The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba continues its’ mission to support organizations and causes that strengthen the Catholic and broader community in Manitoba in education, religion, and social services. Despite the impact of the COVID19 pandemic this past year, the Catholic Foundation was committed in providing grants to support the valuable work of many community organizations and agencies. This year’s dispersal of grants and the capital fund balances are detailed in the financial summary report. In keeping with the practice of responsible fiscal stewardship of our funds, we will closely monitor the effect on our financial condition moving forward into 2021.
This past year has been unique in that much of our fundraising efforts were adversely impacted due to the pandemic including postponement of the annual Caritas Banquet. We remain optimistic that a return to some form of normalcy will occur soon in order that we can reschedule the banquet and resume plans to honor a select group of worthy individuals and organizations. In addition, the Foundation’s Board will be working towards enhancing our marketing and publicity strategies, refreshing our website and strengthening partnerships with our stakeholders.
We remain grateful to the entire Catholic community including the Archbishops, 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 and organizations who continue to do good work in keeping with the Catholic Foundation’s vision of building a legacy where Catholic values flourish in Manitoba by supporting education, religious and humanitarian service for youth, elderly and the needy.
In closing, my appreciation goes out to each Board Director for dedication of their time and energies in representing the interests of the Catholic Foundation of Manitoba as well as to our administrative secretary, Suzanne Molinski, for her ongoing support and reliability. Heartfelt gratitude is also expressed to our outgoing colleague, Geraldine Kwasny, for her many years of service and the experience that she brought to the Board as well as the spiritual guidance provided by our chaplain Father Colin Peterson. May we also remember in prayer our dearly departed colleague, Donald Tougas, whom we unexpectedly lost to illness this past December. We were indeed proud to have served with such a special and dedicated individual and he will be missed.
We ask for God’s blessings for those suffering from the effects of the pandemic and for all the health care professionals and others that are working tirelessly to deal with it. Let us look forward to a year filled with faith and hope when we can all meet to celebrate our efforts and achievements as one strong Catholic family and community.