$10,000 - Avonmore Community Athletic Association
$500 - Winchester District Memorial Hospital
2019 Keynote Speaker
Eric Duncan Eric Duncan has had a successful career in both the government and private sector at the age of 31. He brings a mix of public and business experience having served in various capacities at all three levels of government and working at his family’s trucking business, JED Express, in South Mountain. He was one of youngest elected officials in Canadian history as a municipal Councillor in North Dundas at the age of 18, and was elected Mayor in 2010 at the age of 22 with 72% of the vote. He made further history as the youngest Warden in SD&G’s 168 year history in 2014. Eric became the first consecutive term Warden in the Counties’ history the following year, which allowed him to be elected Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus in 2015, an influential group of regional governments in Eastern Ontario that works with the provincial and federal governments on policy issues. Eric works alongside his father Edwin at JED Express in South Mountain. Their family business that employs over 60 staff has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies® annually since 2016. With a passion for community volunteerism, Eric is involved with numerous causes, including co-founding two local 100 Who Care chapters in North Dundas, Camp Erin Eastern Ontario (a bereavement camp for children who have lost a close family member). To date, he has been involved with nearly 50 organizations, groups and events in his community, raising millions of dollars for charity and important causes.
* Selected charities are listed alphabetically
Avonmore Community Athletic Association:
The Avonmore Community Athletic Association (ACAA) is applying for support to assist with our plans to create a new park for our community. The steps we are currently taking to achieve our 5-year park project is applying for charity grants and continuous fundraising. Unfortunately, in summer 2019, our community park structure was not accessible to the public, as it required repair. Our dilemma is, the replacement parts are discontinue and “make shift” repair is only a “short term” fix for a “long term” problem.
The ACAA is applying for the full sum of $10,000 to go towards the cost to purchase a new swing set for the Avonmore park. We want to give the community the opportunity to create their own memories of a fun, play experience as our current swing set is in need of replacement. Our goal is to purchase "A Biggo Spia Solo Assembly 2", created by Dynamo Playgrounds. The cost of this is $11,340.00. This set comes with two regular swings and the Biggo swing seat. The Biggo seat sits 6 people, is inclusive = handicap accessible, builds balancing skills, and the forever fun swinging feature.
Recreational parks improve social, environmental, and economic and health benefits to their community and their residents. If ACAA can provided a well-designed, attractive, welcoming park in Avonmore, this will enhance both community and individual well-being by providing a place where people can safely gather, play and connect.
Roxborough Agricultural Society:
The Roxborough Agricultural Society (RAS) would like to improve the functionality and appearance of the Fairgrounds in Avonmore. To meet our improvement goals we are seeking $10,000, to purchase bleachers for seating (used at fair, sports hosted on grounds for local youth, Canada Day festivities) and planting trees to improve the appearance of the grounds, as well as provide much needed shade at summer events. The plan is to plant the trees in the spring of 2020 and have the bleachers in place for the summer events 2020. The total Budget for this is $12,890.37 and this would provide portable seating for 200 people. A sign listing all the names of the donors would be created and placed near the bleachers for Fair weekend for all to see in the coming years.
Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation:
An ambulance arrives at the WDMH Emergency Department (ED), with a critically ill patient, suffering from a life-threatening medical crisis – like a stroke, a heart attack, or trauma. That patient is transferred onto a trauma stretcher in our resuscitation room. This room is for our sickest patients. The patient might be an adult, or a child. They need a lot of care, tests, and treatments – some of which require knowing the patient’s weight. If the patient is too sick to be moved, staff have to estimate their weight before they can provide care.
One of our trauma stretchers needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Today's trauma stretchers have built-in scales and an x-ray platform, which ensure an accurate weight and the ability to do x-rays without having to move the patient. Having an accurate weight is best in resuscitation and when prescribing medications, helping the ED team treat our patients with enhanced accuracy. You can bring this new stretcher to WDMH and ensure staff have accurate weights for our sickest patients. You can help make what is likely someone's worst day of their life a little bit better. How great is that?! Your gift of $8,000 to our General Equipment Fund would mean that this new stretcher would be ordered within a few weeks. Provincial government funding doesn’t cover everything WDMH needs to provide patient care, including medical equipment. The Foundation works with caring donors to help ensure excellent, compassionate care – close to home. Donors like you.