2015

Terry “Aislin” Mosher Receives YMCA Kanawana “Pip” Alumni Award

Saint-Sauveur (Québec), August 3, 2015 – Terry “Aislin” Mosher, the main editorial cartoonist for the Montreal “Gazette” and a former Camp YMCA Kanawana camper, is the recipient of the 2015 YMCA Kanawana “Pip” Award. Mr. Mosher is the eighth person to receive the award, established to recognize the contributions of distinguished Kanawana alumni. 

Previous recipients include Richard “Itche” Kerr, a Montréal volunteer working with the physically challenged; Richard Patten, former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister; Stuart McLean, broadcaster and author; Bruce Netherwood, YMCA leader and author; John Cleghorn, former CEO of the Royal Bank; ; the late Sam Lazarus, NGO volunteer, along with the Lazarus family, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Kanawana in Sam’s memory; and Jeniene Philips Birks, a former broadcaster and community volunteer with the Oral School for the Deaf.  

On August 8, Terry Mosher will be presented the “Pip” award at camp before campers, including his grandchildren.   

Terry Mosher was a camper at Kanawana in 1952 and 1953. He is a great role model within the community as a director of the Old Brewery Mission as well as his remarkable career as one of Canada’s most respected cartoonists. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University, two National Newspaper Awards and five individual prizes from the International Salon of Caricature. He was inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and the Canadian Cartoonist's Hall of Fame. 

The “Pip” Award is given annually to a former camper, counsellor or supervisor at Camp YMCA Kanawana who best exemplifies the values of selflessness and contribution to the community. The award is a memorial to Philip “Pip” Caddell (1913‐2004), Second World War officer, executive and Montreal community volunteer, and his grandson, James Caddell (1973‐2005),  UN Peacekeeper, McGill graduate, NGO Worker and federal public servant. Both attended YMCA Kanawana – “Pip” as a camper in 1928 and James as a camper and counsellor in the 1980s and 1990s. The “Pip” Award Committee is composed of Kanawana alumni who were friends and family of “Pip” and James. 

“In his professional life, Terry Mosher has always taken seriously the journalist’s credo to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,’” says Andrew Caddell, who sponsors the award. “The purpose of this award is to recognize people who have taken the values they learned at Kanawana and applied them to the larger world. Terry Mosher has been a caring community volunteer who has dedicated himself to the disadvantaged. The “Pip” Award Committee felt Terry Mosher’s volunteer work and professional accomplishments made him a very deserving recipient.”

About Camp YMCA Kanawana
Camp YMCA Kanawana is part of The YMCAs of Québec, a charitable organization that builds stronger communities by providing opportunities for everyone to lead fulfilling, active, healthy and engaged lives. Camp YMCA Kanawana is accredited by the Association des camps du Québec and is a founding member of the Association. For more information, please visit ymcakanawana.ca, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

About the YMCAs of Québec
The YMCAs of Québec is a charitable organization that builds stronger communities by providing opportunities for everyone to lead fulfilling, active, healthy and engaged lives. Its 10 YMCA centres, International Language School, Ski School, Residence, Camp YMCA Kanawana and its 43 service sites across the province are visited each year by more than 125,000 people. The first YMCA in North America was founded in Montréal in November 1851. The YMCAs of Québec is part of the Canadian network of 50 YMCA associations. For more information, visit ymcaquebec.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Source :  The YMCAs of Québec
Information : Vanessa Valente / 514 849-5331, ext. 1510 / vanessa.valente@ymcaquebec.org 
Andrew Caddell / 613 852-6518