Following the announcement this spring that the Fresh Ayr Festival was unable to continue, due solely to a lack of volunteers to take on Board roles, the Board has started the official procedure to dissolve the corporation. Physical assets and supplies have been donated locally. In keeping with the Festival’s objectives of supporting local history, heritage, performing arts, community spirit and support to the residents of North Dumfries and the Village of Ayr, the Board made donations of $2,000 each to the following registered charitable groups:
- Ayr Paris Band
- Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council
- Family Counseling Centre of North Dumfries
- Friends of the Ayr Library
- Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
The balance of funds, approximately $15,000, will be donated to the Ayr Sesquicentennial Fund, after all financial obligations have been met, in order to ensure that the funds stay in the community and are accessible by all. The Sesquicentennial Fund accepts donations requests twice a year from local groups and organizations to support and encourage community activities and spirit.