Dundas County charities pick up estate cheques

From left: Caroline Rooney (Carefor, Nor-Dun Seniors' Support Centre), Terry Triskle (Community Food Share), Estella Rose (John Stewart Memorial Estate board member), Sandy Casselman (Linking Hands Dundas County) and Cathy Tupper (J.W. MacIntosh Seniors' Support Centre). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — The wealth of a deceased bachelor farmer from Moose Creek continues to assist the disadvantaged and elderly of Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

More than a century after his death, the John Stewart Memorial Trust again yielded an annual allotment for Dundas County charities.

Dundas County Linking Hands’ Lunch and Learn program, Carefor Nor-Dun Seniors’ Support Centre’s Meals on Wheels program, and the J.W. MacIntosh Seniors’ Support Centre each received $500. Community Food Share picked up a $1,149.45 cheque.

The money comprises part of the almost $9,250 awarded by the Estate this year. The funds are derived from investment income generated from the early-1990s sale of the John Stewart Home — named for the man whose bequest ultimately built the place in 1930. (Stewart died decades earlier, in 1903.)

Ever since the Home’s disposal, 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.

Board member Estella Rose delivered the Dundas funds Dec. 6 in Winchester.

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, nearly $247,000 has been distributed.


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