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ESCF Welcomes Three New Board Members!

With great pleasure we announce the following new Board Members in 2012:

  • Kimberley Parker- Journalist
  • Amy Dale- Lawyer/Gunn and Assoc.
  • Kelly Ruddock- Financial Advisor/Edward Jones

We are delighted to welcome Kimberley, Amy and Kelly and thank them for their to the Elgin St. Thomas Community Foundation.

To see a list of all 2012 Board Members, Link HERE

Serenity House Hospice provides many wonderful programs and supports for those experiencing grief and bereavement.

During the summer of 2011 they extended their services to include a week long day camp for kids and families experiencing grief. The focus of this camp was to support kids through group activities (like games, arts and crafts etc.) to explore grief in a healthy supported environment, discuss death and dying, and create new friendships.

Read about one family’s experience here.

My Journey

My husband, my best friend, and the best dad in the world died the last day of September 2010 surrounded by loving family and friends. In the spring of 2011 I made my way to Serenity House and met Cindy. I told her my story and completed the paperwork to become a volunteer.

Since that day I have attended a bereavement group for 8 weeks with others who are grieving the loss of a loved one. I found myself crying for someone else’s pain and loss. For so many months I had cried for only my own. The people I have met during this chapter of my journey are very special and I hope to continue meeting with them.

I also met Wendy and Caroline, the leaders of the group.

This was a very big step for a teenage boy to discuss his feelings about losing your dad. After the week of camp both my kids graduated with the other children and let letters go by balloon to the clouds. I was very proud of both of them for helping others who just like them have lost a parent.

How life just happens is still a mystery to me but my daughter feels that her path is to help children with grief and plans on looking into this when she graduates this year. As for me I have signed up and will be starting the fundamentals of hospice/palliative care. My future as I knew it is no longer but with the help of many along the way things seem to be falling into place. People say it will get better……it doesn’t, it just is different.

Kathy

Serenity House Hospice also has a new handbook of resources titled “Understanding your Child’s Grief Journey: A handbook of resources to help guide the understanding of why children react the way they do when faced with death and grieving.”.

You can reach Cindy and the wonderful folks at Serenity House, learn more about their programs, and request a copy of this new handbook at: www.serenityhousehospice.ca

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Marion Morgan

1934-2011

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our dear friend Marion Morgan who died on Nov.22nd, 2011. She was a generous hearted woman who always had a smile, a cheery disposition and a kind word, and was always thinking of others.

Marion established the Janet and Marion Morgan Environmental Fund in 2006 with a wish to honour her mother Janet,…whom she told me taught her so much about the value of a ‘penny saved’. Through this Fund Marion supports charities that work in support of the environment and animal/wildlife protection. Organizations like the David Suzuki Foundation (she went to the same school as David by the way!), Ecojustice Canada (formerly Sierra Legal), Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Aide of St. Thomas will continue to benefit from her annual granting. As an Endowment Fund, it will continue to grant to her favourite charities into perpetuity, celebrating her life, her legacy of kindness and generosity and her wish for a healthy environment.

Marion,…..it is a true honour to have known you and to manage this legacy on your behalf.

Marion visiting Animal Aide

Obituary from London Free Press

MORGAN, Marion – With deep feeling of sorrow, we said goodbye to Marion Morgan on November 22, 2011 at the age of 77. Marion was a devoted employee of 3M until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, travelling and caring for her pets. Marion was a person that felt, if you want to live in a community, you have to give something back. She did this by volunteering in many organizations as well as having positive actions and a positive attitude. As per Marion’s wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Janet & Marion Morgan Environmental Fund – established to support environmental, animal welfare and wildlife protection agencies.

Get Ready for Expedition Elgin 2011, Sunday October 02nd in Port Stanley!

It’s back……Elgin’s own ‘Amazing Race’. Registration will open on July 21st. The first 25 Teams to register will compete for some awesome prizes,…including a fabulous day long sailing charter tour with Latitude Charters and tons of other great prizes.

This year’s registration will be a pledge style campaign…..like any other charity run or event……collect pledges from family and friends and every pledge receives a charitable donation receipt. The TOP INDIVIDUAL FUNDRAISERS will of course win the best prizes!

So,….start putting together your team of 4, think of a great team name, start planning your strategy….and be the first to register through this website on July 21st.

Then join us at the beach on October 02nd to get your first clue,….decipher that clue to find your next checkpoint. Compete in challenges (could me physical, could be technical, could be an intellectual challenge….there is a way for everyone to excel!) in order to receive your next clue………and make your way through all the checkpoints and challenges. Get ready for a great day in Port Stanley as you race to win Expedition Elgin 2011.