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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.