About the Foundation

After Marilyn Chan and Mark Seltzer's tragic deaths in July 1998, their families and friends wished to do something in their memory which would reflect the way Mark and Marilyn helped others less fortunate than themselves. Since Marilyn and Mark had visited the Arctic several times and loved the area and its people, a decision was made to set up a foundation in their honour.

The Seltzer-Chan Pond Inlet Foundation aims to help the community of Pond Inlet by:

  • helping to preserve Inuit traditions, culture and language
  • assisting Inuit students with education or training programs
  • relieving poverty

The Seltzer-Chan Pond Inlet Foundation is a registered Canadian charity (# 87321 3276 RR0001) administered entirely by volunteers in Pond Inlet and Toronto. A volunteer in Pond Inlet coordinates the application procedure by creating posters and radio announcements in Inuktitut, collecting grant applications, and convening meetings of the community committee representatives. The committee in Pond Inlet reviews grant applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors administers the fund from Toronto and communicates with Foundation supporters.

Our Registered Charity Information Returns can be viewed on the Canada Revenue Agency website. These returns confirm that 100% of all donations received are used to support our awards program.


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