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Smile Cookies to benefit the Moose 

Courtesy Dawn Hollender

Tracy Montour remembers a time when the Kahnawake Moose Lodge would be packed to the brim for events – from barbecues, movie nights, and baseball games to family golf tournaments and, of course, the Moose picnic.  

“It was just the place to be,” she said. “We made sure these children had a ball.” 

But since the pandemic, things haven’t been quite the same. A drop in memberships and dwindling financial resources has put a strain on the family fraternity, and organizing events and activities has proved to be a bit of a struggle.  

“It’s gotten a little quiet, but we still have a strong base of people that are willing to step up,” said Montour, senior bartender at the Moose Lodge who’s been involved there for 25 years. 

That’s why being chosen as this year’s recipient of the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign by the Kahnawake location has been exciting news.  

“It’s almost a blessing, really. I was in shock. I was so happy to hear we were picked,” she said. “We’re very thankful and I hope everybody chips in.” 

Montour will be helping to decorate cookies for the campaign, which runs from April 29 to May 5.  

Cookies will be sold for $1.50 a piece, and one hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the campaign will go toward the beneficiary. Cookies can be pre-ordered, and forms will be available at the restaurant as well. 

“When we looked into their mission and what they do, we felt that it resonated with us,” said Angela Hage, owner of the Tim Hortons Kahnawake location. “And it also resonates with what Tim Hortons as a brand believes in, giving back to the community, giving the youth an opportunity to go on the camps and different experiences that they might not otherwise have.” 

Dawn Hollender, who’s worked at the Moose Lodge for 16 years, is hoping the fundraising campaign will help them get back on track.  

“It just means a lot, because we will actually be able to serve what we are supposed to,” said the administrator at the Moose Lodge. 

“That’s what we’re all about is helping kids, the elderly,” said Hollender. “I want people to not think of the Moose as just a bar. It’s not,” she said, adding she’s noticed the character of the place has somewhat shifted away from being a social club in recent years.  

But she’s determined to bring back the essence and liveliness it once had.  

“You’d have tons of people come out. And they’d just be sitting and gathering, you didn’t have to drink – you just sit there, have a soda, and talk. It was great. We need to get that back. It’s been a while,” she said. 

The goal is to host one event per month for the kids, either in-house or on a day trip. Events open to all are also what Hollender hopes to bring back. She recalls last year’s Fourth of July celebrations with a firework special for the kids as a highlight. 

“Everybody was able to come here. Sit here, watch. It was amazing,” she said. “That’s what we need. We need the community to just come back together, you know?” 

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This article was originally published in print on April 26 in issue 33.17 of The Eastern Door.

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Nanor is a reporter and copy editor with The Eastern Door. She was previously the managing editor and creative director at The Link.

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