24th Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament Raises $29k for Charity

October 12 2021

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, ON.   

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,”says 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,” says William Dejonge-Ward, Kathy’s son.

Industry Icon Award (left to right): Ruth McBride accepts the award from Yolanda Biswah from CBB and Joanne Lekas from Scotiabank

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,” says Biswah.

The winners of 24th Canadian Black Book Kathy Ward Memorial Golf Tournament were a foursome that included Eric Levitt and Katie Naughton from 401 Dixie KIA, Anthony Scigliano from KIA Canada, and Vince Eastgate from RBC Automotive Finance (not pictured).

The Winners (left to right: Katie Naughton, Eric Levitt, Tony Scigliano and Yolanda Biswah (in place of Vince Eastgate who is not present)