Fiona Recovery Fund to Support SW Coast

Fiona Recovery Fund to Support Communities Impacted by Hurricane Fiona with Rebuild


October 21, 2022

St. John’s, NL – As the Southwest coast of the province continues to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona; the Fiona Recovery Fund will help impacted communities with recovery and rebuilding.

Facilitated by the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and Rotary in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Fiona Recovery Fund is intended for long-term recovery efforts, providing funders, both local and from away, with the knowledge and comfort that their contributions will support projects as identified by local communities when they are ready for rebuilding, months after emergency response.

“Our hearts go out to those impacted by Hurricane Fiona. As governments and agencies have come together to help with immediate needs, we know recovery efforts will take many months, if not years. The Fiona Recovery Fund will support a broad range of rebuilding and resiliency efforts, be it gathering places, mental health supports or other needs as initiated by the community when they are ready,” said Nicole Dawe, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“Rotarians respond to local and global community challenges. The Fiona Recovery Fund is an excellent opportunity for the thirteen Rotary Clubs in Newfoundland and Labrador to serve our communities”, said Mel Dean, Area Governor for Western Newfoundland

Donations can be made online for anyone wishing to contribute financially to the Fiona Recovery Fund. All funds received through the Fiona Recovery Fund will support communities with their recovery, rebuilding and resilience efforts. Working alongside community leaders from the Southwest coast, the adjudicated granting process is expected to begin next year.

Canadians looking to support emergency relief efforts may donate to the Canadian Red Cross to support the vital assistance they provide to communities in times of crisis. 

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About Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) creates a strong community by supporting Newfoundland and Labrador’s well-being, culture, environment and education. CFNL facilitates philanthropy between donors and community organizations for the long-term benefit of our province. We achieve this impact by stewarding and granting from donor-advised and community funds, being a granting partner for corporations and government, and supporting local community knowledge and leadership. 

Established in 2001, CFNL stewards more than $2 million in philanthropic investment for the benefit of the province. We’re part of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), the national network for Canada’s 200 community foundations that, combined, holds $8 billion in assets and reaches 90 percent of the country’s Communities.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.4 million members of more than 46,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit


Nicole Dawe

Executive Director

Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

T: 709-221-1030

M: 709-219-7865