South Dundas Girls’ Hockey Association disperses more than $12,700

Kristen Casselman of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation (second from left) receives a $2,727 cheque (plus change) from Dundas County Girls' Hockey Association officials Nathalie Sirois (left), Anita Gilmer (second from right) and Laurie Forrester (right). Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Local minor hockey players and Winchester District Memorial Hospital came up as winners when executives with the defunct South Dundas Girls’ Hockey Association dispersed their organization’s last trove of funds.

The SDGHA operated between 2003 and 2015, at one time having up to five teams ranging from PeeWee to Intermediate level.

“We got a lot a lot of support from people in the community, and we thought an appropriate way to use the [SDGHA] funds was to put the money back into the local hockey family,” explained SDGHA past president Anita Gilmer, following the presentation of individual $5,000 cheques to the South Dundas Lions and North Dundas Demons hockey organizations.

In addition to that $10,000 sum, the SDGHA emptied out a remaining $2,727 on the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation — to go toward the Foundation’s general equipment fund.

The cheques were handed over Feb. 24 as the Morrisburg Arena was abuzz with “Lions’ Day” — with local 11 teams playing scheduled home games in one big event.

Gilmer recounted that the DCGHA was a “small association” whose volunteers  “did a lot of good work” through the years. Their teams played under the auspices of the Ottawa District Women’s Hockey League and distinguished themselves at provincial playdowns, she said.

Above, from left: North Dundas Minor Hockey Association President Peter Forrester receives his organization’s cheque from South Dundas Girls’ Hockey Association’s Nathalie Sirois; Lezley McCann and Dave Lapier from the South Dundas Minor Hockey Association receive their cheque from South Dundas Girl’s Hockey Association’s Anita Gilmer; and Kristen Casselman, managing director of the WDMH Foundation, receives her organization’s cheque from South Dundas Girl’s Hockey Association’s Laurie Forrester. Courtesy photo by Bill Laurin, South Dundas Inbox.

 

From left, Hayley Tyo, Cole Fraser Dupuis, Chris Rowntree and Lezley McCann (fundraising chair for South Dundas Minor Hockey) pose at the prize table during the ‘Lions Day’ event. The day also featured a “Food Fight” food drive in support of Community Food Share, which was won by a Demons team from North Dundas. Coached by Danny McLeod, the winning ‘Food Fight’ squad earned a pizza party as their reward. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 

 

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