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  • MacDonald Trust Application deadline is quickly approaching

    Monday, January 8, 2018
    Township News

    CENTRE WELLINGTON – Do you have an idea or project that will make a difference to residents in Centre Wellington?  The application deadline is quickly approaching for residents to bring ideas and projects they are passionate about to fruition, if approved by Council.  The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 2 p.m.

    The MacDonald Trust Guidelines are intended to provide clarity on the process, commitments and expectations by The Township to community individuals and/or Organizations who are pursuing the implementation of enhancements in the former Village of Elora.  The projects brought forward are to promote healthy sustainable community amenities, programs and/or services for the benefit of Centre Wellington residents and visitors, with the intent of enhancing the overall wellbeing of the community.

    "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I know myself and Council are looking forward to hearing from our community to create events and projects that may fill some of the gaps that we currently have and can now fill due to this generous donation" said Mayor Kelly Linton.

    In 2016, the Township of Centre Wellington received a very generous gift from Jack R. MacDonald in the amount of $3.436 M that must be used for the long term positive impact in the former Village of Elora. Mr. MacDonald's father Frederick MacDonald was born in Elora in 1885 and died in July 1970.  Jack R. MacDonald was born May 5, 1915 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and moved to Seattle, Washington with his family at the age of three. Jack R. MacDonald began making annual donations to the Elora Arena Building Fund in memory of his late father. Jack R. MacDonald continued making annual donations to the former Village of Elora. Mr. MacDonald passed away in September 2013.

    In 2016 Council approved $1.805 M to be used towards enhancement of Downtown Elora in the means of reconstructing the Victoria Street Bridge for pedestrians, and the public realm improvements to West Mill Street. 

    Council has determined to use the remaining $1.509 M towards exciting projects/ideas proposed by the community.

    To view the guidelines and obtain an application form for the MacDonald Trust Fund process, please visit  If you have a question about the process, please email   


    For more information:

    Kendra Martin  | Communications Coordinator​

    Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON  N0B 1S0
    519.846.9691  x220
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