Dora Ryan was a pioneeer resident of the Boissevain area. Raised on a farm, she moved to Boissevain after she married in 1942. She enjoyed looking after her yard, horseback riding, her dogs, and she was a great sports enthusiast. She worked at Pringles’ for many years. She appreciated being able to help at St. Paul’s United Church and was in charge of getting greeters for many years. She chose to leave her legacy to the Boissevain & Morton Foundation in a Field of Interest Fund for sports to be given out annually. She also enabled St. Paul’s United Church to create a Designated Fund for their operating.
Bob Barefoot received his schooling in Boissevain, but by age 14 he realized his widowed mother could not afford to raise him, and left grade 10 to work on a farm for $5.00 a month. After serving in the Canadian Army overseas, he returned to Boissevain in 1955 and became a custodian at the school, a job he held until retirement. Although he had little formal education, he enjoyed reading, especially history. His daughter, Dr. Judy Barefoot wanted to give back to the community her family enjoyed growing up in. The W.R. Barefoot
scholarship is presented to deserving graduates achieving academic excellence and continuing their education.
The Moncur Gallery wishes to thank the Foundation for approving the grant of $3642.45 for the purchase of equipment to provide self guided audio tours and training. Since completion, visitors to the Gallery have used the audio tour equipment several times.
The financial contribution from the Foundation is recognized in the first clip on the audio tour.
On June 8, 2018 the Boissevain and Morton Foundation joined Mr. Birch’s grade 6 class at the Boissevain School. The students were asked to create posters of what projects would enhance Boissevain Morton. They came up with outstanding ideas while learning about the important role community foundations play in “building our future.”
Their ideas included a football field, basketball and tennis courts, a new sports complex, a skate park, ball diamonds, an 18 hole golf course, a studio, a circus or a fair and professional services like an optometrist and a dentist. A lot of creativity, thought and work went into their posters. The class did a tremendous job! Well done Grade 6, it was a fun morning!
Boissevain & Morton Foundation interviewed Barrie & Helen Hole, a retired couple who have lived here their whole lives, raised a large family in Boissevain, and who are still very active volunteers in our community.
Why did their family choose to live here?
They chose to live here because they are a farming family. They love this region because of the close knit community and all the recreation facilities available. ie. Provincial Park, Peace Garden, Swimming Pool, Bowling Alley, Curling & Skating Rink, golf course; numerous campgrounds and right next door to a 24-hour port.
A local family is making sure Boissevain gets a little help to meet the ever-changing community needs by donating $10,000 to a Family Legacy Fund with the Boissevain & Morton Foundation. Alex and his wife, Helen, and their two children, Tim and Judy, came to Boissevain in 1963 when Alex was transferred with Manitoba Telephone System.
The McIntosh family were down-to-earth, working-class people who believed in community involvement. Once they settled in Boissevain, they knew this is where they wanted to plant their roots and raise their
family. For this reason, leaving a bequest to the local Foundation was a perfect home for their charitable giving, and because their fund continues to grow, the amount will increase in value each year, which is good news for Boissevain. Alex passed away in March 2016; Helen currently resides at Westview Lodge.
In 2015 the Foundation built a Composting and Wood Chipping Centre.
Please note the composting site is for leaves and grass clippings only – no branches, kitchen waste or other garbage are allowed. Trees and other waste must still be taken to the local landfill.
Bags of leaves and grass clippings must be emptied in the back part of the compost bay. Empty plastic bags can be thrown into the blue garbage bin provided. Large paper bags for leaves may be placed directly into the composting bay. Please keep area clean of garbage and plastic bags.
Once leaves and grass clippings are ready to use a sign will be posted that it is available to use as garden mulch.
The public also has free access to the wood chips in the centre bay, that can be used for garden landscaping.
To access the composting bin and wood chip bin take the service road on the north side of Boissevain. It is located next to the Boissevain Recycling Depot.
In 2015 we received a wonderful surprise. Jacob D. Dyck bequested an additional $119,000 to the Boissevain & Morton Foundation. This adds to the $150,000 bequest already received.
This leaves a total bequest of $369,000.