HOW IT ALL BEGAN. . .
The Dixie Curling Club is located in the heart of what was once Mississauga’s rich farm belt.A meeting in Vic Stanfield’s basement on November 12, 1955 lead to the idea of starting the Dixie Curling Club. The foundation work began on June 28, 1956 at a cost of just under $200,000 for land, building, ice plant, furniture and equipment. With thanks to the hard work of Vic and Gordon Stanfield, the club was incorporated on March 1, 1956. The first draw took place on November 14, 1956.
The six-sheet club, with more than 600 members, is going strong, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016. The club is proud of its history. With a solid core of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers Dixie has established a reputation for hospitality, good curling, good fellowship and sportsmanship. Dixie is not only noted for its warm hospitable environment, the club is also proud of its curling reputation. Over the years Dixie has been and still is the home of many curling champions.
The Dixie Curling Club is a member-driven fiscally responsible club striving to provide a social environment for all ages. Dixie offers excellent instructional, recreational and competitive programs to the surrounding community. The Club has operated in its original location since 1956 and for 62 years has provided recreational opportunities to the residents of Mississauga and surrounding communities. Dixie continues its long-standing tradition of friendliness where everyone is made to feel welcome.
A full-time ice maker and his staff professionally maintain the 6 sheets of ice and the club is staffed by knowledgeable, devoted people who have a passion for the sport. Leagues operate each day of the week and there are daytime and evening leagues to meet virtually any curler’s level of play and interest. Within the facility members and guests enjoy a safe, clean and pleasant environment offering a full-service lounge, locker rooms, banquet hall and meeting rooms.
Operating as a not-for-profit organization the club is managed by a volunteer board of directors. The board is elected and installed each year at our annual shareholders meeting. Shareholder membership provides membership benefits and a voice in the direction of the operations at the club.
SOME MAJOR SUCCESSES
• 1966 Canadian Senior Men’s Champions: Jim Johnston Sr., Joe Todd Sr., Tom Rosborough and Ed Waller.
• 1989 Canadian Senior Men’s Champions: Jim Sharples, Joe Gurowka, Art Lobel and Peter Warren. Joe Gurowka was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1989 as a builder and in 1993 as a player.
• 2001, 2002 and 2004 Canadian and World Senior Women’s Champion: Fran Todd. Fran competed with a team from Cambridge. Fran was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2009