Ramsey announces $41K in funding to support regional camp

 

By Jonathan Martin

Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey has announced that the federal government has pledged to put $41,357 toward hiring 12 summer student councillors at Kiwanis Sunshine Point Camp.

Ramsey made the announcement Saturday night at the second annual Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. The dinner and show was a fund raiser for the camp, which hosts economically disadvantaged youths between the ages of 7-14 for one week each summer. The camp covers some or all of the costs associated with attendance for more than half the campers.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey announces over $41,000 in federal funding for the hiring of a dozen summer student counsellors at the Kiwanis Sunshine Point camp. It was part of the Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza Saturday night at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey announces over $41,000 in federal funding for the hiring of a dozen summer student counsellors at the Kiwanis Sunshine Point camp. It was part of the Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza Saturday night at Sprucewood Shores Estate Winery. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Ramsey said the federal boon is part of the Canada Summer Jobs 2017 program, which provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The funding is meant to be used to hire students between the ages of 15 and 30 during the summer, provided the students will be returning to school the following semester.

“I’m really thrilled to be a part of these events,” said Ramsey. “I went (to Kiwanis camp) as a kid and I know how amazing the experience attending it can be.”

“Many of these kids have never left the city of Windsor,” said event host Dan Inverarity. “It’s an eye-opening experience for them. They look up at night and can not believe how many stars are out there.”

In recent years, the camp has been suffering through financial turmoil. According to numbers released by fund raising organizers, it needs $150,000 per year to keep its doors open.

An Elvis tribute artist performs at Saturday night’s Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

An Elvis tribute artist performs at Saturday night’s Realtors Giving Back Wine & Food Extravaganza. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Each child’s admission costs around $350. This year, Inverarity said the camp hopes to host 420 children, many of whom will come from the Children’s Aid Society. He said after Saturday night, they are right on target.

“Local realtors are incredibly generous people,” he said. “With their help and the help of Tracey Ramsey, it looks like we will be able to run a full camp. All together, they donated more over $30,000.”

Inverarity added that this year, Kiwanis hopes to host some of Windsor’s growing refugee population.

“We want to show them how incredible our community is,” he said. “We want them to feel like they are a part of it.”

Inverarity said he is excited to show Windsor’s refugees just how much fun a Canadian summer can be.

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