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100 Women Who Care look ahead to 2020

February 7, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

In 2019, 100 Women Who Care New Tecumseth was born. The movement, based on a concept developed by Karen Dunigan of Jackson, Michigan in 2006, is simple: four times a year 100 women gather for one hour, hear four unique pleas for help and write a cheque for $100. At the end of the year up to $40,000 can be funneled to deserving local charities with relatively little effort and overhead. Plus, it’s fun, and a great way to network while affecting positive change.

In its first year, 100 Women New Tecumseth had more than 70 women register, and raised $19,200 for four local charities with help from a volunteer board of directors. They are: Kirsten Buligan, Jade Couslon, Brenda Pufek, Tina Vanderzaag, Carol Austin, Debbie Hudson, Krystina Zoratto, Kelly Higgins and France Young.

The four charities chosen in 2019 were:

• Youth to Youth Event supporting 720 Grade 8 students from participating area schools. The event was held at Imagine Cinemas in partnership with the OPP, Youth Haven, CFB Base Borden, Unity Charity from Toronto, CMHA Mobyss and Youth Speak from Aurora in addition to a community partner carousel for youth teaching them about resources in their community. The purpose of this event was to better equip students with tools, ideas, community resources and information to help them navigate the transition to high school as well as coping with their daily challenges at this critical stage of growth.  Funds were put through Youth Haven as the charitable organization offering receipts.

• Imanis Place – offering young ladies and women age 16–25, who are at risk of becoming homeless or are currently experiencing homelessness or disadvantage the opportunity to move towards an independent and positive future in order to fulfill their personal potential. 

“We are able to assist our young women by providing a safe and secure place to regulate while providing life skills and a range of wrap around supports, including counselling, employment supports, educational supports, outreach services and programs,” said a representative.

• BrainiActs – a weekly after-school club that offers individual or small-group assistance with reading/literacy skills and homework completion. “It is our mission to provide a safe, nurturing and secure environment, where youth can build strategies to improve their reading and writing skills and receive support with homework completion”.

• All Wheels Park – a “one-of-a-kind, modern-day park” at Riverdale Park, where the existing asphalt skate pad is currently located. The concrete bowl-style skate park will be between 10,000 and 11,000 square feet and will be designed for skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters, Rollerblades and even wheelchairs.

In order to make membership accessible to everyone 100 Women New Tec has allowed for teams (up to four people) who share the $100 donation each quarter, with one vote allowed per team.

“This is a great way for a lot of our members to have a night out with friends and then be able to participate in making meaningful contributions to organizations in their community and learn about programs doing work of which they may have not been previously aware,” France Young, volunteer board member for 100 Women New Tecumseth, told The Times. 

Locally, 100 Women Who Care New Tecumseth was founded out of need.

“We did not have a chapter close by, except Barrie, so this enables women from Essa, Adjala, Tottenham, Beeton, Alliston, Cookstown and anywhere close to Alliston to participate in an organization where for four hours in total a year you can participate in a significant way to support four organizations throughout our group of communities,” said Young. “Monies are kept in our communities and in a time where cutbacks – not only monetary but with personnel – are rapidly occurring. This is a way to keep supports in our community where they are needed. Each organization leaves with a minimum $5,000 for a five-minute presentation! There are not many opportunities to receive that much support for such little commitment of time. The 100 Women movement is practical and members appreciate the countless organizations and volunteers that sustain our communities and this is a way to support them in the meaningful work that they are doing.”

So how do you join?

In order to join either complete an online registration card through the 100 Women New Tec website, or simply attend a meeting.

“Remember to come to each meeting with your blank cheque for $100. Alternatively, you can send an e-transfer to,” said Young. “If you cannot attend a meeting, you can ask someone to submit a proxy vote for you. That person can bring your donation with them or you have up to one week after each meeting to submit your donation to us. After each meeting or by the end of the tax year, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donations.”

What if you or your organization is looking for support?

“Organizations must serve the New Tecumseth area and be a charitable organization or non-profit able to provide charitable receipts. Donated funds must be spent within a 12-month period. Recipient organizations will be asked to return to a future member meeting to provide a brief update on their work and how monies were spent. An organization not selected at a meeting, may be resubmitted at future meetings. A successful recipient organization will be eligible for future reconsideration after one year. Tie votes will be decided by a second vote. Recipient organizations will not be allowed to use member information in any way except for tax purposes or where required by law,” reads the 100 Women New Tec website.


2020 meeting dates are as follows:

• February 20

• May 21 

• September 10

• November 26

All meetings are held at the Gibson Centre for Arts & Culture, and begin at 7 p.m.

“The Gibson Centre is a beautiful setting and we feel that has a great impact on the atmosphere of our events and are extremely grateful that they see the incredible worth in this organization and have so generously donated space to ensure our success,” said Young.

If you’re looking to give back to the community on a larger scale, 100 Women New Tec is also looking for volunteer board members.

“We are always happy to receive new board members,” said Young. “Members commit to the four events a year as well as one meeting approximately three weeks prior to the event. In full that is eight meetings a year. Each meeting is approximately one hour of their time with an additional one and a half hours the night of the events for set up and tear down.”

“We look for women who are passionate about offering organizations a chance to receive funding to support the hard work that they do to improve lives in our communities,” Young continued. “We anticipate that board members will each promote the organization and encourage membership as well as assist with any items required to prepare for the next event. In addition, we ask board members and all members of the 100 Women New Tec to encourage local charities and or grass root organizations to apply for funding as we truly want to assist as many as possible. We have completed four events so it is pretty smooth transitioning from meeting to event now.”

For more information email  or call Debbie Hudson at 705 435-8874 or France Young at 705 500-1901. Follow 100 Women New Tecumseth on Facebook or visit


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