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Freiheit honoured as Philanthropist of the Year


The Dauphin and District Community Foundation (DDCF) Philanthropist of the Year for 2018 is Kathy Freiheit.
The definition of a philanthropist, DDCF president David Bosiak explained, is someone who has made Dauphin a better place, through volunteering their time and commitment.
At a luncheon hosted by the DDCF, Bosiak presented Freiheit with a plaque, noting she was a great mentor when he first joined the board.
“I got a sense very early on of this person’s core belief in the value of giving back to the community,” he said.
Freiheit has always been a strong advocate for others, through her work and unwavering personal commitment, Bosiak said, particularily for people with disabilities.
She was instrumental in a number of initiatives that serve our community, he said, for example, Freiheit was a driving force behind the Almost New Store and the HERO Club.
“Kathy believes in volunteering her time and talents in a variety of areas. She served on the Youth Justice Committee for many years, was a school board trustee and gave the Dauphin and District Community Foundation her time and leadership, serving on the board for six years, the last two as president,” Bosiak added.
“The foundation at that time, was emerging as a much more viable organization in the community and her leadership was a significant part of us getting over that hump from being a smaller community-type of organization to the kind of organization that we are today. So for her time and commitment, Kathy has made our city an even better place, which is our definition of being a great philanthropist.”
Freiheit thanked DDCF, tearfully admitting she had not expected the award.
“But I truly believe in the value of the foundation and in volunteering,” she said.
Bosiak noted Freiheit is an example of what DDCF values in a volunteer.
“It’s in time spent and commitment to various organizations and being a leader and being there. And we’re just so happy for your contributions and wish you all the best,” he said.
The DDCF annual report was also available at the luncheon.
In 2018, DDCF distributed $73,840 in community grants.
Just this year, the DDCF had two grant intakes, distributing $82,725, plus $15,819 in scholarships.
With its designated funds, donor advised fund, managed funds, community funds and two intakes, DDCF granted out over $186,000.