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On The Road Again: Durham

Participants received a tour of the gardens at Elephant Thoughts in Durham.


On Thursday, August 4 at the Riverstone Eco – Retreat, Community Foundation Grey Bruce hosted the first of four On The Road Again events of 2022 in Durham. The On The Road Again events are an opportunity for the Foundation to connect with local non-profit organizations, for grantees to share what they have been doing in the community, and provides an opportunity to network and develop connections. In attendance was a Rachel Taylor (Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce), Dorothy Abbot (Grey County Black Heritage Society), Kathy Murphy Ermel (St. John Ambulance), Simona Freiberg (United Way Sustainability Network, Elephant Thoughts), and Michael Schmidt (Symphony in the Barn).

Jennifer Isber-Legge, Grants and Donor Relations Coordinator, and Christine MacGregor, Community Outreach Officer, from Community Foundation Grey Bruce shared highlights from the Foundation from the past year, as well as new streams for granting and upcoming opportunities. Dorothy shared how a community grant helped the Grey County Black Heritage society host an event to highlight the No 2 Construction Battalion as many of its members came from the Owen Sound area. Kathy described how a community grant had allowed St. John Ambulance to buy 16 baby CPR mannequins and 32 adult CPR mannequins to help train more people in CPR and with increased efficacy. Simona talked about the Community Garden Network and how it has provided enrichment, food, and education to disadvantaged youth throughout Grey County by teaching kids of all ages about gardening, agriculture, and healthy living. Michael shared about the upcoming documentary Symphony in the Barn is producing highlighting the history of the initiative and especially in relation to Indigenous people and reconciliation that is being supported with a community grant.

Afterwards, all participants were offered a tour of the Riverstone Eco – Retreat. Simona gave a tour of the property with a focus on the gardens, which were supported by grants from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The garden uses indigenous, healthy, and sustainable ways of agriculture with everything from composting sites, a greenhouse, and a food forest.

You are invited to join the Foundation in Owen Sound on Monday, August 15 for our next event in Owen Sound, You can sign up here:

Check for 2930 dollars presented by Christine to Kathy Ermel from St. John Ambulance

St John Ambulance's Kathy Ermel received a check from Christine (Community Outreach Officer).

Everyone sitting around a table with Community Foundation banner behind them.

Attendees from the event listen to Jen Isber-Legge share granting updates (Rachel Taylor Home and Community Support Services, Dorothy Abbot GC Black Heritage Society, Kathy Ermel St John Ambulance, Simona Frieberg Community Gardens, Michael Schmidt Symphony in the Barn).

Simona Frieberg showing off the Riverstone Eco - Retreat garden

Simona Frieberg discussed the various plants and agricultural techniques used within the Riverstone Eco - Retreat garden.

Dorothy Abbot from the Grey County Black Heritage Society being presented a check for 2050 dollars by Jennifer

Dorothy Abbot from the Grey County Black Heritage Society is presented a check by Jennifer Isber-Legge (Grants Coordinator).

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