At the Community Foundation’s Annual general Meeting on May 29, 2012, Chair Joyce Ganong spoke eloquently about the role that the foundation aims to play in the Bowen Island community:
Often, a tree is the image used to describe a community foundation.
Roots are anchored in the community, from which nourishment (donations) are given
Trunk represents the permanence of endowment funds, the accumulation of the donations
Branches are the reaching out in all directions to the opportunities in the community, and providing a safe place for conversation
Fruit is the investment income, returned to the community to do its work
Leaves are the source of further sustenance both for the community (positive action other than grants) and for the tree itself
It takes a while for a community foundation to become mature like the tree I have just described. Bowen’s foundation is coming into its early stages of maturity – less than ten years after it received its charitable status.
Click on the link for Joyce’s complete Remarks from the Chair. The Bowen Island Undercurrent also published a report and photo on June 7, 2012 – Fostering a Caring Community.