This is our blog where we can update the community on initiatives and upcoming events! A place where volunteers can register, ask questions and find all the information they need to help build our playground on June 25th 2011!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Final Note...

After making our Let Them Be Kids announcement on February 1st 2011 the Asphodel-Norwood Playground and Parks Committee has been in a whirlwind of emotions (happiness being number one of course)! Our first fundraising event on Family Day (Feb 21) brought more than 300 people in attendance to enjoy games, crafts and fun. From this beginning, all of our events were well received and the commitment from the community to help make this possible has been indescribable.

Through the hard times you must stay focused, remember why you’re here and "Create a Community that Can". Trust the process and everything that comes with it. Norwood has a population of 1300 residents and we raised over $205,000 in 5 months (not kidding). If we can do it, anyone can.

Thank You Let Them Be Kids, for helping us make a positive impact on our community, allowing us to believe in ourselves to inspire hope in others…. Oh, and let’s not forget the beautiful new playground we now have for the kids.

Thanks everyone!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Thank you Bigga Joes!

And the donations keep coming in! Last week Bigga Joes made a contribution to the Playground and Parks Committee! Thank you for helping our initiative!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thank You IODE

The IODE presented a cheque to Valerie Przybilla on Monday for the new playground. They were the first to get their picture taken in front of the big structure! Thanks again!

Thank You Burtt Excavating!!!

Burtt Excavating helped out with the playground build by loading and dumping all the screenings for the 4570 sq ft area! Thank you for your amazing in-kind contribution to our playground!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Wow what an amazing day!! We did it Asphodel-Norwood., we "created a community that DID"!! Words cannot express the events of the past few days, the support recieved, the volunteers that came out, the work that was completed, the memories that were made!!!! There are a million pictures that will be posted soon.
Thank you does not seem like enough for all the donations that were recieved, both monetary and in-kind. Our small community has was again completed a huge task, that will benefit our children for many years. I have never been more proud to be a Norwoodian then today!!! THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR THE AMAZING SUPPORT THAT HAS BEEN SHOWN OVER THE PAST SIX MONTHS!!! It has been an amazing experience for all involved!!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

So Close!!!!! Only 3 days

The Build day is so close, and we are getting VERY excited! Zenner Concrete Pumping is on its way as we speak to load up our new playground equipment and bring it home. A HUGE thank you to them for doing this!!! Some preparation work will take place tomorrow and Friday, but the big build will be Saturday. If you volunteered to bring some of the tools we need for the build, they can be dropped of at the Community Centre starting today. If you drop them off before Saturday, please pre-label them yourself. Some of the tools will be needed Thursday and Friday, so if you can drop them off , that would be fantastic!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Another donation!

The Playground and Parks Committee would like to thank J.J Stewart Motors for their generous donation!
From left: Mark Stewart, Stacy Gerow, Jon Stewart and Dave Stewart

Thank you Oakland Greens!

Thank you Oakland Greens Golf and Country Club for your donation!

From left: Kendra Sedgwick, Stacy Gerow, Bruce Wharram and Marilyn Wharram
One Step Closer!

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Lioness Donate again.

A surprise donation from the Lioness Club was made during the Summer Carnival yesterday. This is the second donation that the Lioness have made to the park, as well as helping out with the summer carnival and our brunch. Thank you ladies, your support is much appreciated. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the committee is Jill Cassibo.

United Church Sunday School Children Donate to the park.

On May 29, the United Church Sunday School Children hosted a pancake breakfast to raise money for the park. They were able to raise an AMAZING $1000. They made a presentation to the park committee yesterday. On hand to accept the cheque was Sherry Stewart.

Summer Carnival

Despite having to change the date due to the rain, there was still an amazing turn out yesterday for the Carnival!! Everyone looked to be having a great time!! Just over $3400 was raised for the park. Many thanks to all the service clubs that took part, Lions, Lioness, IODE, Youth Committee, Christ Anglican Church, Wild about Farms, Pentecostal Church, Knights of Columbus, Norwood Agricultural Society, Wholi Granoli, Gwen Carter and the A-N Playground and Park Committee. Also a big thanks to Rob n' Roy for their great entertainment, Marilynn Wharrem, Marion Kelly, Dan Heffernan, Jeremy Heffernan, Maureen Heffernan and Clayton Heffernan for their assistance in running some events. There were also items donated by Wrap it up and Go, JJ Steward Motors, NDHS Manufacturing class, Dave & Helen Wilford, Three Days Grace, Joan Vansvield and Andy Calder Excavating. And last but certainly not least, the members of the community who came out and supported the cause! Once again you have reminded us all of your generosity, and the importance of this project!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Knights of Columbus Donation!

Al Goodin was in the office to present a cheque to the new playground and parks revitalization project today! In the photo is (from left) Kendra Sedgwick, Al Goodin, Stacy Gerow and Reeve Doug Pearcy

Another Donation!

Thank you to the Norwood Lodge AF & AM #223 for their donation!
In the photo is Stacy Gerow, Doug Fleming, Kendra Sedgwick and Reeve Doug Pearcy


Play Structure = Ground Breaking News!

  The official area of the children's future playground!!!

The week has started with the official ground breaking of the new 4570 sq.ft playground area! I had to stop by and see it for myself and look at the beautiful location! With 24 days to go, we are getting ready!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thank you Hydro One Inc!

Kent Trolley from Hydro One Inc. stopped by to personally deliver a cheque for $5000 from the Hydro One PowerPlay Program on Tuesday! Stacy accepted the cheque on behalf of the Township for the proposal she had written. Thanks again for your generosity Hydro One Inc.!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Only 1 month to go!!!

We are only 31 days away from the building of our new park!! We are all so excited, but are trying hard to get all of the details finalized. If you haven't done so already, please register to volunteer to help us build our playground. If you have already registered, please click on the "Join the Effort" bubble again to tell us exactly what you would like to help do on Build day. There are different areas to help out, and we need to know where to put you and your family. This will also help us know how much food to get, and how many children will be in the Children's area.

Build Day: June 25th 2011 8 am - 3pm
Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre

Build Day will actually start on Thursday!! We need 6-7 Volunteers on both Thursday and Friday, to do some preparation work for the BIG Build on Saturday. If you can help out either of those days from 8-4, please let a committee member know!!
We are also in need of several tools starting Thursday June 23. All tools will be Labelled and returned back to you after the build!!
The following is what we are still in need of.....
3 tape measures
2 boxes 7018 welding rod 3/16"
1 gas powered 200amp welder
2-2' torpedo levels
2-4' levels
4-impact drivers
2-cordless drills
3-4 sets of Ratchets or wrenches (3/4", 1/2, 9/16" and 1/4")
2each- 12/64", 5/32", 1/4" and 1/8" drill bits
1- Heavy duty grinder and or Chop saw with blades
8- hard tooth rakes
1- string line or marking paint
torx bits- t45, t30, t55, t40, t27
1- sledge hammer
2- 8'-10' step ladders
9-wheel barrows
sono tube- enough for 20- 12" holes 36" deep.
Post hole auger- thursday only

If you can help us out by providing any of the above items, please contact Stacy at (705) 639 5343 ext. 214 or email at

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Come out to our last fundraising event before the park is built!! This will be a GREAT family night with something for everyone!! The local service clubs are all joining in the effort to make this an spectacular evening!! Taking part in this event is the Lions Club, Lionesss Club, IODE, Knights of Colombus, Norwood Agricultural Society, Youth Committee and the Park Committee.

Saturday June 4 from 4pm-9pm at the Norwood Fair Grounds.
There will be face painting, a BBQ, Bake Table, 50/50 Draw, Bouncy Castle and Maze, Homemade Fudge, Golfing Contest, Silent Auction and Raffle table, Live Entertainment and much much more.

There will also be an antique car/ truck and tractor display. Please feel free to bring out your prize possession

You won't want to miss out on this family fun evening!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Look at us go!!!

Kendra Sedgwick and Stacy Gerow were all smiles when they added more colour to the thermometer on Thursday! We are getting closer to our goal everyday!

Thank You Beautification Committee!

The Playground and Parks Committee would like to thank the Beautification Committee for their monetary donation plus 10 trees for the new park!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pick Your Job!

If you have or haven't registered for our Build Day (June 25th) and have a particular job in mind that you would like to do please click on the 'Join The Effort' button to the right of the screen and fill out the form. Maybe you would like to build the playground, maybe you would like to help with kids activities?
Either way, fill out the form to ensure that you get to do what you want on Build Day and that you come prepared for the activity!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Another HUGE financial boost

The Norwood Youth Committee holds dances the first friday of the month from September to June in the Millennium Room, for ages 6-16. They have been saving their money specifically for a new playground, and at their dance on Friday night, presented the Playground and Parks Committee with a HUGE cheque. Thank you Youth Committee for your support!!!

Youth Committee Member Jamie Harrison presents their cheque to Playground Committee Member Joyce Archer
Youth, Youth Committee Members and Playground Committee Members

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Photo Opportunities!

Have you made a donation and would like to get your picture taken?

Contact Stacy Gerow (705) 639 5343 ext.214 or email at to arrange a time to have a photo op with your cheque presentation!
Your picture will be put onto the website and may make the bi-weekly newsletter!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sign up your baseball team today!!!

Playground and Parks Fundraiser
Baseball Tournament!
May 28th, 2011
J.J. Stewart Ball Field
88 Alma Street, Norwood

Starts at 9am
$20 per person
3 females on the field at all times
Lunch available for purchase
         To register a team, contact Stacy Gerow at (705) 639 5343 ext.214 or email All proceeds go to the park revitalization project!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Catholic Womens League Makes Contribution!

The Catholic Womens League donated to the park on May 2nd.
Thank you for your contribution!
From Left: Father Christopher Reynolds, Elaine Godin, Shirley Hartwick, Kendra Sedgwick and Doug Pearcy

RBC Let Them Be Kids Walk A Success!

The Norwood Branch Royal Bank held a walk on Saturday April 30th to raise funds for the new playground and parks committee! The weather was perfect and the support from everyone was wonderful!

Thanks Norwood RBC to being a prt of our community initiative!

Norwood Anglican Church makes donation!

Stacy receives the Norwood Anglican Church's donation from Carolyn Towns at their High Tea and Biscuit Party.

From Left: Doug Pearcy, Stacy Gerow and Carolyn Towns

Joe Crowley and Family donate to the park!

From left: Doug Pearcy, Jennifer Crowley, Joe Crowley, Stacy Gerow and David Crowley

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Lions Club Donation

The Norwood Lions Club has committed to helping with the new playground!! Tonight we received part of their monetary donation up at the site of the new park. A HUGE thank you to the Lions club for all their help!!!

Cheque Presentation from the Lions Club

Doug White, Rodger Bonneau, Ava Rutherford, Patricia Heffernan, Lily Sedgwick, Kendra Sedgwick, Krista &Mason Rutherford.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thank you Centennial Family Pharmacy!!

Glenda Johnson received a cheque from Norwood Centennial Pharmacy for the Asphodel-Norwood Playground and Parks Project recently.
          In attendence (from L-R) for the photo op were Shirley Andrews, Brenda Webb, Glenda Johnson, Debbie Cruise, Kendra Sedgwick and Stacy Gerow

Thank you!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank you Thomas!

The Playground and Parks Committee would like to thank
JiJu Thomas from
Norwood Crown Esso for his donation to the new park!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Let Them Be Kids Walk!

Help “Create a Community That Can” by joining the
Let Them Be Kids Walk!

All proceeds will support the new Playground and Parks
Revitalization Project!

Come into the Norwood Branch RBC or the Municipal
Office to register today!

Date & Time: Saturday April 30th, 9:30a.m.

Start & Finish: Asphodel- Norwood Community Centre

Cost: $20 per person
Donations are welcome if you cannot join us!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cornergate Foodland!

Remember to cut out the UPC codes and take them into the Norwood Foodland drop-off box!
25cents from every "Compliments and Selection" item sold will be donated to the
 park revitalization project!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Sorry to inform people that due to the lack of sales the Elvis Night is being canceled. SORRY for any inconvenience!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Playground and Parks March Newsletter

 Asphodel-Norwood Playground and Parks Newsletter
The Asphodel-Norwood Playground and Parks Committee has been
awarded a National "Let Them Be Kids‟ Helping Hands Award,
which helps financially by splitting new playground costs as well as
allowing us to provide an area for kids to play! To date, the
committee has already raised the $38,000 for the playground,
but needs help raising the other funds
for a new paved walking
trail and accessories. Also, enhancements to all other parks are
part of the three phase initiative.

Randy from Wrap It Up –N-Go was one of the first businesses to help out with the Playground and Parks Project!
He presented a cheque to Stacy Gerow recently with a donation from the purchases made on Family Day

Upcoming Events!
Elvis Night• Come dance the night away at the Norwood Town Hall while listening to your favourite rock-n-roll tunes from the 1950’s and 60’s.
Tickets: $15
Doors Open: 8p.m.
Show Starts: 9p.m.
Easter Eggstravaganza Enjoy the day at the Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre with the Easter Bunny, egg scavenger hunt, crafts, pony rides, bouncy castle and much more!
$10 per family, 9a.m. -12p.m.

Any Questions? Call Stacy at (705) 639-5343 ext.214 or email

How can you help?
You can help make the park revitalization project possible by registering to volunteer online. Be sure to mention any special skills you have, that can help on Build Day!
You can do this at: and click on the "Join The Effort" bubble.
Don‟t have internet access? You can contact any Committee Member and they will gladly help you! The members are Joyce Archer, Jill Cassibo, Debbie Cruise, Stacy Gerow, Jamie Harrison, Greg Hartwick, Patricia Heffernan, Ian Hill (Let Them Be Kids Coach), Glenda Johnson, Doug Pearcy, Valerie Przybilla, Krista Rutherford, Kendra Sedgwick, Michelle Simpson and Sherry Stewart.
Lastly be sure to support these businesses who are participating in the fundraising. Cornergate Foodland: Cut out the UPC (bar code) from any "Compliments" product, return it to Foodland and 25 cents from every item will be donated to the park!
Norwood Crown Esso: For every litre of gas sold, 1cent will be donated!
Bigga Joes: For the month of April and to mark Bigga Joes One Year Anniversary you can get a coupon for $1 or $2 off your meal and the money will be donated back to the park! There is a donation jar in the store as well as at the TD Bank in Havelock

Bigga Joes!

Bigga Joes has come up with a way to help the park!
When you purchase a meal you will receive either $1 or $2 coupon off your next meal which will be donated to the new playground and park! Also, there are donation jars in the restaurant as well as at the TD Bank in Havelock!

Remember, every little bit help!
Thanks Bigga Joes and TD Bank Havelock!

Lioness Donation at Brunch

The Norwood Lioness Club made a $1000 donation to the Committee at the fund raising Brunch held on Sunday. Committee members Sherry, Debbie, Krista, Doug, Michelle, Jamie, Glenda and Patricia accept the cheque from Lioness members Pat Vatta, Georgina McNeil, Marlene Chaplin, Christine Orton, Julia Barber and Frances Heffernan. We would like to thank the Lioness for this donation, as well as all their help on Sunday with the Brunch. Your support is very much appreciated!! We raised $3008!! Thank you to all who attended!!