Nicholas Y. Chubenko
The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba proudly continues the mission of supporting organizations and causes that promote and strengthen the Catholic community in religion, education and social services throughout Manitoba. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1964, CFM has been committed in providing grants to support the valuable work of many community organizations and agencies. The dispersal of CFM grants and capital fund balances are outlined in this year’s financial summary report. I express full confidence in the Board’s responsible practice of fiscal management and stewardship of Foundation funds in 2021 and direction moving forward into 2022.
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID 19, this past year was quite unique in the manner in which CFM fulfilled all Board and administrative functions. Board and committee meetings, fundraising efforts and planning were undertaken virtually, culminating in the Foundation’s very first hybrid/virtually-held Caritas Banquet. The event honoring Centre Flavie-Laurent Inc. as Caritas Award recipient, Karin Gordon and Tom Denton as Service Award recipients and Hospitality House Refugee Ministry as Charity of Choice recipient surpassed our expectations. Gratitude is expressed to the creative and hardworking members of the Caritas Planning Committee and administrative staff for the success of this event. Given the prevalence of COVID and in efforts to ensure the health and safety of our supporters, fundraising plans in 2022 will take on similar virtual formats. The Board is also taking measures to enhance the Foundation’s marketing and publicity strategies by refreshing the website and developing a greater social media presence. We have also committed to strengthening partnerships and prioritizing grants to address the needs of our members in northern and remote regions of Manitoba. From a governance perspective, the Board is in process of reviewing director skill sets as well as promoting more diversity amongst the Board of Directors. These are just some initiatives that we recognize as priorities if the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba is to remain relevant today and into the future.
We remain grateful to the entire Catholic community including the Archbishops and Metropolitan, parishes, schools, health care facilities, social service agencies and businesses, members of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s League and Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League for their support of the Foundation. We thank our donors and organizations that continue to do good work in keeping with the Foundation’s proud tradition where Catholic values are nourished in Manitoba by supporting education, religious and humanitarian service to our youth, elderly, vulnerable and needy.
In closing, my appreciation goes out to each Board colleague for their dedication of time and energies in representing the interests of the Foundation as well as to our administrative secretary, Suzanne Moliniski, for her exemplary work. I would also like to recognize and thank Michael Radcliffe, who is stepping away from the Board after serving two terms with CFM. Michael’s legal expertise and counsel was invaluable and he will be missed. Reverend Rene Chartier has reached the end of his term as our Chaplain and we also express our gratitude for his support and fellowship this past year. And may we remember in prayer our dearly departed colleague Roman Korbutiak, whom we recently lost to illness. Roman was a long serving Board member who will be missed as a trusted colleague and friend. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we were indeed proud to have served with such a special and dedicated person.
We ask for God’s blessings for those who have and continue to suffer from the effects of the pandemic and for all the health care professionals and others working tirelessly to deal with it. Let us be sustained in our faith and hope so that we can soon meet together again to celebrate our efforts and achievements as one strong Catholic family and community.