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Chamber awards community grants

Sophia Suderman, of the Atangard society, Gail Gromaski, of the Abbotsford Arts Council, Bev Olfert, of the Abbotsford Youth Commission and Mike Welte, Chamber president.  - Submitted photo
Sophia Suderman, of the Atangard society, Gail Gromaski, of the Abbotsford Arts Council, Bev Olfert, of the Abbotsford Youth Commission and Mike Welte, Chamber president.
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The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce awarded community grants totalling $2,500 to three Abbotsford organizations at its November luncheon.

The Community Grant Program was created this year to provide financial assistance to non-profit, community-based organizations that provide direct programs, services or activities that enhance the quality of life for Abbotsford residents. The main focus areas of the grants are social services, health, the arts, culture, heritage and the environment.

The year’s recipients are the Abbotsford Arts Council for its workshop series “The Art of Marketing,” the Abbotsford Youth Commission for its after-school nutrition program for youth centres, and the Atangard Community Project Society for the Jam In Jubilee summer concert series and art market.

“The members of the Chamber of Commerce are active participants in all aspects of life in our city and this is a way for us to support some of the organizations and events that make Abbotsford such a tremendous place in which to work, live and play,” said Abbotsford Chamber president Mike Welte.

“This is the first year and we received 11 grant applications which were carefully considered by our panel of board members. There were a lot of great projects proposed which made the choice that much more difficult,” Welte added.

Representatives of each of the organizations were in attendance at the luncheon and were presented with cheques.

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