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Riverside Park in Guelph hosts event to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day – Guelph |

Riverside Park in Guelph hosts event to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day - Guelph |

National Indigenous Peoples Day is being recognized across Canada on Tuesday, including in Guelph.

Riverside Park will be having an in-person event on Tuesday in recognition of the day.

The event will be emceed by Adrian Harjo and feature music, dancing, stories and more.

Stephen Jackson is the CEO of Anishnabeg Outreach in Guelph.  As an Indigenous person, he said he’s proud to see other cultures celebrating together.

“It’s what I’ve been working towards for the last four years at Anishnabeg Outreach. It’s cultures coming together to embrace it, to understand it and to participate in it,” Jackson said.

He believes that being together and working together is how they achieve a different outcome.

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National Indigenous Peoples Day is for Canadians to learn and celebrate the heritage, culture and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Anishnabeg Outreach is a not-for-profit organization, with locations in Guelph and Kitchener, that provides Indigenous people with access to services that are culturally appropriate and strive to help and direct individuals to overcome barriers.

Through its programs and initiatives, the organization puts an emphasis on Indigenous people and their culture.

“I think everything that we do is designed to do proactive work,” he said. “It’s the healing that’s probably the most important piece because without healing you really can’t work, your family situations can be abusive and your relationships can be toxic.”

Jackson said with healing, you’re able to put trauma behind you and work toward the future.

Among the initiatives offered at Anishnabeg are an EarlyOn Centre, employment and job training, mental health management system and a multi-sports program.

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The event in Guelph is being organized by local First Nations, Inuit and Métis leaders with support from the city’s Museums and Culture division. The day also coincides with the summer solstice.

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He said it’ll give friends and families a chance to connect following the COVID-19 pandemic and allow people to celebrate in a number of ways.

“I’m so thankful that events like this are available for those that want to connect with family and friends or make new family and friends,” he said.

Jackson added the Outreach Centre will also be holding a barbecue on Tuesday afternoon with their staff and community partners. Visit the Anishnabeg Outreach website to learn more.

The event at Riverside Park will start at 5:30 p.m.

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Charity Event Awards to recognize innovation, excellence in fundraising

Charity Event Awards to recognize innovation, excellence in fundraising

The Community Foundation, founded in Cape Coral, is a leader in recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of charity fundraising events, galas, golf tournaments, and competitive races to secure contributions and raise awareness for nonprofit and charitable causes.

The Community Foundation will host its inaugural Charity Event Awards to recognize event fundraising innovation and excellence. More than 200 nonprofit event fundraising professionals, marketing and public relations leaders, event sponsors, and private donors are expected to gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fort Myers on April 5, from 6-9 p.m., to celebrate the best fundraising events and the most outstanding charitable organizations which host, plan, and promote events to raise funds to fulfill their mission.

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An important part of the Charity Event Awards is celebrating the continued innovation and resilience of our nonprofit community and its ability to create well-planned events with excellence. Over the past five years I’ve been the leader of the Community Foundation, we’ve received stories from hundreds of charitable organizations, event fundraising professionals, and board members who are truly changing the future of fundraising. This year’s winners will honor the charity event fundraisers and trailblazers who turned the challenges of the pandemic into opportunities for their causes, finding new ways to engage donors, sponsors, ticket buyers, and grow impact.

The guest speaker for the Charity Event Awards is Teri Hansen, founder, president, and creative director of Priority Marketing. Dr. Carol Rae Culliton, President & CEO, Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, is the title sponsor for the event. Wendy Fullerton Powell, Executive Editor of Naples Daily News/Southwest Florida Region Editor, and Sandy Stilwell Younquist, Co-Founder, SWFL Children’s Charities are award presenters.

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The Charity Event Awards, created by the Community Foundation, expands its list of categories to include Best Overall Charity Event. The eight award categories this year include:

Business Charity Award / Outstanding Charity Support by a Business: This award recognizes the efforts of a company that has strived to have a positive impact on the community, upheld strong ethical and moral standards, and worked toward a sustainable future.

Virtual Charity Event of the Year: Putting a charity event on virtually is no easy feat, so this category is for those who pulled it off seamlessly and delivered a virtual event to remember. 

Leading Events Team Award / Outstanding Events Team Award: Any event worker can tell you there truly is no “I’ in team. This category is for the team that best worked together to deliver incredible charity events that made an impact.

Best Overall Charity Event of the Year: Sometimes everything just comes together beautifully. This award is for the charity event that was firing on all cylinders and succeeded in a truly impressive way.

Best Charity Event Support by a Marketing/PR Firm: Behind any successful charity is a PR or marketing firm that helped get the word out there. This category recognizes the vital contributions of these firms to put on charity events that make a difference.

Best Charity Event Caterer Award: No great charity event is complete without some outstanding food to keep everyone energized. This category is for the catering team that best elevated charity events with their service.

Up and Coming/Grassroots Award: Everyone gets their start somewhere, so this award is for the organization/individual who started strong and is already well on their way.

Best Special Event Fundraising / Best Creative Charity Event: Did you organize a charity golf tournament, walk-a-thon, gala, or other specialty charity event? This category recognizes your efforts to organize unique, memorable charity events.

Nominations are now being accepted for outstanding individual and organizational efforts led by nonprofits across Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry and Sarasota counties. The organization selected as the Best Overall Charity Event will be awarded $5,000, and all other category winners will each receive $500. Nominations are due by March 1

Winners are selected by a committee of marketing and event fundraising experts. In addition to the recognition at the Charity Event Awards, winners receive a special award, television appearance, and mention in news releases.

The 2022 Charity Event Awards is presented by the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation. The Community Foundation is seeking the community’s support for the 2022 event and has announced additional sponsorship levels ranging from $1,200 to $7,500 with a variety of benefits. Tickets for the event are $150 per person.

To learn more about nominations, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit or call 239-542-5594.

To find out more about the Charity Event Awards, visit

The Community Foundation, founded in Cape Coral, the largest city in Southwest Florida, is the voice and the choice of the region’s 5,214 nonprofits with a combined workforce of 37,610 employees that generate $4.15 billion in annual revenue. The Community Foundation is also the creator of the upcoming Charity TV Show, weekly television production that combines entertainment with philanthropy. The groundbreaking television series will broadcast across Lee, Collier, Charlotte, DeSoto, Glades and Hendry counties in Florida to more than 610,000 households. Every episode features real-world nonprofit leaders and experts who are working in the trenches of the charitable sector.

Michael Chatman is president & CEO of The Community Foundation, the global center for generosity, and can be reached at The foundation is located at 1405 SE 47th Terrace, Unit 2, Cape Coral. For information, call 239-542-5594 or go to