Giving back to those who give freely to our community!
The Foundation has a unique role in serving our community through philanthropy, and one of those ways is in recognizing leaders who give in their own unique ways.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘time, talent and treasure’, and last Thursday night, Oakville celebrated the invaluable contributions made by local citizens, who all contribute one or more of these. During the 18th Annual Community Spirit Awards, held at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, we met many amazing people who are so committed and dedicated to Oakville, we wanted to help with these celebrations!
We created a new $2,500 Endowed fund for the winner of the Individual Volunteer Award! What better way to thank, acknowledge and appreciate the individuals actions with a way to continually give back to his/her community. The Fund will be used to support local programs in Oakville.
This was The Foundation’s first-time sponsoring this award. The winner, Roger Balech, is a teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School, who has been pivotal in running their robotics team, as well as the STEAM ( science, technology, engineering, arts, or math) and robotics initiatives run through the Oakville Public Library. So fitting that the winner should be a teacher, especially given our own focus on programs that support the youth in our community.
Brian Hanna, our new Board Chair, was on hand to present the award. “I’m thrilled that Mr. Balech is being recognized for all his dedication and hard-work,” said Hanna. “This award is an affirmation to all the work he has done for the Oakville community, and all the work he will no doubt do in the future.”
We’re excited to be meeting with Mr. Balech in order to assist him in the naming, purpose and direction of the annual grants from this new fund.
To read the full press release, click here: News Release- Community Spirit Awards