This past flatwater season, over 30 events were successfully hosted on the Welland’s Recreational Waterway at the Welland International Flatwater Centre North and South Courses. Hosting over 11, 000 participants throughout the season was no small feat and there are many individuals who deserve to be recognized for working hard and for making each event a success.
As part of the Welland International Flatwater Centre legacy, stipends are awarded to community groups to recognize volunteer contributions. With approximately 85 dedicated volunteers this year, each individual was able to select which community organization would benefit from their commitment.
The Welland and District Humane Society was among one of the many organizations that benefitted from the community legacy fund. The volunteer contributions from the WIFC events will contribute to the EARF (emergency animal’s relief fund); this fund assists in the treatment of stray animals that have major health issue that the shelter would not be able to treat, such as broken limbs or have been seriously injured and require major surgery. John Greer, Executive Director of the Welland and District SPCA, would like to “thank the Welland Recreational Canal Corp volunteers for thinking of the Welland SPCA to receive this donation, the money will be used to help stray animals from our community live a better life. With community partnerships like this, it will only make our community as a whole stronger.”
Since 2009, the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation has provided volunteer honourariums to community organizations and clubs and the organization is pleased to announce that with the conclusion of the 2014 season, they have surpassed the $100,000 mark. To date, the WRCC has assisted 40 organizations with $112,000 in honourariums.