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It’s been a roller coaster year and we’ve finally come into the station. Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged my family and I over the past twelve months. We are grateful for our friends and family because at the end of the day, nothing else matters. Here's a brief update on our lives...
On a personal level, I took time in September to get our Ottawa home ready to sell (now sold!); a few days later we were able to find and purchase a home in Kitchener, closing on January 5th. The size is just what we need and the location is perfect. We are thankful to have a flexible and accommodating child as Olivia is transitioning to a new school (again). She’s involved in “By Design” dance at the church and loves to have fun.
Deb continues to provide relief coverage at a local women’s shelter and is applying for other social work opportunities in the KW region. We are getting involved at our local church, Koinonia; we are connecting with friends, spending time with family, and exploring ways to get involved in our local community. We are very grateful to Deb’s parents who opened their home to us during this time of transition. Our new house is 8 minutes away, which will make for an efficient move.
I took my daughter Olivia for a walk the other day and we happened upon a construction site. I began to explain to her the importance of a foundation and how it is structurally vital to the integrity of a home. It is hard, dirty work and expensive, too; but without it, the house will never stand. Similarly, True North Aid has itself been building a foundation. I am beyond grateful to all who have invested during this important groundwork phase. Launching into this back in March was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, and if it hadn’t been for the encouragement and support of so many of you, I wouldn’t have survived. Thank you for believing in me and entrusting me with your financial support. Asking for personal support is the hardest and most humbling assignment I’ve ever had. And yet, I believe True North Aid deserves my full attention because our indigenous friends of northern Canada, who have faced incredible odds, deserve more. We can help. Canada needs True North Aid!
True North Aid has been growing. I’ve been working hard to network with leaders throughout the north alongside likeminded individuals and agencies here in the south. Our connection base and influence is expanding rapidly. I continue to be blessed with free office space provided by Katlyn Material Handling in Waterloo. We have a number of volunteers in Ottawa who look after the books and partner services and a friend from church who manages our storage container in Kitchener. Many others have come along offering their assistance and expertise in a variety of areas, including graphics and strategic planning. I’m currently working with several individuals in the GTA to provide help with marketing and grant writing, and another friend in Kitchener is providing website assistance. I’ve been amazed how the team is coming together. My heart is to see True North Aid ambassadors from coast to coast working to advance our mandate, as it will take a large team effort to make a difference. I get calls and e-mails weekly from people and/or companies that want to donate goods. Teachers find us online asking how they can get their class involved. It’s important to stay engaged and as I do, I see expansion.
I look forward to the day (hopefully soon) when I can inform you that our administration and salary costs are completely covered, allowing every donated dollar to go directly toward our humanitarian projects. Presently, I am running a deficit of approximately $14,000 to meet our administration and salary budget this year. I need your help for this critical phase! I understand that some are too stretched but others desire the opportunity to give. A one-time gift or a monthly donation of $10, $20 or $30 can go a long way. If you are not in a position to give, it’s okay to say no. In fact, I welcome your response because I value your friendship.
I’m sending you this letter because I appreciate you and the role you’ve had in my life. Please keep in touch and let me know what is happening in your life. Text, Facebook, call, tweet, Instagram or stop by for a visit.
I’ve got so many more things I want to say but I’m leaving you with links so you can explore more for yourself, I've got to get back on that roller coaster!
P.S. All donations are tax receiptable. www.truenorthaid.ca/donate