NEW Donovan Bailey Sports Excellence Scholarship now available on The Awards Hub!

Attention Oakville high school students! The Community Education Awards Hub is now home to the Donovan Bailey Sports Excellence Scholarship, an annual scholarship awarded to an elite athlete competing in any Olympic sport (including Paralympic and Special Olympics). Donovan Bailey graduated from Queen Elizabeth Park High School here in Oakville, where he ran his first […]

How will you measure your time during the pandemic?

As part of my address during the Rotary Clubs of Oakville Paul Harris Award ceremony in January I asked this question rhetorically. I have been asked a number of times to share these comments so I will do my best to provide a synopsis below. The notes from my address: I want to close by […]

Rotary’s Paul Harris Awards and Family

January 20th was an exciting day at the Oakville Community Foundation (The Foundation) as both our Chair Brian Hanna and I were recognized by the local Rotary Clubs for our contributions to the community. Brian and I received the prestigious Paul Harris Award for our community service, which included our work at The Foundation and […]

Black History Month Programming

Two of our Community Classroom partners have put together programming for Black History Month. These special programs educate and celebrate Black History in Oakville. Once you sign up, instructions on how to view these materials will be emailed to you. CANADIAN CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION OF HALTON Talented panists, Denise Als and Richard Cornelius, will teach you about […]

Oakville Community Foundation awards $321,500 through Equality Fund, ECSF

Partnering with local community foundation pays dividends Today the Oakville Community Foundation is able to announce new funding thanks to partnerships established by Community Foundations of Canada, our national network. The Foundation has granted an additional $321,500 to 15 local charities through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) and the Equality Fund, both funded by […]

Keeping Traditions Alive

Written by Taline McPhedran, Communications and Events Manager In a year where so much has been different than the norm, Christmas and the holiday season is no different.  In an effort to protect loved ones and flatten the rising curve, we’re all now facing changes to our usual holiday plans by staying apart. My family […]

Family Philanthropy

In my last blog on “Our Kids and Philanthropy” I shared how I was engaging my daughter in philanthropy through her own Fund and through GIVEOakville, as well as some of the youth philanthropy initiatives that we have planned for 2021 at The Foundation. I also invited stories from readers of their own experiences. Well […]

Zara Buren Memorial Foundation

While horse riding on a trail with her mother on September 21st, 2020, our fiercely brave daughter, Zara, became trapped in a marshy bog. In her struggle to save her beloved horse, Monkey, Zara tragically lost her life. After her passing, the outpouring of support and love from people around the world was astounding. Though […]

Our Kids and Philanthropy

For many of us, teaching our kids about philanthropy is part and parcel of helping them grow into being a kind and empathetic person. We have many Fundholders who make their granting decisions as a family: parents and children sitting around the dining room table sharing their passions and priorities. One family rotates their Fund’s […]