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Children’s Foundation to honour ‘community champions’

GUELPH - The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington (CFGW) will recognize some of its strongest community champions at the annual Around the World Gala on Oct. 14.

“We’ve had tremendous growth in our programs over the last several years,” said Glenna Banda, executive director of the Children’s Foundation.

“As we grow and are able to reach more children and families in need, we find even more families turning to us. We literally could not continue to have this impact without the dedication and support of our donors, volunteers and community members.”

The annual Around the World Gala, presented by Dan Burnham and The Co-operators Insurance,  features three recognition awards.

Sandra Weafer Community Champion

This year’s recipients of the Sandra Weafer Community Champion award are Nellie and Lennie Diakiw, who organize the annual Diakiw Invitation Golf Tournament in support of the Children’s Foundation Adopt-A-Family Program.

Over the past six years, the tournament has raised more than $40,000 for Adopt-A-Family, making the wishes of more than 200 local kids come true.

Adopt-A-Family holds a special place in the Diakiws’ hearts, officials say, and  they strongly believe in the spirit of the season and want to help bring joy to those that need it.

Sponsor of the Year

Cargill is a strong supporter of many of the Children’s Foundation programs.

“They have been a consistent supporter of Food and Friends, helping provide healthy nutrition to hungry kids through student nutrition programs; their employees loyally support Adopt-A-Family and two years ago, Cargill established the $2,500 Cargill Scholarship to support youth entering trades or agriculture,” officials state.

Through Cargill Cares, an employee committee dedicated to making a difference in local lives, Cargill has had an incredible impact.

Mary Carlin - Volunteer of the Year

This year, the Volunteer of the Year Award is renamed to honour longtime volunteer, Mary Carlin.

She was instrumental in the establishment of the Children’s Foundation Adopt-A-Family Program and in many of its milestones since, officials say.

Recipient Michael Douglas first volunteered with the Children’s Foundation at Trees for Tots 2015 and was quickly drawn in and decided to become more involved.

He says volunteering is a highlight in his life, “Each time I see a child, youth or family benefitting, I am filled with a sense of pride and satisfaction.”

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