Gooderham Community Action Group


The Gooderham Community Action group (GCAG) consists of people who are willing to work for and with the Community towards a better future.  The Group’s goal is to plan, encourage and/or carry out programs, activities and events of interest and benefit to the residents of Gooderham and area.  The Group may seek the assistance of other groups or organizations within or outside of the Gooderham area in order to accomplish its goals.  The Group, where appropriate, may assist other groups or organizations in the community with their programs, activities or events, if requested.

We strive to preserve the past while enhancing the future.  We work for and with the community towards a better future and to make our town a better and safer place to live.

At present the group consists of eleven members:  Marilyn Wooder (Secretary/ Treasurer), Denise Winder (Chairperson), Bonnie Ryall, Karen Polhamus (Newsletter/Website), Brian Mould, Marja Tuomi, Liz and Nick Case and volunteer member Myria Stoughton.  We are always looking for new members.  If you would like to join us or just want to come and see what we are all about.  We meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

Some of our most recent accomplishments are:

  • The Gooderham Connection Newsletter which is provided free to all Gooderham residents. We also profile and honour a special child who has done a good deed, accomplished a special feat or is just a real neat kid. This newsletter is also emailed to residents who request it. Please contact Karen Polhamus at to subscribe or if you would like to advertise.

  • We have completed a walking trail around the Gooderham Community Park. We were able to get a grant from Ken Hoeverman and the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders, and a donation from the Haliburton ATV Association, without whom it may never have been finished. Many thanks for all those who helped us reach our goal. Special thanks to Joe Graham (Get-er-done) for volunteering his time and machinery, Trails & Tours and the many other volunteers who helped out . A community who works together is a healthy community.

  • We provided a Trophy and Heritage Case at the Community Centre where trophies and Historical Artifacts of Gooderham are proudly displayed.

  • We applied for a grant from Hydro One, and working together with the LCBO who raised the funds to build the skating rink through their bottle drive, we were able to see the dream of a Community Ice Rink come true. Thanks to Neil Madill for donating his time to put the lights in so that the rink could be used in the evenings and to the volunteer firefighters who work so hard to keep it going during the winter.

  • This past summer we purchased and placed two benches and a picnic table in the park.

  • We also provided six chairs with arms to make our Community centre more accessible for those with disabilities.

  • Each year at Christmas time we do a Christmas Blessing where we help families within our community enjoy a better Christmas.

  • We also honour someone within our community with a “Community Spirit Award” each year at our Community Christmas Dinner. It you know of someone you would like to nominate for the “Community Spirit Award” please let us know.

  • We have also assisted and financially helped groups and events within our community like: Kids parties, Preschool play day, family Day, Fire & Rescue Auxiliary, Tree lighting Ceremony, Dedication of the Robert McCausland Memorial Community Centre.

Annual Events:

  • Canada Day Celebration on July 1st: A great Day to celebrate Canada’s Birthday with family and friends, complete with games and activities for the kids, refreshments and top it off with a magnificent Fire Works display at dusk.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS DYNAMIC GROUP, PLEASE CALL Denise at 705 447-2953. We are always looking for new members or volunteers.

Cottage Country Cats Animal Rescue


The Municipality of Highlands East has provided shelter of a 48 foot Shelter/Container with the assistance and inspiration of Bud Friesman who has passed December 2010.

Bud and his wife Donna had initiated this idea to the Municipality of Highlands East a few years ago to the point of where at present the concept is thriving well.

The Municipality of Highlands East also provides the costs for spayed and neutering, vaccinations, and eartipping.

Volunteers, Maryanne Leach, Barb Scholfield, Martin Miller, Don Kerr, Kathryn Kidd, and Sue Reimer will assist in driving to and from the vets all feral cats (community cats) in the colony, including newcomers as soon as they appear. Neutering and vaccinating are the best things that can be done for stray and feral cats (community cats). They will be healthier and live longer if they are neutered. The females will not be continuously pregnant and nursing and, male cats will not fight for mates or roam in search of females with whom to mate. The number one priority when discovering an individual cat or a colony is to safely and humanely trap them and see that they are vetted.

Volunteers are critically needed for a least one day a week. The tasks involve feeding and cleaning their sanctuary and sometimes a little grooming.

Volunteers also for fundraising to help in providing food, medical supplies, and transportation when necessary.

Volunteers for the adoption process of finding permanent homes for the socialized. i.e. that were orphaned by unknown causes.

Volunteers to educate in helping cats and people to co-exist. As the colony caregiver, you become the cats’ public relations firm. These steps will help maintain their good image and their good neighbour status in our community.

I would like to thank the Gooderham website for helping out in creating space for our adoption corner and updates on the colony. If anyone is interested in volunteering no matter how brief your time may be, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Maryanne at 705-447-3308.

We are a registered charity and accept donations and issue tax receipts!