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Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation President and Co-founder named National Honouree at L’Oréal Paris “Women of Worth” Gala

posted March 11, 2019

The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) is proud to announce Lynne Rosychuk, our Board President and co-founder has been named the National Honouree in the 2019 Women of Worth award program sponsored by L’Oréal Paris Canada.

Rosychuk was one of the 10 honourees selected from hundreds of nominations and chosen for her work addressing a crucial community need and her passion in the area of family violence support. As an honouree, she joined esteemed alumnae of Canadian women who find beauty in giving back. Rosychuk has received $20,000 to support her charitable work and an all-expense paid trip for two to Toronto to attend a star-studded awards gala held March 8th, hosted by L’Oréal Paris, where she was officially recognized as the National Honouree.

Rosychuk was emotional when asked about this honour, “Thank you L’Oréal Paris Canada. To everyone who has supported the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation, thank you. This belongs to you too. I know in my heart Jessica is smiling down on us.”

Rosychuk is a passionate advocate for family violence supports following her daughter’s tragic murder at the hands of her common-law partner in 2009. Since 2012, she and a core group of volunteers have continued to raise funds to build a safe house to support those impacted by family violence in the Sturgeon region.

In September of 2018, the JMMF broke ground on Jessie’s House, a first stage emergency shelter, which is expected to begin sheltering individuals and families in 2020. A campaign to raise $1 million by January 2020 is currently underway to complete, furnish and operate the house for three years.

Janice Isberg, Executive Director
Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation
(587) 879-5658

JMMF Blizzard Day at DQ Morinville raises $7000 to support Jessie’s House

posted March 5, 2019

The 2nd Annual JMMF Blizzard Day held on February 28, 2019, at the Morinville Dairy Queen raised $7000 to support the construction of the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation.  On this day, proceeds from the sale of all Blizzards and donations from store patrons who choose to “round-up” their bill to the nearest dollar were donated to Jessie’s House, a project of the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF).   Jessie’s House will be a first stage emergency shelter to support individuals and families who are fleeing violence at home.   Jessie’s House, the first of its kind in the Sturgeon Region, has been designed to include suites allowing it to accommodate larger families and will support individuals of all ages and genders, including the LGBTQ2S community.

Lynne Rosychuk, Board President and co-founder said, “Blizzard Day means the world to me.  Support from DQ Morinville, other local businesses and our community are what has enabled us to build a 9000 ft2 shelter.” At this time, the JMMF has raised approximately 60% of the funds required for this project and is embarking on an ambitious campaign to raise an additional $1 Million to support the project by January 2020.

Marc and Michelle Cardinal, co-owners of DQ Morinville have been strong supporters of our work, committing to the Annual JMMF Blizzard Day, donating Dilly Bars to our Annual Memorial Run held each year in June and by supporting us at several other events throughout the year, including the Break Free Gala.  Like Rosychuk, Marc Cardinal recognizes the role community has played in supporting the JMMF and said, “Thank you to everyone who supported JMMF by picking up a Blizzard!  We are so proud to be part of an amazing community.”