Some of Our Recipients
Recipients in 2022
There were Catholic Family Services in Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert. All 3 work with the inner-city youth and adults, with both Saskatoon and North Battleford receiving extra support from the Endowments.
Lloydminster + Area Brain Injury offer free programs and support for those suffering from brain injuries as well as providing support for their caregivers with resources and respite.
There were 9 successful applications from our Youth Camps that provide summer retreats for students around Saskatchewan. Through spiritual guidance, prayer and recreation most camps run 2-week sessions giving them a chance to increase their faith and an opportunity to interact with others. Camps involved were Rex Mundi/Christ the King Camp at Archerwill, St. Michael’s Camp at Madge Lake near Kamsask, Camp Lemieux at Lac Pelletier South West of Swift Current, Camp Monahan at Lebret, Camp O’Neill at Round Lake near Stockholm, St John Bosco Wilderness Camp out of Nipawin, Luseland Bible Camp at Luseland, Kenosee Boys + Girls Camp at Kenosee and Saskatoon Youth Development Complex at Blackstrap.
Columbus Bosco Homes provides a three-tier program with the Farm school Program by Aberdeen as well as providing Family learning Centres Program for parents and children from birth to six years old and a Substance Abuse Awareness Program offered at the Farm school on a referral basis with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic High School students.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library working with the Prince Albert Literacy Network Unit provides free quality books to children from birth to 5 years of age. The literacy level in Prince Albert is rated one of the lowest in Canada.
Face to Face Ministries operates out of Saskatoon and provides youth ministry retreats around Saskatchewan. Support is needed to fund an additional 2 Summer Students to provide programming for participants and assist the year-round staff.
Creative Kids Saskatchewan is working to remove the financial barriers that prevent many children from 5 to 19 from participating in arts, dance, theatre music and other cultural activities. Operating in over 240 communities across Saskatchewan. Funding is used for low-income families.
The Support from the individual Endowments really increased our support for the Pro-Life causes.
Saskatoon Pregnancy Options operates an oasis of calm help for women and families facing a pregnancy crisis. Increased activity and upgrades to furniture and security are needed in the offices.
Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association works hard to provide information about life issues. Opposing sex-selective abortions, fighting to maintain the ability to lobby near hospitals and clinics performing abortions, supporting physicians’ “Conscious Right of Refusal” to participate in abortion and many more.
St Paul’s Hospital Foundation has completed the construction of the “Hospice at Glengarda” at the old Ursuline Convent in Saskatoon. The Hospice allows the families of those nearing the “end of life” an opportunity to live on-site with their loved one throughout his/her final days. A grant was allocated for the Improvements needed to enhance the environment and experience for the outdoor relaxation and comfort of the patients as well as their families.
Santa Maria Foundation Inc. operates the Santa Maria Long Term Care Home located in Regina. A grant was given for the mattresses that need updating, which will allow the residents more comfort and in turn provide for better rest.
Mont St. Joseph Foundation Inc. operates a 120 resident Long term home in Prince Albert also providing some space for families to spend time with a resident to the end of their life. A grant was given to install special needs bathtubs, showers and lifts for the residents.
Circle Project Ass’n provides a Cultural Connection for kids. This program provides access to positive cultural activities where the children in our programs can learn/build cultural pride and self-esteem before entering kindergarten. This should help lead them to a more culturally enriched and supportive home environment as well. A grant was allocated to assist in this venture.
Turning Point Youth Ministries in Meadow Lake, provide life skills programs and a safe place for youth to gather weekly. They serve largely an indigenous group with a healthy meal, mental health services, a laundry room, shower and a clothing room. A grant will help provide food, programming supplies, heat and wages.
Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights is a law firm operating from Calgary defending religious and Charter Rights and Constitutional Freedoms of individuals across Canada. Their legal team is experienced and competent in handling these cases by providing free pro bono legal advice and representation (if they need it). 80% of cases only need a letter from a legal representative to have charges dropped. They do have charitable status with CRA. A grant was given to help defend issues involving Saskatchewan defendants.
KC Charities Inc. operates the Columbian Manor Seniors Home in Saskatoon. A grant was given to help fund a new Chapel which will accommodate up to 200 residents.
Micah Missions operating with Sask. Partners provide support for individuals returning to the community following a time of incarceration. Many coming out of these facilities need assistance in helping them not offend again. Their motto “No more victims of sexual violence” has proven successful for over 25 years.
Mother Teresa Middle School located in Regina is a school for inner-city grade 5 +6 students who are having trouble within the normal school environment. Transportation is required to make sure they have safe passage to and from their homes. Attendance is critical and students come from anywhere within Regina. A grant was given to help defray these costs as there is free pickup and delivery.
St. Peter’s College provides University level courses to students at the local level. Being a Catholic College in a rural setting they wish to enhance the Campus Ministry Team and services initiatives. A grant was provided for hosting lunch speaker events, meet and greet sessions at the beginning of term, a trip to the Canadian Students Ass’n Regional Conference, and anything to impact a positive experience for their students.
Light of Christ Catholic Schools at North Battleford host a Mass and retreat for all students on World Catholic Education Day. Students from PA and Lloydminster Catholic schools are invited as well. A grant was provided to help sponsor the speakers including Face to Face Ministries, Manson Normand, Fr. Greg Elder and Mr. David McQuaid.
Rebuilding Catholic Culture operated from the St. Thomas More College is holding a conference on “Catholic Ideal of Friendship”. A grant was provided for Speakers and to assist in the production of materials needed for teachers for the Aquinas Seminars, Catholic Lit. Studies and Logic classes for homeschooling students and other Catholic adults.
James & Lawrence Meier Grant
Swift Current Council #3031
Unity Council #5707 with St. Peter’s Church and the schools
Fr. Kunka Council # 6594 Kelvington/Rose Valley
St. John Paul II Council #17190
ArchBishop O’Neill Council # 8896 Regina
Meadow Lake Council #5259 partnering with Meadow Lake Outreach
Council #11888 Food Pantry
Mother of Perpetual Help #9538 Saskatoon – Front door Ministry
Council #1886 with Humboldt Community Soup Kitchen Inc
Guadelupe House Council #9538 Mother of Perpetual Help
Denzil Council 3920 Denzil + District Food for Families
Council #5259 Gateway Middle School Lunch program
Council #5965 Hudson Bay Food Voucher Program
Recipients in 2021
Thank you from Catholic Family Services NB
Thank you to you and all the Knights! It means so much to have your support, especially during these difficult times.
Thank you from PA Catholic Family Services
We greatly appreciate your support, especially during these difficult times. We currently have a waitlist for the Stepping up Program. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the number of participants for our programs is reduced. However, we continue to reach out to as many families and individuals as we possibly can.
Thanks once again for your support!
Catholic Family Services
A thank you from ST.MICHAELS Youth Camp at Kamsask
Thank you so much, Marvin! This will be a real lifesaver. What a year and a half it has been! Thank you for loosening the guidelines a bit on the grant criteria.
A thank you from Luseland Youth Bible Camp
Thank you so very much for your generosity!!! We are very grateful. The money will be used in our new kitchen/ dining hall. I mentioned your donation ad a praise item at our church this morning.
Thank you From St John Bosco Wilderness Camp By Nipawin
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to thank the Knights of Columbus for their continued support of our camp through the past and hope that this relationship will continue to keep our camp alive for years to come.
Thank you for considering our camp worthy of your support.
Manager, St. John Bosco Wilderness Camp
Thanks from Kenosee Lake Boys and Girls Youth Camp at Carlyle
Thank you so much!
It will be put to good use!
Thanks from Camp Lemieux – Shaunavon
Thank you for reaching out to us to ensure that we applied.
On behalf of Camp Lemieux, I would like to express my most sincere gratitude for the generous donation that the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation is providing to the camp. The funds will help to ensure that Camp Lemieux can offer a Christ-centered camping experience for youth in southern Saskatchewan.
With much gratitude and thanksgiving.
Treasurer, Camp Lemieux
Thank you From Saskatoon Youth Complex – Blackstrap
Yes! That’s great news! We are very thankful for this very generous donation from the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Foundation in partnership with Fr. O’Leary Columbian Society Endowment.
It was good to hear your voice during the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Annual General Meeting.
O behalf of all the deserving charities that you support, we thank you sincerely
President Blackstrap Youth Camp
Special thanks and information from Camp Monahan
I would like to thank you and the Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation and the grant committee for your support of Camp Monahan. The Donation of $2500 will assist us in achieving our goal of making Camp Monahan a healthier and safer place for the benefit of all the children, staff and community groups that use our facilities for years to come. As you may know, Camp Monahan is owned by the Archdiocese of Regina and just as we are welcome into the church we are also welcome at camp and just as we take ownership of our parishes so to should we take ownership of our camps. It is our goal as an association to reaffirm Monahan’s place in the catholic community, just as the churches and schools have a role to play in the faith of our community so do the camps. We are currently working on our partnership with the Regina Catholic School Division and also in developing a more active role in the youth ministries of our parishes. To understand the full potential camp provides to the community I would like to invite you, any committee members, and any brother Knight to contact me or Lisa to discuss the possibilities. I will be at Monahan from April 25 – May 2 and most weekends throughout the spring and summer, if you or anyone else would like to see the benefits that the grant will provide or be inspired by the beauty of the valley I would encourage you to visit us at Camp Monahan. Feel free to contact us anytime.
My cell phone number is 306 209-901, camps cell is 306 522-1047 or respond by email. Thank you again for your support and time!
Youth Family and Education
Thank you from the Justice Centre For Constitutional Freedoms
I deeply appreciate your support.
We will continue to work hard at defending religious freedom in Canada, and all of our other Charter rights and freedoms. Sincerely,
John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
A thank you from Rebuilding Catholic Culture at STM Saskatoon
Thank you so very much! I cannot express how grateful I am for this support. Those whom our group serves will benefit greatly as a result.
From Columbus Bosco Homes Farm School by Saskatoon
Thank you so much for the grant allocation. During these difficult times, with the pandemic, it is reassuring that we can count on the Knights to continue to support the programs at Columbus Bosco Homes. We are very grateful that our grant was approved. We look forward to your continued support.
Take care, stay safe and all the best.
Columbus Bosco Homes
Thank you from Mother Teresa Middle School – Regina
Wow-what fantastic news to start off the week! We are so blessed and grateful for the incredible support and continued engagement for the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation!
I hope you and all of your members are fairing well during this time and we look forward to providing an update about the impact of the program once students return. Currently, we are utilizing our transportation program to deliver laptops, food and essential items to students and their families.
Director of Development
Mother Teresa Middle School
Thanks from Meadow Lake Outreach ministries
Thank you! This will be a huge help!
With Kindest Regards,
Meadow Lake Outreach Ministries
Thank you from Lloydminster & Area Brain Injury Society
This is fantastic news! Thanks so much for awarding the Lloydminster & Area Brain Injury Society with this funding! It is greatly appreciated in this crazy year!
Lloydminster & Area Brain Injury Society
Thank you from Triumph Retreat Inc.
Thank you for informing us that the Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation has seen fit to graciously support the Triumph Program for $2,000.00. This will be a wonderful support for the program, especially during this time of the covid shutdown. We are looking forward to hopefully conducting the Triumph Program at Queen’s House in Saskatoon at the end of July this year. Our sincere thanks and appreciation to you and your organization for this wonderful support.
Blessings in the Risen Lord,
President Triumph Inc.
Thanks from St. Peter’s College
Thank you so much for the news of your donation. I wish to report that we had a very good student body this year. Everyone lauds their cooperation and maturity. We were able to give person-to-person classes with no covid-19 issues. The staff planned everything very well.
We hope next year will be less restrictive, but who can foretell.
I’ve had my first shot at the end of March. Drop-in for coffee if you ever come through this area.
Thank you from Face to Face Ministries
This is great news to receive this spring. We are very appreciative of the support we receive through the Saskatchewan K of C Charitable Foundation. This support is sure to enable us to do excellent ministry within the areas we travel to/online ministry.
May you have a blessed day,
Director of Stewardship and Finances
Thank you From Natural Family Planning
Thank you so much for this good news, our Association is very grateful for the support of the K of C Charitable Foundation. The funds will greatly assist us in continuing our work!
Gisele King – Treasurer, NFP Saskatchewan (on behalf of all the NFP Saskatchewan board)
Thanks from Saskatoon Pregnancy Options
Thank you so much! We are honoured to know that you value the work we do with women, men and babies in crisis pregnancy. Your generous grant will go a long way in offering them hope and valuable help.
Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre
A thank you From SANTA MARIA Foundation in Regina – Seniors Home
On behalf of the residents of Santa Maria, thank you to the Knights for this wonderful support. Please know it is much appreciated. We will order 2 chairs, and once they are here and labelled (to recognize the Knights for their generous support of this home), we will send you a picture.
These chairs truly do make a difference in the daily lives of our elders. Thank you for helping them out.
Take care. And please be safe.
Thank you From St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
What incredible news to hear on a Monday morning. On behalf of St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, thank you so very much for this generous gift in support of the Hospice at Glengarda. These funds will support our efforts to enhance the environment and experience for residents and their families on their end-of-life journey. It is so wonderful to witness such thoughtfulness and generosity in our community.
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Relations
Thank you from Circle Project in Regina
I hope you are well.
Thank you so much for this support! We will put the funds to good use in our programming with Indigenous families.
In the Spirit of Building Community,
Ann Perry, Executive Director
Thank you From Turning Point Youth ministries Meadow Lake
That is fabulous!!! Thank you so much!!! We REALLY appreciate it!
James and Lawrence Meier Food for Families
A Thank you From Paul Ponak – Council #8896 Regina – Food for Families Grant
Thank you, Marvin – to you & the Charitable Foundation. Our Council will allocate these funds to continue to assist those who most can use this basic need.
Thank you again.
A thank you From Humboldt Soup Kitchen at Humboldt – Food for Families Grant
You have brightened our day significantly! Thank you so much for your support in our mission.
It is wonderful to partner with organizations who share our vision and concern for those less fortunate in our communities. This will go a long way to provide the food and support the vulnerable sector of Humboldt requires.
We are grateful for your kindness and generosity!
Humboldt Community Soup Kitchen
Thank you From Unity Council #5707 Food for Families
Firstly a big thank you to you and Pat for the $600.00 contribution from the Marvin & Pat DeSchryver Family Endowment. Secondly, please extend council 5707s thanks to the Foundation for this $3,500.00 grant and lastly to the James & Lawrence Meier Fund for their grant of $2,900.00. With our council 5707 donations of $1,899.80 from the sale of Charity Appeal tickets, our local Unity food bank will receive $5,499.80 from the Knights of Columbus. Thank you ever so much
Thank you from Swift Current Council #3031 Food for Families
Excellent, we thank you very much for the grant. We will put the funds to use in our efforts to meet some of the needs within the Schools
Again we thank the Foundation for making this grant available and for helping us to feed the children within the Swift Current Schools.
Gord Hagen GK
Congrats Gord. More valuable money we can put to good use. Looking forward to discussions on how to distribute this gift. Regards Wayne
Thank you from Council #9538 Guadalupe House – Food for Families
Thank you so much. That is terrific news. Thank you, thank you, thank you…..
Thank you from the Cueranavca Project Archdiocese of Regina
April 18, 2021
Hello Marvin – this is good news! Thank you so very much to the Knights of Columbus Foundation for your generosity!
Blessings! Keep well!
Recipients in 2020
2019-20 Grant Recipients of Sask K of C Charitable Foundation
The Foundation makes available Grants through an application process. Below is the list of successful applicants.
This year through this grant structure we have been able to distribute over $150,000 to the applicants that qualified for this funding. We want to especially thank each of the Endowments for their participation and support in making this the total amount available. Below is a listing of successful recipients.
- Due to the outbreak of the Covid 19, most of our Sask youth camps were unable to complete their programs. These available funds were re-allocated to the “Food for Families” Grants. Because of this, we were able to increase the assistance to the many applications we received from across Saskatchewan. Namely: Unity, Kelvington/RoseValley, Swift Current, Saskatoon, Luseland, Wynyard, Denzil, North Battleford and Humboldt. We wish to thank all those who helped throughout this time of distancing and confinement.
- Catholic Family Services located in North Battleford, Prince Albert and Saskatoon each received grants to help with their programming of assisting the needy inner-city families.
- Columbus Bosco Homes has a 3 point program; a farm school program in a rural setting helping “at-risk” youth, Family support centres program for parents and tots in Partnership with the Saskatoon Catholic Schools and a Substance Abuse Awareness program coordinated with the Saskatoon Catholic Schools.
- Justice Centre for Constitutional Rights is a Law firm located in Calgary, as a registered charity handles cases across Canada for citizens whose rights are being denied according to the Charter of Rights + Freedoms in Canada
- Sask Pro-life Assn has many programs supported by Councils across the province, some of which are “Teenaid”, the “Choose Life” magazine published 4 times a year, Saskatoon Pregnancy Centre, Natural Family Planning and the “March for Life”.
- St Paul’s Hospital Foundation is building the Hospice centre for “end of life” care (Close to Home), the first of its kind in Saskatchewan. Available for families to spend unrestricted time with their loved ones.
- Knights of Columbus Indoor Games has been running for over 40 years allowing local Provincial as well as International athletes to compete in Track and field events. The internationals also visit city schools in Saskatoon and Prince Albert speaking and interacting with the students encouraging them to become active and focused.
- St. Joseph’s Seniors Health Center at Macklin needed lifts for moving the clients safely, assisting the staff.
- Face to Face Ministries provide youth retreats across Saskatchewan, helping form our youth in their faith through knowledgeable speakers, Song and prayer
- Rebuilding Catholic Culture provides 3 – 4 seminars each year, within the Saskatoon area, educating our youth in their Catholic faith.
- Turning Point Youth Center in Meadow Lake works with at-risk youth offering nutrition, friendship and a safe environment.
- The Circle Project Ass’n operates out of Regina answering the call of “Truth and Reconciliation” with programs involving indigenous individuals and their families.
- Mother Theresa Middle School works with the Catholic Schools in Regina providing an inner-city classroom for grades six to eight students enabling them to experience a positive school environment. The school works together with the students throughout their schooling including post-secondary.
- Our Seminarian Vocation Endowment supports the 14 Seminarians throughout Saskatchewan’s four Diocese including the Ukrainian Eparchy.
- Education Bursaries are provided to eligible students at our 3 Catholic Universities ( STM, Campion and SPC), St. Therese School of Faith + Mission at Bruno and the 4 Polytechnic Colleges located in Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon and Prince Albert.
Recipients in 2019
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation presented cheques to some worthy charities during their annual grants program. Below are some photos of the recipients.
Catholic Family Services in the Battlefords
Grant presentation to Catholic Family Services in the Battlefords. Receiving is Connie Carignan, President of CFS the Battlefords. Presenting is Mervyn V. Welter, Vice President of Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation.
Harvey Granatier, Faith Rowland, Chris Bencharski—cheque presentation to Diabetes Canada—Saskatchewan
Saskatoon Youth Development Complex (Blackstrap Youth Camp)
Chris Bencharski, Harvey Granatier, John Marshall, John Bohnke, Stan Wormsbecker—Saskatoon Youth Development Complex (Blackstrap Youth Camp)
Columbus Bosco Homes
Marvin DeSchryver, Harvey Granatier, Rick Rowley, John Bohnke, Stan Wormsbecker (Columbian Society)—Columbus Bosco Homes
The Camp Monahan Association would like to express its sincere thanks for the funding received for the repairs to our chapel. Please find attached a document that outlines the work that was done on our chapel and the impact it has had on our camp.
May God continue to bless the good works of the Knights of Columbus Foundation,
Lisa and Chad Marcotte
Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association
Harvey Granatier, Tom Fortosky, Adrienne and Mervyn Welter—Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association
Face to Face Ministries
Harvey Granatier, John Courchene, Robyn Pashula, Chris Bencharski—Face to Face Ministries
St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
Chris Bencharski, Harvey Granatier, Wendy Comeau Greenwood, Clare, and Marty Schneider—St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
KC Indoor Games
Chris Bencharski, Harvey Granatier, Neil Mooney, John Bohnke, Stan Wormsbecker—KofC Indoor Games
Circle Project Inc.
Very Rev. Anthony F. Dizy, President, Bob Cantin and Executive Director, Ann Perry—Circle Project Inc.
The Circle Project is an urban-based, Aboriginal organization that provides programs and services in Regina and surrounding areas. Although the program participants are both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, the main focus is working with Aboriginal people in a community-based setting.
Recently in their strategic planning, they recognized a significant gap in services. The training was developed as a unique learning opportunity to engage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to promote understanding as a positive way forward in the community and an important step in reconciliation. Through the building of this understanding, Indigenous people have new knowledge about their own history and culture. Non-Indigenous people are able to start making the connection between the history and current circumstances that the Indigenous community is still in today, including the ongoing effects of intergenerational trauma.
The grant was given to support their children’s Christmas party, open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.
Campus Ministry Program
Brad Lefebvre was out to St. Peter’s Abbey at Muenster and presented on behalf of the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation a grant cheque to Abbot Peter Novecosky, O.S.B. for their Campus Ministry Program. The photo was taken by Fr. Paul Paproski.
Luseland Bible Camp
Some pics I took, the camp sign, a youth mounting the climbing board with a safety line supporting him, the craft room with Cut Knife students just leaving, the new 40X60 swimming pool installed last year, camp councillors one has been there since 2012, and the presentation with Marilyn Kirk the Director, the 4 councillors and Pat & I with the Cut Knife bus loaded ready to head home. It was raining all day but that didn’t deter the group. Marvin
Meadow Lake Turning Point Youth Center
Saskatchewan State Deputy Chris Bencharski with local knights (L-R) Wayne Bettcher, Chase Sabot, Gary Svandlrlik, and Rhys Beaulieu present a Grant to Belinda Martin, Executive Director of Meadow Lake Turning Point Youth Center.
The Grant is from the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation and will be used to assist students at risk.
Mother Teresa Middle School
Good afternoon Marvin,
I hope this note finds you well, enjoying the summer. I wanted to provide you with written acknowledgment on behalf of Mother Teresa Middle School, our students and staff for the generous grant towards our Nutrition Programming. This helped provide countless meals and snacks to our students during the month of June.
We are beyond grateful for the opportunity to receive this award and hope you can share this letter with the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation Grant Committee.
All the best,
Director of Development
Mother Teresa Middle School
306-569-6867 ext. 205
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