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Local Shriners dedicate Bell Park garden for 100th anniversary

The Sudbury Shrine Club and their Centennial Committee, led by Noble Dick Stewart, have worked with the City of Greater Sudbury for the past couple of years to create a garden at Bell Park to commemorate their 100th anniversary in the city

The Sudbury Shrine Club has dedicated a garden at Bell Park this week in recognition of a few notable anniversaries. 

It’s their 100th anniversary of operations within the Greater Sudbury area, the 150th anniversary of their parent organization, Shriners International, and 100 years of Shriners hospitals. 

The circular garden is located at the west side of Paris Street, facing southbound traffic, and features the Shriners International symbol of a scimitar blade and tiger’s claw. 

In their infancy, Shriners chose the Arabic world as its inspiration, local president Trevor Sykes said of the symbols. 

The local club includes a wide swath of the Greater Sudbury area, including Manitoulin Island, and consists of approximately 130 members, excluding women, whose involvement in activities boosts their membership further.

Prior to their garden dedication, Sykes told they are particularly proud of their involvement in the Shriners Hospitals for Children effort, in which they send kids to one of their hospitals for specialized treatments free of charge alongside their families. They are currently sponsoring six children in the system, but have helped many more over the years.

There are 22 facilities in the Shriners Hospitals for Children network worldwide, of which one is located in Canada – the Montreal Shriners Hospital.

For more information on the Sudbury Shrine Club, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.