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St. Andrew’s Anglican Church is planning to celebrate the legacy of the late Georgina Bassett.

Among other things, she was the driving force behind the church’s thrift store, which has been previously renamed Georgina’s Place in her honour.

Rev. Francis Delaplain of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church stands in front of Georgina’s Place Thrift Store. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Bassett, who passed away in 2014, was also the first person of Slavey heritage to be ordained an Anglican priest.

Now, the church is planning to make a grant of $5,000 in her honour to a local organization or even possibly an individual.

“We thought that looking at the fact that she gave so much of her time, so much of her effort, a gift would probably be a good way to honour that,” said Rev. Francis Delaplain.

The church will accept application letters describing how the money would be spent.

“We want good ideas that are benefiting the local area,” Delaplain said.

The priest added the church will put together a committee to pick who will receive the grant.

Even an individual would be considered, he said. “If someone came up with a really good idea and said, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do with the money,’ I think we would be OK with that.”

Delaplain recommended that people watch St. Andrew’s Facebook page for information on when a grant application should be in, where it should be sent and when a decision will be made.

It is likely that the grant will be awarded during a community barbecue that the church will hold sometime this summer to celebrate upgrades to the thrift store that were made with funding from the Anglican Foundation.

Delaplain noted the special sign was donated by Poison Graphics.

“That’s actually Georgina’s signature taken from the vestry book,” he said of the sign, which has been on the store since last fall.

Delaplain noted that Georgina’s Place Thrift Store generates about $10,000 each year in donations to the community.

The $5,000 grant in Bassett’s memory will be in addition to that.

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Paul Bickford

Paul Bickford is the reporter for Hay River Hub.

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