As a result of funds raised by our recent Cariboo Craft Beer Festival...
Having not been able to hold our usual fundraising events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it felt great to be able to help out three important groups and one essential international disaster relief organization as a result of the success of our beer festival...
A partnership between Literacy Quesnel Society, Quesnel & District Community Arts Council, and the Quesnel division of the Cariboo Regional District Library has brought this marvellous program to Quesnel.
Free to register, children are mailed an age-appropriate book every month up to their 5th birthday. The only local stipulation is they must reside within the V2J postal code. Click here for more information.
Of course neither the books nor postage is free so, to help ensure those monthly mailings keep happening, we made a grant donation of $2,000 at our lunchtime meeting of October 27th.
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From left to right: Rotary president Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, LQS coordinator Rebecca Beuschel, Q&D Arts Council chair Cathy Heinzelman, LQS president Barb Hanes, and LQS board members Chris Fugler, Jasmin Sczesny, and Heather Lee.
*Rebecca, Jasmin, and Heather are also Rotarians
The pandemic had a profound impact on the Festival in 2020, 2021, and 2022, and that impact is carrying over into the planning for 2023, not least of which the ability to cover all costs - venue rental, insurance, judging etc. 
We have a longstanding record of support for QFPA so, while sponsorships are steadily returning (let's not forget the impact of the pandemic on business donors...), we decided to invest in the 2023 season by way of a $1,500 grant donation presented at our lunchtime meeting of October 27th.
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Former Rotarian and Youth Echange Student Cheri Maisonneuve accepting our cheque from 2022-23 President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg
The newest 4H Club in our district and, like, Quesnel Festival of the Performing Arts, 4H is an essential component of youth opportunities in our community.
To help them get established, we made a grant donation of $1,000 towards the purchase of grooming equipment.
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President Laurey-Anne Roodenburg presenting our cheque to Shauna Entzminger
Motivated by the horrendous flooding in Pakistan, we actually had the funds in our bank account but wanted to make sure all the beer festival costs were covered before releasing the donation of $1,200 which sponsors a full Shelter Box.
The Pakistan floods have affected over 33 million people, taken 1,545 lives to date, and inundated millions of acres of land leaving nearly 2 million homes damaged or destroyed.
If you're not familiar with who ShelterBox are or what they do, find out everything at