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Orléans, ON – On November 2nd the Petrie Island Canoe Club (PICC) virtually gathered to celebrate the $43,700 Community Building Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). With this grant the Club was able to keep their participants engaged with online fitness programs during the winter and spring.

“Connecting with nature and with one another through sport is an experience that should be cherished. Throughout the pandemic we have been reminded of the importance and value of both community and physical activity,” said Stephen Blais, MPP for Orléans. “The grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundations will help the Petrie Island Canoe Club continue their great work supporting health and vibrant community.”

The funds allowed staff to support the administration and management including additional staffing and new computer equipment. The extra support allowed the Club to ensure that COVID-19 safety protocols were followed, and personal protective supplies was available. Additionally, the funding allowed for the Club to lay the foundation for recovery and growth to ensure its programs are available to the community for many years to come.

PICC was founded in 2016 and is a community-centered, volunteer-run not-for-profit paddling club in Orléans and a member of Canoe Kayak Canada. PICC offers a variety of paddling programs for all levels, ages and abilities. The club fosters a sense of community, while providing a fun, family-oriented and friendly environment that supports and promotes the development of participants in addition to training highly competitive level paddlers.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.