Welcome! Frontiers Foundation is a non-profit aboriginal voluntary service organization that promotes the advancement of economically and socially disadvantaged communities. Through the Operation Beaver Program, with volunteers from across the globe, we work with aboriginal communities to provide affordable housing and improvements in education. With the support of government and charitable donations, both from the private sector and individuals, we operate within Canadian borders, and Overseas.
Being the only Beaver volunteer in Fort Simpson, my mornings were spent at Bompas Elementary School and my evenings with study hall at Thomas Simpson High School.
Bompas has a 150 students ranging from kindergarten to Grade 6 (six). This school is friendly, and positive; it has a team of long standing dedicated teachers. The Principal is keen to continuously develop the school's approach to find a resolution for community problems. The staff are eagerly searching for new ideas to help the significant number of children whom are suffering from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Initially, I was asked to work with small groups of children; to aid them with mathematics, reading difficulties and also to organize a library. The most rewarding part of my placement is to work with individual children. By spending time with these children I observe their strengths and weaknesses, as their confidence grows. Bompas requires more assistance with a one on one learning program, since a high proportion of children seem to have learning difficulties.
Frontiers Foundation is the largest aboriginal voluntary service organization in Canada. We have a long standing commitment to the dreams, justice and aspirations of women, men and children. Having a secure, safe, warm place to live, is a fundamental element of human dignity. FF has a well deserved record of housing construction /renovation programs in Canada through its Operation Beaver program. Frontiers Foundation's dedication to housing issues and the value of partnership for over 39 years has enabled us to build an unparalled relationship with First Nation citizens of this country. Recently completed housing construction projects in the last three years include: Batchawana Bay, Whitefish Falls, Larder Lake, Smiths Falls, Jellicoe, Raith, Swastika, Walford, Goulais River, Foleyet, Kearns, and Massey. The majority of these homes are built in partnership with local volunteers and some Operation Beaver volunteers.
We are pleased to announce that the AGM held in Toronto on July 17th, elected the following board members for the period July 2003-04 : Lawrence Gladue, Glen Jennings, Dennis Stark, Conrad King, Leslie Tabobongung, Sue Wheeler, Eddie Kolausok, Rhonda Dickemous, Eric Clarkson, Lorraine Gisborn, Clem Nabigon, Heather McLean and Ruby Ross.
It is with thanks and excitement that we ask you to join us again early on Thursday June 26 th at 7:00 A.M. at the 40th Floor of the Royal Bank of Canada, 200 Bay Street in Toronto. Thanks to our generous supporter the RBC, the menu will include Native and Non-Native breakfast just for you to start the day right in the right spirit. Please try to arrive earlier to meet our friends, volunteers, staff and supporters. The silent auction will include art work by Native artists and many more fabulous items.
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario today announced the allocation of $2 million during the next two years to the Frontiers Foundation to renovate housing for native families living in Northern Ontario.
I was a volunteer with you in 1982 and 1984 at projects in Grand Praire and Fort Vermillion in Alberta. An experience which pretty much changed my views on life and I subsequently went traveling working with various voluntary organizations around the world. I finally settled in the UK with my wife (who is from Thailand) in 1988.
I was thinking that it would be good to volunteer my services in some capacity to Frontiers Foundation. I think I could take around 8-10 weeks off at a push and would be very interested in finding out whether my wife and I could get involved in any of your projects. Please advise.