Community Foundation Spring 2021 Newsletter

Community Foundation Spring 2021 Newsletter
May 12, 2021 Roxy Rae

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”
~Jessica Harrelson

A season for giving

As your local community foundation, we invest in communities throughout the region from Stratford to St. Marys and across Perth County. Annually we provide grants from named and regional funds to support local charities and community-based organizations vital to this region.

We invite you to take a moment to read our latest news.

  • Virtual Events: Annual General Meeting, Professional Advisor Webinar
  • A Donor’s Story: Strongman Fundraiser
  • Investing in our Community: MyBrainPacer™ App
  • New Fund: Welcome to our newest named fund

Wishing you and your families health and happiness.
Heidi, Roxy, and Amanda

Photo: Avon River, Stratford


2021 Annual General Meeting

Join us on Wednesday, May 26 at 5:45pm for review of the 2020 year for the Stratford Perth Community Foundation.

This event will be held virtually. Click below for more information and to register.

Business Building and Giving

How to engage Clients in the Philanthropic Conversation

Invitation to Estate Lawyers, Accountants and Financial/Investment Advisors

Featuring Paul Nazareth, VP Education & Development, for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. Paul will discuss ways to engage your clients in the philanthropic conversation through asset based giving and estate planning.

This webinar is offered at no charge.

Thank you to Dennis DesRosiers, Past Board Chair SPCF and Doug MacDougald, Board Chair SPCF for generously co-sponsoring this education session.


New fundraiser to support healthy snacks in Listowel schools

In 2020, Listowel resident and owner of DynaFit fitness facility, Chris Kurz, wanted to fund healthy school nutrition programs and he knew just how he was going to do it – by flipping a 400lb tire and raising money for the Chris Kurz Fund.

No stranger to intense ‘strongman’ fundraisers, Chris has a goal of raising $40,000 for his 40th Birthday. Chris’ fund will help fund school nutrition programs in Listowel – a caring legacy for his community.

How can you cheer Chris on? Due to the current pandemic restrictions Chris will have to do this event solo, but you can watch online! Follow the Chris Kurz Fund on Facebook to get all the updates!

Get your popcorn ready! 

The Chris Kurz Fund – Facebook Page
Event Date: Monday, May 24, 7PM


MyBrainPacer™ App now available!

In 2012 Rob Staffen suffered a severe brain injury from a biking accident. In 2014, the Staffen family turned the template for the charitable golf tournament on its head and raised thousands for the Brain & Mind Matters Community Fund, a vital community legacy providing annual grants to support mental health and wellness programs, traumatic brain injury recovery services and concussion therapy. A pivotal project supported by their fund is the St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute’s MyBrainPacer™ App assisting brain injury patients manage day-to-day activities.


AnchorWelcome to our Newest Named Fund

  • Brian (Barney) Dale Memorial Fund: supporting access to sports and recreation for youth in Milverton/Perth East

We are honoured to be a partner in philanthropy for individuals, families and businesses in Stratford, St. Marys and throughout Perth County. To see a full list of named funds or to make a donation, please visit our website.

Thank You to our Business Supporters

Heartfelt gratitude to our business supporters for providing crucial donations throughout 2020. Our ability to expand our outreach to new supporters and charity beneficiaries is possible because of you

BMO Financial Group  |  DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.  |  Dr. Doug MacDougald Veterinary Professional Corporation  |  Ideal Supply Inc.  |   New-Form Tools Ltd.  |  Rambri Management Inc.

Aird & Berlis LLP  |  Best Western Plus The Arden Park Hotel  |  CULLITON Inc.  |  Gateman-Milloy Inc. |   Hyde Construction Ltd.  |  InvestStratford  |  Larry Hudson Chevrolet Buick GMC  |  Molesworth Farm Supply Ltd.  |  MNP LLP  |  MTE Consultants Inc.  |  RE/MAX a-b REALTY LTD., BROKERAGE  |  RBC Dominion Securities – Stratford  |  Sommers Motor Generator Sales Ltd.  |  Ward & Uptigrove Wealth Management

Accumetal Manufacturing Inc.  |  BDO Canada LLP  |  Commercial Printers Limited  |  Desco Plumbing & Heating Supply  |  Dunphy Burdett Lawyers  |  Enbridge Gas Inc.

Famme and Co. Professional Corporation  |  Hensall District Co-Operative Inc.  |  Intact Insurance Company  |  Little Lakes Machine & Tool Co. Ltd.  |  Orr Insurance & Investment  |  R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited  |  Strickland’s Toyota  |  Swanson’s Jewellers