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Inspiring Generosity: The Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent Receives $8000 for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Yesterday marked a momentous occasion for the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent as they graciously received an $8000 cheque from the Chatham Kent Community Foundation and the South Kent Wind Community Funds. This generous donation will significantly bolster the club’s efforts to support early childhood literacy through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

The cheque presentation took place during the Annual General Meeting of the Chatham Kent Community Foundation at the Active Lifestyle Centre. With this funding, the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent will be able to distribute another 2000 books to children aged 0-5 in the Chatham-Kent area, fostering a love for reading from an early age and helping to shape the minds of our future leaders.

The proud moment was captured in a photograph, featuring Bill Weaver from the Chatham Kent Community Foundation handing over the cheque to Antoon van der Reijden, vice president of the Kiwanis Club, alongside Clare Latimer, president-elect, and Chuck Scott, past-president.

This contribution is a testament to the power of community collaboration and the shared commitment to nurturing the potential of every child. The Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent extends heartfelt thanks to the Chatham Kent Community Foundation and the South Kent Wind Community Funds for their invaluable support.


The Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent presented a 2024 $1000 Kiwanis Foundation of Canada Matching Scholarship to Leela McLaughlin, a resident of Chatham-Kent and graduate of Ursuline College Chatham (UCC). Marlena Goncalves (left), Club President, and Mary Alice Marchand (right), Chair of the Club’s Scholarship Committee, are shown making the presentation at a recent club meeting.

The club’s Scholarship Committee selected her for one its two scholarships because of her impressive academic accomplishments and her volunteerism and participation in her school and community. At UCC she was involved in Kidwin Zhiingwaak (an Indigenous leadership group), UCC Cares and the drama club among other activities. In her community she was a volunteer making blankets for the homeless, serving as a figure skating Program Assistant and providing leadership for the Little Flowers group at her church.

Leela will be attending University of Windsor in the Concurrent Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) program with a career goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

Appreciation is expressed to the Club’s Scholarship Committee for their hard work in selecting two recipients from the 24 deserving applicants from 7 Chatham-Kent secondary schools. Committee members are Mary Alice Marchand (Chair), Lu-Ann Cowell, Dennis Myers, David Paradis, Derek Robertson and Antoon van der Reijden.

Results OMFA Live Provincial Finals 2024

The OMFA Live Provincial Competitions wrapped up this weekend. Several of the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival competitors were recommended to represent our festival at the OMFA Provincial Finals. Here are the winners and honourable mentions from the live competitions. Congratulations!!

Classical Piano – Level 7

Group C: Honourable Mention Lianna Li – Chatham

Classical Piano – Level 6

Group A: Honourable Mention Livlyn Li – Chatham
Group C: Playoff Finalist Margaret Whitelaw – Chatham

Playoff: 1st Place Margaret Whitelaw – Chatham

Classical Piano – Level 9

Group B: Honourable Mention Lauren Browne – Chatham

Songs from the Screen – Elementary

Group B: Honourable Mention Aden Babich – Chatham

Musical Theatre

Advanced: Honourable Mention Sydney Hart – Chatham

Classical Upper Strings – Level 6

Playoff Finalist: Frank Huang – Chatham

Playoff: 3rd Place Frank Huang – Chatham

For complete results visit: https://omfa.ca/live-festival/live-results

Some pictures of our Tree Planting

On May 22 we planted 18 trees along Mud Creek under the direction of our leader Jennifer Robinson. The locates were carefully chosen by the Municipality and we had help from our Aktion Club and a few members of the Sydenham Field Naturalists. Thanks to so many helping hands, the work was done in no time and we had a lot of fun. The trees were financed through the proceeds of our volunteering at cGaming. The pictures were taken by Mary Alice.