Ontario Trillium Foundation

Can you dig this Daddy’O? (and Mommy’O?)


DitchDiggersWe’re just about ready to roll in the heavy equipment to complete our Club’s major (Ontario Trillium Foundation-funded) transformation.

JP has (as usual) been working all hours to get the facility ready, recently having dug about 400 metres of trench (thank you very much Mr. Terry Free for supplying your trenching equipment and your time!) for burying electrical cables, communications cabling, conduit and water lines (not together we should note!).

He could really use our help on Monday morning, during and after 10am practise, to backfill and tamp down these trenches. We’ll need to bring shovels, rakes and any tamping tools we have. Shouldn’t take long if we get enough people to pitch in.

See you on site on Monday. Thanks!

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It’s Official – NOC receives major Ontario Government Trillium Foundation Grant!


Trillium Award at NOC 2014 04 26

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Yes, last Saturday (April 26th) our club was awarded a capital improvements grant of $110,000 for:

1. New bleachers (clubhouse will be moved further south).

  • 300 seats, Accessible, with up-to-date safety features, moving close to the track straightaway finish line.
  • 2 sets of 30 seats in the Jumps and Throws area.

2. A new paved 15′ wide road/path from the main (south) gate along the 100m straight between the new bleachers and the track fence. This achieves full accessibility for athletes and spectators. This will also make damp weather spectating a much less muddy experience, and will allow club maintenance and meet equipment to be transported more reliably.

3. And lastly – New hurdle carts for easier setup and take down during training and meets.


I think we can say a huge Thank You to The Ontario Trillium Foundation! This gives our athletes, in fact all junior athletes in the Niagara Region, a new level of facility for training and competition. Thank You to Minister Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines, Mayor Brian McMullan, and Mr. Harvey Hagerty of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, for presenting the award, accompanied by such kind and positive words of real encouragement for our athletes.

Another huge Thank You has to go out to the Team at the Niagara Sport Commission, who helped us compose, verify and support our bid, through each of the not-so-easy steps. Bram, Chris and Matt, we could not have achieved this without you. We look forward to collaborating in so many more ways to enhance our sport over the coming months and years.

All of the volunteers working on the club’s behalf should be rightly proud of this achievement. Impossible without your incredible efforts!

Here are a few pics from Saturday’s ceremonies. We look forward to your support as we enter the project execution phases, to ensure that the money is wisely and frugally spent.

Can you take an hour to celebrate with us on Saturday April 26th?


The Ontario Government's Trillium Foundation

This coming Saturday, at 11am, we’ll be doing some concentrated celebrating at the Club for an hour or so.

Join us in celebrationThe Honourable Jim Bradley, MPP, with Mayor McMullan of St. Catharines, and a member of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (the Government of Ontario’s OTF) evaluation committee, Mr. Harvie Hagerty, will be joining us for a formal announcement that will help us to radically revamp our great facility later this year.

Please come and join us (we’re even providing coffee and some sweet treats!); invite your family and friends. It’s your opportunity to say thank you to the OTF, and the City for their financial and in-kind support for our athletes, and indeed young athletes from right across the Region, who use our unique facility every year at about this time and through to the summer.

We hope that you can come out and join us in celebration.