag lunch, and $28.55 from a couple of students that sold homemade slime. With those funds doubled by the MAF, $1,477.10 was presented to Katie’s Cottage Wednesday morning.

Lambert says that teaching kids about what they can achieve when working together is important for the community, and future of the foundation.

“There is so much that you can do. When they are taught these random acts of kindness too, that’s no money involved in that, you’re just doing things for people,” she says.

The class was also invited to take a tour of the cottage with Ruth Reimer to learn about the impact their donation will make.

Written by Brooklyn Toews of The Winkler/Morden Voice

June 2018  CFDC Museum Establishes a New Heritage Trust Fund

L-R:  MAF Board Member, Allison Braun, Executive Director Lynda Lambert, CFDC Executive Director Peter Cantelon, TWF Director of Finance Susan Hagemeister, TWF Endow MB Program Specialist Denise Campbell.

June 1st, 2018 the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (CFDC) became the FIRST in Manitoba to get on board with the new Government of Manitoba Heritage Trust Program with a whopping $20,000 kick start!

This program is designed to support the long term sustainability of museums and archives in Manitoba.  This is a matching program wherein the CFDC  has three years to raise $50,000 and at the end of the three years the Government of Manitoba will match the fund 2 to 1 and add $25,000 to the fund.  During the 3 years the monies will be held at and administered by The Winnipeg Foundation (TWF) and at the end of the term, all monies will be transferred into the CFDC fund held llocally at the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) as per the Government of Manitoba requirements.

“It’s the most significant contribution from a funding perspective that the Province has made … as incentive funding, there hasn’t been anything like this” Peter Cantelon explains.  “We already understood and were convinced of the value of the fund with our local foundation, so when this was announced, we knew we had to take full advantage if it”.

The CFDC fund held at the MAF currently sits at approximately $32,000 and by the end of the three years when the $75,000 is transferred over from TWF to the CFDC fund held at the MAF, the CFDC fund will be well over the $100,000 mark.

Susan Hagemeister, Director of Financie for TWF, pointed out that the CFDC will also gain some immediate benefit from the trust fund.  Susan says “Next year this endowment fund will pay back to the CFDC for its Board to use at their discretion, but primarily it will probably to be used for their operations.”

If you are interested in donating to the CFDC Manitoba Heritage Trust Fund, please click on the following link or contact the MAF at 204-822-5614 or email

March 2018 – Tipping Recycling Bins Leads to Large Donation by MWM

L:R – Lynda Lambert  – MAF Executive Director, Al Sloan – MAF Board Member, Merley Wiebe – MAF Board Member, Myrna Wiebe – MAF Board Member, Allison Braun – MAF Treasurer, and MWM Morden Sales Representative Larry Klein

The Morden and Area Foundation (MAF) received a financial boost Tuesday afternoon thanks to Municipal Waste Managment (MWM).  “It means a lot to the foundation to see the support of the local businesses,” said MAF Treasurer Allison Braun.

MWM donated $1,496 to the Foundation’s endowment fund, which is used for MAF’s annual granting.

Morden sales representative for MWM Larry Klein said for every recycling bin tipped by their trucks during the previous year, five cents were donated back into the community. This past year a total of 29,924 carts were tipped.

Klein said this is something the organization has done since coming to the community and they’re looking forward to continuing the initiative.

He said they chose the Foundation because it benefits multiple charities.  “If you work in the community, you should give back to the community,” said Klein.

Photo and story courtesy of Dantin Reimer, Golden West Radio, Pembina Valley Online.

May 2018   EMMS Grade 5 Students Pay it Forward … Kids helping Kids

The EMMS Becky Williams Grade 5 students make the world a better place, a few Beanie Babies at a time.  These students partnered with the Morden Area Foundation (MAF) to grant $1,000 to Katie’s Cottage for new Beanie Baby bags for sick children in hospital.

As part of the MAF Pay it Forward May program, these Grade 5 students held a taco in a bag lunch fundraiser during the month of May for the 3rd year in a row.   The students themselves speak to management at both Giant Tiger and Morden Coop Foods to request donations of supplies for their project.

Once the supplies are delivered to EMMS they get to work chopping lettuce, cooking hamburger and shredding cheese.  They presell all lunches to students, teachers, family and friends.  The day of pick up for the lunches, the students line up at work stations and each take a job.  One cuts the bag open, one scoops the hamburger, one scoops the salsa, one adds the lettuce, one adds the sour cream and one adds the cheese.  It is a very fine tuned job and a job very well done!

Earlier in the year, the students met with the MAF Executive Director who teaches them about a foundation, how it operates, and how they as a Grade 5 student can greatly impact their community.  They are taught that by partnering together with each other, local businesses, and the MAF, they have great power to help others.

The students chose to donate to Katie’s Cottage because of their “kids helping kids” motto.  They are kids who are helping to brighten the day of sick kids in hospital.   After hearing the story of Katie Reimer herself being a sick child in the hospital, asking her mother to buy teddy bears for the sick children in the hospital with her, the Grade 5 students decided they could do that too.  It is very fitting these students carry on a gesture that Katie herself started from the love overflowing in her heart for other children.

“Kids giving to kids is just the best thing” says Ruth Reimer of Katie’s Cottage.  “They really have given from their hearts.”  Ruth continues “It is overwhelming at times when I think about the generosity of these children and what they did.”

South Central Cancer Resource – $50,000

The start of a stable future for SCCR.  Cancer seems to be a growing factor in the world today no matter where you are.  The SCCR Board made the commitment to open a new fund to help ensure the future of their services to all those affected by cancer.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to donate and help grow this fund and know the interest earned from this fund will be used to help sustain the SCCR services for many years to come.  Board members left to right:  Rachel Dell, Cindy Terwin, Pam King, Elaine McLennan, June Letkeman, Carla Van Hove.

March 3 2018 3rd Annual Power of the Purse

The organizing Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for participating in the 3rd Annual Power of the Purse brunch.

This year was successful with 105 women participating which is over and above the goal of 100.  The event raised $10,550 due to the number of participants and extra $50 donation. According to the Charity of Choice cards, the funds are divided as follows:

South Central Cancer Resource

Free headwear for clients                           $ 4,540.00

Pembina Hills Arts Centre

Free Creative Play Program                        $ 2,254.00

City of Morden /Western School Division

Mental Health Week                                   $ 3,756.00

Congratulations to these excellent charities for their hard work within the community!!  We all look forward to hearing how these donations have helped to make Morden a better place to live and visit.

Mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Power of the Purse for Saturday, March 4, 2019.

Once again 100 dynamic, vibrant, and passionate women are invited to bring $100, listen to presentations of three local charities with specific projects, and donate $100 to your charity of choice that is closest to your heart.

The goal is to raise and grant out $10,000 within 100 minutes with 100 women with $100.

In order to meet this goal, the MAF is in search of sponsors to support the costs of this fundraising event and support local charities of choice.

The Women’s Giving Circle was developed specifically to help women and children within Morden and area. The Power of the Purse was developed by the WGC specifically to raise funds to build the WGC Fund and grant to charities in support of women and children while building relationships with the women in attendance.  Women need other women for support in many areas and this year’s Power of the Purse is focused on helping teens, women, mothers, and grandmothers in various ways.

Come out for a wonderful brunch served by Homestead South, listen to three local charities make presentations on specific projects they have developed to address issues of concern for women and children of Morden and area, then make your personal, individual choice as to which charity or charities you would like to support with your $100 donation. Tax receipts will be issued in the amount of $85 whether you attend the brunch or are unable to make it.

Lorne Stelmach of The Voice newspaper reported that “it was an interesting concept to have input on where your donated dollar goes”. He also reported that “it’s a wonderful social time to get together and also to hear what some of the organizations are doing and how we can assist them … to do what they do best”.

How It All Began – Morden is a Community of “Firsts”

The Morden Area Foundation was born out of a simple but powerful challenge. On October 15, 1993, the Thomas Sill Foundation announced a five-year program to help create community foundations across rural Manitoba, offering matching funds of up to $1,000,000 for these communities. The Sill Foundation would match a community’s contributions on a $1.00 to $2.00 basis, giving each community the opportunity to receive up to $100,000 over four years. In addition, the Sill Foundation also provided up to $2,000 in assistance to help community foundations meet start-up costs.

Thomas Sill (1905-1986) was a chartered accountant who was very successful in business. He founded a prominent account firm, Sill, Streuber, Fiske & Company (now BDO Dunwoody), and was very successful in the stock market over several decades. Following his death, the Thomas Sill Foundation was established, which is Manitoba’s largest private charitable foundation.

Morden was the first community in Manitoba to accept the Sill Foundation’s challenge. Local community builders including Ivadell Sigurdson and Marilyn Skubovius worked hard to solicit the donations needed to meet this challenge. In the Foundation’s first annual report for 1993, the directors wrote, “At this point we have raised $25,000 and have received $12,500 from them. This seems like a formidable challenge but quite within our reach.”

By 1996 the fund had grown further, with $75,000 raised from the local community and $37,500 from the Sill Foundation. Fundraising efforts continued, and in October 1997 the Morden Times headlines read, “Morden Foundation hits fundraising target.” The accompanying article quoted foundation spokesperson Marilyn Skubovius: “This community comes through. We were always confident they could do it.”

Morden was also the first community in rural Manitoba to distribute grants, awarding $3,000 in grants in November 1995. Funds were awarded to the Morden Multiplex, Morden Library, Morden Day Care, Morden Caring & Sharing, and the Pembina Valley Bible Camp.

A Special Bequest

In 2008 the Morden Area Foundation learned that Mr. Kenneth Clarence Westfall (1934-2008), a lifelong farmer in the 1-6 area, had included the Foundation in his will. Mr. Westfall was a very private person who did not want an obituary or a memorial service. His estate was split between five local charities, and his ashes were spread on his own property under two old oak trees known as the “swing trees.”

There are many ways that donors, large and small, can give to our community. Contributions can be made through a gift of money, a gift of life insurance by naming the MAF as a beneficiary, a gift in memory of a friend or relative or in a family name, and through bequests like this one. We are grateful for donors like Mr. Westfall. His foresight brings lasting benefit to our community.

2015 – Jean’s Day Donation by Access Credit Union

So many people believe they don’t have a big enough amount saved to give to the MAF … so they end up not giving at all.  I always try to point out that every donation no matter how small always counts because it is added to another small donation which is added to another and so on.  This donation started with $2 per week per employee over a period of one year which accumulated to $2,442.   That is a lot of money that didn’t break any one person’s bank account.  Then the Morden ACU matched and leveraged this donation to become a $4,884 donation.  Then the Thomas Sill Foundation has matched and leveraged this donation again to turn this donation into a $7,326 donation to the MAF general endowment to be held forever.  The money will go directly back into the community through granting on the interest earned from the endowment fund.  The crazy part about all this is that it all started with a donation of just $2.  Can you imagine where the foundation would be if everyone donated just $2 per week for one year?

2014 – Your Dollars make a difference

2014 Scholarship

In 2006, Elizabeth Janzen nee Hopkins received two scholarships from the Morden Area Foundation.  These awards helped Elizabeth to pursue a career in the field of music therapy.

She attended the Canadian Mennonite University, received a university degree, completed the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program, and received accreditation status from the Canadian Association for Music Therapy.  Today Elizabeth is working as a fulltime music therapist in both Winnipeg and Steinbach.  She works with children with special needs and adults with developmental disabilities.

In a recent letter to the Morden Area Foundation Elizabeth writes, “Thank you for your generous gift that has helped me to become a successful music therapist.  Thank you again!”

2014 Community

Breakfast Program – With a $3,500 grant from the Morden Area Foundation’s Women’s Giving Circle, Mrs. Jones of the Healthy Minds Breakfast Program is able to provide nutritious breakfast choices for children before school.  This grant offsets costs at the Maple Leaf School, Ecole Morden Middle School and the Minnewasta School.

2014 Youth In Philanthropy (YIP)

Evelyn Domitruk has been a member of YIP at the Morden Collegiate Institute for three years.  Phillip Duncan is the teacher guiding the YIP students along this philanthropic journey.  YIP falls under the MAF umbrella and each year that YIP raises $3,000, the MAF matches this amount.  The students then decide where they want the money to go, approach the organization they feel the most passionate about, and ask if there is a project they can help with.

Evelyn states, “As a 17 year old, I don’t have much political power, but in our school YIP gives me the power to look into arising issues, help with both money and spreading awareness, and most important make an impact on our community.”

2014 Legacy

Morden Area Foundation Board member Rob Dudgeon was pleased to accept a $73,000 cheque from Louis Tanguay and Megan Dias of the 2014 Morden Stanley Winkler Manitoba Games Host Society.  This donation represented half of the surplus funds generated by the hosting of the surplus funds generated by the hosting of the Games last winter; an equal amount has been donated to the Winkler Community Foundation.  These funds will be endowed by the foundations, and the earnings will be distributed to charitable organizations working to support competitive sport in their respective towns and areas.