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Rotary presents $18K cheque to George Jeffrey Children's Foundation

Fort William Rotary Club presents cheque to George Jeffrey Children's Foundation
Pictured (L-R) Stephen Margarit, Foundation Board President, Cindy Levanto-Kawahara, Foundation Executive Director, Dawn Sebesta, President of Fort William Rotary – ALL are Rotarians


THUNDER BAY - On Friday June 3rd, 2022, Fort William Rotary’s president, Dawn Sebesta presented George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation with a cheque for $18,152. This generous donation to George Jeffrey was made possible through the 2021 house lottery draw ticket sales and allowed the Centre to retrofit 11 treatment rooms with dimming light switches.

When George Jeffrey Children’s Centre’s beautiful building was completed in 2009, our Centre was awarded a Diamond Level Award by Clean, Green and Beautiful City of Thunder Bay program. The Centre earned this top honour for a number of structural and design elements, including lighting, windows, heating, roofing and greenery. Specifically, lighting was highlighted for this award because the entire facility, including treatment spaces, were installed with motion sensor lighting in order to save on energy costs.

However, time has shown that motion sensor lighting was creating therapeutic challenges as many of the children and youth seen at our Centre are sensitive to bright fluorescent lighting, especially those with sensory issues. Also, in some cases, the bright lighting can increase the potential for seizure activity. The lighting retrofits have been very well received by our clients and our clinicians – thank you Fort William Rotary!

Cindy Levanto-Kawahara, executive director for George Jeffrey Children’s Foundation said “We are so grateful to Fort William Rotary for their continued support. Over the years, Fort William Rotary has donated over $500,000 to our Foundation through their very successful house lottery and I’m proud to be one of their fellow Rotarians!”

Rotary President Dawn Sebesta said “I am really proud of my club’s hard work to keep this house lottery going for all of these years. Since 2004, our club has granted $6.5 Million dollars to local charities.”

The 2022 Fort William House Lottery is in its 36th year and there are still tickets available – help them sell out! Tickets can be purchased on-line at

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