Cornwall’s DeWolfe, Montague’s Roche among “For the Love of Curling” scholarship recipients (Curling Canada)

Some of Canada’s most promising student/athlete curlers will get a much-needed financial boost after being named recipients of the 2017 Curling Canada Foundation For the Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada.

2017 For the Love of Curling Scholarship recipients, top row, from left, Nicholas Bissonnette, Kira Brunton, Krysta Burns, Sarah Daniels. Middle row, from left, Donald DeWolfe, Rob Gordon, Sara Guy, Matthew Hall, Sarah Hoag. Bottom row, from left, Matthew Manuel, Brooks Roche, Megan Smith, Mackenzie Zacharias.

For the first time in the history of the scholarship program, there were 13 recipients — 10 received $1,000 scholarships funded by donations from curling fans and supporters of the Curling Canada Foundation, while three young women earned $1,100 scholarships thanks to a one-time grant of funds from the now-defunct Women’s World Curling Tour (WWCT).

The scholarships are in place to help young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2017-18 school year.

“We couldn’t be happier to see these young curlers rewarded for their hard work — on the ice, in the classroom and in their communities,” said Peter Inch, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors and a member of the Selection Committee. “There were so many deserving recipients, and it made for some difficult decisions. At the same time, it was gratifying to see what kind of quality there is in the youth curling community; it fills me with optimism about the future of our sport.”

There were 70 applications received from across the country. The 2017-18 scholarship recipients are:

$1,100 scholarships

  • Krysta Burns, Sudbury, Ont. (Forensic Science, Laurentian University)
  • Sarah Daniels, Delta, B.C. (Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University)
  • Megan Smith, Sudbury, Ont. (Biomedical Biology, Laurentian University)

$1,000 scholarships

  • Nicholas Bissonnette, Sudbury, Ont. (Physical Education and Health, Laurentian University)
  • Kira Brunton, Sudbury, Ont. (Sport Psychology, Laurentian University)
  • Donald DeWolfe, Cornwall, P.E.I. (Sciences, Mount Saint Vincent University)
  • Rob Gordon, Winnipeg (Education, University of Winnipeg)
  • Sara Guy, Wahnapitae, Ont. (Nursing, Laurentian University)
  • Matthew Hall, Kitchener, Ont. (Honours Financial Mathematics, Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Sarah Hoag, Gravelbourg, Sask. (Pre-law, University of Regina)
  • Matthew Manuel, Halifax (Engineering, Dalhousie University)
  • Brooks Roche, Montague, P.E.I. (Environmental Design Studies/Masters of Architecture, Dalhousie University) 
  • Mackenzie Zacharias, Altona, Man. (Kinesiology, University of Manitoba)

The scholarship recipients were decided by a committee that looked at both academic and curling achievements, while showing a commitment to building the sport of curling through coaching/instructing and/or volunteer activities. Applicants needed to be enrolled full-time for at least two semesters at a Canadian university or college, in addition to being registered to compete for Canadian Team Ranking System points during the 2017-18 curling season.

The Selection Committee consisted of Inch, Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson, former Curling Canada Board Chair Fran Todd, 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Cheryl Bernard and former scholarship recipients Daniel Grant, Karsten Sturmay and Cathlia Ward.

“I was thrilled to be a part of the selection process and just so happy to see the legacy funds of the Women’s World Curling Tour used in this way,” said Bernard, who was one of the key proponents of the WWCT. “From my time as a young player, I know how challenging it was to compete at a high level while keeping my school commitments in mind, and I’m really pleased that this program is in place to make life a little easier for these athletes.”

The Curling Canada Foundation philanthropic program was introduced during the 2013-14 season to help junior curling and to support curling centres in Canada. Last season, donors invested almost $552,000 in the sport of curling to specifically support youth programs across Canada. The Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program presented by Curling Canada, Curling 101-Try Curling, scholarships and grants to curling clubs are only made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada’s curling community.

Click to read this story at Curling Canada.

Team Veronica Smith Golf Tourney at Countryview

Team Smith is having a Golf Tournament!

 The Veronica Smith-skipped team includes third Jane DiCarlo, second stone Sabrina Smith, and lead Whitney Young.

Countryview Golf Club has graciously offered to host a golf tournament with the team. 
Here is the information you need to know:

Date: Saturday August 12
Cost: $80 per person *includes golf cart
18 hole tee times starting at 9am and then 10 minute intervals after that
Play format: Scramble
Deadline to register: August 10

Prizes and snacks will be offered as well as contests during the tournament

Hole 1: “Longest Drive with a marshmallow” $5 per person for a chance to win the prize
Hole 10: “Closest to the button” for a chance to win the prize

Please contact one of us to pick up a registration form. Registration forms and entry fee will be collected leading up to August 10.

We hope to see you there!


Seeking players for new 2019 Canada Games-eligible girls’ team

A new 2019 Canada Games-eligible Junior Girls’ Team is being formed. For more information, please contact Edgar Coffin at 902-892-3386.


Cornwall Board Members at Brett Gallant Celebration Gala

Here are Board members Gary O’Sullivan and Kimberley MacDonald, with Brett and the Brier Tankard trophy at the Brett Gallant Celebration Gala this evening at the Charlottetown Curling Complex.

You can meet Brett and get your own picture with the Brier Tankard on Sunday from 1-3 pm at the West Royalty Community Centre. Juniors are especially welcome!

Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant and Brier trophy on Sunday in West Royalty

Curl PEI will be hosting a Meet and Greet with Brett Gallant on Sunday, June 25 from 1-3 pm at the West Royalty Community Centre, at the corner of the Lower Malpeque and Kirkdale roads in Charlottetown.


Curling Canada photo: Brett Gallant holding up the Brier  Tankard

The Meet and Greet will be a great opportunity for everyone, especially junior curlers, to meet PEI’s Brier and World Men’s Curling Champion Brett Gallant, and get their photo taken with the Brier Tankard.


Rain held off for annual Club golf tourney

There were rain showers in the forecast for this morning’s annual Cornwall Curling Club 9 hole best-ball golf tourney, at Countryview Golf Course. and a few warning sprinkles as play got underway for the eleven teams. Teams wasted no time on the final holes, as the skies darkened, but encountered only light rain until they made it back to the clubhouse. 

Here’s some action photos (click to enlarge) from the course, courtesy of organizer Gary O’Sullivan:

You may have noticed the unusual “Brownie broom” putter required to be used on hole number 9. Carlene Peters demonstrates the standard technique, which wasn’t meeting with much success from most of the golfers.

Joe Gill tried out a new method that seemed to work much better!

Nine holes completed, the golfing curlers headed to the luxurious Countryview clubhouse, where they took advantage of the bar service while the kitchen delivered their meal of burgers and fries.

Gary then wrapped up the event by mentioning the wide variety of scores from the tourney, without mentioning team names, except for one team – the winning foursome of  Brent Irving, George Younker, Pat McCardle, and Jim Orr, who posed for a picture with the trophy and the gift certificates they received from the Cornwall Curling Club.

Photo (L-R):  Brent Irving, Jim Orr, George Younker, Pat McCardle

The tremendous skill of the top team became evident when it was revealed that team members Pat McCardle and Jim Orr were also the winners of the women’s and men’s “Closest to the Pin” prizes.

The “Longest Drive” winners were Shelley Ebbett and Danny Kneabone.

(L-R):  Organizer Gary O’Sullivan, Shelley Ebbett

(L-R):  Organizer Gary O’Sullivan, Danny Kneabone

A draw was held for the remaining prizes on the prize table with almost everybody leaving with a prize.

In his closing remarks, Gary thanked everyone for participating, and offered a special thanks for the Countryview Golf management and staff, who have been hosting this event for 17 years.

Some of the Countryview staff, with co-owner Karen Currie on the right

Gary also issued a call for new curling club Board of Directors members, as we are down one or two, and mentioned that plans call for Cornwall to host the PEI Tankard and Scotties next season, so lots of volunteers will be needed.

Thanks to Gary and his helpers, to Countryview and to the sponsors who provided prizes for the event. Have a great summer, and we’ll see everyone back at the Cornwall Curling Club in the fall for returning members registration night on October 11, daytime curling startup Oct. 16, Saturday morning junior league beginning  Oct. 21, and evening league curling beginning Oct. 23.






Golf tourney draw changes

Due to an injury we have had to make a few changes.  Saturday morning should be great golf weather with a possibility of some showers in the afternoon, so looking forward to seeing everyone at the course! – Gary O’Sullivan.

Here is the revised draw for Saturday’s Cornwall Curling Club 9 hole, “best ball” golf tournament at Countryview Golf Club, Route 19 in Fairview.  Please arrive no later than 8:30 am for the shotgun start at 9 am.

 Entry fee is $40 for non-Countryview members, or $20 for Countryview members.

Note: Your team number includes your starting hole (1-9), and your starting position at that hole.

Team 1: Gord Peters, Margaret Stewart, Carol Sweetapple, David Murphy
Team 2: Alan Mason, Greg Groves, Bill Hope, Sandy Hope
Team 3A: Bernie Field, Paul Field, Ray Biagé, Barb Duncan-Biagé
Team 3B: Lester Callbeck, Derek MacEwen, Carlene Peters, Garth Cudmore
Team 4A: Helen Smith, Donald Weeks, Paul Neima, Kimball Blanchard
Team 4B: Joe Gill, Archie MacKinnon, Rebecca Rolfe, Arleen Harris
Team 5A: Tom Dunn, Paul Durant, Dianne Hamill, Marion McCardle
Team 6: Shirley Berry, John Berry, Al Acorn, Val Acorn
Team 7: Brent Irving, George Younker, Pat McCardle, Jim Orr
Team 8: Dave Younker, Ken Stewart, Danny Kneabone, Frank Weiler
Team 9: Bob Fowler, Danielle Girard, Edmond Richard, Shelley Ebbett

Thanks for another successful event!

By all accounts, another successful steak and lobster dinner (our 4th) for the PEI Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association was held at the Cornwall Curling Club on Thursday, June 8th for 131 guests. 

Best of luck to the Association’s Executive Director Joe Murphy, with whom we have had a long and successful relationship on this event and on their winter bonspiel and steak dinner, on his retirement! 

Joe Murphy

Thanks to Admin. Assistant Melissa Paquet for answering our many questions, and a special thanks to one of the event sponsors, Acadia Crushed Stone, for helping ensure that bar receipts were above average!

An event of this size could not be undertaken without volunteers.  The Cornwall Curling Club Board of Directors, and the organizing committee, under the capable direction of Barry Craswell, would like to take this opportunity to express their deep appreciation for the numerous volunteers (too many to mention, but you know who you are) who gave so generously of their time. 

Unlike many volunteer-driven organizations, we are fortunate to have a large pool of extremely qualified volunteers for our events. We try to strike a balance between those who have helped out at many events, and those who are new, so that we can continue to grow our volunteer pool. Due to the timing of this off-season event, we did not have a signup sheet,  If you would have enjoyed being a volunteer at this event but were not able to or were not approached, don’t worry – we have lots of events, and will do our best to accommodate you in the future.

Thanks again! Our final event of the 2016-2017 season is our golf tourney on the 17th at Countryview. Have a great summer, and we hope to see everyone back in mid-October for our next season! 




Seeking Board of Directors member

One of the members of our volunteer Board of Directors has opted out, and we now have an opening. If you are interested, or would like more info, email Thanks!

Cornwall member Breanne Burgoyne, former member Veronica Smith win $500 scholarships

The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund, established under Curl Atlantic from profits from the 2003 Brier and the 2005 Roar of the Rings curling events in Atlantic Canada, have selected the 2017 recipients of its Student/Athlete Scholarships and Curling Club Capital Works grants. Please note that next year (2018) will be the final year for the Joyce Myers Trust Fund Grants.

Photo (Facebook): Breanne Burgoyne

The 2017 Joyce Myers Scholarship recipients will each receive $500. The successful applicants are:

  • Prince Edward Island: Breanne Burgoyne, Alex MacFadyen, Brooks Roche, Veronica Smith
  • Nova Scotia: Karlee Burgess, Alec Cameron, Matthew Manuel, Graeme Weagle
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Kyle Barron, Stephen Trickett
  • New Brunswick: Julia Hunter, Jamie Ward


The 2017 Joyce Myers Capital Works Grant recipients will each receive $1500. The successful curling centres are:

  • Miramichi Curling Club, NB
  • Maple Leaf Curling Club, PE
  • Strait Area Community Curling Club, NS
  • Conception Bay South Arena, NL


The Joyce Myers Trust Fund is an Atlantic Canada initiative to foster the development and promotion of the sport of curling throughout Atlantic Canada.  The Trust Fund, which was established from profits from the 2003 Nokia Brier and 2005 Tim Horton’s Roar of the Rings, provides funding for the development of curling in Atlantic Canada through grant opportunities for Curling Club Capital Works projects, Student/Athlete Scholarships, and Atlantic Provincial Association Program Initiatives.

The trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund announced plans for future investments in the sport of curling for Atlantic Canada and released its first grants during the 2009-2010 curling season.  Joyce Myers was inducted into both the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame and the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame as an athlete and a builder.  Joyce’s accomplishments as an athlete, administrator, coach and official made her one of the most versatile and iimpacting persons in Nova Scotia sports. Her passion for sport and the countless hours she contributed to many individuals and events has left a lasting impression. Joyce was a true inspiration and mentor to many.

Capital Acquisition Grants

The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund created the Capital Acquisition Grants as a means to assist member curling clubs within Atlantic Canada with capital projects. Expenses that are of a special and/or extraordinary nature will be eligible for funding. In other words, programs and initiatives that are both unusual and occur infrequently; they are not part of the regular, day-to-day operation of the club. Listed below are a few possibilities:  The repair, replacement, purchase or construction of a curling facility or part of a curling facility. For example, the repair or replacement of a curling club roof; the repair, replacement or purchase of a plant asset or piece of equipment; the repair or replacement of ice making equipment; the purchase of special curling equipment; the purchase of little rocks for a junior curling program.  Exempt from funding are any expenses of an operational nature. For example, membership dues, utility and tax bills do not qualify.


The Trustees of the Joyce Myers Trust Fund implemented a scholarship to curlers who have enrolled in full time studies in a post-secondary institution. The intention of these awards is to allow talented athletes to devote primary sources of time and energy to training, rather than extensive employment in order to fund post-secondary education. Recipients will be expected to devote a full-time, shared commitment to sport and education exclusively. This award is not intended to reward past achievements but rather a means to pursue further achievements that surpass the current level of performance. Priority will be given to athletes attending Atlantic universities, colleges or vocational schools.