Meet James Hodgson, Owner of Nish Tees and maker of the Debwewin Oakville t-shirts!

James Hodgson is the owner of Nish Tees and the designated t-shirt supplier in support of Debwewin: The Oakville Truth Project. A member of the Anishinaabe Loon Clan, James has a special connection to Oakville and understands the importance of recognizing the original inhabitants of the land we call home. As an Indigenous ward of […]

Get To Know Michelle Collins!

Michelle Collins is The Foundation’s Fundholder and Community Engagement Administrator, who joined the Grants team in 2017. In her role, Michelle is responsible for liaising with Fundholders to help with their Fund statements and online portal needs and working with charities, organizations and user groups on their online grants and education awards needs. Michelle also […]

Remembering Gerry Wilson

“We were all fortunate and better off for knowing her” Lisa Helsdon recalls her mother with great fondness, love and wistfulness. There are both tears and laughter when she speaks about the woman who she describes as generous, fun loving and a great humanitarian as well as a beloved mother and grandmother. Gerry Wilson passed […]

Oakville-based Windmill Microlending recipient shares her experience

Megan Badenhorst moved from South Africa to Oakville in January 2020 with her family and a plan; to get settled, to requalify in Ontario as a lawyer and to be back in legal practice within a year. What she didn’t account for was the global COVID-19 pandemic that locked down the province, delaying and cancelling […]

GIVEOakville Charity Onboarding Session

You can watch the recording of the presentation below: The Charity On Boarding Slideshow is available here.  Local Donor Research – Behavioural Research with Sheridan College and BEWorks  is available here – BEworks provides management consulting and advanced research applying Behavioral Economics for Fortune 100 companies and governments around the world. In partnership with Sheridan […]

Reflections from Elder Peter Schuler

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are sharing this blog featuring the thoughts of our Indigenous Cultural Advisor, Elder Peter Schuler. He shared the following thoughts with us in response to the initial discovery of the 215 children at Kamloops Residential School. We ask that you take the time to read his thoughts, […]

#WeekendReads- Our 2020 Annual Report

Welcome back to the #WeekendReads series! On Fridays the Oakville Community Foundation will share reports, data and information to help you stay informed when it comes to the community, the charitable sector and more. Click here for previous installments. Our 2020 Annual Report “Community Resiliency Through Philanthropy in Oakville” is now available on our website. […]

Anti-Asian Racism: Q & A with Grace Churchill

As the pandemic continues, we have seen anti-Asian racism and hate crimes continue to persist. There has been enhanced media coverage of recent attacks on people of Asian descent, including the recent shooting in Georgia, the stabbing of a Korean man in Montreal, as well as countless other reports of verbal and physical assaults.   With […]

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 […]