I initially moved to Ottawa to fulfill a one year work contract and never thought I’d stay longer than that. Adventures have always been welcome in my life, and I viewed my stay in Ottawa as one more adventure to scratch off the bucket list. But Ottawa surprised me and it didn’t take long before […]
Among the many social services that United Way supports is the Boys and Girls Club on Pinecrest, so we also made a stop there on our “Seeing is Believing Bus Tour” to get a better idea of what they do. The Boys and Girls Club currently gets 20% of its funding from United Way.
The Boys and Girls Club provides services for over 4,600 children and youth in our city. More than 600 kids are registered as part of the after-school homework program! There are 8 locations in Ottawa with facilities that truly amazed me. Two of the clubs in Ottawa even have swimming pools where they teach kids how to swim in order to prevent drowning. The Club is moving towards removing all membership fees for kids so that no child has a financial barrier to be a part of the club.
During the United Way, “Seeing is Believing Bus Tour” one of our stops was at the Carling Family Shelter. This shelter houses a total of 44 families and it is ALWAYS FULLY BOOKED! They actually have a waiting list for families that are in need of the use of the facilities year round. I was surprised […]
I found out that United Way Ottawa was organizing a “Seeing is Believing Tour” through Twitter. The twitter invitation said that the tour was open to ALL of those with an interest in seeing positive change in the community and that it wasFREE. From the description of the participants they were looking for I decided that […]
As I watched the snow flakes fall outside my kitchen window in Ottawa over Halloween weekend, I realized that I am not prepared yet! When you grow up in Mexico it is not uncommon that you directly relate wearing winter coats and snow with Christmas. So as soon as I see snow flakes, my mind […]
Thanksgiving in Canada falls on 10-10-10 this year. To mark the occassion, here is a list of 10 things that I am thankful for. 1. I am thankful that I live in a DEMOCRATIC country where I am FREE. 2. I am thankful for the HEALTH and SAFETY of my FAMILY and FRIENDS. 3. I am […]
I had a lovely afternoon yesterday painting at Major’s Hill Park! The Art Flash Mob event was organized by Project Y and sponsored financially by Awesome Ottawa. There were two big card board signs that read, “Come Join Us!” next to the walkways inside of the park and lots of people who were strolling down after […]
My weekend was spent baking, eating and taking pictures. Aren’t you jealous of me? Husband turned 40 last week, so we celebrated with lots and lots of sugar (mostly in the form of: cakes, chocolate and pie). I really enjoyed taking pictures at Josh and Piper’s birthday party. Their mother had a balloon figure maker […]