June 10, 2022
Dear Donors, Friends and Colleagues.
We are extremely proud to advise that again in May 2022 we provided 2 – $5,000 Student Awards to two outstanding students: Ms. Tara Coates and Mr. Spencer Hammill.
Both these graduating students achieved a remarkable 4.0 Grade Point Average and are excited about advancing and sharing their new skills in the Civil Engineering field. We were fortunate to be able to meet and present our Student Awards to both recipients in person this year.
Awards were presented by Mr. Jamie Tiessen on behalf of our Directors and Mr. Milan Niksic, Academic Chair for the Civil Engineering Technology program – School of Construction. CHECK OUT THOSE SMILES!!!!!
Both recipients have graciously provided testimonials for posting on the Michael Benny Foundation website. Please take a moment to see what they have to say.
It’s been quite a while since my last MBF Update in November 2021. A lot has happened since then and I’m hoping many of you are more settled into getting on with your lives.
We held our AGM on May 9, 2022, and the Board of Directors agreed to continue our partnership with SAIT by committing our Fourth Annual Student Awards Gift of $10,000 by offering 2 – $5,000 Student Awards to be given out in May 2023. We are also continuing to build our Legacy Fund portfolios for the Calgary Humane Society and the Calgary Zoo. With the reopening of facilities last summer, new and exciting opportunities for our children and young adults are being offered by the Calgary Humane Society and the Calgary Zoo in 2022. We are proud to be a part of making dreams come true for these families.
At the Michael Benny Foundation we remember the outpouring of support from each of you, even in these uncertain times. We remember how a community of people like you from Vancouver to Calgary to Toronto and everywhere in between came together to show their commitment for helping to provide learning opportunities to our young adults at SAIT by supporting our Civil Engineering Technology Awards Program. We are hopeful that this support continues as do our Award Recipients and future Award Recipients.
Perhaps 2021 or 2022 marked your first donation to the MBF; as a monthly supporter or loyal donor; or if you were unable to make a gift to the MBF last year but have been a past supporter, we will remember your generosity and hope you will be able to make a donation this year.
With summer on its way, it’s almost time for our children and young adults to visit their favourite places with friends and family and take time to enjoy just being a kid. Some of our children will dream and wish about being able to attend at social programs being offered at the Calgary Humane Society or the Calgary Zoo. Some of our young adults will search for employment opportunities and ways to develop their employment skills and attributes, as well as saving enough funds to return to their chosen educational facility. Some will undoubtedly be faced with some form of financial hardship and may choose to remain in the workforce. For students choosing to enter or return to SAIT, it may be finding a place to live; or wondering how to continue their studies upon graduation; or wondering what career opportunities they will have upon graduation. Our Board of Directors is proud to continue our 2 – $5,000 Student Awards at SAIT and also continue to build our Legacy Program in Partnership with the Calgary Humane Society and the Calgary Zoo. We can’t do this without your continued support and generous donations.
The MBF would be honoured if you would consider an investment in the MBF through a donation to the future of ourstudents and young people. When considering making your donation, please remember that 100% of your investment goes towards our Student Awards gift to SAIT. Alternately, it can be put in one of our Legacy Funds for future endeavours. Please remember that all Administration of the MBF is funded entirely by our Directors.
The following link to our website provides more information on the MBF, including Student Award recipients’ testimonials, as well as CRA approved online links to make your donation by credit card. Should you choose this option, Charitable Donations Tax Receipts will be issued directly by the service provider. If you are sending your donation by mail, your Charitable Donations Tax Receipt will be sent to you from the MBF in early February 2023.
Thank you so much for your support. STAY SAFE and HEALTHY. BE HAPPY and remember to SMILE.
Michael Benny, President
Michael Benny Foundation