The Dauphin and District Community Foundation (DDCF) hosted its Philanthropist of the Year and Giving Challenge Fund-raiser, Nov. 18, at the Aspen Lodge in the Parkland Recreation Complex.
The 2021 Philanthropist of the Year Award went to Myles and Bonnie Haverluck, who moved back to Dauphin in 1979 and have been involved in promoting the community ever since.
Myles has sat on multiple boards and gave much of his time to the betterment of the community, while Bonnie was active in canvassing for charities such as the Canadian Cancer Society and other fund-raising activities. She was also in charge of band concerts and was the treasurer.
The Haverlucks were founding members of DDCF.
Bonnie was proud and thankful for receiving the award.
“I’m proud of my family, my children coming back to Dauphin. Dauphin is home. It was a great town raising children, raising a family, working and just being a part of Dauphin. Dauphin is home in a nutshell,” she said.
Because Dauphin is home, Bonnie feels it is important to give back to the community whenever possible.
“The community is a wonderful place for family and children. And that’s why the next generation keeps coming back,” she said.
The 2022 Philanthropist of the Year Award was presented posthumously to Peter Sklepowich, who died, May 14, 2020, and bequeathed more than $500,000 to DDCF.
DDCF executive director Kit Daley calculated his gift will have granted out $130,000 over the next five years, and more than $250,000 in the next 10 years.
Sklepowich’s friend and lawyer Jason Beyette accepted the award on his behalf and said it was fitting for Sklepowich to receive the award.
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