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Community Foundation of Swan Valley

Leaving an everlasting legacy for the Swan River Valley, Manitoba, Canada

Who We Help

2020 Emergency Community Support Fund


The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) was a $350 million investment made by the Government of Canada to support vulnerable populations as they managed the impacts of COVID-19.

The fund was delivered by Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), United Way Centraide Canada (UWCC), and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). Each funding partner, and its network, could support communities in various ways.

The following recipients were chosen by the Community Foundation of Swan Valley Board of Directors.

Canadian Mental Health Association Swan Valley BranchECHO Housing Emergency Self-Isolation Unit$5,000
Swan Valley Crisis Centre Inc.Covid-19 Safety Upgrades$3,500
ÉSRSS Daycare Inc.Hire staff to accommodate the daily Covid-19 policies$6,500
Minitonas First Baptist ChurchOasis Kids Relief baskets$2,000
Association for Community Living – Swan RiverConstruction of Therapeutic Swing at Group Home$1,000
Sunflower Early Learning Centre IncSupport Staff costs due to COVID-19$5,000
Canadian National Institute for the BlindCNIB Virtual Programming – Addressing isolation during COVID-19$1,000
Steeprock Bay Bible CampAdditional COVID costs for Camp 2020$4,500
Bowsman Early Learning Centre
(Wade Philip Galloway Centre)
Enhanced COVID cleaning and sanitation$2,500
Town of Swan River
(Recreation Department)
Swan River Youth Day Camp hall rental$6,000
Municipality of Swan Valley West
(Benito Child Care Centre)
COVID Safe – Cleaning costs due to COVID$1,500
Canadian Liver FoundationLIVERight: Living with Liver Disease Online Series$1,000
Town of Swan River
(Veteran's Hall – Youth Camp)
Swan River Youth Day Camp cleaning supplies$500
Total funds granted$40,000

2020 Fall Grants

Town of Swan River – Veterans Community HallChairs and dollies$10,404
Swan River Adult Education Inc.Storage cabinets$1,000
Bowsman Early Learning CentrePlayground purchase$5,000
Swan River Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39Storage container$2,000
Minitonas First Baptist Housing Corp.Pioneer Lodge roof replacement$10,000
Swan Valley Easy Lopers 4-H Club4-H Equine riding equipment$1,800
Canadian Mental Health Association – Swan Valley BranchHOPE Learning Centre tables and chairs$1,500
Total funds granted$31,704

2020 Spring Grants

MB 150
Harley HouseStained Glass Window Transom$600$550
Swan River Nursery School Inc.Playground expansion – Phase I$3,000$3,000
Tent Town Garden ClubLearners Street Park Enhancement$1,250$1,250
Baseball Legacy CommitteeBaseball Concession and Storage Facility$10,000$4,000
Swan River Day Care Centre Inc.Infant Playground$1,750$1,500
Rural Municipality of MountainMafeking Heritage Site Renewal$2,000$1,000
Swan Valley Historical Museum Inc.Mistletoe Magic Celebrates MB150$2,500$2,200
Apple Schools – École Swan River South SchoolKids in the Kitchen – Commercial Dishwasher$2,117N/A
Swan Valley Archery 4-H Club3D Archery Targets Purchase$3,000N/A
Minitonas and District Arena Inc.Accessibility Enhancement Project$2,000$2,000
Friends of Cowan Wayside ParkCowan Wayside Park – Phase I$3,000$3,000
Benito Legion Ladies AuxiliaryLegion Hall Ceiling Replacement$1,500$1,500
Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics ClubTrampoline Upgrade $1,500N/A
Total funds granted$34,217$20,000

2019 Fall Grants

Minitonas & District ArenaNew Zamboni purchase$15,000
Swan Valley Trails AssociationTrail grooming equipment$2,000
Bowsman Early Learning Centre Inc.Outdoor play equipment and storage shed$4,000
Wellman Lake United Church CampDock replacement$4,000
Harley House CommitteeHeritage Oral history project$2,092
Apple School Programs (Minitonas and ÉSRSS)Healthy food, healthy students, healthy schools$3,000
Swan Valley Animal Protection League Inc.Animal shelter$2,000
Benito & District Recreation Centre Inc.Concession upgrades$4,000
Spitfires Volleyball ClubVolleyball uniforms$500
Heyes Child Care Centre Inc.Cleaning equipment purchase$250
Durban Recreation CentreLandscaping$1,000
Swan Valley Crisis Centre Inc.Security upgrades$4,400
Veterans Community HallStage renovation$4,400
Total funds granted$51,642

2019 Spring Grants

Grant committee members were Lorne Henkelman, Tim Mendel, Henry Rasmussen, Kathy Eggie, Max Polon, Glenda Foster, Theresa McKay, Lynda Parsons, Lew Taylor and Donna Martin.

Swan River Community Centre Inc.Facility upgrades
Swan River Adult Education Inc.Graduation gowns
Sunflower Early Learning Centre Inc.Physical activity equipment and storage
Lavender Good Neighbor CentreHall improvements
2019 MB 55 Plus Games Host CommitteeSports equipment
Big Woody Light Horse & Beef Club4-H Show equipment
Birch River Recreation CommissionBirch River Pool repair
Valley Mountain Recreation Inc.Red Cross Swimming program expansion and equipment at Wellman Lake
Benito School Parent Advisory CouncilString instruments
Swan Valley Agricultural SocietyBathroom accessibility renovation
Minitonas and District ArenaZamboni purchase
ÉSRSS Daycare Centre Inc.Storage shed
Swan Valley Trails AssociationTrail grooming equipment
Birch River Northern NeighborsHall repairs – windows and painting

2018 Fall Grants

Minitonas 4-H Beef ClubLivestock portable panels$1,500
Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics ClubGymnastics equipment upgrade$1,000
Benito Skate Park CommitteeSkate Park construction$5,000
Bowsman Early Leaning Centre Inc.Early Learning Centre construction$7,500
Swan River Senior Citizen CentreRoof insulation upgrade$2,000
Swan River Minor Hockey AssociationRink divider project$2,000
Town of Swan River Recreation DepartmentToddler slide for Aquatic Centre$1,500
Swan River Golf & Country ClubKitchen air conditioning upgrade$1,000
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #39Refurbish Swan River War Memorial Cenotaph$2,775
Swan Valley Regional Secondary School
(Physical Education)
Varsity volleyball team uniforms$600
École Swan River South SchoolMiddle years multi-sport jerseys$1,000
Swan Valley Band Booster Club Inc.Band instruments$2,500
Taylor School Parent Advisory CouncilTaylor School playground enhancement$4,000
Benito Legion Ladies AuxiliaryLegion Hall window replacement$2,000
Wellman Lake United Church CampWater system upgrade$3,000
Communities in BloomDesert planters for Park and Main Street$1,500
Swan Valley School DivisionAPPLE Schools Program support$3,500
North-West Regional LibraryTwo patron chairs$1,020
Benito Child Care CentreCabinets for Centre expansion$4,500
Canadian Mental Health Association
– Swan Valley Branch
Establish Therapeutic Centre$3,500

2018 Spring Grants

Swan River and District Community Resource Council (also known as Service to Seniors)Kitchen upgrades for Seniors Meal Program$1,000
SVRSS Tiger’s Rugby TeamMulti-sport field topsoil application$2,500
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #48 (Birch River)Storage room renovations$1,000
Wellman Lake Bible CampYouth Challenge Course$1,300
SVRSS Baseball TeamTeam jerseys$400
Ukrainian Catholic Hall (Benito)Interior flooring renovations$2,500
Special Olympics Manitoba – Parkland RegionCobra Bowling jerseys$1,300
Swan River Kinsmen Nursery SchoolOutdoor classroom construction$3,000
Bowsman School Garden ClubCommunity garden enhancement$2,000

2017 Grants

Thunderhill Courts Tenants AssociationExercise equipment
Swan Valley Splash Park CommitteeSwan Valley Splash Park project
Swan Valley Communities That CareYouth events
Swan River Adult EducationFurniture and storage
Swan Valley School Division
– SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team
Team jerseys
Swan Valley School DivisionCelebrating the Past, Shaping the Future project
Heyes Child Care CentreChairs for daycare centre
Benito & District Recreation CentreViewing area flooring
Swan Valley Food BankWalk-in cooler
Bowsman & District Curling ClubReplace chairs
Kenville Memorial HallStorage room upgrade
Swan Valley Band Boosters ClubInstruments
Town of Swan RiverPool equipment
Dolyna DancersPoltava costumes
Tent Town Garden ClubVillage Square upgrade
Swan River Communities That BloomEnhance green spaces – Cemetery
Dauphin Amateur Radio ClubWindy Hill battery storage building
Bowsman Early Learning CentreChild care centre
Swan Valley Chamber of CommerceRefinish exterior of Chamber building
Swan River Golf & Country ClubGolf clubs for Junior Program
Tread the Thunder Bike ClubSignage at Museum and enclosed trailer
Town of Swan River – Veterans Community HallRound tables
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueInsulated dog houses
Sunflower Early Learning CentreDaycare equipment
Swan Valley Agricultural SocietyOutdoor entertainment structure
Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics ClubGymnastics equipment
Swan Valley Youth SoccerSoccer fields shelter
Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary BenitoBenito Legion Hall renovations
Swan Valley School Division
– Benito School
Floor curling equipment
Community Bible Fellowship Christian SchoolSports pad

2016 Grants

Grant committee members were Bob Woodward (Chair), Lynda Leslie, Paula Jones, Lorne Henkelman, Eleanor Proppe, Vivian Rooks, Brenna Minish-Kichuk and Barry Rasmussen.

Wellman Lake United Church CampNew doors
Taylor School Parent Advisory CouncilPlayground equipment
Swan Valley Fine Arts FestivalLaptop and printer
Swan Valley Band Booster ClubMusical instruments
Swan Valley Inter AgencyCommunity mobilization initiative training and workshops
Swan Valley Communities that CareEvents for children such as the annual Toys 4 U Drive as well as recognizing youth volunteers
Bowsman Community Skating ArenaHot water holding tank
Benito and Area Drop In CenterNew coat of paint for interior
Swan River Junior Curling ClubCameras at the far end of each sheet to be viewed on TV sets upstairs and downstairs
Swan River Adult EducationWorktables for classroom area at Fifth Street location
Canadian Mental Health Association, Swan Valley BranchWasher and dryer units at ECHO Housing facility
Sunflower Early Learning CentreDaycare equipment and supplies
Tent Town Garden ClubUpgrading the Village Square Garden in Minitonas by installing brickwork
NorthWest Regional LibraryUpdating and increasing audio book collection
Swan River Communities in BloomFlower planters
Harley House CommitteeFurther restoration of historical home
Dolyna Ukrainian DancersUkrainian costume pieces
Swan River Daycare CentreOutdoor gazebo
Swan River Valley Agriculture SocietyEavestroughs for office building, ground preparation to prevent excess water collection
Swan Valley Pee Wee A Hockey TeamJerseys
Veterans Community HallRound tables
Swan River Splash Park CommitteeDevelopment and construction of community splash park
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueSpay and neuter program
Swan Valley Refugee CommitteeiPads to assist in transation
Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland RegionUniforms
Swan River Royal Purple ElksDevelopment of bocce court in Swan River Legion Park
Tread the Thunder Bike ClubBikes and storage trailer
Minitonas Middle Years Parent Advisory CommitteePlayground expansion
SVRSS Youth VoiceItems for blanket exercise, an interactive learning experience that teaches indigenous rights and history
Canadian Red CrossResources and materials for victims of a personal disaster
Bowsman Ladies Quilt GroupDevelopment of quilts for those that need them

2015 Grants

Grant committee members were Bob Woodward (Chair), Paula Jones, Eleanor Proppe, Tony Fahrenschon, Brenna Minish-Kichuk, Vivian Rooks, Lorne Henkelman, Theresa McKay and Shelley Schure.

Swan River Junior Curling ClubInstall on-ice cameras and televisions
Swan River Communities in BloomPlanters
Harley House CommitteeHarley Home window replacement
Swan Valley Communities that CareYouth activities
NorthWest Regional LibraryChildren’s activity learning wall units
Heyes Child Care CentreNew daycare equipment
Minitonas School Parent Advisory CouncilPlayground equipment
Sunflower Early Learning CentreIntercom system for new daycare
Kenville Community ClubImprovements to food booth on Swan River Valley Agricultural Society grounds
Swan River Valley Agricultural SocietyGrounds improvements, including a potential underground drainage system
École Swan River South School Parent Advisory CouncilHot dog cooker and grill cart for fundraising activities
Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba DivisionSwan Valley Radon Awareness project
SVRSS Youth Voice, Breakfast ProgramNew refrigerator and microwave
Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre – SUCCEED Connections (adult life and essential skills) ProgramRange
Swan River Daycare CentreNew play area rugs
Swan River and District Community Resource CouncilDura Tile base to replace wood chip base at Gym in the Park in Swan River Legion Park
Benito School Parent Advisory CouncilNew school playground equipment
Canadian Parents for French (Swan River Branch)French cultural performance and reading program
Swan Valley Cheetahs GymnasticsNew gymnastics equipment
Tread the Thunder Bike ClubBush trimmer and blade to maintain bike trails, as well as future signage
Thunderhill Ski ClubNew helmets

2014 Grants

Grant committee members were Vivian Rooks, Brenna Minish-Kichuk, Paula Jones, Tony Fahrenschon, Theresa McKay, Bob Woodward, Shelley Schure, Lorne Henkelman and Eleanor Proppe.

Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueIsolation pens for cats
Swan Valley Stampeders Hockey BoardHockey jerseys
Town of MinitonasMinitonas Hall renovations
Special Olympics Manitoba ParklandUniforms
Swan River Day Care CentreCubbies
Benito & District Vesselli DancersCostumes
Minitonas Middle Years School PACSchool playground equipment
Swan Valley Crisis CentreFence
Swan Valley Easy LopersEnglish Riding Initiative
Bowsman Skating RinkFacility upgrades
Swan Valley Communities that CareYouth events
Kenville Memorial HallKitchen floor replacement
Harley House CommitteePurchase antiques
Communities in BloomGreen space enhancement
Heyes Child Care CentreShelving unit
Swan Valley Regional Secondary SchoolMini We Day
Skateboard UnionYouth snowboard park
Swan River Kinsmen Nursery SchoolFence
Swan River Rotary ClubLegion Park outdoor exercise equipment
SRFC Youth CentreYouth education
Dolyna DancersCostumes and perogy maker
North-West Regional LibrarySmart television monitor

2013 Grants

Grant committee members were Lorne Henkelman, Shelley Schure, Marvin Kovachik, Paula Jones, Judy Storjord, Brenna Minish-Kichuk, Don Mullin, Jim Sutherland, Bob Woodward, Vivian Rooks, Shelby Robb and Dennis Hodgson.

Association for Community LivingInstallation of automatic doors
Swan River Adult EducationEbooks for adult learners
Swan Valley Credit Union Aquatic CentreAdvanced aquatics training
Health Awareness Department,
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Health Awareness Program
Benito Royal Canadian LegionLegion Hall roof repairs
Community Bible Fellowship Christian SchoolTraverse climbing wall
Heyes Child Care CentreOutdoor play equipment
Swan River Ladies Golf ClubAir conditioner and computer
Swan Valley Communities that CareYouth activities
Durban Recreation CentreKitchen upgrade
Benito LibraryAudio books for sight impaired
Dauphin Amateur Radio ClubRice Creek Tower
Communities in BloomTown beautification and environmental awareness
Cowan Community CentreWashroom and kitchen renovations
Swan River & District Community Resource CouncilLaptop computer
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueLaptop and internet upgrade
Harley House CommitteeHarley House upstairs renovations
North-West Regional LibraryLiteracy Program
Benito & District Recreation CentreFire suppression system
SVRSS Youth VoiceMini We Day
SVRSS Youth VoiceInterdisciplinary Breakfast Program
Minitonas Arena BoardFemale change room
Minitonas School Advisory CommitteeOutdoor school playground equipment
Dolyna DancersCostumes
Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics ClubGymnastics equipment

2012 Grants

Grant committee members were Lorne Henkelman, Shelley Schure, Marvin Kovachik, Paula Jones, Judy Storjord, Brenna Minish-Kichuk, Don Mullin, Jim Sutherland, Bob Woodward, Vivian Rooks, Shelby Robb and Dennis Hodgson.

SV Animal Protection LeagueWarm up shed
Minitonas & District ArenaOutdoor lighting and kitchen electrical upgrades
Special Olympics Parkland RegionBanner and equipment
Veterans Community HallPaint community hall
Birch River Northern Neighbors Senior CentreRoof repairs
Richardson Recreation & Wellness CentreWellness Centre
École Swan River South School Day CarePlayground equipment
Swan River Minor HockeyHockey jerseys
Youth VoiceConference and snack program
Students Who Care, École Swan River South SchoolWe Day 2013
North-West Regional LibraryChildren’s technology area
Community Bible Fellowship Christian SchoolSnowshoe project
Minitonas Middle Years SchoolPlayground equipment
Heyes Child Care CentreChild care centre
Swan River & District Community Resource CouncilCommunity education and awareness (project and mic)
Swan Valley Air CadetsFlight simulator for air cadets
Harley House CommitteeVerandah for Harley House
Kenville Memorial HallWashroom upgrade

2011 Grants

Grant committee was Marvin Kovachik, Paula Jones, Vivian Rooks, Donna Stewart, Jim Sutherland, Lorne Henkelman, Don Mullin, Shelley Schure, Judy Storjord, Shelby Robb, Brenna Minish-Kichuk and Bob Woodward.

Community Bible Fellowship Christian SchoolPlayground equipment$1,000
Mafeking & District
Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 93
Floor cleaning machine for hall$1,000
Swan River Urban Forest CommitteeTree naming plaques$1,150
North West Regional LibraryAudio books$1,000
École Swan River South School Day CareTV, DVDs, CDs, toys, books$1,250
Kenville Memorial HallKitchen counter replacement$750
Swan Valley Recreation & Wellness Centre $5,000
Heyes Child Care CentreSchool age children day care
equipment and supplies
Harley HousePurchase heritage house$800
Benito Vesseli Dance ClubSenior costume funding$1,000
Durban Recreation CentreAppliance upgrades$1,000
Swan River & District Community Resource CouncilLifeline expansion$2,000
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueCat facility$500
SVRSS Social Justice CommitteeConference expenses and videos$1,250

2010 Grants

Grant Committee members were Terri Wyatt, Paula Jones, Vivian Rooks, Norm Moore, Shelley Schure, Marg Neely, Brenna Minish-Kichuk, Jim Sutherland, Bob Woodward, Judy Storjord, Lorne Henkelman, Donna Stewart and Don Mullin.

Dolyna Dancers Inc.Senior youth group costumes$400
Taylor School Parent Advisory CouncilPlayground beautification$700
Hero Club NorthComputer system$800
Earth Rangers (Benito School)Gardening project$700
Benito & District Recreation CentreRoof upgrade$1,000
North Mountain RidersFish Road lighting$400
Swan Valley Food Bank3 door cooler$400
Kenville Memorial HallKitchen countertop replacement$700
Swan Valley Animal Protection LeagueCat facility$600
Veteran’s Community HallKitchen update$500
Shaker Misto Dance ClubCostumes$400
Bowsman School Parent Advisory CouncilPlayground project$700
Swan Valley Cheetahs Gymnastics ClubGymnastic equipment$500
Benito & Area Drop in CentreWii system, Wii Fit program$500
North West Regional LibraryAudio books$400
Mafeking Fire DepartmentEmergency scene safety equipment$800
Bowsman & District Curling ClubLighting conversion$500
Harley House CommitteeHarley House restoration$800
Skateboard UnionSkateboard park$1,500
Benito SchoolGeocaching equipment$700
Birch River Legion Branch #48Redo kitchen counter tops$800
Bowsman CemeteryCemetery upkeep$150

2005-2009 Grants

Grants Committee members were Marg Neely (Chair), Vivian Rooks (Vice-Chair), Bob Woodward, Lorne Henkelman, Shelley Schure, Donna Stewart, Don Mullin, Judy Storjord, Jan Linklater, Connie Waito and Jim Sutherland.