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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 favorite!

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!

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!