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The Elizabeth M. Ryan Trust Fund

“Making a Difference”

Shortly after Elizabeth`s death, September 12, 2008, we set up a Trust Fund in her memory. The intent of this Trust Fund was to raise monies with the hopes of fulfilling some of Elizabeth`s dreams and to help keep her memory alive. Initially, the Trust was set up with Elizabeth`s money. Although Elizabeth was quite frugal, and she had spent a lot of money just before her death on a trip to Paris with her brother, and on the ‘volunteer’ program that took her to Africa (over $9,000.00 to volunteer for 3 months), she still had substantial monies in her bank account when she died. Not knowing what to do with this money, we decided to ‘do’ what we knew Elizabeth would want… We set up her Trust. In the beginning we did several fund raisers. Many friends, relatives, and just caring people made donations. In an attempt not to exploit her, we have decided that we will only do one actual fundraiser annually. It is this golf tournament, at The Links at Penn Hills here in Nova Scotia, a golf course that Elizabeth worked at when she was younger. The tournament is called “The Princess Tournament” in Memory of Elizabeth Ryan. It is a great opportunity for Elizabeth`s family and friends to gather and remember Elizabeth while raising funds to support Elizabeth`s Trust. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, I asked her why… Why did she have to go to Africa? He answer was simple, “Papa, If I could change the life of just one child”! Through Elizabeth`s Trust, we are not changing the life of just one child, we are changing the lives of many children. Through Elizabeth`s Trust, because of her annual Golf Tournament and donations from caring people that want to help her ‘make a difference’, we have been able to do so much. I have listed some of the ways Elizabeth is still ‘Making a difference’. And hopefully, this is just the beginning!

Elizabeth had many ‘passions’. Family, Friends, Dance, the underprivileged, Autism, children… We are trying to support as many of Elizabeth`s ‘passions’ as possible… Trying to help her ‘Make a Difference’.


2009

In 2009 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a Dance Scholarship in Sudbury Ontario, at Happiness is Dancing. The winner was Peyton Pressacco.
In 2009 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a Dance Scholarship in Halifax Nova Scotia, at Millennium Productions. The winner was Annalise Morash.
In 2009 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored two children, a girl named Raeca, and a boy named Athumani (both children are from Tanzania… Tanzania is where Elizabeth was volunteering when she died) through World Vision.
In 2009 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $6,700.00 to Provincial Autism.
In 2009 Elizabeth`s Trust set up The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. It is a complete computer learning center, 10 computers..10 desks… printers… and even internet. It is located at The Kili Centre in Kilimanjaro Africa. While in Africa, Elizabeth`s placement was working at a school for ‘challenged’ children. ‘School’ was over at 11:30 am so instead of just exploring Africa, Elizabeth also volunteered at the Kili Centre (a home for orphans and street kids). Days before she died, she told her Mom that when she came home she was going to sell everything that she didn`t need or use and buy a computer for the Kili Centre. Setting up this computer center is ‘special’… It`s fulfilling one of Elizabeth`s dreams.


2010

In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 2nd dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing. The winner was Josee Rapele.
In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 2nd dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions. The winner was Taylor Shive.
In early 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust sent funds to The Kili Centre, in Africa, that were used to help with the day to day operations of the facility, to help with medical bills, to buy bug nets and blankets for every bed at the facility.
In 2010 Elizabeth Trust continues to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $11,200.00 to Provincial Autism
In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $1,000.00 to aid in the relief efforts in Haiti.


2010 Continued

In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust will support Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister, that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre. She had told Mom and me all about these two children. She had explained that the two children reminded her so much of herself and her brother and that if she were at a different ‘time’ in her life, there was no way she would come home without them. Since Elizabeth`s death we have been trying to put something in place to ‘look after’ these two children. Thanks to Elizabeth`s Trust, and Michael Mpombo (the Founder and Director of The Kili Centre), we have established an annual program that will pay for Anjela and Regan’s lodging, food, clothing, supplies, and education. Our intent is to continue this program until both Anjela and Regan reach adulthood, thus allowing them to grow up together. Elizabeth is smiling knowing that these two beautiful children are now going to have some kind of stability in their lives. In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust will continue to support The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives. In 2010 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $250.00 to breast cancer (the Susan G. Korman 3-day for cure event).


2011

In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 3rd dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing. The winner was Alley Burgess.
In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 3rd dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions. The winner was Kaleigh Penny.
In 2011 Elizabeth Trust continues to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust will donate another $11,000.00 (approximately) to Provincial Autism
In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust will continue to support Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister, that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre.


2011 Continued

In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust will continue to support The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives.
In 2011 Elizabeth`s Trust will fund The Maize Farm Project, which is a farming project that would be implemented and maintained by the Kili Centre, in Kilimanjaro, Africa. They would work, seed, and farm three acres of land to produce maize. The project would produce approximately 60 sacks of maize annually. That can last up to 15 months and feed more than 75 children.


2012

In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 4th dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing.
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a 4th dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions.
In 2012 Elizabeth Trust continued to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust continued to support Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister, that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre.
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust continued to support The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives.
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust donated about $10,000.00 to Provincial Autism, bringing our total donation to approximately $40,000.00 (So far)
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust again funded The Maize Farm Project. This is a farming project that was implemented and maintained by the Kili Centre, in Kilimanjaro, Africa. They work, seed, and farm three acres of land to produce maize. The project has been, and hopefully will continue to be very successful.


2012 Continued

In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust helped fund a playground in Enfield. Enfield was Elizabeth`s home… It`s where she lived, grew up, went to school, and danced. The park is there for anyone that wants to use it. It is designed to be ‘user friendly’ for all… Especially for those with disabilities. This is another Lions Club project and we have been informed that the park is going to be ‘dedicated’ to the memory of Elizabeth Ryan. What an honor.
In 2012 Elizabeth`s Trust donated to the Acadia University S.M.I.L.E. Program. This is a program where Acadia Students ‘share’ and help others with challenges. Elizabeth volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E. program while she attended Acadia University. That experience helped Elizabeth understand what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.


2013

In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing.
In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions.
In 2013 Elizabeth Trust continues to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust supported Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister, that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre.
In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust continued to support The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives.
In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust donated another $10,000.00 to Provincial Autism, bringing our total donation to approximately $50,000.00 (So far)
In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust funded The Maize Farm Project, which is the farming project that was implemented and maintained by the Kili Centre, in Kilimanjaro, Africa. They worked, seeded, and farmed three acres of land to produce maize. The project was, and hopefully will continue to be very successful.


2013 Continued

In 2013 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $1,000.00 to the Acadia University S.M.I.L.E. Program. This is a program where Acadia Students ‘share’ and help others with challenges. Elizabeth volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E. program while she attended Acadia University. That experience helped Elizabeth understand what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.


2014

In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing.
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust sponsored a dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions.
In 2014 Elizabeth Trust continued to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust again supported Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister, that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre in Africa.
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust again supported The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives.
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust donated another $10,000.00 to Provincial Autism, bringing our total donation to approximately $60,000.00 (So far)
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust fund again donated to The Maize Farm Project, which is the farming project that was implemented and maintained by the Kili Centre, in Kilimanjaro, Africa. They worked, seeded, and farmed three acres of land to produce maize. The project was, and hopefully will continue to be very successful.
In 2014 Elizabeth`s Trust donated $1,000.00 to the Acadia University S.M.I.L.E. Program. This is a program where Acadia Students ‘share’ and help others with challenges. Elizabeth volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E. program while she attended Acadia University. That experience helped Elizabeth understand what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.


2015

In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust will again sponsor a dance scholarship in Sudbury Ontario at Happiness is Dancing.
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust will again sponsor a dance scholarship in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Millennium Productions.
In 2015 Elizabeth Trust continues to sponsor the two children, Raeca, and Athumani, through World Vision.
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust will again support Anjela and Regan. Angela and Regan are two orphans, a brother and sister that Elizabeth met and fell in love with while volunteering at the Kili Centre in Africa.
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust will again continue to support The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center. We will upgrade and or add several computers as well as maintain the ones that are currently there. Before Elizabeth left for Africa, she asked me “What is the most important thing that I can do” while in Africa. I told her… “Teach them to fish”. There was no sinicism meant in my response… What I meant, and Elizabeth understood, is to teach them the tools for ‘hope’. The Elizabeth M. Ryan Computer Learning Center was set up with the hope that we can “teach them to fish”. Hopefully, these young underprivileged children will learn skills that will remain with them for their whole lives.
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust hopes to donated another $10,000.00 to Provincial Autism, bringing our total donation to approximately $70,000.00 (So far)
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust fund will again donate to The Maize Farm Project, which is the farming project that was implemented and maintained by the Kili Centre, in Kilimanjaro, Africa. They worked, seeded, and farmed three acres of land to produce maize. The project was, and hopefully will continue to be very successful.
In 2015 Elizabeth`s Trust fund hopes to help fund the maintenance of a playground in Enfield. This is a community project that the Lions Club built and it is ‘dedicated’ to the memory of our Daughter, Elizabeth. It’s called ‘The Elizabeth M. Ryan Memorial Playground’. Enfield was Elizabeth`s home… It`s where she lived, grew up, went to school, and danced. The park is there for anyone that wants to use it. It is designed to be ‘user friendly’ for all… Especially for those with disabilities. I drive by it almost every day and it is always being used. What an honor!
In 2015 Elizabeth’s Trust donated $1,000.00 (matched by the Canadian Government making the donation worth $2,000.00) to Canadian Red Cross in support of the Fort McMurray Fire Relief. This is most of what we`ve been able to accomplish, through Elizabeth`s Trust, so far… As I said earlier, hopefully, this is ‘still’ only the beginning.

Thank you for helping us to continue Elizabeth`s dreams.
PEACE!
JEMM (Jonathon, Elizabeth, Mike, and Michelle)