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About the Westshore Community Foundation Inc.
The Westshore Community Foundation is a Foundation, which is part of a much larger group of Foundations in Canada. The first Foundation was established in Canada in 1921. Today Foundations span the country from Vancouver Island to Prince Edward Island, serving large and small urban centres and rural communities. Their endowment funds are professionally invested in diverse portfolios ensuring that they are managed wisely and profitably. Each Community Foundation is autonomous and governed by a volunteer board of local leaders. They are linked and support by Community Foundations of Canada, a strong national network.
The Westshore Community Foundation Incorporated was founded in 1998. As a result of Provincial Medical Services restructuring, the Community Hospital at Gimli was absorbed into a regional Health Authority. The Gimli Hospital Board had accumulated considerable funds raised from various sources such as the Hospital Auxiliary, hospital fund raising activities, donations and bequests. As the money was raised within the District, it was decided the funds should remain and not be absorbed into the Region. The Hospital Board requested the elected officials of the District; nominate a group of people to form a Foundation to manage the monies.
The Westshore Foundation name is derived from the location of the old Hospital District on the western shores of Lake Winnipeg. The logo depicts a traditional lighthouse on the shoreline. The communities of Riverton, Gimli, Fraserwood, Winnipeg Beach and Matlock are included in the area served by the Foundation.