London Health Services Foundation - Donors of Distinction President's Dinner
The London Health Services Foundation of Ontario - Donors of Distinction President's Dinner attendees, M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling, Shawna, Jackie, and Patrick McGrenere.
Fanshawe College - Bursary Presentation - Adriana Martinez
The Masonic Foundation of Ontario presentation to Fanshawe College student Miss Adriana Martinez. From left, R.W. Bro. Randy Hawken, D.D.G.M. London West District, Miss Adriana Martinez, R.W. Bro. Jeffery Brown, D.D.G.M. London East District,
Sheridan College - New Bursary
The Masonic Foundation of Ontario donated $50,000 to Sheridan College to be matched by the Business School Alumni to be used for student assisstance programs. From left, WilliamHolmes, Vice-Provost, Sheridan College, Veina Wang, Second Year Student, Global Business Management Program, D.J. Ivan Elliot, from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, Melvyn Duke, Executive Secretary, The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, and Bryan McClatchie, Second Year Marketing Program student. Photo by Bryon Johnson. ...read more
Conestoga College Donation
President A. Douglas Nichols, President of The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, is pictured presenting an endowment bursary cheque to Dr. John Tibbits, President of Conestoga College in Kitchener on February 25, 2014. Pictured are, from left to right, Mr. Tim Tribe, Conestoga's Chief Development Officer, A. Douglas Nichols, and Dr. Tibbits. The alumni of Conestoga College have matched the Foundation's contribution, and the combined funds will provide an annual bursary to Conestoga students. Ms. Julie Griffiths (not pictured) stated at the presentation "Our students understand and appreciate how much their experience here is enhanced by gifts from donors like your Foundation. Your generosity not only touches their lives every day, but also inspires them to work hard to achieve their dreams and make a difference in out community as you have done through your gift to Conestoga. We are truly grateful for the Foundation's support and are honoured that you have chosen to support Conestoga this way."
Camp Trillium Donation
M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling presents a cheque for $44,531.88 to Marci Shea-Perry, Executive Director at Camp Trillium. From left to right: V.W. Bro. Wayne H. Barker, R.W. Bro. Raymond Charles, M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling, Marci Shea-Perry, R.W. Bro. A. Douglas Nichols, President of The Masonic Foundation of Ontario.
Masons of Ontario Donate over $44K to Camp Trillium
Childhood Cancer Support Center
At a presentation Ceremony held at Camp Trillium, Rainbow Lake (Waterford, Ontario), on Dec 10 2013, Past Grand Master, M. W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling presented a cheque to Camp Trillium on behalf of the Masons of Ontario, in the amount of $44, 531.88.
M. W. Bro. Dowling selected Camp Trillium to be the recipient of the Grand Master’s Project during his term as Grand Master July 2011 to July 2013. During that time, Brethren from across the Province made donations to the project, via the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, on behalf M.W. Bro. Dowling and his Lady Wendy. Donations came from individual Masons, Lodges, and Districts in Ontario.
M.W. Bro. Dowling, accompanied by R.W. Bro. A. Douglas Nichols, President of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, made the presentation on a beautiful sunny afternoon, at the Rainbow Lake Camp facility, to Marci Shea-Perry, Executive Director at Camp Trillium. Marci has been involved with Camp Trillium for approximately 25 years. Accompanying M.W. Bro. Dowling and Wendy were R.W. Bro. Raymond Charles, Lady Margaret and V.W. Bro. Wayne Barker and Lady Jill. Both had served as Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies during M.W. Bro. Dowling’s term. After the ceremony, Marci led the group on a tour of the Camp’s facilities.
Marci was ecstatic about the amount donated, as she had no idea of what to expect. She explained that it is always a challenge for Camp Trillium to raise the funds necessary to send children living with cancer to camp and to maintain the sites. Regrettably, the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division, one of our largest and consistent donors for many years, had to withdraw its support several years ago to devote its own funds to research activities. Camp Trillium’s focus is making sure that children living through cancer and their families have a special place to develop friendships, strengthen family bonds, have fun and challenge themselves to learn new skills. Camp Trillium receives no government funding. The bulk of the monies come through service clubs, special events and generous individuals. This contribution by the Masons of Ontario will make a difference!
Past Grand Master Dowling expressed his sincere gratitude to all the Masons of Ontario for their generous contributions over the two years. M.W. Bro. Dowling also paid tribute to those involved in the Masonic Foundation of Ontario for their role in administering the funds throughout the project.
More About Camp Trillium:
Camp Trillium’s Vision:
Camp Trillium (officially The Trillium Childhood Cancer Support Centre) offers year-round recreational experiences to bring children with cancer and their families together. It works to provide an environment that normalizes relationships and experiences, helping them in the healing process and enhancing their quality of life.
Camp Trillium is a place where children afflicted with cancer can enjoy what many take for granted … fun, friendships, and a respite from hospitals and treatment, but most importantly the chance to be normal. The chance to be recognized for skills in sailing, canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, skating, cross-country skiing, drama, rather than the disease that inhabits their body.
Camp Trillium is a leader in oncology camping programs. Year round in the province of Ontario 56 programs are provided for children living with cancer and their families and in 2010, over 3,100 campers participated in residential and family camps as well as 8 week Day Camps held across the province. Camp Trillium operates two camp sites, one on an island (OuR Island) near Kingston and the other at Rainbow Lake near Waterford.
Camp Trillium receives no government funding and the bulk of the monies come through private donations from service clubs, special events and generous individuals.
Camp Trillium has benefitted in the past from many hours of volunteer Masonic labour at its Rainbow Lake site. Local area Masons contributed volunteer hours to help build the Nature Centre and the kitchen addition. They have been thrilled with this past support from the local Masons and were delighted with the commitment to continue to support Camp Trillium through this project.
To see more about the wonderful resources at Camp Trillium, visit the Camp website located at: http://camptrillium.com/
Angela Gilmore (far left) and Celina Mantler (far right) of the Cambrian Foundation, are presented with $25,000 from the Masonic Foundation of Ontario, represented by Masonic Foundation Vice-President Brian Koivu (middle right) and Sudbury-Manitoulin District Deputy Grand Mason Keith Jordan (middle left).
Masonic Foundation Director David J. Cameron, Chairman of the Medical Research - Prostate Cancer Committee, recently presented a $25,000 Foundation grant cheque to Dr. Bobby Shayegan of McMaster University for a project to assess a novel surgical technique which is thought to reduce recovery times substantially. The researcher, Jen Hoogenes (centre), a PhD candidate in Clinical Epidemiology, looks on.
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