On June 20th the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation held its annual Granting Ceremony at Chatelech High School Theatre. The total giving over the last 11 years has topped $588,000!
More than 70 people joined the Board at a reception prior to the ceremony as the donors were acknowledged for their contribution to the endowment funds. Over 170 people attended the grant ceremony and following celebration of the 47 grants of over $146,000 were handed out this year.
Foundation Chair Shelley McDade recognized several people including current board members: Honorary Director Don Basham, Janet Crowe, Vice Chair Vicki Dobbyn, Dave Doig, Secretary Catharine Esson, Treasurer Karen Esplen, Kelly Foley, Chad Hershler, Chad Price, Past Chair Cam Reid, Cathy Smider, Carmen Sombrowski, and Barrie Wilbee, along with executive director Sandra Cunningham. The Foundation has several new endowments, totalling 48, with the latest being the Barrie Wilbee Bursary for Sunshine Coast Entrepreneurs established by Community Futures Sunshine Coast to honour the many years Barrie Wilbee has been on their board.
The Sunshine Coast Arts Council was featured this year as they presented three award recipients from three of the four endowments they hold at the Foundation.
View this video interview with Don Basham.