Vital Communities Grant Supports Equine Learning for LGBTQ+ Youth

The Mane Intent

We’re thrilled to share Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) received a $5,000 Vital Communities Grant November 14 from the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP). The funds will support a new initiative between KSAC, The Mane Intent, Camp fYrefly and Trent University offering Building Internal Resilience Through Horses to youth counsellors of Trent University’s Camp fYrefly as part of their training and orientation in Summer, 2020.

Camp fYrefly is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth. The Camp is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resilience necessary for them to become agents of positive change in their schools, families and communities. Camp fYrefly is hosted by the School of Education at Trent University in partnership with the University of Alberta. This video features campers, staff and volunteers sharing their experience at camp and why others should join. Watch it here

The Vital Communities Fund, launched in February, 2017 by Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough (CFGP), is a community resource to support the people, ideas, and activities that build community vitality in the Peterborough area.  This year, CFGP awarded $116,500 in grants to 26 local charities. In a media release, the organization noted these investments support projects that strengthen community connections – a granting focus informed by local community knowledge and through the Foundation’s Vital Signs® and Vital Conversations initiatives.

Among the 10 things to do to build Vital Community, according to the Foundation, is doing the work of reconciliation, building a safe and inclusive community, and improving access to health and wellness. The Mane Intent hosted a Vital Conversation in 2017 as part of CFGP’s Vital Signs initiative. Vital Conversations brought together more than 700 people in the Peterborough area to talk about tough decisions the community is facing and hopes we have for the future of Peterborough.

About the Author: Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses, donkeys and humans together to explore new possibilities and find new meaning in lived experience.

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