Our co-operative makes regular, concerted efforts to engage in and support the communities where our facilities are located and where our members and employees live, work and play with their families.
We do this by regularly sponsoring and participating in local community events and programs; by supporting organizations dedicated to serving others and improving the well-being of communities through the Gay Lea Foundation; through the stewardship of Ontario’s dairy heritage and the creation of innovative community-based educational and co-operative programming at the Gay Lea Dairy Museum and, of course; by providing jobs, supporting families and contributing the sustainability of communities in Ontario and beyond.
The Gay Lea Foundation is the official registered charity of Gay Lea Foods, dedicated to supporting education, poverty relief, co-operative development and community well-being projects in Canada and around the world. Funded by Gay Lea Foods and through personal contributions from the co-operative’s delegates, Directors and employees, the Foundation has awarded more than 100 grants to registered Canadian charities doing important development work in Canada, Haiti, Central America, Asia and Africa since it was created in 2014.Learn More
The Gay Lea Dairy Museum celebrates the rich agricultural history of Ontario and Canada. Established by an Aylmer, Ontario farm couple and purchased by Gay Lea Foods in 2008, the Museum has grown to include a fascinating collection of heritage artifacts and a dynamic array of educational programming extending beyond dairy to encompass everything from agriculture, geography, Canadian history, art, team building, entrepreneurial/business skills and co-operative principles.
A collaborative, year-round Co-operative Education Centre (CEC) at the Museum site is now open. The CEC offers new programming and facilities to educate, train and prepare co-operative members, elected representatives and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives and their communities.