Two cheques were presented at the November general meeting of CFUW Belleville and District. Both grants were designated for the annual CFUW Belleville Family Concert which is held in March in co-operation with the Belleville Public Library.
City councillor, Mitch Panciuk, presented $2252.00 on behalf of the City of Belleville Arts and Culture Grant Fund. Mr. Panciuk is the chair of the fund and also chair of the Grants Committee.
Susan Walker presented a cheque for $300.00 on behalf of the RBC Employee Volunteer Recognition Grant.
Our guest speaker was Bayan Al Mansour, an extremely poised young lady who spoke to us about arriving in Canada from Syria by way of a refugee camp in Lebanon last February and adjusting to life in Belleville. She was introduced by Carolyn Ketcheson, the first person she met when her family arrived in Canada. Members of Bayan’s family and representatives of the United Syrian Family Support (Belleville) sponsorship group were also present.