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People Who Make a Difference 2017

Recently at the Lighting of the Park, the Aylmer Area Community Foundation(AACF) presented very deserving local citizens with their ‘People Who Make a Difference’ awards. Every year, the Aylmer Area Community Foundation make a point of thanking local residents for their community support.

Photo: Mike & Lynn Summers, Dave Green, Brenda & Mike Streib and their grand daughter Lauren Zacharias-Streib, Judi Wright and Jack Couckuyt from the Aylmer Area Community Foundation  -Photo Credit: Aylmer Express

Corporate Volunteer Award


Janna, Mike and Lynn Summers own and operate Aylmer Tire. They have a strong belief in community and are actively involved in contributing to its well-being. For the past several years they have given a substantial donation to the EESS Environmental Leadership Program.

In co-operation with Tirecraft, they were very generous supporters of the Aylmer Splashpad. They also added their support to the East Elgin Community Complex, the United Way and the Corner Cupboard. Such generosity and caring deserves our community recognition.


Helping Hands Award


Dave has been an active member of the Aylmer Optimist Club for many years having served as president for many of those years. He is particularly proud of the difference the Optimist Club has made within the community.

For the past ten years, Dave has organized a Bike Run, the Rotten Road Ride, donating all proceeds to the Optimist Club with the exception of an editions cause this past summer, A Smile for William. He organizes many fundraising events for the Optimists such as the Parade of Dimes at Christmas and a Toy Ride in September. Dave is a sponsor of the Animal Aide Cruise Night, held every Fathers Day.

Dave was born and raised here and operates his business here. He is very proud of his community, the Aylmer Area and spends hours volunteering in many ways that benefit so many. He is a very caring, generous man and we thank him for his contributions!


Family Volunteer Award


Mike and Brenda Streib have lived and worked in this community for many years. While they owned and operated their pheasant farm, they raised three children who have the same sense of community as their parents. They are the proud parents of 3, Sarah, who lives in Australia, Kate in Nelson B.C. and Chris, owner of Talbot Trail Physiotherapy and proud grand parents of 7.

Mike is a member of the Aylmer Ducks Unlimited Men’s Committee and the local Order of Good Cheer. He is a Trustee at Aylmer Baptist Church where he sings in the choir.

Mike is a member of the Elgin Business Resource Centre and represents the western region on the Ontario Business Resource Board. After a long association with Westminster Mutual Insurance, he has been appointed Chaplin of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association. Mike is a former Kinsman and is very proud of his life membership in the organization.

Mike chaired the 2017 EESS Reunion.

Brenda worked for the local school boards for 30 years. She was a

Kenneth and a founding member of the Aylmer Wetland Susie’s, a former women’s committee of Ducks Unlimited. Brenda is a member of the St. Thomas Children’s Foundation and a former Director of the Y.W.C.A.

Chris is also a member of Ducks Unlimited and the Order of Good Cheer. He is a member of the Ontario Physio Association in the Private Practice

Division. He was instrumental in making our local medical clinic a reality and a community jewel. His support also confirmed the inclusion of Life Labs in the facility. He is a supporter of Farm Town and works with Bridges Out of Poverty through the Y.W.C.A.

Christine, Chris’ wife is also an avid supporter of Farm Town. She is a supply teacher at Faith Baptist Church School, a volunteer with Victim Services Elgin and Fresh Start. This is truly an Aylmer and Area family that we can be very proud of and grateful for their belief and support of our community!