Video series will tell stories of donors and beneficiaries as the Yukon Foundation celebrates record scholarship and project disbursements in 2018.
The Yukon Foundation released the first wave of its new “Yukoners Helping Yukoners” series of video stories today. The series is meant to tell the real-life stories of donors and recipients. From its humble beginnings in 1980, 2019 will be a milestone year for the Yukon Foundation. The Yukon Foundation is on track to be able to say that we have awarded a cumulative $3,000,000 in grants and contributions since the first awards were made in 1983. The Foundation is working to grow its fund and provide even more support in the future.
The videos tell the stories of real Yukoners and how the Yukon Foundation helped them, as well as the stories of donors whose legacies are the story behind these stories.
“While the Yukon Foundation has a wonderful and passionate base of supporters, we keep meeting students who aren’t aware of how it can help. It's the same for Yukon families looking to create a legacy for a loved one. The Yukon Foundation does amazing things and it's time we start sharing those stories,” said Michael Pealow, Yukon Foundation Chair.
The short, 2-4 minute, videos were produced by volunteers, including Stacy Lewis and Keith Halliday. The first three in the series tell the stories of:
the Geoff Bradshaw Memorial Fund, created by friends, family and the geoscience community after Geoff was tragically killed in the field in a helicopter accident;
Candace, a young Yukon First Nations student who used Yukon Foundation support to attend Blanche Macdonald beauty school and then launch her own business in Whitehorse; and
Annina, who grew up in the Yukon, studied geography and environmental science at the University of Victoria and now works as a biologist in the Yukon.
“The Foundation is a wonderful Yukon institution which has helped so many Yukoners get started in life over the years,” said Stacy Lewis, co-chair of the Foundation’s Marketing and Outreach Committee. “We hope the videos share this excitement with the next generation of donors and recipients.”
You can watch the videos on www.yukonfoundation.com or the Foundation’s Facebook page. Details on how you can apply or donate are available at www.yukonfoundation.com.