SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

As we conduct our Vital Signs 2019 – Lennox & Addington research, it is interesting to note that we have a highly mobile workforce. 89% are commuting to work, on their own, as the driver of the vehicle.  39% take over 30 minutes to get to work. Almost 28% work in the same municipality that they live in, 12.5% work elsewhere in our County, and 60% travel outside of Lennox & Addingotn for work.


2019 Grant Recipient: Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington

We’re pleased that Family and Children’s Services of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is one of our grant recipients this year. This grant enables FACSFLA to grow their services and reach more families and children in our community.

FACSFLA is a not-for-profit agency that protects children from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. For more than 100 years in Ontario, these Societies have been keeping children safe, helping parents build healthy families and providing safe and nurturing environments for young people. Recently, on August 1st the FACSFLA turned 125!

On top of the many services the FACSFLA provides, one of the amazing opportunities the organization gives is to send children to summer camp who otherwise would not be able to go. FACSFLA does all the work from planning to funding and everything in between. During summer camp children make lifelong memories, experience self-growth, learn new skills and more.

Another amazing service the FACSFLA offers are bursaries for post-secondary education to the children in their services. In June, they awarded the most post-secondary bursaries in its 125-year history. More than $70,000 in college and university bursaries were awarded to 14 youth in care! The FACSFLA is committed to life-long solutions to success. Providing access to education empowers people to reach their full potential and lead a fulfilling life in our communities.

Even small contributions made to the FACSFLA make a huge difference. The FACSFLA is also in need for foster parents, volunteers and board members. Also look out for the ‘Tree of Hope’ fundraising, which puts toys, food, clothing and more under the tree for the kids and families they serve.

Learn more here:



2019 Grant Recipient: Camp Merrywood

This summer we had a great visit at Camp Merrywood, a fully accessible camp run by Easter Seals Ontario for children with physical disabilities. We’re pleased that Camp Merrywood was one of our grant recipients this year. This grant enables a local resident to attend this amazing camp.

Campers can choose to do a range of fun activities from kayaking, sail-boating, canoeing, crafts, games, singing, dancing, archery, fishing… and more!

Untippable Sailboats

Our guides for our visit were camper Josh and counselor Nora. This was a return year for Josh and he especially enjoys archery and fishing. Nora is from Ireland and she shared with us that many of the counselors come from all over the world and that even the campers come to Camp Merrywood from all parts of Canada.

Josh and Nora



Surface Water Quality

We are underway into our research about how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can fit into our community for our Vital Signs Report. We want to reach out to hear your input about these important topics.

If you’d like to get involved with us in this project, contact us through our website ( ) or by phone: (613) 354-7333.

We are researching into the 6th and 14th SDG: Clean Water and Sanitation and Life Below Water.

Below is graphic showing surface water quality in the Lennox and Addington area.

According to the 2018 Cataraqui Region, Quinte Conservation and Mississippi Valley Watershed Report Cards:

“A watershed is an area of land over which rain and snowfall drain into a common waterbody such as a river, creek, or lake.

Everything in a watershed is connected and our actions upstream can affect conditions downstream.

Measuring helps reach a better understanding of our watershed. Work can then be targeted where it is needed and progress can be tracked.

Surface water quality grades are calculated using concentrations of phosphorus and the health of benthic invertebrate communities. Phosphorus is a naturally occurring nutrient, but can be elevated due to products such as detergents, fertilizers and sewage. High concentrations contribute to excessive algae growth and low oxygen levels in streams and lakes.

Watersheds with lower water quality grades tend to have extensive urban or agricultural land uses. Watersheds with higher water quality grades tend to have a greater abundance of forests and wetlands, which can aid in the filtering of surface water.”


Women in Managerial Positions

Achieving gender equality and empowering all girls and women is the fifth of the 17 sustainable development goals.

The proportion of women in managerial roles varies across our region, Ontario and Canada. We want to start a conversation about gender equality in Lennox and Addington.



We are underway in out Vital Signs Research and we want your input. Get in touch with us to get involved in this project!


Let’s Euchre Hunger – Thank-you


The Morningstar Mission joins with the Community Foundation for Lennox & Addington in thanking everyone who came out to our Let’s Euchre Hunger fundraiser. Together we are helping to reduce food insecurity in our area.

The Community Foundation for Lennox  & Addington also thanks the following community-minded business sponsors who have joined in our efforts to fight hunger in all of our communities: Jamie and Jaclyn’s NOFRILLS, Davis & Davis, McCaffrey Realty Inc., and Continental Conveyor.


2019 Grant Recipient: The Greater Napanee Gymnastic Club

We had a fun visit this morning at the Greater Napanee Gymnastics Club with Bill Pierson and Angie. The GNGC is a non for profit organization which provides pre school, recreational and competitive gymnastic programs.


These talented athletes can do some amazing things! They have bright futures ahead of them. Gymnastic equipment is expensive and we’re really happy to have supported the Gymnastics Club with several projects over the years.


Greater Napanee Gymnastics Club website

Take a look at this video from last year when we visited the GNGC too!


High School Graduation Rate

Education empowers people with knowledge and skills. We believe it is important that all members in our community have access to quality education. Quality education is the fourth of the 17 sustainable development goals. As we work on our our Vital Signs Report we want to reach out to you for your input and your story about these topics.

High school graduation rates varies greatly within our community.

We also want to reach out to the community in Lennox and Addington to talk about growing endowment funds to provide bursaries at all high schools in the community.


Source: Statistics Canada, 2016 Census of Population

To be noted: the high school graduation rates are not reflective of graduation rates for specific Educational School Boards in the community as the data is reflective of the educational backgrounds of all residents of the community regardless of where in Canada, or beyond, that the education was delivered.


Senior Population in our Community

We believe it is important to think about health and wellness of all members in our community. Good health and well-being is also the third of the 17 sustainable development goals.

The population in Lennox and Addington continues to grow especially in our senior demographic. Our population over age 65 make up a large part of our community in comparison to the norm of Ontario and Canada. This demographic is expected to continue to grow significantly by the year 2040.



We want to have a conversation about health and wellness in Lennox & Addington. We would love to hear your input and story on this topic as we delve into research for our Vital Signs Project.



Hunger in our Community

We want to bring awareness to hunger within our community.

Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Many households in Lennox & Addington struggle with food insecurity. About 8% of households in Ontario are moderately to severely food insecure.

Food banks are one of the ways through which we can fight hunger.

Every day, many food banks in Lennox & Addington work with their communities to acquire the food required to support those in need through donations and purchases. In March 2019 alone, 150 households in Lennox & Addington used foodbank services.

Ending hunger is the second of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We want to have conversations with you about ending hunger in our community and we would love to hear your story.

Also, have you heard about our progressive euchre tournament ‘Let’s Euchre Hunger!’ on August 17th? All net proceeds will be in the benefit of The Morningstar Mission. Check out or Facebook event page for more information and also tell your friends! We hope to see you there.