The Community Foundation of Halton North (CFHN) held its first Professional Advisor Community Building event, co-hosted by Milton MP Lisa Raitt, Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong, Milton MPP Parm Gill, Milton Mayor Gord Krantz and Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. More than 60 of north Halton’s leading lawyers, accountants, insurance agents and financial planners were in attendance to discuss how the Community Foundation can assist people and organizations to create lasting legacies that will meet the needs of the community for many generations to come.
The Community Foundation of Halton North is a charity, managed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from Halton Hills and Milton. The first Community Foundation was established in Canada almost 100 years ago and today there are 191 Community Foundations across the country. These locally-run, public foundations, play a critical role in addressing community needs and supporting those groups that strengthen the community. Last year, Community Foundations provided well over $500 million to local charitable causes across the country. In its short history, the Community Foundation of Halton North has already contributed over $100,000 in grants.
“The Community Foundation of Halton North’s vision is to grant back into the communities which make up north Halton and I am thrilled that the Foundation is now in its fifth year of fulfilling its mission,”stated Brad Clements, Chair of CFHN.
At the event, Mayor Krantz and Mayor Bonnette stressed the importance of ensuring that professionals understand how the Community Foundation can be used as a vehicle to create a permanent legacy or endowment for whatever cause is important to a donor.
“The diversity of grants provided by the Community Foundation of Halton North ranges from arts and culture to the environment, and that means there’s something for everyone,” said Milton Mayor Gord Krantz.
Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette agreed, saying “We need to get the word out as to the important role the Community Foundation can play in building a better community and helping those in need.”
The Community Foundation is grateful to the law firm of O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP and Glencairn Golf Club for their sponsorship of the event.
More information about CFHN is available at www.cfhn.ca or by contacting Sue Lawrenson, Executive Director, at 905-864-9211.