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CFPD give $4,800 to local organizations

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

The Community Foundation of Portage and District (CFPD) gave out over $4,800 worth of grants to community organizations in the community to assist in everything from new office furniture to professional development.

CFPD vice-chair Lou Antonissen was on hand to present cheques to the lucky organizations - the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage la Prairie, and the Portage and District Arts Centre (PDAC).

Treasurer Al Braun and education director Caroline Cannon from the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre accepted a cheque for $2,500, which will assist the centre in purchasing new furniture for its computer lab.

Marilyn Japser, a caseworker at Big Brother Big Sisters accepted a cheque for $2,000 that will help purchase new office furniture and equipment, which will allow the organization to accommodate the hiring of a new case worker.

Finally, PDAC accepted a cheque for $350 from the Arts Stabilization Manitoba Fund, which PDAC executive director Jean Armstrong said will go towards funding a professional development workshop by Lenore Laverty on strategic planning sessions for the board and staff.

Antonissen said that giving the money away is the easy part of the job.

"The money is given to worthy organizations as seed money for various projects that we hope will take on a life of their own," said Antonissen.

For the full story see Friday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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