Requiescat in pace – Barbara Anne Swanson (nee Roberts)

BARBARA ANNE SWANSON (nee ROBERTS) Gentle, loving wife to George, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and loyal friend died on November 16, 2017, at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, at the age of 73. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Christ Church Anglican, 237 McLean Ave., Selkirk, MB.  The Rev. Brian Ford will preside, assisted by The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, both of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Winnipeg.

Eldest daughter of Alf and Elsie Roberts, she spent her childhood in Sherridon and Lynn Lake. She graduated from Grace Hospital and nursed in many places over the years. Barb enjoyed sharing life with her numerous friends. Her nieces and nephews always held a special place in her heart. Later in life, she married George, sharing many happy times, travelling and enjoying nature. Oak Hammock Marsh was a favourite place to walk with Casey and Angel. Predeceased by father Alf, and brother Paul. She is remembered with love by George, stepson Darren (Lindsay), mother Elsie, siblings Bill, Dave (Mariann), Ted (Janet), Ruth and Mary Jo (David), sister-in-law Jan (Paul), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Barb’s life was filled with numerous challenges which she faced with grace, courage, and fortitude. Her deep Christian faith sustained her right to her end. Donations towards a memorial feature will be welcomed by “Oak Hammock Interpretive Centre” in Barbara’s name.

Condolences may be left at http://www.gilbartfuneralhome.com Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2017

Dean Bob Osborne, a Canoe, and a Canal (Rideau)

Our former Dean and Rector, The Very Rev. Bob Osborne, shared these pictures of his canoe trip in June, the length of the Rideau Canal.  Bob is blessed to be enjoying good health in his retirement.

Bob writes:  “In 1967 Centennial Year I was part of the Diocese of Algoma “Montreal Brigade” 39 of us canoed from the Diocesan camp located on the North Channel of Lake Huron.  We canoed up the French River, crossed Lake Nippising, portaged to Trout lake and then on to the Mattawa River where it finally joins the Ottawa River. We then canoed on to Ottawa and Montreal. This year my canoeing project was a bit more modest. Together with Rob Hubbard, our daughter’s father in law we canoed the Rideau River system from Kingston to Ottawa a distance of 202 km. It was a 9 day trip in which we camped out each evening at one of the locks which have lovely camping sites for canoeists. We canoed in the retirement gift of the Cathedral a cedar/canvas canoe that I was able to build with a canoe builder in Lorette. It is a great joy to canoe in with the many memories it brings of  our ministry at the Cathedral.”

If you wish to see more pictures, use this link:  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMVF44uwneffOs0QESvpJoNarB3hrOWkyGapX_NpjxagWE0JuUE7fcPZ1kZTOMf9w?key=d080M0dUSU5jNjNFa2FoMVRGSFlTVU52b3ZtUTJB

Down for the count: City of Winnipeg losing battle against Dutch elm disease (our churchyard also)

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Reprinted from the Winnipeg Free Press:

When Robert Orr looks out at his Kingston Crescent neighbourhood, he feels as if he’s watching it die.

The tree canopy where he’s lived since 1995 is withering before his eyes, just one casualty in the city’s battle against Dutch elm disease.

And the situation is getting worse.

“If it keeps going like this, it won’t be the neighbourhood I moved into,” said the soft-spoken, 61-year-old retired teacher.

“It’ll be completely different,” Orr continued. “The trees really are such an important part of the fabric of this neighbourhood.”

In the area where he lives, hundreds of elm trees have been lost in the past decade. City statistics show that 5,500 trees are lost to the disease each year.

When one of Orr’s neighbours moved to Kingston Crescent in 1975, he had 27 elm trees on his property. Now, he has none. Orr and his partner had eight when they first moved to the neighbourhood. This summer, their last tree was infected.

“One doesn’t have to be a tree lover to realize there are some very practical concerns here,” Orr said.

“We’re down to our last one, which now has the disease. Two doors down, our neighbours have two with the disease. The tree directly across from our house in the park now has the disease.”

Dutch elm disease spreads through the fungus carried on the backs of elm bark beetles. They lay eggs in elm trees in the spring, which go on to hatch and mature throughout summer before a new generation is born in the fall.

When diseased trees are not removed quickly – ideally during the summer they are infected – the disease spreads.

Orr is frustrated by what he views as the city’s lack of political will to shut down the disease.

Since the summer of 2016, he says he’s witnessed the city losing the fight. He says not only has the tagging of infected trees slowed down, but so has their removal.

Martha Barwinsky, the city’s forester, admits they’ve fallen behind in efforts to remove diseased trees, but says they continue to tag them on schedule.

They do the best they can with the resources they have, she says.

“There are currently 970 trees marked last year that still need to be removed,” she said. “We’re removing them, but we’re still behind.”

The city has more than 230,000 adult American elm trees, which makes it the largest standing population in North America.

But, Barwinsky says they are at a critical point in trying to protect the city’s tree canopy.

“It’s a real concern,” she said. “We have to catch up and get these trees removed and come up with a better model for removing diseased trees earlier.”

Another concern is the arrival of the Emerald ash borer beetle, which isn’t a matter of if, but when, Barwinsky said. The fear is it could coincide with the city battling Dutch elm disease, thus further dividing their resources.

If their arrival isn’t properly attacked, it could result in the death of all ash trees in Winnipeg. Once they arrive, she added, they’re here to stay.

The city currently has 16 to 20 people working on surveying trees and is rerouting funds from tree planting to go toward the removal of diseased trees.

That, in Orr’s opinion, is a disastrous and short-sighted strategy.

“So just at the time we’re losing a lot of trees, they’re going to cut back on planting,” he said. “That is a terrible, misguided way of thinking.”

Orr tries his best to do his part by talking to his neighbours, calling 311 about diseased trees and writing letters to Trees Winnipeg and his city councillor. But he recognizes his efforts are limited and says he often receives no response from authorities.

He thinks the city needs to boost funding to the department that fights tree disease.

“We need to do something differently or we’re going to lose the canopy,” he said. “Politicians need to be talking about this, educating people and encouraging them to plant trees. We need to get at the removal of all these diseased elm trees before it’s too late.”

ryan.thorpe@freepress.mb.ca

From the Dean:

We have planted quite a few trees in the past three or four years, as part of our ongoing reclamation of the Cemetery, where we have lost far too many trees over the years, mostly American Elm, but also some big Maple trees to age; we are continuing this process and you can contribute if you’d like to do so.  We are asking for $200 to be given to the Cathedral and we will plant a tree in honour or in memory of the person of your choice.  If you are interested please call Carol in the Office at 204.586.8385, or e-mail her at <office@stjohnscathedral.ca>, and she can give you more details; thanks for considering this.

 

 

Honouring the Spirit of 1817 – Commemorating the Selkirk Treaty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committee to Commemorate
the 200th Anniversary of The Selkirk Treaty

MEDIA RELEASE

Winnipeg – June 7, 2017

It’s the first Treaty signed in Western Canada and it was signed before there even was a Canada. It marks the beginning of the relationship between First Nations and the Crown in Western Canada. It cemented the friendship between Lord Selkirk and Chief Peguis. It shaped not only Winnipeg and Manitoba but also the nation itself. Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, and five Indigenous chiefs, led by Chief Peguis, put pen to paper 200 years ago on July 18, 1817 at Lord Selkirk’s Hudson’s Bay Company post – Fort Douglas – on what is now Waterfront Drive. It’s known as “The Selkirk Treaty” and it conforms to the spirit of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which provided a constitutional framework for Indigenous land entitlement and has been referred to as ‘Canada’s Indian Magna Carta’. Although it made the Red River Settlement possible, and the original document is housed here in Winnipeg at the Hudson’s Bay Archives, very few of us even know about it.

That is about to change.

In today’s spirit of reconciliation, a committee of 35 volunteers representing over 20 Indigenous and settler organizations is “Honouring The Spirit of 1817 – Commemorating The Selkirk Treaty”. The committee is co-chaired by Bill Shead of Peguis First Nation and John Perrin of The Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba. Our committee wants to raise public awareness and honour the visionary leadership and friendship of Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk leading to the signing of the 1817 Treaty. And although it must be acknowledged the settler community failed to honour the full intent of the Treaty in the future, in agreeing to its terms Peguis and Selkirk promoted peace, order and a spirit of mutual assistance and cooperation that is at the foundation of Manitoba’s unique history.

To mark this 200th Anniversary the committee has planned numerous events revolving around a visit to Manitoba of the current Lord Selkirk of Douglas, who has accepted an invitation from First Nations and Scottish and other settler organizations represented by the committee. There will be an array of free public events running from Sunday July 16 through Saturday July 22 in Winnipeg, Selkirk, St. Boniface and at St. Peter’s Reserve and the Peguis and Brokenhead First Nations. Details about specific events will be released over the next few weeks.

In addition to Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk, the Chiefs signing the Treaty were:

MACHE WHESEAB,
Le Sonnant.
MECHKADDEWIKONAIE,
La robe noire.
KAYAJIESKEBINOA,
L’Homme Noir.
OUCKIDOAT,
Le Premier.

For information please contact:

Bill Shead, Committee Co-Chair
wshead@mts.net

John Perrin, Committee Co-Chair
jdperrin@mts.net

Terry MacLeod, Chair, Marketing and Communications
terrymacleod@gmail.com

The Committee to Commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Selkirk Treaty

Represented Organizations:

Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
City of Winnipeg
City of Selkirk
Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
Kildonan Community Presbyterian Church
Manitoba Historical Society
Manitoba Living History Society
Manitoba Métis Federation
Manitoba Museum
Peguis First Nation
Polish Canadian Congress – Manitoba Branch
Province of Manitoba
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface
Seven Oaks House Museum
The Lord Selkirk Association of Rupert’s Land
The St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg
The Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba
Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

NOTE:  In the summer of 1817, AFTER signing the Treaty, Lord Selkirk designated land on the west side of the Red River for a ‘Protestant’ church and mission, what is now St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, and on the east side of the Red River, near The Forks, for a Roman Catholic church and mission, what is now St. Boniface RC Cathedral.  Both churches were established on land set aside by Treaty fifty-four years before Treaty One was signed at Lower Fort Garry in 1871.

Breaking Through – World Premiere

BREAKING THROUGH

      World Premiere by Sarasvati Productions

#BreakingThrough #Winnipeg #mentalhealth

“After two years of work gathering stories, writing, receiving feedback, rewriting and testing the material we are extremely excited to share the culmination of our Mental Health is Everyone’s Health project with the world premiere of Breaking Through by Hope McIntyre and Cairn Moore.

“The stories of five individuals struggling with mental health issues interweave in this new play. The project saw writers McIntyre and Moore team up with Artists in Health Care, Red Threads Playback Theatre and the Selkirk Mental Health Centre as well as working with multiple community organizations and the public. The resulting play is an exploration of mental illness grounded in real experience.

“We have assembled a stellar artistic team under director Kevin Klassen, including (video/sound). The Winnipeg cast is Elena Anciro, Dorothy Carroll, Richie Diggs, Marsha Knight, Harry Nelken, Spenser Payne and Josh Ranville.”

            ASPER CENTRE FOR THEATRE and FILM

             University of Winnipeg  –  400 Colony Street

                             May 23 – 27 @ 8pm

              May 24 @ 1pm             May 28 @ 2pm

TICKETS:  $15 (seniors and students); $20 (adults), call 204-586-2236

Or contact Judy Wasylycia-Leis by emailing judywl@mts.net

Tom Denton and Hospitality House – Special Dean’s Forum, Sunday, 7 May at 9 a.m.

“A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis: – a conversation with #TomDenton about the present crisis and the work of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry”.  Sunday, May 7, 9:00 a.m., Mr. Tom Denton, Executive Director, #HospitalityHouse, will be with us to bring us up to date on this critical ministry in which we share. There will be time for questions and conversation.  Please come and join us, and stay for worship after.  All welcome.

#HospitalityHouseRefugeeMinistry (#HHRM) is a non-profit organization, and has for many years been Winnipeg’s leading sponsor of #refugees. Thousands have been sponsored from appalling refugee circumstances, into new hope and productive lives in Canada.

They continue to flood into our city, and while caring families look after many, others must look to the support of Hospitality House to survive their first year here. Several parishes and individual donors have generously supported the work over the years, but the needs continue to be great, because the refugees keep arriving.  Hospitality House, the building, is owned by the Anglican Cathedral Parish of St. John, and is on Cathedral property, beside the Churchyard.  The only other staff person, Karin Gordon, is resident in the House, and does amazing work.  Jay Dyck is our member of the HHRM Board, and an enthusiastic volunteer and supporter.  Thanks, Jay, and also Vic Janzen, for your ongoing energy and commitment!

Requiescat in Pace: Sidney Webber 1923-2017

SIDNEY WEBBER On Thursday, April 13, 2017, Sidney Webber died at Fred Douglas Lodge.  Born July 19, 1923 at the Grace Hospital to parents, Sidney E. Webber and Rosetta Margaret Webber.  Sidney was an only child, spending most of his free time with his family. Sidney grew up in the North End of Winnipeg, residing on Inkster Blvd. as a child and later receiving the home of his parents. His cousin Nancy Webber resides in Victoria, BC. Sidney’s greatest memories as a child were when his Dad worked for CPR and would be given passes to the rail. Every summer his family would vacation to West Minister or English Bay so he could swim in the ocean. Sidney attended Luxton School for grades one to nine, advancing to St. John’s Tech for grade ten and carried on to business College to become an Accountant. He started work in 1942 as an Accountant for Dominion Bronz Company, where he worked for many years until retirement. Sidney loved to golf at the Kildonan Golf Course and was a member of Granada Speed Skating Club for five years and spending many hours in his garden.

Thank you to Fred Douglas Lodge staff at Evergreen as well as Rev. Paul Peters Derry for all your care and support. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Cathedral Anglican Church, 135 Anderson Ave. with interment following at St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 22, 2017

Requiescat In Pace, Lennard Sampson

LENNARD WASHINGTON SAMPSON December 25, 1933 – March 4, 2017

With dignity and grace, our family Patriarch, Lennard Washington Sampson, died and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Saviour, surrounded by his family, at Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg. Len will be deeply missed by his wife of 59 years, Barbara; six sons, Keith (Debbie), Kirk (Kim), Kerry (Sandra), Kester (Lorelei), Kordel and Kyle; 16 grandchildren, Korbin (Jenny), Kyra (Kyle), Kasandra (Aaron); Terrell, Kayne, Kareem and Kory; Tyler, Terrence and Taylor; Kyle (Joan) and Kayla (Arnie); Kollin (Kaytie) and Matthew, Noah and Owen; 12 great-grandchildren, Kali, Dominik, Melody, Aria, Taliyah, Chloe, Yazmin, Micheal, Vida, Drayden, Maleena and Olivia; his sister Cleorita Ramcharan and her family; sister-in-law Shirley Cooke and her family; brothers-in-law, Sherwin, Jack and Jeff Sheppard (Althea) and their families, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, a large extended family, and many dear friends. Lennard was predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Millicent Sampson; father-in-law and mother-in-law Augustus and Violet Sheppard; brother Livingston Medford; sisters, Ursil Charles, Velda Walters, and goddaughter Sherry Sheppard. Len was born on Christmas Day 1933, in Usine, St. Madeleine, Trinidad and Tobago, the youngest of five children and was educated in San Fernado. He was employed as a machinist with Texaco in Pointe-a-Pierre.

In 1968, he along with his wife and five young sons, immigrated to Winnipeg. Len was employed as the General Manager of Cyclo-Chrome Industries and later employed with Dominion Tanners. He was also an entrepreneur and owner of Trin-Tech Industries, and later owned and operated Krystal Crankshaft right up until his passing. Len was an ardent community servant and leader, often referred to as the Captain. He served on numerous committees and organizations including, Cari-Cana, Caripeg, Trinidad and Tobago Society, Barbados Association of Manitoba, Council of Caribbean Organizations of Manitoba, Folklorama – where he served as an adult ambassador, High-Life Steel Orchestra, Independent Order of English Mechanics, Preston Unity, where he was the Grand Master of Canada and a member of the Supreme Council, London, England, and a member of St. John’s Cathedral for over 40 years.

Len was a family man, his family was always number one to him. He was also very respected and loved by all who met him. His home was always open to anyone and everyone. His kind and genuine nature, infinite wisdom, sense of humour, his many stories, his guidance and constant words of encouragement will be greatly missed. We are truly blessed to have had him in our lives. Viewing will be held on Friday, March 10, at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg, conducted by the Very. Rev. Paul N. Johnson with viewing one hour prior to service. Interment to follow immediately after the service in St. John’s Cathedral cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lennard Sampson may be made to ‘St. John’s Anglican Cathedral‘, 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 1E2.

Goodbyes are not forever,
Goodbyes are not the end;
They simply mean we’ll miss you,
Until we meet again.

“Rest in Peace Daddy.”

CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL, Winnipeg

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 09, 2017

Ann Bailey – Requiescat in pace

FRANCES ANN BAILEY October 18, 1951 – February 13, 2017

ANN BAILEY died on February 13, 2017 at Victoria General Hospital, with her family by her side. Ann will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Gary Craven; her children, Trevor and Sara; her brothers, Ron (Sharon Goertzen) and Robert (Brigitte Insull); her sister, Mary Stanger (Ted); brother-in-law, Ian Craven (Barb); and sister-in-law, Sandra Craven (Clint Miller). Nephews and nieces treasure fond memories of Ann, including: Melissa, Graham and Emma Bailey; Margaret Stanger (Jerrimy Seavers); Melanie Gluchi (Kyle) and Curtis Craven (Patti). She is survived by her step-mother, Barb Bailey and her mother-in-law, Noreen Craven, as well as numerous extended family and friends. Ann was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Joan Bailey and her nephew Dustin Craven. Ann was born in Morris, Manitoba and grew up there until the age of five, when she moved to Winnipeg. She started her academic career at the University of Winnipeg and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She later moved to Ottawa for work but returned to Winnipeg to pursue her Bachelor of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1977. After her call to the bar, she practiced family law with the firm of Krawchuk Galanchuk before joining the Legislative Counsel Office of Manitoba Justice as a Crown Counsel in 1986. Ann was a dedicated public servant. Never one to be afraid of hard work, she had a deep respect for government and the process by which the law is made. With her commitment and hard work, she lived what she taught, “seat of the pants on the seat of the chair until the job is done and done well”. Her office benefitted from much more than her talent for drafting laws and dealing with clients, she took a personal interest in each co-worker and brightened spirits with her sense of humour. Public service was a natural fit for Ann since she always tried to make her community a better place. Volunteering with charitable organizations, supporting the arts, participating in sport and fitness activities and enjoying nature from Fort Whyte to baby falcons, she was always ready to contribute. Her actions reminded us all to patronize local artists and small businesses, protect the environment, drop off clothes to women’s shelters and generally be compassionate and responsible members of society. Throughout her life Ann loved to travel. She shared this love of travel with her friends and family through many wonderful trips. When they were first together, she accompanied Gary on his consulting work in the Caribbean and in Australia. They enjoyed sailing with friends in the Caribbean and many family trips throughout the U.S. and Mexico. While her daughter, Sara, studied in France, she met her there and they toured Italy. In recent years, Ann and Gary shared many wonderful vacations including travels to Europe and Asia. Ann was a loving wife, mother and friend. She was truly both the foundation and roof of her family, looking out for everyone and holding everyone together. Grounded and wise, her genuine caring and generosity touched all those around her. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and aids who professionally and skillfully attended to Ann during her stay at the Wilcox Memorial Hospital in Lihue, Hawaii as well as the nurses in the Community Palliative Care Program and at CancerCare Manitoba. Donations in memory of Ann Bailey may be made to the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, 100 – 4 Fort Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4;  Agape Table, 175 Colony St. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2W2 or a charity of one’s choice.

Her funeral service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 2 p.m. The Cathedral is located at 135 Anderson Avenue in Winnipeg, between Main St. and the Red River, just north of St. John’s Park (Main and Mountain).  There is street parking on every side of the Cathedral (and at least one gate) and time limits have been lifted for the afternoon.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Living Generously

Generosity Isn’t About How Much Money You Have

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By Amalya Campbell, 25 January 2017

You haven’t “made it” yet. You don’t command a hefty salary or carry a sizable bank balance. No silver spoons have ever landed in your mouth. Congratulations! You’re in generosity’s sweet spot.

Believe it or not, the best time to learn generosity is when we have less, not more. Why? When we have more, we also have more to lose—and so we cling to it tightly, fearful it might escape our grasp. Often, too, we tell ourselves we’ve earned our bounty or that we’re reaping the rewards of our own hard work, diligence and savvy money management. These attitudes keep us from practicing generosity.

Yet when the next paycheck is the only way we’ll make this month’s rent or keep the lights on, we see it as a godsend. Because it is. We whisper prayers of gratitude, we acknowledge God’s guiding hand, and we recall that all we have is a gift. We are grateful, and gratitude is the birthplace of generosity.

Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/generosity-isnt-about-how-much-money-you-have#gJ4BpgI6TVyFoMrl.99

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Amalya Campbell champions generosity. Harvard MBA, co-author of “Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the Real World” with LaSalle Street Church pastor Laura Truax, and follower of Jesus…