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Making a Mark 2017



Niagara residents laughed, sang, played lawn games and learned about heroes, history and heritage – all in
honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation and thanks to the Niagara Community Foundation. In both
2016 and 2017, the Niagara Community Foundation funded a wide variety of innovative projects across
Niagara that celebrated community and inspired a deeper understanding of Canada.

The initiatives in Niagara were part of a nationwide collaboration which included 190 other community
foundations, and which saw similar events taking place from coast to coast. Funding came from the Niagara
Community Foundation, the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders.

In 2017, the Niagara Community Foundation awarded matching grants totalling $60,000 to 10 different
projects, which, when added to the 2016 projects, means a total Canada 150 contribution of $120,000 for
17 celebrations. The 2017 projects include:
  • Dominion Repertory Theatre, Fort Erie Secondary School – $7,400 to stage “But We Said Please!” a comedic and celebratory live musical theatrical production exploring Canadian history and culture.
  • Heartland Forest Nature Experience – $8,000 to create an exhibit and accompanying education program, “Celebrating our Early Naturalists,” to recognize the efforts of historic Canadian naturalists, their early observation and collection techniques, and their contributions to science and conservation over the past 150 years.
  • I Am Compelled – $2,000 to present the “Hope Tour,” a dramatic production written to inspire elementary school students, especially of First Nations heritage, to learn about Canadian heritage and historical heroes, and to encourage them to be responsible citizens.
  • Niagara Falls Public Library – $5,000 to access and reproduce photos from the library’s Historic Niagara Digital Collections archive, and to display them, “Then and Now” throughout the city in the locations where the original photos were taken.
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 230 – $4,000 to fund a Canada 150 Celebration including a parade through the town of Ridgeway and a display of heritage arts on the Legion grounds.
  • Shaw Festival Theatre Foundation – $5,000 to create and stage innovative and high-quality programming illuminating the history of Canada and Niagara and engaging the community outside the traditional theatre experience.
  • The Essential Collective Theatre – $10,000 to write and stage the “Welland Canal Play,” an original theatrical presentation, for audiences of all ages, about the history and impact of the Welland Canal in Niagara, and about the people who toiled over the past 150 years to create this vital waterway.
  • The Weir Foundation, The RiverBrink Art Museum – $8,000 for “Dreams and Schemes - Building The Welland Canals,” an exhibit of art works depicting the Welland Canals from the earliest renderings, and including both actual and imagined projects, in a broad survey spanning the 19th to 21st centuries.
  • Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Queenston Residents’ Association – $9,000 for “Queenston Celebrates Canada’s 150th,” a three-part event including the planting of indigenous species of trees, guided walking tours exploring the built history of the village, and a village ceremony with civic speakers, a choral performance, barbecue and lawn games in the new village park.
  • Wainfleet Historical Society – $1,600 to create and erect a plaque at the Feeder Canal, outlining the history of the canal and its significance to the development of the community of Wainfleet.


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