Cartwright Sports & Recreation Inc. is a not-for-profit, charitable organization which was formed to develop, manage and maintain Cartwright Fields and its facilities (partnering with the Township of Scugog).

Mission & Vision Statement
  • To operate Cartwright Fields, a multi purpose sports & recreation facility.
  • To increase community participation & assist organizations to create viable opportunities for healthy & active lifestyles.
  • To provide a safe environment for our children to play & grow in.
  • To fundraise for a multi purpose sport & recreation facility.
The board members of CSR are a group of outstanding individuals that share a common interest dedicated to developing a first-class recreational facility in their community.  
They have, and continue to, volunteer countless hours to grow, build and enhance our Park and its facilities with fundraising events, community fun days and refurbishment of our walking trails and sports fields.  

DIRECTORS

Crystal King -- Board Chair
Crystal has been a director of Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. since 2010 and accepted the position as Board Chair in March 2017.  As a lifelong resident of Scugog Township, she has been heavily involved in community programs for many years.  Crystal, along with her husband, own and operate their own small businesses -- Green Contracting and Clearwater Pools & Spas.

In the past, Crystal has held the treasurer's position of the Blackstock Nursery School and the presidency of the North Durham Ladies Lob Ball League.  She is currently the president of Cartwright Minor Ball, for which she has also been a long-time coach. 

She has two children who are both very involved in sports within the community and hopes that they will follow in her footsteps and volunteer within the community.  

Wilma Wotten -- Past Chair

Wilma is the personification of volunteerism in Scugog -- She spearheaded a group to obtain the twenty-seven acre parcel of vacant land adjacent to the Nestleton Hall with her vision to turn it into a first-class sports and recreation facility, now named Cartwright Fields.  

Wilma was the original Chair of Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. since its inception (which is the volunteer group formed to develop and maintain Cartwright Fields).  She has recently stepped back from the helm to hold the position of Past Chair of CSR so that she may focus on her other community commitments but still offering her wisdom, insight and vision into the future developments at Cartwright Fields. 

Wilma is in her second term as a municipal councillor for Ward 4 (Cartwright) for the Township of Scugog and is a travel consultant with Kemp Travel in Oshawa.  She and her husband Tom live on their family farm in Blackstock. 

Wilma’s long history of volunteer activities in the Cartwright area include acting in an executive capacity for local baseball associations, both adult and children’s.  She is a member of the Blackstock Agricultural Society and is the Township representative for the Nestleton and Caesarea Hall boards, as well as the Blackstock Advisory Committee and a member of the Durham Trails Advisory Committee.

Wilma is truly dedicated to her community and strives to ensure that it remains a vibrant exciting place to live, work and play. She has been recognized by the Province of Ontario and received an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

Wilma’s dedication, her spirit of leadership and organizational skills are instrumental in the ongoing development of Cartwright Fields as a facility for all our residents.


Nancy Stinson -- Treasurer
Nancy is a financial consultant with Investors Group in Lindsay. She proudly represents Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. as a board member for the National Volunteer Support Program, from which Investors Group has generously donated to the project. Nancy brings to the board many years of organizational and planning skills and enjoys the challenges brought forward by creating such a magnificent facility.

A former resident of Nestleton now residing in the neighbouring Kawartha Lakes, Nancy still considers Scugog Township her home. She is the mother of two children and was involved with Cartwright Minor Ball for 13 years, holding positions both on the executive and on the field as coach. Nancy’s husband, Dale, has also been very involved in the baseball community as a player, coach and umpire. Nancy and her family have been avid supporters of Cartwright Fields since its beginning and have been involved in many fundraising and action events.


Melanie Wright -- Secretary
Melanie and her husband, Harold, own and operate a retail farm, garden & home supply store, Wright's Feeds 'N Needs, serving the agriculture, home & garden needs of the area since 1984.  She resides with her family in the village of Blackstock and they also own/operate a cash-crop farm west of the village.

As her four children took part in school and sports extra-curricular activities, Melanie
volunteered in various fundraising capacities for local schools & organizations and she also served as President of the Blackstock Nursery School. 

Working with the CSR Board in 2006, Melanie spear-headed the formation of a local Farmers’ Market that was hosted at Cartwright Fields in 2007 & 2008, supporting local agriculture and offering local farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, baking, etc. to the community. 
Melanie officially joined the Cartwright Sports & Recreation Board in 2011 and took the position as Secretary from 2012 to present.

As her children mature, Melanie is striving to become more involved in community
organizations and projects that will serve the needs of all age groups in the area.  As part of the Cartwright Sports & Rec. family, her goal is to help give back to the community that has given a life and livelihood to her family.

BOARD MEMBERS

Dwayne Frew
Dwayne is a member of a third-generation Nestleton family farm whose father was an original board member of Cartwright Sports & Recreation, Inc.  

Being a life-long resident of the area with two school-aged daughters who take part in the sports and community events at Cartwright Fields, Dwayne looks forward to being part of the future improvements and expansions at the Park and its facilities for his family and for his community.  

Karl Van Zeeland
Karl came to Canada from a small town in the southern end of Holland in March 1988.  He arrived with the education and diploma of a certified chef, specializing in French Cuisine, along with a vast knowledge of building construction and nursery/landscaping.
Upon his arrival at age 26, he worked for a large nursery company in Durham for thirteen years and then decided to branch out on his own.  He met his lovely wife, Anita, and his two step-children, Andrea & Stephen, in 2001.  They looked for a home they could call their own, married and settled in Nestleton on Cartwright East Quarter Line, living there for three years.  

Still settled in Nestleton, but now re-located on Hwy. #7A just west of the hamlet, Karl is enjoying the life of a landscaper, husband, step-father and now grandfather -- happily growing trees, creating gardens, outdoor retreats and much more.   Karl enjoys being part of this small and cozy community very much -- everything he has always wanted!

Colin Kemp
Colin, with his wife Jean, has lived in Nestleton Station since 1981.  He is retired after a number of senior positions in business and engineering.

In 1990, he began volunteering in various capacities in Scugog:  Nestleton Hall Committee (1990 - 2007); Zero Garbage/Scugog (1990 - 1992); Cartwright Sports & Recreation, Inc. (founding member 1999 - 2008 and 2013 - present); Lakeridge Health North Durham Community Council (2005 - present); Community Living Durham North (2010 - present) where he is currently Board Chair.

He brings to the table a lifetime of experience in management and, as a founding member of CSR, is knowledgeable of the needs and requirements of the organization.

Dave Shaw

Dave's ties to Cartwright and Scugog goes back to his days as a infant, spending his summers at the multi-generational family cottage in Caesarea.  At twenty-four, he decided there was no other place he wanted live and purchased his home in Scugog.   He believes  that with the beauty of the area and the quality of the people, there is no better place in the world to spend your life.

Dave studied Mechanical Design and operated his own business for many years.  His first involvement in volunteering came with his participation in Zero Garbage that fought to stop a Mega-waste facility in the area.  He is very active in the community and gives many hours of his time -- he feels the gift of time is the greatest gift one can give.  

Katrina Wotten

Katrina, daughter of Wilma Wotten, grew up in Blackstock where her and her brothers participated in a number of the community's athletic organizations. Still today, they are all part of the local men's and women's ball leagues. 

Being part of this community has always been an important part of Katrina's life and she recognizes the importance of groups such as Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. 

Starting as a youth volunteer in 1999, Katrina has witnessed the growth of CSR and its impact on Cartwright Fields. Now as a board member, she hopes to help the organization continue to grow and meet its future goals. 


Formation & History

Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. was established in March of 1999. The not-for- profit corporation was developed as a means to provide Nestleton and the surrounding villages and hamlets with a facility suitable to all members of the community; one that offers a safe environment for their children to grow and play in and increases the availability of sports and recreation in Scugog Township.

Cartwright Sports and Recreation Inc. (CSR) act as the facilitator. CSR operates under the direction of board and collaborates with various existing organizations and park programs with the aim of creating awareness of recreational opportunities. The organization developed the plans for the facility, contracted the initial excavation, acquired partners and raised funds for construction of the outdoor sports complex.

Cartwright Fields is situated on a 28-acre parcel of land adjacent to the Nestleton Community Centre and current ball diamond. The land is located off Highway #7A, in Ward 4 of the Township of Scugog, Region of Durham. Positioned outside of the Township of Scugog's business core (Port Perry) on a main thoroughfare, the recreation facility services the needs of the many smaller local communities, as well as provides an easily accessible facility for tournament play to the Region of Durham and beyond.

The project is being developed in phases and when completed will house two full-size lit baseball diamonds, one full-size lit and two junior-size lit soccer fields, a picnic area, children's playground and splash pool, multi-purpose concrete pad, and walking trails through a natural habitat.

Although this project impacts directly on the communities of Blackstock, Caesarea, Scugog Point, St. Christopher's Beach, View Lake, Williams Point, Nestleton, Cadmus, Smith Woods and Purple Hill, it will serve all sports organizations currently using the over extended Scugog Township facilities. The Board promotes community ownership by encouraging sports and service groups to collaborate with schools and youth groups creating work projects and provides an opportunity for cooperative education studies in environmental sciences.

The effectiveness of the corporation and public approval of the project and the mentoring approach has been demonstrated by the support, donations and grants received from the community, municipality and corporate partners.

In 1999, the land was purchased with the assistance of the Township of Scugog and through a series of public meetings the group determined the needs of the community. In 2000, CSR hired the architectural firm and raised funds for construction. In 2001, construction began in earnest with stripping and stockpiling of 12,000 cubic meters of topsoil and earth moving 27,000 cubic meters of material. In 2002 construction and fundraising continued and 2003 the cutting and filling of the material, screening the topsoil and adding 2,000 cubic meters of sand, infield mix, drainage, seeding for the completion of phase one. 2004 saw the installation of the backstop, benches bleachers and goals and the children's playground.

Cartwright Fields Grand Opening took place on May 29, 2004, amid much fanfare with many dignitaries, major contributors, representatives of the construction and architectural firms, local bands, police v fire baseball game, various sports groups and families from the community taking part in the festivities.

In 2005, the building of the walking trails commenced, with the laying of corduroy roads and wood chips, which involved several community workdays. Also formulated in 2005 was the development of the next five-year plan.