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Stephen McCann launches Luxury Links in Morrisburg

 

Although he doesn’t plan to retire in the near future, nor take up golf for that matter, Stephen ‘Steve’ McCann has taken a big swing towards making golf a part of his retirement plans.

This Saturday, McCann is hosting a grand opening for his new business, Luxury Links, an indoor golf program complete with a Full Swing golf simulator located at 91 Main Street in the Morrisburg Shopping Plaza, east of Thom Travel.

McCann kicked off his golf simulator business venture in mid-August, when he went to work to renovate the building to accommodate the hitting area.

“My idea was to design a comfortable place for people to come in and have a game of golf, and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out,” he said during an open house this past weekend.

In addition to the room that houses the Full Swing golf simulator, golfers will be able to relax in a lounge area, where coffee and vending machine snacks and beverages are available.  (The facility is not licenced.) A washroom area is located at the back of the building.

“This is two months worth of work. I started it on August 17th, and completely gutted it. I lost about 20 pounds,” he says of the construction phase that was done in the evenings and on the weekends.

A self-professed non-golfer, McCann says he first considered the idea back when Caldwell Linen Mill in Iroquois closed and he was out of a job. Although he found work at the St. Lawrence Medical Clinic, “the idea has been brewing for six years.”

Now as the golden years draw closer, he’s 57, he says he wanted to get something in place that would give him something to do.

A market study told him there are, “11 golf courses (in a 35km radius of Morrisburg) with an estimated 6,000 golfers. The closest indoor simulated golf experiences are at South Mountain and Prescott. After that you have to go to Brockville or Ottawa. There is nothing to the east. I have a seven year plan. If this works out, I’d like to open others in the area.”

What sets Luxury Links apart from other simulated golf setups, is that it is a member-only club.

McCann sees competitive/experienced golfers joining to stay at their game during the off-season, and the more casual and non-golfers using it for entertainment.

Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily, seven days per week and club membership is limited to 60 contracted membership hours. Once 60 hours have been contracted, the membership will be cut off, and that will leave an additional 40 hours available to the members each week for extra play.

There are three membership categories with corresponding fees and a fee schedule for extra play. 

First to drop in to the open house was Morrisburg golfer, Jim ‘Sudsy’ Whelan, who was completely sold on the concept and impressed with the facility even when his first shot, off the first tee at Pebble Beach, went only 220 yards. Shot two, was 140 yards into the rough, followed by a chip that left him with a 15.7 foot, downhill breaking right to left, putt…which he missed.

“It’s a riot,” says McCann. “I had my IT guys in the other night and they had a great time. And none of them play golf.”

The Luxury Links program offers 12, 18 hole golf courses, two par three courses and a driving range. Complimentary left and right hand clubs are available.

“Pebble Beach is what everyone seems to like,” says McCann explaining the simulators were originally built for training tools, but soon were “recognized for their entertainment value.”

The simulator can be set up for sunny or cloudy days, with or without wind. There is even a ‘shot booster’ button for maximum yardage and the option to add spectators who will cheer you on.

Shot accuracy and speed are measured by two 360 degree tracks on the Full Swing simulator, which according to McCann was one of the first developed. “When the ball bounces back, it measures the slice/hook. There’s a three point measurement.”

Luxury Links will not be manned. Members will have their own access cards and bookings can be made online.

The unique membership pricing system has been done to make “it much more affordable.”

“I’m excited,” said McCann. “I think it is going to be good, once people get used to it.”

“A couple can come out and have some exercise and fun, or a foursome can get together. It is meant to be an affordable alternative to having to travel to play.”

“I can see members come in for coffee and sit around and visit…golf buddies who maybe don’t see much of each other in the off season.”

“I travelled to Ottawa last winter,” said Whelan. “I had a Myrtle Beach trip planned, and I wanted to swing some before I left. This is great to have this here.”

“Memberships will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, up to the 60 contracted hours. I could book more, but that is not my goal. The season will run from October through April and reduced prices for members will be offered during the summer golf season.”

“I’m the best kept secret in town right now and I don’t want that.” 

People can drop in to the grand opening Saturday from 1-5 p.m., check the website at www.luxurylinks.ca or call 613-643-3003 and leave a message.

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Pilon to participate in Rick Hansen 25th anniversary Man in Motion Relay

 

Tayler Pilon was just two years old when her grandfather, Les Bilmer, was left a quadriplegic after an accident in the fall of 2000 injured his spinal cord.

After the injury from a fall, and a year in hospital, her ‘poppy’ was brought home, where he was cared for, round the clock by Grandma Inez and the entire Bilmer family including young Tayler, the only tiny tot in the family at the time.

“I helped Grandma crush up his pills, and there were pockets in his wheelchair where there were always treats for me.”

“It was hard. It was 24-7 care,” says Tayler’s mother, Laury. “I am sure Dad lived as long as he did because of her. She would crawl up in bed with him and have her naps. There were always little treats under his pillow.”

Les passed away in May of 2004, and Tayler, now 13, has fond memories of the days she spent with him.

That’s why, when her Aunt Debbie learned of the Rick Hansen 25th anniversary Man in Motion Relay, Tayler was eager to apply to be part of it. 

She was one of 8,000 Ontarians who applied and one of 2,000 who were successful.

This Saturday, October 29, Tayler with Grandma Inez and a large number of the Bilmer family will be in Smiths Falls where Tayler will run her 250m of the relay that started in Cape Spear, Newfoundland, on August 24, and will end May 22, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen wheeled through 34 countries in 26 months to complete his now-famous Man in Motion World Tour.

His mission was to inspire the world and realize the dream of raising millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research, making communities more accessible and inclusive and changing the way people looked at the potential of people with disabilities.

In March of 2010, the 25th anniversary campaign began with the official launch of the Rick Hansen Institute, founded in 2009. This independent institute is a Canada-wide collaboration dedicated to accelerating progress toward a cure and improving the quality of life for people who live with spinal cord injuries and related disabilities.

One of the key events of the 25th Anniversary of the Man in Motion World Tour is the current nine month Rick Hansen Relay which Tayler Pilon of Morrisburg is participating in, in memory of her grandfather, Les Bilmer, this Saturday, October 29 in Smiths Falls.

Tayler has set a goal of raising $1,000 for the Relay.

“We are trying to raise $1,000, and we are at $700 now,” she said last Wednesday. “We have donations from my aunts and uncles and the Legion, the  Legion Ladies Auxiliary and friends.”

“We didn’t have to make a donation, but I wanted to.”

Although Tayler was not yet born when the original Man in Motion Tour took place, she has since studied and learned about the effort.

“I looked up information on Rick Hansen, because I really didn’t know much about him. He wheeled for 26 months and has raised $26 million.”

“He became like a national hero, just like Terry Fox did.” 

Tayler says she is excited about running her leg of the relay and is proud to have the opportunity to carry the 25th anniversary commemorative medal with 16 other medal bearers in Smiths Falls.

The event is sponsored by Nike and McDonald’s, and Tayler will run in a uniform provided by Nike and will receive a replica of the commemorative medal.

For those who wish to travel to Smiths Falls, Tayler will be running at about 3:54 p.m. She is scheduled to attend a briefing at the Smith Falls Memorial Community Centre at 2:15 before being taken by bus to her segment of the relay.

Family and friends are advised to look for the relay segment with Tayler’s Medal Bearer # MB067-025.

For those who can’t make the trip, but would like to help Tayler reach her $1,000 donation goal, you can donate online. Information on the link can be obtained by emailing Laury and Tayler at lktpilon@hotmail.com. For more information you can call them at 613-543-3961.

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Sharing in South Dundas

I’ve learned a lot this week. I learned that October 16th is World Food Day. I learned that October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. I also learned that while there are many people working toward eliminating poverty and helping those in need, there are also those who are bent on spreading the false perception that everything is okay and what can be done is being done.

I’d like to point out that just because you don’t see poverty everyday, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. And, like breaking a law, we shouldn’t be able to claim ignorance for our blindness to those around us who are in need of help.

Since I started working for the Leader I’ve discovered that there really is a huge world outside my door. Like many others I hid behind that door “minding my own business” and “not getting involved.”

 While I’m definitely not encouraging anyone to become a Nosy Nellie, I do believe it is everyone’s responsibility to get involved in making life better for all members of our community.

I recently attended the Community Living Dundas County’s Ladies Night Out at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners. During a short speech, Board Member Marja Smellink said, “I’m grateful to live in a very compassionate and generous region.”

She’s right. This is a very caring, compassionate and generous region. There are a number of people who share themselves and their time by volunteering in a number of causes. There are also a number of people who faithfully attend events and donate where possible.

What I’m asking is whether or not you belong to that group? In the last two years of living in this community I can honestly say that, until now, I did not. I’ve had to reassess my own priorities and ask myself, “What can I do to make a difference? Where can I best help out?”

I’m not suggesting that everyone run out and join every charity. I’m not suggesting that you give your last dime to charity. I’m also not suggesting that you commit yourself to things you can’t realistically do. What I am suggesting is that you ask yourself the same questions: “What can I do to make a difference? Where can I best help out?”

And, if you can, when you buy your groceries, buy something extra and toss it into the Food Bank bin for someone who needs it. 

-S.Casselman

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Perspectives by Rev. Clarence Witten

It may sound kind of dumb, but sometimes when I hear two sides to an argument I think that both sides are right. 

One person makes his/her case, and I think, “Hey, that sounds good to me.” Then the other gives his/her counter argument and I figure, “Wow. That’s true too.” 

Yet d’uh. They can’t both be right, can they, if they’re making opposite arguments? Or can they?

Where I experience this the most is in two of the political magazines I subscribe to. One is very left wing, the other writes from the perspective of the far right. Boy do they differ. 

The funniest thing is that they often cover the same topics at the same time. 

So I get my right wing paper and read a defense of the west’s involvement in a war in some far off place because of the good things that will come out of it.

Then a week or two later, I’ll get the left-leaning perspective of how the west has no business being in this war and should leave immediately. 

One magazine will blast a given government policy, the other will bless it.

At the present, both magazines are writing about the Occupy Wall Street protests that are taking place around the world. And of course they both have different takes on the issue. 

One whole-heartedly supports the protests and thinks it’s great that people are taking on corporate greed and the unfair distribution of wealth on our planet. The other magazine is of course not willing to do that. It will blame someone else or something else for poverty and the economic woes we’re facing.

So what do I learn from this?

First, if I am willing to look for it and be open to it, there is truth in both magazines. But I have learned something else. In so many of the issues that these magazines address, like who is to blame for the economic mess the world is in today, they all seem to want to blame ‘someone else.’ The right blames the government and their taxes while the left blames the corporations and financial institutions.

In this blame game I remember a famous quote by Solzhenitsyn the Russian dissident. He wrote that while he was rotting away in a Soviet prison “ it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.” 

It’s easy to blame the ‘other side’ for what’s wrong, but it’s not that simple. There’s evil in us all, including greed, and we all contribute to the brokenness of this world.

Really, I learn this lesson best from one of the Bible’s most colorful characters, John the Baptist. When different groups of people came to him to be baptized, regular folk, soldiers, and tax collectors, he pointed out that there was evil or sin in each of their hearts. How they live it out may be different for them all, but none were exempt. 

In fact, he also goes on in the chapter (Luke 3) to point out the king himself is not immune from sin. Sin or evil simply are universal. But the coolest thing we learn from John the Baptist is what to do with this sin. Turn to Jesus he tells them all. Repent of your sin, and this Jesus will cleanse you and forgive you of it. 

Great truths still for today. We may see evil in everyone else, and want to blame this group or that for what’s wrong with this planet, but one of the wisest things we can do is face up to the fact of our own contribution to the world’s problems, our own greed maybe, or wastefulness, or indifference. The fact that there is wrong with us (this thing the Bible calls sin) and to go to Christ for the solution.

When we receive Christ as our personal Saviour, as the one who died for our sin, we discover that not only does Christ forgive our sin and evil, but he also gives us power to overcome it.

And if we’re willing he will give us a spirit of love, compassion, and justice to empower us to go into our broken world to bring healing and help.

This world does have problems, but instead of just blaming others for them, in Christ, let’s become part of the solutions.

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Frawley solid in net as Bantam Bs roar

The South Dundas Bantam B Rep Lions roared to a pair of victories last week, kicking it off on home ice last Monday with a 4-0 shut out against the visiting Brockville Braves and then turning it up a notch in Athens, Friday night, for an 11-2 victory.

Andrew Jarvis led the Monday night effort with a hat trick performance in a game that started with a fast paced, hard hitting first period.

The Big “Z” Zach Frawley denied a Braves scoring chance when he batted the puck away with his stick to keep the contest at zero,  halfway through the period. Just over seven minutes in, Andrew Jarvis (from Riley Barry) gave the Lions the lead when he carried the puck into the opposition zone to release a wrist shot which beat Aaron West, glove side.  

Minutes later, Cameron Chayer’s breakaway attempt was denied by West.  

With less than a minute remaining in the period Riley Barry took a slashing penalty to give the Braves the advantage, but great defensive play, led by Quinn Bennis, kept the Braves off the scoreboard.  

With the Braves AJ Barton sitting out a four minute hit to the head penalty, the Lions took advantage with Jarvis’ second goal assisted by Josh Black. 

With the help of Spencer Heldens, Jarvis completed his hat trick performance minutes later, again while the Lions were on the power play. 

In the third period the Braves gave up a third consecutive power-play goal when a Josh Black shot from the point resulted in a rebound to Randy Fawcett.  

Lions goaltender, Zach Frawley earned his first regular season shutout in the 4-0 victory.

Friday night in Athens, the Lions were oozing confidence as they skated to an 11-2 victory

Athens scored the first goal of the game when Frawley’s clearing attempt failed and he passed the puck to an Aero’s player for a shot on the open net.  

The Lions charged back to tie it when Randy Fawcett, from inside the Athens blue line, passed to Riley Barry who shuffled the puck to a waiting Ben Michels for a one timer that found mesh.  

One minute later, Aaron Smith’s wrist shot left a huge rebound for Cameron Chayer who made no mistake to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.   

Michels scored his second of the game from Fawcett and Jarvis to end the period with the Lions up 3-1.

In the second, the Lions scored three more from Riley Black (Jarvis), Aaron Smith (Evan Mullin) and Drew Minish (Mullin).   The Aeros got their second goal when the Lions couldn’t clear their own end, enabling Keegan Elliott-Laporte to beat Frawley through the five hole.

The Lions put the game out of reach in the third period with five unanswered goals. 

Counting were Quinn Bennis (Riley Black and Drew Minish), Smith (Jarvis and Riley Black), Barry (Randy Fawcett and Cameron Chayer), Spencer Heldens (Fawcett) and Jarvis.

The Lions hosted Perth, Monday, October 17th at 8 p.m. and on Monday, October 24 they travel to CharLan for a 7 p.m. match. Their next home action is on Monday, November 7 when South Stormont comes to town for an 8 p.m. match.

 

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Novice Bs comeback with 3-3 tie

The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions started their regular season home schedule here on Saturday night in a dramatic three goal comeback on the South Grenville Rangers. 

Down 3-0 at the half way mark of the second period, and facing their first loss of the season, the Lions showed their roar!

The Rangers jumped out to the three goal lead and after that the Lions defense of Spencer Barclay, Trent Rae and Emytt Fetterly closed the door in front of goaltender Brendan Shaver. 

The Lions started taking control of the game while the Rangers began to allow the Lions scoring chances that began to multiply.

Owen Fetterly started things off for the Lions at 4:06 of the second period when he netted a shot behind Rangers goaltender Jessome. 

Joshua Broad’s strong forechecking kept the puck alive several times on the left wing boards before Lapier’s chance and Fetterly’s goal. 

Moments later, Lapier broke free from the Rangers defense and wristed a shot over the net, just missing the top corner. The Lions pressed with some more scoring chances before an impressive individual effort from Kayne McCadden came up short as his shot missed the mark.

Barclay and E. Fetterly created another scoring chance moving the puck quickly out of their own end up the left wing boards to Cassidy Bilmer who skated the puck into the neutral zone before setting up Nolan Henry and Kayne McCadden to skate free into the Rangers zone where their shot was stopped.

Henry cut the lead to one, scoring with 34 seconds left in the second, when he snapped a shot past the Rangers goalie to make the score 3-2. McCadden and Bilmer set up Henry on the play with another excellent passing play. 

In the third period, McCadden completed the comeback by stick handling around the Rangers defense before scoring the game tying goal with three minutes left in the period.  

It looked like he might get the winner a minute later when again he created a great scoring chance by breaking in alone on the Rangers goalie alone before crashing the net.

 The South Dundas “Howitzer” Novice B Lions next Home game is Sunday October 23rd at 1pm, come on out and cheer on the Lions.

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Junior B Lions lose confidence

“Our confidence level is nonexistent,” said Morrisburg Junior B Lions coach Thom Racine following a pair of weekend losses to the Akwesasne Wolves, Friday night on home ice, 4-3 and to the Char-Lan Rebels in Williamstown, on Saturday, 5-2.

Coach Racine and his Lions were looking for wins on the weekend as they met their two fellow teams in the bottom of the St. Lawrence Division. The Wolves, on Friday night, were in the hunt for their first win of the season, while the Rebels were looking for just their second taste of victory.

They both got their wishes, the Lions didn’t. As a result, the Lions now share fourth spot with the Rebels at four points apiece while the Wolves are just one point back, thanks to an earlier tie, at three.

“Friday night it could have went either way,” said Racine. “We played well enough to win. You can make all the excuses you want but you still have to win hockey games.”

“We just have to keep working hard. It’s just the mental mistakes that are costing us.”

As Racine predicted a few weeks ago, the St. Lawrence has become a two tier division. “We have three power houses (Vikings, Glens and Hawks) and the three of us (Lions, Rebels and Wolves) are playing for the fourth spot.”

Racine says he is trying to impress upon his Lions, “don’t quit, keep going. Look what happened last year. We were dead in the water until the middle of the January.”

This time around, Racine is working on a much sooner, than later, turnaround.

This past weekend, the Lions played starter goaltender Mikael Dion on Friday night and Ryan Cooper, Saturday night.

“They both played pretty. We just don’t give them the support they need.”

Friday night in Morrisburg the fans were treated to a scoreless first period and a scoreless third. Seven goals were counted in the second.

The Wolves went up early in the second with a pair of power-play goals from Justin Villeneuve and Matthew Morin. 

At 6:50 of the frame the Lions got one back, on their power play, from Sylvester Bzdyl assisted by Matt Ouimet.

A little over a minute later, Jayden Lemire struck to again boost the Wolves to a two-goal advantage.

At 9:22,  Alex Steingruber (from Ryan Ward and Clarke Veenstra) on the power play, put the Lions back into the game, cutting the gap to 3-2.

That held until just under 14:07, when Clarke Veenstra set up Sylvester Bzdyl for a short-handed goal that evened the field at 3-3.

Again the Lions couldn’t hold on and 25 seconds later Byron Dewett counted to put the Wolves ahead 4-3.

The Wolves and goaltender Quade Smoke then settled in to hold on for their first win of the season.

Saturday night in Williamstown, the Lions simply put, couldn’t put the puck in the net.

The Rebels went up 2-0 in the first period, their first goal just 58 seconds in, and their second with just 2:24 left in the frame.

Michael Paquette scored unassisted for the Lions at 1:08 of the second period, but that was it and the Rebels beat Cooper for another two, to end the period in the lead, 4-1.

Michael Poapst counted the Lions final goal (from Steingruber and Bzdyl) at 1:38 of the third, and at 2:49 the Rebels got it back from Kevin Veilleux.

“I’m not frustrated, but I am disappointed,” said Racine. “There was so much optimism at the start of the year. We had four lines with depth, but it’s just not happening for them.”

Tonight, (Wednesday, October 19) the Lions are in Brockville to take on the Tikis, where Racine says they will have their work cut out for them.

With a number of the regulars not able to attend due to school exams, he will be icing several local midget players. But he says you never know. The Lions were in the same situation at this time last year and went to Brockville for a win.

This Friday night, the Lions host the Athens Aeros at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, they are on the road for a rematch against Akwesasne at 7:15 p.m.

 

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Commemorating the War of 1812

News Release – October 11, 2011

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE– The Harper Government today launched the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. 

This War helped establish our path toward becoming an independent and free country, united under the Crown with a respect for linguistic and ethnic diversity.

“The heroic efforts of those who fought for our country in the War of 1812 tell the story of the Canada we know today: an independent and free country with a constitutional monarchy and its own distinct parliamentary system,” said James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. 

“The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our history, and we look forward to taking part in the events and activities that will mark this important anniversary for Canada.”

Over the next four years, the Government will invest to increase Canadians’ awareness of this defining moment in our history. 

This will include support for: a pan-Canadian educational campaign focused on the importance of the War of 1812 to Canada’s history; support for up to 100 historical re-enactments, commemorations, and local events; a permanent 1812 memorial located in the National Capital Region; interactive tours, six exhibits, and improvements to three national historic sites across the country; investments in infrastructure at key 1812 battle sites, such as Fort Mississauga and Fort York, Ontario; celebrating and honouring the links that many of our current militia regiments in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada have to the War of 1812. 

October 2012, will also be designated as a month of commemoration of the heroes and key battles of the War of 1812.

“Had the War of 1812 ended differently, the Canada we know today would not exist. The war laid the foundation for Confederation and the cornerstones of our political institutions,” said Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. 

Details on planned activities will be made available on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 website at www.1812.gc.ca.

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Airplane used in law enforcement

SD&G – Over the Thanksgiving weekend, members of the HSD (Highway Safety Division) as well as SD&G OPP officers took part in a traffic initiative involving the use of the airplane on Highways 138 and 401. 

HSD Sgt. Paul Sabourin stated that “some drivers were surprised when they were stopped and issued a Provincial Offence Notice for speeding; once they were advised to look skyward they realized that they had been observed by the airplane.” 

The long weekend initiative resulted in the following charges: 3 Radar Warning Devices; 11 Stunt Driving; and 148 Speeding. 

SD&G OPP would like to remind the motoring public to time manage and respect all the rules of the road when travelling on our  highways.  

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Ladies night fundraiser is a model for success

What do you think about when you hear Ladies Night Out?

Community Living Dundas County (CLDC) held their third annual Ladies Night Out Fundraiser on October 13 at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners complete with entertainment, shopping, prizes, refreshments and friendly conversation.

The event began at 6 p.m. with a variety of vendors showcasing their products and services. Their displays were arranged on the walls surrounding the twenty tables set up beautifully for guests.

Matilda Hall had a full house that night with at least 200 guests. 

On entering the hall, ladies were greeted with the sound of Claude Plamondon playing guitar and singing his songs.

Staff from the South Mountain branch of Scotiabank welcomed guests at the door. The bank also volunteered to match whatever proceeds were raised from the entrace fees.

At the entrance of the hall, Amber Rothwell welcomed guests by handing out free reusable CLDC logo bags.

Some of the food for the “ladies tea” was donated by Giant Tiger in Morrisburg, Riley’s Valumart in Morrisburg, Mike Dean’s Superstore in Winchester, and Andy’s Foodland in Winchester.

CLDC Executive Director Debbie Boardman reported, that CLDC “received cash donations and items for the silent auction from numerous businesses and organizations in South Dundas and North Dundas.”

The vendors in attendance “were extremely generous with donations for the door prizes.”

Two of the vendors provided the main entertainment of the evening by way of a fashion show.

Annette Quesnel from Juli Fashion Essentials in Morrisburg  along with  Amy Baker’s Jockey Person to Person from Winchester organized and presented some lovely fashions for the audience.

Quesnel’s volunteer models consisted of Chelsea Bosman, Leeanne Stata, Stephanie Barkley, Mary Roderick, Theresa Robillard, and Florence Oglestone.

Baker’s modelling volunteers were, in order of first appearance, Tracey Porteous, Joanne McCaslin, Wendy Hyndman, Julie McDonald, and Doris Baker. Tracey worked double duty filling in for an absent Juli model.

In addition to the many door prizes, there were also three draws. The first place prize was donated by Aura Escapes with a “girls get-away” package for four people in Cornwall including accommodations and meals. Elaine Whitteker was the winner.

The second place prize consisted of a spa bundle from Lakeshore Massage Therapy. The winner was Jeannie Fox-Dibble.

Agnes van Dodewaard won the third place prize of a Stokefire Gift Certificate.

After the fashion show and prizes, but before the finish of the silent auction, three board members rose to speak: Terry Boyd, Eunice Eldridge, and Marja Smellink.

Boyd began saying “we’re here tonight to share with you why CLDC is so important in so many ways.”

“We (Boyd, Eldridge, and Smellink) are all mothers of a child that has a disability. It’s only when you have a loved one with a disability in your family that you realize how important it is to have an agency like CDLC in your area.”

“They have made a difference for our families and so many others.”

As for CLDC, their website states: “CLDC supports the inclusion of people with an intellectual disability to the same extent that all people are included.”

“The thrust of current services and supports is to shift away from costly services that isolate family and friends, and towards services that include people in their community.”

“All people with an intellectual disability are entitled to be a part of Dundas County – to live, work, be educated and enjoy all that this community offers its citizens.”

The proceeds from the CLDC’s Ladies Night Out Fundraiser will go toward three projects, according to Boardman, first being transportation as there is an accessibility issue “due to lack of public transit and accessible vehicles.”

Another project includes repairs and updates to the Snoezelin Room, which is “open to anyone requiring an environment in which all of our senses may be stimulated.”

The third project earmarked for the fundraiser proceeds is a “new funding initiative, the George Davidson Family Resource Fund.”

Boardman reported: “This fund was created in the memory of George Davidson, a founding pioneer of the community living movement in Dundas County. As a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of our Association, George was an advocate for families as well as his own daughter, Susan. In his memory, his wife Barb has graciously donated money to set up the George Davidson Family Resource Fund.”

“The objective is to provide opportunities for training, resource materials, and communication supports.”

As for the Ladies Night Out event, Smellink had this to say during her speech: “Each and every one of you have been a part of making tonight a success.”

She thanked everyone for coming, saying “I’m grateful to live in a very compassionate and generous region.”

Amount raised was unknown at press time.

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