NORTH DURHAM: The spirit of the holiday season was on display on Thursday, Nov. 27, as the Baagwating Community Association (BCA) spread holiday cheer by handing out more than $550,000 in charitable donations.
The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, through their charitable licensee, Baagwating Community Association, were pleased to provide 34 charitable and/or not-for-profit organizations with some Christmas cheer. The groups were all lauded during the presentation for the dedication and commitment to enriching the lives of people in North Durham, and beyond.
The Port Perry Hospital Foundation was the recipient of the largest gift of the day, a $250,000 donation for a new palliative care room, scheduled to be part of the upcoming renovations at the local hospital.
Doug Brown, the current president of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation accepted the gift and thanked the Baagwating Community Association for their generosity for contributing to the Your Hospital Your Future campaign, which will see numerous improvements to the hospital, and is slated to begin next year.
The Uxbridge-based Hope Through Hockey initiative, which for the second straight year, will see a number of former members of the Uxbridge S.S. Varsity Boys Hockey team head to the First Nations community of Weagamow, in northern Ontario for a week of hockey clinics later this month was the recipient of a $5,000 donation.
“This is a wonderful gift, and we are all so grateful to the Baagwating Community Association for their generosity. This money will go a long way and help a lot of people in Weagamow,” Josh Lubbock, one of the team members making the trip again this year told The Standard.
Upon receiving the donation from Gary Edgar, Mr. Lubbock explained that last year, the Hope Through Hockey team travelled to Weagamow expecting 80 children to take part in the hockey clinics, only to have more than 120 show up the very first day.
Among the other donations made by the Baagwating Community Association to local groups were: a $15,000 contribution to the WindReach Farm Foundation; $15,000 to the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity; $12,000 towards playground improvements at Cartwright Central Public School and matching $7,500 donations to Operation Scugog’s Adopted Families as well as the local food banks’ Holiday Hampers program.
As well, Big Brothers Big Sister North Durham benefitted from a $5,000 donation. The area’s four-legged residents also received a boost just in time for the holidays, with the Uxbridge/Scugog Animal Shelter receiving $3,000.
Port Perry Minor Hockey and the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (O.V.E.R.T.) were given $2,500 by the BCA. Additionally, Community Gift Giving Port Perry and Community Living Durham North will each be able to enhance their current programming after each organization received a $2,000 donation.
The Baagwating Community Associations charitable donations will also benefit areas outside of North Durham with a number of other groups receiving donations including: $125,000 to renovations at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, $25,000 to the Ontario Lung Association, $10,000 to the ArtsCan Circle.
The Boys & Girls Club of Durham Region, the Durham District School Board’s First Nations Literacy Program, Grandview Children’s Foundation, Na-Me-Res Men’s Shelter, Native Canadian Centre Toronto and Nishnawbe Homes were all given $5,000 donations.
The Clarington chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters was awarded $4,000, the John Howard Society and the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation both were the recipient of $3,500 contributions.
The Durham Regional Police Toy Drive, Greater Durham Special Olympics and Denise House received $3,000 donations from the BCA. As well, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine was the recipient of $2,500.
Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Inc. (Regional Women’s Shelter),Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax / Pickering, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Clarington East Food Bank, Community Care Durham, Community Christmas Gift Giving Oshawa, St. Vincent Pallotti Soup Kitchen and York House all had their holidays brightened through $2,000 donations from the Baagwating Community Association.
In a press release, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation stated that they wish to recognize the support they have received in relation to the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino Facility. Without this patronage, these gifts would not be possible. “Miigwetch” to all contributors.