We’ve formed some incredibly meaningful partnerships with successful Tbaytel for Good Community Fund applicants in the past, and we’re excited to share what their good projects are all about.

2018 Fall Campaign Winners

$5,000 Winners

Kenora Curling Club – Everyone Curls

Everyone Curls is an initiative that focuses on building participation in the sport of curling at the Kenora Curling Club and the community. Through the purchase of storage, teaching, technical and participant equipment, as well as facility rental, the club’s ultimate goal in Everyone Curls is to introduce the community to curling, increase and sustain participation, increase membership and club viability, making curling a sport that can be enjoyed at all levels of participation.

Township of Nipigon – edge ARTS

In January 2019, the new ‘edge ARTS‘ youth arts hub, a 1600 sq. ft. multi-use space in Nipigon, will be ready to open! The Township of Nipigon would like to kick off programming with a free “creator/maker” focused drop-in program for youth aged 12-18 from Nipigon, Red Rock and the Red Rock Indian Band. With the purchase of tables, chairs, tools and materials, the space will be ready to host its first program. Participants will be connected with a project leader and local volunteer artists, which will help promote positive self esteem in our local at-risk youth and encourage aspiring young artists to continue exploring their creativity. 

$1,500 Winners

Project Purse

Started by high school student Faryn Gysen, Project Purse provides gently used purses filled with different items that benefit women in need, from toothbrushes to shampoo to jewelry. Entering into its 4th year, Project Purse would like to raise awareness about the program with an event and promotional material and purchase additional items to fill more purses for distribution through partner organizations, including small-denomination gift cards for restaurants so the recipients can also purchase a meal.

St. John School, Red Lake – Cross Country Skis for the Ski Club

The winters in Red Lake may be long and cold, but the students in the St. John School Ski Club pass the time with cross country skiing! Currently there is not enough equipment for the number of students participating and the majority of what the club does have is over 20 years old. The school would like to be able to achieve the goal of having enough pairs of skis to allow every child interested in cross country skiing to participate in this fun physical activity, bringing the community together.

$500 Winners

Thunder Bay Quilter’s Guild – The Big Quilt Bee for Charity, Thunder Bay, ON.

The Guild will use its funding to host a two-day quilt bee to promote the art of quilting and develop new quilters’ skills while completing 25 bed-sized quilts for donation in our community.  The charity quilts are donated to various community organizations including St. Joseph’s Hospice and Hospital, George Jeffrey Children’s Centre, Faye Peterson House, numerous homes for the aged and the Cancer Care and Paediatrics units at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Fort Frances Community Garden, Fort Frances, ON

The Fort Frances Community Garden and Kids Garden Club is centrally located and is used by 100+ gardeners from ages 3-83! The garden benefits the entire community – kids learn new food skills; people are able to gather in a safe and welcoming place where lots of learning and sharing happens among gardeners and neighbors; children, families and adults are able to grow their own local food; and the garden produces locally grown food for donation to the local soup kitchen and food bank. The funding will help expand the garden to include more raised beds to accommodate more citizens of all ages and abilities.

We Did it Together

Red Lake Community Food Boxes

Shuniah Soil Mates’ Community Gardens

Claude E. Garton’s Vertical Garden Wall

2018 Spring Campaign Winners

$5,000 Winners

Matawa Learning Centre – Good Neighbour Program

In the fall of 2018, the Matawa Learning Centre will be moving from its current location in downtown Port Arthur to a new school site at the retired Grandview Lodge. As staff and students shift into their new community setting, they want to build strong and lasting connections with their neighbours. To do this, the students wish to offer services free of charge and host community events that will help bring their neighbourhood together. This includes shoveling snow, mowing lawns, cleaning yards and hosting activities like harvest celebrations, community feasts and a community garden.

Black Sheep Mountain Biking Club – Kids’ Mountain Bike Skills Development Trail

As part of the Trowbridge Forest Recreation Trail Master Plan’s Kinsmen Park skills development zone and community hub for mountain biking and recreation, the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club will also add a child friendly development trail. The trail will be approximately 400 to 450 metres in length and provide a safe environment to help introduce young riders to the sport of mountain biking, foster a love of the sport and provide access to healthy activity.

$1,500 Winners

Thunder Bay Giants Barbell Club – Olympic Weightlifting competitions

The Thunder Bay Giants Barbell Club is the only olympic weightlifting club registered with the Ontario Weightlifting Association (OWA) in northwestern Ontario. The club will purchase equipment necessary to promote and grow the sport of weightlifting in Thunder Bay. The funding will also support the club’s ability to provide competitions and officiating, allowing local athletes to experience the sport at a competitive level and helping them qualify for larger competitions without the extra expenses of travelling to southern Ontario.

McKellar Park School – Activity and Academics

With evidence identifying a direct link between activity and academics, McKellar Park School will purchase integral pieces of equipment for the school that will increase student activity. Increased activity and fitness enables students to focus, think, work and communicate and will provide McKellar Park students with problem solving skills and coping mechanisms long after they leave the classroom.

$500 Winners

St. Joseph’s School – Nutrition on Weekends, Dryden, ON.

St. Joseph’s School currently offers healthy food at school through a snack program and daily breakfast program that is available to all students, free of charge. Weekends have been identified as a gap for students experiencing poverty and St. Joseph’s School will use the funding to continue their Nutrition On Weekends (NOW) program, allowing them to send healthy food items home and contribute to student success, health and wellbeing.

Red Lake Residents – Let’s Liven Up Laverty, Red Lake, ON

Laverty Park is the only municipal park within walking distance for many Red Lake families and this project will allow for park enhancements that include picnic tables for seating, as well as shared play items and equipment for children and families to enjoy.

2017 Fall Campaign Winners

Good Community

Stratton Best Start Hub – Cultivating Outdoor Creativity in Kids

Best Start Hub is aiming to create a garden space, outdoor sensory area, music wall, water centres and other motor skill play areas for the entire community to utilize.

Hospice Northwest – Die-alogues: Talking to Kids About Death

Two Die-alogue events (one in Thunder Bay and in Manitouwadge) will feature Phoebe, an inquisitive and precocious puppet who will lead a discussion with parents and teachers about how to best talk to children about death.

Good Schools

Open Roads School – Project Water Safety

An Kevlar canoe will be purchased for the Outdoor Education component of the Explore Program, including Swim to Survive and Canoe Safety lessons.

Sturgeon Creek School – Outdoor Classroom

Two trail cameras and a weather station will be purchased and installed in the existing outdoor classroom to further the students’ outdoor education.

Crestview Leadership Team – Anti Bullying Campaign

The purchase of equipment (iPad mini, a green screen, lights, and microphones) will provide the Intermediate Leadership Team with the tools necessary to utilize green screen technology to engage the entire school community in mentoring/communication projects.

New Prospect School – Outdoor Rink Community Hub Project

Using community partners, this project will build an outdoor hockey rink to be maintained and used by all students.

Superior CVI – Aboriginal Student Committee

A spring powwow and other events will help Indigenous students develop leadership, organizational, social and teamwork skills, and share their culture with non-Indigenous learners and the school community.

2017 Spring Campaign Winners

Good Community

Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre – Red Lake Food Box

A one-year pilot program initiated by the Red Lake Indian Friendship Centre in which residents pre-order a monthly food box that will provide them access to fresh produce at an affordable cost.

Thunder Bay Food Bank – Healthy Options Project

The installation of a walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer would allow the Thunder Bay Food Bank to store several weeks of fresh produce and frozen meats.

Good Neighbour

Rainy River Community Garden – Rainy River Community Garden and Northwestern Health Unit 

The Rainy River Community Garden is in need of 2 raised beds and a mini facelift.  The garden has been full since its inception 6 years ago.  As the community ages, we’ve noticed a higher demand for raised beds.

Garden to Kitchen – Shuniah Soilmates

The ‘Soilmates’ are residents, permanent and summer, of the Municipality of Shuniah who are in the third year of gardening. The community gardens are located at the grounds of the MacGregor Recreation Centre on Lakeshore Drive.

Better Gardens for Better Produce – Current River United Church

Current River United Church has garden plots at the front of our Church on Morse Street where we grow fresh vegetables for our neighborhood food cupboard (food bank), The Current River Churches Food Cupboard provides assistance to individuals and families in need in the Current River area.

Cochenour Park Seating – Cochenour Neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood, in Cochenour, ON, would like to build more seating in our Municipal park.  We are a small community within the Municipality of Red Lake, ON.

Sioux Lookout ECCO Dive – Patricia Pelican Scuba Club

Clean up of the area’s public swimming areas. Last year we had 12 divers along with 15 volunteers from local service clubs (and the general public were topside) to help with the retrieval of debris that divers recover from the bottom of the lake.

Good Schools Program 2016

Claude E. Garton School

Hydroponic Farm Wall – Students will be able to explore the future of food with a vertical hydroponic farm wall right in Claude E. Garton’s science lab. They will use the garden to inspire innovation, increase food security and access to healthy food, develop community and make change.

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Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School

First Nations After School Art Collaborative – High risk youth from 24 remote Northern communities will take part in an after school arts program in collaboration with the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, building self-confidence and social skills while working on projects that will be featured at the art gallery.

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Nestor Falls School

Safe Drinking Water & Healthy Foods – Water at the Nestor Falls School is unsafe for consumption. Students will get their own reusable water bottle and water jugs at the school will be filled. Cooking classes for students in Grade 4-8 will plan and prepare a healthy meal for students once a month.

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Pope John Paul School

Outdoor Garden – The school will enhance its garden with seating, garden boxes and trees. Students will learn about agriculture, biodiversity and pollinator species. The space will also be available to the public during off-school hours.

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Good Neighbour Program 2016

Beaten Path Nordic Trails, Atikokan

Jackrabbits in Atikoken

Trail Enhancements – The Atikokan-based volunteer cross-country skiing organization will replace a small bridge and dedicate a grooming sledge to help its Jackrabbit youth program engage in a healthy, outdoor activities.

College Street Residents, Thunder Bay

College Street Map

Green Space Revitalization – Neighbours in the area got together in 2013 and transformed a green space that was in disrepair into a thriving and welcome addition to the area. They will enhance the space even more with a bat house and various mature trees.

Fort Frances Community Garden

Fort Frances Garden

Community Garden and Kids Garden Club – The volunteer club in Fort Frances’ north end has turned an overgrown grass field into a flourishing meeting place for the community. The grant will help to provide free tools, equipment, ground plots and raised beds for gardeners aged 3-83.

Keewatin Sapay Martial Arts

Sapay Garden

Community Garden – Sapay’s garden connects the entire community and everyone shares in the work and the fruits of its labour. They will enhance the garden with raised beds to increase production.

Kenora Beaver Brae Broncos Hockey

Beaver Brae

Hockey Rink Renovation Fundraiser – The club will bring the community together to host a road hockey tournament with an outdoor barbeque and other activities to raise funds and help revitalize the outdoor Evergreen hockey rink with new boards and lights.

Nestor Falls Onigaming Animal Control

Onigam Animal Control

Spay and Neuter Program – Since 2013 the community has been helping unwanted and unfixed animals, bringing a veterinarian team to spay and neuter animals and update vaccines. They also find new homes for dogs in Kenora and Fort Frances.

Thunder Bay & District Humane Society

TBay Humane Society

Spay and Neuter Program – In 2016 the humane society took in more animals than it ever has before. They will spay and neuter every animal before it’s adopted in order to help control the district’s pet population.

Thunder Bay KC Hurricanes Hockey Team

KC Hurricanes

Holiday Gifts for Children’s Aid Society Families – The Hurricanes will donate food, presents and other items to families in need to teach the young hockey players about compassion and community caring.

Thunder Bay Big Brothers Big Sisters

Go Girls Fall 2012

Go Girls and Game On Youth Program – Youth in grades 5-8 will participate in fun and interactive activities about living and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. The programs will be enhanced with craft supplies and new equipment.

Northwestern Ontario Secondary Schools Students’ Association


Student Leadership Conference – NWOSSSA plans three conferences for students every year. The organization will be able to help cover some of the cost of venues, materials, supplies and guest speakers.

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