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Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Fund
Hamilton treasure is HCF's newest agency fund Establishing a long-term endowment fund at Hamilton Community Foundation has given the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum “instant credibility” with contributors says the museum’s President and CEO, David Rohrer.  “We needed to develop a legacy gifts program for the museum,” he says, “and we quickly realized that we weren’t best suited internally to manage those investments. The community foundation offers the expertise we need. We are very pleased to be affiliated with HCF in this way. It was the right step.” David points out that placing its endowment with HCF – the organization made its initial investment in 2015 – also exposes the museum to a wider range of potential supporters. The museum has a goal of contributing......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/new-fund-helps-canadian-warplane-heritage-museum-fund-take-off/
Marnie & Bill Brehm Family Fund
The Brehms have confidence in HCF's decision-making   Marnie Brehm has been involved with Hamilton Community Foundation since the 1980s, as a Board member and a contributor. She knows it well and trusts it to understand community needs. She and her husband Bill contribute regularly to the Community Fund. “The Community Fund gives the Foundation capacity to respond to the most urgent needs in the community,” she says. Recent examples include the Foundation’s poverty work and its ABACUS education initiative. Marnie, an accountant, and Bill, a retired planning consultant, have volunteered their time and talents at the leadership level in many organizations over the decades and they have confidence that Hamilton Community Foundation assesses community needs effectively. That is one reason they support the......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/community-fund-flexibility-guides-couples-philanthropy/
The Lawyers’ Legacy for Children
Hamilton’s lawyers have come together as a community to launch a permanent endowment fund to benefit local children. Long known for their individual support of a myriad of causes with their resources and time, Hamilton’s lawyers have chosen to work collectively to build a fund that will have an impact in perpetuity. “We want this fund to be here to help Hamilton’s children forever,” says Justice Ray Harris, who was the driving force behind efforts to create the fund. “An endowed fund at Hamilton Community Foundation is the perfect way to ensure that.” The Lawyers’ Legacy for Children is intended to help Hamilton children develop in the spirit of community and generosity that has characterized the contributions of Hamilton’s lawyers. The first......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/the-lawyers-legacy-for-children/
Chedoke Health Foundation Fund
Few institutions have played a more central role in Hamilton’s life than Chedoke Hospitals  – in all its incarnations, beginning with its creation in 1906 to fight tuberculosis.  The Cross of Lorraine on Chedoke’s original west Mountain brow site remains a city landmark of a facility that was the largest of its kind in the British Empire. The newly-created Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals took over hospital operations in the 1970s while, Chedoke Hospitals, later renamed Chedoke Health Foundation (CHF), retained the land and buildings.  Since then the sale and transfers of land have provided health-related grants worth more than $72 million. This year, CHF’s board will donate its remaining assets to Hamilton Community Foundation, perpetuating and preserving Chedoke’s historic legacy. The new fund......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/chedoke-health-foundation-fund/
Gail Robinson-Gow
Local arts and culture lover Gail Robinson-Gow is the first donor to HCF’s Arts Endowment Fund. Gail has been interested in Hamilton’s cultural scene since moving here in 1980.  “Hamilton’s arts scene is vibrant and it’s an important local asset,” she says. I’ve known about HCF’s tremendous support for community needs for many years, so when I learned about the Arts Endowment, it just seemed to fit with what I wanted to support.” The Arts Endowment Fund focuses on keeping Hamilton’s cultural sector strong and sustainable. To encourage giving to this sector, HCF is matching the first $1 million of donations to the fund. We do the same for contributions to the Environmental Endowment Fund, so you can double your impact to either of......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/gail-robinson-gow/
Malloch Foundation
One of Hamilton's longstanding private foundations, The Malloch Foundation, has turned to HCF to continue its legacy. Established in 1964 by Francis and Kate Malloch as a memorial to their son David, the Malloch Foundation has been supporting local charities for five decades. Hamilton-area organizations -- like a sanctuary that rescues injured owls and an arts group that takes Shakespeare into local schools - have benefited from grants over the years. The Malloch Foundation has also helped some of Hamilton's iconic institutions through good times and bad. That legacy will continue as the Malloch Foundation becomes the Malloch Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation and four dedicated Malloch Foundation board members become part of the fund's advisory committee. George Simpson, a founding member of......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/malloch-foundation/
Michael Chamberlain Fund
Hundreds of young Hamiltonians and their families are enjoying cycling – some for the first time – thanks to Mike’s Bikes, a program of the Michael Chamberlain Fund at HCF. An active cyclist with an adventurous spirit, Mike Chamberlain loved to ride whether on Hamilton’s roads and trails or on biking expeditions around the world. The fund, established in Mike’s memory by his family ‑  Mark, Debbie and Kristen ‑ brings to life his dream of making Hamilton a more cycle-friendly city by improving access to biking and promoting cycling as a healthy, safe activity. “In just two years, the fund has had a positive and ongoing impact on cycling in Hamilton,” says Terry Cooke.  “It shows how honouring one person’s passion and legacy......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/michael-chamberlain-fund/
Michael & Louise Creaghan
Michael and Louise Creaghan share the belief that commitment to family then community is crucial. Both have volunteered extensively throughout their lives and know first-hand that working with others on grassroots projects gives people a sense of caring for their neighbours. Whether it’s through daycare, school organizations, sports, church and volunteer associations, people need to find ways to contribute. They point to the Cathy Wever Elementary School in north Hamilton as a good example of the difference community involvement can make for a neighbourhood. The steps may be small and it may take time to see results, but the approach works. The couple both spent long careers in education in Hamilton – Michael as a teacher and guidance counsellor; Louise as......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/michael-louise-creaghan/
John Frid
John Frid – also known by his stage name Jonathan Frid – was an accomplished actor with a 50-year career that began in a school play at Hillfield School, the precursor to Hillfield Strathallan College. He pursued his love of acting at the Hamilton Players’ Guild and, after serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII, John graduated from McMaster University in 1948. He went on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and later to the Yale School of Drama. To the public, he was best known for his role as vampire Barnabas Collins in the gothic TV daytime drama Dark Shadows that aired 1,225 episodes between 1966 and 1971. He received a reported 6,000 fan letters a week......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/john-frid/
Shirley Elford
Shirley Elford – a celebrated glass artist known for her stunning Juno Awards sculpture, beautiful angels, one-of-a-kind pieces, and her commitment to the Hamilton community – holds back tears as she describes how she felt when the first grants were made from her fund at Hamilton Community Foundation. “ I was so happy I sat down and cried,” she said about the three grants made last December to support children’s mental health. “It felt so good to know the fund was already making a difference.” When she established The Angel Fund in 2003, Shirley planned to finance it from a life insurance policy in her estate. But this year, she chose to make an outright gift when she discovered she had cancer. “......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/shirley-elford/
Marchese Health Care 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund
Marking a milestone. Marchese Pharmacy on James Street North has been a crucial neighbourhood resource for five decades.  To mark the milestone, owner Marita Zaffiro established the Marchese Health Care 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation in 2011. “It’s about acknowledging the people of Marchese, past and present,” Marita says about her gift. “Through all the years and all the changes, Marchese has held an important place in the north end community. I’m glad we can celebrate that legacy with this fund, today and into the future.”The fund will support projects recommended by the Foundation which give Hamiltonians opportunities to improve their employment potential and quality of life. Its first grant is already helping the YWCA build a business plan for a downtown......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/marchese-health-care-50th-anniversary-legacy-fund/
The Young Fund
In the spring of 2000, one of the largest charitable donations in Canadian history was made to the Hamilton Community Foundation – transforming our organization’s resources and ability to respond to the charitable priorities of our community. This gift comes from Joyce Young – a private, soft-spoken, Hamilton-area woman – who made a donation of $40 million to the Foundation. More broadly, Mrs. Young’s remarkable gift to the Hamilton area has inspired people throughout communities across Canada, sparking dialogue and awareness of the power of individual citizens to change their communities.  The desire to help their nephew, Bob Young, in a high tech business venture left Joyce and her husband Bill with a financial windfall that exceeded their wildest expectations. Joyce......
http://hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca/impact/stories/the-young-fund/

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  • Noting that HCF is “our local specialist in building and holding endowment funds,” The Art Gallery of Hamilton entrusted the management of its endowment fund to Hamilton Community Foundation in...
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. has been a key player in Hamilton’s history since 1912 and is known for over a century of service to this community. This year, the company has...
  • Caroline Stoakes was born on July 9, 1914 in Nottingham, England. She attended university on a scholarship before working at Boot’s Chemists. During the Second World War, Caroline met Harry...
  • Donald Joseph Allan, a Burlington resident, was a long time employee of Howell Packaging Limited. Upon his death in 1993 at the age of 53, the Foundation was notified of...
  • For about thirty years, Marjorie Lillian Allan was the friend of thousands of students and their teachers as secretary at Delta Collegiate, a position previously held by her sister, Dorothy...
  • Ike Ahmed was thinking about the past, the present and the future when he created the Ike and Shahnaz Ahmed Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation last November. The past...
  • Hamilton lost a remarkable citizen recently – one whose name will never make the front page, but whose generosity will have an impact on her community forever. This friend of...
  • This fund supports services which provide care and assistance to seniors who are mentally and/or physically disabled and those services which help alleviate the stress on the caregiver.
  • “If people need our service, they will need it for life,” says Cindy Kinnon, Chief Executive Officer of AbleLiving, a housing and support organization for people with disabilities. “We support...
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  • When Josephine Bliss approached the Foundation in 1989 to create a fund in memory of her parents, it was consistent with the way she lived her life – considerate, intelligent...
  • Dorothy Broadbent, was a devout and lifelong member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church where she was actively involved in many aspects of church life, especially the Women’s Missionary Society. Mrs....
  • John and Sandra Black’s philanthropy is directed to meeting Hamilton’s greatest needs. They particularly like HCF’s research-based approached to understanding  community needs and the best way to meet them, as...
  • Gilbert Percival Vincent Belton came to Canada from England after World War I and worked in construction as a carpenter. His brother, Wilfred, recalled that they had worked together on...
  • A quest to raise funds and awareness about the needs of Hamilton kids led local adventurers and philanthropists on a 30-day hike on the Bruce Trail. Starting at Queenston on...
  • Ella Baird enjoyed a remarkable life and career as a pioneer in industrial nursing. The eldest of ten, she was born in a log cabin built by her Scottish grandfather...
  • A lifelong resident of Hamilton, Anne Marion Biggar was a daughter of a former City Mayor, Sanford D. Biggar. Remaining alert and active until she died in her nineties at...
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  • HCF’s Community Fund has the flexibility to support the community’s top priorities. That’s why donors like Alice Cannon have chosen to contribute to it for so many years. “My husband...
  • Terry Cooke joined HCF as President & CEO in 2010.  In this 60th anniversary video, he reflects on HCF’s unique role in Hamilton, and the importance of “leaving the place...
  • Donald Armstrong Cooper died at the age of 86, was a well-known and respected teacher and administrator within the Hamilton Board of Education. A 1928 graduate of Queen’s University, Mr....
  • While many brides-to-be are focused on wedding cakes and flowers, Sarah Murphy and her fiancé Jeff Howard looked beyond themselves, to the common good, as they planned their September 2008...
  • Born in 1897 in Green Valley near Ottawa, Ont., Jessie MacDonald nursed First World War veterans at Toronto’s Christie Street Hospital where she met her husband-to-be, Elmer Stanley Chagnon, a...
  • When friends and family recall Margaret Chetter, they describe a kind, generous , loyal and assertive person. Born Margaret Leitch in Burlington, she was educated at Branksome Hall in Toronto...
  • The challenges of mental illness were a central concern for Marjorie Clark and they are a continuing passion of her husband Hugh. “Ignorance about mental illness and the stigma surrounding...
  • Mary Lauder Cassidy, the only daughter of Edwin Cassidy, a longtime manager of the Hamilton branch of National Trust, graduated from Trinity College in 1931 with a degree in modern...
  • The Brehms have confidence in HCF’s decision-making   Marnie Brehm has been involved with Hamilton Community Foundation since the 1980s, as a Board member and a contributor. She knows it...
  • The granddaughter of Adam Clark, founder of the long-established (1874) local construction company and daughter of William J. and Frances Elizabeth Hunter, Miss Douglas Clark lived most of her life...
  • The Cygnus Fund supports Long Point Bird Observatory (LPBO), a program of Bird Studies Canada, located in Port Rowan, Ontario.  The purpose of the Fund is to strengthen and perpetuate...
  • Michael and Louise Creaghan share the belief that commitment to family then community is crucial. Both have volunteered extensively throughout their lives and know first-hand that working with others on...
  • The fact that Ralph William Cooper received one of the first Cornerstone awards bestowed by the Foundation of Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals speaks volumes about the man. Born into a successful family...
  • Florabel Condy was an energetic and dedicated member of many local groups – Women’s Art Association, Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society, IODE, Women’s Canadian Club and the Art Galleryof Hamilton, to name...
  • The Community Health Education and Research Fund was established by the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Community Foundation by incorporating the existing McGregor Clinic Fund and two new funds...
  • Jane and Stewart Capell want to help someone live their dream. “We want to help someone pursue their passion – whether that passion is an environmental concern, fulfilling a void...
  • Sacrifices, rewards and a desire to simply “tell them thanks” are the inspiration for The Cowan Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation. The bursary fund honours Bob and Irene Cowan,...
  • Hundreds of young Hamiltonians and their families are enjoying cycling – some for the first time – thanks to Mike’s Bikes, a program of the Michael Chamberlain Fund at HCF....
  • “You can see results of HCF’s work right here,” says Bill. “Everybody knows somebody who needs help and we get a lot of satisfaction knowing that people in our area...
  • Vangie Crosthwaite took a great interest in documenting her family’s early history in the Hamilton area. Her ancestors settled in Bartonville, and today a street in that area bears the...
  • 2001 Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science, Honours Human Ecology. 2004 Graduated from The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of The University of...
  • When Irene Caldwell died in July 1996, her husband of 47 years, Campbell Caldwell of Burlington, decided to set up a fund in his wife’s name to honour her memory....
  • Hamilton treasure is HCF’s newest agency fund Establishing a long-term endowment fund at Hamilton Community Foundation has given the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum “instant credibility” with contributors says the museum’s...
  • Born in Lancaster, NY in 1905, Henrietta Rautenstrauch began her nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Niagara Falls, NY where it is said she was the first nurse to...
  • While Giovanni and Grazia Criminisi never had the opportunity for formal education, they believed strongly in the power of literacy to achieve prosperity. Now, their five children have chosen to...
  • The Clark brothers, Hugh and Alan, share a strong conviction that their personal good fortune is to be shared with the community in which their family business flourished. To that...
  • Few institutions have played a more central role in Hamilton’s life than Chedoke Hospitals  – in all its incarnations, beginning with its creation in 1906 to fight tuberculosis.  The Cross...
  • Laurie Connon has been on the receiving end of a stranger’s generosity and she simply wanted to return the favour.  To that end, Miss Connon established a fund to support...
  • Born in Liverpool, England in 1904, Harold Clarke trained as a banker before emigrating to Canada where he joined the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. He was happiest, according to...
  • One of the Foundation’s largest funds, the Chaney-Ensign Bursary Fund provides educational bursaries to students who demonstrate serious financial need and who have completed their high school requirements in publicly-funded...
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  • Mary Day graduated from McMaster University and worked with National Trust in their real estate division throughout her business career. She lived on Fairleigh Avenue South with her parents, Edwin...
  • Alphonse Dirse came to Canada in the late 1940s, having left his native Lithuania to avoid the Russia invasion. Born in 1913, the eldest of five children, he completed his...
  • David Davis 1951-2006 David Davis was born in Nova Scotia and educated at Dalhousie and McGill Universities. He came to Hamilton in 1984 as Organist and Choir Master at Christ’s...
  • Edward Francis Dennee is remembered by his many friends as a warm and gregarious man, one who was always concerned about the needs of others. Born in Hamilton in the...
  • Mary Drynan, born in 1902 in Woodstock, Ont., had decided on a career in nursing when she enrolled at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. Before her studies were completed, however,...
  • Originally from a farm near Mt. Forest, Ont., Mildred Leanna Gilstorf was a physician’s house keeper before her marriage to Walter Danby, a Hamilton homebuilding contractor. Together, they built a...
  • In the whirl of deadlines that constitutes the newspaper business, it’s easy to forget about people, whether it’s those who once made news or those who once reported it. But...
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  • Vera Elwin, born at the turn of the century in Dymock – a tiny agricultural village in England – was in her early teens when she emigrated to Canada with...
  • The Russell I. Elman Fund was established with the Foundation in 1985 as a donor advised fund. Arising from Mr. Elman’s interest in the written word, the purpose of the...
  • Hamilton industrialist and philanthropist Eugene B. Eastburn believed in the power of education to make a difference to people and to their communities. Half a century later, his legacy to...
  • Shirley Elford – a celebrated glass artist known for her stunning Juno Awards sculpture, beautiful angels, one-of-a-kind pieces, and her commitment to the Hamilton community – holds back tears as...
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  • Elham and Joseph Farah weren’t familiar with the community foundation concept until recently but they discovered a true meeting of minds when a friend referred them to Hamilton Community Foundation....
  • Ron Foxcroft knows the value of sport. It has opened doors for him in business and in life. He wants that chance for all kids. Owner of Hamilton-based Fluke Transportation...
  • John Frid – also known by his stage name Jonathan Frid – was an accomplished actor with a 50-year career that began in a school play at Hillfield School, the...
  •  Gina Fraser wants to invest in the future by helping young people, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to pursue a career in the trades. She turned to Hamilton...
  • Heidi Balsillie feels her new partnership with HCF is “a great way to connect with my past and, at the same time, contribute to a vital future for the city...
  • Charitable giving and volunteering have always been important to Fengate Corporation’s corporate culture. Now, the company has enlisted the help of Hamilton Community Foundation to structure and inform its community support....
  • Isabella Flora Frid was the daughter of a country doctor and sister of the founders of the McGregor Clinic. She was renowned for her handcrafted Christmas crackers and for her...
  • The late Ellen Fairclough’s contributions to public life are widely known: her groundbreaking leadership as Canada’s only female Member of Parliament in 1950 and her status as the country’s first...
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  • Catherine Gretton was not easily intimidated. In Sudbury in 1978, when her husband was a company representative on the negotiating committee during a long strike at the Inco nickel mines,...
  • Blunt-spoken and fiercely independent, but with the softest of hearts, Alice Redman Gooch enjoyed life to the fullest throughout her almost 92 years. The daughter of an inventor, Mrs. Gooch...
  • These wonderful entertainers, all over age 60 – and some well into their 80s – regularly sell out their Hamilton variety show. They have also entertained audiences across North America...
  •  As the first person in her family to go to university, psychiatrist Dr. Lindsey George understands the power of education as a pathway to prosperity. “My parents immigrated here in...
  • T. H. L. “Shiner” Gallagher was born in 1900 in Ottawa and grew up on Montreal and Toronto, where he attended Lower Canada College, Montreal and St. Andrew’s in Toronto....
  • James Lewis Gibson Fund has been established with a purpose to assist in the payment of medical and health care expenses, including expenses related to nursing, respite care and health...
  •  Tara Giuliani was admired by all for her courage and determination to finish her education despite the onset of blindness resulting from diabetes. Tara had developed diabetes at the age...
  • Justine and Rick Giuliani began their association with Hamilton Community Foundation a decade ago, when their eldest daughter was living with the severe complications of juvenile diabetes and they began...
  • Dr. Ronald Graham’s illustrious 50-year association with McMaster University touched every aspect of campus life. He served as the university’s first bedel, sat on the Senate, chaired the department of...
  • David Gow was not a wealthy man, but he really believed in giving back to the community where he lived and worked. He was a volunteer for dozens of organizations...
  • Dubbed ‘Freddie’ by a childhood friend, Alice Mary Glassco continued to be known affectionately by the nickname by generations of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. The third of six children,...
  • Local arts and culture lover Gail Robinson-Gow is the first donor to HCF’s Arts Endowment Fund. Gail has been interested in Hamilton’s cultural scene since moving here in 1980.  “Hamilton’s...
  • “I believe in helping a worthy person who doesn’t have the means,” Daniel Giannini said, reflecting on the main reason he has established a fund for bursaries to assist medical...
  • This fund supports initiatives that address and build on the concept of family values within the community, especially in the area of seniors, children and youth.
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  • Murray Hogarth is the founder of Pioneer Energy LP, sponsors of HCF’s 60th anniversary.  In this 2014 video he discusses why he chose Hamilton Community Foundation as an efficient vehicle...
  • The Lee Hepner Music Award Fund was established in 1986 in memory of Dr. Lee Hepner, founder and conductor of the McMaster Symphony Orchestra and co-founder of the Hamilton Philharmonic...
  • For John Hutton, establishing the Hutton Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation is a way to engage future generations of his family in giving back to the community. John and...
  • The Hamilton Spectator Summer Camp Fund is used to provide camperships to children whose families could not otherwise afford the cost of summer camp.  Funds are distributed to day and...
  • Mildred Evelyn Clark was born September 22, 1910 in Bridgeburg, near Fort Erie. When her mother died and her father remarried, Mildred, then 11 years of age, went to live...
  • John Milton Walter Hahn, born in Mildmay in 1903, lived in Kitchener until he came to Hamilton in 1927. He was employed at the G.T. French Paper Company and later...
  • The digital world is a passion for local entrepreneur Chris Farias. So is Hamilton. And so is philanthropy. By creatively combining the three – and with help from the community...
  • Edward and Gladys Halloran were hard-working, down-to-earth people with a love for Hamilton and for helping others. They quietly left an extraordinary estate legacy to a number of local charitable...
  • We’ve always known that HCF staff are committed to this community.  An outstanding measure of that commitment: they all give to Hamilton Community Foundation and have for many years. “It...
  • Helen Harrison was born in Hamilton in 1905, graduated from Loretto Academy and took a job as a secretary at Firestone. Her first big summer holiday was a trip to...
  • Florence Eleanor Spence Hutton was born and educated in Hamilton and employed by the Ontario Department of Labour to inspect and report on conditions in factories throughout Southern Ontario. During...
  • After remembering several family members, friends and two hospitals in his Will, Donald Henderson generously left the residue of his estate to the Foundation for the needs of the Hamilton...
  • Elsie Mona Madeline Husband lived in Hamilton all her life and for the last sixty years of her life on Hess Street South in a house designed by her architect...
  • Clare Hunter had been a sewing teacher in her Home Economics Department at Westdale Secondary School from 1935-1959. She is remembered by a student and colleague as “elegant, intelligent, immaculate...
  • Christine Hamilton embodied many of the best characteristics of this city. She arrived here as an immigrant in 1949. (She put a hatpin in a map and “it stuck in...
  • Barbara and Bob Harwood have been generous supporters of many Hamilton charities over the years, so their response was immediate and positive when their financial advisor, Dan Wynnyk at CIBC...
  • Hamilton-born Francis Hutton attended Delta Collegiate before heading to the University of Toronto where he studied civil engineering. In 1941, he married Bette Margaret Brown, a girl he had met...
  • Mary Josephine Heels, born August 25, 1908, had a life-long passion for music, and church music in particular. An accomplished pianist and singer, Mary was the contralto soloist at Zion...
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  • Originally from North Sydney N.S., Ralph Elliott Ingraham grew up in Guelph and became a bank teller at the age of 15. With his experience, he was assigned to the...
  • Ken Ingham was a respected physician and a leader in palliative care in Hamilton, but his interests and activities didn’t stop at the medical field. Dr. Ingham, who died in...
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  • Like many of us, Helen Kirkpatrick grew up in a family where opportunities – piano lessons, learning to swim, weekly visits to the public library – were part of the...
  • As a family physician in Stoney Creek for more than 50 years, Dr. Bob Kemp had thousands of patients. Yet he still remembers the one who spurred his passionate crusade...
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  • Jane LeWarne’s nursing career started with the Red Cross in Dryden in 1938 and took her to many communities across Northern Ontario. She loved the north and became a keen...
  • Hamilton’s lawyers have come together as a community to launch a permanent endowment fund to benefit local children. Long known for their individual support of a myriad of causes with...
  • During Mabel Dickson Leadley’s 30 years of teaching at Wentworth Street Public School, up to her retirement in 1953, she successfully campaigned for pension benefits for women teachers, never dreaming...
  • Originally from Kilsyth Scotland, Daniel Taylor Lawrie emigrated to Canada in 1906 at the age of four and spent the rest of his life in Hamilton. Upon graduation form the...
  • Born in Ohio, Helena Lemon and her husband Arthur lived for many years in Toronto and then moved to Waterdown. A compassionate person, Helena was deeply moved when she learned...
  • As busy as Bob and Helen Lofthouse were in their careers, family and myriad community activities, they never lost sight of the needs of their community. Bob and Helen met...
  • He had a dream that wouldn’t fade, and a vision that had to be shared. With development encroaching ever further on the precious habitats of the Niagara Escarpment, he sought...
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  • The McCallum, McBride Fund was placed under the umbrella of Hamilton Community Foundation this year, with its current directors forming the Fund Advisory Committee of the new donor advised fund....
  • John Mayberry was not even three months into his first job at Dofasco before he was asked to help out at a community fundraiser. This first intersection of his career...
  • “I love to see things grow and bloom,” said Audrey Kershaw. The Flamborough resident is referring to her garden, but the sentiment can be equally applied to her philosophy on...
  • Catherine Constance Hull Murray came to Dundas from England as a child at the turn of the century. Having experienced extreme poverty in her early years, she became a generous...
  • D’Arcy Argue Counsell Martin, Q.C., L.L.D. a founding Director of The Hamilton Foundation passed away in June 1992, at the age of 93. Argue Martin prepared a Private Member’s Bill...
  • On September 1, 1922, Doctors J.K. McGregor and F. B. Mowbray who had been practicing surgeons, joined together with four other doctors to form the McGregor-Mowby Clinic at 250 Main...
  • Cameron Knox MacGillivray, F.C.A., L.L.D. was born in 1905 in Chatham, Ont. Cameron MacGillivray spent most of his life in Hamilton where he had two distinguished careers. He was the...
  • Hamilton Community Foundation received two bequests that have been directed to providing bursaries for music students.  These came from the estates of Irene Norris and Merle Williams.  The bursaries are...
  • In 1900, a young entrepreneur from London Ontario, described by his contemporaries as a “born merchant with an alert sense of promotion”, took over a Hamilton department store and renamed...
  • Terry and Brenda Yates see the community foundation’s current emphasis on education as a “natural evolutionary step” from its focus on eliminating poverty and they’ve made a significant commitment to...
  • As President & CEO from 1995 to 2009 Carolyn Milne was the driving force behind the Foundation’s strategic approach to addressing Hamilton’s complex needs.  In this 60th anniversary video, she...
  •   Culture of Peace Hamilton is a working group of the United Nations in Canada (Hamilton Branch). It is one of a worldwide cluster of groups and individuals that consider...
  • Flora Louise McNeil is remembered for her passion for music and the great pride she took in her heritage. Her grandfather, Joseph Cline was deputy reeve of Ancaster in 1879...
  • “Hamilton Community Foundation is the perfect home for the Martin Foundation as we transition to a new phase,” says family member Rosalind Johnston. “The legacy of the Martin family, and...
  • One of Hamilton’s longstanding private foundations, The Malloch Foundation, has turned to HCF to continue its legacy. Established in 1964 by Francis and Kate Malloch as a memorial to their...
  • Over the past year a number of long-standing organizations, now in transition, have turned to HCF to create a legacy by establishing new fund. The Mount Hamilton United Church Legacy...
  • Judith McCulloch was HCF’s first full-time leader.  In this 60th anniversary video she reflects on the growth of the Foundation and its impact.
  • Many people in Hamilton remember Robinson’s, the department store that graced James Street South for nearly 100 years. The store is now gone but the legacy left by G.W. Robinson,...
  • Frederick James Mills died in 1970. He enjoyed a first-hand relationship with the Foundation, having been elected to the Board in 1964. Mr. Mills served in Italy during the First...
  • When John Marshall asked a friend to set him up on a blind date for a University of Toronto dance, he had no idea he was about to meet the...
  • Marking a milestone. Marchese Pharmacy on James Street North has been a crucial neighbourhood resource for five decades.  To mark the milestone, owner Marita Zaffiro established the Marchese Health Care 50th...
  •  By the time he passed away last year, Jack McNie had enjoyed the great pleasure of having already donated much of what he’d earned in his career to grassroots community...
  • In 1986, Interval House opened as an emergency shelter. Today, the community-based agency offers comprehensive services for rural and urban women who have experienced abuse, including shelter, support, legal advocacy and...
  • Calm, organized and efficient are among the qualities attributed to Margaret Murgatroyd by her daughter. Beth Lennard says her mother was a private person who gave a lot of her...
  • Lifelong Hamiltonian and philanthropist Frank Miller has a history of wanting to see his financial contributions at work.   Mr. Miller originally intended to create bursaries for health care students...
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  • Kay Nolan was born in Hamilton in 1915 to Mary Ann (O’Brien) and John J. Hunt, K.C. She was the cherished wife of Edward (Paddy) Nolan, D.F.M., C.A., dear mother...
  • Dr. Alexander Anderson Numbers, a long time Hamilton general practitioner who devoted his life to his patients and family, was still making housecalls into his late 80s. Born in Scotland,...
  •   “Look at this picture,” says Thérèse Newcomb, pointing to a drawing of a woman pulling a rainbow of multi-coloured yarn through a loom to create a beautifully intricate flower-filled...
  • Nan Stott and her family came to Canada from England after the First World War. They were a musical family, singers and pianists. She worked in various offices around town,...
  • Five years ago, Mark Nimigan was nominated to serve on the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Mr. Nimigan, an official examiner who provides verbatim court reporting services to the...
  • The value of arts education for children has been well researched and documented.  It enhances children’s learning by developing motor, language and literacy abilities.  It provides an alternative way of...
  • Marjorie and Bill Nelson are the type of people that any community would be proud to claim as citizens. Actively engaged in an incredible scope of community projects, clubs, good...
  • Florence Nichols earned a B.A. from McMaster University in 1934 and began a career in education that spanned nearly four decades, as a teacher of French and physical education. Before...
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  •   Pioneer Energy and its long history of community support were recognized this fall when it received the corporate Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Murray Hogarth,...
  • Ethel Harriett Prouse was the youngest of ten children in the Bluhm family of Sullivan Township (in Owen Sound area). She worked for Bell Telephone all her life, as did...
  • When the serious, courtly Major James Philip Phin married fun-loving Mary Stewart MacMillan in Pembroke on August 27, 1940, the couple intended it to be a quiet affair. The wartime...
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  • Ray Brillinger and Cy Hack spent a couple of years educating themselves about community foundations before they established their fund at HCF in 2014. Ray is a retired human resources...
  • Born in Winnipeg and raised in Montreal, Joan Bann met her future husband, Gordon Rutherford, at McGill University in the 1930s. When Gordon accepted a position at Stelco in 1948,...
  • A thriving community hub is strengthened, thanks to an anonymous HCF donor.  This generous donor has established an endowment fund aimed at supporting ongoing operations at the Eva Rothwell Centre....
  • For more than 40 years, Miss Robinson was a kindergarten teacher at W. H. Ballard School in Hamilton. Agnes Robinson remembers her sister-in-law as a bright, understanding person with a...
  • Hamilton Community Foundation is home to Revolution Hope, an endowment fund established by Brenda and John Lewis after the tragic death of their eleven-year-old daughter, Claire, in October 2001. Claire...
  • Dr. Leila Ryan was Chair of the Foundation when the Foundation decided to direct the majority of its unrestricted granting to poverty reduction – the first community foundation in Canada...
  • The Rotary Club of Hamilton carries out a literacy program at north-end schools, where club members provide reading assistance to students throughout the school year. Hamilton’s first and largest Rotary...
  • The Hamilton Community Foundation has been given the privilege of safeguarding the rich history and perpetuation the memory of the Royal Canadian Humane Association, a national organization established in Hamilton...
  • Dedicated, compassionate and even-tempered are some of the qualities Agnes Robinson uses to describe her husband, Dr. Harry Robinson. The pair met at the Hamilton General Hospital where she was...
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  • Over the past year a number of long-standing organizations, now in transition, have turned to HCF to create a legacy by establishing new funds. The School Sisters of Notre Dame...
  • Angelika Sellick has no doubt that philanthropy can be taught. The fund she created at Hamilton Community Foundation, in honour of her parents, illustrates the point perfectly. “My father is...
  • Maria Antonakos and Harald Stover support the causes they care about in a variety of ways. The fund they’ve recently established at the Hamilton Community Foundation is a special pillar...
  •   Marion Shivas could name every flower, bird, tree and weed in her backyard and at the cottage on the Bruce Peninsula she owned with her husband, Bob. The enjoyment...
  • Eleanor Maude Smith was born in Toronto and lived in several small Southern Ontario communities prior to settling in Hamilton in 1925. Predeceased by both her husband Alfred Charles (1951),...
  • Miss Shaw enjoyed a career as a successful life underwriter with Canada Life which career started in June of 1936. Lillian had a genuine interest in people and helping with...
  • The 53-year-old Dundas residents relish their active, semi-retired life that emphasizes fitness and a deep appreciation of the natural beauty and recreation opportunities around them in their hometown. So they’ve...
  • Leonora Spicer’s bequests to the Hamilton Foundation, Salvation Army, Scott Mission, United Church (for medical missionary work) and Red Cross exemplify her lifelong concern for the disadvantaged. Born on a...
  • Grace Smith was a direct descendant of one of our district’s first settlers, Jacob Smith, a United Empire Loyalist who built his log cabin on a Crown Grant in the...
  •   Jeanne Scott’s great love of Hamilton and her desire to help others are nourished through her fund at Hamilton Community Foundation. Jeanne Scott learned many lessons from her mentor,...
  • Music, books and protecting the environment topped the list of Mable Studd’s passions. She volunteered to be treasurer for the Bach Elgar Choir where she met William Malcolm who became...
  • When it comes to having a soft spot for people in need, Fred and Ruth Spencer share one that’s perhaps a bit softer than most. This upbeat couple, now in...
  • One of Canada’s leading puppeteers in the 1920′s and 30′s, Rosalynde collected puppets from around the world and honed her skills as an apprentice with an accomplished puppet master in...
  • Marjorie Stewart was a homemaker for most of her life, although she had a brief wartime career as a bookkeeper. She was a lifetime member of the Women’s Auxiliary of...
  • Ed Smee, the founding Chair of the Conserver Society, led by example through his personal life work on environmental issues. He is credited by his friends at the Conserver Society...
  • She kept company with a prince – and a movie star – but those closest to Evelyn Storms say she never lost the common touch. When she died in November...
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  • Howard Tugman was General Manager of a Studebaker dealership, Community Motors Ltd., until his retirement in 1961. The following year, he was appointed a Judge in the Hamilton Citizenship Court....
  • In October 1997, following several years of succession planning, the Board of Directors of the Edith H. Turner Foundation transferred its assets of $8.8 million into the Hamilton Community Foundation,...
  • In his quiet, gentle way, Ninh Tran is crystal clear about the impact he wants to have with his philanthropy. “I grew up learning the value of every dollar,” says...
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  • To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Organization, the Hamilton & District Branch of the UN Association of Canada endowed an annual bursary for a McMaster University graduate...
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  • Early in his legal career, John VanDuzer was appointed a judge, a bestowing of authority that he accepted humbly and used wisely throughout his 36 years on the bench. “He...
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  •   For all of our latest updates click here to see our winter newsletter. Check out the most recent research paper that W4C commissioned on challenges and opportunities faced by local girls and women...
  • A local group of women joined forces and established the Women’s Trust of Hamilton, Burlington and District – the first local women’s foundation in Canada. The Women’s Trust is a...
  • After 51 years behind the wheel, cab owner and driver James Sinclair Wilson had earned the affectionate title, “King of the Cabbies” bestowed by his peers in the industry. A...
  •   Albert Edward Walters was born in England in September, 1912 which, he often noted, was the same year that the Titanic went down.  His mother died when he was...
  • After attending Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School and Delta Collegiate, Jack Alfred Winser worked at this father’s firm, Quaker City Chemical, which supplied soaps to the textile and tanning industries. He...
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  • When Kent Newcomb, Hamilton Community Foundation’s former President (also immediate past Chairman of Community Foundations of Canada) presided over a national conference in Calgary, he heard young people from several...
  • Kenneth Young first dropped in to Hamilton Community Foundation with a list of questions about HCF’s accounting methods and investment practices. Only after he was completely satisfied that the Foundation’s...
  • In the spring of 2000, one of the largest charitable donations in Canadian history was made to the Hamilton Community Foundation – transforming our organization’s resources and ability to respond...