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Ledge Leadership

$66,800 OTF Grant Expands Support for Young Adults Across Ontario

On Friday March 31st, Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson met with Ledge Leadership to hear more about the $66,800 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The grant helped Ledge Leadership purchase audio and video equipment, create an on-site production studio and receive professional content creation and training. The project will give Ledge Leadership the capability to produce high quality virtual presentations and media content to support their work with young adults.

“This Government is committed to supporting our youth and investing in the development of the civic and business leaders of tomorrow. This grant is recognition of the important work Ledge Leadership does to provide training programs and transformational team experiences for local youth in their journey to adulthood” said Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson.

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson and Ledge Leadership Board Chair Lynda Rees visited the audio/video production studio

Ledge Leadership Board Chair Lynda Rees talked about how Ledge Leadership fills the gap young people often face immediately after high school. “We step up and provide preventative support at this very critical life stage to help young adults move forward in life with purpose” said Rees.

Rees stated the impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated. “This grant allowed Ledge the opportunity to shift our organization from offering only in-person programs to having the capacity to offer a wide variety of high quality virtual programs. Even our in-person services will benefit from our increased ability to deliver quality presentations and resources” Rees said.

Ledge Leadership Board Chair Lynda Rees
Melri Wright and Mike Write, Executive Directors
Ledge Leadership Board Member Charlie Tatham spoke to press conference attendees
Town of The Blue Mountains Mayor Andrea Matrosovs with Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson

Ledge Leadership impacts young people and the systems and settings in Southern Ontario in which they live, work and learn, by co-creating spaces where everyone leads relationally, shares power, and develops as whole people. The organization focuses on providing leadership training and preventative well-being support to emerging adults ages 18-30.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grantmaking in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund.