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Philanthropy

W.C. Wood Foundation gives Guelph Lake Nature Centre campaign a boost

Guelph - With more than 20,000 students passing through the doors of Guelph Lake Nature Centre each year, it’s getting harder and harder to find someone in the community who doesn’t have a memory about their time spent on the shores of Guelph Lake.

Those fond memories recently helped secure a $150,000 donation from the W.C. Wood Foundation toward the construction of the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre. Established in 2009, the Foundation was created to ensure the legacy, created by the Wood Family and its employees would continue to make a lasting difference in our community.

Susan Frasson of the Foundation thinks fondly of her own days as a child at the centre, as well as the times she has accompanied her own children there. “Those visits help everyone - students and adults - foster a much deeper appreciation for the natural world around us.” says Frasson. “The new Guelph Lake Nature Centre will impact so many more people, including generations of children and grandchildren in our community.”

Increasing the reach the centre has on children and adults can only help our environment. “Kids have a natural connection to all that is weird and wonderful in nature; as we get older, we often lose a bit of that connection.” says Greg Meredith, Senior Resource Interpreter at Guelph Lake.

The Grand River Conservation Foundation is well on the way to its goal of changing this disconnect. More than one-third of the funds have been raised toward the construction of a new facility within Guelph Lake park. Once built, the new facility will expose more than 200,000 park visitors to nature-based programming and learning opportunities.

If you would like to contribute to the new Guelph Lake Nature Centre campaign, visit www.grcf.ca or contact Cam Linwood, GRCF Development Coordinator at 519-621-2763.


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