By Mark Lidbetter
One evening in late October, members of the Pointe Claire Oldtimers Hockey Club (PCOT), their sponsors and representatives of 50 community organizations gathered at the Arthur Seguin Chalet for PCOT’s annual donation night. This was a special one for the organization as 2016-2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Pointe Claire Oldtimers. To commemorate the silver anniversary, 50 cheques were given out to 50 community organizations totalling over $100,000. With that amount, the PCOT has put 1.7 million into the community over the years.
“This is the most important night of the year for our members,” PCOT president Lance Leonard said. “It allows our members to see where the money goes and for the groups we donate to, to get some exposure as to what they do.”
It is a wide variety of concerns from physical and mental health to literacy, food banks, veterans, seniors and youths. The five Pointe Claire-based high schools, St. Thomas, Felix Leclerc, John Rennie, Lindsey Place and the Horizon program all receive bursaries to be used by the graduating class. The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, West Island Women’s Shelter, the Tony Proudfoot Fund and even the local branch of the Legion are among the many who benefit from the efforts of the oldtimers and their annual spring tournament.
Robin Burns was on hand to accept a donation for Procure for the battle against prostate cancer. “I’ve played in the tournament over the years and seen all the hard work that goes into raising funds for the community,” Robin Burns said. “It amazes me each year as to how many organizations the oldtimers touch with their generosity.” The PCOT’s slogan of “For the Love of the Game and the Good of the Community,” are words the members live by.