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6 groups share $30k from Tbaytel for Good

By Adam Riley Jun 16, 2023 | 2:04 PM

(LtoR) Shelter House Executive Director Cal Rankin, Thunder Bay Drug Strategy Awareness Committee Treasurer Tammy Turnbull, Marathon & District Senior Citizens Club President Laura Johnston, St. Patrick High School teacher Karen Powell, Tbaytel VP Sales, Marketing & Communication Kathleen Jones. - Submitted Photo

St. Patrick’s High School in Thunder Bay was the big winner in the latest Tbaytel for Good Community Fund campaign which underwent some changes this time around.

They will be using the $10,000 dollars from the fund to purchase equipment for its Clover Cafe, operated by students in the Hospitality and Tourism class, teachers and volunteers, which in turn will use the funds raised to support local charities.

“On behalf of the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, St. Patrick High School staff, and students, we would like to thank Tbaytel for giving our Clover Cafe an opportunity to give back.” said St. Patrick’s teacher Karen Powell. “Their continued generosity has allowed for our wonderful school to not only contribute back to our neighboring communities but to other charities within Thunder Bay.”

A total of 40 submissions were made from across northern Ontario and were reviewed by a panel of judges from the region.

In addition to the $10k awarded to St. Patrick’s High School a number of smaller grants were issued, as part of the changes to the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund, which allowed UP to $10k.

The other organizations which took home money include:

Thunder Bay Free Store, $1,500 – The Thunder Bay Free Store will fund a community care centre project, a youth holiday gift drive, and help re-stock supplies at the store.

Thunder Bay Emergency Shelter, $5,064 –
The Thunder Bay Emergency Shelter will purchase several picnic tables, including two accessible tables, for its outdoor picnic area so people and families living in poverty can enjoy a nourishing hot meal in a healthy outdoor environment.

Eighth Street Trails Committee, $5,200 – The Eighth Street Trails Committee in Fort Frances will purchase equipment, trail enhancements and new signage to improve their walking and cross-country ski trails.

Thunder Bay Drug Awareness Committee, $4,118 – The committee will purchase and rent equipment for its 10th Rockin’ Recovery event, which provides inspiring storytelling, world-class musical performances and a safe and friendly experience.

Marathon & District Senior Citizens Club, $4,118 – The club will purchase storage, kitchen and recreation equipment to optimize its ability to serve its more than 100 members.

“We look forward to seeing these six winning projects do great things for our region and would like to thank everyone for participating in this year’s community fund. We would also like to thank the Tbaytel for Good Community Fund Judge’s Panel for all of their hard work in selecting the winning projects.” said Tbaytel spokesperson Jamie Smith.



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