Eastern Branch

Welcome to the Eastern Branch area of the POAO website. Here you will find information about upcoming events in our Branch and important information.


The Eastern Branch covers Durham to Cornwall with 29 active members.

Your Branch Chair for the Eastern Region is Sam Brooks and she can be contacted at east@poao.org.


Hey Beasters!

On Saturday November 2nd, 2018, the Eastern Branch AGM was held at St. Louis Bar & Grill, in Mississauga, ON.  Meeting minutes were sent out in November 2019, but here are some highlights from the meeting:



As noted in the minutes, there was some discussion around never-before members having a discount in their membership fees for Eastern Branch.  This was successful in the past as a marketing strategy to increase membership.  As mentioned in the minutes, we were waiting until after the Provincial AGM to propose the motion as we wanted to see what discussions would be made regarding any changes with membership fees.

At the Provincial AGM, the membership fees have been changed for this membership year to $50.  The proposed motion before Eastern Branch is the following:

  • MOTION: Dale Schroeder made a motion for the calendar year of 2020, Eastern Branch to rebate 50% of the membership fee to first time, never-before members.  Kari Murray seconded this motion.

Please provide Sam Brooks your vote, either yes, no or abstain, by December 7th, 2019.



In the minutes, you will also note that we do have new Branch Board for this year.  Congratulations to Kari Murray and Kate Gutoskie who have assumed the position of Vice Chair and Secretary respectfully.  Again, a big thank you to Mike Giles and Kindra Robertson for all their hard work and support throughout their time on the Branch Board.  Sam Brooks and Dale Schroeder continue to be in their respective positions of Chair and Treasurer.


Eastern Branch Annual Golf Tournament:


Although the weather was not the greatest this year, the Annual Golf Tournament was quite a success!  Congrats to Kim Benton and Kevin Gilkinson for winning Closest to the Pin!  Congrats to Adam Cameron's team for winning this year's tournament!


Happy P.O. Week! Lots of things have been happening in the region that I would like to highlight:


-five Probation offices in the Ottawa area volunteered at St. Joe’s Supper Table (a local soup kitchen)

-the Peterborough office had a Wellness Challenge in the spirit of P.O. Week, with challenges including bringing in a food donation, donating clothing items and doing a random act of kindness

-the Ottawa East office held a bbq and invited the New Directions Program Coordinator to attend

-the Ottawa Centre office held its annual bake sale that raised $1,000 for Therapeutic Paw of Ottawa

Great job gang! This region has often shown great community spirit during P.O. Week and I’m happy to see this tradition continue.

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