Windsor-Essex Community Foundation

Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission gets WECF grant

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Windsor-Essex Community Foundation (WECF) says it is “thrilled to announce that a total of $36,000 has been granted to six organizations to fund projects that will have a big impact in our community.”

The announcement took place WECF’s 159th meeting of the board of directors and 33rd annual general meeting and grant awards ceremony.

“The WECF is happy to support these local organizations and the many successful programs they provide in Windsor & Essex County,” said WECF executive director Lisa Kolody. “In addition to delivering much-needed funding, our Community Impact Grants serve as an opportunity for us to build viable partnerships in our community that will bring out the best Windsor/Essex has to offer.”

The organizations funded through the WECF Community Impact Grants include The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission, Brentwood Charity House, The Canadian Mental Health Association of Windsor Essex County, The Royal Canadian Legion Metropolitan Branch 594, The Southwestern Ontario Gleaners and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO).

Windsor-Essex Community Foundation grants $36,000 in funding to six local organizations, one of which being the Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission. (Submitted photo)

The WECF states that it “views its fund holders as community builders and assists to match their interests and strengths with community needs. The WECF is proud of its rich history of community building in Windsor-Essex, and looks positively toward the future as it continues to grow and inspire philanthropy. The WECF is thankful for its donors, volunteers, and supporters who are all so passionate about its work.”

Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission board president Tim McAllister said they are working towards purchasing a new van.

“The board of directors has been working very hard for a long time to have enough money to replace our van,” said McAllister. “The van we are currently using is getting too old and is costing a lot of money to maintain in good working order. It will be more cost efficient to get a new one.”

McAllister said the mission has been trying to grow the van replacement account for a while now.

“We have been blessed with some anonymous financial support along with a much appreciated grant from the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation in the amount of $8,000,” he stated. “There were 40 charities applying for a portion of this grant and we were one of the six chosen!”

Winter maintenance on the mission’s current van has been completed and McAllister said they will keep looking for more donations to add to the van replacement account. The Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission hopes to be in a position to purchase a new van by next spring.

The Windsor-Essex Community Foundation (WECF), originally founded in 1983 as Heritage Windsor, is a perpetual community trust for philanthropic purposes. It exists to manage donors’ legacy funds and make grants to support local community programs. Through grant making activities, the WECF is able to establish partnerships to assist a broad range of community organizations. To learn more about these programs and the ways they give back, visit www.wecf.ca.

Essex County celebrates Canada 150 by burying time capsule, dunking politicians

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The County of Essex celebrated Canada 150 last Friday and hopes that people 100 years from now will remember what 2017 was like.

An outdoor celebration took place at the Essex Civic Centre with one of the main attractions being the burying of a time capsule that isn’t supposed to be opened for another 100 years.

Warden Tom Bain (left) buries a time capsule with the help of Essex County council members and county CAO Brian Gregg (bottom right) on the grounds of the Essex Civic Centre. The capsule will be opened in 100 years.

Warden Tom Bain (left) buries a time capsule with the help of Essex County council members and county CAO Brian Gregg (bottom right) on the grounds of the Essex Civic Centre. The capsule will be opened in 100 years.

The event was funded by the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.

County CAO Brian Gregg said in addition to it being Canada 150, it is also the 225th anniversary of the formation of Essex County. When it is opened, the county will be celebrating its 325th anniversary, he noted.

“The contents of this capsule features artifacts from all seven of the county’s municipalities,” Gregg pointed out.

Gregg said the capsule was buried on the grounds of the civic centre under a “symbolic maple tree” and will give a “snapshot” of the past when it is eventually opened. Gregg, who is retiring later this year, said he has spent over 30 years with the County of Essex and has seen it grow.

Members of Essex County council, administration and general public tried to form a Canada 150 logo on the grounds of the Essex Civic Centre last Friday. The celebration was funded by the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.

Members of Essex County council, administration and general public tried to form a Canada 150 logo on the grounds of the Essex Civic Centre last Friday. The celebration was funded by the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation.

“I can only imagine what is in store for the next 100 years,” he said.

Warden Tom Bain said the Canada 150 event was “about honouring our history, relishing our present and looking forward to our future.”

Bain, who would later be one of the politicians and administration members to get wet in the dunk tank, also pointed out the 225th anniversary for the county. Bain stated Essex County has a rich history as he said it was the first county in Ontario to be formed prior to Confederation and the road that is now County Road 20 was the first road to be laid out in Ontario.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya reacts as he gets dunked during the County of Essex’s Canada 150 celebration last Friday afternoon.

LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya reacts as he gets dunked during the County of Essex’s Canada 150 celebration last Friday afternoon.

A number of children attended the Canada 150 celebration and the warden told them to learn from both successes and failures.

“Do not forget the words collaboration, communication, kindness, and my favourite word, teamwork,” said Bain.

Brian Gregg, CAO for the County of Essex, shows the time capsule that has now been buried on the northwest corner of the Essex Civic Centre grounds.

Brian Gregg, CAO for the County of Essex, shows the time capsule that has now been buried on the northwest corner of the Essex Civic Centre grounds.

The event also featured children’s activities, the formation of county officials into a human Canada 150 logo, a barbecue and the appearance of the Memorial Cup, the junior hockey trophy captured by the Windsor Spitfires.