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The Bass Coast Community Foundation is proud to announce that the recipients for the Performance Awards in 2017 have been selected. All three were secondary school students in 2016, living in the Bass Coast region, with a demonstrated talent in their performance discipline, and who will need to move away in 2017 to continue their studies in the performing arts.
The Bass Coast Community Foundation is proud to announce that the recipients of support through its Tertiary Support Program have been selected. This program provides financial support to local students in their second and third year of tertiary study. As well as financial support the students are also matched with a trained and accredited mentor through YMCA Bass Coast. This support provides them with a sounding board and source of advice as they continue to adjust to life in the city and university level study, and as they start to think about life and career after graduation.
It is with great sadness that the Bass Coast Community Foundation farewells our Founder, Dr Peter Brooks, who recently passed away unexpectedly. Peter had an extraordinary and enduring commitment to the Foundation, attending his final Board meeting on 20 March 2017, only a few days before he died.
Within every community there exists infinite layers of opportunity, participation, care and need. Each of these layers knits together the fabric of our social landscape and within that landscape a great expression of our humanity is found in the faces of volunteers. The Bass Coast has a huge volunteer heart and some of the best representation of our region’s human goodness can be found listening compassionately in our hospital wards and aged care facilities. Bass Coast Health in partnership with the Wonthaggi and Inverloch Inter- Church Council facilitates the delivery of a program that supports patients, residents and families as a part of caring for our community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
The National Community Foundations Forum 2016 brings together practitioners from community foundations across Australia, government, corporate business and philanthropy to network, learn from each other, exchange ideas and think strategically and collectively about the future of community philanthropy. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in an increasingly challenging and changing environment.
There’s a boy from Inverloch who can fly. He doesn’t look like a superhero in fact he looks pretty much like any other 18 year old, shaking off the last vestiges of adolescent shyness. He is smart and articulate and he’s humble. Especially for a young man who has wings. Xavier Pellin is a ballet dancer and it’s not a passing phase. His skill, strength and athleticism has been shaped through years of training. His mental toughness enhanced through the self evaluation that accompanies a departure from stereotypical male career choice. And, his gratitude is founded in a family that sees the possibilities and not the obstacles.
How does a Community become activated? What are the characteristics that create a cohesive lurch forward, a movement that at it’s core holds the emotional, spiritual and physical wellness of all of its constituents across all of its socio-economic, cultural and capability spectrum, as its purpose? And, who drives the ideal of an engaged, learning community that creates and shares its abundance? These are some of the questions we asked the coordinators, participants, partners and observers of the Cowes Community Garden and Kitchen......