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2022 Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship Recipients

The Canadian National Exhibition Foundation was pleased to return in 2022 with two post-secondary scholarships to be awarded through our Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship Fund.

Following a comprehensive review, two candidates emerged as the successful recipients from the impressive field of studious and community-minded applicants: Arpsima Aziz, CNE AgVenture Supervisor, Toronto, ON, and Tahsheen Daruwala, CNE Admission Ticket Seller, Brampton, ON.

Our 2022 Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship recipients not only exemplify the values of the CNE Foundation, but also demonstrate values that we feel would have been important to the Fund’s namesake as well, both academically and in terms of their community work and leadership.

Each recipient has been awarded $1,500 to assist with costs related to a post-secondary program, such as tuition, course fees or course books.

Thank you to all seasonal CNE employees who submitted applications and congratulations to our successful scholarship recipients.

To learn more about the CNE Foundation’s Eamonn O’Loghlin Scholarship Fund, please visit: cnefoundation.com

Supporting Ukrainian newcomers with a CNE Foundation Community Grant

Through the generous support of the CNE community, through our 2022 50/50 raffle fundraisers, the CNE Foundation recently awarded a Community Grant to the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation.

This funding aims to support local activities to resettle displaced persons as a result of the war in Ukraine. With community being central to the CNE, it is our hope that these funds will help families and individuals who are seeking to make a new home in Ontario.

Sincere thanks for your support.

Visit tufoundation.ca to learn more about the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation and their work in the community.

Please click here to learn more about the CNE Foundation’s Community Investment program.

2022 joint project with Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation

This year, we are thrilled to work in partnership with the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation (CHPF) on a joint project: Preserving the Legacy of the Canadian National Exhibition: Digitizing Photography from the Alexandra Studio Collection 1977-79.

This joint initiative will enable the digitization and preservation of 8,000 at-risk archival photo negatives from the CNE’s Alexandra Studio collection. Public access to the images will be available through both foundations following completion of the project.

The CNE portion of the Alexandra Studio Fond consists of 109,032 cellulose acetate photo negatives and captures a visual record of the iconic Canadian National Exhibition event through the years 1947 to 1983. The CNE Foundation and CHPF project focuses on a selection of the images, from the years 1977 to 1979.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the CHPF team to save CNE memories for future generations.

This project has been made possible in part by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

Please click here to view the media release.

2022 Smiles on Faces program

With the CNE back this summer, after a two-year hiatus, we are thrilled and honoured to launch our new Smiles on Faces program.

Working with our 2022 charity partners, Make-A-Wish Canada and the Toronto Ukrainian Foundation, we will host 25 children with critical illnesses from across Canada, and displaced children from Ukraine, along with their families.

It is our honour to host these 25 special guests and their families this summer throughout the 18 days of the Ex. Our Smiles on Faces families will be treated to rides, games, meals, and special meet-and-greets.

Thank you to the CNE community, our donors and sponsors. Your support has made this program possible.

Photo: Smiles on Faces family visiting the 2022 CNE

2021 summer digitization project

In 2021, we officially launched the CNE Foundation’s “CNE Archives Project” – an initiative aimed to digitize and preserve more than 64,000 at-risk archival photo negatives in the Alexandra Studio collection.

Through funding and individual donations received, we were able to bring on two archives digitization interns last summer. During their time with us, the team scanned and rehoused thousands and thousands of photo negatives in the CNE archival collection that were at risk due to Vinegar Syndrome. This causes them to crack and lose their content. In total, the team scanned 4,389 negatives and rehoused 8,566 negatives.

We are grateful for the financial contributions from funders and individual donors, which enabled this important work.