Jean-Marc Mongeau

Local hockey team raise 500+ canned goods for Mission



By Christian Bouchard


A local hockey team is learning the true meaning of sportsmanship.

The Amherstburg Novice Major hockey team braved the -3 degree weather to collect canned goods for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

Head coach Jean-Marc Mongeau said the event was also a team building event. He noted it’s important to give back to those in need within the community.

The seven and eight-year-old hockey players divided into five groups and went door-to-door to collect on Boblo Island as well as the River Canard, Crownridge, Kingsbridge, Pointe West and Golfview subdivisions.

While numbers aren’t yet final, team manager Kari Dufour estimates well over 500 cans were donated.

The Amherstburg Stars novice major team collected over 500 canned goods for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

“It’s important to give back to the community and do things aside from hockey,” said Dufour. “The kids look up to these NHL players. While they have money, our kids have their time to help make a difference.”

Also donated were hats, mittens, coats and even monetary donations.

Mongeau said it’s important for the kids to learn at a young age to help out their community.

“They understand there’s a huge commitment when it comes to hockey but there’s more to it than just the hockey piece,” said Mongeau.

“They now have in their minds they can do things to help, even at seven and eight-years-old,” said Dufour. “There’s lots of things to do in the community to help.”





Novice Majors donate pile of canned goods to Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission


By Jolene Perron


A group of Amherstburg Stars Novice Major travel team players took to the streets, knocked on doors and collected donations for the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

This is the first year the coaches came up with the fundraiser “Fill the Pantry.” Along with parent volunteers, the children canvassed the community for three hours in the morning Dec. 16. Head coach Jean-Marc Mongeau said they split the kids up into groups and sent them out to Boblo, Golfview, Kingsbridge and the Monopoly areas. They chose those areas because of how dense they were, so they had the ability to come back with more in a shorter period of time.

The Amherstburg Stars novice jajor travel team players spent three hours in the Amherstburg community Dec. 16 collected donations for the Amherstburg Food Bank.

“They were very, very welcoming, a lot of gifts were given, even clothes were donated and money as well so they were very welcoming to the kids,” said Mongeau. “One of the boys said it’s just so great to give back to the community, so the fact that at 8-years-old, they’re feeling that way is pretty neat.”

After the cans were collected, the children were treated to pizza at the Libro Centre, which was donated by Capri.

“We are very grateful for what happened today, with the coaches and the team putting together this food drive, it’s teaching the kids about people who are less fortunate than them and I am very grateful,” said Tim McAllister, president of the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. “ When youteach the kids to give back and to help other people, that makes me happy and it’s what the mission is about – people helping people.”