The 100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island philanthropy group selected Vancouver Island Mental Health Society as the recipient of $12,200 in donations at their Wednesday November 27th (2019) meeting. VIMHS executive director Taryn O’Flanagan was at the meeting November meeting to speak about VIMHS and its work.
“Thank you to the 120 100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island members for their generosity and commitment to our community!” — VIMHS staff and board of directors
The 100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island is a group of women who care about their communities and want to make an impact. Four times a year, its members meet for one hour “to learn about the great work being done by three local registered charities based in Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Lantzville, communities in between, and Gabriola Island.” By secret ballot, group members vote for one of the three charities, and the one with the most votes gets a $100 dollar cheque from each of the group’s members. The organization donates over $10,000 to a chosen charity at each meeting. Since June 8, 2016 the Mid-island group has donated over $177,400 to local charities.
The staff and board of directors at Vancouver Island Mental Health Society extends its gratitude for this generous gift. The funds will be used for programs and activities that directly benefit the residents in VIMHS housing.
100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island
100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island was founded in January 2016 when Leanne Kelly, inspired by the success of 100+ Women Who Care Victoria, proposed the idea of creating a mid-island chapter. Leanne was joined by Julie Stewart-Boyle, Donna Houssin, Carole Rinas, Nahanni Ackroyd, Patrice Mauriks and Vicki Swan and together the women recruited 103 members for the first meeting on June 8, 2016.
The 100 Who Care movement was initiated November 2006 by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan. At the first 100+ Women Who Care Jackson, Michigan meeting, the women wrote $100 cheques to The Center For Family Health and raised $12,800, to buy 300 baby cribs.
Today, there are over 350, 100 Who Care chapters around the world. They include 100 Women Who Care, 100 Men Who Care, 100 Men Who Give a Damn, 100 People Who Care and 100 Kids Who Care groups.
Find out more about 100+ Women Who Care Mid-Island on their website.
Image (top): VIMHS executive director Taryn O’Flanagan (second from left) and VIMHS clinical rehabilitation manager Lynn Redenbach (far right) accept a cheque for $12,200 from 100+ Women Who Care Mid-island members on December 12, 2019.