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Peace Arch News on the Coldest Night walk

It was a joy to be part of our MP Kerry-Lynne D Findlay’s team for the CNOY charity walk for the Sources Food Bank. Here is the video of the walk at White Rock Beach promenade. It is not too late to click on this link and donate to this good cause, helping the hungry and homeless.
Sources’ Coldest Night of the Year outpaces $185k
TRACY HOLMES, Feb. 28, 2022 3:30 p.m.COMMUNITY
Sources’ Coldest Night of the Year event raised $185,000 and counting.

Organizer Abby Gemino said fundraising from the past weekend is continuing through March 31, with the hopes of hitting the $200,000 goal set for the 2022 affair.

“We had a great turnout for both our opening and closing ceremonies and our CNOY Sources Facebook Group page was flooded with fun photos share by our walkers,” Gemino told Peace Arch News Monday (Feb. 28) by email.

A virtual opening ceremony was held over Zoom on Friday, featuring an interactive game of trivia, as well as prizes and draws.

On Walk Day – Saturday, Feb. 26 – a warm-up video helped participants limber up before setting out on a two- or five-kilometre route of their choosing, while a scavenger hunt offered one lucky walker a chance at a new pair of shoes, via a $200 gift certificate from Kintec Footwear.

The event concluded with a virtual closing ceremony on Sunday evening.

Gemino said in addition to pacing local trails and neighbourhoods, participants walked in many other areas of the province – from Parksville to Northern B.C. and sundry communities in-between.

The family-friendly winter event is designed to raise awareness – and funds – for charities supporting people who are hungry, homeless and hurting. Funds raised locally will support community programming including SOURCES’ Homelessness Prevention Services, and its Rent Bank (which is completely funded by CNOY).


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Excerpt about my Great-great Grandfather Thomas Allen

A cyclopedia of Canadian biography: being chiefly men of the time.

 edited by George Maclean Rose, Rose Publishing Company, 1886, 807 pages

Allen, Thomas, Alderman, Toronto, was born in the County of Armagh, Ireland, on May 31st, 1831, and was a son of William Allen, a worthy and highly respectable farmer, who from his fine and imposing stature was known to his neighbours and the country folk around by the sobriquet of “Big William Allen.” Thomas Allen was sent to the Irish National schools, and his studies comprehended the ordinary branches of reading, writing and arithmetic. The knowledge received at these schools, however, in the case of the ambitious young Allen, was only a foundation upon which to rear a structure of practical experience. As soon as the lad had completed his studies, he went to work upon his father’s farm, and strove there faithfully till he was nineteen years old.

 Then came the failure of the potato crop in Ireland, with its attendant famine and horror. With the thousands who fled from the stricken land was young Allen, and he turned his face westward, and sailed for Canada in 1850, but was not long out from land when there came violent weather and the ship was tossed about for fourteen days. Then she returned into the Cove of Cork, and our subject, glad of the rescue from almost total shipwreck, retired to his home, where he remained for nearly a year.

The following year he set out again, and arriving in Toronto, went to his cousin, Samuel Piatt, who kept a brewery where the gas works now stand. In this establishment he learned the brewing and malting business, and at such occupation has he, in the main, been engaged from that day to this. Here he took engagements as brewer and foreman. He was likewise for a time in the establishment of W. Copeland. In 1868 lie joined in partnership with Hugh Thompson and leased the East End Brewery. In 1875, he purchased his partner’s interest in the business, and continued the establishment alone.

In politics, Mr. Allen has always, been a consistent Conservative. He has been twice married, first to Miss Margaret Brown, whose family belonged to the county of Grey. They were married in 1857, and she died in 1873. He married again in 1877 his present wife, who was a daughter of the late Edward Beckett, the well-known ironfounder and temperance advocate. Our subject has had twelve children, and ten are living, and two are dead. Mr. Allen, though well advanced in years, devotes his whole time to the interest of the people, and is a staunch supporter of the Episcopal (ie Anglican) church.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, BSW, MDiv, DMin

“I’m afraid there’s been an accident…”

12bdf6ff-3021-4e73-bccd-bc919398d1a0-7068-0000031133e7b4d9Sandy Brown and her family have just moved to Spokane, Washington where her husband, Scott, is pastoring a new church. With a fresh start, Sandy is determined to devote more time to her four children. But, within weeks of settling in their new life, the Brown family is plunged into turmoil.

Sandy receives shocking news that her children aren’t safe, which brings back haunting memories of the trauma she experienced as a girl. Then, the unthinkable happens…

A brutal attack puts Sandy on the brink of losing everything she’s loved. Her faith in God and the family she cherishes are pushed to the ultimate limit.

Is healing possible when so many loved ones are hurt? Are miracles really possible through the power of prayer? Can life return to the way it was before?

Blue Sky reveals how a mother’s most basic instinct isn’t for survival… but for family.

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