O’Neil’s Angel Fund 2020

Thank you to Dennis and Lana O’Neil from O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery, for stepping up in 2020 and launching the final angel ornament in support of the Aylmer Area Community Foundation. The proceeds of the angel sales were donated to the AACF to give back to the community.

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Cheque Presentation CCCA

Board member Dennis Boadway presented a cheque to Catfish Creek Conservation Authority for $1,000. The organization is looking for new ways through this virtual project to connect with the community.

AACF 2020 Angel is here!

The Aylmer Area Community Foundation 2020 angel is now available for purchase at O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery! This will be the final collectable ornament and this year’s angel is definitely fitting for the year. It will make a beautiful keepsake to show our community spirit and perseverance. The angel is only $20 (cash only please) and proceeds will be donated to the AACF to make a difference in our community. 

Supporting a great local project

Aylmer Area Community Foundation board member Larry Jeffery presented a cheque for $1,500 to the Aylmer Malahide Museum in support of a project they are undertaking. Users will be able to walk through Aylmer and use their device to view what the buildings used to look like ‘then and now’ and learn some history. The Museum is looking to offer the information in Low German Translation.

Emergency Community Support Funding Allocated Locally

We are proud to have partnered with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada to deliver the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF)  in the Town of Aylmer, Municipality of Bayham and the Township of Malahide. 

Launched on May 19, 2020, we’ve invested  $40,000 through the ECSF towards local charities and qualified donees supporting populations experiencing heightened vulnerability during this crisis. We are pleased to announce the ECSF has supported projects including:

  • Hospice of Elgin
  • Junior Achievement South Western Ontario
  • Aylmer – Malahide Museum


Our community foundation has granted the full funding available to our community through the ECSF. We are unfortunately no longer accepting applications. Since the start of the pandemic, charities and non-profit organizations have been leading the charge to assist those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. We know the need for funding is still significant. If you would like to be notified if any additional funding becomes available through ECSF, please fill out this form

We invite you to explore opportunities with the other ECSF funding intermediaries in your community. More information about other national funders is available here

We invite you to follow Community Foundations of Canada’s website for further updates as well.

Aylmer Area Community Foundation launches new Emergency Community Support Fund


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!


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.


*Excerpt from the Aylmer Express