Past Events

Civitan Club of Oakville’s Charity Golf Classic Another Success!

Civitan Club of Oakville's Charity Golf - Group Photo

Partnering with the Distress Centre Oakville, the Club’s 7th annual golf tournament at Glen Abbey was another - with 112 players and 135 guests attending the dinner. We raised $11,000.

Lead/host sponsor was John Di Lorito and Tomato King, who welcomed 60 players from their Ontario Food Terminal community! Each player received an incredible bag of fruit and on course snacks, donated by Tomato King.

Distress Centre volunteer Bruce Horsburgh returned as tournament photographer and artistically captured the event with his creative photos:
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Violinist Klaudia Thibault and cellist Janko Marjanovic once again volunteered their talents to serenade the reception guests with their beautiful music. Tony Aziz’s creative fruit carving was on display with a magnificent depiction of a golf course complete with pineapple ‘palm trees’.

CFL football legend Dan Ferrone returned as the night’s celebrity live auctioneer and his entertaining auction style helped raise record contributions. The day featured perfect weather and the pace of play was ideal: under five hours.

Kass Sawatzky, the Distress Centre Executive Director, gave an emotional after dinner speech challenging the audience to believe that their support makes each a ‘star’.

The Distress Centre Oakville supports people in our community to better cope with crisis, loneliness and emotional stress. Its over 100 volunteers listen to and empathize with more than 12,000 callers each year from Oakville and surrounding communities. They’re non-judgmental and befriend callers in times of crisis and turbulence, many suffering from a mental health issue.

Cart Sponsor - Hullmark Registration Sponsor - BrightLane Co-Working Centre Printing Sponsor - Dorval Crossing Media Sponsor - Oakville Beaver Closest to the Pin Sponsor - Mercedes-Benz Oakville Autohaus Longest Drives Sponsors: TD Canada Trust & Ippolito Fruit & Produce

Tournament Winners - 2014

1st place Team Scramble Score 63
Peter Digiola
Joe Battalia
Greg Scarmato
Dave Lift

2nd place Team Scramble Score 64
Wesley Visser
John Klein Horseman
Harold Macdonald

3rd place Team Scramble Score 65
Philip Martin
David May
Robert Burgess
Harry Burgess

1st place Team Individual Score 381
Lars Melander
Neil Oliver
Dave Harvey
Ian Oliver

2nd place Team Individual Score 385
Carolyn Stemegna
Lisa Luinenburg
Bob Levens
Matt Casey

1st place low individual gross Score 75 – Lars Melander

Closest to the Pin: Men Hole # 3 - Ian Oliver

Longest Drive: Men Hole #18 - Mike Baron Ladies Hole #6 - Claudia Gucciardi

Closest to the Keg: Hole #10- Mohamed Jahangir

View the 2014 Dinner Brochure PDF.

Civitan Michael Paralovos Awarded Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

Created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

The Club is extremely proud that club member Michael Paralovos was selected to receive this honor for his selfless and quiet contributions to supporting many of Oakville's service clubs and charities. Many service organizations in our community, including the Civitan Club of Oakville, are welcomed by Michael at his Hampton's Restaurant to meet weekly without charge and receive Michael's generous donations and sponsorships. He has tirelessly supported those in Oakville seeking to make a difference ... through example ... by himself making a difference to their operations.

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Civitan of Oakville's 2011 Awards Night

James McCannell receives the prestigious Peter Street President of the Year Award from District West Governor Owen Marchant

The Civitan Club of Oakville (celebrating 51 years of service to our community) held its annual Awards Dinner celebrating Civitans and friends of Civitan who have gone the extra mile to support the Club and its charitable activities in Oakville.

Photo: James McCannell (left) receives the prestigious Peter Street President of the Year Award from District West Governor Owen Marchant

In recognition of Doug Guthrie's extraordinary contribution to the Club and community, the On-Going Involvement Award was renamed the Doug Guthrie Ongoing Involvement Award, and he appropriately became its well-earned first recipient at the dinner. For over a dozen years, Doug has managed the Civitan Farmers Market at Hopedale Mall as well as the bi-weekly Civitan Bingo at Mayfair Bingo. He staffs the Market each Saturday from May through November, arriving well before sun-rise at 5:00 a.m. His project work directly accounts for two-thirds of the funds raised by the Club each year making possible most of the charitable donations made by Civitan to Oakville groups in need of assistance. The newly-designed Award is a large cup with past winners inscribed at its base. Doug celebrated by sharing a draught beer from the cup with his fellow Civitans.

James McCannell swept four awards for his impressive record of contributions, winning the Peter Street President of the Year Award, The Bob McLernan Fellowship Award (for promoting the spirit of goodwill and fun), the Distinguished President Award (issued by Civitan International for several achievements as President, including launching the new Junior Civitan Club of Oakville, which now boasts almost 40 student members in three high schools) and the Civitan District West Junior Advisor of the Year Award (for his mentoring the new Junior Civitan Club as their club advisor).

Incoming President Chris Smith was celebrated for his successful chairing of the fourth annual Civitan Charity Golf Tournament by being awarded Chairman of the Year Award. Other winners included:

Van Exan Trophy for District Involvement (in recognition of supporting Civitan District West)
Bob McCannell

Gord Hood Civitan of the Year
George Horhota (2010/11 President)

Special Thanks Award (Friends of Civitan who have volunteered)
Nina McCannell (for her contributions to the golf tournament)
Kevin Kisil (for volunteering at the Civitan Bingo)

Incoming Civitan International Director Val Marchant awarded the highly prestigious Club Honour Key (posthumously) to a great Oakville Civitan, Gord Hood, which was graciously accepted by his widow Rosemary.

District Past Governor Honour Keys were presented to:

  • Norm Moffatt (joined Civitan in 1969 & the Oakville Club in 1975)
  • Ralph Hogge (joined the club 51 years ago)
  • Dick Pearsall (chartered the Oakville Club in 1960)

5th Annual Civitan Charity Golf Classic Tournament

5th Annual Civitan Charity Golf Classic Tournament - watermelon carving Piper's Heath Golf Club hosted the Civitan Club and its guests for our 5th Annual Charity Golf Classic.

The weather was perfect and the course in simply pristine condition. A BBQ lunch greeted our guests with a shotgun start that saw a full field of players.

Dinner guests were entertained by the sleight of hand of Magic Matt. Many golfers were joined by their spouses for the delicious dinner. Traditional desert was complemented by a incredible fruit display created by Civitan John DiLorito (who had invited many of the gofers that afternoon).

Our golfing guests and their spouses bid generously in the silent and live auctions. Together, $18,000 was raised, half of which was donated to the Oakville Hospital's Child & Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Services Unit, assisting teems and their families through a mental health crisis and the other half will be donated by the Civitan Club of Oakville to local charities and support groups helping those in the most need. Click here to see the dinner program.

Furniture Donation to Community Living

Furniture Assembly

Community Living Oakville welcomed Civitan Club of Oakville members, their spouses, clients and MPP Kevin Flynn to a special open house and dedication ceremony to thank the Club for its donation of workshop and lounge furniture.

Community Living Oakville was founded 55 years ago to support people with intellectual disability. The non-profit organization provides homes (10 for adults and one dedicated to children) as well as adult programs that teach pre- vocational and life skills. Support is also given to individuals with developmental disabilities in their job searches to maintain employment in the Oakville area.

Speers Place Industries is a vocational area at Community Living's principal Wyecroft Road location which helps their clients develop work skills that may lead to competitive employment in the community. The workshop provides light industrial work and assembly services to local companies including Ford Canada.

But its furniture had been inappropriate for the needs of its users; stacking chairs in use were ergonomically inadequate and lounge chairs in the break area were uncomfortable. Acquiring proper furniture had been on Community Living's unfilled 'wish list'. The Civitan Club of Oakville rose to the challenge and stepped up to fund 20 adjustable, resilient and ergonomically correct workshop chairs, 30 sturdy tables and six comfortable lounge chairs for a total cost of about $35,000.

After a tour of the workshop (where clients enthusiastically demonstrated their use of the new chairs), Club President James McCannell graciously accepted Community Living's thanks from acting director John Wilson and Speers Place Industries director Suzanne Aikman. "Civitan and Community Living have a symbiotic relationship that will continue well into the future. Thank you for providing us with the opportunity to assist you," James said. "The funds that made this chair donation possible were generated by four special projects that our Club sponsors and staffs here in Oakville. So we ask the community to support us by patronizing our annual Civitan Charity Golf Tournament at Glen Abbey (July 16th in 2011); the Hopedale Mall Farmers' Market each Saturday; the Mayfair Bingo - every second Thursday at 7:00 p.m.; and our Club's annual sale of Claxton Christmas Cakes."

Since its founding a half century ago, the Civitan Club of Oakville has been a consistent and significant supporter of Community Living Oakville. Past Club donations included a van to transport Community Living's residents with developmental disabilities and helping to retire the mortgage of one of its homes providing residential placement as well as sponsoring an annual Fishing Derby and picnic.

Chartering of Junior Civitan club

Junior Charter

On May 13th 2010, the Civitan Club of Oakville proudly chartered the Oakville Junior Civitan Club! After about 2 months of work, spearheaded by President James McCannell, a group of 20 wonderful Oakville Students, and the club advisor, Civitan James McCannell formally chartered the Oakville Junior Civitan Club. The event was hosted by the club at the Oakville Public Library with former Mayor, Ann Mulvale, as a guest speaker. Mayor Mulvale recalled her fond memories of the Junior Club in Oakville, as both her sons were members when they were high school students. Many parents and siblings of the juniors as well as some Civitans attended the event, including our Governor Paul Scudds.

Going forward, the Junior Club is eager to start getting involved, and already planning their first event. They have also thrown their hat in the ring to be the next host of the Dance-A-Thon, a project that originated in Oakville. They have also bought the website name

The Oakville Club would like to recognize the hard work of Civitan Anita Pereira and Junior Civitan Governor Aliyah Mohamed for all of their hard work and guidance in starting this club. Without their tireless efforts, this would have been an uphill battle.

50th Anniversary Serving Oakville - Over $2 Million Donated!

Cheque Presentation

Saturday evening (Aug. 21st) the Harbour Banquet Centre hosted 100 guests to celebrate the Civitan Club of Oakville's 50 years of service to the community. The service club, founded in 1960, marked its golden anniversary by presenting the official charter to a new Junior Civitan Club of Oakville established earlier this year. Its 20 high school student members, attending four local schools, were represented by five Junior Civitans sitting at the head table. Canada's future 'builders of good citizenship' were proud to call themselves Jr. Civitans. In fact, 'Civitan', coined from the Latin word Civitas, means "citizenship."

Civitan Club President James McCannell, himself once a Jr. Civitan as a teenager, served as the event's Master of Ceremonies. He was surprised and delighted to receive the Club Builder Award from Jr. Civitan International's Anita Pereira for his leadership in guiding the establishment of the new Oakville Junior club. Also participating in the evening were Oakville residents Dick Pearsall (who attended the Club's chartering ceremony half a century ago and chaired the Anniversary Committee) and the Club's longest serving member, Ralph Hogge.

During the past five decades of service, the Club has donated over $2 million to local charities and service groups. Many recipient organizations sent representatives to mark the event including Community Living Oakville, the Oakville Hospital Foundation, Autism Society, Reach Out Centre For Kids and the Oakville Distress Centre.

Community Living's Executive Director John Wilson reviewed the 49-year history of support given by the Club to his organization including last year's donation of $30,000 in furniture for the workshop which teaches vocational skills to people with developmental disabilities.

The Club's 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Glen Abbey (held each July) raised over $24,000. President James McCannell and President-Elect George Horhota were proud to present a cheque for half of its proceeds ($12,141) to the Oakville Hospital Foundation's Child & Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Services Unit which provides in- hospital treatment to children and teens when they most need help. Program Head for the Hospital's Mental Health Division, Vivian Demian, enthusiastically accepted the donation and promised that the over-sized cheque would first be displayed in her Unit before going to the bank. Last year, the Club donated 10 desks and chairs to the Unit since hospitalized students were still attending school -- but until then had no proper place to study other than in their hospital beds.

Eight Ontario Civitan Clubs were represented at the dinner and Civitan District West Governor Paul Scudds congratulated the Club on its milestone. Halton Civitan Club President Marlyne Van Exan (whose own club was chartered in 1999 by the Oakville Club, in which her late husband Wayne was a very active member and officer) delivered the key note speech.

Marlyne recounted the Club's key 50-year milestones including initiating the first of 25 Dance-A-Thons, hosting two Special Olympics, purchasing three wheelchair vans and building wheelchair ramps and staffing an annual Fishing Derby for the residents of Oaklands and Community Living. Personally involved in the Club for 44 years, Marlyne concluded her remarks by observing that Oakville Civitans "...have given their best to make life a little better for the disadvantaged in our community."

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