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OUR SUPPORTERS

Our incredible supporters make it possible for us to provide powerful supports and opportunities to children, youth and families through our Children First Fund.

Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and partners for all that you do to to meet needs, create opportunities, and provide solutions that help the children, youth and families we work with achieve their best outcomes!

“Each one of us can make a difference. Together, we can make change.” – Barbara Mikulski

2020-2021 Donor List

INDIVIDUALS

A. Good

Amy and David Estill

Anna MacQueen & Drew Shannon

Brian and Kathy Magee

Bo Cheyne & Jeff Smith

Debbie Schenk

Debbie Zen

Barbara & Donald McKay

Doug and Susan Lane

Fred Primoli, Anne Lockie & Family

Friends of FCS

Glenna Banda

Greg Franks

Heather Broddy

Heather McDonald – Insight Psychology

Jan Lord

Jeanne Forsythe

Jeff and Sharron Watson

Jenna and Aaron Afshar & Family

Jennifer and Carl Mackie

Joan M Todd.

Jodi Hosking & Cam Harvey

Karan Mann

Kate Wilcox

Katie Saunders and Steven Jacobs

Katrina Bell and Adam Snell

Laurie Thyssen

Leisha Burley

Lynda White

Mark Secko

Mike Hallett

Moira Middleton

Natalie and Jason Moreton

Natalie Leitch

Nicole Neufeld and Mike Hryn

Roberta Hawkins

Rosalyn LaRochelle

Sandra and Kevin Pitts

Sarah Haanstra and Ryan Van Engen

Sheila and Edmund Markle

Suzanne Welstead

Tammy te Winkel

Tracy Dollois

Wilfried Rauser

CORPORATIONS

Danby Appliances

Guelph Driving School

Guelph Storm

Halwell Mutual Insurance Company

Landscape Plus

MDM Insurance Services Inc.

Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

RBC Royal Bank – Rockwood

Rego’s Janitorial Ltd.

Shagg Salon Guelph

Sport Chek

Zehrs – Eramosa

FOUNDATIONS AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada

Knox Presbyterian Church

Guelph Chamber Choir

*The following list reflects gifts (cash and in-kind) received during the 2020-2021 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021).

**If you donated during our 2020-2021 fiscal year (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021), and do not see your name above, we may have had difficulties reaching out to you to obtain your consent for publicly sharing your name in our donor recognition materials. If you are a donor and would like to add your name to this list, please reach out to Jenna Afshar, Fund Development and Communications Manager, at Jenna.Afshar@fcsgw.org.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Lynda White Helps Youth Achieve their Dreams through New Bursary Program

The cost of post-secondary education can be a huge barrier many of our youth wishing to continue their education. Thanks to Lynda’s incredible gift in support of a new bursary program, more youth will have the opportunity to go to school, and achieve their dreams.


Grace Balnar Donation

A former Family and Children’s Services staff member, Grace Balnar made a significant gift in cooperation with her family company Balnar Management Ltd, to the Children First Fund; a gift that will continue her lifelong commitment to children and youth, and support a long-time family tradition of assisting vulnerable children in the community.


Guelph Chamber Choir

“To the familiar saying that “it takes a whole village to raise a child” we can add “it takes a whole community to further the education of a child.” What better way to further the education of young people who don’t enjoy the parental support of most children than by singing choruses from Messiah together with a first-class professional orchestra.” – Gerald Neufeld, Conductor


BMO Nesbitt Burns

“Our goal is to acknowledge the great partnership that we have with our clients and contribute to a cause that is focused on family in our community. Financially supporting the Children First Fund to ensure the opportunity for post-secondary education seemed like a perfect fit for what we are trying to achieve.” – Geoffrey Newton, Managing Director


Prima Care Pharmacy

The Prime Care Pharmacy team is passionate about helping others particularly those in our community who are vulnerable. They also know the value of laughter and having fun as ways of improving a family’s health and well-being. They work with us to offer an affordable event that individuals and families of all ages can enjoy together.


Ethan, who is going into Grade 9 this September, has for the second year donated to the Children First Fund, his winnings from the Tour do Guelph. He not only completed the 25 mile course but did so breaking his previous record time.

Ethan’s generous donation of a new bike will not only benefit the wellbeing of a struggling young girl, it will also generate some positive wellbeing for the entire family who feel less isolated as a result of this caring gift.


Family & Children’s Services Directors, Bethany Comeau (Human Resources) and Erin Harvey (Family Services) accept Ethan’s gift.


Delta Hotel Guelph

“We are so very proud to be in a community that has a service like Family and Children’s Services that is committed to the support of children, youth and families in such positive and constructive ways. This is the pride of place that compels us to continue to support a service that is trying to make a real difference in the lives of our future leaders. We are truly honoured to be associated with such a committed group of leaders and volunteers.” – Sean Billing, General Manager