John Stewart Memorial Trust disburses funds in Dundas County

From left: Community Living Dundas County Executive Director Debbie Boardman ($500); Carefor Health & Community Services — Nor Dun Seniors' Support Services Team Leader Caroline Rooney ($500); Advisory Board of the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust member Estella Rose; Community Food Share (formerly known as Dundas County Food Bank) Board Chair Terry Triskle ($1,000); J.W. MacIntosh Seniors' Support Centre Executive Director Janet Levere ($500); and (absent) Linking Hands Dundas County ($500). The handover occurred at the Nor Dun Seniors’ Support Centre in Winchester.

WINCHESTER — Decades after his death, a bequest from the late John Stewart — originally of Moose Creek — continues to benefit the elderly and disadvantaged in Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

Stewart’s money originally funded a home for the poor in 1930. Located on Cornwall’s Second Street East, the John Stewart Home operated until it was closed and sold in the early 1990s. But ever since that liquidation, the Advisory Board of the John Stewart Estate Memorial Trust has carried out their namesake’s mandate with cash — by annually distributing investment proceeds to various local charities. Just over $9,400 was recently handed out in the latest yearly installment, including $3,500 disbursed to Dundas County organizations this week.

Board member Estella Rose delivered the funds Jan. 18  to Community Living Dundas County, Nor Dun Seniors’ Support Centre (Carefor Health & Community Services) in Winchester, Community Food Share (formerly known as Dundas County Food Bank), the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre in Williamsburg, and Linking Hands Dundas County.

Scotia Wealth administers the Estate, with oversight from a board drawn from city and SD&G representatives. The minister of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Cornwall sits as a permanent member. To date, over $237,500 in income has been distributed.  


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