We granted over $78,000 in 2018


Thistle Theatre – Supporting little theatres with big hearts
A grant from the Ross & Fran McElroy Fund allows Thistle Theatre to continually take
on new artistic challenges presenting their productions in the intimate family like setting
of the historical Embro Town Hall.

Woodstock Art Gallery – Showcasing an emerging artist
A grant from the B&R George Fund is supporting the launch of a local emerging artist with an exclusive solo exhibition in the Woodstock Art Gallery’s Community Gallery. The artist’s work will be exposed to the over 2,000 people who attend celebratory receptions and visit the Gallery each month.

Norwich & District Historical Society – Enhancing the visitor experience
A grant from the Alabastine-Wilkinson Fund supported the creation of audio guides and artifact labelling with QR codes. Exhibitions are more accessible to the visually impaired and rather than reading labels, visitors can now listen to the self-guided tour while exploring the displays. The audio guides are also being made available online which will allow guests to experience the museum’s collections from the comfort of their homes.


Jordan Hawkins Memorial Scholarship to Brooke Whittaker
Lessif Family Fund Scholarship to Tamara Visser
Pat & Barry Smith Scholarships
to Josie Heeney, Ashlyn Kernaghan and Emily Slosser
Laurie Hawkins Memorial Scholarship to Kayla Han
Cassandra Hawkins Memorial Scholarship to Nathaniel Klein
Lorna & George Roberts Scholarship to Scott Wilson
Oxford Manufacturers for Skills Development Scholarship
to Amber Payne and Zachary Beacock

Big Sisters of Ingersoll, Tillsonburg & Area – Helping kids reach their full potential
A grant from the Alabastine-Wilkinson Fund supported literacy mentoring programs held in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg libraries. Children referred by local schools are matched with caring adults who help with social and academic skill development. These one-on-one relationships help model healthy relationships, promote the importance of education, instill and teach trust, independent thinking and self-confidence in order to make healthy decisions, all while having fun.

Oxford County 4-H Association – Learning to do by doing
A grant from the Oxford Environmental Fund supported the production of oversized interactive and educational posters. In a fun and engaging way, 4-H youth learn about different parts and functions of their environment, animals and machines.


Ingersoll Nature Club – Preserving and enhancing our natural environment
A grant from the Ken & Lynda Whiteford Fund allowed the Ingersoll Nature Club to erect durable and informative trail signage at the entrance of Lawson Reserve an extensive trail system of Carolinian woodland and wetland in South West Oxford. The Club has been safeguarding habitats for endangered species, protecting biological diversity and creating opportunities for recreation and nature appreciation.


Domestic Abuse Services Oxford – Providing babies with a safe place to sleep
Grants from the Ken & Lynda Whiteford and the Ross & Fran McElroy Funds purchased two heavy duty steel folding cribs for the 35-45 babies and young children who live in DASO’s shelter on an annual basis. These collapsible units provide a secure place to sleep and allow for easier and safer movement of cribs to the bedrooms where they’re needed.

Operation Sharing – Helping people find new hope
Grants from the Frank & Marion Smith and the Operation Sharing Agency Funds support the many programs of Operation Sharing providing a better day for the many less fortunate within our community. Key programs include “The Inn” which gives homeless people a place to sleep out of the cold, and the “Food For Friends” food cards and “Coats for Kids” programs.


Helping Hand Food Bank – Alleviating weekend hunger
Grants from the Doug & Yvonne Eckel, the Henning Hansen and the Joland Family Funds are helping to reduce childhood hunger through the Weekend Backpack Food Program. Fifty children from five Tillsonburg elementary schools are provided with backpacks of food to take home over the weekend. Ingredients and easy recipes are included to help promote the preparation of healthy meals in the home with the family.

Indwell – Outfitting Blossom Park’s kitchen
A grant from the Maple Leaf Community Fund is supporting the purchase of kitchen equipment for Blossom Park, a 34-unit affordable housing community. Programming at Blossom Park will include nutrition education and safe food handling, meal planning, budgeting and grocery shopping trips, healthy cooking classes and assisting local elementary School Nutrition Programs.


Navy League of Canada, Woodstock Branch – Advancing drill training
A grant from the Canada Summer Games Fund is supporting range safety equipment and training for the younger cadets, enabling more youth to participate in biathlons and triathlons. The training advances attention and focus and promotes physical fitness.

Township of Zorra – Expanding and enhancing the camp experience
A grant from the Canada Summer Games Fund allowed Zorra Township to increase the number of participants in their March Break program and to partner with the Sportball organization. Local youth of various ages, experience and ability enthusiastically participated in quality sport activities.

Woodstock Minor Hockey – Introducing kids to the game of hockey
A grant from Hawkins Family Memorial Fund allows kids to “Just Try It!”. The program introduces children and their families to the game of hockey. For a day during March break, kids are provided with free equipment, ice time and lunch. And, if they decide to join a league in the fall, the equipment they used for the “Just Try It!” program is theirs to keep.

Woodstock Special Olympics – Celebrating athletes and volunteers
A grant from the Canada Summer Games Fund is helping to cover the costs of Woodstock Special Olympics’ awards banquet for volunteers and the over one hundred intellectually disabled athletes participating in competitive sports programs.

Additional grants from donor designated funds were made as follows:

Dr. Patricia Brown Fund to Knox Presbyterian Church for tower restoration
Joland Family Fund to Grand Erie District School Board for preserving archives and to the Lynedoch’s Evergreen Cemetery for cemetery maintenance
Ross & Fran McElroy Fund to VON Sakura House


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