Lyle S. Hallman History
Lyle was born in 1922 and raised in the Cambridge (Preston) area.
After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II, Lyle started his construction business, Hallman Construction Ltd. in 1945. It grew into the Hallman Group of Companies which built, owned and managed 75 apartment buildings, comprising 3,500 rental units.
Throughout his life, Lyle gave freely of his time, expertise and financial resources to serve and support his community. That is why today, he is remembered for his generous support of charitable organizations throughout Waterloo Region. Examples of Lyle’s generosity include:
- Establishing funds in The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation and in the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation at early stages of their development and encouraging others to invest.
- Funding hospitals and healthcare including providing the funds for the first MRI scanner in our community.
- Serving as an active member of K-W Counselling Services for over 50 years, where he provided leadership, advice and long-term support.
- Initiating Strong Start® a community-run project to help ensure all children in Waterloo Region learn to read.
- Making major lead gifts to numerous fundraising campaigns throughout Waterloo Region which helped establish the Lyle S. Hallman Swimming Pool, Lyle S. Hallman Fund of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation, Lyle S. Hallman Institute for Health Promotion at the University of Waterloo and the Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Development at Wilfrid Laurier University.
During his lifetime, Lyle’s generosity and leadership in the community were officially recognized in many ways including:
- Being awarded the Canada 125 Medal,
- Receiving an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo, and
- Being invested in the Order of Canada.
The Lyle S. Hallman Foundation continues his tradition of giving in Waterloo Region by supporting health, education and children’s initiatives that inspire and grow individual and community potential.