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Fund Facts: James Slusarchuk Memorial Fund

James Slusarchuk Memorial Fund The James Slusarchuk Memorial Fund is an open scholarship available to any student graduating from a Mission Senior Secondary School who wishes to pursue post-secondary studies.  Further consideration is given to students who have...

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Fund Facts: Mission Youth Centre Fund – MY House

Mission Youth Centre House Fund - MY House Vic & Hilda Hollister established the Youth Centre fund in 1991 to support Mission youth since its inception Mission Community Services has opened Mission Youth (MY) House. Youth who do not have support networks...

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Beloved Benefactor Passes

Dennis Derrough was a compassionate man who loved his family and his community.  He served on the Mission Community Foundation board of directors from 2008 to 2015 and was the face of the Foundation as the Chair of the Distribution Committee from 2000 to 2015, and...

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2018 Mission Community Foundation Scholarship Awards

On May 2, 2018 the Mission Community Foundation presented 58 students with $70,000 worth of bursaries and scholarships, as well as awarding 2 free tuitions to UFV.  This was our 30th year of presenting awards and we invited Norm Cook, an original board member, and...

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National volunteer week is April 18-24, 2021 and Mission Community Foundation couldn't function without the generosity of it's volunteers. Without you it could not exist. THANK YOU for all that you do to help us help others. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our friends from the Animal Welfare Fund are having their annual plant sale fundraiser. Sales help feed this fund. ... See MoreSee Less
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Fund Facts: Robin and Fran Sorrell FundThis is a dual purpose fund providing scholarships to graduating students, as well as a grants for organizations involved in English literature with emphasis on poetry. Robin grew up in rural Saskatchewan and in 1951 he joined Canadian National Railway and worked on section gangs in the Clair region of Saskatchewan. On holidays, he and Fran would often travel by train to Vancouver passing through the Fraser Valley on the way. They loved the beauty of the area and decided that one day they would settle here. In 1970, Robin transferred to the Port Mann Rail Yards in Surrey and they lived in New Westminster until Robin retired in 1974. It was then that they moved to Mission where they took up residence at the Willows apartments. Staying there until the final move to the Grand Street Lodge. Robin didn’t have a driver’s license or own a car, he was a walker. For all of his and Fran’s needs, he would don his jacket and set off to the stores in Mission. His wit and charm were well known by the people he encountered on Main Street. It was the people he met that he enjoyed the most. He also had a passion for flowers. The roses that adorned the fence in front of the Willows were a delight for everyone who passed by. Above all, Robin enjoyed reading as well as poetry. His poems depict local, national and world events; his love and passion for living; and the many people he met throughout his life. In 1895, one of Robin’s favorite poems, “Twinkling Stars, Blue Skies” was recorded on an album called Memories. In 2002 his writings were recognized with a Golden Poet Award by the World of Poetry Association. Fran passed in November 2002 at the age of 85. In 2006, to promote and encourage Mission area students in the art of poetry, Robin has established the “Robin and Fran Sorrell Poetry Scholarship” through Mission Community Foundation. Since inception this fund has helped 8 students further their educational dreams with $5000 in scholarships. If you would like to help a student study English or Poetry, donate today. The following is a poem written by Robin. A Helping HandGive a hand to the lame, Those who cannot see, They shall find contentment, And grateful, they shall be. An errand for the elderly, Or a letter, for to post, A pensioner needs groceries.Being helpful, is the most. Weed a neighbours garden, And mow another’s lawn, Task, really never end, They just go on, and on.Just a helping hand, To the needy lend, Gives one such comfort, And gains another friend. Don’t put off until tomorrow, The good you can do today, Faint hearts, help no one, But good deeds, really pay. ... See MoreSee Less
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