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High school students: Deadline to apply for the William A. Dempsey Scholarship is April 24th

CCRA William A. Dempsey Scholarship 2014


The William A. Dempsey Scholarship is being offered in recognition of the work and activities of Mr. William Dempsey who passed away in August 2008. Mr. Dempsey was a long time resident of this community and epitomized what it means to be an active, caring, and giving member of society both in his professional and personal life.

Mr. Dempsey was very active in the Centennial Community and made significant contributions to the quality of life in this area. He was the first president and a founding member of the Centennial Community Recreation Association, established in 1949. His many contributions to this community included being a driving force behind the creation of Adams Park, the preservation of the Centennial Rouge United Church, starting Heritage Day and the annual Christmas Carol concert at St Dunstan’s Church. He worked to have Highland Creek preserved as a post office and he ensured the preservation of the Wesleyan Cemetery in Highland Creek.

Mr. Dempsey fought long and hard to preserve the planning principles of our community. He never let up on seeking to achieve his vision for the betterment of the community. 

Scholarship value

The William A. Dempsey Scholarship is valued at $1,000 Canadian, and will be awarded to an individual who has made notable contributions in community and extracurricular activities.

The scholarship will be paid to an accredited post secondary institution (i.e. University, College, Trade School, etc.) of the student’s choice for the sole use of the student.


The William A. Dempsey Scholarship is open to all high school students who live in the Centennial community, regardless of the school they attend, and who are planning to attend a post secondary school in the following 12 months. Application deadline is April 24, 2014.

To apply for the Dempsey Scholarship, download complete information and application form here.





President's Message



Thanks to everyone who came to our “Murder on The Rouge” murder mystery dinner and dance evening March 29th.  Thanks to Events Chair Heather Lemieux and the executive for all your work in organizing this evening. It was a huge success.

This month we will be celebrating Earth Day on April 26th. Activities get underway at the Port Union Recreation Centre at 9:30 a.m.  This is the one day of the year set aside to do something in our community for the environment.  The main outdoor activities will be cleaning up the areas where debris and garbage have collected over the winter.  This year we are combining the Birdhouse Building Workshop for children on the same day.  Birdhouse building sessions will be held at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Port Union Rec. Centre.  Advance registration is required.  Details about the workshop are contained elsewhere in this newsletter.  There will be a barbeque lunch available for all who participate.  This is an event for all members of your family so plan to attend and pitch in to make our community clean and environmentally friendly.  Please note that rakes are in limited supply so you are encouraged to bring your own.  Further Earth Day details are contained elsewhere in this newsletter......Continue Reading


Enbridge’s Line 9 proposal carries many risks, but few rewards for communities along the pipeline`s route. The proposal puts the drinking water of millions at risk of an oil spill.(environmentaldefence.ca)In Toronto,Line 9 runs through the Finch Avenue Hydro corridorcrossing through the ecologically sensitive area of our city`s Rouge River and Park.

Line 9 runs through 115 communities, including highly populated areas such as Toronto, Sarnia, Hamilton, London,Kingston and Montreal. The pipeline passes through or comes close to 18 Indigenous communities who have not been properly consulted on the proposal, as required by Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. It crosses dozens of major rivers draining into Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

This aging pipeline has had at least 35 spills – far more than reported to federal regulators. Many municipalities along its route have never been informed of the incidents. (Toronto Star Feb. 22, 2014)  In spite of the risks, the Line 9 project is exempt from a full environmental assessment.  Without one we are left in the dark about the possible impacts of the project on our drinking water, health, and farmlands.  (environmentaldefence.ca)

What is going on? What can you do?

Line 9 Information Evening Wed. April 30th, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30p.m. at West Hill United Church, 62 Orchard Pk. Drive, at Kingston Road. Guest Speakers from: Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation and the Environmental Defence.  All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


- Ruth Gill, Coordinator, First Nations Study Group, West Hill United Church

Lots of events going on

  • Saturday April 26th- Earth Day Community Clean up

  • Sunday May 4th - Bel Canto Singers at St Dunstan

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    Reports from our Elected Representatives


    >Corneliu Chisu MP, Pickering Scarborough East

    Posted April 2014

    >Tracy MacCharles,MPP Pickering-Scarborough East.

    Posted April 2014

    >Ron Moeser, Councillor

    Ward 44

    Posted Mar 2014

    >Jerry Chadwick, TDSB Trustee Ward 22 Scarb. E.

    Posted April 2014 

    >Garry Tanuan, Trustee TCDSB Ward 8

    Posted Oct 2013



    Financial assistance to individuals, groups and/or organizations.


    The Centennial Community & Recreation Association’s purpose is to further and promote the welfare of the residents of the Centennial Community and its environs and to establish co-operation, good will and mutual respect among the residents.  Funding will be provided to those residents or organizations of the community who, in the sole discretion of the Association, promote and support those goals through their actions.


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    Membership for 2014 kicked off last month right on the cover of the CCRA Newsletter.  We had a great response with members signing up both online and dropping off at the Port Union Community Centre.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our community association and for all your wonderful comments.  We've been around for 65 years because we live in such a wonderful community!



    This has been a bad winter for delivering the CCRA Newsletter.  The weather has been hard on our senior delivery people.  After years of delivering the newsletter, they have had to retire for various reasons and leave the delivery to younger and newer people in the Centennial Community.

    Delivering the Newsletter each month is done by dedicated Volunteers (130 in all). If we do not have a volunteer for your street, the Newsletter is not delivered.  We need new volunteers for the following streets and if you would like to help, please give me a call

    1.  OLMCREST - NUMBERS 50-87 (32 Homes)

    2.      CLOSSON – NUMBERS 5-31 ( 25 Homes)

    3.    SATCHELL – NUMBERS 56-83 (24 Homes)

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