Message from the Executive Director

Hello friends,

Welcome to our new mobile-friendly website.  I hope that you will find this site easy to use and that it will give you quick access to information and services provided by the Foundation.

While online communication provides immediate connection, sometimes it is nice to pick up the phone and talk with a person.  I want you to know that we are only a phone call away, if you have questions or concerns or want to discuss what the Foundation can do for you and your family.   Give me a ring at 519 371 7203.   

Please check out our new Report to the Community 2017 for a review of the past year's highlights and successes.

We have some great community events upcoming in the month ahead.  Remember that Random Act of Kindness Day is coming to Grey Bruce on Friday November 3.  This year we collaborating with our five Community Funds in Owen Sound, Kincardine, Meaford, Saugeen Shores and Grey Highlands to spread the acts of kindness across the region. RAK cards are available here today – pick a few up and share your good deeds on Twitter and Facebook.  The cards are a great way to “pay it forward” encouraging others to do something nice for someone else on November 3.

This November, with support from Alliance 150 and Community Foundations of Canada, Community Foundation Grey Bruce will hold two Vital Conversations with young people to talk about the issue of youth retention in Grey Bruce. A Vital Conversation is a facilitated conversation with members of the community that is used as a starting point of engagement with a Vital Signs report.  In October 2016, Community Foundation Grey Bruce released its first Vital Signs report, one statistic in particular spoke about the issue of youth retention: “on average, less than 60% of Grey Bruce youth do not expect to find a job or live in the region after school.” 

To dig into this issue, we are working with youth facilitators on convening two meetings, the first on November 16 at the Youth Drop In Centre and Trades Start program run by the Salvation Army in Wiarton.  The second meeting will take place on November 20 at the Launch Pad Youth Activity Centre in Hanover. The sessions are open to 50 participants at each location. We hope to make the day open to other classrooms across the region through social media connectivity.

Check out our Facebook page for more information.  Thanks for your support.  We're here for good.

Stuart Reid

Executive Director