Shriners are known for their compassion for others and for being active participants in their communities. Shriners help make the world a better place. Our mission is simple and our stories are defined by our shared pursuit of bettering ourselves and the world around us.
Who are these guys with the red hats (Fezzes) that you see in parades sometimes dressed in costumes like clowns, hillbillys, kops, pilots or driving funny cars, bikes or carts and riding floats…smiling and waving to the spectators and having fun? They are Shriners and the Brockville and District Shrine Club are new members of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.
The Brockville & District Shrine Club is part of Tunis Shriners No. 179 of Ottawa which is one of the many Shrine Temples that make up Shriners International that is a worldwide fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. Shriners International was recently declared the world’s greatest philanthropy for providing a world-leading children’s health care system.
- Shriners Hospital for Children was founded in 1922 to provide excellent specialized medical care for children regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Today these Hospitals have a 100-year tradition as:
- Leaders in pediatric care
- Being generous
- First to develop a rehab centre for spinal and burns care
- First to develop a Motion Analysis Clinic
- One of the first to develop a Genomics Institute
- Operate 300 Outreach clinics
- Educators sharing research and achievements
- Having helped over 1.4 million kids
Locally the Brockville & District Shrine Club has assisted many children over the years through the Shriners Children’s Hospitals in Montreal and Boston. Children that could not walk now walk, badly burned children have recovered and hope is restored to many children and families that had none.
Throughout history both the Freemasons and Shriners have had a reputation for secrecy, but the mission is straightforward. Shriners are committed to:
- Being the premier fraternal organization for men of good character.
- Providing attractive, quality programs and services for our members, their families and their friends in a spirit of fun, fellowship and social camaraderie.
- Fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement.
- Serving our community through the resources of its philanthropy.
Every Shriner believes in:
- Brotherhood and are committed family, personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for families and children in need.
- Leadership and are leaders within their communities and count among their members a Prime Minister, Senators, professional golfers, astronauts, Members of Parliament. Shriners also believe in leadership in their personal lives as well as their community.
Service many members of the Brockville and District Shrine Club have served as the Potentate (CEO) of Tunis Shriners. They are Howard Ferguson, Robert K Laushway, Roy E Backholm, Jack Butt, Don Moore and Gary Tristram. The first Potentate was the Right Honorable John Diefenbaker
“No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.”