Building Bridges Update!

Bridges update for January 2018

Building Bridges to Our Future had yet again another successful year. We cannot stress enough, how important our community has been to this project!

During 2017 was the completion of the accessibility path and refurbishment of the lower field at FE Madill. With proper maintenance and seeding, this field will be ready to use for the 2018-2019 school year. Once the lower field returns to use, we will work on refurbishing the upper field by making it safe and useable for our community.

Gala proceeds and generosity of our community saw the addition to the Playground at Maitland River Elementary school with a climber installed in the fall of 2016 and the completion of the playground with another structure by way of a Community Build. Getting volunteers to install this last piece of equipment was truly a remarkable accomplishment!

We continue to partner with community groups like the Legion, Knights of Columbus, Foodland, (to name a few), to make our community a better place. To finish out our year of 2017, a few things happened that we would like to highlight. We partnered with the Legion during their monthly breakfast, and hosted Pictures with Santa. With a fantastic community turn-out, the Legion has generously donated $500 to our BB2F campaign.

Teresa Becker accepting big cheque from community donors

During the Christmas break, a group of friends got together and put on a hockey tournament called the Christmas Classic at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex. This event has been happening for three years. This hockey group has generously donated $2000 to our Building Bridges Project from the tournaments. Special Thanks to Alex Hutchison and Ben Nelson for organizing this tournament together.

Lastly, we have a story about a family from Wingham that have brought a special kind of giving to the Building Bridges campaign, that perhaps many families are not even aware of. Here is Candy Haggitt to tell her story:

 My name is Candy Haggitt. I have been employed with Sparling’s Propane for 10 years. In 2013 Sparling’s was purchased by Parkland Fuel Corporation. Parkland is one of North America’s fastest growing independent marketers of fuel and petroleum products. Parkland inspires employees to be engaged and involved in their communities. “Parkland Pledge” is a program that allows all full time employees to donate $250 per year to an organization of their choice. Parkland will also increase the donation amount per employee by an extra $50 for each additional full year of service that the employee has been with Parkland to a max of $250.

My Husband Chad and I have 2 daughters, Dylan and Kalyn, who both attend school at Maitland River Elementary School. Dylan is in Senior Kindergarten and Kalyn is in Junior Kindergarten. Between the years 2015-2017, I have donated $1700 to Building Bridges to Our Future Campaign through my Parkland Pledge. I have recently started volunteering in the school and Parkland encourages this initiative. I am very pleased to be able to help my community!

Building Bridges to Our Future Campaign will continue. We want to bring the community together for events and be able to establish a pattern of giving money back into our community where it is needed.