Circle of Friends Sugar Bush Visit

By Brian Buckley After a two-year hiatus the Circle of Friends resumed its practice of an annual outing to a sugar bush during maple syrup season. On March 26 approximately 25 friends and associates visited Fortune Farms, a family owned and operated sugar bush just outside Almonte. The owners greeted us with their usual warm … Continue reading Circle of Friends Sugar Bush Visit

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An Important Anniversary – Did you miss it?

By Brian Buckley, Circle of Friends Recently an important, if largely unnoticed, anniversary took place. On June 27, 1979 the late Marion Dewar, Ottawa’s 52nd mayor, called together community leaders to discuss the plight of refugees then pouring out of Southeast Asia in unprecedented numbers. The outcome was Project 4000, the largest peacetime mobilization Ottawa … Continue reading An Important Anniversary – Did you miss it?

Sanding Baseboards, Saying a Prayer, and Having a Laugh or Two

By Andrea Fitzsimons May 20, 2021 Volunteering with Holy Rosary Parish’s renovation project for newcomers to Canada has been a life-giving experience. I wanted to share a short update about the project. For those who don’t know me, I am a practicing Catholic, live in Ottawa, love neighbourhood scones and puppies, and talk to everyone … Continue reading Sanding Baseboards, Saying a Prayer, and Having a Laugh or Two