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March 2017
VQC annual general meeting to be held May 13, 2017

The Annual General Meeting for Victoria's Quilts Canada (VQC) will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. It will be held at Julian of Norwich Anglican Church (formerly St. Richard’s Anglican Church), 9 Rossland Avenue, Nepean, Ontario. The business portion of the meeting will start at 1:00 pm, followed by a coffee break at about 2:15 pm.

The meeting provides an opportunity for members to find out what VQC is doing and how it is continuing to grow. VQC members can also help the Board make decisions about our future by voting on the business conducted at this meeting and on nominations for new Board members.

It won’t be all serious business, however, as the Board uses this event to thank VQC volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the past year. Members also have time to interact with each other in a social environment.

If you plan to attend, please let us know no later than Saturday, April 15, 2017 by leaving a message on our voice mail at 613-843-9212 or e-mailing us at info@victoriasquiltscanada.com

For those travelling from out-of-town, please note that VQC funds cannot be used to reimburse travel and living expenses. If you are unable to attend, please accept our heartfelt thanks and a thank you from all of those whose lives you have touched.

March 2017
Join us for the 8th Annual Rabbi Bulka Radio-thon!

Annual report cover

Mark Sunday, June 25, 2017 on your calendars and tune in to Rabbi Reuven Bulka's radio program on 580 CFRA from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Rabbi Bulka has once again generously dedicated his program to raise funds for Victoria's Quilts Canada. Joining Rabbi Bulka as co-host will be Steve Madely, retired host of CFRA's former program, Madely in the Morning.

Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) is a national, non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing quilts to people living with cancer in Canada. The quilts are a gift and no cost is ever passed on to the requester or the recipient.

Our major sources of funds are donations from private individuals who are often quilt recipients, as well as their families and friends. These donations go directly towards purchasing materials for our quilt-making program (i.e. quilt batting and flannel), as we do not have any paid staff.

VQC currently delivers nearly 600 quilts each month to people living with cancer in Canada. That number continues to grow. Our costs are also increasing. Each month, we spend nearly $8,000 to purchase just the batting and flannel to put in those quilts, plus about $2,400 to mail them to locations not served by a VQC Branch.

Donate online now via CanadaHelps, or call in during the Radio-thon at 613-224-6835 or 613-838-2520.

Your donation during the Radio-thon is therefore very important. It will enable us to continue purchasing quilt-making supplies and pay for their delivery by mail. Our goal this year is $20,000. We hope you will be able to make this goal a reality.

February 2017
Quilt draw winner – Monthly Giving Program

Quilt winner Ann Berezowski (right) giving quilt to her friend Gwen Petrie

In 2016, Victoria’s Quilts Canada (VQC) launched a Monthly Giving Program whose aim was to establish a steadier, more predictable income stream for our quilt-making operations. To launch the program, donors who signed up by the end of 2016 were entered into a draw for a 50” x 70” lap-sized quilt donated to VQC for this purpose. Several people did sign up and the draw was held in late January. VQC would like to congratulate the winner, Ann Berezowski, who lives in Calgary Alberta, and thank her for supporting VQC.

The Monthly Giving Program remains open and, even though there is no quilt draw in 2017, we encourage potential donors to sign up. Donations from private individuals are our major source of funding; monthly donations enable us to plan ahead and could prevent having to suspend operations until we have sufficient funds to pay for more quilt-making supplies. We have no paid staff, so all of the money is used for this purpose. Please consider contributing monthly and help us make a difference in someone’s life.

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Updated: March 22, 2017