Great Day At Dawson Community Centre.

I went to dances at this place as a teenager so it’s extra cool to have had a chance to hang out today at the annual Race for Kids/ Street Festival organized by the Dawson Community Centre, one of the truly great community organizations on the island of Montreal.

Ok, so it was hot today, very hot…and I usually am pretty good at getting names and info down but today I was just happy to hang out, take a few pics, and appreciate what all these incredible people with the energy to run a challenging race and make this event happen were capable of doing. Big thanks to everyone!!

Obligatory inflatable (say that out loud, you will feel strangely better…).

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I relate…all (great) works of art have their moments –  doubt may dominate the creative mind which can only be saved by an upward synthesis! ( LOL )

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With roughly 40 tables the street festival component of this event served the community well with much to offer.

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And my favorite team in the Race For Kids hamming it up before destroying the course, Mary Ann Davis, Lorraine O’Donnell, and Kim Whitehouse!!

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David Lefneski of SouthWest United Church and Mission with Lorraine and Kim.

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This fellow and his grandson entertained those of us who would stick around the main site for the duration of the race (just let me know the name (s) and I will correct that immediately, did I say it was very hot this afternoon?).

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Kenneth MacKenzie and (please help me out here, folks!) on the bagpipes opening the race!

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These two ladies (again, I need your help here) were our gracious and energized hosts for this beautiful community event. And this is a good example (for all you potential photography students) of how a picture may NOT tell a story, because the lady on the left was an energy ball who outworked most of the race participants. You two are just awesome!!

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All the teams warming up before the start!

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I won’t say SPOILER ALERT but sometimes things get telegraphed….

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And away we go!

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My team roars out of the gate (love the way Mary Ann lays down the CHILL! law!).

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Art is important.

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Don’t recall the team name but after finishing second last year and working hard as a team towards a goal they shared, they won!!

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It’s not about winning, however,  it’s about having fun and committing yourself to a good cause – Win! Win! Win!

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And here comes my team, super proud of these folks today!

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Mary Ann Davis (sort of epitomizing cool on this wicked hot day) speaking on behalf of the community tells us that Verdun Rocks!

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Greens are racers, blues are volunteers.

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So I step out for a moment and miss another great team come in, but I still got a pic of this fantastic character who just happens to be a City Councillor in Verdun telling the organizers his team is kicking back their  prize to the kids at Dawson, the uncanny and evergame, Sterling Downey!

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The amazing volunteers in blue!

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It was a great day, the street was packed with support for the racers, and we shared the heat and hospitality in a way that can only be brought about by a deep belief in the people and community around you and that is why Dawson’s has been around forever, because people care, and today was a perfect example of a community organization reaching out and making everyone feel good about themselves and each other. Thanks!!

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Thanks to all the volunteers, the participants, and everyone who dropped by, for making this such a wonderful community experience, and a special shout out to Joanne Eberlin, whom I have known for over 40 years, for helping to keep Dawson the awesome local resource and essential community centre that it continues to be on so many levels!!

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2 responses to “Great Day At Dawson Community Centre.

  1. little biased reporting but I will let it slide.Looks like it ’twas a fun time. Coudn’t make it but was glad to have sponsored my friend Hurricane Helene.

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