VOCAL 2018

THE VOCAL 2018 ANNUAL INFORMATION SESSION WAS HELD AT OTTAWA CITY HALL ON MAY 5TH.  VOCAL STANDS FOR VOICES OF CANADIANS ABOUT LYME DISEASE.   IT'S PRIMARILY A GROUPS OF VOLUNTEERS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE LYME DISEASE, CONTRACTED THROUGH A TICK BITE.  THE NUMBER OF SUFFERERS IS GROWING, YET THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY IS SLOW TO RECOGNIZE LYME.   VOCAL IS WORKING HARD TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC,  DOCTORS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT TICKS AND LYME IS A GROWING THREAT.  

WE ARE CANADIAN

AN OTTAWA MAN BELIEVES CANADA NEEDS A NATIONAL SONG.    NOT TO REPLACE “OH CANADA”,  BUT ONE THAT CANADIANS WOULD LOVE TO SING WITH GUSTO AND PRIDE.   ELLIS CRAIG HAS WRITTEN ONE CALLED  "WE ARE CANADIAN" AND IS NOW WORKING TO PROMOTE IT.   HE'S A MAN WITH A DREAM, AND WE CAN ALL PLAY A ROLE IN MAKING IT HAPPEN.

carolanneblog@outlook.com    LET ME KNOW IF YOU THINK WE NEED "WE ARE CANADIAN" AS A NATIONAL SONG, OR IF YOU CAN HELP PROMOTE IT.  

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COUNCIL ON AGING VOLUNTEER AWARDS

44 OTTAWA SENIORS WERE HONOURED MARCH 26TH FOR VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME TO HELP MAKE OTTAWA A BETTER COMMUNITY.  THE COUNCIL ON AGING CREATED THE AWARD FOR 2018 TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT SENIORS MAKE EACH AND EVERY DAY.  THE AWARDS LUNCHEON WAS HELD AT THE ST. ELIAS CENTRE.  I WAS HONOURED TO HELP EMCEE.  

ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE I MET AT THE AWARD CEREMONY WAS JOHN JEROME.  AT 84,  JOHN LIVES AT THE ALTA VISTA RETIREMENT RESIDENCE.  HE ACTIVELY ENGAGES HIS FELLOW RESIDENTS TO ENRICH THEIR LIVES.  HE ALSO VOLUNTEERS AT THE NATIONAL ART GALLERY AND VISITS RESIDENTS IN HOSPITAL OR HOSPICE.  JOHN WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE CONCIL ON AGING FOR HIS DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY.   IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN I LEARNED OF HIS MISSIONARY WORK AND A MEETING HE HAD WITH MOTHER THERESA THAT HE BELIEVES RESULTED IN A MIRACLE FOR HIS SON.

JOHN JEROME – Remembering Mother Teresa

Christie, JoAnne; John D. Jerome (2008). Remembering Mother Teresa
 

Remembering Mother Teresa is a collection of heartwarming stories that celebrate the lasting impact of Blessed Mother Teresa on individuals from Canada and the United States to India.

JoAnne Christie, founder of Towerhill Charity Group, a non-profit supporting educational development projects in India, and John D. Jerome, former lay member of Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity, teacher and writer, co-authored the book which was first published in 2008.
The book costs $10 and can be purchased directly from the authors. Please know that 100% of the profits from the sale of this book, “Remembering Mother Teresa” are donated to the Claretian Missionaries of India to support school projects in Barwadih. The book is due to be translated into Spanish in 2017 and is also available in the U.S.

JoAnne Christie (Manotick) 613-692-0620 jchristie@rogers.com
John D. Jerome (Ottawa) 613- 212-3400 johnjerome33@hotmail.com

DEBORAH LYALL - ARTIST

MANOTICK ART GALLERY AND FRAMING MARKED WOMEN'S DAY NOV. 4TH BY SHOWCASING GREELY ARTIST DEBORAH LYALL.   I DROPPED IN AND MET A WOMAN WHO HAS RE-INVENTED  HERSELF TIME AND AGAIN.   AT THE CENTRE OF IT ALL - A CREATIVE STREAK THAT HAS DEFINED HER LIFE. 

DEBORAH LYALL   

613-821-1663

LyallsArtAndDesign.ca

Deborah@LyallsArtAndDesign.ca

ORCHARDVIEW ON THE RIDEAU - WOMEN'S DAY

NOVEMBER 4TH WAS WOMEN'S DAY IN MANOTICK, IN SOUTH OTTAWA.   SORT OF LIKE PRE-CHRISTMAS FOR THE ALL THE GALS WHO LIVE AND SHOP IN THE AREA.   MANOTICK BUSINESSES ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET, THERE WAS ENTERTAINMENT, EVEN A VICTORIAN TEA AT WATSON'S MILL.   NOT EVERYONE HOWEVER, COULD  MAKE IN ONTO MAIN STREET FOR ALL THE GOODIES AND FUN.   THAT'S WHY THE STAFF AT ORCHARDVIEW ON THE RIDEAU IN DOWNTOWN MANOTICK INVITED THE FUN TO COME TO THEM.   I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST VISITORS TO DROP IN SATURDAY MORNING.  

2017 TAKE A VETERAN TO DINNER

THE TENTH ANNUAL TAKE A VETERAN TO DINNER EVENT WAS HELD OCT. 22nd AT TUTOR HALL.  THE CONCEPT IS SIMPLE.   PAIR UP VETERANS WITH CIVILIANS AND INVITE THEM TO DINNER.   SOMETIMES THE CIVILIAN IS A FAMILY MEMBER, INCREASINGLY HOWEVER TWO STRANGERS ARE PAIRED.  OVER THE PAST DECADE NEW FRIENDSHIPS HAVE BEEN MADE AND A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT OUR VETERANS WERE WILLING TO SACRIFICE, AND WHAT THEY LOST IS FOSTERED.  TAKE A VETERAN TO DINNER IS ALWAYS HELD ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE REMEMBRANCE DAY.   IT WAS MY PLEASURE TO EMCEE THE DINNER AGAIN THIS YEAR.   

REBEL PETAL'S REMEMBRANCE WREATHS

AN OTTAWA FLORIST CALLS IT A CAREER HIGHLIGHT.  MICHELLE VANDENBOSH,  OWNER OF REBEL PETAL IN MANOTICK, IN SOUTH OTTAWA,  WAS COMMISSIONED TO CREATE FOUR NEW REMEMBRANCE DAY WREATHS TO GRACE THE HALLS OF PARLIAMENT HILL.   REBEL PETAL MAY BE A SMALL SHOP, BUT MICHELLE'S ARTISTIC CREATIONS ARE KNOWN FOR MAKING BIG STATEMENTS.   

REBEL PETAL

@mvpetals   

 5532 MANOTICK MAIN STREET

 613-692-2202

 

 

 

 

CHEF BLACKIE'S NEXT VENTURE

IN OCTOBER THE AUTUMN EVENING FOR AUTISM WAS HELD AT " NEXT", THE POPULAR STITTSVILLE RESTAURANT OWNED AND OPERATED BY CHEF MICHAEL BLACKIE.  

THE VENUE IS A HIT BECAUSE THE MENU IS ALWAYS UNIQUE; LOVINGLY CONCOCTED IN THE CHEF'S ARTISTIC HEAD.  THIS YEAR'S MEAL DID NOT DISAPPOINT.   

BEFORE THE EVENING BEGAN I HAPPENED TO SPOT CHEF BLACKIE IN HIS OFFICE ON THE LOWER FLOOR OF THE RESTAURANT.   I POPPED MY HEAD IN TO SAY HELLO AND CAUGHT THE CHEF IN THE MIDDLE OF DESIGNING LABELS FOR HIS "NEXT" ADVENTURE.   

AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE 2017

A REGION OF THE UPPER PONTIAC LOCALS REFER TO AS "GOD"S COUNTRY", WAS THE SCENE OF THE SECOND ANNUAL AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.   THE OTTAWA RIVER, THE ISLANDS, BEACHES AND NEARBY MOUNTAINS ARE RELATIVELY UNTOUCHED. ITS REMOTENESS HAS HELPED KEEP THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA A BIT OF A SECRET.  THAT'S CHANGING.  IT'S BEING PUT ON THE INTERNATIONAL MAP IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF A RUN-SWIM RACE GAINING POPULARITY AROUND THE WORLD.   

THE EVENT WAS INTRODUCED TO THE SHEENBORO, QUEBEC AREA LAST YEAR BY SIMON DONATO, THE HOST AND CREATOR OF ESQUIRE'S BOUNDLESS TV.  AN ENDURANCE ATHLETE WHO LOVES ADVENTURE, SIMON MOVED TO THE AREA A FEW YEARS AGO FROM ALBERTA AND QUICKLY DISCOVERED IT WAS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS. HE FELL IN LOVE WITH SWIM-RUN AFTER COMPETING IN OTILLO, THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 2015.  LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST AMPHIBIOUS CHALLENGE.  THIS YEAR REGISTRATION FOR THE EVENT MORE THAN DOUBLED.  THE SHEENBORO SWIM-RUN IS NOW A MERIT RACE FOR OTILLO.   IT APPEARS SIMON DONATO IS WELL ON HIS WAY OF ACHIEVING HIS DREAM OF HAVING PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW SPORT, AND WITH HIS NEW HOME IN THE BEAUTIFUL UPPER PONTIAC.  

 

 

 

 

VOCAL ON PARLIAMENT HILL

SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE GATHERED ON PARLIAMENT HILL SATURDAY FOR THE FIRST EVER RALLY TO DRAW ATTENTION TO THE GROWING PROBLEM OF LYME DISEASE. CANADIANS ARE JUST AWAKENING TO THE FACT TICK BITES CAN CAUSE A MYRIAD OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, THAT,  IF NOT QUICKLY DIAGNOSED AND TREATED, CAN LEAD TO LIFE LONG CHRONIC AILMENTS.     ACCORDING TO LYME ACTIVISTS THE PROBLEM IS CONVINCING DOCTORS AND GOVERNMENTS MUCH MORE ACTION IS NEEDED; NOT ONLY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, BUT TO FUND MORE RESEARCH THAT WILL LEAD TO TREATMENT AND A POSSIBLE CURE.    VOCAL STANDS FOR VOICES OF CANADIANS ABOUT LYME DISEASE.   THE GROUP IS PARTICULARLY UPSET WITH THE RECENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT OF 4 MILLION DOLLARS TO ESTABLISH A LYME DISEASE RESEARCH NETWORK THAT WILL GENERATE NEW KNOWLEDGE TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT.  THEY CALL THAT A DROP IN THE BUCKET, THAT WILL DO LITTLE TO HELP THE THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS NOW SUFFERING WITH CHRONIC LYME DISEASE.  

I ACTED AS EMCEE AT THE RALLY, AND WAS ABLE TO VIDEOTAPE SOME OF THE SPEAKERS.  

 

AFTER LEAVING THE RALLY I RAN INTO A COUPLE WHO HAD BEEN PART OF THE VOCAL EVENT.  WHILE CHATTING I LEARNED THEY BOTH HAD LYME, AND ARE CONVINCED ONE OF THEM TRANSMITTED THE DISEASE TO THE OTHER.   LYME ACTIVISTS ARE ATTEMPTING TO GET THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO INVESTIGATE ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF TRANSMISSION, THROUGH BLOOD, SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND IN UTERO.  

SALUT- CHILDREN'S AID FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

A combination of wonderful food, beautiful wines and a great cause resulted in a successful fundraiser for the Children's Aid Foundation of Ottawa in May.   The 13th annual Salut was held at the International Restaurant  at Algonquin College.  Vic Harradine,  renowned Ottawa Sommelier and wine critic helped the guests understand the wines that were paired with each course.  

It was a relaxed, fun evening with a serious purpose.  To help kids in Foster Care go on to university and college.  Without the backing and financial aid of their own families, foster children often drop out of school and end up living in poverty.  

 

The evening's guest speaker was Alisha Bowie, a former Crown Ward of the Children's Aid Society.  She told the guests how having the support of Children's Aid helped her go on to get a university degree.   

Alisha gradated before there was financial help to pay for tuition.   She is now working hard to pay off her student loans, but she is not bitter.  She told me she's glad her advocacy with Children's Aid will make it easier for today's foster kids to go on to post secondary school.

 

 

Matt McKechnie (Graven) in the 1310 Studiom

HIS NAME IS MATTY MCKECHNIE, BUT THE SINGER SONGWRITER GOES BY THE NAME GRAVEN.  LIKE SO MANY MUSICIANS I HAVE MET OVER THE PAST YEAR, MATTY IS A CREATIVE SOUL.  HIS LOVES INCLUDE MUSIC AND WRITING, DRAMA, JOURNALISM AND PHOTOGRAPHY.    IS THERE ONE TALENT THAT DOMINATES?   LET'S JUST SAY HE HAS PRODUCED TEN ALBUMS.   HIS LATEST, JAYBIRD, WAS JUST RELEASED THIS SPRING; NEW MUSIC HE IS NOW TOURING AROUND.   MATT JOINED ME IN THE 1310 STUDIO IN MAY.   

National Fiddling Day - May 20th

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH IS NATIONAL FIDDLING DAY.  IT'S AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE FIDDLE, WHICH PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN CANADA'S HISTORY.   TO MARK OUR 150TH BIRTHDAY THE CANADIAN GRAND MASTER FIDDLERS ASKED SOME OF ITS MEMBERS TO COMPOSE A FIDDLE TUNE FOR OUR PRIME MINISTERS, 1968 TO PRESENT DAY.   OTTAWA FIDDLER AND MUSIC TEACHER SHERRYL FITZPATRICK COMPOSED THE PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU WALTZ, WHICH SHE PREFORMED IN THE 1310 STUDIO.   

BREA LAWRENSON IN THE 1310 STUDIO

Brea Lawrenson has been flirting with stardom for years.  With Country music running through her veins, she's been singing and songwriting since she was barely in her teens.  

She was named The Country Music Association of Ontario's Nominee for Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star for 2015, and a year after that as a CMAO Top 10 Contender : Female Artist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Producer of the Year with Steve Foley!  

Brea has produced three albums.  She's just released a new single entitled Gut and God, which she preformed live in the 1310 studio during a recent visit to the Carol Anne Meehan Show.

Brea Lawrenson's upcoming concert dates include -  a May 19th stop at the Cove Country Inn in Westport and she's playing Bluesfest July 8th.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIC TYME IN THE TICK

IF THERE IS ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED LIVING IN OTTAWA ALL THESE YEARS IS THAT WOMEN ARE A POWERFUL FORCE.  FIND A GREAT CAUSE, AND A FEMALE ARMY WILL DESCEND TO TAKE IT ON.  

A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT WAS THE RECENT CHIC TYME IN THE TICK EVENT, FRIDAY, APRIL 29TH AT THE MANOTICK CURLING CLUB.  MORE THAN 300 WOMEN GATHERED TO HAVE FUN, AND RAISE FUNDS TO HELP PAY FOR THE MAHOGANY HARBOUR DOCK THAT WILL BE BUILT THIS SUMMER ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE RIDEAU RIVER, JUST SOUTH OF MANOTICK'S MAIN HUB. 

IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME DREAM, WITH A SERIES OF HURDLES TO OVERCOME.   THE MANOTICK CULTURE, PARKS AND RECREATION CENTRE AND THE BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.  THERE IS THE FIRM BELIEF THE DOCK WILL PROVIDE A WELCOME PLACE FOR BOATERS TO STOP ( THERE IS NO DOCK ON THE RIDEAU RIVER BETWEEN DOWNTOWN OTTAWA AND MERRICKVILLE)  AND WILL BE A SHOT IN THE ARM TO MANOTICK BUSINESSES.

TICKETS FOR THE APRIL FUNDRAISING DINNER WERE SOLD OUT BEFORE CHRISTMAS! 

 

VOLUNTEER OTTAWA AWARDS CEREMONY

VOLUNTEERS.    THERE ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF OUR COMMUNITY. THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS AND CHARITIES WORK EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THEY MAKE LIFE A LITTLE BETTER FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP.  MOST OF THE TIME THEY WORK 

BEHIND THE  SCENES LENDING A HAND WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATION OF RECOGNITION.  

THE ORGANIZATION THAT OVERSEES THIS DEDICATED GROUP IS CALLED VOLUNTEER OTTAWA. AND ONCE A YEAR IT THROWS AN AWARDS CEREMONY - TO SHINE A LITTLE SPOTLIGHT ON PEOPLE AND GROUPS WHO SHOULD BE THANKED. THIS YEAR THE AWARDS CEREMONY WAS AT CITY HALL DURING VOLUNTEER WEEK.  I HAD THE PLEASURE OF EMCEEING THE EVENT.   

The Cooper Brothers - New CD

FORTY YEARS MAKING MUSIC.  THE COOPER BROTHERS, DICK AND BRIAN OF OTTAWA PUT THE CAPITAL ON THE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC MAP IN THE LATE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S WITH THEIR OWN BRAND OF SOUTHERN ROCK.   THEIR HIT SINGLES INCLUDE "THE DREAM NEVER DIES, "ROCK AND ROLL COWBOYS, "SHOW SOME EMOTIONS AND "I'LL KNOW HER WHEN I SEE HER."  

 

THE COOPER BROTHERS HAVE A NEW CD - SET FOR RELEASE  IN A SPECIAL LAUNCH AT CENTREPOINTE THEATRE,  FRIDAY APRIL 28TH.  "RADIO SILENCE" FEATURES NEW SONGS WRITTEN BY DICK.  THE BAND IS ON A PROMOTIONAL TOUR, AND THIS WEEK AT MY URGING, DICK AND FELLOW BAND MEMBER JEFF ROGERS DROPPED BY THE 1310 STUDIO LUGGING ALONG ENOUGH EQUIPMENT TO SING ONE OF THE SONGS THEY WILL BE PREMIERING.  

HERE'S OUR CONVERSATION.