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In Memoriam: Rhoda Lipton

A Legacy Of Passionate
Community Leadership


Cancer took Rhoda Lipton away from her community way too soon.

In the early 1990’s, though they had lived all over the world, Rhoda Lipton and Benny di Zitti chose Elora as their home. A strong aesthetic sense in arts and archi- tecture, led them to build their dream home Cedarcliff.

Always engaged and a forceful community advocate,
Rhoda made her mark on Centre Wellington. The
Elora General Store became a focal point in the community. Rhoda volunteered her time and energy generously in setting up Elora Farmers Market and Sensational Elora, which went on to win gold at the 2009 Marketing Canada Awards.

Furthermore, Rhoda was active in Elora BIA, Elora-Fergus Tourism, Elora Centre for the Arts, Oscar Night at the Gorge Cinema and was a founding Board member of Centre Wellington Community Foundation (CWCF). Her passion and tenacity, coming from a strong love for the community and sense of purpose, ensured she made a real difference in her many commu- nity initiatives.

Rhoda inspired others to give back to our community. “I will miss her laugh, her voice, her tenacity, her love, her big heart”, commented Deb Dalziel. “This woman simply commanded such a presence and expected the absolute best from those around her.”

Rhoda and Benny believed in leaving a legacy, but even more so in making an impact during their lifetimes. This is what led them to create the first endowed fund at the newly launched CWCF. Cedarcliff Fund ensures that their personal passions would endure for generations.

It is bittersweet for us at the Foundation to know that Rhoda and Benny were able to make their first two grants to:

  • Casson’s Elora Portfolio in partnership with Heritage Centre Wellington, and
  • Elora Tarot Project in partnership with Wellington County Museum and Archives.

This was mere weeks before the untimely passing of Rhoda – she will be sorely missed. Her vision will continue to inspire us and her legacy will endure.