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R.W. Bro. Grant Parnell

District Deputy Grand Master
of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada
in the Province of Ontario, Ontario District

Grant was born in South Porcupine Hospital in 1954, the third of five siblings. He grew up along the Frederick House River in the small hamlet of Night Hawk Centre, now under the City of Timmins. Being raised in such natural surroundings it wasn't surprising that Grant grew to love the outdoors and enjoyed many hours hiking, camping and fishing. Early school days were spent at Whitney Elementary, followed by Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine. After high school Grant started his career at Dome Mine in the mechanical shop working on heavy equipment. It was here that he completed his Millwright apprenticeship before joining Ontario Hydro Nuclear (Ontario Power Generation). His Nuclear career started at "The Bruce" and continued in Pickering, where he rose to management in the Mechanical Maintenance Department. He moved on to finish his career at Darlington where he was Section Manager, Mechanical. Grant retired from O.P.G., after 22 years, in February 2012. His passion for woodworking led to a "second career" after retirement and he started a successful business making beehive components for a major supplier of bee keeping equipment. When time allows, he and his wife Judy enjoy travelling and hiking.

Grant was Initiated, Passed and Raised in Porcupine Lodge No. 506, February 1983 through November 1983. He was the Worshipful Master of Forest Lodge No. 393 1997-99. He affiliated with Ontario Lodge No. 26 on January 20, 2011 and was Worshipful Master 2014-2015. He is also Past President of the Port Hope Temple Corporation. A Past Worthy Patron of the Order of The Eastern Star. Grant is also a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Peterborough holding office in the Chapter of Rose Croix and is active as director of the first apartment in the 15th degree and a cast member in the 7°, 8°, 10°, 16°, 18°, 26° and 32°. He is currently the Valley Representative to Hamilton Consistory for the Valley and Chairman of the Peterborough Valley Fundraising Committee. He is a Past 1st Principal of Victoria Chapter No. 37, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. An active member of Moore Conclave No.15 currently holding the position of Recorder. A member of Rameses Shriners, and a Past President of Lakeshore Shrine Club. Grant has also served within the District as chairman as Masonic Bodies – Liaison 2015-19 and Past President of the Ontario District Masonic Association 2018-19.

Grant looks forward to his year as DDGM and working with the lodges and members within Ontario District.

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