Work is underway on the establishment of a 100 Women Who Care chapter in Antigonish.
Sheri MacGregor of Highland Hearing Clinic, one of the founders, said the group started the call for members in early December.
She learned about the initiative, which has chapters across Nova Scotia, from her mother-in-law and sister, who attended a Pictou County meeting.
“They talked about how empowering it was,” MacGregor said.
She decided to come on board.
“I thought ‘we can do that,’” MacGregor said of her thought, about six months ago, to bring the charity to Antigonish.
“We have a lot of caring women here, too,” she added.
MacGregor and Yvonne Landry of Antigonish Therapeutic Massage, who heard about it from friends with a Cape Breton group, started to talk about an Antigonish effort.
From there, artist Anne Camozzi created a logo, while Simply Ducky created the website and they launched a Facebook page.
“So many women are so busy – I know I am, definitely, one of those,” MacGregor said, when asked to make an appeal for women to become part of the group.
Although there is a minimal time commitment, she added, it can make “such a huge impact.”
The goal, which MacGregor outlined in a press release announcing the Antigonish chapter launch, is to find 100 women willing to donate $100 – four times per year.
“They can also join as a team of up to four, so it is affordable for everyone who wants to join,” she noted.
At four meetings each year, chapter members nominate recipients, a field that is narrowed to three, with those non-profit organizations required to make a five-minute presentation, outlining how they would use and could benefit from receiving a $10,000 donation.
The 100 Women Who Care Antigonish will then vote and the winner is announced on the same evening.
After 30 minutes or so – an illustration of the aforementioned minimal time commitment for members – the organization leaves with its cash infusion.
“It’s an amazing experience for all involved,” MacGregor said.
“It’s also a great way to get to know your community and its members better.”
In a Dec. 21 interview, MacGregor said – in less than one month – 25 women have joined the Antigonish chapter.
“It has been a solid start,” MacGregor agreed.
The chapter’s goal is to hold its inaugural meeting – and award its first $10,000 – early in 2018, once they have 50 or so members.
“I think it will take off from there,” she said of the first meeting.
Women interested in membership can either register at Highland Hearing Clinic on St. Andrews Street, or visit www.100wwcantigonish.ca.
MacGregor also reminded people to ‘like’ 100 Women Who Care Antigonish on Facebook to keep up to date on its progress.
“This community has so much to offer and we are looking forward to joining together to make a difference,” she said.