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Thank-you to Gatineau-Ottawa for Hosting a Wonderful Conference in 2019.

Congratulations to Sylvia Powers and her Conference Committee who made "The Capital Calls" a very successful and welcoming time for all who attended. Every moment was charged with new learning, intriguing topics, polished speakers and great hospitality.

The DoubleTree Inn by Hilton was a perfect venue. The rooms were spacious and the meeting areas were easy to find, all being at the one location. There was lots of space for all our needs.

A comprehensive booklet was created with welcoming messages from many important dignitaries. The conference schedule was clearly stated and there was a wonderful listing of attendees in alphabetical order, a separate listing by branch and a third listing of all the Loyalist ancestors with attending descendants. This is not only interesting but also helps us find the name of someone by branch or by surname.

Friday's excursions were varied, something of interest for all. I attended the Rideau Valley tour, ably hosted by Brian Tackaberry. Merrickville was such a quaint town with its own blockhouse. Through the Goulbourn Museum we enjoyed interactive, engaging displays. We learned about military equipment from a young re-enactment group and were shown the manner that their archives preserved both paper and object artefacts within a very small facility. The Watson Mill and home were well worth our visit too.

Other groups were shown interesting downtown Ottawa monuments and buildings. A third group went to the National Archives to research. Whatever your desire, it was met with these choices.

All the speakers and workshop leaders were excellent. The food was plentiful and delicious.

The AGM went smoothly, the reception was opened with a talk from Albert Dumont, an Anishinaabe author, spiritual leader and traditional teacher. He talked informally to us about caring for one another and always being thankful. Great words of wisdom to live by each day.

The final event was the Sunday service at Christ Church in Aylmer. It is the oldest church in the area, built in 1843. The Anglican service was taken from the eighteenth century Order of Service book. The hymns were traditional ones that we all knew. The line for those taking communion reached from the front to the back of the church and kept moving forward until all were served. Rev. Cannon Mary Ellen Barry led the service with grace, depth and with a measure of humour.


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Author:Nicholson, Ruth
Publication:The Loyalist Gazette
Article Type:Conference news
Date:Sep 22, 2019
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