District Masons Give To Mental Health
year the Masons of the District of St. Francis raise money for a special charity. Last year, the library in the devastated town of Lac-Mégantic was the recipient. This year, the Masons selected the Sherbrooke-based organization Mental Health Estrie, a non-profit community group that is committed to helping Englishspeaking families and individuals across the Eastern Townships to manage the impact of mental illness.
Last week, the Masons presented Mental Health Estrie with a cheque for over $5,000. Accepting the donation on behalf of Mental Health were the organization’s executive director Judy Ross, office assistant Tanya Gibson, and president Esther Barnett.
Barnett explained that “your timing is just perfect: this week is actually Mental Health Week across Canada.” Ross added, “we couldn’t be more pleased; this year is Mental Health Estrie’s 10th anniversary, and these funds are really going to help with the work we do.”
Representing the Masons were a delegation from Golden Rule Lodge #5 of Stanstead, the lodge that spearheaded this year’s campaign, together with outgoing District Deputy Bruce Durrant and District Representative Wendell Smith.
Presenting the cheque to Mental Health, Matthew Farfan, Master of Golden Rule, emphasized that “this has been very much a group effort; we want you to know that every lodge in the district has contributed, as have a number of individual Masons.” Along with Golden Rule, he said, that includes: St. Francis Lodge #15 (Richmond), Victoria Lodge #16 (Lennoxville), Ascot Lodge #30 (Lennoxville), Lake Magog Lodge #55 (Magog), Friendship Lodge #66 (North Hatley), Thetford Lodge #88 (Thetford Mines), Loge La Cordialité #148 (Lennoxville), the Wales Home Lodge of Instruction (Richmond). Also contributing were Sussex Preceptory #9, and the Masonic Foundation of Quebec.
Farfan congratulated Mental Health Estrie for its excellent work, adding, “we have no doubt that you’ll be able to put these funds to good use, in your work to help those suffering from mental illness.”
Left to right: Tim Bagley, Léo Beaudoin, Rudy Ross, Tanya Gibson, Matthew Farfan, Dean Young, Esther Barnett, Wendell Smith, Grant Myers and Bruce Durrant.