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Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament Raises $29k for Charity


Canadian Black Book’s annual Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament raised $30,000 for the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps, on September 20th. The 24th annual tournament hosted 92 Canadian automotive professionals and was played on a beautiful day at Maple Downs Golf & Country Club in Vaughan, Ontario.

The money goes to support disadvantaged kids between the ages of 12 to 16 by giving them a chance to attend one of seven Tim Hortons Camp locations across North America. During lockdown the Foundation continued their camp program by setting up eCamps online. This cause was very dear to Kathy Ward’s heart, and one Canadian Black Book remains committed to. Ward was the longtime president at CBB, who lost her battle with cancer in 2017.

“It was just great to be back on the golf course and supporting this wonderful cause that means so much to Canadian Black Book. We have an enormous amount of gratitude to all our clients and industry friends who attended our tournament and contributed to help our charity of choice,” said Yolanda Biswah, senior vice-president and general manager at Canadian Black Book. “The feedback from guests was overwhelmingly positive and more importantly, we were able to come up big for the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps.”

Kathy Ward originally had a goal to send 1,000 children to camp.  The cost to send each child to a Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camp is approximately $1,000.  After this year the annual tournament has now raised over $650,000 since it began, which meets two thirds of that goal.

“My mother genuinely loved this golf tournament. She was an avid golfer, a true networking expert, and felt passionately about the cause. She would be ecstatic to see how this event continues in her honour,” said William Dejonge-Ward, Kathy’s son.

After golf, during the reception the Canadian Black Book Industry Icon award was presented to Ruth McBride the now retired vice-president manufacturer partnerships, dealer products and programs at Scotiabank. This award recognizes the incredible 38-year career McBride enjoyed, breaking down barriers and instilling change in the auto industry in Canada.

“Honestly, it was quite a moment for me, a woman in the auto space, to present a true Icon and inspiration of mine with this award,” said Biswah.