Labour union contribution moves Lamont Phase 2 campaign significantly closer to goal

The Lamont Sports Park Illuminating Dreams Campaign moved significantly closer to its goal today, after a sizeable donation from a prominent labour union and ownership partner in Bruce Power.

The Society of United Professionals handed over a cheque for $50,000 for the Phase 2 to the fundraising committee and Saugeen Shores’ Town Council.  The “Diamond Donation” is the seventh major contribution to the campaign and entitles the Society to naming rights for one of the Park’s six new diamonds.

(L to R): Barry Dunlop, Community Volunteer; Rob Stanley, Committee Co-Chair; Mike Myatt, Town of Saugeen Shores Vice Deputy Mayor and Committee Co-Chair; Jim Morrison, Society Staff Officer; Matt Barfoot, Society Unit Director; Dave Ceksters, Society Local Vice-President; Eric Tiisler, Society Unit Director; Luke Charbonneau, Mayor of Saugeen Shores; Michael Martin, Community Volunteer.


“We are grateful for The Society’s significant donation,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “I continue to be impressed by their commitment to financially support projects in the communities where they live and work.  Whether it’s providing a place for new doctors to live, or a place for young people to play sports, the Society has come through for Saugeen Shores.”

Local Vice-President Dave Ceksters, supporting the construction of two youth diamonds at the park, said it was an easy decision for his team. “We knew right away that we wanted to be a part of this project when we learned about the lasting impact of our donation.  I’d like to thank the mayor and the fundraising campaign for reaching out to us for an initiative that would benefit the young people of Saugeen Shores and its neighbouring communities.”

Campaign Co-Chair Rob Stanley, the union’s former Executive Vice-President of Finance said that, “For the past 18 years, The Society has supported local community projects from its Community Foundation Fund (CFF). This donation is the fund’s single largest capital contribution and it demonstrates the local’s commitment to infrastructure that promotes healthy lifestyles and inclusive participation.  This is now The Society’s legacy at the park for the next 20 years.”

The Society’s Bruce Power Local represents a broad range of professional, technical, and supervisory employees at Bruce Power, Canada’s largest private sector nuclear power generator.

Phase 2 of the park development will include two youth baseball fields and an accessible playground.  This will add to the four baseball diamonds built in Phase 1.

On Saturday June 4th, the public is invited for their first viewing of the park from noon to 4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 and to help launch Phase 2’s public fundraising campaign.