Each year the Western Financial Group Communities Foundation awards a series of $5,000 infrastructure grants to strengthen the places where we connect as community members. Laurette LaPlante, the Communities Foundation director, said she has the best job in the world.
“I love what I do," she said. "The ability to touch so many communities across Canada and give back is truly amazing. Our funds are not isolated to big cities but given to smaller communities that often struggle to fundraise."
"I know firsthand from living in a small town how hard it is to fundraise. The fact that the Foundation focuses on these smaller communities just warms my heart.”
Overall in 2019, $348,000 was given to 1,062 projects across 5 provinces, which includes infrastructure grants. Laurette expressed that one of these grants aligns with her passion of the great outdoors.
"An infrastructure grant was awarded to Peace River to build a wetland interpretive boardwalk in Northern Alberta," she said. "The donation supported ducks.ca and their efforts to build a boardwalk and create new programs for children in the area."
"This was especially important to me to get kids outside in the environment and to touch and feel water instead of just seeing it come out of the tap."
Since 2002, the Communities Foundation has supported over 700 causes across Canada, with 256 awarded to infrastructure projects. To date, our not-for-profit has awarded more than $4M to improve local communities.