2018 Award Recipients


People Who Make a Difference!


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.


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.


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.


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!