Founding Donors

A group of major donors, plus many more friends and volunteers, helped create Willowbank as a place and an idea in the ten-year period from early 2002 to the end of 2011. They introduced Jazz Festivals and Harvest Moon Balls to bring the estate to life, and to raise operating funds. They launched the School of Restoration Arts and nurtured it through its first five years. They financed the opening of the barn for workshops and the development of classrooms and support facilities in the main house. They watched as the first graduates received their Diplomas in 2009, and saw their careers begin to blossom in the years that followed.

The generosity of these Founding Donors is our lasting legacy.





Thomas Nelson and Mary Bright Urban *


Laura and Jim Dodson


The Urban Family *
Parks Canada
Ontario Trillium Foundation


Bluma and Bram Appel
Reif Estate Winery


Bonnie and Jim Dawe
Geoffrey and Lorraine Joyner
Carol Wharton and Doug Erickson
Young Canada Works
David Murray
Queenston Quarry Reclamation Co.


Carol Beckmann and Brad Nixon
Dr. Elizabeth Oliver Malone and Dr. Ralph Malone
Betsy and Julian Smith
Historic Plaster Conservation Services Inc.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Conservancy
The McLean Foundation
The Niagara Foundation
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake


John Laundry
Upper Canada Stone
Dr. Richard Merritt and Nancy Smith
Susan Peacock
Robert Watson
Four Grounds Media




Ron and Betty Ferguson
Rod and Louise Green
Richard Hermon
Liz and Nick Ikonikov
Nancy and Rainer Hummel
Elizabeth Surtees and David Murray
John Walker
CICB Wood Gundy
Foster Hewitt Foundation
Morro Images
Niagara-on-the-Lake Rotary
Ontario Power Generation
Rankin Construction
RBC Financial Group


Ann-Louise Branscombe
Winifred Burry
Anne Buyers
Christina Cameron
Lesley and David Fowler
Rob Harris
Carolyn Hurst
Eva Kessel and Klaus Reif
Chris Kruczynski
Helmut Klassen
Francois LeBlanc
Margaret and Robert MacLellan
Carol Perrin
Cosmo Condina
Elizabeth Rigg
Andre Scheinman
Mark Shoalts
Andrew M. Stewart





Margaret Torrence
Shelagh Wallace and Robert Bradley~Creek Road Paints
W. Robert Waugh
Laura and Douglas Wolford *
Amanda Young
Archaeological Services Inc.
Benjamin Moore Canada
Canadian Tire Financial
Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. Ltd.
MacNaughton, Hermsen, Britton, Clarkson
Niagara-on-the-Lake Bed and Breakfast Association
Quartek Group
Roman Cheese Product
Scotia Bank
Shaw Festival
    * Gift made possible through The American Friends of Canada, The Weathertop Foundation, The Shaw Festival Foundation and The Willowbank Foundation USA Substantial in-kind donations were also received during this time from a number of local companies and organizations.