The Guelph Community Foundation engages community

to kick off Canada’s 150th at Guelph Storm Game January 3, 2017


December 7, 2016


In just under 3 weeks, as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve and we welcome a new year – it will also mark the beginning of Canada’s sesquicentennial year.  The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) has partnered with The Guelph Storm hockey organization to officially kick off Canada’s 150th in Guelph at their January 3rd game.  The “goal” is to engage the community to join them at The Sleeman Centre that night, and draw upon community partnerships to organize an official Canada’s 150th opening ceremony as well as activities throughout the game.


The Opening ceremony will include The Guelph Legion Colour Party and a National Anthem performance by The Suzuki String School.  The Guelph Community Foundation has invited 40 kids and caregivers from Guelph neighbourhoods to attend the game for free, including free bus passes, many of whom have never attended a game and who otherwise could not afford to go.    This was done by engaging the communities supported by Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures and The Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition.  One of these children will be selected to drop the puck at the start of the game.


“When we thought about ways to kick off Canada’s 150th, we thought a local hockey game was a great fit” said Chris Willard, Executive Director at The Guelph Community Foundation.   “Canadians are hockey enthusiasts by nature, and the way we rally around our hockey teams is similar to The Foundation’s approach to community building:  encourage others who work hard to make our “team” or community better.  Support those who are making a difference, and collectively – even the fans, supporters and investors – feel part of the greatness that can be achieved.”  By partnering with The Guelph Storm organization, The Guelph Community Foundation hopes to engage the community and kick off 2017 and all of the hard work that will begin within the charitable groups who received grants earlier this Fall as part of Canada’s 150th.


Twenty-eight charitable organizations in Guelph were selected to receive over $204,000 in grant dollars as part of The Guelph Community Foundation Community Grants program and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration with the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.  Throughout 2017, programs and activities are being planned all across Canada, and Guelph, that will help encourage, inspire and build local communities. 


“We hope the community will come out and join us at the game on January 3rd”, closes Willard.  “It’s over the Christmas holidays so it could make a fun family outing, and a great way for people to see how the charitable community will be creating impact in the year ahead”.  Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on the Guelph Storm website at

 Guelph Community Foundation surprises the community today with more grants than expected as they kicked off Canada’s 150th in Guelph


Congratulations to 28 community organizations who received over $162,000 in community-building grants at our Fall Event

Thursday October 6, 2016

Community organizations from across Guelph gathered this morning at The River Run to find out who was selected to receive funding, as part of The Guelph Community Foundation community grants and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.  It was originally anticipated that The Guelph Community Foundation would be announcing a total of $160,000 in grants today, but due to the additional generosity of Foundation fund holders and the Board of Directors, the amount granted today was $204,970.68


“This is an exciting day for the Guelph community”, says Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Chair of the Grants Committee at The Guelph Community Foundation.  “As we approach Canada’s sesquicentennial year, and with the collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada, we were able to support truly Canadian initiatives right here in Guelph”.    The call for applications included any community group who had ideas for programs and/or activities that would build, inspire and encourage people within our community.  The ultimate goal was to work together to create impact at a grassroots level, investing in the qualities and services that define Guelph and ultimately Canada.


“The Community Grants for Canada’s 150th allowed us to inject additional grant dollars into our community granting program”, says Chris Willard, Executive Director at The Guelph Community Foundation.  “We were blown away when our Board of Directors and some of our fund holders allocated additional funds”.  A total of 28 charitable organizations were selected and announced today as part of the community-building grants at The Guelph Community Foundation and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.  “This is when the real work begins” says Willard.  “The community groups we support are the hard working feet-on-the-street heroes that will now bring their amazing activities and programs to life.  These are the people who work together to create impact as we invest in the qualities and service that define Guelph and ultimately Canada”.


As part of the celebration today, Musagetes grant recipients were also announced.  The organizations that were selected showed new approaches to building community and culture through partnerships that provide a connection to social justice, environmental resilience and/or intercultural relationships.  There were 9 grants awarded, totalling $42,000. 


The celebration was kicked off with a ceremonial Indigenous Acknowledgement, The Guelph Legion Colour Party and a piper from The Guelph Pipe Band.  The event was attended by over 160 community organizations, supporters, Foundation volunteers and fund holders.


A full list of all grant recipients can be found here.


About the Community Fund for Canada's 150th

Canada's sesquicentennial is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our community and our country.  In the spirit of this moment, our parent organization, Community Foundations of Canada, has activated a Community Fund for Canada's 150th which will help support an array of ideas and activities that will bring out the best that Canada has to offer, now and for future generations.  Together with our own Community granting we were able to create a larger impact within Guelph as we head into Canada's 150th.


What is the 150th Community Fund?

The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is a grants program that will support Guelph community initiatives (and other initiatives all across Canada).  The Fund is a collaboration between Canada's Community Foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

The fund is based on grassroots leadership, and will take on a local focus and timeline within each organization selected in Guelph.  We will share the stories of programs and activities so that collectively we can support and encourage the amazing work that organizations do to help make Guelph a better place to live.