Hope Gardens Greenhouse – Montreal Lake Cree Nation


Focus Forward for Indigenous Youth is a Kingston based registered charity that collaborates with Indigenous communities from across Canada on self-determined community projects that empower youth, using trades-based educational programming.  In their programmes, youth gain hands-on skills, job site training, apprenticeship hours and high school credits, all with professional mentorship. 

Investing In Our Youth and Their Future.
In 2000 the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston created an annual bursary for St Lawrence College to honour the memory of Mike Tierney, past President of the club and devoted Rotarian. The original capital of $ 10,000 grew over the years as the Rotary Club of Cataraqui- Kingston added to it on a regular basis. During the last three years, following the creation of a National Committee, the Club increased the principal by as much as $ 13,000. It now stands at $ 40,000 and is held in trust by St Lawrence College. Its returns are used to award bursaries to deserving students at the discretion of the College. According to the criteria set by the Rotary Club of Cataraqui-Kingston the bursary is available to one or two entrance or returning students enrolled full time in any program on any campus of St Lawrence College, demonstrating above average academic achievement, commitment to volunteerism and community service. Preference to be given to at least one student who is First Nations, Métis or Inuit. Applicants must be Ontario residents and demonstrate financial need for support.
We are proud to have two recipients for this 20/21 academic year.
Cassandra Hunter-Dubois is studying Behavioral Science Technology. Sharlene Anderson is in Business Administration & Human Resources. Both study at the Kingston campus. Please see Sharlene’s enthusiastic thank you in the video attached.

Keep Pedalling In Pikangikum - Community Bike Shop

Our funding of $2000 towards the bike shop in Pikangikum delivers on multiple levels.  It is a place to repair the bikes to keep them in service and extend their use and therefore their value.  Importantly, it also facilitates the further engagement for the community’s youth learning about and practicing bike maintenance.  The result is the acquisition of the life skills as well as the development of a sense of achievement and self confidence.  With this, they can go forward in life learning and achieving in other areas.   

New Hope Community Bikes is based in Hamilton, Ontario, this is a registered charity and social enterprise that seeks to get more people on affordable, reliable bicycles and provide employment and job training opportunities for youth. "Keep Pedaling in Pikangikum" was our specific project in Pikangikum, Ontario. For details about the Pikangikum project, see and for an update, see .