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PODCAST: Parksville Qualicum Foundation celebrates 25 years of giving

PQBEAT: Grants, scholarships total $1.8 million to date

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Host Peter McCully welcomes Rob Duncan, vice-chairman of the Parksville Qualicum Foundation; 2024 marks the foundation’s 25th anniversary.

Duncan sheds light on the impact of these grants on diverse organizations, ranging from the Society of Organized Services to emergency response organizations, support for hospices, educational initiatives and community engagement projects, emphasizing the local nature of the foundation’s efforts.

“During the past 25 years, the total amount of grants and scholarships distributed by the foundation is $1.8 million,” said Duncan. “This represents all the funds we manage for both the foundation and for others.The idea is that all of the money raised in the community stays in the community.”

The podcast offers a comprehensive overview of the foundation’s mission and impact.

The conversation also highlights the Neighbourhood Grants program, promoting community building with grants of up to $500 for individual projects. Duncan encourages individuals to apply for initiatives that enhance social connections and skills sharing, fostering a sense of community belonging.

The Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation’s role as an umbrella for various funds and scholarships is explained, offering contributors flexibility in directing their donations.

More information can be found at:, for more information on grants, donations and the 25th anniversary celebrations.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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