Dis­trict Ma­sons Give To Men­tal Health

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Matthew Far­fan Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Lennoxville

Each

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.”

Photo Kathy Teas­dale

Left to right: Tim Ba­gley, Léo Beau­doin, Rudy Ross, Tanya Gibson, Matthew Far­fan, Dean Young, Esther Bar­nett, Wen­dell Smith, Grant My­ers and Bruce Dur­rant.

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