Supporters have helped bring a wonderful early Christmas gift to the Canadian Canoe Museum—a new van for outreach, public programs and safe transfer of artifacts.
The Canadian Canoe Museum thanked community supporters for their contribution in helping raise funds for a new van—a much-needed piece of equipment for the museum’s public programs, outreach events and the safe, efficient transportation of its valued artifacts.
The museum first endeavoured to raise funds for the van by submitting the project to the Aviva Community Funding Competition. The museum experienced a huge amount of support from the community and museum stakeholders during the campaign, and was very competitive in the online voting round. Still, despite best efforts on all fronts, not enough online votes were earned to advance in the competition or receive the requested funding.
The momentum and support the museum generated from the Aviva campaign did not fizzle out. Advocates of the museum continued to persevere and raise funds through other means in order to secure this very important piece of equipment for the organization. Thanks to the champions of this fundraising campaign, by early December the museum had raised enough money for the purchase of the van.
The Canadian Canoe Museum sends thanks to all of the supporters and donors of this fundraising initiative including The Beaver Club Gala Committee, Les and Beverly Cassidy, Mercedes Benz Peterborough, Commercial Press & Design, and all of those who made donations at the Beaver Club Gala through the Paddles Up fundraising initiative.
“This is a game-changer for our on-water programs," says Stacey Arppe, the museum’s Volunteers and Public Programs Manager. "We can now transport our paddling camp participants and all of our canoes and gear with ease, and having this self-sufficient transportation means we can continue expanding our water-based programming”
This new equipment will make it possible for the museum’s award winning, on and off-water programming to become more accessible to schools, community groups and the general public.