METCALFE – This year’s Shroomfest was a success, bringing in a total and new record of $62,950 to give back to local organizations and charities.

Funds were doled out Wed., June 6 with the Township of Osgoode Care Centre receiving the largest gift of $10,000. Executive director Lori Norris-Dudley states that she would like to use the funds to become part of the Cycling Without Age Community, joining other local organizations such as Bruyere Continuing Care Centre and Winchester’s Dundas Manor.

The program is based on the use of a motorized trishaw where up to two people can sit in the front and enjoy a bicycle ride piloted by a trained volunteer or staff member.

Executive director Nicole McKerracher accepted a cheque of $3,000 from the Shroomfest committee on behalf of the Osgoode Youth Association. The money is earmarked for events and programs the association organizes including their leadership camp in August. Also pictured is Daryn Hicks.

The Home Support Program’s financial gift of $8,000 will go toward supplying more caregiver rides for seniors and people with disabilities.

The Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation (WDMHF) received $5,000 from the committee to purchase new equipment for their establishment.

“This will go a long way to provide the proper healthcare people need,” said Cindy Peters, the foundation’s manager of direct mail and events.

The Metcalfe Recreation Committee was awarded with $5,000 to go towards beautification of the local parks, road sign maintenance and the upcoming Christmas parade.

The Metcalfe Agricultural Society was bequeathed $4,500 for various improvements in its halls.

“The money will go towards purchasing a new commercial fridge and 10 new plastic tables,” said Barry Payne, Metcalfe Fair board president.

The Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation got the big cheque treatment in the amount of $5,000. Foundation staffer Cindy Peters says that the proceeds will go towards new equipment. Also pictured is Al Graham of the Shroomfest committee.

Various other committees and organizations received financial gifts of $500 to $1,200.

The Just Kiddin’ Theatre received $1,000 to help pay for various fees so that they can keep putting on plays for the community.

“This will go towards helping to pay for director and insurance fees,” said Tracy Rivard, the theatre’s treasurer. “This will also help to keep registration fees low for children under heavy financial restraint.”

The Kenmore Minor Ball Association was given $1,200 to purchase more equipment for the 277 children currently playing, which is a major increase since the association started.

The charity Dreams Take Flight received $1,000 to help with their goal of providing kids who are physically, mentally or socially challenged the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland.

“We are dedicated to making dreams come true and this will be a good step to making that possible,” said Therese Santostefano, the organization’s treasurer.

Other beneficiaries given financial gifts include Metcalfe Volunteers Fireman’s Association, Chief’s Fastball, Osgoode Youth Association, Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) Class of 2018, CIBC Run for the Cure, Metcalfe Curling Club, Rural Family Connections, OTHS Relay for Life, OTHS Alumni Committee, Metcalfe Girl Guides, Greely Community Assocation, Make-a-Wish, Greely Hawk Baseball Association, Osgoode Township Museum, Ottawa Sooner Cheerleader Squad, ALS Golf Tournament, Cadets 2951, Adam Quinn, Albert Bouwers Community Rink, Greely Elementary School Little Rocks Program and Metcalfe Greely Scouts.


Doug Thompson (left) accepted $500 from the Shroomfest committee as a new board member for the Osgoode Township Museum. Thompson hopes to use the money to revive the museum’s Pioneer Days Celebration this coming September. Also pictured is Steve Corlyon of the Shroomfest committee. Press Photos – Glover