Last brought to South Dundas in 2008, the important and well received MasoniCh.I.P Child ID Program is being brought back to the area this year.
MasoniCh.I.P is a program whereby the local Masonic Lodge, free of charge, welcomes families to have information about their children gathered that will be invaluable should the child ever go missing.
“It is our sincerest hope that no family will need the resource provided in our packets, but if the need should arise, the information on the CD, that you are provided through our program, will be instrumental to law enforcement agencies in the recovery of a missing child.
It only takes 42 seconds from the time the CD-Rom is loaded into the police computer for the Amber Alert broadcast to be sent throughout North America,” reads a press release from the Masons.
Don Salt, a member of the local MasoniCH.I.P clinic organizing committee, with the Iroquois-Cardinal Masons, Friendly Brothers Masonic Lodge #143, said that the first in a series of clinics that will be held throughout the year will take place April 19 and 20.
They will have the clinic set up in a booth at the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Home and Trade Show at the Morrisburg Arena.
In 2008, about 300 children participated in the local clinics and the Masons are hoping that they will be as well received this time around.
“The children who were done at the last clinics, should be re-done,” said Salt, as they have certainly changed in five years.
While some of the information stays the same, such as DNA and fingerprints, updating information such as height, weight and photos is very important.
Salt, who is a retired law enforcement officer, stresses the importance of this information and says that parents should try and get their teenage girls to participate in the program.
“To put it bluntly, they are the group at the highest risk,” says Salt.
Salt hopes that parents of all children, no matter the age, will seriously consider bringing them to the clinic at the trade show this weekend.
The MasoniCh.I.P. Child ID Program consists of five major components – vital child information, digital fingerprints, digital photographs, a digital video and swab for DNA.
All of this data is burned on to a CD, and given to the parents or guardian.
Security and privacy are of the utmost importance; therefore, it is significant to note that the Ontario Masons keep nothing on file, with the exception of the permission form signed by the parent, prior to participation in any event.
It costs the Masons about $3 per child to gather the information for parents, a cost which the local Masons Lodge gladly covers.
“If it helps find one child, it is more than worth it,” said Salt.
The organizing committee plans to set up a couple of other clinics locally later this year; one at the South Dundas Soccer Tournament in Iroquois and one at Williamsburg Harvestfest.
Cruickshank is proud to named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada, ranking 38th, based on a study conducted by Aon Hewitt, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing solutions organization. The competitive study, now in its 14th year, measures employee engagement through employee surveys and attracted over 150 submissions from organizations across the country.
“I’m thrilled and proud of our employees, who are the reason we’ve been honoured with this recognition, says company CEO Steve Cruickshank. “Their dedication and drive are vital to our success, and they make our company a wonderful place to work.”
The Best Employers in Canada study recognizes companies who demonstrate their commitment to employees through a number of factors, including company environment, leadership qualities and opportunities for growth. Results of the survey are provided to each organization to help them continue to improve programs, recruit leaders and grow the company.
Steve Cruickshank notes that the Best Employers in Canada program offers an excellent opportunity to better understand what employees need to thrive. “Our success lies in our commitment to a safe, healthy work environment that allows our team to fully demonstrate their expertise,” he says. “The Best Employers program is a critical tool that helps us continue to develop that environment for mutual benefit and success.”
Founded in 1956, Cruickshank is a leading road, bridge and infrastructure construction services firm. The company, which operates in both Canada and the U.S., has significant experience in both the private and public sectors, and has developed a strong reputation for getting the job done right – every time.
Along with being ranked as one the Best Employers in Canada, Cruickshank is a 2011 winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies program, a national award that recognizes Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Cruickshank has also been ranked on the top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers for the past three years and was named one of Canada’s Green 30 employers by Maclean’s magazine in 2011 and 2012.
On Friday evening, around 7 p.m., fire broke out in one of the townhomes on Victoria Crescent in Morrisburg.
According to South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services chief Chris McDonough, both the Morrisburg and Williamsburg stations were dispatched to the call.
“Upon fire crews arrival, there were flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the home. The crew began an aggressive attack on the kitchen area.”
“The fire crews did a excellent job of extinguishing the fire and ensuring the damage did not spread to the adjoining units on either side,” said McDonough.
He also informed that there were no injuries reported and that damage is estimated at approximately $40,000.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.