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 these many community organizations and agencies. The dispersal of grants and capital fund balances are outlined and can be viewed in this year’s financial summary report. I express confidence in the Board’s practice of fiscal management and responsible stewardship of funds this past year and in anticipation moving forward into 2022.
Due to the ongoing impact of COVID19, the year 2021 was unique in the manner in which CFM fulfilled Board and administrative duties and obligations. The majority of meetings, fundraising efforts and planning was undertaken through virtual platforms, culminating in the Foundation’s very first virtually- held Caritas Banquet. The annual event which honored Centre Flavie-Laurent Inc. as the Caritas Award recipient, Karin Gordon and Tom Denton as Service Award recipients, and Hospitality House Refugee Ministry as Charity of Choice recipient surpassed all our expectations. Gratitude is expressed to the creative and hardworking Board members and administrative staff who contributed to the success of this event. Despite remaining cautiously optimistic for a return to normalcy from the pandemic, the focus will remain on the safety and well-being of all our supporters and stakeholders. As a result, we can expect the same practice of applying virtual platforms in undertaking our work as well as in planning for the next Caritas Banquet.
The Board is taking measures towards enhancing the Foundation’s marketing and publicity strategies, refreshing the website by hiring Presence Winnipeg Consulting and in strengthening partnerships with our partners comprising the Archdioceses and Archeparchy in Manitoba. We have also committed to pursuing initiatives in addressing the needs of our members located in northern and remote regions of the province. From a governance perspective, the Board will be reviewing director skill sets and promoting more diversity of members representing CFM. These are 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, Metropolitan, parishes, schools, health care facilities, social service agencies and businesses, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Women’s League and Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League for their support of the Foundation. We thank our donors, sponsors and organizations that continue to do good work in nourishing Catholic values in Manitoba by supporting education, religious and humanitarian service for youth, elderly, vulnerable and the needy.
In closing, my appreciation goes out to each Board director for their dedication of time and energy in representing the interests of the Foundation as well as to our administrative secretary, Suzanne Molinski, for her exemplary service and reliability. Let us remember in prayer our departed colleague Roman Korbutiak whom we recently lost due to illness. Roman was a long serving CFM Board member, trusted colleague and friend who will be missed. 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 health care professionals and others working tirelessly to deal with its’ impact. Let us be sustained in our faith and hope so that we can soon meet to celebrate our efforts and achievements as one strong Catholic family and community.