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August 19, 2011

Child Identification Program Reaches Milestone

In only four and one-half years the Northwestern MasoniCh.I.P. has attained a very noteworthy accomplishment. At the CLE Fair held the week of August 10 – 13, 2011 in Thunder Bay, Ontario this community-based program registered its 5000th child. Volunteer Coordinator for the organization, Craig Wolverton, described this achievement as “a true testament to the consistent base of volunteers who give unselfishly of their time to provide this service to the citizens of Northwestern Ontario.” Wolverton continued by pointing out “the Child Identification Program is offered free-of-charge to all children. We are a non-profit group and offer this service throughout communities in the Northwest. We are delighted to be able to have a total provincial presence and this milestone is quite significant.” The 5000th child registered was Brianna Hyslop, daughter of Scott and Paula Hyslop of Thunder Bay. Brianna was attending the 2011 CLE with her brother and sister as well as her grandparents, Paul and Fay Morriseau. Her father, Scott Hyslop stated “we attend the CLE every year, but this is the first time we have used this very worthwhile program. It offers peace of mind to us (as parents) if an emergency arises with one of our children. To know, we can take the digital information to any police agency and in a matter of seconds the personal information can be transmitted to all agencies throughout the world through Amber Alert is important.” Hyslop continued by congratulating the volunteers who “treated their children with dignity while registering each of them.” He concluded by stating his family will continue to take advantage of this program at every opportunity they have and all parents to do the same.

 Brianna Hyslop

5,000th child registered

Program Overview: The Grand Lodge of Canada A.F. & A.M in the Province of Ontario. has long held a commitment to children, their families, and community. The program is the most comprehensive and fully confidential child identification program available. It is designed to give families a measure of protection against the ever-increasing issue of missing children. According to data released by Canada’s “Our Missing Children” website, and Ontario Child Find, every year over 60,000 Canadian children are reported missing. Ontario has the highest proportion per capita of missing children at nearly 20,000 annually. This valuable service is offered to Ontario families and has been an effective tool for in excess of twenty states in the United States.

For more information: Contact—Craig Wolverton, MasoniCh.I.P. Volunteer Coordinator Phone—807 684-0661 Email—