Masons Helping You Protect the Ones You Love

Media Release

What would you do if your child went missing?  Would you be prepared?
MasoniCHIP Ontario – A sigh of Relief for Ontario Parents
Toronto, Ontario,  March 12, 2012    What could Masons and the Amber Alert possibly have in common?  MasoniCHIP!!!!!
Taking place this 19th day, May 2012 at the Rameses Shrine Temple, the Ontario Masons will be on hand to further the safety of area children.
No parent wants to believe that the unimaginable could happen to them, though nearly 55 children are reported missing to Police in Ontario every day (164 every day in Canada).  According to Canada’s “Our Missing Children” network and “Ontario Child Find”, a current good quality photo is the single most effective tool in locating a missing child.  Parents are encouraged to be prepared by assembling their child’s photos and vital information ahead of time.  Enter MasoniCHIP Ontario (Child Identification Program) – deemed “one of the most comprehensive child recovery and identification programs in the nation” by The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children— and brought exclusively to Ontario families by dedicated Masons free of charge.

Sponsored by the Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario, the MasoniCHIP program consists of five major components – digital photographs; digital video; digital fingerprints; vital child information; and a dental bite impression or Intra Oral Swab for DNA.  The photographs, video, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a C.D. that is compatible with Amber Alert.  The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints, are unique to each individual, and further supplies saliva to provide a DNA sample.  Combined, this five part process provides a dramatic, time-sensitive recovery tool for authorities. 
Parents are urged to take the 10 to 15 minutes to have this very important kit prepared.  Security and privacy are of utmost importance.  All information and specimens are collected on site, processed, and provided to the parent or guardian in an envelope—along with the sentiment of all the Masonic volunteers – “We hope you never need to use it.”  After each child is processed, the data is deleted from our state-of-the-art software.  The only item retained by MasoniCHIP Ontario is the signed permission slip.
The Masonic brethren of Ontario, and their volunteers, are pleased to offer this program to our communities.
Sponsoring Masonic Lodges:            Georgina Lodge No. 343
Event Date:                                    19th day, of May , 2011
Event Time:                                    10:00am to 4:00pm
Event Location:                        Rameses Shrine Temple 3100 Keele Street Toronto Ontario


For further information on MasoniCHIP Ontario or future MasoniCHIP events, please contact
Georgina Lodge