Serving Burlington - Oakville - Milton - Mississauga
20 December, 2016 - "Crafters Who Care," under the capable leadership of Bea Medland and Gisele Dunn report another successful year and would like to thank all their volunteers who made this possible.
Pictured at the left is Meagan Sheppard accepting $1,000 cheque on behalf of the Darling Home from Bea Medland. Please read their 2016 report on the Crafters Who Care page.
The Darling Home for Kids, situated in Milton, Ontario, is a place of joy, filled with the smiles and laughter of children engaging in unique and enriching experiences and exploring new and exciting activities.
Medically fragile children receive care in a home-like environment, which provides comfort and a break to families facing the daily challenges of caring for a child with complex medical needs. Families are supported in knowing that there is a continuum of care from respite through to palliation and, when needed, end of life care.
13 November, 2016 - A.V.P. Community Service, Gerry Keay with his volunteers, Barb, Doug, Eileen, Joan and Marie along with others assisted at the Oakville Public Library. The event hosted by "The Friends of the Library" is a 3 day sale of the out of date and surplus library books. Our members pack the hundreds of left-over books into cartons and prepare them for shipping to other organizations for use in less fortunate countries.
June, 2016 - Fifteen Years in a Row!
Lorna Maj (left) recently presented a "Bell Canada Helping Hands" cheque for $250.00 to Luisa Parente at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital.
This amazing record of service is Lorna's fifteenth year of volunteer service at the hospital. Her selfless dedication has culminated in a total of $6,500.00 of financial assistance to the institution.
Lorna certainly lives up to the "Telco Community Volunteers Statement of Objectives -To promote participation and contribution by members in various charitable organizations " - CONGRATULATIONS LORNA!
SUMMER 2015 - Fourteen Years in a Row!
Lorna Maj has completed her 14th year of volunteer service at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in which she has qualified for the Bell Canada "Helping Hands Award". In total Lorna has been able to provide $6,250.00 to this worthy Institution. Luisa Parente on the left, is shown receiving the $250 "Helping Hands" cheque from Lorna.
Way to Go Lorna! You are an inspiration to us all.
05 Oct., 2014 - Can You Beat This?
Lorna Maj has completed her 13th year of volunteer service at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in which she has qualified for the Bell Canada "Helping Hands Award". In total Lorna has been able to provide a much welcomed $6,000.00 to this worthy Institution. Carole Daniels, Volunteer Manager, OTMH, on the left, is shown receiving the $250 "Helping Hands" cheque from Lorna.
Way to Go Lorna!
June, 2013 - Congratulations Again! - Lorna Maj has just completed her 12th year of volunteer service at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in which she has qualified for the Bell Canada "Helping Hands Award". In total Lorna has been able to provide a much welcomed $5,750.00 to this worthy Institution. Luisa Parente of OTMH, on the left, is shown receiving the $250 "Helping Hands" cheque from Lorna.
03 December, 2012 - Congratulations to Bob DeForest, Maisie MacKay and their fellow volunteers who have again earned a $2,500 Bell "Helping Hands" award for the Milton Seniors Activity Centre.
18 November, 2012 - Again our volunteers came through when 10 of our members contributed 40 hours at the Oakville Library semi-annual book sale. The sale of withdrawn books raises money for the library but involves many hours of work setting up and packing up after the event.
01 June, 2012 - CONGRATULATIONS LORNA & JOAN
Lorna Maj has just completed her 11th year of volunteer service at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in which she has qualified for the Bell Canada "Helping Hands Award". In total Lorna has been able to provide a much welcomed $5,500.00 to this worthy Institution. Luisa Parente of OTMH, on the left, is shown receiving the $500 "Helping Hands" cheque from Lorna.
Joan Gibb is seen receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from Terrance Young MP for her many years of volunteer work. Joan has been involved with the Bell Canada health and social committees in both Quebec and Ontario. However her main dedication has been to the Canadian Cancer Society, many years with the Terry Fox Run, and the Halton Unit of the Ontario Division of Public Issues Committee (health issues). All of us at the Oakville Retirees' Club are proud of you both.
01 February, 2012 - Congratulations to Bill Hughes and his team of Volunteers: Kay Lee, Carol Hail, Doug Huctwith, Dunc Lyall, Pat Holway and Pat Vincent who contributed the required hours during the Christmas Season for the $2500.00 "Helping Hands" award that Bill presented to Sharon Millard of the Mississauga Salvation Army. This is the 13th time Bell Canada and our Club has contributed to the Salvation Army, Cawthra Rd., Mississauga making a total of $32,500.00 available for the needs of the less fortunate.
13 November, 2011 - The following members gave 21 hours of their time assisting the Oakville Library repack the books left over from their semi-annual book sale for distribution in third world countries: Joan & Stan Beaudette, Eileen Chewter, Barb Gohm, Marie Walker, Doug Kirkwood and Bill Check.
04 October, 2011 - Lorna Maj continues to amaze us with her volunteer work. Lorna recently presented her tenth "Helping Hands" cheque to the Oakville - Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. This makes a total of $5000 that Lorna has single handily contributed.
Lusia Parente of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is shown accepting the Bell Canada $500 "Helping Hands" cheque from Lorna .
13 September, 2011 - AVP Participation, Dave Warren, reports that our Community Service Hours for the Club year 2010 - 2011 was 7256 hours. Crafters Who Care accounted for 54% of the total. Well done Ladies!
06 September, 2011 - Jennifer Young accepts a cheque for $1500.00 from Bea Medland on behalf of the "Darling Home for Kids" (formerly the Rose Cherry House) at Campbellville.
This donation was made possible by the "Crafters Who Care" from their quilt draw and craft table at the Annual Oakville Retiree's Club Christmas Luncheon. The proceeds are being used to provide wheelchair accessibility to the kids playground.
22 June, 2011 - The Annual BBQ at the Port Credit Yacht Club was largely attended and enjoyed by our members and partners. President Eileen Chewter took the opportunity to present Province of Ontario "Thank You" certificates, signed by Ted Chudleigh, M.P.P., Halton, for volunteer service to the following: "Crafters Who Care" - Bea Medland; "Salvation Army" - Bill Hughes; "Connect Care" - Venetia Binns; Lorna & Ed Maj. Presentations were made at the October meeting to Doug & Aletha Kirkwood who were unable to attend.
12 & 17 April, 2011 - The Oakville Public Library was again the beneficiaries of our volunteers, setting up and repacking the surplus books for the Library Semi-Annual Book Sale.
17 February, 2011 - The Salvation Army Mississauga Cawthra held a reception for the volunteers who assisted with their annual Christmas Bureau. For over 20 years our Club has provided volunteers to assist them. And for the twelfth year in a row our members have provided enough volunteer hours to qualify for the Bell Canada "Helping Hands" grant of $2,500.00. Congratulations Volunteers! This now brings to $30,00.00 the "Helping Hands" program has given to the Salvation Army, Cawthra Road, to assist them in helping the less fortunate in need.
30 June, 2010 - AVP Participation, Dave Warren, reports that the volunteer service hours for the Club year 2009-2010 was 7501 hours. "Crafters Who Care" contributed 4342 hrs and "Connect Care" contributed 422 hrs. Together these two groups accounted for 63.5% of all reported hours.
09 May 2010 - Lorna Maj, is shown presenting her ninth "Helping Hands" cheque to Lusia Parente of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Lorna, a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary, has been able through her efforts and Bell Canada raise a total of $4500 to assist the hospital auxiliary in their service to the hospital patients.
19 April, 2010 - Nine members and partners spent the morning at the Oakville Public Library packing and shipping the remaining books from the Library's semi-annual used book sale. The pack rats were Eileen Chewter, Yvonne Seaton, Bill Hughes, Doug Kirkwood, Marie Walker, Bill Check, Ian Ross, Stan and Joan Beaudette.
22 February, 2010 - Congratulations to our volunteers who presented their 9th $2500.00 Bell "Helping Hands" cheque to the Mississauga Branch of the Salvation Army. Their volunteer hours contributed to the Salvation Army Christmas Program earned the award.
16 November, 2009 - The following members completed a total of 20 hours of community service at The Oakville Public Library: Ray Burrell, Eileen Chewter, Yvonne Seaton, Faith Witt, Joan & Stan Beaudette, Ron Knisley and Doug Kirkwood. Surplus books were packed and loaded onto a truck where they will be taken to a sorting centre for cataloguing. From there they will be shipped to schools in Uganda.
09 May 2009 - Lorna Maj, (centre), with Lusia Parente and Carole Daniels, is shown presenting her eighth "Helping Hands" cheque from Bell Canada to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Lorna, a volunteer with the hospital auxiliary, has been able through her efforts and Bell Canada raised a total of $4000 to assist the hospital auxiliary in their service to the hospital patients.
Lorna also volunteers her time with our Club as the treasurer of the Programme Committee.
We Need More Volunteers Like Lorna!
01 May, 2009 - BELL CANADA DONATES TO MILTON SENIORS" CENTRE
For the 10th year in a row the Milton Seniors' Activity Centre received a grant from Bell Canada Volunteers at the Centre. Bob De Forest who worked for Bell for 38 years and Maisie MacKay who worked for Bell for 28 years, said that they have been very fortunate to receive grants from Bell Canada totaling almost $12,000 to date. The Bell Canada Employee Giving Program recognizes employees and retirees who volunteer their time in the community. These funds are used for the betterment of the Centre. Maisie, Bob, Edith and May have donated a total of almost 2,620 hours in 2008 at the Centre. Congratulations to all of you on once again receiving this grant for the Senior Centre, where it has been put to great use!
20 April, 2009 – The following members completed 20 hours of community service at The Oakville Public Library: Bill Check, Bill Hughes, Tom Brown, Ray Burrell, Eileen Chewter and Yvonne Seaton.
03 March, 2009 - Congratulations to Joan Gibb who has again earned a "Helping Hands" $500 cheque for the Oakville Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society. Also Congratulations to our members and partners who collectively earned a $2500 "Helping Hands" donation for the Mississauga Branch of the Salvation Army. Dave Warren A.V.P. Participation reports that to date for our Club year, July 1st, 2008, our members and partners have contributed 4788 hours of volunteer service. A total of 900 of these hours have come from our very busy "Crafters Who Care."
30 June, 2008 - Dave Warren, AVP Participation reports that for the Club year 01 July, 2007 - 30 June, 2008 our members contributed 7380 hours to community services. The majority of these hours (52%) were made by our volunteers with Crafters Who Care and Connect Care. Congratulations to all who have participated in the Club program, and to those unknowns doing good unreported community work please notify Dave so we can add your hours to our records.
06 June, 2008 - Ray Burrell, Bill Check and Doug Kirkwood spent several hours at Appleby College, Oakville, assisting the Oakville Branch of the Cancer Society setting up for their annual "Walk For Life." This included placing event street signs, more than 150 lot signs, various other signs and a number of heavy picnic tables and garbage barrels at strategic locations.
21 April, 2008 - AVP Community Services, Bill Check, and members, Ray Burrell, Bill Hughes, Doug Kirkwood and Roy Warmington spent their Saturday morning at the Main Branch of the Oakville Public Library, packing and loading surplus books being donated to the Salvation Army.
28 February, 2008
Bill Bowyer and Bill Hughes presented a cheque for $2500.00 to Sharon Millard of the Cawthra Salvation Army on behalf of our Club and Bell Canada. This is the 8th year our club has made this donation for a total of $20,000. The following members contributed time and effort to reach the 500 hours required to obtain the grant. Bill Bowyer, Bob Grinton, Rosemarie Grinton, Marg Clarke, Tom Brown, Pat Holway, Kay Lee, Yvonne Seaton, Gordon Beeton, Ian Ross, Shirley Ross, Carol Hall, Pat Vincent, Norma Dalton and Bill Hughes. In November of this year we will be looking for assistance again for the Army’s Xmas Bureau to help the needy.
November, 2007 Lorna Maj is pictured presenting her 7th annual "Helping Hands" cheque for $500 to Luisa Parente of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Lorna is also a working member of our Club's Social Committee that assists with the luncheons at our General Meetings. Way to go Lorna !
Congratulations to Joan Gibb who earned a "Helping Hands" $500 cheque for the Oakville Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
27 October, 2007 - Bill Check and his Telco volunteers were again assisting the Oakville Salvation Army with their annual food drive. In total our volunteers contributed 82 hours of community service.
10 October, 2007
Thank You, Gino's Pizza, Hopedale Mall, Oakville for continuing to collect the pop tabs for our Club's charity activities!
01 - 03 June, 2007
Our volunteers; Elmer Throop; Bill Hughes; Roy Warmington; Stan Beaudette and VP Community Services, Bill check gave 30 hours of their time erecting fences and signs at Appleby College, for the Oakville Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society annual "Relay for Life". Way to go Guys!
Bill Boyer and Bill Hughes have again arranged for a Bell Canada "Helping Hands" cheque for $2500 to the Mississauga Salvation Army on behalf of our volunteers who worked so hard on the Salvation Army Christmas Program for the needy. This is the 7th "Helping Hands" donation they have made. Tom Brown, President of the Oakville Club, made the presentation to Diane Falkinson and Sharon Millard
31 January, 2007; Congratulations to our "Crafters Who Care" who have been working feverously to complete a request for 85 mastectomy pillows and carrying bags for the Breast Cancer Support Services Inc. At our annual Christmas Luncheon they raised more than $600 from their Craft & Baking Table. The proceeds are used to buy more material to support their projects.
05 November, 2006; Elmer & Muriel Throop were assistant coordinators in the very successful Canadian Cancer Society "Taking Steps Against Breast Cancer" at the Oakville Place Mall. More than $21,000 was raised. Our own members Pat Battista and Norma Dalton also participated.
28 October, 2006; Bill Check and his Telco volunteers; Bob & Daphne Excell; Elmer Throop and Bill Hughes were again assisting the Oakville Salvation Army with their annual food drive. In total they contributed 27 hours of community service as well as the use of their vehicles.
15 June, 2006:
Lorna Maj continues in the "Spirit of Service", remember the old Bell slogan!
Pictured to the right is Carole Daniels of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital receiving the 6th $500 cheque from Lorna that she has earned through the Bell "Helping Hands" program.
02 & 03 June, 2006; Joan Gibb, one of our members and a long time volunteer with the Canadian Cancer Society, enlisted our Community Service group to assist with the Society's, Oakville Branch, annual "Relay for Life" rally at Appleby College. Bill Check with his crew of Elmer Throop, Stan Beaudette and Tom Brown placed 300 feet of fencing, signs and general labour in support of the event. In total they contributed 25 hours of community service on behalf of our club. "Way to go guys!"
12 April, 2006;
The team of Telco volunteers headed up by Bill Boyer and Bill Hughes. were honoured at an Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Mississauga Branch of the Salvation Army, for their help with the annual Christmas Assistance Program.
L - R; Bill Boyer, Anne Puh, Dianne Falkison, Sharon Millard, Bill Hughes
December, 2005: Congratulations to our members who take time to help others. In December more than 350 volunteer hours were given assisting the Salvation Army in Mississauga and Oakville. In Mississauga the team continued their tradition of doing interviews and assisting with the Christmas hampers. In Oakville volunteers helped to man the Kettle at Oakville Place. Food collected at our Annual Christmas Luncheon was distributed to the Salvation Army Food Banks in Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga.
Pictured Left - A couple of our cheerful volunteers - Kelvin Kaye & Elmer Throop
15 & 22 October, 2005; Seven members and partners gave 55 hours of their time and the use of their vehicles to assist the Oakville Salvation Army with their annual food bank drive. Bob DeForest headed the team of Elmer Throop, Ken Wilford, Doug Kirkwood, Ron Knisley, Kel & Shirley Kaye. Each driver was accompanied by local high school students. This year Salvation Army collection bags were delivered door to door with the pickup being made the following week. Congratulations to Bob and his Team who enjoyed a beautiful sunny Fall day the first week and endured a cold rainy day the second time around.
14 July, 2005
Lorna Has Done it Again!
Lorna Maj, on the left, is shown presenting a Bell "Helping Hands" cheque for $500.00 to Luisa Parente of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. This is the 5th cheque that Lorna has earned through her volunteer work at the hospital bringing her "Helping Hands" total to $2500.
13 July, 2005
Joan Gibb was featured in the Oakville Beaver on the 25th Anniversary of Terry Fox running through Oakville in 1980. The Run was a day late and Joan was instrumental in getting a good turn-out at Sheridan College to cheer Terry on.
Joan has been an organizer for the Oakville Terry Fox Run every year since. Joan has been a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society for more than 37 years. Years ago she was one of the Bell Canada Managers on loan to the Oakville United Way Campaign
April 05 2005 - Oakville Retiree's Club Annual Meeting
President Ron Knisley receiving a Plaque of Appreciation from Major Doug Binner of the Salvation Army on behalf of the Members of the Oakville Retiree's Club who have contributed many hours over the years assisting the Mississauga Branch of the Salvation Army with their "Christmas Hamper" program.
30 March, 2005 - "BELL HEROES"
Fred Bucknam our AVP Programs was recently honoured at the Bell Heroes Gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto on March 30th.
Fred was honoured as one of the 125 "Heroes" picked by Bell Canada to celebrate the company's 125th Anniversary on account of his many years of volunteer service. Volunteering with the Burlington Salvation Army, the Distress Centre and assisting the Seniors through his church have been some of his many charitable activities.
16 February, 2005 - Bill Hughes and Bill Bowyer present a cheque for $2500 from Bell Canada (Helping Hands) to Sharon Millard of the Salvation Army (Mississauga) on behalf of our Club
03 February, 2005; Thank You Luncheon Mississauga Salvation Army for our Telco Christmas Hamper Volunteers
Rear - Bill Bowyer, Tom Brown, Gordon Beeton, Bill Hughes, Ken Wiley
Front - Pat Holway, Kay Lee, Marg Clark, Carol Hall
01 February, 2005
A warm welcome to Bill Check who has volunteered to be our AVP Community Service. Bob DeForest regrets that for health reasons he has decided to give up that position. We all thank Bob for his dedication and the service that he has given to our club and the community.
29 January, 2005
Doug Kirkwood, Ron Knisley, Ken Wilford, Bob Grinton, Elmer Throop (front) repainted the old section of the Oakville Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
In November 2004 they painted the new office space that the Oakville Branch recently moved into.
November / December 2004 Bill Hughes and Bill Bowyer successfully headed up a team of Telco Volunteers and partners assessing needs for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper Program in Mississauga.
Ron Knisley and a team of members and partners assisted the Salvation Army with their Christmas Kettle campaign in Oakville.
07 December, 2004
Food donations collected at the Oakville Retiree's annual Christmas Luncheon held at the Le Dome was distributed to the Salvation Army in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga.
29 November, 2004
Ken Wilford, Ron Knisley, Bob Grinton and Doug Kirkwood completed a painting job in the new section of the Oakville Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.
23 October, 2004 - Five members gave 27 hours of their time and the use of their vehicles to assist the Oakville Salvation Army with their fall food drive. Coordinated by Bob DeForest the team included Ron McLean, Elmer Throop, Ken Wilford and Doug Kirkwood. Each driver was accompanied by local high school students who went door to door.
Pictured above: Ken, Ron, Doug, Bob, Elmer
Pictured to the left: Doug Kirkwood and students Brian Marshall and Natalie Dmuchowska
22 July, 2004 - Lorna Maj & Carole Daniels. Lorna Maj is a volunteer with the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Pictured above is Lorna presenting a Bell Helping Hands $500 cheque to Carole Daniels of the O.T.M.H. Auxiliary. This is the fourth cheque that Lorna has earned through her volunteer service for the hospital.
December 2003 - SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS KETTLE OAKVILLE PLACE
Left -Venetia Binns, Kelvin Kaye, Bob DeForest
June 1999 - One of our Club's first major project. A Wheelchair Ramp for Louise McFarland.
Right: Louise, Roy Warmington, Bob Grinton, Ron Knisley
May 1998 - Our members again provided transportation and warehouse assistance for the Halton Region Annual Multiple Sclerosis Society Carnation Campaign.
August 1998 - Our 14 members of the "Hats for Kids", Sewing and Craft Group to date have donated 1,070 items to the Canadian Cancer Society. Items included: children's Cuddle Quilts, Stuffed Dolls, Premie Knitted Sets, Mastectomy Pillows & Bags. In addition Knitted Vests were donated to The Third World Countries - Food for Children project, Palliative Care Quilts to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Knitted Mitts to the Salvation Army.
8-9-10 May 1997 - Twelve members, namely Ray Burrell, Ted Baker, Bob DeForest, Jim Fahey, Doug Kirkwood, Jim McKay, Ron Mclean, Bob Stevenson, Claude Therrien, Elmer Throop, Bill Tyre and Ken Wilford provided 93 hours transportation and warehouse assistance for the Halton Region Annual Multiple Sclerosis Society Carnation Campaign.
April 1996 - Gerry Norris and Jim Fahey built a deck and wheelchair ramp for Bill Culm who was returning from the St. John's Rehabilitation Centre. Subsequently Doug Kirkwood and John Smith installed grab bars and other safety equipment in the bathroom.
1993 - 1994 - The Club continued to sponsor the Home Emergency Lifeline Program (H.E.L.P.) for needy Seniors at the cost of $240.00 per annum, per person. The service was stationed at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Some of our members volunteered at the centre as well as installing and servicing the devices.