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Summer 2019: Week 1!

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School is OUT and Waupoos summer vacation time is here at last!

Our first week at Waupoos began on Canada Day and we celebrated Canada’s birthday with a bonfire and sparklers!

We are happy to welcome back Ottawa Public Library summer staff to Waupoos Farm for their weekly Story Time and Craft. For the past few summers, they have made Waupoos a regular stop on their library circuit to offer their program for our children and families!

 

This week saw hot and humid temperatures and the pool has provided much-needed relief!

The highlight of the week was definitely the Waupoos Amazing Race with indoor activities including musical chairs. Outdoor fun followed including crazy actions on the slip and slide and a dip in the pool! Our summer staff had everyone busy having FUN, FUN, FUN!

 

 

 

Of course, everyone enjoyed the Talent Show on Thursday evening – It’s a Waupoos Family Farm tradition! What a great start to the summer!

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday in July from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Spring is sprung at Waupoos!

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Spring is sprung at Waupoos! The grounds are looking great. The buds on the trees are making their way out despite the below seasonal temperatures and the rain every second day. Several raised garden beds behind the farmhouse have been planted with peas, tomatoes, beans and carrots. We’ve started a “wanderers garden” out behind the barn for things like squash, pumpkins, cucumber and the like – basically anything that needs room to roam. The grass is loving all the rain – we’re so thankful for a long-time friend of the farm taking over the 6-8 hrs of weekly lawn mowing – what a gift his dedication is – as well as his East Coast charm and smile.

 

The flower beds are looking absolutely stunning – thanks almost entirely to our #1 volunteer gardener (you know who you are): she is another treasure to have around. And out beside Cottage 2, there’s plenty of evidence of the creativity and hard work of its new residents.

 

 

We have also adopted several new furry and feathery friends. Almost all the animals on the farm are new and struggling to get to know each other. The baby goats (AKA “kids”) got out the other day and the mother started trying to ram the emu as though he had something to do with it; while the new sheepdog, still, a pup, barked loudly desperate to try herding. Joe has been training Basho (the pup) by going from one farm animal to the next and saying, “Mine”, so he knows what to protect and what to chase away. He’s getting there, but we didn’t trust that he wouldn’t scare baby goats so we didn’t let him off the leash. After a few bounds into the fence instead of through the door, the cute little things bounced back to mommy through the open gate. And all was well again.

Not unlike the animals, the farm residents AKA “Farm Management Team or FMT are new and figuring out life together. From what we’ve heard from past residents, this has been one of the biggest struggles of living at Waupoos – the “living with others” part of the mission. Maybe we’re naive and in the honeymoon phase, but we’ve had little of that. We had our first official(ish) FMT meeting last week, complete with a good deal of laughing, carrying on, and a healthy side of teasing.

Chris and Rachel O’Connor (Cottage 2 new residents) are just finishing unpacking and Father Mark Slatter (Cottage 7 resident) has lived on site since March.  We (Aleisha and Joe Yawney) moved in late August last year. We’ll try and put some healthy community-living practices in place at the outset and bumble along with the necessary ups and downs as we live out the call to “Pray, Work, Play” together and pray God takes care of the rest.

Unlike the traditional model at Waupoos where you have long-term residents teach newcomers the ropes and pass along the culture and the practical knowledge necessary to run the place, Aleisha and Joe pretty much rode by the seat of our pants these past 8 months. There’s been highs and lows, but on the whole, we love it here! It’s telling that Joe is finally feeling inclined to write a blog post – with a full contingent of farm residents, at last, the normal craziness around here seems a lot more manageable.

One subset of our community that is also coming into a new springtime is the Board of Directors. If you are a passionate professional with a heart for the poor, The Waupoos Foundation Board of Directors may be a great fit for you. Between the capital improvements thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant over the past year, the tremendous community support and increase in volunteers, the new farm residents and potential residents, Waupoos Family Farm is coming into full bloom. It’s a choice time to get on board with a tremendous mission. “A Christ-centered community dedicated to offering low-income families vacation” – can you think of a more wonderful idea to spend yourself for?

We feel blessed to be part of it. We’d love you to join us. So if you or someone you know has professional experience in

  1. fundraising,
  2. policy or grant writing,
  3. working with contractors,
  4. has legal expertise,
  5. is proficient in accounting, etc.

We would love for you to consider joining our board. Now is the ideal time to reach out with the Annual General Meeting less than a week away where the board welcomes new members. The commitment is a minimum of 2 hrs/month for the meeting (you don’t have to be physically present – you can call in) with whatever more time/talent you can muster to help on (a) committee/s between meetings.

Please write to contact@waupoos.com for more information – and use your gifts to help the Waupoos community flourish.

Women’s Christmas Gala November 30, 2018

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The 4th Annual Women’s Christmas Gala was held on November 30 at Blessed Sacrament Church hall  As in previous years, women were invited to host a table of their friends, providing table decorations and light snacks for their guests and a dessert for the entire group to sample. The cost to participants; just $20.

This evening offers  a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends and catch up before the busy Christmas season.  The evening included a silent auction, raffle, door prizes and a few vendors offering an opportunity to begin or complete Christmas shopping!

 

Participants included past and present farm residents, host families, volunteers and Waupoos supporters as well as some new friends.

 

The McCann family led the group in some Christmas carols!

Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, nearly $3000 was raised to support Waupoos Farm!.

Our sincere thanks to Melina and friends who worked to organize the gala and Lori and Patsy who worked all evening selling tickets and helping with silent auction closing.

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant 2018

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Ontario Trillium Foundation logoThe Waupoos Foundation is thrilled to announce that Waupoos Family Farm has been approved for a Capital Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)!

Waupoos Board member Patrick Brown, Emcee for the Oct. 20th Trillium Recognition event

 

 

 

Waupoos has received funding for repairs and renovations to our cottages, main lodge, and farmhouse.

With this support, we’ll be able to improve our core infrastructure to better serve families in need and to help OTF support the positive development of children and youth.

This exciting work is already underway and is scheduled to be wrapped up by the end of this year.

Click here to read the media release.

 

 

Waupoos is incredibly grateful to OTF for its generosity. We look forward to sharing the benefits of this project with our visiting families and the extended Waupoos community for years to come.

A Trillium celebration was held on Saturday, October 20th during our Fall Cleanup Day. We welcomed local politicians, MPP Goldie Ghamari, MP Pierre Poilievre, Osgoode Ward Councillor George Darouze and Krista Inrig,  from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

L-R Matias Garcia, MPP Goldie Ghamari, Krista Inrig OTF, George Darouze, Osgoode Ward Councillor

MP Pierre Poilievre addresses the gathering

 

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded more than $120 million to some 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

Summer 2018: Week 3

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We were sad to see an end to Week 3, but the week held enough joy to last us the summer! The sun was hot, but kids kept cool in the sprinkler, the pool, and on the slip and slide. The laughter could be heard from the other side of the farm!

 

 

 

On Thursday, everybody got to celebrate at our “Birthday Party for Everyone!”. From musical chairs, to limbo, to freeze dance, there was never a dull moment. Our huge colourful parachute also made its first appearance of the year, and the kids had a blast playing “Cat and Mouse”. We finished the party off with birthday cupcakes for everybody there!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 3 was a week to remember, and we are optimistic that we still have many amazing weeks ahead of us! If you are interested in joining in the fun, please come for our open house, each Saturday at 1pm!

We Reached our Summer Student Fundraising Goal!

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In early May, Waupoos launched a fundraising campaign for summer staff after learning that our grant application for summer students had been denied.

The Ottawa Archdiocese provided an initial donation of $5000 and Archbishop Prendergast wrote an article in the Ottawa Sun asking our community to help us raise the necessary funds – and help they did! Over the past two months, individuals and organizations stepped up to provide donations and ensure we could hire the staff necessary to operate our summer vacation program for low-income families. We have been so blessed!

Waupoos Women’s Gala on June 15th brought our summer staff fundraising efforts to a successful close with over $2000 raised on that evening!

Our summer students have been hired! We are so grateful for the generous support of all those who helped to ensure families would be able to enjoy a week at Waupoos this summer.  My God bless all for their kindness and generosity.

Waupoos Women’s Spring Gala – June 15th!

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The Spring Women’s Gala was held at Annunciation of the Lord Parish Hall on June 15th as a fundraiser to support our summer student fundraising campaign.

Women were invited to host a table of their friends, providing light snacks for them and a dessert to share with the group. The cost to participants; just $20.

This evening is truly about fellowship! The room was filled with chatter and laughter as participants enjoyed the opportunity to connect again!

The evening included a silent auction, raffle and a few vendors provided an opportunity for shopping.

Waupoos Board member, Patrick Brown, welcomed the group, thanked everyone for their support and announced that with the gala profits Waupoos will meet our summer student fundraising goal!

Pierre Poilievre MP for Carleton riding dropped by to bring greetings and reiterate his support for Waupoos Farm and our mission to serve low-income families.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $2000 was raised to support Waupoos Farm!

Special thanks to the gala organizer, Melina and the volunteers who helped make this evening a success!

Fundraising for Summer Students 2018

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Waupoos Farm provides a summer program for low-income families in July and August with a goal to provide a safe and welcoming community environment where families in need can find rest, fellowship, and hope. Waupoos has enjoyed Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire four summer students every year since the inception of that program. This year, a new attestation was added to the CSJ grant application. In good conscience, Waupoos could not agree to the required attestation that our core mandate or our students’ job descriptions support abortion.

As a Christian organization, Waupoos has maintained a long-standing policy of welcoming visitors from all backgrounds and walks of life. Waupoos has not, does not, and will not discriminate against families or individuals on any basis.

The principal requirement for a family to apply and stay at Waupoos is to meet Statistics Canada’s Low-Income definition. Our commitment to serving families in a non-discriminatory manner is a fruit of our Christian beliefs, identity, spirituality, and practices, which affirm the dignity and sanctity of all persons.

With summer being the peak season of the year at Waupoos, our students play an indispensable role. These students shoulder responsibility for coordinating and delivering the farm’s programming for visiting families, and for helping to ensure that families feel supported and are able to create lasting memories during their time at Waupoos. We’ve been able to provide students with good jobs, great skills, and amazing life experiences. All while supporting families in need.

With our access to CSJ funding having been denied this year, we have begun fundraising efforts in order to hire summer staff. We need your help. If you have the means to assist, please consider making a donation.   http://waupoos.com/donate/

We are most grateful for the support of the Ottawa Archdiocese and Archbishop Prendergast.  Learn more:

Prendergast: Fund-raising begins after Waupoos Family Farm denied jobs grant

Catholic Education Week Volunteers May 7-11

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Two local OCSB Catholic schools brought students to Waupoos this week for their “Service Day”.  On this day, students go out into their community to work with seniors and provide donations and/or assistance to local organizations.  Waupoos Farm is fortunate to be one of the beneficiaries again this year!

On Wednesday, May 9th St. Mark High School students came to lend a hand and build the first of two new sheds they are donating to the Farm.

On Thursday, May 10th we welcomed a group of students from St. Joseph High School who helped complete our spring cleanup of the grounds.

Thank you to these students and school staff for your commitment to service and making a difference in your community.  You have certainly made a significant difference at Waupoos Farm!


 

Spring Cleanup Day Sat May 5th

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What a lovely day we had for Spring Cleanup on May 5th.

Over 50 people participated and we accomplished so many tasks – the pool deck furniture, bicycles and large playground toys are back out for the summer season, cottages cleaned, windows in the lodge washed, gardens dug, raking begun, newly fallen tree cut up and more!  What a day!

Thanks to all our friends – old and new!