Today, at the Annual General Meeting, the St. Lawrence River Institute marks its 25th anniversary.
The River Institute delivers knowledge, education, technical services and community outreach to improve the health of the St. Lawrence River and other large river ecosystems.
Congrats to the River Institute and here’s to 25 more years of doing such good and important work on behalf of our rivers.
Last weekend, the annual Jubilee Gala dinner was held to raise funds for our local hospital, Hopital Glengarry Memorial Hospital. For the past few years, as part of the fundraising drive, this gathering included a cake auction.
This year I thought a broken arm, with get well messages scrawled all over it, would be a fun fundraiser. The cake itself was a lemon pound cake slathered with a lemon curd filling. Yum!
I heard the auction was a great success and this cake, amongst others, helped the hospital get closer to its goal. Congrats to us all. Such a worthy cause.
Our local municipal elections took place this week and I was asked to make a cake for an “after-the-election” party for Carma Williams, who was running in our township for Deputy Mayor, ostensibly to thank supporters and volunteers, but if all went well, as part of a celebration too.
Turned out, Carma was elected as Deputy Mayor and this cake, an edible repro of her campaign signs, was served at the congratulations party.
Now that’s what I call good Carma!
I was asked to do a cake to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River Ecosystem. The symposium series began in 1993 as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.
I wanted to show many of the critters that inhabit the ecosystems on and around the water so I included a family of Canada geese, mallard ducks and their ducklings, a beaver and its lodge, turtles, American ducks, a muskrat and an otter.
For us Canadians, it’s all about hockey.
When I was little, my big brother had a table hockey game of the classic match up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was a big board with the layout of arena ice with little tin hockey players that you slid back and forth, manipulated by pulling metal levers and knobs.
Growing up in Montreal, we were all proud Habs fans. When we played table hockey, my brother always made me be on the Leafs team. He was always on the Canadiens side of the board. I seem to recall my mother trying to intervene and telling us to take turns.
These two cakes were made for the Christmas Jubilee Dinner, a fundraiser for our local hospital. The teams were playing that night and the organizers figured a fun smackdown cake auction of Habs vs. Leafs would be fun. The Habs sadly lost that night 6-0. The real winner really was the hospital which got that much closer to its fundraising goal. And, of course, the patients who will ultimately benefit in the long run.
Our local hospital, Glengarry Memorial Hospital, is raising funds for a new digital x-ray machine. Each year the good people who fund raise for this institution, hold a Jubilee Dinner and for the past few years, have added a cake auction.
This year it was easy to pick a theme — x-ray! So in addition to the patient getting an x-ray, (I actually had to look at an image of a skeleton to get it right!), the cake is surrounded on four sides with edible x-ray images.
I heard the cake got really big bucks and the hospital is that much closer to its goal. Good news indeed.
A few years back The Glengarry Historical Society celebrated its 50th year helping to preserve local artifacts and data. I was asked to bring a cake to recognize this milestone at the Society’s annual general meeting and potluck. I figured a big bouquet of roses, in this case made out of buttercream, would do the trick. The incoming and outgoing chairs both cut the cake. Kinda sweet.