This year Santa came early to Golden and District Search and Rescue (GADSAR).
The Golden & District Community Foundation (GDCF) Community Grant Program selected GADSAR’s application for a new snowmobile in order to better respond to winter backcountry emergencies.
“These new mountain rescue sleds allow us to increase our response capability in regards to backcountry rescues which require snowmobile access,” explained Shauna Speers, GADSAR Manager. “Until now, in order to field a team of four responders GADSAR has to rent snowmobiles or rely on member’s personal equipment. This is not an ideal situation as this equipment is not operational ready and adds significant time at the onset of a response as sleds need to be acquired, trailered and made ready for a response.”
“GADSAR’s application rated very high on improving Golden & Area A’s ‘Safety’ issue area,” said Ryan Watmough, Executive Director of the GDCF, “as the bulk of GADSAR’s response calls are in winter mountain terrain. The Community Foundation’s grant gets GADSAR very close to closing the deal on the Ski-Doo.”
The GDCF requests project proposals each October. Many endowment funds managed by the GDCF are pooled together in order to fund significant and impactful projects in Golden & Area A. While GADSAR’s snowmobile purchase project was the largest grant awarded, it wasn’t the only one.
The GDCF also awarded The Canadian Red Cross Society a grant of $729.65 for their HELP Depot in the Golden & District Hospital. According to the application submitted by Christian Bates, this project will “purchase eight articles of medical equipment for free, by-donation loan to Golden-area residents recovering from illness, injury or surgery.”
Further, the David Braul Memorial Fund helped support the Golden Family Centre’s Golden Day Program with $439.94. While $547.78 from the Cecil & Edel Parson Memorial Fund earnings went to the Golden & District Historical Society.
The GDCF is currently looking for committed volunteers to join the Board. If you know someone who has community development skills to offer, please have them contact Board Chair, Nola Milum at email@example.com.