Dawes stepping away from Brookfield Elks

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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Birthday, St. Patrick’s celebrations attracted lots of attendees

St Patrick’s Day was celebrated with friends from all over the area at the Knox United Church annual coffee party. This event has been a favourite for more than 40 years.

Unit 6 of the UCW was the original organizing group and for many years Unit 7 worked with the older members and have since carried on celebrating the day. Numerous patrons wearing green and some with green hair came out in the largest numbers to date.

School aged children were denied attendance as March break was over before the event. The young set that always enjoyed the party tried to convince parents it was indeed a “holiday”.

Ladies from St. Andrews Church joined the fun. The attendees were inspired by the contribution Helen Miller makes to her church by making and selling two hundred pies at Christmastime. No small feat at the age of 84. Always believe there’s a way to “make a difference.”

How splendid to have support from other churches and groups at local events.

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Is 90 really the new 70? One could be persuaded to believe this when you see the young-at-heart and youthful-looking ladies that marked their 90th birthdays this month.

Audrey Carter, Mary Fisher and Phyllis Sutherland all reached that milestone, neither looking nor acting their ages. Something in the water here or just an ability to enjoy each day?

Friends feted Fisher at the Best Western Glengarry, while Sutherland greeted her many friends at the senior’s room at the Sportsplex. Carter held court at her home on the farm.

Congratulations and best wishes are extended to these remarkable ladies.

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Brookfield Junior B Elks wrapped up a rebuilding year with a team dinner and awards night on March 23.

Joel and Kim Dawe have been instrumental in organizing and managing the Elks over the past 18 years of the franchise. The team was started in 1998 as an affiliated farm club of the Truro Bearcats. Richard MacKenzie was head coach in Brookfield with Joel Dawe assisting. Some of the local players of early days were: Jason Wallace, Joey Boomer, Wade Peterson, Scott Totten, Brooks Vantassel, Mark Kennedy and Jack Roop.

When the affiliation rules changed and a farm team was no longer a necessity, Geoff Stewart and Gordie Burnett, with support from sponsors Donnie Fisher and Stu Rath, worked to keep the Elks in uniform.

The Dawes and the Elks executive managed, defined and put in hundreds of hours to keep the junior hockey club in the Sportsplex. They’ve done everything from fundraising, boarding and coaching to driving and feeding players.

Hats were off to the Dawes and Bruce and Glenda Isenor, who provided a delicious meal for the players, coaches and executive members. Kim acknowledged the ongoing support of Harold Barkhouse, as announcer and statistician, at the rink every Tuesday night. Susie Smith, a constant presence at the gate, and Betty Carter were also recognized for their many years. Don Harvey was always on hand to sell 50/50 tickets.

Kim noted this season provided many challenges, with line-ups changing nightly. She praised the players that joined a struggling team and stayed the course, which showed their strength of character. Although Kim and Joel have decided to step down from the team, they’ve enjoyed knowing the boys, seeing them become young men and developing as players. Joel saw it as his way of paying back for those who did the same for him. Kim acknowledged the dedication and commitment Joel has given the team for 18 years through the good times and the challenges.

She offered thanks to all who have supported them and the teams through the years and wished the best of luck to the new President Josh Bolton and his support group.

Awards were presented to deserving players as follows:

• Matt Canning, in his last year of eligibility, was presented with his team sweater, No. 21, and was the team’s high scorer.

• Lucas Dawe won the Tony Carlise top defenseman award and was named most valuable player.

• Connor Hirtle won the Ike Burgess award as the top forward.

• Ian O’Brien was named Rookie of the Year.

• Jake Bowers was awarded the Ironman trophy, never having missed a game or a practice.

Next season may see more games in the win column and consequently more fans in the seats.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

 

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