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Who We Are

We are a dynamic group of volunteers enriching our communities through service while embracing national pride, positive values, personal development and lasting friendships.

The Objective Of The Association

The Objects of the Association are to promote and direct service work through fellowship amongst its members, to the end that:

  1. They may enjoy personal development through Kin;
  2. They may be improved and educated in modern business and professional methods and ethics;
  3. The involvement of each in the enrichment of their community may be stimulated;
  4. A spirit of co-operation, tolerance, understanding and equality among all nations and peoples be fostered and that unity of thought and purpose throughout Canada be established toward this goal; and
  5. The Association’s constitutional authority be upheld.

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KinsmenMusicFestivalIn keeping with the theme our youth, the Club started the First Kinsmen Music Festival in the school year 1954/55. This festival saw many thousands of children perform at it, from grade one through their school years. Many have gone on to professional status. In addition, in 2006 we celebrated our 52nd continuous, Kinsmen Music Festival.

 In the spring of 1958, the Club had eight wading pools constructed in various City parks. Those pools still exist for the summer of 2005. In keeping with our motto, Serving the Community's Greatest Need, the Club endorsed a four-bed ward at the J.S. MacDonald Hospital. In addition, $4,000.00 donated to the General Hospital Expansion Fund as well as $2,000.00 donated to the YMCA summer camp.

Moving into the 60's saw the Club fill a need by founding the Kinsmen School, currently known as the Kinsmen School/Vincent Massey school. This school provided special learning needs for challenged children in order for them to be reintroduced into society. There was no government program to meet these individuals needs.

These children would have to go into the regular school program or taught at home. The school expanded in 1966 and eventually became part of the Upper Canada School Board.

Cystic Fibrosis was made a National Kinsmen Service Project in 1965, to which the Kin across Canada have raised and donated over $30,000,000.00.

Moving into the 70's, the Club had a fundraising project called Kinsmen Lottery. The Kinsmen Club of Cornwall administered this lottery. It grew so fast and was about to go into the province of Manitoba when, the Ontario government took it over in late 73 and it became known as Wintario.

1974 saw the Club purchase the financially troubled YMCA property, pay off its debts and turn the building over to the City of Cornwall for $1.00. The City has since administered it, providing Day Care services (Kinette Day Care) for 27 years. Swimming programs, gymnasium and a weight room are other services.

The Cornwall Club, in 1989, hosted the National Kin Convention of Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs of Canada, which drew hundreds of members from across Canada. At that convention the medical breakthrough needed was announced, Researchers of this dreaded childhood disease, CF, had discovered the GENE, and now major steps can be taken to cure this disease. As a result of this discovery, a C F child's life expectancy has been extended into their 40's.



The Club, in 1999, pledged $110,000.00 towards the Millennium projects. One of those projects being the NEW AQUATIC CENTRE. With the help of this donation, the New Aquatic Centre is to open September of 2005. The pool tank in the Centre is the Kinsmen Pool.


 A $1,000.00 grant was provided for restoration and moved the Cornwall Street Railway electric engine to the front of Cornwall's Water Treatment plant.

Kin Fast Facts

Founded by Hal Rogers on Feb. 20, 1920, Kin Canada is the nation's largest all-Canadian service club organization. Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across the country work to better their communities, enhance the well-being of Canadians and improve the environment. The Association boasts a proud 93-year history dedicated to fostering life-long friendships while ‘Serving the Community’s Greatest Need.’

Membership: Around 6,500 members belong to approximately 480 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs across Canada. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male, Kinette clubs are predominantly female and Kin clubs have a mixed membership of men and women.

More than $1 billion raised: Since our founding in 1920, Kin Canada clubs have donated more than $1 billion to Canadian causes, communities and individuals in need, as well as to disaster relief efforts beyond our borders. In the 2012/13 Kin Year, our members raised more than $20.5 million and spent over 300,000 hours (that's 34.7 years!) organizing and executing hundreds of fundraisers and service projects in their communities. Not content to simply write cheques, if there's work to be done, Kin Canada clubs do it!

National Charity: Kin Canada has been a partner in the fight against cystic fibrosis since 1964. During this time, Kin members have raised over $40 million in support of the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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