Find fresh, local food more easily!

Buy Local Buy Fresh

The Buy Local Buy Fresh map is here for everyone to take advantage of our producers great local food!  

A printed map with short descriptions of each vendor is a great asset to keep in the vehicle and head out for fresh food.  also shows the county wide map and is interactive with ‘trails’ of recipes whether salsa, turkey dinner or fruit dessert is on your mind.  

The printed maps are at all map participants sites as well as our sponsors:  County of Elgin, SouthWest Public Health Unit, Elgin Federation of Agriculture and Harvest Bowl sites.  

Keep it on hand and spring into 2021 for the maple syrup, asparagus seasons!

Included is the jpg of the cover.

For more information contact:

Donna Lunn,   [email protected], 519.859.6988


Erna Coffin, (EC Design) [email protected], 519.860.1893

Parking Lot Furniture Sale

Friday, September 18, 1pm-7pm
Saturday, September 19, 10am-4pm

300 Talbot St. W, Aylmer, ON N5H 1K2

MCS Employment Services has a new phone number!

Give us a call today! 226-210-6800

MCS Employment Services is the place in our community where we can address all your employment needs.

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer looking for workers, we are here to assist you.

We offer access to funded programs, career assessments, resume and cover letter writing, retraining and upgrading referrals and supported job search. In addition, we support employers by providing job posting assistance, training incentives and basic recruitment guidance.

All of these services are free, open to anyone in the community and can be provided in Low German. MCS Employment is an Employment Ontario Service Provider.

Seniors Colouring Contest Winners!

There were 14 contestants, with a total of 35 pages entered.

The oldest contestant was 91 and the youngest was 61.

The two top winners were Inis Gibbons – 91, and Margaret Hamm – 78. They will both be featured in the local newspaper, the Aylmer Express, in the Wednesday, June 17 issue!

Inis Gibbons won for age category as well as most pages entered. She entered 7 pages! Margaret Hamm won for her age category but also for most creative. Other categories prizes were awarded for include: best pencil crayon/marker pages, best shading, most detailed page, most stunning colours, most unique technique, inspiring message, completely coloured in without showing white, youngest.

Pictured are, left, Maria Krahn, winner Best Pencil Crayon, and, right, Maria Hiebert, winner Most Unique. Mrs. Krahn’s prize was a $25 gift certificate for Aylmer Burger Stand. Mrs. Hiebert’s prize was a $25 gift certificate for The Gordita Shop.
Douglas Abram, winner Most Brilliant Colours. Prize was a $25 Gift Certificate for the Aylmer Thrift Store.
Helena Siemens, winner Colour Choice Page. Prize was a grocery bag full of food from Aylmer Valu-Mart.

Each contestant received a prize due to the generous donation of prizes from local businesses.

Participating businesses were:

Aylmer Burger Stand
The Gordita Shop
Talbot Street Tim Horton’s
Butter Me Up
Moore’s Garden Centre
Aylmer Garden Centre
Small Town Catering
The Family Central
Aylmer Thrift Store

Thank you to our local businesses who generously donated prizes!

Thank you to United Way for funding for this contest through the Local Love in a Global Pandemic grant.

Congratulations to everyone who entered! Your colouring pages were beautiful! It was wonderful to see and celebrate the creativity and skill of seniors in our community.

Seniors 55+ Colouring Contest

MCS invites Aylmer seniors 55+ to a colouring contest! This contest is possible because of funding from United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis grant.

Submit by June 11, 2020.

Prizes for the best pages in each category! Age 55-64, 65-74, 75-84, etc. Prizes have been donated by local businesses.

Winning pages will be featured in the Aylmer Express on June 17.

Here’s what you need to do:
1. Choose one or more colouring pages of your liking.
2. Colour your page with crayons, pencil crayon, or markers.
3. Write your age in bold numbers on the right, upper corner of your completed page.
4. Write your name, address and phone number on the back of your page for us to contact you if you are a winner.
5. Bring coloured page(s) to Trillium Park (24 Sydenham St. West, Aylmer) entrance drop box on Wednesday, June 10 or Thursday, June 11 by 5pm.
6. You can also mail your entry to our MCS location at 16 Talbot St. East, Aylmer, ON, N5H 1H4.
7. Colouring pages from seniors’ residences will be picked up Thursday, June 11 by 5pm.

Good luck! We look forward to seeing your creativity! Who says colouring contests are just for kids?!

Thrift Fashion Show Feb 27, 2020

Head to the Aylmer Public Library for a free fashion show featuring outfits exclusively from the Aylmer Thrift Store next Thursday, February 27th at 6:30pm!

This is a free event with light refreshments being served. Brighten up the February blahs with this fun event! 38 John St. S, Aylmer, ON.

William Janzen “Advocating For Peace” Book Launch

Several MCS staff attended the launch for William (Bill) Janzen’s new book,
Advocating for Peace: Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008 in the evening on February 13 at Conrad Grebel in Waterloo. Bill served as director of the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee from 1975 to 2008, and he continues to be a helpful resource for our Settlement Services staff.

Job of the Week – Feb 21, 2020

Local employer RD Kisuule professional is looking to hire an accounting clerk/bookkeeper. Check the posting for details and how to apply. See details in job posting below.

Contact MCS Employment Services at 519-765-2082, 25 Centre St., Aylmer, ON, or e-mail [email protected] for assistance with your resume and job search, or to submit a job posting.

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