Enriching Public Education

For Our Kids
  • Fundraising for specialty programs in School District #42
  • Supporting programs to encourage youth to stay in school
  • Encouraging richer, more rounded educational programming
  • Bursaries & Scholarships made possible through legacy donations
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Our Mission Statement

The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation receives, generates and distributes resources to enhance the quality of education in School District #42 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows)

The Foundation has approximately $500, 000 in assets which fund 35 scholarships and a number of enhancements to student programs.

Guiding Principles

  • To encourage and promote planned giving and legacy donations
  • To safeguard and administer endowment funds for the purposes  to which they were intended
  • To establish and administer bursaries and scholarships
  • To provide funding to initiate, enrich and expand School District #42 programs
  • To provide opportunities for community partnerships and involvement

History

The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation was established by the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Board of Education and is registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) as a “public foundation”. 

The Foundation exists at arm’s length from the Board of Education with three directors appointed from the Board of Education and the remaining directors being appointed from the community at large

Granting and Opportunities

The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation works to co-ordinate fundraising initiatives for enhanced fine arts, sports and specialty programs in School District #42. The goal of the RMEF is to support the types of programs that encourage our youth to stay in school and experience a fuller, richer and more rounded education.  The RMEF also acts as a focal point to manage bursaries and scholarships for district students and granting opportunities.

Many bursary and scholarship awards received by students have been made possible through legacies established by people just like you. Families and individuals connected to a school or the community have used establishing a scholarship or bursary as a means of honouring someone in their life. If you would like to leave your own legacy, the Ridge Meadows Education Foundation manages many of these funds and can assist you.

For information on how you can leave your own legacy, make a donation, assist us in raising funds, or apply for a grant, please investigate the rest of our website, or contact the secretary treasurer of the foundation, Cheryl Ashlie, at 604 908-5453, who would be more than happy to provide you with the information that you would need.

Grant & Scholarship Applications

Through its grants program, RMEF accepts grant applications from schools (teachers & principles), Parent Advisory Committees and education partners to provide funds for enhanced fine arts, sports and specialty programs that benefit students in School District 42.

During the year we offer two grant application opportunities: Submission deadline for the grant applications are October 15th and March 15th.

The Ridge Meadows Education foundation will evaluate applications and award grants within the parameters of the available funds. Particular consideration is given to projects which:

  • Promote healthy living through sports, fitness and education programs.
  • Enhance fine arts and cultural programs.
  • Promote specialty programs that benefit students within School District #42.

News from Ridge Meadows Education Foundation

NEWS: GARY AND NANETTE LYCAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of the Gary and Nanette Lycan Scholarship Fund The Chair of the Ridge Meadows Education Foundation, Dr. Dave Rempel, is pleased to announce the Foundation has received a major contribution in...

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RMEF AWARDS 2021

RMEF Awards 2021 The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation would like to showcase three awards granted this year. 1.  The Justice Scholarship   Jim Longridge, a retired principal in our District, has been an advocate for justice for one of his former students who was...

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Support for the Enviromental School Project

The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows Environmental School Project is an innovative opportunity for student learning, taking their learning beyond the walls to opportunities in the community and natural world. With the desire to support creative and innovative educational...

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Award Supports Whonnock Music Program

The board of directors of the foundation are pleased to announce are most recent grant disbursement, which was awarded to Whonnock Elementary for their emerging music program. Former chair and director, Perry Bateson had the following to say: When Mr Westby, the...

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The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation

Enriching Public Education- For Our Kids The Ridge Meadows Education Foundation works to co-ordinate fundraising initiatives for enhanced fine arts, sports and specialty programs in School District #42. The goal of the RMEF is to support the types of programs that...

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