Ron Foxcroft joined the Burlington Foundation Board of Directors in July 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Burlington Foundation. Ron is chairman, founder and CEO of Foxcroft Group of Companies, ooduke Transportation Ltd., Fox 40 International Inc., Foxcroft Capital Corp and inventor of the Fox 40 Pealess Whistle. He is the Honorary Colonel of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, and he has lived his entire life in Burlington, growing up in Aldershot.
When 191 mm of rain fell in Burlington in less than 6 hours on August 4th 2014, the Burlington Community Foundation (BCF) formed the Burlington Flood Disaster Relief Committee and we asked Ron to be its Chairman.
Ron was instrumental in raising $905,000 from the community for flood victims in need through our 100 day campaign. He also played a crucial role in encouraging the Province to match the dollars fundraised by the community through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP), for a total of $2.7 million raised to support eligible flood victims.
Ron gave brilliantly with his exemplary leadership, and by financially supporting our efforts and devoting over 700 hours of his own time to Flood Relief in 2014.
What inspires you to volunteer?
My parents inspired me to volunteer. They said, always give to the community where you live and work. Volunteering is a way of life in our family.
Why have you chosen to share your time and talent with Burlington Foundation?
I sat on the Board of the Hamilton Community Foundation with Doug Leggat, Murray Hogarth, and Keith Strong. They stated emphatically many years ago, that we need a Burlington Community Foundation, because there is a need, and we can make an impact on Burlington. As it grew, I witnessed first hand the success Burlington Foundation was enjoying, and when Colleen asked me to join the board, the decision was easy.
What impact does volunteering have on you?
Volunteering gives me great joy. Helping people where there is a need is gratifying. The need is growing. Working with volunteers who are smarter than me, passionate, and willing to sacrifice time and resources gives me a heart throb. I do not volunteer to be recognized or be rewarded, I volunteer to quietly make an impact and bring my family closer to the city where we live.