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Masonic Education

November, 2013

Submitted by Wor. Bro. Jason R. Nesbitt, Master of Terrace Bay Lodge #662

 

Masonry is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of the fraternity. Masons are encouraged to be actively involved in their communities.

 

Some of the community outreach programs that Masons are actively involved with are listed below:

 

The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, a public charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, supports hearing research, a bursary program for university and college students, autism services, prostate cancer research and alcohol and drug awareness programs in elementary and high schools.

 

The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario sponsors the MasoniCh.I.P. child identification program.

 

And we’re not above bleeding for a causeevery year, Ontario Masons support the Canadian Blood Services donor program with approximately 35,000 donations.

 

Shriners operate the largest network of hospitals in North America providing free care for burned and orthopedically impaired children.

 

The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 childhood language disorder clinics, centres and programs.

 

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH PROSTATE CANCER CANADA! Last week, the Masonic Foundation of Ontario presented Prostate Cancer Canada with a cheque for $20,250 this on top of their incredible financial support in 2009. A special thank you goes to the Masonic Foundation of Ontario for supporting the Prostate Cancer Canada mission and vision and for enabling us to increase awareness of this disease, a disease which will affect 1 in 6 Canadian men in their lifetime. In 2009, The Masonic Foundation donated $120,000 to Prostate Cancer Canada for the development and distribution of a Public Education Program for Prostate Cancer. This Program will provide clear and concise information about prostate cancer to audiences throughout Ontario including a comprehensive overview of the disease including: prevention and risk factors; early detection and PSA screening; treatment options and their side effects; and life following treatment. The format will not only standardize a wealth of information and make it dynamic and engaging to all audiences, but it will also be packaged so that nonexperts can deliver the presentation themselves and answer basic questions at the conclusion. Program elements will be reviewed for accuracy and edited by members of Prostate Cancer Canada's Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of some of the leading surgical, medical and radiation oncologists in Canada. The support of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario will not only help in the creation of this package, but also in its promotion to the public and dissemination to corporate and community groups across the province. For more information, please visit the following website: www.prostatecancer.ca