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Seeds of promise planted in Garden of Hope
United Way takes a tour through Lanark County. Above, Mayor Wendy LeBlanc, Carol Dryburgh, president of the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Almonte/ Carleton Place/Pakenham chapter, Debby Lytle, Communities in Bloom chair and volunteer Paula Sanderson were a few of the many volunteers who ventured out on Sept. 22 to plant daffodils in the Coleman Street Garden of Hope. At right, everyone donned their raincoats for the inclement weather.
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EMC News – Hope is set to bloom next spring in the form of lovingly planted daffodils. The second Carleton Place Garden of Hope was planted on Coleman Street on Saturday, Sept. 22 in some less than ideal conditions. Judy Brown just finished treatment over the summer for ovarian cancer and even with the weather would not miss the planting event. “If you can get through cancer you can get through a downpour,” said Brown. Dave and Heather Flatters of the Carleton Place Nursery
made the garden possible after a donation of 2,000 daffodil bulbs to Carleton Place in Bloom. The donation enabled the Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Almonte/Carleton Place/Pakenham chapter to hold a unique fundraiser where residents purchased the bulbs to support the society’s efforts – $1,230 was raised. Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc addressed the crowd of more than 30 people and thanked them for coming out on a rainy and wet day. She then shared a line from the book A Seed Is a Promise, a story she used to read her students when she was a
teacher. “What we are doing here today is helping fulfill a promise,” said LeBlanc. “A promise that cancer will one day be history.” She noted that the first Garden of Hope in Riverside Park with 4,000 bulbs, turned out beautifully and she can’t wait until the spring for these flowers to bloom. “This new garden is even more visible and it will be even more wonderful if we can sell all 2,000 bulbs in this garden.” Carol Dryburgh, president of CCS Almonte/Carleton Place/Pakenham chapter also
thanked the group who came out and exclaimed they were planting under liquid sunshine. “We are making a difference and we can only move forward,” said Dryburgh. “I know that all of you are here for a special reason and I applaud you for being here.” Dryburgh also issued a challenge to the communities of Almonte and Pakenham for a Garden of Hope. “Every community should have one.” Debby Lytle, Communities in Bloom chair, explained that true gardeners love to garden and that it was wonderful to
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see so many people on their knees in the mud with their gardening tools helping out. “It serves as a reminder that the daffodil is a flower of hope,” said Lytle. “It is the official flower because it’s just such a tenacious flower and nothing stops them, it is very symbolic of the journey cancer survivors take.” Brandy Coughler brought her daughter out to the event and emotionally explained they were there in memory of her father Tommy. “I thought the Society had done a lot for my family and I wanted to show others that in a beautiful way.”
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Seeing is believing at United Way agency tour the support of a big and case worker has been invaluable to her entire family in providing ongoing support through life’s ups and downs. “If it wasn’t for everybody that does support I’m the one who suffers really,” Findley added. “My children are very grateful.” Over the last five years the number of children BBBS has served through their various mentorship programs has gone from under 50 to over 300 with no signs of it slowing down. “It looks like we’ll serve 250 this fall alone,” Miller reported to tour participants. The United Way funding accounts for six per cent of BBBS’ overall budget and has been a staple in their financial planning for over 20 years now. This service touches almost all of the schools in
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EMC News - In preparation for this year’s United Way campaign launch, agency staff hit the road in hopes of bringing the good work of member agencies out into the light of day. The United Way of Lanark County (UWLC) hosted its first agency tour in Perth and Smiths Falls Thursday, Sept. 13 where approximately eight individuals hopped on the bus to learn more about the member agencies and their impact on local communities. “Seeing is believing,” remarked Fraser Scantlebury, fund developer for UWLC. Last week’s tour of the same name took in the Youth Action Kommittee in Perth, the Adult Learning and Training Centre in Smiths Falls and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County (BBBS) that is headquartered in Smiths Falls. Cindy Halcrow, clerk/ administrator at Drummond/ North Elmsley was one of the tour attendees Sept. 13 and represented the township’s long-standing support of United Way. “I really believe in helping your community,” Halcrow said. Municipal staff in Drummond/North-Elmsley recently increased their annual donations to the United Way last year through a holiday fundraising drive and regular pay cheque giving. “They’ve been a big supporter,” Scantlebury said. Sarah Bridson, executive director of the United Way was very pleased with the success of the tour and its ability to see the real need of the agencies they serve. “It was such an eye opening experience and re-affirmed for donors why they gave to United Way,” Bridson said. Participants were treated for lunch at YAK where Perth youth stopped by to talk about the importance of the centre in their lives and what they would be doing were it not for YAK. “It was a very moving and
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Participants during the Sept. 13 United Way member agency tour in Perth and Smiths Falls arrived at their first stop at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County on William Street in Smiths Falls. The tours, which will take place in Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills next spring, aim to show donors what is done with the funds they provide each year.
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agencies it supports. Jennifer Miller, executive director of BBBS explained the small cut in their United Way funding this year meant a gap in their budget and a hit to the hours of trained case workers. “Knowing that this (United Way funding) is coming is the only piece we can count on in our $350, 000 budget,” Miller added. “It makes it really hard for us to tell those children that we’ll be here for you next year.” Carol Findley, a single mother of four boys spoke to the importance of BBBS’ presence in her sons’ lives in terms of providing encouragement and a positive male role model to emulate. She added,
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