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London Regional Cancer Program (LRCP)
Prostate Cancer Tour Jan. 16, 2014
Your Foundation Dollars at Work
On Thursday, Jan. 16, a number of the Directors of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario were privileged to participate in a tour of the London Regional Cancer Program’s Prostate Cancer facilities at the London Health Sciences Centre.
The following members of the Masonic Foundation were in attendance: President A. Douglas Nichols, Dr. David Cameron, Mr. Garry Dowling, Mr. Patrick McGrenere, Mr. Ed Standish, Dr. Charles Woods and our Deputy Grand Master, Mr. John Green.
We were accompanied on the tour by two private donors, Mrs. Sheila Reynolds and Mr. John Reynolds.
The tour was organized and directed by two members of the London Health Sciences Foundation, Jackie Ellefsen and Pam Taylor.
Photo (left to right)
Back Row: Dr. Charles Woods, Doug Nichols (MFO Foundation President), Patrick McGrenere, Dr. David Cameron, Ed Standish, Garry Dowling
Front Row: Aaron Ward, Leonard Luyt, Mrs. Sheila Reynolds, Mr. John Reynolds, John Green (Deputy Grand Master)
Missing: Dr. Glenn Bauman, Jackie Ellefsen, Pam Taylor Read more...
On December 21, 2013, the Toronto Humber Valley masons gave away 503 turkeys to those less fortunate before Christmas. Our partner, Vito's No Frills cooked 1000 pancakes for all in attendance. The first year we started with a goal of 100 turkeys, but through fundraising efforts, we were able to purchase 215 turkeys and distribute them. The second year we gave away 302 turkeys.
This initiative was started by W.Bro. Darren Dunlop in 2011 and we should continue to support this worthy cause. Giving is what allows us to accomplish things far beyond ourselves; and accomplishing great things through ourselves - and others!
This years event was a true collaborative effort from the District brethren in fundraising, promotion, logistics, set up, and parking/traffic. I am truly grateful to my brethren and thank them for making this event a continued success. Read more...
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.
Photo (left to right): V.W. Bro. Wayne Barker, R.W. Bro. Ray Charles, Marci Shea-Perry, R.W. Bro. A Doug Nichols, M.W. Bro. Garry Dowling.
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 of 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. Read more...
The Ontario Mason Magazine Team and the Communications Committee are extremely pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Ontario Mason Magazine (OMM), in its new on-line format.
We hope that you enjoy the team’s first effort; it has been a huge undertaking and it certainly has been a learning process for us all. As we move forward with the creation of the Winter Issue, we pledge to you that the team will seek improvement every issue. Read more...
On the 8th March 2013. A number of Members of the Peel Regional Police Service were recognised by the Governor Generals Office, as recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was awarded to Canadians who have made significant contributions or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community and to their country. The Diamond Jubilee Medal also marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth IIʼs accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. Throughout 2012, an astounding 60,000 deserving Canadians were recognized for this high honour.
Among those officers who received the medal, five are masonic brethren
Bro. Steven Kemley, of Sunnylea Lodge, No.664. W. Bro. Wayne Omardeen, Bro. Donald Jorgensen, Both of Unity Lodge, No. 710. Bro.Thomas Murray, of Harris Lodge, No. 216. W.Bro.Jeffrey Baker of Wellington Square Lodge No.725.
The medal was designed by the Canadian Heraldic Authority and manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint. It displays the crowned image of Queen Elizabeth II on the front, with recognition of the sixtieth diamond anniversary of her Sovereign’s accession to the Throne on the reverse.
Recognizes MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario
On Feb 18, at the Conference of Grand Masters of North America, the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario was presented with an Outstanding Service Award by Masonichip International.
The Award was presented by M.W. Bro. Denny Robinson, PGM and President of Masonichip International and accepted by M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
Approximately 10 such awards were presented to Grand Lodges throughout North America to honour outstanding achievements and success in identifying and educating children in collaboration with the Masonichip International program.
M.W. Bro. D. Garry Dowling was delighted to accept the Award on behalf of all the Officers of Masonichip Ontario and the many, many Masonic Volunteers and their Ladies who assist in all facets of our programme across Ontario. To date, this programme has enabled over 51,000 Child Identification Kits to be produced in Ontario for parents and guardians.
The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children in the United States, states:
"MasoniCh.I.P. is one of the most comprehensive child
recovery and identification programs in the nation."
Please visit the MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario website for further details of this wonderful programme (www.masonichip.ca)
D. Garry Dowling,
Over 42,000 child ID kits have been provided free of charge to families in Ontario! Even though it is our hope that no parent should ever need to use their kit, Masons remain committed to providing this comprehensive program “just in case”. Read more...
Last week, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario presented Prostate Cancer Canada with a cheque for $20,250 – this on top of their incredible financial support in 2009. A special thank you to the Masonic Foundation of Ontario for supporting the Prostate Cancer Canada mission and vision and for enabling us to increase awareness of this disease, a disease which will affect 1 in 6 Canadian men in their lifetime. Read more...