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Brandon Area Community Foundation

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Brandon Area Community Foundation

Connecting from a Distance:  Women in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba

The Women’s Resource Centre (TWRC) provides programs, services, and counselling on issues affecting women and children, including family violence while encouraging respect, diversity and equality with a feminist perspective.  TWRC is an organization dedicated to providing support and mentoring for all women and their families.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic has caused a exacerbate impact of violence, poverty, and substance use in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.  The  number of families in the rural and urban communities are in much need of assistance due to pandemic factors, which now has caused a waiting list for counselling services.

The Women's Resource Centre (TWRC) aims to evolve programming and drop-in centre space to adequately meet the needs of women and children in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.

TWRC needs the financial help to provide their much needed services while respecting social distancing rules and group gatherings limits in a way that will promote overall well-being, family enrichment activities, and social-emotional connections that have been negatively impacted by quarantine/isolation measures.

With the support from the Brandon Area Community Foundation, The Women's Resource Centre has been able to continue to provide the women with education and counselling on domestic violence in Brandon and southwestern Manitoba.




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International Music Camp receives $14,000 Grant

Founded in 1956, The International Music Camp (IMC) offers a wide array of cultural study for students and adults.  In weekly sessions, students of all ages gain concentrated knowledge in their particular area of interest.  All ages and nationalities study at IMC. Adults and students 

While the camp name speaks of its foundation in Music, IMC also offers one-week summer camp programs in Dance, Creative Writing, Painting, Drawing, Theatre, and several other Fine Arts disciplines.  A staff of artist-teachers, internationally noted guest conductors, and outstanding clinicians from the United States and Canada provide instruction to students from 84 countries.

Over the decades since the camp’s construction, the ground beneath the buildings has shifted, causing the weight distribution and stability of each structure to change. The exterior and interior of the buildings have started to show the stress of these shifts as siding, water pipes, flooring, and paneling are separating, straining, cracking. Over 2,000 campers, 180 teaching faculty, and 60 support staff throughout the summer use these teaching spaces and living spaces.

The Brandon Area Community Foundation granted $14,000 toward the much-needed repair of these instructional buildings.


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The Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) has awarded grant recipients throughout Brandon and the Westman Area, totaling $641,152 for 2019.

The grants will support scholarships, local projects and organizations that align with the objectives of the Foundation, which is to have an impact and a lasting presence in the communities in which we live.

Grants fall within six categories: arts & culture, community, education, environment, health & wellness and recreation.

 “Our granting committee is very thorough when assessing applications that have been submitted to BACF,” states Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director of BACF. “This group of dedicated volunteers must decide where best to grant the Foundation’s money, as there is never enough dollars for the amount of requests we receive. We are pleased with the grants BACF has awarded this year and the committee members are happy to work more effectively with these organizations by coming together and filling a need in our communities.”

 A few of the 2019 grant recipients are:

Andrews Field - $35,000 for upgrades to the ball diamond;

Westman Trail Association - $15,000 new equipment for trail maintenance in the Brandon Hills. These trails are maintained by volunteers that give others the opportunity to hike, bike, snowshoe and cross country ski and enjoy our beautiful Manitoba scenery.

Brandon Riverbank - $40,000 for lighting to on the walking paths around the Assiniboine River;

Western MB Science Fair - $5,000 to support the annual science fair held in Brandon. This science fair allows 200 science students from all over the Westman area to participate.

Oak Lake Day Care - $5,000 to create a new safe play space for infant and small children;

Glenboro Gaiety Theatre - $6,000 theatre audio system upgrade for their community theatre.


Listing of all 2019 grant recipients visit


About Brandon Area Community Foundation

The Foundation invests the contributions they receive in an endowment fund and uses
the income earned to make grants to a wide range of charitable groups that will benefit our local communities in Brandon and Southwestern Manitoba.

Anyone can become involved in helping to build the assets of the Foundation – individuals,
families, corporations and groups. Your gift to BACF will benefit the community now
and into the future.


To learn more about the Brandon Area Community Foundation visit

Laura Kempthorne

Executive Director

Brandon Area Community Foundation

(204) 571-0529


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Mary’s House provides for women and their children who have been victims of domestic violence. This provides opportunity to women who need time beyond their stay in transition houses to make plans to live independently.  Women and their children usually stay up to 9 months and our involves in Mary's House programs. Programs offered are:  Information Programs, Individual and Group Counselling, Spirit of Healing for Women who have experienced sexual abuse as children, Anger Group for Women, Life Skills, Children’s Counselling, Budgeting, and Education Opportunities.  As well Mary's House employs a women’s counselor and children’s counselor who work with families while they are in residence. Counselling services are also available to children who are not in residence.




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Camp Wannakumbac Rejuvenation Project is Complete!!


Grand opening of new Dining Hall facility – 1965.


1964 - A master development plan for Camp Wannakumbac’s dining hall was developed. It was envisioned that the Camp would be developed to the point that organizations with ready access to funding could be attracted to use the facility for meetings, conferences, retreats, etc. In turn, these rental funds would allow camping and outdoor education experiences for young people to be offered at somewhat subsidized rates. Phase I of the plan called for the construction of a new dining hall facility, with an up-to-date institutional kitchen, and modern washroom facilities. The challenge was undertaken and completed in time for a beautiful new dining hall to be officially opened at Family Camp on the August long weekend of 1965. It boasted an open, spacious dining area designed to serve approximately 100 people. The modern new kitchen included both a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, with a large institutional gas range and grill. A pantry and staff bathroom, which doubled as a nursing and first aid centre, were included in the new facility. The new hall also incorporated an outdoor stage on the north end, with natural seating provided by the slope of the hill.


53 years later….

In 2015 a three-phase program to revitalize, rejuvenate and update energy efficiency to the dining hall building was developed.


Phase 1 - the propane furnace was upgraded to hydro electric panels and a new floor was installed.


Phase 2 – the exterior of the dining hall was upgraded and beautified plus a large deck surrounding the facility was built in memory of Darren Gusdal, manager of Camp Wannakumbac for 23 years. The deck included built in seating, lighting and an updates to the wheelchair ramp. High-energy efficient windows replaced the original 50-year-old windows.


Phase 3 – both female and male washrooms had flooring replaced, energy efficient toilets and sinks installed. Plumbing was also upgraded from cast iron pipes to PVC.


Brandon Area Community Foundation is pleased that we were able to grant $12,000.00 to help finish the Camp’s dining hall renovation.


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The Brandon Area Community Foundation

Location: BRANDON, MB - Canada
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Twitter: @http://www/@bacf2
Project Leader:
Laura Kempthorne
$130 raised of $10,000 goal
5 donations
$9,870 to go
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