Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County is a not for profit volunteer organization which helps children develop to their unique potential through consistent, dependable and non-conditional adult friendship.
We believe all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. In providing these opportunities, the children will enhance their personal development as well as become engaged citizens in their community.
We believe that by changing the course of young lives we can in turn be changing the course of our community’s future. That it could lead to a reduction in poverty and unemployment; to safer schools and neighbourhoods; to a renewed optimism for growth. We believe that it has the potential to lead to change on a broader, more far-reaching scale.
We believe that opening a child’s eyes to “what is” opens his/her mind to “what could be.”
We are Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County, and we believe in the value of mentoring.
The Independent Assemblies of God was birthed in the year 1918 as the Scandinavian Assemblies of God in the United States of America, Canada and Foreign Lands. It existed under this name from 1918 to 1935. In 1935 at an annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota the Scandinavian Assemblies of God merged with a group called the Independent Pentecostal Churches. The name of the this new fellowship was, and to this day remains, the Independent Assemblies of God International.
The uniqueness of Independent Assemblies of God International is its conviction of the sovereignty of the local church. We are eager for the Mighty Holy Spirit to have an instrument which is flexible in the “hands of our Lord” during this critical time of history. We envision a continued outpouring of the Spirit of God, breathing life and resurrection into His own body. It is imperative that ministers and churches are able to follow through on the mandate given by God without interference from an ecclesiastical hierarchy. For this we have been born!
Mission & Philosophies
We believe that a woman and her children have the right to live with dignity and without the threat of abuse. When this right is denied or interfered with, we will provide protection and support.
Woman battering is an assault, and assault is a criminal offense. It is everyone’s right to receive protection under the law, regardless of the relationship of the parties involved, or where the crime occurs;
This crime transcends all class, cultural and ethnic boundaries;
We acknowledge that some groups of women in our society, such as women who are economically disadvantaged, immigrant, native, Francophone, and disabled face a double oppression;
Women battering, along with other forms of violence against women, reflect patriarchal attitudes and the economic structure in society;
Children’s lives are traumatized by exposure to abusive environments. Their witnessing and normalizing violence perpetuates the cycle of battering. Their needs are specific and distinct from the needs of their parents.
Woman abuse is a societal problem, not a private matter. All levels of government and society must share in the responsibility to eliminate it. Adequate financial support of Interval and Transition Houses and services must be provided. Legislation and enforcement of the law must reflect the seriousness of the crime.
As a feminist organization, Lanark County Interval House works towards a society in which men and women are equal participants regardless of race, ethnicity, economic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.
Emergency and ongoing support services for women and children experiencing domestic abuse .
Services encompass all Lanark County.
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Together we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child!
At a glance
Who We Are
- Non-government; non-profit
- 220 Volunteers
- 145 Employees
- $8.5 million operating budget
- A community partner creating stability and belonging for people we support; peace of mind for their families; and connections within communities.
What We Do
- Support adults and transitional aged youth with intellectual disabilities.
- Provide seniors services and programs through home support, assisted living and respite care.
- Provide affordable housing to seniors and families.
- Undertake community development initiatives that bring people together to build better communities.
What’s Important (Key Outcomes)
- Older people and people with disabilities live safe, independent lives at home and in their community
- Individuals with an intellectual disability live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community, and have the opportunity to participate effectively
- People have affordable, well-maintained, adequate housing
- Barriers to inclusion and participation are reduced
- Voluntary organizations have a positive impact on community vitality
The Rideau Environmental Action League conducts community-wide environmental projects and promotes environmental improvements within the Town of Smiths Falls and Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Counties.
REAL was incorporated as a not-for-profit community organization in 1989. It formed a charity, the Rideau Environment Trust, in 1990.
In 1998, REAL formed the Lanark & Leeds Green Community (LL Green) and in 2000 Evergreen Avenue, as projects of REAL. LL Green engaged homeowners in specific actions to reduce their impact on energy use, water, shorelines and land. It’s projects are now considered direct projects of REAL. Evergreen Avenue is both a living memorial to veterans and peacekeepers from the area and a community beautification project that features native vegetation.
In 2010 REAL became a registered Canadian charity, and the Rideau Environment Trust was dissolved in 2011.
REAL works with its volunteers, members, donors, friends and supporters, and with schools, municipalities, agencies, businesses, and government ministries to achieve its Mission and Goals.
For information on REAL’s store, REAL Deal, see website.
The Rideau Roundtable is an incorporated, not-for-profit, association of individuals, community groups, business group, and other partners and government organizations. Its focus of activity is the sustainable use of the Rideau and Cataraqui waterways and watersheds.
The Royal Canadian Legion Is a Non Profit Organization that has many services and activities available in Sensational Smiths Falls. Our main agenda is to provide numerous services and support to Veterans, Youth, Community Organizations and Seniors with in our town. We hava variety of activities and fundraisers to ensure our programs continue each year.
We have two Veterans Officers who welcome all Veterans whether they are Legion members or not. They ensure Veterans, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, spouses and dependants receive the full benefit of programs and services delivered through Veterans Affairs Canada. They will assist in filling out forms that are required for VAC and work closely with the Legion’s Provincial Veterans Services Officer. They are available at 613-284-1805 to ensure “ALL” Veterans are well taken care of.
Bursaries are available to qualified high school graduates who are continuing their education. A Poems, Posters, and Essay Contest is for grade school students focusing on Rememberance Day. Public Speaking Contest is for students from grade school to high school. The Legion is a proud sponsor of the 585 Air Cadet Squadron.
Membership in the Legion is open to all individuals. “Join the Legion Today” become part of an organization that will provide you with pride in knowing you can make a differenc.
The Legion Ladies Auxiliary plays a very important role through fund raising activities that support the Legion Branch, Veterans, Youth and Community Organizations. If interested in becoming a member contact the Legion Office at 613-283-2690
We have sports activities for our members including tournaments in cards, golf, bowling, and darts. The lounge also has a pool table.
Club 60 provides programs for seniors and welcomes all new members.
7:00 PM, Lancaster Room: Duplicate Bridge sponsored by Smiths Falls
Duplicate Bridge Club. For more information contact Don Grant at
613-283-7164 or firstname.lastname@example.org
7:00 PM, Canadian Room: Bid Euchre Wayne Foster (open to public)
1st Tuesday of Each Month Legion General Meeting Lancaster Room 7PM
Last Tuesday of Each Month Legion Executive 6PM
Bridge Lessons Canadian Room Beginner Lessons Start Oct 11
Darts Legion Lounge /Dug-Out 7PM (open to public)
3rd Tuesday of each month Horticultural Society General Meetings
Lancaster Room 6:30 PM
1st Wednesday of each Month Ladies Auxiliary General Meeting
7pm Lancaster Room
1st Wednesday of each Month Horticultural Society Executive Meetings
7pm Centennial Room
Third Wednesday of each month Hospital Auxiliary Meeting
7pm Lancaster Room
Every Wednesday Morning 60 Club Choir practice in Provincial Room
10AM New members welcome
Bingo Lancaster Hall 7pm every week with Canteen available.
Open to Public
Every second Friday when Hall is available, Friday TGIF dinner & dance.
These are fun theme dances put on by our Ways & Means committee.
Open to Public.
Sports Evening in held in the Lounge. Some of the sports they play are darts, pool, and cards.
MEAT DRAWS HELD EVERY SECOND FRIDAY TICKETS ARE 2 DOLLARS AND AVAILABLE IN THE LOUNGE/AND AT BINGO. CONSISTING OF 3 DRAWS (BEEF/CHICKEN/PORK)
Every 3rd Sunday (and if there are 5 Sundays then the last one as well)
Jamboree’s are in the Main Lancaster Hall. This is a “Jam Session” with
volunteer musicians and a full course dinner served at 5:30 pm.
They run from 12 Noon until about 6:30 Open to Public
Fun afternoon for Seniors $13.00 admission (includes dinner)
At the Salvation Army Thrift Store Thursdays are Seniors Days, 10% off for ages 55 and up! Also, Fridays are fill a bag day. All you do is fill a bag with items that are marked with the colored tag for the week and you only pay $5!
The Salvation Army Thrift Store Hours:
Monday to Saturday………..9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*Closed on Sundays and all major holidays.
The SFDCY is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a safe, welcoming, fun zone with lots of activities for youth aged 10-18 after school with adult supervision at all times.
Open Tues-Wed Fri 2-8PM
and Thur 2-6PM.
Our hours change in the summer time and during school holidays.
We put the ideas of our youth into action.
The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce has witnessed many phases of development and change in our community. Throughout the years, the Chamber has continuously strived to help create a harmonious balance between tourism and merchant trade.
The Chamber actually began as the Smiths Falls Board of Trade in 1889. Hands written minutes from meetings in the 1920′s reveal a great deal of interesting history. Membership dues were $3.00 per year and the fees helped the Board of Trade to play a key role in fixing up the main market building in Town. At the urging of the local Council of Women, the Board even arranged for a civic restroom for women installed in the Market. In 1929, the Board of Trade became a corporation and from that point on, was called the Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce.
The new Chamber dealt with a large variety of issues including signage, attracting industry to Town, beautification, and tourism among other topics. The social welfare of the community was an important concern for the Chamber. Housing became a key concern in the post war era and was noted on many occasions in the minutes. The Chamber played an active role in advocating for the Town Council to request, from the Wartime Housing Committee, an additional 75 houses to be built in the area for returning soldiers and their families. Minutes also refer to repeated donations of financial aid to causes such as the Salvation Army, the Welfare Association and the Red Cross to help provide meals to children in times of great need.
The Chamber fought for a number of issues that we take for granted these days. At one point the Directors lobbied the province to keep the highway between Smiths Falls and Carleton Place open by way of Franktown. Closing the road during the winter months was reported to have caused a great inconvenience to private and commercial traffic that had to travel through Perth. Chamber Directors also arranged for a speaker from the Wartime Prices Committee to speak at a gathering in Town Hall. The topic of discussion was to ensure that Smiths Falls residents and merchants understood the necessity for introducing special pricing initiatives.
The persistence of the Chamber to encourage economic development, improve trade and create a positive climate in the community has not waned. The current Chamber of Commerce continues to represent the membership at community meetings and advocates for a pro-business community wherever decisions and strategic plans for Town development are being made. We are eager to work with all levels of government for the betterment of the community by being “The Voice of Commerce” in Smiths Falls.
The voice of business in Smiths Falls since 1889.
The Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce co-manages Victoria Park Campground with the Town. Reservations for the campground can be made through the Chamber in the off-season at 613-283-1334, or through the campground at 613-283-5112 in season.
Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.
United Way is committed to building a strong and healthy community for all. The role of United Way is to match the resources of the community (the fund-raising campaign) to those areas of greatest need. United Way Partners respond to health and social service issues in our community.
The United Way of Lanark County supports sixteen Partners that serve Lanark County and the Town of Smiths Falls.
Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation is dedicated to stimulating job creation and economic growth through business and community development in Lanark & North Leeds. Governed by a local volunteer board of directors and staffed by professionals, our mission is to actively collaborate with our regional partners to strengthen and develop our communities by investing in sustainable economic development in Lanark County and North Leeds, encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities. Building on more than two decades of success, we play a local leadership role in delivering economic development services to communities and in delivering financial and consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses. We achieve this by:
- Providing business counselling and coaching
- Providing access to capital through business loans
- Supporting strategic community planning and development