UPDATE:  The Building the Way Campaign has reached 100% of its goal!  Praise the Lord!  Our long-term debt has now been fully paid off, and work at both campuses has begun.  While we celebrate this milestone, we also need to address the increasing costs of the projects in the face of inflation and the instability of global markets.  To help us realize the full vision of these projects, we are inviting you to partner with us to FILL IT UP!!  See how you can be a part of this vision and give a tangible benefit in the lives of our students.  Click Here to view the opportunities available.


What exciting times we are in for Christian education! God is filling and over-filling our schools with children eager to learn – eager to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Not only at Cairn Christian School are we experiencing growth, but we hear of other Christian schools throughout the province experiencing a similar surge in enrolment. God is moving!

For that reason, I am so excited and honored to be leading the Building the Way Campaign. Our goal is to raise $3.2 million in support of eliminating our debt, improvements to the Stoney Creek campus and an addition and renovation at the Smithville campus. The overarching reason to do all this is to provide necessary space for the many young hearts and minds coming through Cairn’s doors and to build a solid financial foundation. It is our privilege and duty as parents, grandparents and the greater Church family to proclaim the mighty acts and power of God to the next generation.

Personally, I am thankful that my grandson, Elijah, is one of the many children that have started at Cairn Christian School this year and will hear of His mighty acts and power. I am sure you have your own stories of how God has been faithful from generation to generation. I ask that you reflect on God’s mighty acts and power in your life and then prayerfully consider your support for this exciting movement. Through God’s blessing, we are Building the Way.

​Wayne Schilstra
Chair, Building the Way Campaign

About The Campaign
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Smithville Campus
Our Smithville campus has experienced sustained increased enrolment since 2012, which has led to challenges for our building. The school was built to accommodate a single Kindergarten class and today, our program has grown to include a Junior and Senior Kindergarten, with both meeting five days a week.

This campaign will allow us to:

Add four more classrooms:
Two dedicated Kindergarten classrooms with separate entrances and washroom facilities, two primary classrooms, renovations to our entryway, student services, and much-needed administrative spaces will welcome our visitors and provide enhanced security and accessibility to our diverse community of learning. VIEW PLAN

Stoney Creek Campus
Our school is a very busy place due to increasing enrolment and community use of our facilities. Parts of our building are aging and need some care beyond the limits of our yearly operational budget.

This campaign will provide:

Outdoor Education Space, allowing us to celebrate God’s gift of creation in a meaningful and hands-on manner. It will replace our aging play structures and enhance active learning.

An enhanced rear entryway will provide full accessibility and will create a more open and  welcoming experience for visitors, students, and staff. Roof Replacement on an older part of the building will prevent any further water damage and will provide long-term sustainability.

Eliminating Our Debt
Debt incurred from amalgamations, past renovations and three consecutive years of deficit budgets many years ago, has given way to a strong financial picture today after a decade of balanced budgets.

Increased enrolment, responsible budgeting and diligent, sustained payments have significantly reduced the debt to its current level.

Fully eliminating the debt now will provide financial stability and ensure tuition fees will be directed entirely to operations. More importantly, it will allow our schools to invest further into our students and their learning.


Building The Way
A campaign of $3.2M is an ambitious task. Its success depends on our faith in God and His guidance to help each one of us find a way to make a sacrificial gift to the campaign. Every contribution to the campaign is an important one and together, every gift will ensure our campaign is a success so the next generations of Cairn Christian School students will continue to thrive.

Thank you for prayerfully considering how you too can be part of the future of Cairn Christian School and the Building the Way Campaign. The campaign will bring many other positive outcomes for our school. It will help us build new relationships, strengthen existing ones and reconnect with the past. All this will be possible by placing our faith and trust in God who has provided us with so many resources to share generously with hearts of thanksgiving.


Canada Revenue Agency provides tax credits for donations to charitable organizations. In the majority of cases, the donation tax credit is approximately 40% of the total donation, resulting in an actual cost of 60% of the donated amount. There are other giving vehicles available such as gifts of stocks or securities that can provide increased tax benefits.

Ways of Giving 
There are multiple ways of giving and supporting this campaign.  For more information about available options, consult our guide.
Ways of Giving document

Frequently Asked Questions about the projects and Campaign
Do you have more questions?  We've had many questions ourselves along the way.  Consult our FAQ document to have a more detailed look at common items people just like you are wondering about.
FAQ document (October 30/2019)

Become a Prayer Partner – help us ensure the campaign is bathed in prayer
Prayer Commitment Card

Plan to Make a Gift
Contact a Campaign Volunteer to schedule a visit to make a gift
Gifts of Securities Outline
Let us know if you have indicated Cairn/NACE in your will so that we can thank you now

Volunteer
There are many ways that you can make a difference in this campaign
View the possibilities in our volunteering document

Alumni – let us know if you are a graduate of Wellandport, John Knox, Covenant, or Cairn Christian School!
bit.ly/CairnAlumni (find some interesting photos and timelines here)
Help us find ‘lost’ Alumni

Cabinet members present our first public face of the campaign at the annual Fun Fest.

Building the Way Campaign Office
6470 Niagara Regional Rd 14
Smithville, ON
L0R 2A0
905-957-7796
campaign@cairnchristianschool.ca

Jacqueline Jones
Tracey Blodgett


Cabinet Members
​Wayne Schilstra
Kevin Huinink
Joyce Koorneef
Bonnie Desjardins
Duane VanGeest
Wendy Colyn
Cheryl Janssen
Danielle Vandenberg
Jessica Dreyer
​Richard Hoiting
​Rob VanWely

Canvassers
Nathan Anjema
Henry DeKlerk
Leah Haanstra
Steve Haanstra
Rob Heersink
Joe Zantingh
George Thies
Dan VanGeest
Steve VanLochem
Justine Wierenga