Wesley & Clarke Funds

Robertson-Wesley Funding Outreach Projects and Organizations

The E. I. Clarke Memorial Fund

Edwin I Clarke

The E.I.Clarke Memorial Fund was started in 1968 as a memorial to Edwin and Jean Clarke by their son, Edwin Clarke Jr. The tenet of the family has always been "Faith, Family and Friends". Thus, when Edwin Sr. passed away in 1967 his son felt that it was important to honour both his parents with this memorial. Edwin and Jean Clarke were active members in Robertson United Church from the time that they moved into the area in the 1940's. Ed and Jean had two daughters Gladys and Ethel, and one son Edwin.

Edwin passed away in April of 2009. Aileen is still living in Victoria and is very pleased that her daughter Judith and grandson Thomas are keeping an interest in the E.I. Clarke fund. It is the wish of the Clarke family that this fund continue to provide service to the community that Ed and Jean were so passionate about.

Edwin Jr., was born in 1914 in Edmonton. He attended Bennett School, King Edward School, Scona High School and the University of Alberta. While attending university Ed started a trucking business, soon to be followed by Clarke's Tire Ltd and Capital Retreaders. In 1939, he married Aileen Jensen, a recent nursing grad from the Royal Alexander Hospital. Together, they had three daughters Sharon, Wendy and Judith.

Edwin served as president of the Edmonton Exhibition Board, president of Western Canada Fairs, and chairman of the Boxing and Wrestling Commission. Edwin was also an Edmonton Alderman from 1950 to 1956. Ed started Edalca Hotels Ltd. which operated various properties in western Canada.

Regular Recipients

The following have been regular annual recipients of funds in recent years.

Bissell Centre
United Church's inner city mission in Edmonton. more information
George Spady Centre
Provides a supervised environment for those who are under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs and require assistance in stabilizing their condition. more information
Inner City Pastoral Ministry
ICPM is an ecumenical Christian ministry of presence serving the people of the inner city of Edmonton. It was started in 1978 by members of the United Church who recognized a need for a church in the Inner City. more information
Boyle McCauley Health Centre
Responding to the health needs of Edmonton's inner city people. Right: Appreciation award presented to Robertson-Wesley by Boyle-McCauley Health Centre, 2016 June. more information
Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities
a consumer-directed organization that actively promotes full participation in society for Albertans with disabilities more information
No Room at the Inn
No Room in the Inn is an annual appeal at Christmas time to Edmonton area churches to help provide safe and affordable housing for those who are homeless in our city. Each year a different project is chosen:
R-W Benevolent Fund
A small fund available for our ministers to respond to requests for financial assistance on an immediate, short-term, one-time basis.

The Wesley Trust Fund

The Wesley Fund was established in 1971 when the Wesley United Church (originally, Wesley Methodist Church) building was sold. Proceeds of the sale were designated to be invested, with the proceeds donated to outreach projects in our community.


Wesley Methodist Church, 1913
117 Street and 102 Avenue
(from Robertson-Wesley archives)

Wesley & Clarke

The Wesley & Clarke Trustees meet annually, usually in late November, to consider requests for funding in relation to the amount available for disbursement that year.

Trustees

  • Rev.Karen Bridges, Minister, ex officio, Chairperson
  • Robert Mah, Treasurer, ex officio
  • Dr. David Buchanan, appointed by the Church Board
  • George Ford, appointed by the Church Board
  • Marg May, appointed by the Church Board

Total Allocations in Recent Years

Year

Wesley

Clarke

Total

2016

23,000

18,000

41,000

2015

22,000

18,000

40,000

2014

22,500

17,000

39,500

2013

21,000

15,500

36,500

2012

20,000

14,000

34,000

2011

19,500

13,600

33,100

2010

19,000

13,000

32,000

2009

15,500

11,500

27,000

2008

17,000

13,000

30,000

2007

14,800

8,500

23,300

2006

17,300

11,300

28,600

One-time Recipients

We also fund some projects on a one-time or short-term basis. Although these vary from year to year, the following are some recent examples:

Robertson-Wesley Arts (2016)
This programs provides a creative way to explore life meaning questions and moments of transformation for all people in the Oliver Area and the city of Edmonton.
Intercultural Ministry (2015)
A project of the Edmonton Presbytery, living into a vision of becoming an Intercultural Presbytery.
Abundant Communities (2014)
A community development project of the Oliver Community Leaque.
Wellness Project, Garneau (2010)
A new project to provide health care services to the residents of the Ashbourne assisted living facility and the surrounding community.
Choral Morphosis (2007–9)
Robertson-Wesley's outreach choir for people with disabilities, started in 2007. more information