L-R: OTF volunteer Nadirah Nazeer, CCCS President Anthony Salis, Oakville MPP the Hon. Stephen Crawford, CCCS Artistic Director Edward Mavrinac, CCCS Policy & Grants Director Hilde Fuchs, CCCS Vice President Helena Solin outside Vistamere Retirement Residence in Oakville

On Oct 29, 2021, the CCCS officially received the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant it was awarded this year at Oakville’s Vistamere Retirement Residence, where it has performed eight times since its inception in 2013. After receiving a $57,600 Resilient Communities Fund Grant over 12 months in April, the choir has begun rebuilding and recovering from the impacts of COVID-19 by bringing two sectional leaders and an artistic director onboard to deliver online rehearsals and performances and redesigning its website to enhance communications and support online programming. 

While the presentation took place outside, residents inside were safely enjoying the premiere of a new virtual concert DVD entitled “A Song in Our Hearts for You,” which was put together thanks to this OTF funding. The choir plans to share virtual concerts via this DVD while pandemic restrictions remain in place. 

The OTF is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. In 2020, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.

Members of the CCCS Board of Directors gathered at Vistamere Retirement Residence to receive Ontario Trillium Foundation funding on Oct 29, 2021. Vice President Helena Solin, Policy & Grants Director Hilde Fuchs, Artistic Director Edward Mavrinac and President Anthony Salis are grateful to have been awarded a Resilient Communities grant to help the choir begin rebuilding from the effects of the pandemic.
Residents at Oakville’s Vistamere Retirement Residence watch the choir’s new concert highlights DVD, A Song in Our Hearts For You, created thanks to OTF funding. They burst into applause when the choir started singing – it was a joy to see!

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