Brandon Area Community Foundation Inc.

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Brandon Area Community Foundation Inc.

2830 Victoria Avenue, Unit #2, PO Box 22096
Brandon, MB R7B 3X1

Registered Charitable Number: 89659 4884 RR0001
Manitoba Region: Southwest


To serve the communities of Southwestern Manitoba by maintaining and administering a permanent endowment fund aimed at strengthening and improving the quality of life, today and into the future.


Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) devotes our efforts and expertise to the work of charitable giving. BACF supports our community for two main reasons: its reach and flexibility.

Reach: BACF doesn’t just support one community charity, it has the ability to support them all!

Flexibility: BACF has the flexibility to change with the times and support projects that will provide for a better community, now and far into the future.


  • Dan Robertson, Chair
  • Michelle Hood, Past Chair
  • Marc Alain, Vice Chair
  • Jaime Pugh, Treasurer
  • Andrea Epp, Secretary
  • Gail Cullen, Director
  • Greg Gatien, Dirctor
  • Rochelle Johnson-Boswell, Director
  • Dale McKay, Director
  • Karen Wilcox-McKay, Director
  • Jon Zilkey, Director
  • Mayor Rick Chrest, ex officio


  • Laura Kempthorne, Executive Director
  • Barb Brown, Administrative Assistant

Foundation Funds

Community Fund

A Community Fund (unrestricted) provides the foundation’s Board of Directors the flexibility to respond to current community needs and decide where the earnings can be used most effectively each year through provision of grants to registered charities. The Community Fund consists of donations, large, small, from a variety of sources-individuals, corporations and foundations.

This fund provides flexibility in responding to the ever changing needs in our community.

Brockie Donovan Senior’s Care Legacy Fund

The Brockie Donovan Senior’s Care Legacy Fund is to offer support, assist and enhance the lives of seniors living in our community, bring awareness to projects and initiatives that impact change in the senior’s health and wellness system.

The fund will assist emerging needs for the well-being of seniors in the Brandon and Westman community.

Dr. Barbara Bourassa Donor Advised FundThe Dr. Barbara Bourassa Donor Advised Fund is intended to support children and youth activities within the City of Brandon and the Westman Area. This fund will continue to grow so that youth will be able to experience the joy that Barb had with her own family by participating in youth activities within the City of Brandon and the Westman Area. With the help of the Brandon Area Community Foundation, their fundraising efforts have had a very successful start.
Women’s Fund

The Women’s Fund is an exciting way to create a lasting legacy. Women have chosen to honour special women in their lives or celebrate a memorable day by making a contribution to the fund. This is a collaborative effort between BACF and women donors to improve the quality of life for women in Brandon and throughout the Westman area.

The mission of this fund is to generate social change through women and girls.

Rapid City Community Fund

The Rapid City and Area Community Fund is a permanent endowment fund under the wing of Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) and was established in 1999 by community minded individuals Gord and Diane Peters who made the initial $15,000 donation. In addition to this contribution, the fund also benefited from a $10,000 donation from Art and Shirley Peters and $ 5,000 from Cando Contracting.

The fund was established to insure that community projects in the Rapid City Area will have access to future funding as the donations are held in perpetuity. The funds are pooled with the professionally invested BACF funds to maximize returns. Income earned from the investments are then returned to the Rapid City Area in the form of grants for community projects. These projects are selected annually by a committee comprised of one donor at large and representatives from the RM of Saskatchewan and the Town of Rapid City.

Caitlin Arksey Fund

This fund, in memory of a charismatic young lady, who died after a courageous battle with cancer on March 21, 2009. To honour Caitlin’s courage and spirit, her family established The Caitlin Arksey Fund.

Contributions by family and friends have made it possible to provide grants that provide meaningful and relatively barrier-free assistance to families at the time of the patient’s treatment.

Norm Roziere Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is awarded to a student at the Manitoba Emergency Services College who embodies the qualities that Norm Roziere showed:

  • Hard-working
  • Sense of humour
  • Welcoming
  • Community-minded
  • Well-respected
  • Proud of his service, and
  • Positive attitude
Wayne Robertson and Family Legacy FundIn his memory, the Robertson family has established this annual scholarship fund to be awarded to a graduating Brandon AAA Midget Player who, upon graduation from high school goes on to post-secondary education at the University, Community or Technical College level.
Brandon Festival of the Arts Designated Fund

The Brandon Festival of the Arts dates back to 1928, when the Brandon School Board founded the Western Manitoba Schools Music Competition Festival. Throughout the decades the Brandon Festival of the Arts has provided individuals the opportunity to participate in the performing arts at all levels. Many performers have gone on to make significant contributions to the arts, and many have also achieved international acclaim.

BACF would like to thank the Brandon Festival of the Arts board of directors for entrusting us as the stewards of their designated fund.

Elgin Community FundThis fund was established as part of the Elgin Centennial Homecoming celebrations in June 1999. Elgin district residents donate to this fund.
Nowatzki Family FundNowatzki Family Fund will annually benefit the Brandon Public Library and was established by a giving family that wanted to give back to the community.
YMCA Designated FundThe YMCA and their supporters will to ensure that there will be future income available to support the Strong Kids program and that there will always be accessibility to all.
Westoba Credit Union Designated FundWestoba has dedicated staff who believe in the power of giving back and volunteering thousands of hours collectively to local events, causes and projects. They are happy to support the people and communities they not only work in but live in too. Westoba created this fund to make a difference to the people and projects in our community.
Brandon Seniors for Seniors Technology Access Program (TAP) for SeniorsThe latest technology is helping seniors connect with loved ones, community members and young people.
The Brandon Seniors for Seniors Co-op is launched the Technology Access Program for Seniors. Known as TAPS, it provides seniors with free access to laptops, iPads and Wi-Fi to help them stay connected to family, friends and the co-op’s services while getting out to socialize.
The co-op purchased 25 computers through a grant program and about 12 iPads and two computers.
Overall, the programs and new computers are to help keep seniors in their homes longer, as well as stay connected to the latest news and the community as a whole.
The TAPS project received funding approval from Brandon Area Community, Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services and the United Way Brandon and District, to purchase the equipment.

Foundation Highlights

Announcement of $1million from Gord and Diane Peters to Brandon Area Community Foundation
Announcement of $1million from Gord and Diane Peters to Brandon Area Community Foundation
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The Brandon Area Community Foundation (BACF) have received a second gift of $1million of personal shares in Cando Rail Services from Gord and Diane Peters for granting throughout Westman.
Major Grant for Production Suite Funding at Keystone
Major Grant for Production Suite Funding at Keystone
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The Brandon Area Community Foundation have granted the Keystone Centre $117,000 to fund necessary upgrades to their Production Suite.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (RMHC Manitoba)
Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba (RMHC Manitoba)
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The Brandon Area Community Foundation came together in support of families who are in the need for a larger Ronald McDonald House to accommodate more families was essential.