Friday, August 10th, 2012

What’s Your Kilimanjaro?

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We are excited to announce that this September one of our counsellors, Mark Patton, will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Mark decided that through this adventure he could help and that he would make the climb in support of Family Services Ottawa and our clients. “For me climbing Kilimanjaro is a metaphor for life and the […]

Monday, August 20th, 2012

What’s a Kilimanjaro?

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One day a couple of months ago, a client asked me how my plans were coming along for my upcoming trek. As we were chatting I realized that, while there were significant differences, there were also many similarities between my trek and her journey to return to work after some time off because of mental […]

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Happy Pride 2012, Ottawa!

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Family Services Ottawa’s Around the Rainbow program invites you to come celebrate Pride with us at Picnic in the Park! Hosted by Family Services Ottawa’s Around the Rainbow program, the Ten Oaks Project, Capital Pride and the Chidren’s Aid Society of Ottawa, this is a free LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Plus) Family event […]

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The Kilimanarjo Poster Board

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With 16 days to go, I am getting nervous and excited about my trek.  A friend has loaned me hiking poles that have trekked several mountains.  It will be comforting to think about their many journeys while they support me on mine.  On Thursday we hung a board near our waiting room at work that […]

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Fudraising Update!

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Our fundraising total is now $1,755.00. Everyday we work with people who are attempting to overcome major challenges in their lives. Last year alone we supported more than 6,500 people and we provided 15,100 counselling sessions. Thanks very much for your support!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Leaving for Tanzania

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I have taken my first dose of Doxy (anti-malaria medication) and my bags are mostly packed. I will be flying to Arusha, Tanzania tomorrow.  Many of the items that I need for the trip will not be available in Arusha so I have had to pack more carefully for this trip than ever before.  My trip will […]

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Arrived in Tanzania

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Habari! I have arrived in Tanzania. I survived the 13 hour flight from Washington to Addis Ababa. I have only had small glimpses of Mt. Kilimanjaro as it is fairly cloudy here. I was surprised that we flew through Libya and saw Benghazi at night. Highlight so far are the amazing variety of birds and […]


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