Over The Back Fence

Over The Back Fence

Dec 13th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… Helen Blair of Pakenham has been involved with the Pakenham Public Library for almost 50 years, doing just about every job going. She has taken her turn on the sign-out desk, re-shelving books and checking out materials, and jokingly says she was also the cleaning lady for several years! An avid reader and
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Over The Back Fence

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… After moving to Carleton Place fourteen years ago, it didn’t take Joan Bray long to put on her volunteer hat and get right into working to better the lives around her. Very involved with St. James Anglican Church and the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Bray is also a long-time member
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Sep 14th, 2018 | By

The Farm Scene There is no comparison between farming in the ‘30s and farming today. Especially when it comes to the simple tractor! We spoke with Murray Lowry, owner of M&P Farm Equipment located on highway #29 between Carleton Place and Almonte, to ask what the cost of a tractor would be today. Of course,
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Aug 17th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… Richard Draffin’s love of everything old started long before he became a valued volunteer at the Goulbourn Museum just outside of Stittsville. He loves history and spent hours  in many museums around the world, so when his granddaughter became involved with a Girl Guide and Brownie Program at the museum, it only made
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Over The Back Fence

Jul 19th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… As often happens, someone becomes an avid volunteer at a retirement or nursing home after a loved one has been a resident at the facility, and he or she wants to pass on compassion and assistance to those who still live in the home. That’s what happened when Joan Noel, after her mother
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Jun 22nd, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… Betty Ward and Pauline Hale, both residents of Carolina Retirement Residence in Perth, work in tandem to bring top reading material to those who live in this popular home for seniors. It takes two of them to run the library, which is situated in two different locations within the complex. They are the
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May 11th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… The Hub, as it’s commonly known, has been serving the public in what is now Mississippi Mills and beyond, for more than forty years. Donated clothing, furniture and small appliances have brought in many thousands of dollars, which is then poured back into the community. Run by volunteers who devote hours and hours
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Apr 13th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile…  Linda Lucker and her husband Scott Ferguson love cats. And it was this passion that led them into the role of caregivers for countless felines which have ended up at the Ottawa Humane Society over the past few years. It all started in Prince Edward Island where the couple lived and where they
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Jan 26th, 2018 | By

Volunteer Profile… It is Shelly Dickie’s deep love of all animals, but especially cats, that sent her into the rescue business, saving the many felines she saw wandering the streets and roads of Lanark County.  She knew she had to do something, and so Dickie’s Cause 4 Paws was born. She saw stray cats everywhere,
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Over The Back Fence

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

Volunteer Profile… It’s hard to get someone like Andree Van Eijk to talk about herself. “I am a very private person,” she told Y@H. She may be private, but she is certainly well known at the Carlingview Manor in Ottawa, where she has been an active volunteer for 20 years. She first became involved when
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