Thursday, July 25, 2024

New Non-Profit Organization Launches to Inject More Fun Into Downtown Meaford

A passionate group of private citizens, including business and property owners, retailers and engaged residents, have come together to launch Meaford Downtown (MD), a new non-profit organization dedicated to the rejuvenation of Meaford’s downtown core and harbour area. Through innovative and creative events, exhibitions, and festivals, MD aims to enhance the vibrant spirit of the community.

The focus is on fun, engaging, and creative projects designed to bring attention to Meaford’s unique downtown. The organization has officially launched its new website, www.meaforddowntown.ca, and its social media presence on Instagram and Facebook at @meaford.downtown.

As a registered non-profit, Meaford Downtown is currently funded by donation. The website offers an easy way for supporters to contribute through online donations, ensuring the organization’s sustainability and growth.

“All our members are artistic people, who love this town, whether we’ve been here for 25 months or 25 years,” said Viz Saraby, a Director of Meaford Downtown. “Our goal is to promote the many interesting, creative, and entertaining downtown events like Summer Fest and to create new experiences for everyone to enjoy.”

The members of Meaford Downtown have a track record of adding colour and creativity to the downtown with projects like Bikes on Sykes, Doors of Meaford, and the Tidbits History Project. The organization says that “these initiatives were executed swiftly, without excessive bureaucracy or significant expense.”

“Meaford has amazing potential, and we’re here to build on the momentum from the recent 150th celebration,” added Jessica Kenyon, Manager of The Keep Refillery. “I’m in the store every day, and I really feel a renewed sense of local pride, making this the perfect time to officially launch our new website.”

Meaford has a rich history of creative events, including the annual Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival, Meaford International Film Festival, Apple Harvest Craft Show, Summerfest, Christmas on the Bay, and many more. With the array of creative people involved in Meaford Downtown, the community can look forward to even more exciting and innovative activities in the downtown core.

Current members of Meaford Downtown include Grace Morin and Jessica Kenyon, the driving forces behind the wildly successful Summer Fest; Mikael Sandblom and Viz Saraby, downtown property owners and creators of the Tidbits History Project; downtown business owners Ashley Kimmel and Bridget Light Craig; with engaged citizens Sue Johnston, Rita Lee, and Tobias Sallewsky.

Meaford Downtown is an independent organization which will build upon the excellent work already being done by the municipality, Main Street Meaford, and the Meaford Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about Meaford Downtown, to volunteer, or to support through financial donations, visit www.meaforddowntown.ca or contact them at info@meaforddowntown.ca.

 

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