Financial advisors and sponsors from CIBC Wood Gundy's 14 Atlantic offices recently made a $13,000 donation to Easter Seals to support Camp Tidnish.
AMHERST – Sizeable donations from organizations like CIBC Wood Gundy enable Easter Seals Nova Scotia to continue offering a summer camping experience to physically and mentally challenged children and adults from across the province.
“It means a great deal. Every year we generate revenue through the camp so we can provide a barrier-free program experience for children, youth and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities,” Easter Seals president and CEO Henk van Leeuwen said. “To be able to run the camp we rely on camper registration fees but we also rely on fundraising.”
van Leeuwen said Easter Seals strives to keep registration fees down to keep the camp affordable for participants and it’s through the generosity of organizations like CIBC Wood Gundy that make that happen.
Several weeks ago, representatives from CIBC Wood Gundy’s 14 Atlantic Canadian offices came to Amherst for a round of golf. During that event, the financial advisors presented a $13,000 cheque to Easter Seals for Camp Tidnish.
“Every year we have a charity golf tournament at which time we make a donation to a local cause. The money is raised by our employees and some sponsors, but I’d say 75 per cent of it comes from the employees,” Stephen Maltby, of the Maltby Casey Group and first vice-president and executive director of CIBC Wood Gundy Atlantic.
The donation followed a $10,000 contribution earlier in the year to Easter Seals to support its wheelchair campaign.
“When we were looking for something to support this year it was easy to see how we should support Camp Tidnish because of the lives it touches not only in our community but across Nova Scotia,” said Maltby, who is also a member of the Amherst Rotary Club.
Maltby said it was special this year to have the CIBC Wood Gundy, Monique Gravel, in attendance at the golf tournament.
van Leeuwen said Camp Tidnish will have close to 250 campers this year. He said the campers come from across the province including Cumberland and Colchester counties, Cape Breton, Halifax and western Nova Scotia.
“For one organization or one business, like CIBC Wood Gundy, to be that generous with that amount of funds and for all their staff to collectively come together to support our camp means a great deal to us,” van Leeuwen said.
van Leeuwen said the Easter Seals has an excellent partnership with the Amherst Rotary Club. The club owns the camp and Easter Seals operates the facility. The club and its partners have made numerous contributions to the club over the years including an indoor swimming pool, in-ground trampoline and a pontoon boat – made possible last year through a donation from the Dr. Hugh Christie Foundation.
Easter Seals got another boost earlier this week when the Grocery Foundation of Atlantic Canada announced $10,000 to support the Good Nutrition = Good Health Initiative at Camp Tidnish.
“Every year we gain more insight into the benefits of good nutrition for people living with a disability, however the cost of providing healthy eating has risen and we need to find ways to subsidize our efforts,” van Leeuwen said. “This funding enables us to continue to provide our campers with a revitalized menu.”
The grocery foundation includes grocery retailers, manufacturers and brokers who have joined forces to co-ordinate the raising of funds to primarily support charities that focus on mentally, emotionally and physically-challenged children in the Atlantic region.
“Our partner retailers believe that a nutritional and balanced diet provides the essential foundation for good health,” said foundation chairwoman Jana Sobey.