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PACE Recognizes Local Development and Business Achievements
January 18, 2006
The Dryden Kinsmen and Wabigoon Lake Ojibway
Nation (WLON) were honoured with achievement
awards from the Board of Directors of Patricia Area
Community Endeavours (PACE) at its general meeting,
January 10. It's the first time the organization has given
out the awards.
"It's our way of spotlighting a community project that benefited
from PACE funding and a new business development that
used PACE's loan services," says Sabrina Donahue-Lake,
who takes on the role of Chair for a second year in a row.
Brad Coles and Alvin Saville accepted the award on behalf
of the Kinsmen who organized the region's first-ever dragon
boat races in Dryden, raising money for local cancer patient
care programs. The dragon boats are available to other
Northwestern Ontario communities that are interested in developing an event.
Dorothy Parenteau and Terry Favelle accepted an award certificate on behalf of Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation for creating WLON Distribution Incorporated. The new business began by distributing cleaning supplies and wild rice bars and is looking ahead to adding more products and new clients to their distribution network.
"Our Board boasts the views of persons of both genders, a broad age range and differing racial backgrounds," Donahue-Lake says. "We include local leaders who perform active roles in their individual communities as politicians, business owners, and in public service."
The organization's Community Development Committee distributed $49,000 to non-profit groups during the past year, leveraging an additional $75,000 from other sources, including in-kind contributions of skill, equipment and countless hours committed by teams of community volunteers.
The Investment Committee approved 16 loans valued at almost $800,000 to help finance new or existing small businesses for start-up, expansion, or stabilization plans that help maintain or create jobs.