Kingston & District Branch (ON38)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
On September 12th 2017 the Branch will be celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday with a Luncheon Cruise by Gananoque Boat Lines. This 2.5 hour cruise will depart the Gananoque dock at 1 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served on board and the cost is $20 per person. Branch members and their guests wishing to attend this function need to RSVP by September 5th. Details are in the summer 2017 edition of SAGE Magazine and on the branch website.
Kingston and District Branch
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time — To Be Announced
Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Road)
The Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club with support from other local organizations, will be hosting a Family Festival to be held in the park beside the Dick Brule Community Centre (170 Castlefrank Road) in Glen Cairn (Kanata). June 10th is the date. Details are still being worked out. Look to the Club's website (www.khlions.com) for details as the plan solidifies.
(Member, Kanata Hazeldean Lions Club)
Submitted by Jean-Pierre de Beaumont, Outaouais Branch member:
Event 1 (of 2)
To celebrate Canada 150, I, Jean-Pierre de Beaumont, Federal Retirees member of the Outaouais Branch since 2010, will FINALLY make my 150th donation of whole blood this summer. This means that, after 42 years of regular blood donation, I have reached my goal. When I was young, I wanted to become the youngest Canadian to reach 100 blood donations. I reached this plateau at the age of 44 but the Red Cross did not keep records to allow me to confirm that I was the youngest (because I gave in Québec and Ontario). Now that I have attained 150 donations of whole blood, perhaps Federal Retirees knows if another member might have given blood more often? I say “donation of whole blood” because we have to wait 56 days between such donations, while we can give plasma every 6 days (therefore 50 times a year, which is far from the same thing and that muddies the waters).
Last summer, I even donated blood while walking from Montreal to Quebec City. And when I retired from the CRTC, I left and gifted myself time to live at a "human rhythm" by walking 800 km from Quebec City to Percé. I left the frantic pace of the daily grind, not to walk an 18-hole golf course, but to start a very long daily walk that allowed me to slow down my pace, which allowed me to reflect quite a bit, to question myself, to introspect, to meet many people with whom I chatted for 10 or 30 or 120 minutes. I enjoyed extraordinary encounters and I have realized that everyone can surpass the limits that appear unattainable at the outset.
Event 2 (of 2)
My second special activity for Canada 150 will be to complete 10 X 150 km. It will consist of completing a hike of 10 times 150 kilometres, or 1,500 km in total, along the majestic St. Lawrence River in its entirety. Indeed, for 16 days I will walk from the mouth of Lake Ontario, from Kingston to Montreal for a distance of about 325 km. As I walked from Montreal to Percé in 2016 for a distance of about 1,175 km, my walk in 2017 will mean that a proud member of the National Association of Federal Retirees has travelled for 1,500 km along what was at the time of the voyageurs the navigable highway that enabled the development of Canada as a whole.