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P.E.I. Association for Community Living in running to win $125,000 donation

Julie Smith and her son, Joshua, are excited about the possibility of PEIACL winning the iA Financial prize. Heather Ogg/Photo special to The Guardian
Julie Smith and her son, Joshua, are excited about the possibility of PEIACL winning the iA Financial prize. Heather Ogg/Photo special to The Guardian - Contributed

The P.E.I. Association for Community Living (PEIACL) is the only Atlantic Canadian organization among the 10 finalists in iA Financial Group’s Canada-wide philanthropic contest.

PEIACL submitted its proposal, “Caring Conference: Respite Weekend for Families” to iA Financial Group’s Canada-wide philanthropic contest. 

The proposal outlines a project designed to help empower caregivers in their personal, social, recreation, health and wellness lives. 

Parents/caregivers will be able to attend various workshops, and their sons/daughters/loved ones with intellectual disabilities will be under the care of respite workers and will offer a number of activities including sports, movies and crafts. 

The Moffet family is just one of many that the PEIACL supports. From left are Cherlyn, Sofie, Zephram and Jeff Moffet. Heather Ogg/Photo special to The Guardian
The Moffet family is just one of many that the PEIACL supports. From left are Cherlyn, Sofie, Zephram and Jeff Moffet. Heather Ogg/Photo special to The Guardian

 

The goal of the weekend is for those involved to feel refreshed and that they have developed leadership and advocacy awareness skills, helping to increase their overall well-being.

Being a top-10 finalist means PEIACL will receive a minimum of $10,000, but with the support of the community it has a chance at receiving a donation of up to $125,000. 

This would allow the association to conduct a Family Respite Weekend every quarter for the next two years by covering associated costs.

Until Nov. 29, the public can go online at ia.ca/contest-ia-donations and vote for two of the 10 finalist submissions. 

A donation of $125,000 will be made to the charity that receives the most votes, the second and third place charities will each receive a donation of $50,000 and the remaining seven charities will each receive $10,000. 

Contest results will be announced on Dec. 12

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