SD&G “Date My County” winners settle in Long Sault

Emily and Michael at the Lost Villages Brewery on September 8. Photo by Nanda Wubs-Huizenga.

A unique program is underway here in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry. The Counties implemented a plan last year to bring tourism and attention to local recreation and businesses, called “Date My County”.

Simply put, “Date My County” was a content for which interested individuals or families could submit an application to have up to $1,500 per month in accommodations paid within SD&G for one year. The contest period ended in November of 2022, and Emily Tohana and Michael Bricteux were the lucky winners. 

The couple has been living in SD&G since August. On September 8, they had a “homecoming” party at the Lost Villages Brewery in South Stormont, where it was announced that they will settle in a home in Long Sault. 

Last weekend, Emily and Michael visited the Battle of Glengarry War of 1812 Re-Enactment at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan. 

The “Date My County” concept is essentially a social media campaign, with Emily and Michael acting somewhat as “ambassadors” for the United Counties. Their journey exploring local attractions and businesses can be followed on the “Made in SDG” Facebook page at

Do you have an idea of a place that Emily and Michael should visit? You can send an email to with your suggestion. 


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