2020 at Waupoos Farm

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The interesting year that 2020 brought to Waupoos Family Farm!

Summer staff worked on cottage renovations and outdoor maintenance. Check out the cottage renovations!

Safari-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

 

 

Nautical-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

 

 

Paris-Themed Cottage:

 

 

 

Animals in the Spring:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Pig Tractor” or a movable pigpen to help till the earth. Those pigs do a great job of preparing the ground for a future garden plot!

 

 

 

 

Extra vegetables were planted this spring, yielding a bountiful harvest that was donated to the Food Bank:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2020 Lodge Deck Demolition: 

 

 

 

 

 

An Unexpected Bump on the Road – Farmhouse Septic Tank Replacement:

 

 

 

 

 

A Rainbow over Waupoos Farm, a Symbol of HOPE

Women’s Christmas Gala December 6, 2019

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On December 6th, the 5th Annual Women’s Christmas Gala returned to Waupoos Farm where it began.

As in previous years, women were invited to host a table of their friends, providing table decorations and light snacks for their guests and a dessert for the entire group to sample. The cost to participants; just $20.

Although this event was a bit smaller than the last couple of years, there was no less enthusiasm and the sound of conversations and laughter filled the room.

 

This event is really about building and sustaining our Waupoos community! Participants included past and present farm residents, host families, volunteers and Waupoos supporters as well as some new friends.

The silent auction table was busy all evening and we are grateful to the individuals and businesses who provided silent auction items. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and participation, over $1600 was raised to support the Farm!

A huge “Thank You to Melina, Laura and friends who organized this gala. Lori and Patsy returned to reprise their role as “elves”, selling tickets and helping with silent auction closing. We could not manage without them!

Melina has announced her retirement from Women’s Gala planning after 6 successful events. Our sincere thanks for all her work to create these popular fundraising events over the past five years!

 

Volunteers at Waupoos Farm Fall 2019

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When Father Fred Magee envisioned a place where families could find respite, he also looked to volunteers to help make that dream a reality. Today. volunteers continue to support our mission and assist our Farm residents to maintain and improve the facilities! What a gift they are to us!

 

Individuals, high school students, corporate groups all contribute their time and talents. This fall, in addition to our scheduled Fall Cleanup Day on October 26th, several individuals, two large student groups from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell, and three corporate groups spent time volunteering at Waupoos.

 

They cleaned, raked, washed, painted, decorated, shovelled, gardened, cooked, weeded, moved furniture, put away summer items and completed every task on our lists – and more! In doing so, they helped us tidy up after summer and get ready for winter. Sometimes they helped with big jobs, other times they just take a bunch of small tasks off the lengthy “To-Do List”. In any case, it is like a breath of fresh air for the farm residents. And this helps us promote Waupoos and share our mission, build connections and build community.

Father Fred reportedly used to say, “If it is of God, it will fly”. His vision for Waupoos continues to fly on the wings of volunteers, just as it began.

Trillium Renovations at Waupoos 2018-2019

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Over the fall and winter months when the Farm would typically be a little quieter, many upgrades and improvements were made thanks to funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Plumbing upgrades in the cottages were completed. These included new shower stalls in several cottages and plenty of plumbing improvements and realignments we don’t see but truly appreciate!

New insulation and “skirting” has been added around the bottom of the cottages and Cottage 7 received a much needed new foundation and insulation. However, the early start to winter 2018-19 made for less than ideal working conditions!

 

The farmhouse was also a hub of activity. New windows and doors were installed by Manotick Windows and Doors. What a difference they have made! Our Ontario Trillium Foundation grant allowed us to remove and replace the original attic insulation.

 

Inside the farmhouse, a new floor beam was added under the north side and the main floor was levelled – no easy task! The kitchen received a cosmetic update. After new flooring on the main level, paint and many, many hours of work, the farmhouse was transformed!

In the true Waupoos tradition, many volunteers contributed to this project. Individuals and various groups shared their time and talents.  They painted, cleaned and decorated! Our sincere thanks to each and every one! We could not have done this without you!

The north side of the farmhouse was ready just in the nick of time for the arrival of our first host family of the summer on July 1st.

Check out the transformation below!

HOPE Volleyball 2017 Recipient

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In November 2016, The Waupoos Foundation was selected as one of six Ottawa charities to receive funds from the 2017 Hope Volleyball Tournament on July 15, 2017.

“HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) is a volunteer, not-for-profit, event management organization that raises funds for community-based charities and has fun doing so.”  Learn more about HOPE

Our commitment was to provide at least 50 volunteers to help and with God’s help, we made that happen.

A HUGE thank you to all our friends who stepped up to volunteer on July 15th!

 

On November 23, 2017 we received a cheque for $25,000 from HOPE.

This money will be used to improve our cottages and that work has already begun!

Matias Garcia, Board President and Dan Kelly received a cheque from HOPE Volleyball