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Volunteers are needed to help us sort through the equipment before being shipped out to the remote northern Ontario communities.

Saturday, 14th January 10am - 5pm
Illumineer warehouse
6503 Northam Drive
Mississauga, ON  L4V1J2

If you need further info you can reach us at: 416 251 2226 Thank you for your help! 
Original news from By Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC News posted on Jan 05 2017.
That giant pile of hockey equipment you're looking at? Here's what's in it:
  • 18 tonnes of miscellaneous gear
  • 5,000 jerseys
  • 1,000 pairs of skates
That's a lot of gear. And the Etobicoke group that plans to donate all of it to indigenous communities in northern Ontario say they hope it will make a lot of kids very happy. 
Anyway you put it, it's a lot of hockey gear — and it's going to make a lot of kids, very happy.
That's a whole lot of hockey gear that's destined for northern Ontario. (CBC)
Gerald Lue is making his second annual hockey gear delivery. (CBC).
Gerald Lue, a member of the Etobicoke Rotary Club, came up with the idea after visiting Fort Hope, Ont., a community some 500 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
The Rotary Club of Etobicoke would like to wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season!
Rotarians helped Rexdale Alliance Church put together a Christmas Dinner Party for 60+ refugee families from Syria and other countries. Rotarian Gillian Dugas (Back row Right), Andre Dugas (Back row Left) and the Syrian family they sponsored are in the second picture. Clink "Read More" for more pictures

On Monday, December 5, Reverend Mark Gladding and Cara Wigle, Co-Ordinator of Lakeshore Out of the Cold Program, an outreach ministry of St. Margaret's Anglican Church presented The Rotary Club of Etobicoke with a plaque for their continued generosity in support of St. Margaret's Out of the Cold Program. For many years The Rotary Club of Etobicoke has provided financial support, dinners and lunches and winter clothing to St. Margaret's OOTC program. St. Margaret's OOTC program provides up to 35 homeless men with overnight accommodation, friendship and compassion, snacks, dinner, shower facilities, laundry, medical advice, winter clothing, breakfast and take away lunch from late November to early April.  

Rotarian Lynda Ryder, Laura Latham and Michael Lu and their organizations National Silicates, Franklin Horner Community Center and Nurse Next Door Home Care Services prepared and delivered lunches to Out of the Cold Program at St. Margaret's Lakeshore & St.Matthew's church for homeless people on the street to come in out of the cold and have a good meal
Reverend Mark Gladding "gladly" received 9 pairs of winter boots for the Lakeshore Out of the Cold program at St. Margaret's Anglican Church donated via Rotary Club of Etobicoke's Community Services Committee and Hands On Etobicoke. The LOOTC program provides hot meals and emergency overnight accommodations to people who are homeless or hungry from November - April each year at various churches in the area.  Our Hands On Etobicoke team also provides lunches for this program.   Heavy boots are a coveted commodity at this time of the year. Reverend Mark was also overjoyed to receive the grocery bags that the boots came in...apparently they could use these too!

On December 8, Rotarians Gillian and Andre Dugas presented a $1,000 cheque to St. Vincent de Paul's President Mike McGinnis. Along with the cheque Gillian presented  toys, children's clothes, household items and seniors gifts to support St. Vincent de Paul's many programs, one of which being the home visits that St. Vincent de Paul's volunteers make to shut-ins offering a compassionate ear and assistance to those challenged in our Etobicoke community. Gillian and Andre also toured the store and warehouse located in Lakeshore and visited with St. Vincent de Paul's Women's Shelter. Also in the photo are John Menary, Vice President and Jolanta Galazka, Secretary. 

Over the last two years, Rotary Club of Etobicoke had supported the Visions of Science by supporting the purchase of experiment equipment. Last year we helped purchase the MyScope microscope units. This year we helped purchase the Squishy Circuits! See photos of kids enjoying the new Squishy Circuits sets. It makes learning fun and engaging. 

On December 7, Rotarian Gillian Dugas delivered toys and beautifully knitted vests to Theresa Stewart, Volunteer Services Administrator for LAMP Community Health Center's Toy Room. The toys will be distributed on December 14 to LAMP families in need for 400 children aged newborn to 16 years. In the photo is Keddove Dias, Director, Community Programs and Shannon Ashman, Manager, Youth Programs. LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based... 

On Monday, December 5, Rotarians Gillian and Andre Dugas presented 25 beautiful baskets prepared by Gillian on behalf of Rotary Etobicoke to Laura Latham, Executive Director of Franklin Horner Community Center. The baskets filled with goodies will be given to seniors attending Franklin Horner's Christmas Day dinner for "Seniors Alone At Christmas".

On Monday, December 5, Rotarian Gillian Dugas presented a $1,000 cheque to St. Margaret's Lakeshore Church in support of their Out of the Cold Program for 30 homeless men.  St. Margaret's provides overnight accommodation every Monday night from November to April for the men along with shower facilities, laundry, dinner, winter clothing, breakfast and take away lunch. 



"Partnerships play a pivotal role in the development of strong, healthy communities.  Community engagement is a vital part of a truly successful relationship and although financial contribution is important, engaged stakeholders makes for a happy, well-balanced partnership." said Rotarian Lynda Ryder (front row, center). Lynda, along with James Maloney (back row, 3rd from left) MP of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, visited "The Sharks", a Para-Olympian swimming team in Etobicoke servicing 18 swimmers with mental disability. Rotary Club of Etobicoke donated $2,500 to fund their pool rental for a year and partnered with National Silicates who funed some swimming suits. Happy swim Sharks!!

Last week, Rotary Club of Etobicoke Community Service Committee member Mary Grogan presented Maria Barcelos, Executive Director of The Gatehouse, with a cheque donation on behalf of the club. Rotary Etobicoke has a long history of supporting the services and programs of The Gatehouse, which is the only centre that provides peer support programs and services for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

The Rotary club of Etobicoke and Palgrave Rotary Club is preparing to send Hockey equipment to First Nations in remote communities in Northern Ontario.

Got something to donate? Please bring your used hockey equipment to MasterCard Centre. 400 Kipling Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8V 3L1 on Sat Dec 3rd 2016

On December 4, Rotarian Gillian Dugas presented a $1,000 cheque to support St. Matthew's Church Out of the Cold Program. St. Matthew's volunteer team provides overnight accommodation for 27 homeless men along with dinner,  movie, good company and an early breakfast and take away lunch every Sunday from late November to early April.


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