Groups, Clubs and Organizations

Groups, Clubs and Organizations

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in. 


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Agricultural & Horticultural Societies

Clifford & District Horticultural Society

Not just about pretty flowers, the Clifford & District Horticultural Society also cares for lawns, shrubs, trees, edible fruits, berries, and vegetable gardens in the community. The Clifford & District Horticultural Society shares a love of all things horticultural through their various community flower shows and plant sales, as well as spends time educating the youth on all things horticulture.

Vic Palmer
T: 519-327-8142    E:

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Harriston & District Horticultural Society

The Harriston & District Horticultural Society’s main event is the annual Garden Festival, featuring a variety of flowers, plants, vegetables and outdoor crafts and decorations. They are also involved in the maintenance of public flower boxes and beds, as well as educating youth on the importance of horticulture.

Jean Anderson
T: 519-505-5914    E:

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Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society

The Harriston-Minto Agricultural Society prides itself in being a resilient organization with extremely deep roots in the community, dating back to 1859. Their flagship event, the Harriston-Minto Fall Fair runs the third weekend of September annually.

Callise Loos 
T: 519-497-2502    E:

Harriston Fall Fair Website

Minto 4-H Dairy Club

4-H is a non-profit youth development organization that educates on selected-topics and brings together community volunteers and leaders!

Ron Canning
T: 519-343-3187

Palmerston Agricultural Society

Palmerston’s Agricultural Society is involved in a number of fundraisers and events, the most prominent of which being the Palmerston Fair. Other events designed to increase local appreciation of agriculture include an annual Tractor Pull and Agri-Awareness Day.

Angela Schnieder
T: 519-343-3427    E:

Palmerston Fall Fair Website

Minto Farmers' Market

The Minto Farmers' Market is located in Palmerston. It features 100% locally grown fruits and vegetables (organic and non-organic), home baking, meat, cheese, maple syrup, preserves, spices, plants and unique artisan products.

Erin Rafits
T: 519-338-2511    E:

Farmers' Market Website

Child Care

Town of Minto After School Programs

Info can be found under the Child Care tab on the left side menu.

Harriston Preschool

Harriston Preschool offers quality early years programs for children 2.5 - 5 years of age.

Joy Murray 

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Palmerston Child Care and Learning Centre

The Child Care and Learning Centre promotes inclusive child care and learning opportunities to support the emotional, social, physical, cognitive and creative development needs of each child 0-44 months old.

Christine Biggar 
T: 519-417-2902

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EarlyON Child & Family Centre

EarlyON Child and Family Centres provide opportunities for children from birth to 6 years of age to participate in play and inquiry-based programs, and support parents and caregivers in their roles..

Lindsay Cowan, EarlyON Supervisor
T: 226-979-4325    E:

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Cultural Organizations

Grey-Wellington Theatre Guild

This community, volunteer run theatre group has been providing the Town of Minto with high-calibre live theatre four over three decades. Catch their spring and fall productions, as well as other special performances such as Summer Youth Theatre and Christmas events.

Peggy Raftis
T: 519-338-2511   E:

GWTG Website

Minto Cultural Roundtable

The mandate of the Minto Cultural Roundtable is to give guidance and input related to culture and to implement the Cultural Plan for Minto. 

The committee does this by supporting community led solutions to issues identified by the Roundtable and larger community, encouraging leadership and innovation, facilitating networking and information exchange, serving as a board for ideas and action, reviewing culture-related policies, and integrating cultural development plans into related town plans. 

Belinda Wick-Graham
T: 519-338-2511     E:

Minto Arts Council 

The Minto Arts Council is a volunteer-run, charitable organization focused on fostering artistic creativity in the community and showcasing local talent. They oversee the Minto Arts Gallery and organize events such as an annual Christmas Auction and Basement Café concert series.

Gordon Duff
T: 519-338-2511    E:

Minto Arts Website


Harriston (Royal Canadian) Legion Br. 296

Through various fundraisers and community events, the Harriston Legion sponsors local charities and other organizations in an effort to improve our community. Their efforts include jamborees as well as student art, poetry and essay contests. The Legion’s hall is a meeting space/event location for many other local organizations.

T: 519-338-2843    E:

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Palmerston (Royal Canadian) Legion Br. 409

The Palmerston Legion was formed in 1946, with the Ladies Auxiliary forming in 1948. The Legion is a big part of the community, supporting programs like Guiding, Scouting, Public School Trips, the Palmerston Public Pool, and Palmerston Hospital. In addition, we host many events from monthly dinners, to jamborees and more.

T: 519-343-3749   E:

Palmerston Legion Website

Food Banks

Canadian Foodgrains Bank 
Allan Lee 
T: 519-338-2441

Clifford Foodgrains
Lorne Underwood
T: 519-392-8573

Clifford Food Bank
11 Allan St. E, Clifford
Bruce Shannon
T: 519-327-8588

Harriston Food Bank
68 Elora St. S, Harriston
Iris Richardson
T: 519-510-3663

Palmerston Food Bank
215 James St., Palmerston
Barb Burrows
T: 519-417-4774

Firefighters Associations 

Clifford Firefighters Association 
Tyler Andrews
T: 519-327-8411

Harriston Firefighters Association 
Mike MacDougall
T: 519-338-3046

Palmerston Firefighters Association
Murray Kaye 
T: 519-343-3735

Minto Fire Department
Callise Loos
T: 519-343-3735

Historical Societies

Clifford & District Historical Society

The Clifford & District Historical Society is dedicated to preserving local history and educating Clifford residents in the history of their town.

Bonnie Whitehead
T: 519-327-8612    E:

Palmerston Railway Museum Association

Palmerston's Railway Museum Association is a non-profit organization that celebrates and preserves the Town's Railway Heritage.

Bob McEachern
T: 519-343-3435
Palmerston Railway Website

Town of Minto Heritage Association

Involved in microfilming old newspapers, recording life stories and graveyard inscriptions, presenting exhibits at the Minto Heritage Gallery, and recently publishing two books, the Minto Heritage Association keeps itself well occupied. The small club endeavours to preserve local history through a number of action-oriented projects and educational offerings.

June MacDonald
T: 519-338-5133

Harriston Historical Society

The Harriston Historical Society works towards the preservation of local history. Their largest collection of historical documents and artifacts is located on the top floor of the Harriston Library.

Bob Brown
T: 519-338-2137    E:

Harriston Historical Society Website


Clifford Merry Makers 
Marion Wylie

Community Living Guelph Wellington 

An organization dedicated to facilitating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to realize their potential and dreams in their communities.

Lorie Ziegler
T: 519-338-2559

Drew Community Centre Board

The rural community of Drew is much more than what it appears on the surface.  The anchor of the community is its ball diamond, pavilion and community hall.  Its heart is the many volunteers that maintain the centre.  With a strong sense of history, tradition and volunteerism, the people in this area try to maintain a strong family based centre for the enjoyment of all ages.

Nicole Hymers
T: 519-338-5423

Harriston Pistol Club
Dennis Harper
T: 519-338-3259

Service Clubs

Clifford & District Lions Club

The Clifford Lions Club is involved in a variety of community service projects, including the planting of trees and construction of park benches, as well as providing donations to other charitable organizations and service clubs.

Ivan Campbell
T: 519-327-8132    E:

Clifford Lions Club Website

Clifford Rotary Club

Clifford’s Rotary Club was founded in June 23, 1944 and was sponsored by the Mildmay Rotary Club. The club works to obtain resources and provide support for many community needs and projects. Their events include charity barbeques, Christmas candy drives, rubber duck races, curling bonspiels and an annual car show. They They have funded the construction of two community parks in Clifford. The Clifford Rotary Club works hard towards the betterment of the whole community.

Trish Palmer
T: 519-327-8142    E:

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Eastern Star
Ellen Underwood
T: 519-392-8573

Frank Lambier Legion Br. 409, Palmerston
Tammy Donaldson
T: 519-338-5896

Palmerston Legion Website

Harriston Kinsmen

The Harriston Kinsmen is a not-for-profit organization that supports a number of parks and recreation projects, including Harriston’s Public Pool. They raise funds for these and other good causes through fundraisers like the Harriston Christmas Parade, curling bonspiels, slow pitch tournaments and more.

Todd Rogers
T: 519-338-8273    E:

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Masonic Lodge, Palmerston
John Brown

Masonic Lodge, Harriston
Andrew Jaunzemis

Town of Minto Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Town of Minto is a community service organization dedicated to "Bringing out the best in youth, in our communities and in ourselves".

Sharon Greenwood
T: 519-343-3862    E:

Palmerston Kinettes

The Palmerston Kinettes work toward a variety of community goals. Their mobile concession trailer is a staple vendor at any community event.

Kim-Marie Lesperance
T: 519-362-3365    E:

Palmerston Lions Club

Palmerston’s Lions Club has supported a multitude of community projects and charitable causes over their long history. Their largest contributions include the restoration of the Norgan Theatre and the construction of the Palmerston Lions Heritage Park.

Dave Wilson
T: 519-343-2317    E:

Pike Lake Minto Lions Club 
Dory Eickmeier

Sports Clubs 

Clifford Grassroots Soccer
Matthew Lubbers

Clifford Recreation Association
Randy Ruetz

Clifford Skating Club
Kaley Hummel

Harriston Skating Club
Emily Lubbers

Harriston Curling Club 
Todd Pridham 

Harriston Lawn Bowling 
Ray Harris 

Hometown Baseball
Grace Wilson 

Illustrated Dance Movement Academy
Turner Norman

Ladies Slo-Pitch League
Jill MacLean

Minto Dance Academy

Minto Men's Slo-Pitch
Brad Richardson

Minto Minor Ball
Elaine Elliott

Minto Minor Hockey

Minto United Soccer Club
Robin Ross

Norwell Cobras Gymnastics Club
Sharon Hardie

Palmerston Curling Club
Mike Dobson

Palmerston Marlins
Kelly Culp

Palmerston Junior Broomball

Palmerston Snow Kings
Ron Ash

Jeff Davie Memorial Organizers 
BJ Cochrane

Clubs & Organizations 

1943 Army Cadet Battery
Bill Dobson

Clifford Meals on Wheels
Bonnie Whitehead 

Harriston 55+ Club
Dorelene Anderson 

Minto Safe Community Committee
Todd Pridham

Minto Shuffleboard Club 
Grace Wilson

Palmerston Traditional Scouting Explorer
Peter Poot 

Palmerston Scouts, Beavers and Cubs
Dan Belair

Women's Groups

Carry-On Women's Institute
Lynda Alexander

Women of Wellington and Saugeen Area (WOWSA)


Minto Youth Action Council 
Melanie Therrien

Minto YFC Upper Deck 
Ken Mohle


Clifford Community Church 
Doug Bott

Clifford United Church 
Jennifer Mountain 

Crossroads Community Life Church 
John Finochio

Harriston United Church 
Jessica Cotterell 

Knox Calvin Presbyterian Church 
Kathy Morden 

Knox Presbyterian Church 
Rev Pavel

Palmerston Christian Reformed Church 
Andrew de Gelder 

Palmerston Evangelical Missionary Church 
Phil DesJardine 

Palmerston United Church 
Pam Tolmay 

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 
Doug Pollington

St. John's Lutheran Church - Clifford 
Jody Rinas 

St. Mary's Catholic Church - Palmerston
Grace Canning

St. Paul's Anglican Church - Palmerston 
Ron Elliott

St. Thomas Catholic Church 
Rev Joe Selvanayagam

Whites Road Pentecostal Church 
Brad Sumner 


Minto proudly celebrates housing two Carnegie libraries, situated in Harriston and Palmerston. They continue to be enjoyed by residents since Andrew Carnegie's initial investment in the early 1900s. Even after renovations, the buildings retain much of their beautiful, original architecture. 

The Clifford Branch is newly constructed as of 2006, featuring an expanded library area and a separate medical clinic. 

Clifford Branch
T: 519-327-8328    E:

Harriston Branch
T: 519-338-2396    E:

Palmerston Branch
T: 519-343-2142    E:

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Clifford Medical Centre 

Palmerston and District Hospital Auxiliary 

Palmerston and District Hospital Foundation 


Blessings to You Centre 

Downtown Revitalization Committees

Clifford Connects 
Belinda Wick-Graham

Harriston Rising
Belinda Wick-Graham

All Aboard Palmerston
Belinda Wick-Graham