What does community mean to you? Is a community simply where one resides? Or does it represent a deeper meaning? The word community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
Focus Foundation is a community of advocates. We are a small group of individuals who care about the success of the students who come to our Whytecliff Learning Centres. The many members of our community, such as our staff, Board of Directors, and donors, are extraordinary people who spend countless hours working towards a common goal: transforming young lives.
Our students are heroes. They have faced challenges in their lives and have struggled within traditional educational settings, but they have not given up. They show up each day, regardless of circumstances, to push their goals forward, to work on themselves, and to step closer to graduation.
The Focus Foundation community is unique in that everyone is accepted for who they are. There is no judgement on one’s past, but there is support towards a brighter future. This is shown each year, when our students paint a chair (shown above) together which truly represents the diversity that our organization embodies. The students and staff all take a piece of the chair and paint it according to their interests, passions, and creativity. Although we may not all share the exact same interests, common attitudes, or even goals for that matter, we are for certain, a community. When you see each piece of the chair put together as one, it is a beautiful piece of artwork!
The Focus Foundation community is a beautiful piece of artwork, made up of many different, but valued minds. Our community would not exist if it were not for our generous supporting donors. Organizations such as Variety – The Children’s Charity and CKNW’s Orphans Fund, have made it possible for our community to continue. We hope that as we increase our reach, more individuals, foundations, and corporations will join us in our common goal: transforming young lives.