Legacy Bench Progress

Giving Back to the Community

Group 74, established in 1974, is a women's service club based in Brooklin which hosts annual events such as:  Victorian Tea, Hallween BooFest. Our mandate is "For A Better Community". Proceeds from our events are donated back to our local charities and our community. Please click here to visit local organizations and charities that Group 74 supports.

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On November 11th, 2013, Group 74, represented by Karen Martin and Melanie Kennedy attended the Brooklin Remembrance Day wreath laying ceremony held at the Brooklin Cenotaph. It was touching ceremony, attended by several different businesses, community groups, volunteer organizations that all come together to remember and honour all our fallen solders. Each of the local school's participated with their choirs, classes playing instruments, reading poems etc. It was so nice to see so members of our community come out to remember and give our thanks.
Until next year...

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Group 74 was pleased to lay a wreath on behalf of all members at the Rememberance Day Ceremony today in front of Luther Vipond Memorial Arena. In attendance were: Sue Pitchforth President, Christine Winters & Sue Baxter representing all members.

Brooklin Seniors

Brooklin SeniorsGroup 74 was pleased to make a donation of funds to the Brooklin Seniors to purchase a Mah Jong game and some DVD movies. Sue Pitchforth, President of Group 74 presented the cheque on behalf of Group 74 members and the community to: Cathy Jordan, Jeff Mahabir, Councillor Tracy Hanson, Mayor Pat Perkins & Debbie Wilson. We hope that the seniors have many hours of enjoyment ahead.

Whitby Bridge Project

whitby bridgeAt our October 2nd meeting, Group 74 President Sue Pitchforth along with Group 74 members were proud to present to John Dolstra, Judge Phil Gaynor and their dedicated team members, a cheque in the amount of $500 to the True Patriot Love Foundation for the Whitby Bridge Project. These funds were raised at the silent auction held during the Brooklin Harvest Festival. For more information about the Whitby Bridge Project, please visit: www.whitbybridge.com.

Thank you to our community for supporting our fundraising campaign during the Harvest Festival.

Brooklin Seniors

group74article1group74article3On March 26, 2012, some of the members from Group 74 joined the Brooklin Seniors group for a screening of My Week with Marilyn. Group 74 donated a popcorn machine and the supplies that go along with it as well as a collection of movie titles donated by Group 74 member Barbara Dixon.

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Hope & Leadership Award

Hope and Leadership AwardOn November 30, 2011, Group 74 was pleased to make a presentation at the Celebrating Our Youth Awards of our 1st Annual Hope & Leadership Award in memory of Paul Wallis, a wonderful friend of Group74 who passed away suddenly. We wanted to honour Paul's memory and his dedication to our community over the years. The first recipient of this award is Mackenzie Jaklin Graham.

Nominated by Andre Tacchino, one of her teachers, Mackenzie is a 17 yeard old student at All Saint's Catholic Secondary School. Her maturity and dedication to tasks made her an excellent candidate for their Peer Mediation Program, where she works with pairs of students who are experiencing a conflict in class/school. Mackenzie is also part of the 24 Hour Famine committee where she developed an active educational activity that engaged the participants as they learned about the world wide struggle for safe drinking water. Mackenzie has made and continues to make quite a difference at both her school and surrounding community.
"To Sue Pitchforth and Group 74; Thank you so much for presenting me with the Hope and Leadership Award last night. I was pleasantly surprised and greatly honoured to have recieved an award in the name of Paul Wallis, who was obviously someone who had a wonderful and cherished impact on our community. It was a wonderful night, and will never be forgotten."
Sincerely, Mackenzie Jaklin-Graham

Pictured left to right: Inspector Bruce Townley, Mayor Pat Perkins, Mackenzie Jaklin Graham, Councillor Ken Montague and Sue Pitchforth in the background.

We Remember

Brooklin Remembrance Day CeremonySue Pitchforth, along with some of our Group 74 members, were in attendance at the 2011 Remembrance Day ceremony at Luther Vipond Arena to honour our soldiers.

This historical service, taking place on November 11, 2011, was very touching, with many members of our community in attendance as well as our local school children who participated in the service with poems and songs.

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Legacy Bench

During 2010, all of our fundraising efforts were directed to the commission of a "Legacy Bench".  This bench was donated to the new Brooklin Community Centre & Library courtyard. We were pleased to partner with Luke Andrews who created this special bench for everyone to enjoy, re-enforcing the idea of bringing the community together. As you see on one end of the bench, a grandfather is sitting reading Goldilocks & the Three Bears with his granddaughter while the other end has the mother, father and baby bear. We were especially pleased as the wood from the bench is from the site and has been repurposed into this wonderful landmark.


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Group 74 was pleased to present a cheque in the amount of $600 that we raised for the new Brooklin Youth Room.

"Thank you to you and Group 74 for your continued support
of the Brooklin Youth programs."

Sarah Klein
Manager of Recreation
Town of Whitby

Brooklin Youth Room Donation

Youth Room Cheque Presentation 2Group 74 members were pleased to present a cheque to the Youth Room staff and youth in Brooklin. This photo was taken in the original Brooklin Youth Room in the basement of the old Community Centre on Cassels. Since the opening of the New Brooklin Community Centre, the Youth Room has relocated to the new facility.

Brooklin Branch Library Donation

Library Felt BoardGroup 74 was pleased to donate an interactive children's board with felt pieces to the Brooklin Branch Library. Group74 members are joined by Ian Ross, the CEO of the Librarym Library staff and Beatrice the Mouse - who will all be using the board on an ongoing basis during the various programs they have planned for the children of Brooklin.


Brooklin Branch Wii Donation

Wii donation"On behalf of the Whitby Public Library Board, and our many Brooklin library patrons, I would like to thank you and Group 74 for purchasing Wii gaming equipment for the Brooklin library branch.
Group 74’s long-tradition of giving back to the community, and supporting Whitby Public Library’s Brooklin Branch, is most impressive – and greatly appreciated by the library board, staff, and the thousands of Brooklin residents who visit our Brooklin Branch. This most recent gift will allow us to increase our programming repertoire enabling us to reach audiences of all ages. 

Thank you for being forward-thinking in bringing gaming to our local library!"
Yours truly,
Ian Ross

Community Kudos

"Thank you for your generous support of the Christmas Hamper Program. With your donation, ten families experienced the spirit of Christmas."
Brooklin United Church Outreach Committee

"Thank you for your generous donation to our Whitby Brooklin Block Parent Program. Your donation has enabled us to launch a new and exciting program that permists small businesses to participate in this safety endeavor. Your assistance in our offorts to protect the people living and playing in our community is greatly appreciated."
Johanna Hopper

"Special thanks to Group 74 for their generous donation of 200.00. We are going to use some of the funds for some needed tea-pots & kitchen utensils. Also for some of our Christmas dinner favours. Thanks for thinking of us."
Ellen Gibson - President of Brooklin Seniors