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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

this issue.)

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.