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RLWI Projects

January - March 2022: Chilliwack Foundation grant for the Women's washroom renovations

In May 2021 the Ryder Lake Women's Institute applied to the Chilliwack Foundation for a grant to help renovate the women's washroom at the Ryder Lake Hall.   In July 2021 we were delighted to receive funding of $10,000 from the Foundation towards this project.

Work started on the renovations in February 2022 as the Hall is traditionally used very seldom for events at this time of year.  Photos from December 2021 of the very dated 1963 décor before the renovation:

Project completion - April 2022

The washroom was completed on schedule and within the $10,000 grant allotment thanks to the wonderful support from local companies who donated their services, and to an amazing team of volunteers! 


Representatives from the Chilliwack Foundation came to view the work, and we presented them with this summary report.

April 2022 to March 2023: New Horizons for Seniors Program grant for technology training for Seniors

April 2022:  The Ryder Lake Women's Institute has received funding from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program for our project "Seniors connecting, communicating, and capturing memories in the digital world."


The funds will be used to:

  • provide training and mentorship for seniors to learn and confidently utilize technology;

  • provide workshops on topics such as identifying potential fraud activities and scams, how to use Zoom, Facebook and other social media;

  • provide weekly drop-in sessions at the Ryder Lake Hall for seniors and other residents to socialize in a safe and supportive environment;

  • hire a part time Program Coordinator to facilitate these weekly sessions and workshops.


This grant application has the approval of the Ryder Lake Farmers’ Institute who are co-owners of the Hall with the Women’s Institute.


Thank you to the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program for the funding support provided to the Ryder Lake Women’s Institute. The provision of these funds will enable us to make a significant difference in the lives of seniors in our community.

For more information, visit New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects.

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