Temagami Community Foundation

Message from the Co-Chairs

                  June, 2020



During these challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations are changing to adapt to the crisis. The Temagami Community Foundation (TCF) is adapting and doing its part to support the Temagami community that we serve.

We have made the decision to cancel all face to face events for this summer including Annual General Meeting, the Arts Camp, the canoe museum trip for children, the C100 event at Northwaters and the annual fish fry at Camp Wabun. However, we are planning “virtual” activities. Virtual as over the internet. For example, the Arts Camp will be converted to a series of engaging and enriching activities presented online throughout the summer. The first such event has been planned for June 19 so stay posted for further updates on this event and others. We are working on organizing a virtual AGM later in June.

Getting grants out into the community is a high priority for the Foundation and we are pleased to announce that over $30,000 has been awarded and distributed already this year! This includes $20,000 from the Truck and Boat Lottery that was held last year. Organizations that received grants in 2020 are Temagami Area Fish Involvement Program, Living Temagami, Cancer Care Close to Home-NBRHC, Marten River Fire Department, Temagami Fire Department and Temagami Family Health Team. Your donations along with fund raising initiatives over the years have made these grants possible so please continue to support the Temagami Community Foundation through donations or volunteering.

When it became evident that the COVID crisis was likely to be long lasting, the TCF considered how to redirect our efforts from traditional fundraising and granting to serving the Temagami Community in other ways. What evolved is the COVID Temagami Working Group, a small group of TCF directors and staff along with volunteers from Living Temagami. Our summer student Krista Blais coordinates and communicates the group’s activities under the direction of Deb Morrow, TCF Administrator. The COVID working group communicates COVID related information to individuals and businesses in Temagami, identifies issues for our local businesses related to COVID circumstances and works towards finding solutions, researches and shares relevant COVID related grant opportunities with appropriate parties and coordinates resources to alleviate stresses for individuals (e.g. musical performances for seniors). This group’s efforts are evolving and making a difference.

The Government of Canada recently created The Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) to support vulnerable populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. The Government has partnered with national intermediaries namely, Community Foundations Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada, to deliver the ECSF. TCF recently became aware of this fund and applied to Community Foundations Canada for a grant for our area. We are pleased and honored to have had $60,000 entrusted to TCF from the ECSF for granting within the Temagami community! Under this program grants will be awarded for eligible projects serving vulnerable populations such as children, youth, seniors and elders. Grants will be made through qualified donees such as the Municipality of Temagami and Temagami First Nation. Applications for grants must be made by July 27, 2020 for activities occurring between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. TCF is working with the Municipality and
Temagami First Nations to identify projects in the Temagami community to award grants to under this program. If you have a proposal for a project please bring it to the attention of TCF at
info@temagamicommunityfoundation.com or by telephone at 705-569-3737.

Thank you for your continuing support.

Bill Kitts & Jack Tuomi
Co-Chairs, Temagami Community Foundation


The Temagami Community Foundation has been relying on the generosity, vision and enthusiasm of those, like you, who know and love Temagami. Our foundation is unique because our supporters come together from three distinct groups: Residents of Temagami, Temagami First Nation Members, and seasonal lake Residents.

What brings us together is the desire to preserve and enrich the lands of Temagami and the lives of the people who live here. Our mission is to:
* Promote environmental stewardship and awareness

* Support community arts and culture
* Honour First Nation heritage
* Foster sustainable community economic development


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