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Marking a Special Occasion



With a milestone birthday on the horizon, lifelong Niagara citizen Wade Stayzer found himself asking what he could do to make a difference in his community.

The Beamsville resident had already volunteered his time as a board member with the Niagara Community Foundation, Family and Children’s Services Niagara, Niagara Health, the 2021 Canada Games, and Niagara College. 

In keeping with his community involvement, Stayzer chose to mark this particular occasion by establishing a family fund with the Niagara Community Foundation and encouraging anyone who wants to help him celebrate “the big 5-0” to make a donation as an investment in community leadership in Niagara.

The Stayzer Family Fund will also provide an opportunity for his children, Emery and Jacob, to contribute as they’re able and build a legacy with their father and his wife Jenn – as a family.

That sense of philanthropy and passion for bettering his community was instilled in Stayzer around a much earlier birthday. As a boy, he was influenced while growing up in a community minded family in Wainfleet, watching his larger than life grandfather give his time as a volunteer firefighter, serving on the school board, and as a Lion.

“It’s important for business leaders to give back and help build a better community,” Stayzer said. “It’s a part of who I am – it’s in my DNA.”

Setting up the Stayzer Family Fund was quick and easy, he noted. Monthly contributions will grow the fund in the years ahead, and, one day, nurture the next generation of community leaders. 

“If I’m working another 10 years, I should be able to help this fund grow to being a $50,000-fund,” Stayzer said. “It’s really easy to do. There’s something for everybody with the Niagara Community Foundation. If you’re passionate and want to make a difference in the long run, I encourage you to explore it.”


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