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Best wishes,

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

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TCF Ntl nl July 2017 gathering special[14703].pdf

Dear Compassionate Friend:

  1. Firstly, a brief reminder that Eileen and I will be hosting our Summer Social next Saturday, July 29th starting at 4:30pm. It is a casual, no-stress, pot-luck supper – just bring your favourite starter, salad entrée or dessert to share. We will provide cutlery and plates; drinks would be appreciated.

To help us with planning, please RSVP to this e-mail to confirm that you are able to join us.

Thanks to those who have already done so. If you need directions, please reply to this e-mail or

call 613-692-4521.

We hope to see you on the 29th!

  1. Secondly, the attached newsletter from TCF Canada about the National Gathering includes a reminder to please register by August 11th to ensure access to the block of rooms reserved for the conference, a seat at the Saturday Banquet and a commemorative t-shirt for the Sunday Walk to Remember. Please reply to this e-mail if you are thinking of attending the Gathering and have any questions.
  1. Thirdly, our Sharing Circles will continue on the third Tuesday of each month throughout the summer. The next meetings are August 15th and September 19th.

Best wishes,

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

Dear Compassionate Friend:

As we finally leave the wet Spring behind and look forward to warmer, drier days, here are some events that we hope will help maintain a positive outlook.

  1. Sharing Circles – third Tuesday of every month

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 July 18th, September 19th, October 17th and November 21st. 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. Summer Social – Saturday, July 29th

Eileen and I will once again be hosting our Summer Social and hope that you will be able to join us starting at 4:30pm. 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. Plates, cutlery etc. will be provided; drinks would be appreciated. If you have any questions, or need directions, please reply to this e-mail. We are located in South Nepean between Barrhaven and Manotick.

  1. National Gathering – August 25th to 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.

  1. Newsletter from TCF Canada National Office

The attached special edition newsletter from TCF Canada is to announce the recent passing of Lady Patricia Brabourne, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who was the Patron of The Compassionate Friends in the UK. She also had a particular connection to Canada as the Patron of the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry based in Winnipeg and was well known to the TCF Chapter in Winnipeg.

  1. Facebook

Our Facebook host Patti, has decided to turn off her keyboard, so we are presently looking for a replacement as our on-line representative. If you have some knowledge of social media and are comfortable providing support on-line, please reply to this e-mail.

  1. Unsubscribe

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

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

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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.

  1. Unsubscribe

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

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”.

  1. Unsubscribe

If you would prefer not to receive these occasional updates, please reply to this e-mail and I will remove you from our mailing list.

Best wishes,

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

Balloon Release Poster 2017.pdf