Your generous support is essential to ensuring we can continue to deliver the fun and educational activities hosted by the Emancipation Festival year after year. Thank you for choosing to support us in our mission to recognize, celebrate and educate others about Black history. 

All funds received will be directed to the OSEF general account to ensure the day-to-day operations of the Festival continue without any interruptions.  As a Non-Profit organization without Charity status we are not able to issue tax receipts.  However, all donations of $25.00 or more will be acknowledged on our donors page. 


If your preferred method is by cheque, please make it payable to: Emancipation Festival and mail to -

Owen Sound Emancipation Festival,

PO BOX 1072 Owen Sound,




Festival Donors /Sponsors 2019


Oscar & Jack Sheppard

George Harding

Philip Faulkner


Dorothy Abbott

Festival Donors /Sponsors 2018

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Stacey Coker / Birthday Donation

Wendy & Manuel / Birthday Donation

Bicanic Family / Birthday Donation

Bianca Ellis / Birthday Donation

Aly Boltman - Emancipation Reads - Bookmark

Dean Stanley - 50/50 Winner

CFGB - Anonymous

Brian E. Wood Funeral Home / Ancestors' Breakfast

Patricia Lorenzo Faulkner /Raffle

Andrew Armitage

Bill Ruck - Ancestors' Breakfast

Philip Faulkner

Leah Lorenzo Faulkner

Julian Lorenzo

Festival Donors & Sponsors 2017

Diamond Sponsorship     

TD Bank


Platinum Sponsorship

Heritage Canada

Community Foundation Grey Bruce



Black History Event


Barefoot Law ... Elizabeth C. Barefoot

Brent Courtney


Barry & Jane Penhale

Margaret Norquay Endowment Fund ... Naomi Norquay

Pat & Blaine Courtney


Paul & Marg Crawford

Brian E Wood Funeral Home Ltd ... Brian & Betty Wood

Nathan Segal

Coffin Ridge Winery

Festival Donors 2016

Brian & Betty Wood - Brian E. Wood Funeral Home

Festival Donors 2015



JANUARY 1950 - MAY 2015


Mary-Jean Deeth

Old Durham Pioneer Cemetery Committee

Blue Mountain Resorts LP

Corporation of the Municipality of West Grey

Mrs Terri Jackson

Eunice & Jim Henning

Bluewater Chapter OBOA

Community Waterfront Heritage Centre


Marian & Ken Goldsmith

Carol Jackson

Kathleen Scott

Deane Galea

Paula Niall

Carol & Jack Lawrence

Denise & Joerg Weller

Barry Penhale & Jane Gibson


Betty & Don MacKinnon

Aly Boltman

Blaine & Pat Courtney

Kimberly & John Blatz

Joan & Torben Hawksbridge

Megan Keilty

Norman & Elaine Fraser

Diane & Terry Haines


Paul & Marg Crawford 

SELMA PHOTO EXHIBIT: Ron Hopper Real Estate Ltd.

ANCESTORS’ BREAKFAST:  The Courtney Families

LES MacKINNON - 1ST ANNUAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Barry Penhale & Jane Gibson 



Festival Donors 2014

Bill Van Wyck & Dr. Deb Boyd

Fred Geberdt

Jane Gibson & Barry Penhale

Marvin & Pamela Highgate

BREAKFAST SPONSORSHIP: Deb & Lee Ormsby; Pat & Blaine Courtney; Brent Courtney

Angie’s Place, Stayner, ON

Paul & Margaret Crawford

Black History Event

Festival Donors 2013

Kimberley Love

Angie’s Place - Stayner, ON

Brent Courtney

Dorothy Harvie

Black History Event

Dorothy Abbott / Nathan Segal

Blaine Courtney

Festival Donors 2012


Black History Event

Carole Jackson

Virginia Dickie

Phyllis Abbott-Bassett

Rotary Club of Owen Sound

Brian Courtney & Co.

Blaine Courtney

Brian E Wood Funeral Home

Tannahill Funeral Home

Gayle Spencer

Douglas A Grace Professional Corp.

D J Peat Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd.

Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.

David NG Hawkins

Dorothy Abbot/Nathan Segal


Owen Sound Volkswagen

Baywest Motors Inc.

Fox Chrysler Dodge Jeep 

Jim Gardhouse Chrysler 

KIA of Owen Sound 

Owen Sound Honda 

Owen Sound Hyundai 

Owen Sound Subaru 

Peninsula Ford Lincoln 

Hal Wright Chevrolet Cadillac 

Ross Cole 

Alonzo & Joyce McClure 

Chubb Edwards - Owen Sound Employees

Richard MacGibbon

John E Miller 


Scotia Bank

Wanda Tompkins / Beverly Metzger-Noble

Bayshore Broadcasting
The Sun Times
City of Owen Sound 

Bill Van Wyck & Dr. Debbie Boyd

Barry's Construction
Rogers TV

Festival Donors 2011

OS Black History Event
B. Courtney & Company
Dorothy Abbott & Nathan Segal
Steve & Cathryn Harris
John Miller & Pat Winn
Janie Cooper-Wilson - Echoes in the Hills
Barry Penhale & Jane Gibson / Natural Heritage Books
Frank McNulty/JBG Productions
Bill Van Wyck & Dr. Debbie Boyd

Festival Donors 2001–2010


Mr. & Mrs. Brock & Cheryl Hansler

Mr. & Mrs. Dennis & Lisa Scott

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin H. Cromwell

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Upshaw

Mr. & Mrs. Ted Briggs

Mr. & Mrs. Greta Kennedy

Mr. Doug Scott & Ms. Bev Pollard

Mr. Jeff Shad

Mr. Ted Jewell & Family


Mrs. Bea Tillman

Mrs. Gwen McQuilken

Mrs. Kay Gyles

Mrs. Leona Scott

Mrs. Neletia Pederson

Mrs. Patricia Haynes

Mrs. Rita Williams

Mrs. Ron & Ann Harrison

Mrs. Shirley Courtney


Mrs. Velma & Ms. JoAnne Hendrix

Mrs. Rosemarie Upshaw

Ms. Alma Hawkins

Ms. Doris Green

Ms. Jessie Van Kane

Ms. Lucille Dobbins

Ms. Melba Jewel

Ms. Susan Scharfe Green

The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander