A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at The Well/La Source.
Rachel Robinson, Executive Director.
As yet another year draws to a close we have been reflecting on some highlights from our year here at The Well/La Source
2016 International Women's Day
The worldwide theme this year was "Women's Empowerment" with a focus on education and employment. As part of a coalition of services for women we hosted a celebration here at The Well/La Source. Catherine McKenny was our guest of honour and Catherine McKenna kindly sent us a message of support via a video link.
The Metis Nation of Ontario has been running a series of workshops on a range of issues including healthy relationships, the four sacred medicine teachings, honouring the harvest and ‘paddling forward’ through healing.
The Roxy Room Opens
The launch of The Roxy Room (our new wellness room) saw a major project come to fruition. Thank you to Roxanne Cooper’s family and especially to the Reverend Canon Ebert Hobbs and Mrs Audrey Hobbs for sponsoring the room.
Hosting an Addictions Support Group
Amethyst Women's Treatment Centre and The Well have been co-facilitating a group to support women with addictions. This is a new and ongoing partnership and a new series of support groups will begin in January.
July and August
Summer students studying social work arrive at The Well and kick-off a new program for women interested in Art Journaling.
Thanks Home Depot Barrhaven!!
A hard working crew of cheerful Volunteers from Home Depot Barrhaven brought painting skills and paint and spent their day off from work painting The Well.
Huge Thanks also to Kevin and his team of Kitchen Volunteers who came by to paint the offices, mend drywall and put together furniture for us.
Elgin Street Bake Sale
Another successful fundraising bake sale was held on Elgin St. just in front of St John’s Hall.
The Well was a stop on St Mark’s Social Justice Bus Tour
St Mark High School organizes an annual Social Justice Bus Tour for their Grade 9 students. For three weeks prior to their World Famous Canned Food Drive the Students visit organisations like The Well, that support people who struggle to make ends meet. .
Their teacher Terry A. writes: “The hope is that the students witness first-hand the huge need in our city for food”
A Well Lunch is sponsored by Aggarwal Family
Our vegetarian chili, salad and cookies for lunch were sponsored by the Aggarwal Family in memory of their father.
Much gratitude and thanks from the staff and women here at The Well.
Saturday Pancake Breakfast
Those fabulous Sorority Sisters of Theta Sigma Psi support us again!
On one cold Saturday morning in November we opened our doors for a wonderful pancake brunch that was sponsored and organised by Theta Sigma Psi Sorority from Ottawa University.
The sorority sisters have become great supporters of The Well/ La Source over the past year and it is wonderful to see young women supporting other, less fortunate, women. In these uncertain times it certainly sends out a signal of hope to see people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences coming together to learn from one another.
We hope to make a Saturday morning brunch a regular event.
Belle is appointed Vice President of Women Warriors’ Healing Garden
Belle has been appointed as Board Vice President for a new peer support group for women living with PTSD.
This is a great connection for The Well/La Source because during the spring and summer women will be tending a vegetable garden and the produce will be donated to our kitchen.
The Women Warriors' Healing Garden is a place for women dealing with PTSD and other trauma to spend time together, outside, in a safe and supportive environment.
Our amazing RN Students completed a project on Managing and Prevention of Diabetes and provided an informative presentation. We learned a lot about risk factors and helpful tips for managing diabetes.
December 1st at St John’s Advent Eucharist Service.
The Women of The Well gathered for an Advent Eucharist at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church.
The Reverend Beth Bretzlaff presided and The Well’s Chaplain, Deacon Christine Jannasch, preached.
Blue Christmas is a time to sing a few familiar Christmas carols and to listen meditatively to a soloist. One by one, we light the candles of hope, peace, joy and love on the Advent wreath. We listen to each other’s stories of loss and learn that we are not alone. We discover together that denial, anger, bargaining and depression are transformed into hope, peace, joy and love. We are strengthened by each other’s courage, humour and resilience. We support each other to choose hope.
Jiggs: The Edible Tie
Belle @ The Well sends this Christmas Message: From our kitchen to yours, I and all of my volunteers wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.
As a Newfoundlander with outport roots, you could say the tradition of jiggs dinner is pretty ﬁrmly planted. Memories of enjoying the out of the pot to the plate delight began when I was a child. Everyone would be sitting around the table on Sunday and special days like Christmas and Easter for jiggs dinner and either roast beef, chicken or turkey. There would be peas pudding, cabbage, turnip, carrot, potatoes, dressing, white raisin pudding, or molasses pudding called Duff and loads of gravy. No jiggs dinner is complete without ample amounts of salt beef or riblets, soaked overnight and boiled with everything else. Jiggs dinner was so important to so many. It was family time and a time to connect. When family moved away they would often receive care packages with salt beef, savory, and bottled beet.. Just a little taste of home. Leftovers from this famed meal make great next day vegetable hash. Newfoundlander's are known the world over for their extraordinary sense of hospitality, at Christmas and throughout the year. Sharing a meal is a large part of this tradition.
One of the many gifts I receive from the women at The Well is their love of learning. Their excellent participation in the Spiritual Care programs includes probing questions, and deep sharing.
Highlights in the past year included:
a visit from Wendy of St John’s altar guild to show us how to make palm crosses; a presentation on Hindu spirituality; chapel service at Waupoos Farm; an educational group on feelings; a celebration of angels at Michaelmas; and the annual memorial service. Our weekly prayer circle explores themes such as: God’s love for each of us; the spiritual practice of gratitude; loving our neighbours as ourselves; and healing for our hurts.
May the seasons of Advent and of Christmas be blessed for all readers of our newsletter, and may we be blessings to everyone we meet.
We would be unable to operate without our volunteers and our donors. Thank you for everything you do
Our special mentions for 2016 go to:
Reine, Catherine, Wendy, Dee, Trish and Arch.
Philip from DND, and his Team who volunteer in our kitchen doing dishes once a month.
Kevin and and his wife Marlene and friend Guy for baking bread and cookies/loaves/squares, and who come every Christmas for Prep Day
Gladys Centretown Emergency Food Centre
St Mark School for sandwich day
Art is in Bakery, Brown Loaf Bakery, St Helen’s Church
We remember Phyllis Modder, who gave her time volunteering to support women in need. Thank you to Phyllis’s family for their support.
St John the Evangelist Church for their continued support and general all round hospitality!
The Well/La Source is a Community Ministry of The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa