Non-profit agencies eligible for $70,000 prize money
For Immediate Release

VANCOUVER, BC 21 SEPTEMBER 2006—Twenty-eight non-profit agencies from across Canada
have been selected as finalists for the ninth annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for
Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services with a chance to share $70,000 in prize money.
The Donner Awards recognize excellence in social service provision by Canadian non-profit
organizations by encouraging best practices and greater accountability. The awards will be presented
November 30th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

This year, more than 600 non-profit organizations from across Canada applied for the awards, submitting
more than 650 unique social service programs for evaluation. Participating organizations are ranked on
their performance in 10 key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers,
innovation, program cost, and outcome monitoring.

The top organization in each of nine categories of social service delivery will win $5,000 awards while
the $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence will be presented to the highest performer overall.
The Donner Awards newest honour, the $5,000 Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management,
will be presented to a non-profit organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in
management and service delivery.

Administered by The Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation, the Donner Awards
were established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit social service delivery
and to increase public confidence and support for Canada’s non-profit sector.

2006 Donner Award Finalists (by category)

Alternative Education

  • Teen-Aid (Southwest) Inc (Swift Current, SK)
  • Continuing On In Education (Belleville, ON)
  • Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)

Provision of Basic Necessities

  • Inner City Home of Sudbury (Sudbury, ON)
  • Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank (Calgary, AB)
  • Habitat for Humanity Burlington (Halton) (Burlington, ON)

Child Care Services

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
  • The Children’s Garden Nursery School (Pembroke, ON)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of York (Newmarket, ON)

Counseling Services

  • Hospice Dufferin (Orangeville, ON)
  • Hospice of Waterloo Region (Kitchener, ON)
  • Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (Sudbury, ON)
  • YMCA of Sarnia Lambton (Sarnia, ON)

Crisis Intervention

  • Sarnia Lambton Rebound (Sarnia, ON)
  • Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)
  • Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre (Calgary, AB)
  • London Crisis Pregnancy Centre (London, ON)

Services for People with Disabilities

  • Vernon Disability Resource Centre (Vernon, BC)
  • Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste Marie and Algoma District (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
  • Maidstone Group Home Society Inc (Maidstone, SK)

Services for Seniors

  • Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay (Thunder Bay, ON)
  • Hospice Saint John and Sussex Inc (Saint John, NB)
  • VON Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Branch (Brockville, ON)
  • Community Living Campbellford/Brighton (Campbellford, ON)

Prevention & Treatment of Substance Abuse

  • Fresh Start Recovery Centre (Calgary, AB)
  • InnerVisions Recovery Society (Port Coquitlam, BC)
  • Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (Sudbury, ON)
  • Traditional Education
  • Trenton Christian School Society (Trenton, ON)
  • Penticton Community Christian School Society (Penticton, ON)
  • Cornwall Alternative School (Regina, SK)

For further information on the Donner Awards, visit


CONTACTS: Sylvia LeRoy, Donner Program Manager
Tel. (604) 688-0221, ext. 523, or mobile (778) 840-6140, Email
Dean Pelkey, Associate Director of Communications
The Fraser Institute, Tel. (604) 714-4582, Email:

The Donner Canadian Foundation was established in 1950 by William H. Donner and is one of Canada’s
largest, and oldest, private foundations. The Donner Canadian Foundation is dedicated to supporting
projects that emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative, and independence. For more information, visit

Established in 1974, The Fraser Institute is an independent public policy organization with offices in
Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. For more information, visit