The Wabaseemoong Independent Nation community can expect an over $20,000 donation through the Kenora region’s efforts, as volunteers and business owners have got together to support residents fighting COVID-19.

Owner of the Cornerstone Pam Viinikka and owner of Sweet Lake of the Woods Alexis Pernsky joined together to create the Kenora Business Community – Together Strong with Wabaseemoong group, in an effort to come together and show support for Wabaseemoong, who have been under a COVID-19 lockdown since February 10.

The group was quickly joined by 60 local businesses and 15 community volunteers who have gathered over $20,000 in cash and in-kind donations, as well as 352 kits for youth, with games, snacks, supplies, and much more.

“During times like these, when you are seeing so many negative things happening on social media and in the media, to have a group of local businesses stand together and show their support for our community means a lot, and goes a long way,” said Wabaseemoong Chief Waylon Scott.

“We want to say Miigwetch, to these businesses that stepped up, and are bringing positivity to the community, and setting an example.” Scott also thanked everyone who has reached out and offered their support.

The $20,000 in donations is expected to be organized and brought to the community soon, where it can be distributed to youth and families. Businesses and individuals that contributed to the care packages include:

Cornerstone Restaurant
The Black Oven
Trent Hamilton, Safeway
Sweet, Lake of the Woods
Remax Northwest Realty Limited
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
Lake of the Woods Electric
Quesada Burritos and Tacos
Titan Contracting
Godbout Towing
Nikki Edison
Plaza Restaurant
Kenora Veterinary Clinic
Bearheart Boutique
Days Inn 
Dingwall Ford
Copperfin Credit Union
Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Company
Log Cabin Tavern
Boreal Paddle and Apparel
Mount Evergreen Ski Club
Brown Funeral Home
Swift Cash
Smoke & Fire
Northern Energy
Haney Construction
Shelley Ginn
Wilson’s Business Solutions
Gillon’s Insurance
Keewatin Place
Talbot Marketing
LBE Group
Shopper’s Drug Mart
The Hungry Pug
Cabin Country Realty
Lindsay Evans, Thirty-One
Chad & Braden, The Boathouse Restaurant
Jaclyn McAllister
Kenora District Chamber of Commerce
Kenora Catholic District School Board
Ally Crandall
Morgan Brignell
Bestway Rentals
Houseboat Adventures
Kano Reid
Megan Dokuchie
Shelley Torrie Home and Cottage Realty
Timothy Warkentin, Manulife Financial
Lake of the Woods Brewing Company
City of Kenora
Home Hardware
Steven Wolfe, Wolfe Sound & Music
Jackie Franck, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Elle Peterson, Remax
Yana Sobiski
Karla Treadway
Yoga and Integrated Life Coaching
Spirit Oak
Ferg Devins

Volunteers included:

Pam Viinikka
Alexis Pernsky
Jackie Franck
Anna & Nathan Godbout
Kelly Smith
Sheralei Cunningham
Braden Paul
Nikki Edison
Morgan Brignell
Rob & Megan Dokuchie
Tina Adamopoulos
Steven Woolfe
Olive Novelli
Montana Braun
Anneke Gillis

For more information:
Rickford: ‘Things are under control’ in Wabaseemoong
Boucha’s helping deliver vital supplies during COVID-19