Community Fund for Canada's 150th

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 communities and our country. The Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation is excited to participate in the Community Fund for Canada's 150th.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that will support community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between Canada’s community foundations, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders across the country.

The Community Fund for Canada's 150th is for projects that:

  • BUILD vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadian, including indigenous peoples, groups that reflect our pluralism, official language minorities, and youth.
  • INSPIRE a deeper understanding about the people, places and events that shape our communities and our country.
  • ENCOURAGE participation in community initiatives, activities and events to mark the 150th anniversary of confederation.

Announcing our Community Fund for Canada's 150th Grant Projects - Congratulations!

Partnering with the Community Fund for Canada's 150th provided the Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation with access to matching funds, which allowed us to make more grants to local organizations. The Campbellford/Seymour Community Foundation was allocated $15,000 from the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, and contributed an additional $15,000 to create a total of $30,000 of grant funding for the following projects:

Winnie-the-Pooh Literacy Events

YMCA Northumberland Ontario Early Years Centres - $750.00

A Winnie-the-Pooh mascot costume and related books will be used to engage families who may not be aware of the Ontario Early Years Centre in their community and to promote the importance of early learning. Winnie-the-Pooh was inspired by the remarkable true story of a real Canadian bear. See pictures of events>>

"We're using our new Winnie-the-Pooh costume to update our approach as we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and spread the message about the importance of literacy. It's also a great way to let parents know about our Early Years Centre and the programs we provide" - Beth Smith, Campbellford Ontario Early Years Centre.

Commemorative Mosaic Tile Bench

Artworth Trent Hills Art Camp in partnership with Westben Arts Festival Theatre - $1,355.00

Children attending the summer Artworth Art Camp will create and personalize clay tiles, which will then be used to decorate a concrete bench for display in the community. See pictures of unveiling>>

"Artworth is very excited to receive the Canada 150 grant to create a mosaic tile bench to commemorate Canada's big birthday. It gives our artworth kids a chance to create something beautiful and lasting for our community as well as allows them to think about and express what their country means to them". - Trish York (Pictured - Nafshiya and Chaiora Haylestrom - Artworth participants)

Paddle the Trent - Hastings to Healey Falls

Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority - $1,660.00

The public is invited to learn about the historic Trent River and experience its natural and cultural beauty first hand during a professionally guided four-hour canoe adventure. See pictures from the event>>

“On June 25th we’ll be holding a combined nature and historical interpretation for 26 participants as we canoe down the Trent River from Hastings to Campbellford. In early May we’ll start accepting applications. You don’t need your own canoe. Cruising Canoes will provide everything. It will be a great way to see the history of this area and mark Canada’s 150th.” - Ewa Bednarczuk, LTRCA


150 Years of Photo History

Warkworth Art in the Park in partnership with the Municipality of Trent HIlls - $2,000.00

A free souvenir poster celebrating the rich heritage of Trent Hills will be created, featuring photographs of a selection of significant local architecture and historical events. See pictures of unveiling>>

“We’re gathering material and photos that illustrate the history of the three communities in Trent Hills over the last 150 years. We’ll produce a poster that will be a historical souvenir that captures the history of this area. It will be available during Art in the Park on May 24 and at locations around the community.” - Ruth Wojtiuk

Pancake Breakfast for Boat Flotilla

Rotary Club of Campbellford - $4,974.00

Rotary Club members will provide a community pancake breakfast for the Trent Hills Canada 150 Boat Flotilla on Saturday, July 15th aided by the purchase of new cooking equipment. See pictures of event>>

“We’re happy to be working together with other community groups on this project and looking forward to serving one of our famous pancake breakfasts to the boaters. Plus, the foundation grant will help us purchase a new grill and other equipment so we can keep the pancakes coming for years.” - Kim Hulsman, President

Canada Dreams

Westben Arts Festival Theatre - $8,000.00

On July 2 a concert will take place at the Westben Barn featuring area residents sharing their dreams for the future of Canada in their own words, which will be set to original music and video. See pictures of event>>

“We have four composers working together on this Dream of Canada project that will bring together different communities and all ages from pre-school to seniors. It will result in a free, four-hour event at the Westben barn on July 2 with guest artists and community performers.” - Brian Finley, Artistic Director

Trent Hills Canada 150 Flotilla

Campbellford & District Curling and Racquet Club in partnership with Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce - $11,260.00

On Saturday July 15 a parade of boats will travel from Campbellford to Hastings along the Trent Severn Waterway. There will be displays and activities in both locations, as well as a reception at the curling club for flotilla participants. See pictures of event>>

“We’re happy to partner with the Chamber of Commerce and other groups on the flotilla project. It’s a great chance to open our facility to the community and welcome the boaters to the area. We’ll have volunteers to help with the event and help celebrate sport and our country’s birthday.” - Jim Kelleher, CDCRC

“We’re pleased to work with other groups on the flotilla project. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate Canada’s 150th and show this area’s unique connection to the Trent River. The Lower Trent Conservation Authority and Parks Canada are both going to help us celebrate and teach people about the area.” - Nancy Allanson, Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce

“One of the best things about all the events going on is that they are spread throughout the summer. We always have great events on Canada Day in Campbellford, Warkworth and Hastings, but all these special projects will give us a chance to celebrate Canada 150 many times and enjoy the Trent River and this area.” - Kira Mees, Municipality of Trent Hills, Community Development Officer