Renfrew County District School Board receives $10,000 donation

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

Renfrew County District School Board receives $10,000 donation

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Cobden provides money to create play space at Cobden Public School and help Student Support Fund

(Renfrew County) St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Cobden recently donated $10,000 to be shared between Cobden Public School (PS) and the Board’s charitable Student Support Fund.

“This significant donation is unprecedented in our recent history,” said Board Chair Wendy Hewitt. “With this support, the parishioners of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Cobden have ensured that students at Cobden PS, and others in our district, will continue to experience the best education for generations to come.”

Cobden PS received $5,000 toward an outdoor play space in the schoolyard. The Board will consider how best to apply the funding for the fall school year. Sun shades, buddy benches and a “music fence” in the kindergarten yard are options being considered. The other $5,000 is being directed to the Student Support Fund. This charitable arm of the Board helps students across the system access small grants so that they may participate in extracurricular activities, pay for post-secondary college and university applications and co-operative education expenses. It also makes funding available in times of personal crises, such as fires, floods or layoffs.

The church is able to make the donations due to the generous financial legacies of two families in the Cobden area; Ed and Eleanor Dallin and Greta and Basil Yates. The Dallin family is among the pioneer families of the Cobden area and the Yates family owned and operated the bakery in downtown Cobden for many years.

“Greta worried about her husband’s health and would walk over to St. Paul’s to pray,” said Alice Ferguson, a church parishioner who sits on the committee responsible for handing out the donations. “She pledged that if Basil’s health improved she would do something to support the church. In turn, the church felt it was fitting that we share these gifts with those organizations who have been so instrumental in supporting the needs of citizens in Cobden and across the region.”

The church has made similar donations to organizations across community and region including to the Cobden Food Bank, Hospice Renfrew and Marianhill Palliative Care.

“It ultimately underscores the generosity that runs throughout our county and reminds us of the importance of community citizenship,” concluded Chair Hewitt.


For further information, please contact:

Jonathan Laderoute
RCDSB Communications Manager
office: 613.735.0151 ext. 2231
cell: 613.635.3528
email: laderouteja(at)

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