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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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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.

 

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Fund Facts: Debbie Mattson Memorial Fund

For a brief time, Debbie was the office manager of the Mission Community Foundation but her career path put her at the Mission School district for almost 30 years where she was admired for her dedication, organization and unwavering professionalism. In line with her...

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Fund Facts: Carly Rae Jepsen Bursary Fund

As a multi-platinum, Grammy, Juno and Polaris prize nominated singer / songwriter, Carley 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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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