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News & Events

Joan Tovenati's Legacy Continues

As its final order of business, the Women’s Resource Centre in Beamsville moved the Joan Tovenati Memorial Fund to the Niagara Community Foundation in recognition of her indomitable spirit and vision. Joan, who passed away in 2005, was the founder of the Centre.
The endowment Fund will be held in perpetuity as a testament to her leadership. Each year a portion of the annual earnings on the fund will be granted to organizations providing programs and services supporting the advancement of women from Lincoln, Grimsby and West Lincoln. The capital in the fund came from the disposition of remaining assets of the Centre.
“We are honoured to have been selected as the ‘home’ for this Fund created in Joan Tovenati’s memory,” said Foundation director Alan Goddard. “Through her leadership the Women’s Resource Centre became a vital link for women and their children to find support, access legal assistance and community referrals. Now that the Fund is at the Foundation, we are able to accept donations to the Fund by those who want to honour the legacy of both Joan and the Centre.”
The Women’s Resource Centre closed its doors late in 2011 due to a lack of funding and overlapping services meeting the needs of abused women and their children. Over the past year, Eva Graham, Centre Manager, said “we have passed the baton to other very capable, very professional caring individuals and organizations who will continue the mission.” Organizations like Niagara Second Stage Housing and Counselling, Community Care of West Niagara and the YWCA Niagara Region provide services similar to those offered by the Centre.
Created in 2000 the Niagara Community Foundation has raised more than $20 million in endowment funds and has granted in excess of $4.9 million to charities working in the arts, heritage, environment, social services, health, education and community development.