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J. Ross Quigley
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WINTER 2014 | ISSUE 93
J. Ross Quigley
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government
of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the
Department of Canadian Heritage.
It has been a bit of a tough time since we last talked. My
93-year-old mother passed away peacefully last month
after a long and fruitful life helping others. BruceWhite, the
wonderful husband of CSA’s former president EllenWhite,
finally had his heart issues catch up to him. And we are all
praying for Joan Brissenden, Gerry’s wife and an incredible
long-term volunteer for the CSA. She has been hospitalized
for almost three months now and is currently in an Orillia,
Ontario hospital receiving care. (Needless to say, our
column “The Travels of Gerry and Joan”will not appear in
On a brighter note, my friend Maureen just finished her 23
radiation treatment following cancer surgery and is now
fine; am I allowed to say cured? She does have a radiation
“sunburn,” but that will soon fade away and the cancer will
just be a bad memory. Hopefully, a memory that is rarely
remembered. There is so much more life to live!
The one sure thing about crisis is that it will bring family
and friends together, like a wedding or a birth. It is the
natural cycle of life. And right now is the best time of year!
It is Christmas and this is the time to celebrate those loyal
friends and that wonderful family, even crazy Uncle Al. It is a
time of giving, of caring, of being the very best you can be.
It is a time to think of what you can do to make life better
for someone…for everyone. And don’t be afraid to go to
church, or to synagogue, or to mosque, if you have been
away for some time. They will welcome you with open arms.
New friends await you.
A new year is beginning. Are you ready? It will be as
wonderful as you make it, and I have every confidence that
you will make it your best year yet.