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PRESS RELEASE - Council Approves COVID-19 Funding for Two Organizations

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2020

On April 8, 2020, The Municipality of North Middlesex held a remote videoconference Council Meeting. At this meeting, North Middlesex Council passed a resolution to utilize the “Community Vibrancy Reserve Fund” to provide donations, in the amount of $5,000.00 each, to the Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store and the Elgin-Middlesex Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).

North Middlesex Mayor, Brian Ropp commented, “We, as Council, felt that these two organizations were best-suited to provide relief to members of our community that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic”. Ropp added, “We encourage members of our community, if they are able, to consider donating to any organization that provides help and support to our residents and neighbours”

The Community Vibrancy Reserve Fund is a funding agreement between the Municipality of North Middlesex and Bornish Wind GP. The fund was established to direct a share of wind generated electricity revenue in the Municipality to community-related activities.

The Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store is a registered non-profit, Christian-based, organization that provides food and clothing to individuals and families facing financial hardship. The Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank & Thrift Store services The Municipality of North Middlesex, The Municipality of Middlesex Centre, The Township of Lucan Biddulph and a large portion of The Municipality of Lambton Shores (Arkona, Grand Bend, Northville, Port Franks & Thedford). For more information, including donation information on operating hours, visit their website at or contact by phone at 519-293-3637.

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) is a registered non-profit charitable organization founded on January 29, 1897, and based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It established as for the purposes of providing home care and social services to those in need. The Middlesex-Elgin VON branch offers more than 75 home care, personal support, and community services designed to help people of all ages to get healthy and stay healthy. For more information on VON services, visit their website at or contact by phone at 1-866-865-6711.

Mayor Ropp would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents of North Middlesex to “Stay safe, stay home and keep social distant. It is our community spirit that will carry us forward; we are all in this together.”

Media Contacts:

Mayor Brian Ropp
Municipality of North Middlesex

Michael Barnier
Director, Economic Development & Community Services
519-294-6244 x230