As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend, we reflect on those who have given to us. Let us take a moment to extend an extra special thanks to the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region who has been a tremendous support to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and a terrific funding partner with the Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation. The Catholic Community Foundation has supported high school graduations, chaplaincy programs and elementary school initiatives, as well as St. Louis program needs.
Among the 50 schools in the Waterloo Catholic system, St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres has been a humble recipient of a few grants from the Catholic Community Foundation over the years.
We have applied for and received funds from the Catholic Community Foundation mostly for educational resources; money we would not otherwise access to purchase because of Ministry of Education funding restrictions for use of funds toward adult education.
With the Catholic Community Foundation’s generous support, our students have benefitted from the use of:
- A full-body mannequin (150lbs to simulate the average person’s weight) for our personal support worker students to learn the proper lifting techniques, cleansing, teeth brushing, dealing with prosthetics and other medical needs in a lab setting — all before they go into field placement and onto employment.
- 2 Brightlinks projectors strategically placed in our adult secondary school credit classrooms for maximum use.
- Barbering kits to learn the trendiest cuts in the industry for our hairstyling and barber training program.
- Demonstration cameras and a Brightlinks projector for our culinary arts students to watch and learn professional cooking techniques before attempting themselves.
The Waterloo Region Catholic Schools Foundation has specifically supported the establishment of our Student Success Centre with a one-time gift toward Technology Assistive Devices for those adult students with learning challenges. And in the last few years, the Catholic Schools Foundation has shown appreciation to our Culinary Program for their main course preparation at the Bishop’s Banquet, a major Foundation fundraiser.
Just this past year, both Foundations have joined forces to fully support our purchase of a heavy-duty mobile floor lift for the PSW program. This lift would be used for those times when a client may fall out of bed or their chair and need to be lifted back from the floor. The mobile lift tool is expensive and very important to train on, before PSW’s have to use them regularly with patients in long-term care.
We feel the most blessed by the Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region’s generosity and automatic annual bursary funds designated to every Catholic high school and St. Louis. This significant support we receive each year is intended to help us help our most vulnerable students in financial need. These funds generally help students by reducing the barriers to fully participate in school activities. St. Louis has supported dozens of students over the past 5 years with course costs, transportation needs and even basic emergency necessities.
In the spirit of counting our blessings and expressing gratitude humbly, we are careful not to apply for community grants every year. However, when we have asked, we have received. Thank you to the Catholic Community Foundation for your generosity of just a little over $20,000 and to the Catholic Schools Foundation for almost $7500. We are truly blessed!
Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region Grants
|2013||$5150||2 Brightlinks projectors|
|2014||$1500||student bursary fund|
|2015||$1500 + $5601||student bursary fund + Brightlinks projector, document camera for Culinary, mannequin for PSW, barber kit for Hair Program – something for each of our skills training programs|
|2016||$1500||student bursary fund|
|2017||$1500 + $2330||student bursary fund + mobile floor lift|
|2018||$1500||student bursary fund|
Waterloo Region Catholic School’s Foundation Grants
|2015||$2405||Student Success Centre – Assistive Technology|
|2016||$1000||Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program|
|2017||$2330 + $1000||PSW mobile floor lift + Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program|
|2018||$750||Bishop’s Banquet gift to Culinary Program|