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Cochrane Foundation

The Cochrane Foundation builds and manages a permanent endowment fund for the purpose of improving the quality of life in Cochrane and district, now and forever. Our asset base is $1.5 million and we have reinvested over $899,000 back into the Cochrane community, through the good work of our 91 recipient local organizations since 1993.

Jack Tennant, Board Member and community change maker, remembered

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TENNANT, John “Jack” Charles

December 23, 1935 Arrow River, MB –

May 20, 2018 Cochrane, AB

It is with profound sadness that the family of Jack Tennant announces his passing on May 20, 2018 in Cochrane at the age of 82.

Jack was born in Arrow River, Manitoba in 1935 and enjoyed success and great fulfillment as a journalist. His unconventional journey through life featured some side-trips from the newspaper business to explore life in the hockey and real estate business. His love of people, Cochrane and all animals made him a much-loved community leader and ambassador.

With a keen sense of the ironic and a life-long ability to uncover injustice and wield the written word in defence of the down-trodden, Jack was a much-decorated writer. In addition to leaving behind legions of devoted readers, as a friend of Bill W, Jack also played an important role in many lives touched by “the program”.

Jack is survived by his loving partner of 38 years, Brenda, his sons Ian and Alan (Rona), granddaughter Michelle (Matt Carre), great grandchildren Lochlan and Smith, and granddaughter Lisa (Laura Parent), great grandson Mateo, brother Mark Tennant (Gail), sister Ruth Humphrey, brother-in-law Brad Fyfe (Jack’s sister Louise passed away May 14, 2018) and many other nieces, nephews, cousins.

Jack served as a board member of the Cochrane Foundation for 16 years. We are grateful for his time and generosity he shared with all of us.

Cochrane Foundation Awards $60,000 to 17 local recipients for their charitable work

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The Cochrane Foundation awarded 14 organizations and 3 graduate students a total of $60,000 in grants on March 29, 2018. The deserving recipients include: Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC), Bighill Creek Preservation Society, Bow Valley Habitat Development, Boys and Girls Club Cochrane, Cochrane Activettes Food Bank, Cochrane and Area Humane Society, Cochrane and District Agricultural Society, Cochrane Bethany Family Council, Cochrane Historical and Archival Preservation Society, Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation, Lions Club of Cochrane – Cochrane Lions Event Centre, Seniors on the Bow ,Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, Variety Children’s Charity of Alberta, and scholarship awardees: Karyssa Brown,  Thomas Phillips, and Jeff Lees. Congratulations to everyone. By giving to the Cochrane Foundation, you help leave a legacy in your community, forever. Cochrane Foundation Board members and grant recipients are seen in this photo.

Cochrane Foundation honors their past and grants to largest range of local causes yet

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The Cochrane Foundation was started in 1993 by visionaries Neil Harvie, Ray Zell and Bob Aylesworth. They wanted a means of supporting important community ideals related to arts, culture, environment, youth, education, health, recreation and more. They created a permanent endowment fund where individual donations would be pooled and community grants were given annually through the interest income generated. To date, the Foundation has granted almost $800,000 back to Cochrane and area to over 90 charitable organizations. Co-founder Ray Zell passed away this year and we miss him and remember his wonderful sense of humor, his gentleness and his generosity towards the community. Even though Neil, Ray and Bob are no longer with us, their legacy lives on through the Cochrane Foundation. Glen Boles, a former Director of the Foundation for a number of years retired from the Board and has very generously donated his original art work, “Man of Vision”, to the Foundation to use for fundraising. We thank Glen for his continued involvement in the community and the Foundation with this generous gift. The Cochrane Foundation is governed by ten local volunteer Board members including Chair, Tim Harvie, Vice-Chair, Jim Blyth, Secretary, Kelsey Envik, Treasurer, Lynn Edge and Directors, Dana Boothby, Joann Churchill, Bill Dickson, Ian Kruger, Jack Tennant and Lynn Thomson.     In 2017 the Foundation received 28 applications with nearly $300,000 being requested. There was a diverse array of non-profit organizations requesting funding for capital projects and project needs including recreation, environmental, social, youth, arts and health. Dr. George McQuitty Memorial fund is also administered through the Cochrane Foundation and a number of very qualified applications were received for medical scholarships. This year a total of 12 charities have received a total of $51,803 in community grants. 3 medical students who attended Cochrane high schools are sharing the $3,825 Dr. McQuitty Memorial funding.

Grant Recipients:

Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation

Bow Valley Habitat Development

Cochrane & District Agricultural Society

Cochrane & Area Humane Society

Cochrane & Area Victims Services

Cochrane Ecological Institute

Cochrane Legion Cenotaph project

Helping Families Handle Cancer

Helping Hands Society of Cochrane & Area

STARS – Cochrane

Spirit Winds Stepping Stones Foundation

Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre

  Dr. George McQuitty Memorial scholarships: Camille Adams Karyssa Bowron Jeff Lees The Cochrane Foundation is reaching out to the community to assist in growing the $1.5M capital fund in order to be able to offer more funds back to the community through the interest income realized. We thank the number of individuals and organizations who have so generously contributed to the fund over the years. We would like to realize a goal of $2M over the next few years. As we are able to grow the endowment with your generosity, the interest income grows enabling the Foundation to grant more funds to the community. We invite you to please contact any of the Board members to discuss the Foundation and how your generosity can make a lasting difference in Cochrane and area.