Annual Community Recognition Event   

Town News

The Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands hosted the annual Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) Community Recognition Event on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at Town Hall Park in Gananoque.

“OLG is proud to be a vital part of the Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands”, said Kathleen Devine, OLG’s Senior Municipal Relations Manager. “Each and every year, 100 per cent of OLG profits are reinvested in Ontario to support provincial priorities. From critical infrastructure to important local programs, to community festivals, OLG’s profits are hard at work in the Town of Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands and all across our province to build stronger communities. We also appreciate the contribution of gaming site employees at Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands who are making these communities that much better. When you play at an Ontario casino, you play for Ontario.” said Devine.

Both Mayor John Beddows of the Town of Gananoque and Mayor Corrina Smith-Gatcke of the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands were on hand to accept a cheque in the amount of $2,290,094 ($1,145,047 for the Town of Gananoque and $1,145,047 for the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands) from OLG executives.  

"The Town of Gananoque appreciates our relationship with OLG and the revenues it receives which help support quality of life and infrastructure initiatives here at the Canadian Gateway to the 1000 Islands.  We look forward to an enduring relationship which supports municipal priorities, infrastructure and services to the benefit of our residents," commented Mayor John Beddows.

Representatives from OLG the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, and Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands joined staff and Council from both municipalities at the event, as well as representatives from local groups who received community grants funded through OLG under municipal contribution agreements.

Representatives from community grant recipients included the Gananoque Skating Club, Rotary Club, The YMCA, the Thousand Islands Association, and several others.

“We are excited to take part once again in this annual event, where we can recognize and thank the local organizations who work tirelessly to make our communities inviting, inclusive, healthy, and vibrant. The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, with the support of the OLG and Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands, is proud of its community grant program through which funds are used to support, promote, educate, and sustain local culture, heritage, environment, and recreational activities,” commented Mayor Corinna Smith-Gatcke.  

OLG plays a significant role in both communities, and this event allows municipalities to celebrate the recipients of their community grant program awards. Interested applicants for the Community Grants Program are encouraged to contact the respective municipal office or website for more details.


For more information, please contact:

Shellee Fournier 
Chief Administrative Officer    
Town of Gananoque 
613-382-2149 Ext. 1113 
Stephen T. Donachey
Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
613-659-2415 ext. 213