Agency Fund Cheques Go Out

Agency Fund cheques are in the mail to organizations that have funds with the organization. Pictured above is Homer Good, President of the Phoenix Manor Society receiving this years cheque from Myrna Logan representing the Phoenix Foundation.

phoenix foundation presents grant

$50,000 Received from Grand Forks Credit Union

Michael Strukoff, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Grand Forks Credit Union presents a $50,000 cheque to Becky Clements, Treasurer for the Phoenix Foundation.

Youth Coordinator Being Hired

The Phoenix Foundation is pleased to announce that through a private donation we will be hiring a Youth Coordinator. This contract position is for one year with a possible extension to 3 years. The details of the position are as follows

Youth Coordinator Contract Position

Objective of the Contract is - To engage youth in our communities to improve their community. Especially around the issues of Work Arts & Culture, Transportation and Learning for youth as indicated is needed in the Boundary Communities Vital Signs Report 2014.

The position is 16 hours per month. $15/hour

Desired skills:

  • Self motivated Accountable
  • Experience with youth
  • Good communication skills
  • Grant writing experience an asset
  • Must provide own transportation for meetings in the Boundary
The position will report to the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities. To apply forward resume and covering letter to by June 15, 2015

New scholarships support Canada’s next generation of community builders

Canada’s community foundation network is investing in the next generation of global leaders and community builders thanks to 1,900 prestigious new scholarships for university students announced today through the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.

The multi-sectoral partnership between CFC, the Rideau Hall Foundation, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and the federal government will help this $40 million program build the talents of future community leaders over the next four years. The joint initiative also places our movement at the centre of a national conversation and action in response to youth issues raised in the breakthrough#GenerationFlux report.

Playground Improvements in Rock Creek

George Longden, Grants Chariperson of the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities presents the final cheque to community members for the Rock Creek Medical Clinic for the improvements to their playground area and fencing.

phoenix foudation grant to Rock Creek Playground

Vital Signs 2014 Report Now Available

Phoenix Foundation Vital Signs 2014 Committee

On October 7, 2014 the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities shared the results of the Vital Signs Survey. The Vital Signs Report promotes awareness of community issues and can be used by our communities for social planning, it also helps to identify community needs and strengths, and guides our community foundation in our grant making and leadership activities.

The Complete Report is availalbe at

Congratulations to the 2014 Scholarship Recipients

The Terry Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship recipient is Tanya Stoochnoff

Gordon Keir Memorial Scholarship recipient is Brook Thate

J.J. McDonell Memorial Scholarship recipients - Anton Strukoff, Tyanna Stoochnoff and Kylie Sargeant

John Nilsen Memorial Endowment Fund Recipients - Brook Thate and Cortney Gosselin

Midway and Beyond Little Theatre


July 3rd, saw the dream of creating a theatre space in the Midway Community Hall take a huge leap forward when George Longden of the PHOENIX FOUNDATION handed the Midway Community Association a cheque for $4000. The MCA, sponsors of Midway and Beyond Little Theatre, will use the money to purchase 8 theatre lighting fixtures. The PHOENIX FOUNDATION, whose philosophy is to provide grants to support local initiatives throughout the Boundary communities, saw the value in establishing a local theatre in the West Boundary region and generously awarded these much needed funds to the Midway Association.

“Getting a working theatre on its feet takes both effort and funding. As a group we can provide the effort but purchasing the basic essentials such as lighting and sound equipment, curtains and a portable stage, are simply beyond normal fund-raising projects,” explains director John Hibberson. “We are so fortunate that community focused groups such as the Phoenix Foundation exist. We reached out to them; they realized our need and gave us this wonderful gift. We are so grateful.” (Midway and Beyond Little Theatre continues their work on the theatre space in the community hall. A new curtain and lighting bars are now up. The new lights will soon be hung and working, and there is recent hope is purchasing a portable stage. All going well their first production, a radio show drama based on the famous 1896 Camp McKinney Gold Bar Robbery, is planned for early November, 2014. )

Welcome to our new Administrative Assistant

We are pleased to welcome Myrna Logan to the Phoenix Foundation. Myrna has been contracted by the Foundation to perform administrative tasks. She can be reached by e-mail at

Phoenix Foundation supports Jacob Noseworthy

The British Columbia Youth Parliament is held each year between Christmas and New Years. Students must apply to be a part of this activity, which takes place in the BC Legislature building. Being able to attend the British Columbia Youth Parliament was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. To be able to sit in the Legislative Assembly with over ninety other young people, and go through the parliamentary process was an incredible experience. From going over BCYP's own constitution and our ongoing plans throughout the year, to debating issues that affect young Canadians as well as all Canadians alike was an amazing opportunity. Because of the help of the grant from the Phoenix Foundation, I was able to represent our community of Grand Forks, as well as the Boundary as a whole. Because of my future plans to go into politics, what I've learned at BC Youth Parliament I hope to use my entire life, as well as remember back on my experiences.

Foundation targets Vital Signs

With over $2.2 million in vested funds working for the Boundary region, the Foundation directors have set their sights on continuing to grow their funds to build on the grants distributed since 1997. Director and incoming chair of the Grants Committee, George Longden, announced the Foundation's aim to raise $1.8 million by 2018, or 1.8 x 18 as the campaign is named.

Hand in hand with their goals to build the Foundation came the announcement that they will be undertaking the second review of the region's Vital signs. Originally done in 2009, the Vital Signs project gathers the insight about key areas of socio-economic factors in the Boundary region from the people who live here. Blending people's input with data gathered from a variety of sources, the Foundation will publish a report on the "vital signs" of the Boundary next year. This report helps guide their granting decisions and gives community organizations important information to access funding to help address community needs. Doug Lacey, vice-president of the Foundation, will be chairing the committee of community representatives as this moves forward.

After hosting their annual social this month during National Philathropy week, the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities also released their annual report available electronically on request or by mail.

Celebrate the heart, strength and vision of the Foundation!

Board secretary Leda Leander presents an agency endowment cheque to the Boundary Women's Coalition

Launching a new Vital Signs project in the next few months, the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities invites you to join us at our annual community social. The evening of networking, refreshments and sharing demonstrates the Foundation's ties to their community and the organizations who do so much to help so many.

Along with presentations from the founding directors, the evening will explore the current strengths and strategic vision of the Foundation along with launching two new initiatives: Boundary Vital Signs and the 1.8 x 18 campaign.

Vital Signs is a community check-up conducted by community foundations across Canada. Each Vital Signs report measures the vitality of its community in key areas, providing the community with critical information that can help set priorities and identify opportunities for action.

Vital Signs was first started by the Toronto Community Foundation in 2001, after a group of civic leaders came up with a new way to engage their community in understanding and monitoring the health and vitality of Toronto on an ongoing basis. In 2006, Vital Signs became a national program and it continues to grow every year, both across Canada and internationally.

Local Reports

Community foundations develop a broad picture of their community using relevant national data and identifying local research on a wide range of subject areas. The Vital Signs report allows foundations to involve their community at every level, from determining the report’s indicators, exploring research sources, and assigning grades.

These reports help communities make connections between issues and trends in different areas. The findings are presented in a reader-friendly format that provides a snapshot of quality of life and community vitality.

Come on out to enjoy the evening with friends and learn more about the ways the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities is building a better Boundary!

Thursday, Nov. 14 at gallery 2 in Grand Forks; 6:00 p.m. Admission is by donation, hors d'oeuvres and beverages available along with a cash bar.

Foundation receives grant from Newman's Own to help community

Article by Karl Yu, Grand Forks Gazette

Thanks to a nomination from Buy-Low Foods’ manager Fred Boyd, the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities has received $10,000 from the charitable organization of late-actor Paul Newman.

Newman’s Own Foundation provided the grant to the local Phoenix Foundation, which will use the money to update the Vital Signs report, a checkup conducted by community foundations to measure the viability of Canadian communities.

Boyd said he was proud because the winning grant went to the local community and he got the inspiration from seeing that certain areas of the community were in need of an assist.

Honorary Phoenix Foundation board member Maxine Ruzicka shops frequently at the local Buy-Low and assisted Boyd.

“I know Maxine Ruzicka, she shops in our store all the time, and you know, I thought, ‘We need to do something for Grand Forks,’” Boyd said.

Foundation chair Christine Thompson said the foundation was thrilled that Buy-Low nominated it and to find that it was named one of the recipients. Re-doing the Vital Signs report was one of the foundation’s goals.

“The Vital Signs report was last done in 2009 and it’s basically a discussion and workshops that we have with members of the community to see what the community needs for things like health, youth, sports and it helps the foundation in determining where the grants that it provides are going to be most beneficial to the community as a whole,” Thompson explained.

Phoenix Foundation director Leda Leander is also executive director of the Boundary Family and Individual Services Society (BFISS) and the Vital Signs report is a valuable source of information to BFISS.

“The Boundary Family and Individual Services Society has used the information and priorities gained from Vital Signs to direct our society’s community work as it relates to children, youth and families,” Leander said. “The Vital Signs information and process is invaluable in assisting our community to learn and grow.”

Boyd said he knows the money will be put to good use and is glad to contribute to the community.

“I’m really happy that Buy-Low has been able to be part of the community because we’re very, very community-minded,” Boyd said. “We are a big part of this community, we support whatever we can.”

Boyd was also grateful to a pair of Buy-Low executives.

“We’d like to thank Albert Lum (director of merchandising and advertising), who has helped us make the decision for this particular award and we’d like to also thank Jimmy Pattison (owner), who is so community-minded and has given so much back to the community,” he explained.

Family Friendly Business Initiative Launched in the Boundary

In honour and celebration of the first BC Family Day, the Boundary Success By 6 Family Friendly Business initiative launched with the first window decal placed at Grand Forks Credit Union. Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities is a partner in the Success by 6 program and is pleased to support this new initiative.

Local businesses – from Christina Lake to Beaverdell -- now have the opportunity to self-identify as “Family Friendly” using criteria specified by parents and grandparents of young children. The business then obtains a window decal to help shoppers know that they are so designated and the Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce (BCRCC) website will place a map marker on the

“Interestingly, many of the things that families with young children want from businesses are the same things that our seniors require,” noted Christine Thompson, Chair of the Phoenix Foundation and a lead partner of the Boundary Success By 6 initiative. “It can be as simple as providing a chair for a brief resting or nursing place or a clean and accessible washroom.” Later this year, consumers (local and visitors) will have the privilege of nominating and voting online for a family friendly business in each community across the Boundary. Businesses will receive recognition and awards will be presented for those with the top number of votes at the annual Small Business Week event in October.

“It’s to all of our benefit to encourage more local shopping, as well as to find innovative ways to entice visitors to our area,” explained Todd Benson, President of the Regional Chamber. “The Chamber sees this as a helpful marketing tool for the Boundary.”

“We encourage all of our communities across the Boundary to get on board,” said Gary Smith, Grand Forks City Council liaison to the Phoenix Foundation. “The more momentum we build together, the more benefit there will be to our local business communities.”

The initiative is not new in the province as several communities across BC have declared themselves as being “Family Friendly”. Considering the needs of families is a great way to gain a reputation as someone who wants local people to shop in your business. With a minimal investment of time and resources, even the smallest business can offer an accessible washroom or make a chair available when a mother needs to breastfeed her baby, or acknowledge children and greet them. Return on investment includes but is not limited to: increased level of customer service, word of mouth referrals, enhanced reputation, and overall great community relations. By supporting local families, businesses help today’s children and families become tomorrow’s well educated, highly skilled and motivated workforce.

The top two requirements for Boundary area businesses to be designated as Family Friendly are an accessible washroom with a change table and a chair made available if a mom needs to breastfeed while in your business. Other criteria that create a safe and comfortable environment include having an inviting atmosphere, providing small giveaways for children, stroller parking, and building community partnerships (for example, donations to our Boundary Family Centres, volunteering or co-sponsoring events).

The City of Grand Forks, the local Rotary Club, and Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce have endorsed the initiative and have become champions in moving it forward together with the Boundary Success By 6 partners: the Phoenix Foundation of the Boundary Communities, Ministry for Children and Families, and Grand Forks Credit Union. The Family Friendly Business working group has been reaching out to various potential partners across the Boundary and has been invited to meet with the Christina Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Grand Forks Credit Union continues building their legacy with $100,000 donation!

The Phoenix Foundation received another donation from the Grand Forks Credit Union announced Thursday, April 26.

The credit union, who donated $100,000 each of the last two years to the Phoenix Foundation, donated another $100,000 into the Grand Forks Credit Union Community Endowment Fund adding to their fund with a goal of a principal value of $1 million. The amount donated from year to year will be determined by the annual profits of the credit union.

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