Summer 2018: Week 4

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We can hardly believe that the summer season is halfway over! For the first time all summer, we had a week full of rain (but that didn’t stop anyone from having fun!).

Our wonderful host decided that this week would be themed “Christmas in July”! With Christmas themed chapel, Christmas cookies at snack, and Christmas crafts and activities throughout the day, Waupoos was filled with holiday cheer. On Wednesday, we held a Christmas party in the lodge, featuring cupcake decorating, Christmas carolling, many Christmas crafts, and even a creative new way of reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

 

 

Thursday has finally brought us some sunshine (which we prayed most ardently for in chapel), so we will be taking full advantage by organizing some outdoor games for the kids!

 

 

As always, we hope to see you this Saturday at 1 pm, for our weekly Open House, where you can expect a wagon ride, Mass, a potluck and a whole lot of good cheer!

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!

Summer 2018: Week 2

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Week 2 at Waupoos is coming to a close, and this week could not have been more fun! We started each morning with a prayer in the chapel, followed by delicious snacks prepared by our lovely host. The beautiful weather meant that everybody spent most of their time in the pool, being kept busy with swimming lessons and water games!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a lot of things in our garden ready to be harvested, the kids took it upon themselves to lend a helping hand! We had lots of fun picking beans, peas, and raspberries before the sun got too hot.

 

One of the highlights for the kids was Little Ray’s Nature Center, who brought some of their animals over for a visit. The big python at the end was the unanimous favourite!

 

Overall, Week 2 was certainly a memorable one! We hope you will be able to join us for our Open House, Saturday, July 14th at 1 pm. You can look forward to Mass, a wagon ride, and a potluck!

 

Summer 2018: Week One!

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Our first week at Waupoos has seen record-breaking temperatures, but that has not stopped anyone from having fun! With plenty of water games, some pool time, and some winter-themed crafts, everyone has been able to keep cool. Story Time was also a favourite, especially sitting in front of the fans!

 

Today the kids are keeping busy with Little Ray’s Reptiles, and are getting their acts ready for the Talent Show.

Overall it has been an amazing week filled with amazing graces and smiling faces! What a great start to the summer!

 

 

 

We hope to see you for our Open House, this Saturday, July 7th, at 1 pm!

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!

 

 

Dec 8th Waupoos Women’s Gala!

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The 3rd Annual Women’s Gala was held on December 8th at Blessed Sacrament Church hall and over 100 women came together for a lovely evening!  As in previous years, 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.

The evening included entertainment, silent auction, raffle and vendors offering an opportunity to begin or complete Christmas shopping!

Most importantly, it was an opportunity to get together with friends! Participants included past and present farm residents, host families, volunteers and Waupoos supporters as well as some new friends.

 

Entertainment was provided by choral group “Key Rings!” and a surprise a flash mob by the McCann family! Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $4100 was raised to support Waupoos Farm!