We are the Osprey Community Foundation, a public, charitable foundation created by and for the people of Nelson, BC and the surrounding area. We are here to help groups and individuals make an ongoing difference in their community. Donations to Osprey are pooled in a permanently-endowed fund – our community’s nest egg – which currently has a value of over $8 million. Each year, income generated by that capital flows back to the community in the form of grants to eligible charities and activities.
Actually, the Snoezelen is a multi-sensory environment that reduces agitation or engages and stimulates people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Thanks to a grant from Osprey via the Friends of Nelson Elders, Mountain Lake Seniors Community residents have access to this leading edge Dutch therapy.
Generous donors…community partnerships…and working together to meet needs in our community. For good. Forever.
We are now accepting applications the following grant programs:
1. 2017 Community Grants
2. Arts Legacy Fund for Theatre Arts projects
3. Community Fund for Canada’s 150th
See here for more information.
Grant deadline is March 31st. Funding decisions will be announced at the end of May.
Vivien Bowers Moves On
We bid farewell to Vivien after 5 years as executive director and 8 years prior as an Osprey board member. She agreed to take on the E.D. job on an interim basis, and discovered she loved it. She’ll miss being ‘embedded’ in so many things going on in this incredible community.
New ED Tina Choi
We didn’t have to go far afield to find an excellent new E.D. Tina has worked for Osprey for the past 3 years, which will make for a smooth transition. She knows the organization inside and out, and many of you have worked with her already. Starting December 1st, she can be reached at:
And thanks to the sold out crowd that attended the hilarious and heart-warming Community Tribute to Dr. Jim Noiles on October 19th. Fabulous entertainment by our M.C. Keith Bridger and performers Mary Audia (a.k.a. Janis Joplin), Paul Prappras, Christine Vanlerberg, Roger Luscombe, Dave Scanlan, the Ukeladies, Dr. Raz Moola & Celeste. We’ll post photos when they’re available. If you couldn’t be there, but wish to pay tribute to Dr. Jim, we would gratefully accept any donations to our Community Fund.