Members of the 100+Women Who Care North Dundas organizing committee are shown with representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society, Carefor North Dundas and NDDHS following the conclusion of the 2019 event. Pictured, front, from the left, Martine Thurter-Guy, Cheryl Guy, Allison St-Jean, Susan Marriner, Caroline Rooney and Diane Kuipers. Back, from the left, Barb Cameron, Katie Wilson, Diane Crummy, Eric Duncan, Natalie Brousseau and Sebastian LaFrance. Thomspon Goddard photo
WINCHESTER – North Dundas once again showed its community spirit during the 100+ Women Who Care North Dundas event held at the Joel Steele Arena on May 9.
Volunteers assisted women with registration as they arrived at the arena before they were directed upstairs. Once upstairs, the six groups seeking financial assistance from the event had booths set out explaining their requests for funding. While perusing the booths, women were able to enjoy a selection of tasty treats provided by Cup of Jo’s in Winchester or enjoy a beverage from Stone Crop Acres Winery and Vineyard.
The Chesterville & District Agricultural Society was seeking funds to complete a show ring at the fairgrounds in Chesterville; Carefor North Dundas wishes to purchase eco-friendly packaging solutions for their Meals On Wheels program; Cancer Society of Canada sought $5,000 to be used in their Wheels of Hope program that provides transportation to appointments for cancer patients; Community Food Share sought $10,000 to purchase fruit and vegetables for one year to ensure clients have access to these important foods; Winchester and District Memorial Hospital sought funds for their general equipment fund and North Dundas District High School requested money to create an outdoor space for socializing and studying in the courtyard of the school.
After a welcome from co-chair Diane Crummy and presentations from the six organizations seeking funds, the well-organized team of volunteers from the Men of North Dundas, ensured that the voting and counting were accomplished in an efficient manner with the results tabulated within 30 minutes. Eric Duncan announced the winners for the 2019 100+Women Who Care North Dundas as follows: Carefor North Dundas receiving $9,600, the Canadian Cancer Society receiving $5,000 and the NDDHS team receiving $5,400.
Once again in 2019, the Women of North Dundas provided $20,000 dollars to organizations that are dedicated to the betterment of their community. Crummy, perhaps summed it up best when she commented that she was, “delighted as for the second year in a row we are able to help charities and projects” with the $20,000 dollars raised by the event. With Mayor Tony Fraser, deputy mayor Al Armstrong and councillor Gary Annable all in agreement that this event demonstrated the generous nature, compassion and volunteerism of the municipality.
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.