John C. Green was recently elected and installed as the Grand Master the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario for the next two years. Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity known to man encouraging goodwill and charity to all mankind and has memberships from virtually every occupation and profession.

 John Green Photo July 2015As Grand Master, Mr. Green is responsible for overseeing the activities of Grand Lodge in serving the approximately 40,000 Masons in 543 lodges in the province of Ontario.

 Mr. Green is a member of Conestogo Lodge No. 295 where he served as Worshipful Master in 1983 and again in 2005. He also holds membership in several other lodges. He was elected District Deputy Grand Master in 1998 and subsequently served on the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge commencing in 2003, including three years as a member of the Management Committee. He was elected Deputy Grand Master in July 2013.

Mr. Green has been active in municipal politics, having held elected positions for 36 years, including 22 years as Mayor. He has served as Warden of Wellington County and has been a member of the Police Commission, Board of Health and the Advisory Committee on Rural Planning for the Provincial Ministry of Food and Agriculture. He was also elected to the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

 Mr. Green has also been active in other aspects of the community. After serving as local president, Deputy Governor, District Governor and National President of the Kinsmen, he was honoured with a Life Membership. He has served on the hospital Board for over 40 years and was founding chairman of Drayton Entertainment which now operates seven theatres across Southwestern Ontario.

 In response to his active contribution to community, Mr. Green was made a Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary, and was awarded a Provincial Citation for contribution to the arts in Ontario, a Provincial Long Service Award for over 25 years in elected municipal politics, recognition for 40 years of service at Palmerston District Hospital, all culminating in being awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003.

 Mr. Green and his wife Barb live in Drayton where they attend Drayton United Church. They have one daughter in Ottawa and another daughter who lives in Australia with her husband and three daughters.

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.

Prostate Cancer Tour Jan. 16, 2014

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

The tour was organized so that members of the Foundation could see first hand the benefits of the Foundation’s contributions to Prostate Cancer research. This year, your Masonic Foundation was pleased to be able to provide the following grants:

$25,000 to Dr. Joseph Chin of Western University to enable a Masters student to look at modulators of prostate cancer cell invasion, which will have an impact on preventing metastasis.

$25,000 to Dr. Bobby Shayegan of McMaster University to study a novel prostatectomy technique which promises to greatly lessen complications.

$25,000 to Dr. Robert Siemens of Queen’s University for work with a survivorship group which includes cognitive psychologists who are attempting to understand the needs and gaps for men and their spouses in terms of their care after treatment. This includes a better understanding of quality of life issues.

We were privileged to be able to meet with Dr. Glenn Bauman, Chair/Chief of Radiation Oncology, Dr. Joseph Chin, Chief, Surgical Oncology, Dr. Aaron Ward, PhD, and Dr. Leonard Luyt, PhD.

Dr. Bauman guided the tour of the treatment and Radiation Therapy areas, explaining not only the equipment, but the processes used in treatment and the structure and organization of the various units and teams that come together to provide the best possible end result for the patient.

Dr. Chin provided insight into the workings of the clinical side of the Baines Centre for Transitional Cancer Research and also an update on the work of the Masters student, Sean Leith, who received the grant from our Masonic Foundation for his research into a short hairpin ribonucleic acid (shRNA) molecule library made by 3D culturing.

Dr. Aaron Ward provided a very educational presentation on the collaboration between the technology side of treatment and the interaction that their teams have with the clinicians. His presentation focused on how advances in imaging technology are constantly being used to strive for solutions to support questions and ideas that are raised by the clinicians in their use of the technology. He also outlined the process in transitioning a ‘question’ or an ‘idea’ from inception to a final product and he emphasised the importance of initial funding (donations) and ‘seed’ money in this process.

Dr. Leonard Luyt gave us a presentation on how the ‘chemistry’ teams collaborate with the technology (imaging) and clinical teams to provide patient care solutions. He stressed the importance of the on-site lab work in developing new labelling agents for imaging (much like the development process of a drug) that ultimately reaches the stage of clinical trials. He then conducted a very educational tour of the research lab.

This tour certainly allowed the participants from your Masonic Foundation to see first hand the work being done in the field of Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research. It was indeed an eye opener and a great opportunity to visualize the potential impact of our Foundation dollars at work. The entire Cancer Program team stressed the importance of funding, especially as relates to ‘seed’ money, in the ongoing search for better treatment and ultimate cure for Prostate Cancer.

We are indebted to the entire team but especially Jackie and Pam for making the tour possible.

Submitted by: Garry Dowling / David Cameron

Camp Trillium - Childhood Cancer Support Center

CampTrilliumAt 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.

CampTrilliumPresentation-13-12-10aM. 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.

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Our Purpose

Making Good Men Better.

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Its members share a common goal of helping each other become better men. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith, country, and fraternity.

Its roots go back centuries and its members are diverse: high profile leaders, physicians, construction workers, farmers…and maybe you.

Ancient…and modern.

We’re united by three ancient and fundamental principles—brotherly love, charity and truth—that are made relevant to the 21st century through the personal development, good works and social connections available to our members in the 550+ lodges across Ontario.

Great benefits…for you and the world.

Freemasonry offers much to its members—the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference and the means to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to socialize and work with men who have the same values and ideals.

We strengthen and improve our character by learning and practicing basic virtues of fraternal love, charity, and truth. Our principles extend far beyond our interactions with each other, and we strive to apply them to our daily lives.

And there’s so much more.

It's easy to learn about Masons—starting with the pages of this website. Need more details? Looking for a Mason in your community to share his personal perspective? Send an email, call or drop by your local Masonic lodge.

Who are Masons?

Masons are spiritual and moral men who choose to associate with groups of like-minded individuals for mutual benefit. What they find in Freemasonry is a disciplined and systematic course of self-improvement based on the Golden Rule: always do to others what you would like them to do to you.

There are 3.2 million masons across the world and more than 40,000 in Ontario.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Masons are spiritual and moral people, but there’s no room for discussion of sectarian religion or partisan politics in freemasonry. Members are free to follow their own path, as long as it fits with the ethical principles of integrity and virtue symbolized by the square and compasses—the icon most commonly associated with Masonry.

Masonry stresses the principles of kindness and consideration at home, honesty in business, courtesy towards others, dependability in one’s work, compassion for the less fortunate and being a good citizen of the world. Masonry recognizes that each man has obligations to his family, his work, his religious beliefs, his community and himself - these must take priority and Masonry does not interfere with his ability to meet these obligations.

Masons participate in three progressive degrees, each one teaching an important lesson through the use of symbols. The degrees help a Mason think about the big questions: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And what comes next?

A lodge is not a building…it’s the men that form it.

The foundation of the Masonic family is the Masonic lodge. It is here that Masonry teaches its lessons: kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, concern for the unfortunate and respect for one another. Most lodges are clearly signed and located on main streets in communities small and large across the globe.

With over 550 Lodges in Ontario, there should be a lodge that meets in a location near you.

Masonry is not a secret society…we’re happy to share what we know.

Any information about Masons can be found at a well-stocked bookstore or local library. Masonic buildings are clearly marked and listed in the phonebook and members often identify themselves by wearing Masonic jewelry.

The so-called Masonic “Secrets” are confined to modes of recognition by which a visitor can prove himself to be a Mason and thereby become eligible to enter a lodge in which he was otherwise not known.

The Extended Masonic Family.

A Mason can choose to broaden and deepen his experience of Masonry by participating in other branches of the Masonic family:

the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners and Knights Templar.

Masonry is for men…but it’s a family affair.

Women, girls and boys who share Masonic values are welcome to participate in the many social and charitable events hosted by lodges. But there are affiliate organizations for those looking for ways to become formally involved. Young men can join DeMolay, young women can join the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and Job's Daughters International.

What do Masons do?

Masonry is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of the fraternity.

Community Involvement:

Masons Community Involvement

Masons are encouraged to be actively involved in their communities. Some of the community outreach programs that Masons are actively involved with are listed below:

The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, a public charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, supports hearing research, a bursary program for university and college students, autism services, prostate cancer research and alcohol and drug awareness programs in elementary and high schools.

The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario sponsors the MasoniCh.I.P. child identification program. And we’re not above bleeding for a cause—every year, Ontario Masons support the Canadian Blood Services donor program with approximately 35,000 donations.

Shriners operate the largest network of hospitals in North America providing free care for burned and orthopaedically impaired children. The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 childhood language disorder clinics, centres and programs.

Individual districts support their own charitable projects.

Want to learn more about Masonry At Work?

Why become a Mason?

Masonry offers the opportunity to make each man better through its teachings, his Masonic associations and a philosophy that has served the social needs of men for centuries, by promoting:

  • Tradition: when you become a Mason, you become part of ancient tradition that spans centuries. From the original stonemasons that produced some of the most majestic architectural wonders of Europe to modern day Masons who participate in numerous charitable foundations, you’ll feel connected to a vital, growing and spiritually uplifting organization of moral men;
  • Self Improvement: learning portions of the Ritual and participating in the Degree stimulates the mind and, coupled with committee work and lodge management, presents the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, build self-discipline through commitment, poise and self-confidence, and strengthen presentation and public speaking proficiencies;
  • Sense of Accomplishment: participating in lodge projects, be they charitable or social in nature, provides the opportunity to contribute, work with others and enjoy the success of effort well expended;
  • Fellowship - Belonging to a Like-minded Group: the modern work environment has reduced or eliminated social association with co-workers; joining with lodge members in a fraternal atmosphere can substitute for that former workplace fellowship lost;
  • A Break from the Workaday Routine: Masonry brings together in lodge men of diverse backgrounds, where the daily pressures of a career can be left outside the door and where fellowship is the common theme.

These attributes are summarized in the tenets, or fundamental principles of Ancient Freemasonry: Brotherly Love; Relief; and Truth. If these values address your needs, Masonry welcomes you.

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