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About the Mission Community Foundation

The Mission Community Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization, which collects funds from donors and invests these funds, using the income for the benefit of the citizens of the Mission area, in the fields of education, recreation, culture, and the humanities.
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Welcome to the Mission Community Foundation website

The Mission Community Foundation is an incorporated, non-profit society guided by a local independent Board of Directors. The Foundation holds and administers private resources entrusted to it for the common good of the community of Mission. The Foundation is non-political and non-partisan and is a registered charity under the Canadian Income Tax Act.

People who give to the Mission Foundation care deeply about their community and their city. The Foundation respects and understands this level of care. Its Board of Directors accepts gifts and bequests in confidence and professionally manages them so the earnings on the ever growing, invested capital work in perpetuity for the betterment of Mission. The Mission Foundation embodies a simple concept People working together can make a difference for Mission! The Foundation’s Board of Directors believes that charitable funds, invested over time will grow and will continue to impact long after the original gift is made.


Latest News from the Mission Community Foundation

GW Cooke Awards Announced

GW Cooke Awards Announced

On Thursday, June 9th, 2016, the Mission Community Foundation held their annual G.W. Cooke awards presentation at the Clarke Theatre. The award, created by Bill & Shirley Walker to recognize their dear friend, is intended to honour individual achievement in math and...

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Scholarship and Bursary Awards Night

Scholarship and Bursary Awards Night

On May 11, 2016, the Mission Community Foundation hosted their annual Bursary & Scholarship awards night at the Clarke Theatre. The Foundation has been giving these awards since 1988 and this marks our 28th year of assisting graduating students with funding to further...

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Fund Facts: Carly Rae Jepsen Bursary Fund

As a multi-platinum, Grammy, Juno and Polaris prize nominated singer / songwriter, Carly Rae Jepsen is known throughout the world for her incredible musical talents.

Upon graduating she received a scholarship from Mission Community Foundation that helped her in her first year at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Appreciative of the assistance, Carly wanted to give back to the community that helped her further her career and in 2014 she created the Carly Rae Jepsen Bursary Fund. The fund is used to provide financial support to students pursuing post-secondary studies or training in the area of Fine and Performing Arts. This includes but is not limited to: voice, instrumental, dance, drama, music creation/production and musical theatre.

Since it’s inception this fund has provided 7 students with a total of $7000.00 in bursaries.

If you would like to help a student further their career in the arts or performing arts, donate today!
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Fund Facts: Annette Fitch Memorial Fund

Annette Fitch was a talented and dedicated educator who taught at Mission Senior Secondary in the French Immersion program. She loved teaching and was respected by friends, family, colleagues and students.

When she passed suddenly in 2002 the community donated just over $10,000 towards a new fund at Mission Community Foundation. Her husband Rick set the criteria for students wishing to pursue post secondary training studies in French.

Since it’s inception in 2002 this fund has helped 8 students with a total of $7000.00 in scholarships.

If you’d like to help a student participate in French Immersion post-secondary studies, donate today!
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Fund Facts: Skillicorn-Melanchuk Bursaries
Carrie Skillicorn and Ruth Melanchuk were sisters. Carrie started her career in the Military and upon retirement worked as a sales clerk at Eaton’s department store in Abbotsford.

Ruth Melanchuk married young, had two boys and became a homemaker. Both sons were interested in the arts and the youngest was musically inclined.

Carrie was the recipient of Ruth’s estate and contacted her friend Bill Walker to start a fund with the Mission Community Foundation. The Skillicorn-Melanchuk Bursary was created in 2001 to provide bursaries for students pursuing post-secondary education in arts and music.

After her death in 2003, Doreen Phelps, acting as executor of Carrie Skillicorn’s estate, approached the Mission Community Foundation to start a new fund in Carrie’s name. The Carrie Skillicorn Fund was also created as a Bursary for post-secondary education in business.

In February 2019 the Mission Community Foundation received instructions to combine the two bursaries into one. This combined Bursary is available to graduating Mission students pursuing post-secondary training in Music, Arts and Business Administration.

Since 2003 this fund has helped 21 students with a total of $13,500 in scholarships. If you would like to help a student study music, arts or business administration, donate today!
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