Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – Cordite Sponsor “Shell-a-bration”

Posted on September 13, 2012     
OPG representatives dropped by the Town of Ajax sponsored hole at the Mayors’ Charity Golf Classic to present their cheque in support of the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign.  Shown in the photo (L to R) Ajax Councillor Pat Brown, Vice Chair Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign, Don Terry, Public Affairs Manager, Pickering Nuclear, Ajax Regional Councillor and Chair of the Campaign Colleen Jordan, Glenn Jager, Senior Vice President of Pickering Nuclear and Kevin Powers Director Nuclear Public Affairs, OPG.
Thank you OPG!

Ajax Bomb Girls Visit Oshawa Military Museum

Posted on September 11, 2012     
The Ajax Bomb Girls visited the Ontario Regiment Museum, Oshawa.  Over 70 vehicles are on display such as tanks, armoured personnel carriers, jeeps, trucks and artifacts dating back to 1864.  It was an interesting and informative tour of the military heritage of our Region dating back to 1866.  For more information on the museum visit
Thank you very much to Bob Chapman Colonel (Retired) Oshawa Regional Councillor & President of The Ontario Regiment Association for arranging the visit.  Many thanks to The Ontario Regiment for their warm welcome, support and assistance with our campaign.

A Shell-a-bratory Photo

Posted on September 7, 2012     

Pictured L to R: Colonel Chuck Mercier, The Ontario Regiment and Mayor of Scugog, Colonel (Retired) Bob Chapman, Oshawa Regional Councillor and President of The Ontario Regiment Association , Cherry Sevigny, Chair, Shell-a-bration Committee and Reid Sevigny, Colleen Jordan, Chair Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign, Regional Councillor, Ajax.

Also pictured; 1937 Buick – Courtesy Canadian Automotive Museum, City of Oshawa – Transported Courtesy of Mackie Auto Transporters, Oshawa
The 25 millionth shell manufactured at Defence Industries Limited – courtesy The Ontario Regiment Museum, (RCAC) Oshawa







“Shell-a-bration” September 28, Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility

Posted on September 7, 2012     

“Shell-a-bration” being held at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, Ajax on Friday September 28th is the premiere event kicking off the fundraising campaign to commission a monument honouring the thousands of women who worked at Defence Industries Limited.

DIL situated on over 28,000 acres of land, east of Duffins Creek to Pickering Beach Road, from the 401 to Lake Ontario was the largest munitions plant in the Commonwealth during World War 11. Over 9000 workers, mainly women filled shells with explosives to provide ammunition – so vital to the success of the war effort and freedom we enjoy today.  “Shell-a-bration” will be reminiscent of the 1940’s wartime with guests taking a stroll back in time as they step into the war time themed event.

“Although dressing in the1940’s style is optional”, says Cherry Sevigny, Chair of the “Shell-a-bration” Committee, she is encouraging guests to dress in vintage clothing or military uniform.  She states “Value Village, Salvation Army and Goodwill in Ajax have great finds and some of these stores have agreed to dedicate a rack and assist customers in putting an outfit together.  The Army Surplus store and other vintage clothing stores in Kensington Market as well as rental outfits from Malabars in Toronto can result in some real treasures.”  Local hair salons are being approached to offer guests hair styles reminiscent of the war years.

Cocktails will be available from 6:00 p.m.  with dinner being served at 7:00 p.m.  Guests will enjoy a delicious three course meal and a great line up of entertainment with a number of special guests including our Honourary Patron Louise Johnson, former DIL employee. The Brian Rose Band, a 9 piece band with two vocalists will provide dance music for guest’s enjoyment.

Colonel (Retired) Bob Chapman, Oshawa Regional Councillor and President of The Ontario Regiment Association commented “We are pleased to support this event with assistance from the Regiment and our museum.  I think it is important to not only recognize those who fought but also those at home who contributed significantly to the war effort like Durham’s own “Bomb Girls”.

“Come and have a “blast”, celebrate the efforts of the DIL women and help ensure there will be a permanent legacy acknowledging their contributions to the war effort and freedom we enjoy today!’  says, Colleen Jordan, Chair Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign.


Tickets are $100.00 (HST included) and can be purchased at town facilities or call (905) 619-2529 ext 3335, email or visit, and follow our blog

Contact: Colleen Jordan, Chair, Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign  (905) 626-3639

Ajax Bomb Girls Committee has the wonderful opportunity to meet Louise Johnson, Honourary Patron, former Defence Industries Limited Employee – July 2012

Posted on August 13, 2012     
Front Row: Left to Right
Dale Barrett, Louise Johnson (Honourary Patron and former DIL employee), Olive Struthers, Margaret Yeomans
Back Row: Left to Right
Pat Clark, Gina Love, Wilma Graham, Judy Sherlock, Sherry Robinson, Pam Little, Cheryl Lathem, Kaitlin Irleland, Colleen Jordan
Absent:  Pat Brown, Diana Calderwood, Rosalind Menary, Lindsay Hawkins, Marley LaFleche, Michelle Makos, Ann Gifford, Rhonda Randazzo, Lorna McGrath (Photo Courtesy of Lorna)

Girls Inc. Supports The Ajax Bomb Girls

Posted on August 13, 2012     

Girls Inc. Mind Plus Body Program Summer Camp, as part of their Leadership and Community Action curriculum, raised $101.32 in support of the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign.  A huge thank you to our future women community leaders at Girls Inc!!

Happy Canada Day!

Posted on July 3, 2012     

A special thank you to the DIL women for their valuable contribution to the freedom we enjoy today!! Committee members Cheryl Lathem, Judy Sherlock and Councillor Colleen Jordan

Fund raising Committee at Rotary Park Canada Day July 1, 2012

Posted on July 3, 2012     

Chris Alexander M.P. Ajax-Pickering and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence visited the booth to provide his words of support for the project. Kaitlin Ireland, Chris Alexander M.P. Ann Gifford (dressed in outfit similar to uniforms worn by Defence Industries Limited workers) Councillor Pat Brown and Judy Sherlock.

First Donors to the Campaign

Posted on June 19, 2012     

Lyn Dunlop and Kathleen Quirke, daughter of David Quirke, owner Workboot Store, Ajax, shown with Committee members Pat Clark and Colleen Jordan.

Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign at the Homeweek Pancake Breakfast at Rotary Park on June 17th

Posted on June 19, 2012     

Pancake Breakfast