Beaverton firefighters cast their support behind North House this winter after the former executive director of the north Durham charity was charged with defrauding the organization of more than $55,000.
The seventh annual Tom Hawtin Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament, held Feb. 24 on Lake Simcoe, raised $500 for North House.
Serving Brock, Uxbridge and Scugog, North House provides a helping hand to those trying to get back on their feet. They offer a variety of programs such as Homelessness Prevention Outreach, Wraparound Support, Rental Subsidies, Financial Literacy and Tax Preparations, as well as Landlord and Tenant Relations.
On Feb. 1, Durham Regional Police announced Ian Faulkner, former executive director of North House, was charged with defrauding the organization of more than $55,000.
Mona Emond, who joined North House as executive director in September, said at the time the charity was eager to move forward.
“The organization’s Board of Directors and staff were devastated by what happened. Our donors, funders and community partners were also affected by the theft. Suddenly, North House had lost its momentum,” she told the Brock Voice.
While they were able to recover some funds, Emond said the organization did not expect the recoup the entire loss.
As an effort to regain some financial strength and momentum, North House hosted a Coldest Night of the Year walkathon on Feb. 24.
The walkathon, according to North House Chair Marsha Watts, was a big success.
Watts was on hand Monday (March 5) to receive the cheque from the Brock Township Fire Department on behalf of North House.
She thanked the firefighters for their support as the charity continues to move forward, noting her appreciation for their generosity.
Watts is eagerly anticipating the Annual General Meeting set for March 29 and hopes to welcome new members to the North House organization.
Support from local organizations such as the Brock Township Fire Department will help North House, a charity aimed at helping people get back on their feet, take a strong step forward to a better future. Watts looks forward to it.