Aylmer Area Community Foundation launches new Emergency Community Support Fund

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Aylmer Area Community Foundation activating Emergency Community Support Fund alongside communities coast to coast to coast. 

Vulnerable populations across Canada continue to be disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Marginalized groups, youth, children and the elderly, essential workers, and newcomers are just some of the communities that are facing increased challenges right now. Launched on May 19, 2020, the Government of Canada’s new Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) aims to provide additional and much-needed assistance to charities and non-profit organizations serving vulnerable populations. The Government of Canada is flowing funds through national networks, including Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. We are proud to be working with CFC and the Government of Canada to deliver funding locally in the Aylmer area to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe and healthy. Through the ECSF, we will be investing  $40,000 towards local charities and qualified donees supporting vulnerable populations.

Specifically, eligible projects will:

●Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;●Serve one or more vulnerable groups (defined below);●Be carried out in a short timeframe with a reasonable budget, before March 31, 2021

Examples of eligible projects where vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19include:

●Creation of a digital health platform to continue mental health and addictions recovery programming●Development and delivery of a virtual mental health program for caregivers●Purchase of food kits for marginalized families experiencing interrupted support services

Organizations can apply starting on May 19, 2020. Learn more about the program and find out if your organization is eligible to apply:

CFC’s ECSF webpage

CFC’s national application portal

The Emergency Community Support Fund

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O’Neil’s Angel Fund

AACF Board member, Harvey Tribe received a donation cheque from Dennis O’Neil of O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery.  Each year, Dennis and Lana sell one-of-a-kind, collectible ornaments with the proceeds going to the Aylmer Area Community Foundation.  Thanks to O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery for your continued support.

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Lighting of the Park 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

6:30pm in Palmer Park

Join us as we officially kick off the Christmas season with the lighting of the parks.  Thanks to the volunteers who worked many long hours to prepare the parks for the lighting.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Helen Black Education Awards 2019

Congratulations to Taylor Brackenbury and Hannah Loewen who were the recipients of the new Helen Black Education Awards.  Board member, Judi Wright attended the recent Commencement for students of East Elgin Secondary School.  Both ladies will be attending college and university in the fall to further their education.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

Thank you to those who attended our Annual General Meeting this evening.  Our concise annual report was featured at the event and we are excited to share with you a report from the year.

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2018 Award Recipients

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People Who Make a Difference!

YOUTH AWARDS

EMMA WOLF -Emma is a grade 3 student at McGregor Public School. She consistently helps others with various tasks a daily basis in the classroom, assists others with problem solving in the classroom and the school yard. She manages the computer tech in the classroom and is always the first to offer a helping hand. She is an AMAZING girl with a strong moral compass and is very respectful to everyone.

RAYYA McLEOD- Rayya is a grade 8 student at Davenport Public School. She is a member of Me to We and is passionate about local and global concerns. She is a leader, an individual who is socially conscious and she ‘walks her talk’. Rayya was key in organizing Davenport’s SCARE AWAY HUNGER food drive at Hallowe’en and heads the composting program.

HELPING HANDS AWARDS

LIZ McCONNELL and SUE ZIMMER…..The Helping Hands Award is in recognition of their leadership and efforts with both the Corner Cupboard and Christmas Care, two very much needed organizations in Aylmer and the surrounding area.

FAMILY AWARD

THE HUESTON FAMILY-  The Hueston Family is very well known in the community for their Biggest Little Newspaper in Canada and their extensive publishing firm(s) throughout the Province. Patriarch, Art Hueston started the Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Corner Cupboard 30 some years ago. The drive continues today. The Family and the Express are long-time sponsors of local hockey and soccer teams and give financial support to APAC, The Optimist Toy Drive (and I am sure many more needs and activities within the area).The family founded the 3 Port Tour bicycle event in 2011 which has raised approximately $70,000 that is split between the EESS Environmental Leadership Program and the Forest City Velodrome. The Huestons are also multigenerational presidents of the Aylmer Kinsman Club. Their generosity and community support extends beyond Aylmer and Area to London, Woodstock and Toronto where they have expanded businesses.

CORPORATE AWARD

O’NEIL’S FINE JEWELLERY- For the past 17 years, Lana and Dennis O’Neil have sponsored a Christmas Angel Program donating all proceeds to the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. Their generosity, as with all donations received by the Foundation, has touched the lives of many in this community. As well as their outstanding support of the Foundation, the O’Neils also contribute to the Corner Cupboard, the Shriners, Minor Hockey, Ducks Unlimited, the Fireman’s BBQ, and several local church bazaars. Their willingness to support is exceptional!

Park Lighting & Carolling

Join us in Palmer Park as we light the parks for the Christmas season!

Everyone welcome on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 6:30pm.  Thanks to Aylmer RBC and Miller’s Valu mart for their contributions to the lighting.

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Summer Day Camp & Canada Day 2018

The youth summer day camps are a great way for your kids to get out of the house, have some fun with other children and be engaged in activities.  We are fortunate to have a great local community complex.  Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Canada Day celebrations at the East Elgin Community Complex!

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Lighting of the Park 2017

The Lighting of the parks is a true community project.  Volunteers worked many hours to set up over 16,000 lights. Contributors to Aylmer’s downtown Christmas decorations this year were: MainStreet Aylmer -Downtown Merchants, Aylmer Area Community Foundation, Showcase East Elgin Realty Inc. Brokerage, ERTH Corporation, EESS Leadership Class, Joel and Betty Falkenham and the Town of Aylmer. The Community Decoration Committee: Diane Mott, Linda Black, Cindy Difaszio, Kim Enns, Wanda Kapogines, Jeneen Toth, Michelle Toth, Jeff and Nicole Wiebenga and Judi Wright. The lights are in Palmer Park, Balmoral Park and the Old Town Hall Parkette.  Thank you to the Aylmer Area Community Band, Miller’s Valu mart and Aylmer Royal Bank for their support at the lighting.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and individual Canadians.