The Lions share in Nelson

Grant recipients gathered at Nelson
Grant recipients gathered at Nelson's Hume Hotel last week and then posed for a picture with the Nelson Lions Club.
— image credit: Bob Hall photo

For the fourth year, the Nelson Lions Club has handed out its community grants which are primarily funded through the club’s investment in the Osprey Community Foundation.

The funds originated from a bequest to the club by the late Hillary Harper of Kootenay Bay. This year the Osprey investment resulted in over $6,000 being available for local organizations. An additional $3,000 in grants was provided using funds raised by the club.

The Lions Club accepts applications for the community grants each year and a club committee assesses the applications and makes recommendations to the club for funds dispersal. All applications received this year were of a high calibre and the club thanks all organizations who took the time to apply for the grants.

This year’s Osprey funding grant recipients are:

• West Kootenay Women’s Association was given $1,200 in support of the GAP Theater Workshop. This program for youth aged 14 to 19 uses theater exercises and discussion to explore important life questions.

• Nelson CARES Society received $400 to help support the Earth Matters Zero Waste youth group, which will work together to collect materials and equipment to help with do-it-yourself trash projects.

• Touchstones Nelson was granted $260 to assist funding youth programs.

• KidSport Nelson received $2,000, which will be used to support disadvantaged youth participating in local sports.

• Nelson and District Seniors Coordinating Society will use $1,800 to help offset the expense of providing many valuable services to seniors in our community.

Nelson Synchronized Swim Club’s cheque was $340 to purchase a microphone and banner.

Additional grants provided by local Lions Club fundraising are:

• Capitol Theatre got $1,000 in support of the 2013 Summer Youth Program. This program involves over 50 youth aged 11 to 18 and provides education in theatrical arts to local and regional youth.

• Nelson Civic Theatre Society was granted $1,000 to assist with testing for hazardous materials which is required prior to restoration activities.

• L.V. Rogers secondary school/Fort McPherson NWT youth exchange received $1,000 to assist with expenses.

The Nelson Lions Club is a small, but dynamic group which supports many individuals and groups in our community and around the world. If you are interested in being part of the club please contact Hope McRae at 250-352-6670 or email Learn more about the Nelson Lions Club by checking out the website:


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