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.

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!


Canada150 Grant for an Amazing Community-Use Playground

Here is a recent message from Immanuel Christian School in Aylmer who were a recent recipient of a grant through the Aylmer Area Community Foundation.  We are pleased to partner with this community based project.

“Thanks to the Aylmer Area Community Foundation and the Community Foundations of Canada, we are still celebrating Canada 150 at ICS! This weekend marked the installation of the long-awaited Calvin the Caterpillar and Harry the Hippo for our Outdoor Class and Playground Improvements! We gratefully acknowledge our volunteer installation crew, Micah M, Gord W, Johnny G, Matthew C! And, thanks to the Town of Aylmer Ontario for the addition of a garbage can to keep things clean! We treat our playground as a public space and welcome community members after hours! We are all blessed by partnerships like these with our local community. Projects like this connect our students to the Town, and grow our students as caring and responsible citizens! #CFC150

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 extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Catfish Creek Revitalization Project Downtown Aylmer

Martin Miller(left) and Jack Couckuyt(right) on behalf of the Aylmer Area Community Foundation presented Chair Kevin Cross(middle) of the Aylmer BIA $6000 towards their revitalization project of the Catfish Creek bank downtown Aylmer. Brush, garbage, invasive trees were removed along the bank and new native Carolinian trees were planted.

The Aylmer BIA initiative was made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Aylmer Area Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 


A New Community Grant

Board member, Dave Dykeman presented a grants cheque to the Aylmer Baptist Church Sociables for new chairs and tables. They open their doors to many community activities, projects and dinners so the new furniture will be greatly appreciated by community members of all ages.

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Annual General Meeting

You are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting when we will discuss the organization’s accomplishments from 2016 and plans for 2017.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Bandshell Community Room

RSVP here!

Our Top Donors in 2016

Thank you to our top donors in 2016.  Without your support we could have have granted out over $21,000 to local projects and organizations!

Harvey & Kathleen Tribe Family Fund

O’Neil’s Fine Jewellery

The Jeff & Nicole Wiebenga Family Fund

Jeff Wiebenga, Broker -Showcase East Elgin Realty inc. brokerage

Don & Judy Durkee Family Fund

Isobel Frederick

Jack and Judith Couckuyt

Spriet Associates

The Sinclair Family Fund

Christmas Lighting

Join us for the lighting of the parks, Friday November 25th starting at 6:30pm.  The Aylmer Area Community Band will take us on a musical journey through our favourite Christmas carols.  Santa will visit for your photographs and you are invited to walk throughout the parks enjoying the decorations.  Members of the Royal Bank of Canada will be handing out free hot chocolate and treats will also be available.

To kick off Canada’s 150th celebration, Balmoral Park will be decorated in red and white lights to celebrate the monumental occasion.


Thank you to Canada150 grant to the Aylmer BIA to make this event possible.