Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Welcomes Chimo! Ontario is investing $1.6 million in facility improvements to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes! This funding, announced by Minister Jeff Leal on behalf of Minister of Children and Youth Services, Michael Coteau, will allow Chimo Youth and Family Services to share the facility with our Club, creating a new central community hub for children and youth in Kawartha Lakes. The investment will allow both our agencies to more effectively share supports and services to better meet the needs of local children, youth and their families. The funding will help us make all the necessary renovations and upgrades. This infastructure funding does not impact our operating, program or subsidy needs.
“The Boys and Girls Club and Chimo Youth and Family Services provide exceptional programming and services that have a positive impact on child’s development and well-being. By providing this funding, our government it not only benefiting the children and youth involved with these organizations, but helping these organizations to have a greater impact on the families in our community.” - Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs “This project is really about bringing services together and making it easier for The Boys and Girls Club and Chimo Youth and Family Services to offer services that are integrated and co-ordinated, ultimately providing the children, youth and families of Kawartha Lakes convenient access to programs and services they need in order to reach their full potential.”
- Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services
“After the donation of our building and grounds in the late 1990’s, our vision was to create a Children’s Village with partner organizations serving families together under one roof. This investment by the Ministry is a landmark step in our journey. Words can’t express how grateful the Club feels about this tremendous support!”
- Scott Robertson, Executive Director The Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes
SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 11, 2017 10am AN OFFICIALLY CHIP-TIMED EVENT
5K WALK/RUN or 10K RUN Individual & team race categories, prizes and more green than you’ve ever seen!
www.shamrocksprint.ca For photos: flickr.com/photos/bgckl/albums
Photos courtesy of Jackie Ellis
It is the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes Foundation to support the aims of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes by acquiring the necessary financial resources to meet local youth service needs.
Gym Murals Honour Canadian Accomplishments The Department of Canadian Heritage’s World War Commemorations Community Fund awarded the Club funds for our community-based commemorative and educational mural project entitled “The Home Front”. A series of five murals were conceived and designed narrating some of the stories and lives of the Kawartha Lakes (Victoria County) community during the years of the two world wars. The objective of the project is to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the importance of the world wars and the role played by area residents during the conflicts. The murals also emphasise what people experienced during those historical years of Canada’s history. Mural artists Allan Bender and John Nobrega of Blinc Studios were commissioned to design and paint the murals and students from the local district high schools took part in workshops to research their communities, identify themes and gather stories and photographs for the murals as well as taking part in some of the painting during the workshop. The murals serve as an educational tool for Club staff to teach children and youth about historical Canadian accomplishments. Other partners in the planning and implementation of the project were the Royal Canadian Legion Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67, local historian Ian McKechnie, and Brian Lorimer, creator of Project Remembrance - www.projectremembrance.
We welcome you for a visit to see the murals just give us a call!
The Gymnasium Murals were designed and painted between November 2015 and March 2016 on the west and south wall of the Club’s gym. The mural contains some sporting references that go along with the use on the gymnasium space.
Some of the mural highlights include: West Wall:
u A young airplane enthusiast looking at a World War I Sopwith Camel SE 5. The insignia on the side of the plane is that of the Royal Air Force 92nd Squadron. This squadron was made up of mostly Canadians and this particular plane was piloted by Lieutenant Earl Douglas Gordon who received his wings at Canadian Forces Base Borden.
u A female farmer shown on a tractor is a reference to women’s changing roles because of the wars. u The iconic 72 Summit Series image shows the post war accomplishments made possible by Canadian wartime sacrifices. South Wall:
u A rugby game being played at Central Senior School in wartime Lindsay. u The Lindsay CNR Train Station is depicted where young recruits were transported off to war. The station was located on Durham Street, just down from the Boys and Girls Club.
u A local hero is celebrated near the middle of the mural. Chief Johnston Paudash came from a long line of great warriors of the Mississauga Nation and served with great valour as a sniper during World War I. He returned to Lindsay to work in the Postal Service and was one of the great Chiefs of his community.
u A townscape of Lindsay is depicted looking across the Scugog River along with the Lindsay Mill, built in 1869 u Royal Canadian Air Force Flyers hockey players who represented Canada on the world sports stage after surviving the ravages of war. The RCAF insignia accompanies the two players on their right.
Helping make the Club a good place to be
Remembering Lillian McIntyre The Club and Foundation lost a dear friend when Lillian Macintyre passed away suddenly on September 19th. Lil, as she was known to everyone, was a long-time Board member and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club. At the Board table, her obvious love of children, particularly those who faced challenges in their lives, was apparent at each and every meeting. Lil was a careful listener and could be counted on to provide common sense solutions to issues that arose. She was respectful and engaging to her fellow Board Members and we all appreciated her quick wit and impish grin even when times were tough. Her love of life and vitality makes it seem a bit unfair that she leaves us at such a young age. She will be missed at Board Meetings, the Members Christmas Party, the Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic and at all the other events and activities she helped with. In recognition of what a great friend Lil was to all of us, a Friendship Bench will be created at the Club for children to sit in when they need a friend. The costs for the bench will come from the memorial donations from her Celebration of Life. The remaining funds will be directed to the Club’s subsidy program because of Lil’s profound care and concern for children whose families struggle financially. Thank you for what you have done for our Club and for all the children and youth you have impacted Lil!
Some of the mural highlights include:
u The Dominion Arsenal Factory of Lindsay. The factory workers were all women demonstrating the new roles women took on because of the war. Arsenal operations were one of Lindsay’s significant contributions to the war effort and resulted in a series of tunnels under the town to protect against attacks on a single cache.
u A streetscape of downtown Lindsay circa 1918. Claxton’s Store is an instantly recognizable landmark for older residents and history buffs. The flags of the day are shown hanging from the buildings.
u In wartime, children and youth were pressed into service as well. Seen are “Farmerettes” or “Soldiers of the Soil” who were depended upon to work the farms and increase food production. In addition, a young girl is knitting scarves to be sent overseas. This reinforces the rural/urban nature of Victoria, and how both contributed to the war effort.
u The streetscape also shows a nursing sister writing a letter home. Many nurses went overseas from this area to serve.
u There is also a recruitment scene involving a soldier and boy which includes a cameo of Sir Samuel Hughes, after whom the local Royal Canadian Legion was named. The boy is enthralled in a model airplane.
u The insignia depicted is that of the 109th Victoria & Haliburton Canada Overseas Battalion from World War I.
We hate seeing children with sad faces. What about you? We love to see the transformation of tears to smiles when kids meet new friends, learn from a mentor, get help with homework, try new things, play, laugh, feel hope and connect with services they may need to help them overcome tough situations. You can be part of the change! Watch for our campaign coming to you by mail Dec. 1st or donate online starting Dec 1st at www.bgckl.com Again, this year, for every donation of $150 or more we will give, Nate, a Gund bear, to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service Bears on Patrol program making these friends available to officers to give to a child facing a crisis. The bears were donated by Sears Canada through Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.
Helping make the Club a good place to be
Emily Avery Graves, Foundation Board President
Greetings on Behalf of the Foundation Board. Throughout the year, we are inspired by the continued support received by the Clubs’ donors, sponsors and all those who support and participate in our annual campaigns and events which allow staff to provide “a good place to be” for children and youth. A highlight of our event series over the summer was the annual Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic golf tournament. Through the generosity of the Beukeboom family and the support of participants, this event once again provided a substantial financial contribution towards our fundraising efforts. We also thank those who participated and supported our Kelli Mitchell Annual Ball Tournament and the Send a Kid to Camp mailing. These funds helped to provide financial support to send kids to camp through the summer. Look for our upcoming “In From the Cold” campaign which highlights the funding needed for the important before and after school programs offered by the Clubs, and our spring “Shamrock Sprint” 5/10Km run/walk event. The Foundation has benefitted from the generosity of our donors through contributions to our campaigns and to specific programs such as the rural community programs and Susan Denure Sports fund or those that have become a Champion of Dreams through our monthly donor program. All of the financial support provided allows the Clubs to continue to provide quality programs and services within our communities and deliver on our mandate to ensure services are financially accessible Foundation Board of Directors for all kids. The commitment and support from all of you is what makes it possible for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes to continue to celebrate success in delivering a safe and fun place for thousands of pre-school, school-age children and youth in our communities.
Thanks to our 3rd Party Fundraisers! 3 3 3 3
McDonald’s McHappy Day Coldwell Banker Golf Tournament Gary Gibbons R.V. Delivery Surf and Turf Cat and the Fiddle
Emily Avery-Graves President
Beth Cross Director
Dianna Scates Vice President Janice Loeb Secretary
Bjorn Alfredsson Honourary Director
Linden Mackey Director
Mike Fiorini Honourary Director
Greg Murphy Director
Ray DeNure Honourary Director
Chris Schweitzer Director
Scott Robertson Executive Director
Jason Ward Honourary Director
Mary-Ann Dempster Director
Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic
Photo courtesy of Christopher Green, The Standard
We wish to thank all of our sponsors, auction and prize donors, volunteers, golfers and Lindsay Golf Club for helping to make our 22nd Annual Jeff Beukeboom Charity Classic a great success! Events like this don’t happen without strong community support and the generous donations of our sponsors and attendees. This year we raised $34,000 bringing our twenty-two year total to $507,000! Once again on behalf of the Club, Foundation and the over 8,000 kids who use our programs thank you so very much for your support.
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