July 1, 2016 – CFNL’s limited-edition We Remember pin, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of Beaumont-Hamel, made an appearance on a number of lapels on July 1st, including that of Princess Anne, Great Britain’s Princess Royal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
Thousands gathered at the National War Memorial in St. John’s this year to remember the devastating first day of the Battle of the Somme a century ago, when 800 members of the Newfoundland Regiment went over the top Beaumont-Hamel and only 68 returned to answer roll call the next day. The Princess was among several dignitaries visiting from around the world, and she wore the We Remember pin in recognition of Newfoundland and Labrador’s sacrifices in the First World War.
June 24, 2016 - To mark Refugee Week, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador has provided the Association for New Canadians with a grant of $25,000 to establish an emergency fund for Syrian refugee families in this province.
As of June 1, more than 240 Government Assisted Refugees from Syria have arrived in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is nearly double the total number of refugees that arrive in the province in a normal year. The Association for New Canadians delivers services to help these and other immigrants and refugees from around the world to settle and integrate in communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Association will use the Welcome Fund grant to provide Syrian refugee families with interest-free short-term loans to assist those who are experiencing difficulties in meeting essential living expenses when they first arrive in the province. Families will only have to pay back 80% of the loan. When the loan is repaid, the money will be returned to the emergency fund so that it can be used to help other families.
May 10, 2016 - The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) has launched its “We Remember” fundraising drive in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 2016. “We Remember” will honour the sacrifices of past generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians by supporting the current generation of men and women who have made the same commitment to serve our country.
CFNL has partnered with local jeweller The Golden Tulip and Anaconda Mining to produce a limited edition forget-me-not pin made of sterling silver and certified Newfoundland gold. The proceeds from the sale of each pin will go toward CFNL’s Maple Leaf Fund, which provides funding to support military members, veterans, and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador through Military Family Resource Centres in St. John’s, Gander, and Goose Bay.
April 23, 2015 – April 23, World Book Day, is an opportunity to promote reading around the world. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of this annual event, which was established by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1995.
This year, students at one school in St. John’s have a special reason to celebrate. District School services students in Grades 7-12 that have either mental health or behavioural issues. Students with behavioural and mental health challenges become disengaged learners at a higher rate than their peers, and until now District School has lacked a library or any additional reading resources beyond curriculum texts to motivate students and support the development of reading skills.
April 7, 2015 - To mark 25 years of supporting women filmmakers and celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador arts and culture, the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is joining forces with the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) to create an endowment fund for the Festival. Announced as part of SJIWFF’s 25th Anniversary Opening Night Gala last October, the new WFF Silver Fund will provide assistance for the Festival’s activities including screenings of award-winning films throughout the year, cutting-edge training workshops and development opportunities for local filmmakers, mentorship for emerging women directors and hands-on training in filmmaking for Newfoundland and Labrador youth. An agreement establishing the Fund was signed between the two organizations this week.
Thanks to women who supported a fund set up by a St. John’s mother and daughter, a downtown community centre will provide a jewelry-making course for disadvantaged women this Fall.
The FIG Fund was set up at the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) by Adele Poynter and her daughter Kate McNicholas to help women in need.
“The women who come to The Gathering Place on Military Road are in the minority and there are no programs targeted just for them” says Ms. Poynter. "A jewelry-making program will build on the women's creativity, help them learn new skills and allow them to earn some money in the process.