Dear Compassionate Friend:

Summer officially arrives next week, along with several special chapter activities. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of more of them. Note that the Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month throughout the year.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday, June 17th

The 16th annual Balloon Release will take place in the gardens at Ronald McDonald House, 407 Smyth Road (next to CHEO) followed by a butterfly release at The Butterfly Garden. We invite you to join us for this brief but moving memorial to those children who have left us too soon. Registration will be open from 1:30pm and the ceremony will start at 2:00pm. Balloons and light refreshments will be provided and The Canterbury Chamber Chorus will provide a musical backdrop. Please forward the attached poster to anyone that you feel would like to attend.

  1. Sharing Circle – Tuesday, June 20th

Our regular monthly meeting will be held at The Olde Forge, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road) from 7pm to 9pm. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early to check in.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 29th

Eileen and I will be hosting our Summer Social a couple of weeks later this year but hope that you will still be able to join us. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have attended a Sharing Circle or other TCF event. The format is a non-stress, casual pot-luck dinner – just bring your favourite dish – starter, entrée or dessert – to share. More details nearer the date.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th – 27th

On-line registration is now available through the TCF Canada website (www.tcfcanada.net) for the National Gathering in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Friday to Sunday, August 25th to 27th. Preliminary program information will be posted in the next few days. We encourage everyone to think about attending this Gathering and meeting other parents from across Canada. If you would like to share accommodation to reduce costs, please let me know and I will put you in touch with others. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. National Newsletter

The National Office of TCF Canada sends out brief monthly newsletter with items of interest to chapters and parents from coast to coast. I have attached the May newsletter for your information and you can find previous issues and newsletters from other chapters on our Ottawa website – www.tcfottawa.net.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

TCF Ntl nl may 2017.pdf
Balloon Release Poster 2017.pdf

Dear Compassionate Friend:

Here is a quick reminder of events coming in the next few weeks. We hope that you will be able to join us at one or more of them.

  1. Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, June 6th

Our 18th Annual General Meeting will be held at The Olde Forge on Tuesday June 6th starting at 6:30pm. This is not a Sharing Circle but an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in our Chapter and learn how you can contribute your time and talents to helping others on their grief journey. We follow an informal round-table format with lots of time for discussion. Please feel free to bring soft drinks and / or finger food to share.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday, June 17th

The 16th annual Balloon Release will take place in the gardens at Ronald McDonald House, 407 Smyth Road (next to CHEO) followed by a butterfly release at The Butterfly Garden. We invite you to join us for this brief but moving memorial to those children who have left us too soon. Registration will be open from 1:30pm and the ceremony will start at 2:00pm. The Canterbury Chamber Chorus will provide a musical backdrop. Please forward the attached poster to anyone that you feel would like to attend.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th – 27th

On-line registration is now available through the TCF Canada website (www.tcfcanada.net) for the National Gathering in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Friday to Sunday, August 25th to 27th. We encourage everyone to think about attending this Gathering and meeting other parents from across Canada. If you would like to share accommodation to reduce costs, please let me know and I will put you in touch with others. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this e-mail.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Balloon Release Poster 2017.pdf

Please note that there WILL be a Sharing Circle on Tuesday, August 15th at The Olde Forge. It was inadvertently left out of the previous message.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Dear Compassionate Friend:

Please mark your calendar for the events and dates below. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of them. If you have any questions, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. Sharing Circles – 3rd Tuesday

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road). Our next meetings are May 16th, June 20th, July 18th and September 19th. There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance – please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. You can find directions and a map on our Chapter website www.tcfottawa.net.

  1. Annual General Meeting – Tuesday, June 6th

Our 18th Annual General Meeting will be held at The Olde Forge on Tuesday June 6th starting at 6:30pm. This is not a Sharing Circle but an opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in our Chapter and learn how you can contribute your time and talents to helping others on their grief journey. We follow an informal round-table format with lots of time for discussion and finger food to share.

  1. Balloon Release – Saturday, June 17th

The 16th annual Balloon Release will take place in the gardens at Ronald McDonald House, 407 Smyth Road (next to CHEO) followed by a butterfly release at The Butterfly Garden. We invite you to join us for a brief but very moving memorial to those children who have left us too soon. Registration will be open from 1:30pm and the ceremony will start at 2:00pm. The Canterbury High School Chorus will once again provide a musical backdrop. Please forward the attached poster to anyone that you feel would like to attend.

  1. Summer Social – Saturday, July 29th

Our Summer Social will be a little later than usual this year as we have house guests for most of July. This is a non-stress, casual pot-luck event – just bring your favourite dish to share. More details nearer the date.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th – 27th

TCF Canada is organizing a National Gathering in Medicine Hat, Alberta from Friday to Sunday, August 25th to 27th. This event will include workshops with Canadian, US and international attendees, presenters and speakers, a Banquet, a Candle Lighting Celebration and a Walk to Remember. On-line registration will be available through the TCF Canada website (www.tcfcanada.net) in the next few days. We encourage everyone to think about attending this Gathering and meeting other parents from across Canada. If you have any questions or would like more information, please reply to this e-mail. Also, please let me know if you have any items or books that you would like to donate to the Butterfly Boutique.

  1. Candle Lighting Celebration – Sunday, December 10th

Although it is several months away, the committee has started researching a new venue and planning the program. If you would like to assist with organizing ahead of time or participating on the day, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. Website / Facebook

Please check our Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) for additional information and resources, including our Chapter library and newsletters from other Chapters and the National Board. You can also read and post notices on our Facebook page – look for “The Compassionate Friends – Ottawa Chapter”.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Balloon Release Poster 2017.pdf

Dear Compassionate Friend:

A gentle reminder that our first Mid-Winter Social will be hosted by Julia Page this Sunday February 19th from 12pm to 2pm. Please note that you are welcome to join us whether or not you have attended a Sharing Circle or any other event. The format is a pot luck lunch – just bring whatever dish you are able to share.

If you are able to attend, please reply to this e-mail and I will confirm the address. If you have replied already, thank you – we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Note that our regular Sharing Circle will be held on Tuesday February 21st at The Olde Forge from 7pm to 9pm.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Dear Compassionate Friend:

Despite the recent cold snap, the gradually lengthening days give us hope that Winter is slowly relinquishing it’s grip once again. In a similar way, the winter of our grief will eventually give way to better days. Please join us at one or more of the following events and help to keep those warm thoughts until Spring arrives.

  1. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7pm to 9pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre, 2730 Carling Avenue (at Richmond Road). There are no fees to attend and no need to register in advance. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in with the facilitators. You can find directions and a map on our website www.tcfottawa.net.

  1. Mid-Winter Social

To help counter the mid-winter blues, Julia Page has graciously offered to host a pot-luck lunch on Sunday, February 19th from 12 to 2pm. Her home is in Britannia which is close to the location of The Olde Forge. The format will be similar to our Summer Social – just bring whatever dish you are able – entrée, starter, side or dessert – to share with the group. To assist with our planning, please reply to this e-mail if you expect to be attending and we will confirm the address.

  1. Website / Facebook

Remember that our Chapter website (www.tcfottawa.net) contains various resources and materials that you may find helpful or interesting, including newsletters from other Chapters and also the National Office. If you would like to include your child on our memorial page, please follow the link on the page to contact our webmaster Mark.

You can also read and post messages on our Facebook page – please look for The Compassionate Friends – Ottawa Chapter.

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Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Dear Compassionate Friend:

A gentle reminder about upcoming events. We hope that you can join us at one or more of them in the next few weeks.

1. Candle Lighting Celebration – Sunday, December 11th

Our 18th annual Candle Lighting Celebration in memory of all children who have left us too soon will be held on Sunday, December 11th at the Ron Kolbus Centre in Britannia Park. Please bring a free-standing picture of your child/ren and arrive by 6:30 pm for a prompt 7:00 pm start. There is no charge to attend, candles will be provided with light refreshments to follow. The attached poster provides more information – please forward to anyone that you believe would benefit in attending, and post copies in your doctors office, community centre, workplace or place of worship.

We still have time to include your suggestions for the program, perhaps a favourite reading or piece of music. If you would like to assist with this event, either in planning or on the day, please reply to this e-mail.

2. Sharing Circles

Our Sharing Circles continue on the third Tuesday of every month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Olde Forge Community Resource Centre. If you are unable to join us for the Candle Lighting, there will be a Circle on December 20th. In 2017, they will be held on January 17th, February 21st, and March 21st.

3. United Way

The Compassionate Friends is a volunteer-run, peer support network. There are no membership fees or any other charges to use our services or to participate in our groups or activities. We do not solicit funds from our members nor do we have fundraising campaigns. This is not a request for funds. However, we are grateful for any donations received and use them to further the activities of TCF. If you wish, you may donate directly to TCF Ottawa. You will receive a tax receipt from us for the full amount of your donation.

You may also donate through United Way and designate TCF Ottawa as the recipient of your contribution. The official title of the Chapter is “The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Valley / Outaouais Chapter” and our charitable organization number is 86493-2520-RR0001. United Way will provide you with a tax receipt but please note that an administrative fee will be deducted by United Way from your contribution.

Best wishes,

Andy Bond
The Compassionate Friends, Ottawa Chapter
http://www.tcfottawa.net
Kevin’s Dad

Candle Lighting Poster 2016 (English).pdf