December 5, 2011 in paddling
As part of their Community Contribution Program, MEC has awarded paddling advocacy group Whitewater Ontario with a $3,000 grant to continue their efforts to preserve, protect and promote whitewater paddling in Ontario.
We are very happy to report that we have been awarded a $3000 grant and these funds will provide critical support to help our Advocacy Committee’s planned activities for 2011-2012. The funds are intended to help pay for WO river access signage, maintaining/securing access with local landowners and also to help us launch an annual Advocacy Paddling Festival, tentatively planned to take place at the Ottawa River on the July long weekend in 2012. The festival will have three goals:
- To raise awareness of Ontario river issues
- To deepen our understanding of river advocacy strategies
- To provide the WO Advocacy Committee with a sustainable source of funding for future advocacy initiatives
Congrats to WO, keep up the great work!
March 30, 2011 in gear, news
The Feds aren’t the only ones running for office this week! Only two days of voting remain for the election of the MEC Board of Directors – an important body whose decisions influence nearly every aspect of the Mountain Equipment Co-op, including the recipients of the MEC grants.
The 2011 election candidates include ten members from three provinces and one territory, all of whom are committed to representing you on the Board of Directors. They present diverse backgrounds, skills, and experience for you to consider, and we encourage you to carefully weigh the ideas and information they put forward.
Every MEC member over 16 can vote, and to help motivate you they’re giving away ten $250 MEC gift cards! Check out the candidates, then visit the MEC election page and get your PIN and vote!
March 11, 2011 in xc skiing
The Tay Valley Cross Country Ski Club has announced that they’ve received a grant from the Perth Community Foundation to start up an equipment rental program for kids and youth.
The cost of skis, poles and boots is a major impediment to introducing the sport of cross country skiing to young people for the first time. Through this PDCF Grant, the Club is now more able to encourage more young people to experience the joys of cross country skiing without initially having to buy equipment.
The $1,500 grant has already been used up to purchase good quality ski equipment to rent to youngsters trying cross country skiing for the first time. Revenue from the program will go to maintaining and replacing the equipment, ensuring and more kids will be exposed to cross country skiing.
You can read the full Tay Valley press release here. Well done Tay Valley!