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he spring started off with an invitation to speak at a PROBUS meet-
ing in Trenton, Ontario. This event was well attended and resulted
in several members joining the CSA. These PROBUS meetings are
made up of retired people who wish to get together to do some good for
the local community. I have spoken to several of their groups and look
forward to speaking at others.
Early in May, I attended a fundraiser for the Ontario Provincial Police
Youth Foundation. The event was hosted by Garfield Dunlop MPP Simcoe
North and Police Officer Avery Bassett. As a lifetime member of the OPP, I
like to attend their events and support their work
The OPP have provided summer youth camps since 1998 and, in 2005,
a group of camp supporters approached the commissioner to explore
ways in which a foundation could assist in fundraising activities to enable
the OPP to help youth in need of assistance to meet their potential. The
Youth Foundation was incorporated in 2007 as a “corporation without
share capital.”
The objectives of the foundation are:
To receive and maintain a fund or funds and apply all or part of the
principal income, from time to time, for charitable purposes including,
without limitation, the following purposes, which support disadvan-
taged youth in the province of Ontario.
To provide social and educational development opportunities for
disadvantaged youth.
To provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth to attend summer
camp to advance social and life skills development.
To provide educational opportunities for those disadvantaged youth
who require financial assistance through the granting of scholarships
and bursaries.
To provide opportunities for life skills development.
To provide opportunities for counselling and family support services.
Many examples of the youth who have been assisted by the founda-
tion were presented. You could not help being touched by some of the
OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis commended all involved in the founda-
tion for their hard work and dedication to assisting the youth of Ontario.
For more information on the work of the foundation, go to
Our next stop was a meeting with The Honourable Peter Kent MP, min-
ister of the environment at a fundraiser organized by Bruce Stanton MP
Simcoe North.
Mr. Kent discussed everything from the water levels in the lakes, to the
Trent water system and the problematic effects of the oil sands project on
Gerry Brissenden
CSA Past President
the environment. Mr. Kent then answered many questions from
the audience and left everyone with the feeling that we have
the right person looking after our environment.
It was then on to Kingston, Ontario, to attend the annual
general meeting of the Ontario Provincial Police Veterans
Association. I am always given an opportunity to speak to the
delegates and to bring them up to date about the advocacy
work of the CSA. Following the business meetings, we attend-
ed the banquet at which Commissioner Chris Lewis gave a very
interesting talk about the work of the force. I then introduced
the entertainment of Bowser & Blue; the audience thoroughly
enjoyed them. All in all, a very good meeting with people who
have worked hard to serve the public of Ontario.
Finally, on June 30, Joan and I celebrated our 62nd wedding
anniversary…and they said it wouldn’t last!
I hope that everyone enjoyed the summer; we look forward to
seeing many of you at the Snowbird Lifestyle Presentations in
Canada and the Snowbird Extravaganzas in the southern states.
Stay safe and healthy.
Travels of
Gerry and Joan
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Oh, say can you see
by the dawn's early light
what so proudly we hailed at the
twilight's last gleaming?
whose broad stripes and bright stars
thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were
so gallantly streaming?
and the rocket's red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof thru the night that our
flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and
the home of the brave?
O canada!
Our home and native land!
true patriot love
in all thy sons command.
with glowing hearts
we see thee rise,
the true North
strong and free!
from far and wide,
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
god keep our land
glorious and free!
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
O canada,
we stand on guard for thee.
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