Volume 3, No. 1 Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
NATIONAL 32,500 Sign Grandmothers’ Petition
REGIONAL The tireless enthusiasm of Canadian grandmothers from Atlantic to Pacific
Granny Fest throughout the summer and fall of 2008 engaged more than 32,500 Canadians
Workshops in petitioning the government of Canada to support our cause. This is an as-
FEATURE tounding accomplishment. The petition was presented in the House of Commons
Recollections of Swaziland in early March by 13 MPs including three from the Conservative Party. Grannies
in the Gallery were not allowed to hoot and holler but gave the thumbs up sign
and wore their granny T-shirts to make themselves a visible presence to the MPs
GRANNY GROUP NEWS
Peter Cochrane’s Grannies
Law Students 4 Grandmothers The petition asked for government action on three fronts: increased develop-
Riverside Grannies ment assistance, increased contributions to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS,
Kanata Grandmothers Together TB and Malaria; and urgently needed amendments to Canada’s Access to Medi-
Goulbourn Grans cines Regime.
Unitarian GoGos To bring additional focus to the Grandmothers Campaign and the petition,
Grannies All About Kids grandmothers across the country found 150 prominent Canadians to sign an
Kilimanjaro Grannies Open Letter to the Prime Minister, organized a massive grass-roots media cam-
One World Grannies paign, and took photos of many MPs signing the petition.
A March 6th media event chaired by Andrea Beal featured speakers Peggy Ed-
wards, co-chair of the Grandmothers’ National Advocacy Steering Committee,
and MPs Paul Dewar, Ruby Dhalla, and Nicole Demers. No Conservative MP was
LETTER FROM ILANA
able to attend, but Patrick Brown, MP for Barrie, would have attended had it not
been for a previous obligation.
The success of the Grandmothers Petition campaign has been a huge step to-
ward getting the provisions of the petition attended to by the government.
One of the exciting developments in the wake of our petition is the Children
WEB SITES Can’t Wait! Campaign being sponsored by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Net-
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network work, one of our partners. This group, building in part upon the momentum
www.markusmedia.ca/grandmothers/ grandmothers have helped gen-
Grandmothers Campaign erate, are working right now to
get action in the House of Com-
SLF mons on Canada’s Access to
mothers.htm Medicines Regime, spurred on
by the interest of Apotex, a Ca-
Deep River Grannies
www.drgrannies.ca nadian generic pharmaceutical
One World Grannies
company, in providing a pediat-
email@example.com ric formula of the medicine they
Wakefield Grannies produce for adults.
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
Ottawa-Gatineau Region A few excerpts from Hansard...
Amazing Grannies (Morrisburg)
Gail McCooeye 613-543-0945
Capital Grannies (Ottawa)
Jenny Wilson 613 730-4818
Deep River Grannies
Gail Orpen 613-584-9404 Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, NDP):
Go Go Grannies of Aylmer Mr. Speaker, I stand today to table a petition from one of the most
Dora Preito 819-685-1352 successful petition efforts in the history of this country.
Goulbourn Grans (Stittsville)
Bev Coote 613-838-2900
Mr. Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Lennox and Addington, CPC):
Grammas to Ambuyas (Ottawa)
Barbara Coyle 613 233-2500 Rather than dwelling on the specifics that they have asked for, … I will men-
tion the extreme importance of the underlying issues that the grandmothers are
Grandmothers Supporting Grandmoth-
ers (Ottawa) trying to draw attention to: the epidemics of tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria in
Myrtle Blinn 613-837-8838
Africa that claim quite literally millions of lives every year and which
Granaid (Ottawa) represent, arguably, the greatest tragedies of our times.
Loris Jordan 613-226-5638
Ms. Nicole Demers (Laval, BQ):
Grands and Friends (Ottawa)
Patti Koeslag 613-253-3099 As a grandmother myself, I know how much our love for our grandchildren
Grannies All About Kids (Metcalfe)
guides us and leads us to do things we might not otherwise have the courage
Bev McKibbon 821-4981 to do. I thank Grandmothers for Africa for their courage in presenting this
Grassroot Grannies (Ottawa) petition.
Mary Jane Dymant 613-592-5568
Ms. Joyce Murray (Vancouver Quadra, Lib.):
Kanata Grandmothers Together
Jean Gallant 613-831-6553 These petitions stem from the heroic efforts of African grandmothers to raise
children orphaned by AIDS. It is the result of the efforts of over 200 grand-
Gisele Lalonde Mansfield mother groups across Canada assisting their fellow African grandmothers.
613-832-0859 Tabling these two petitions during International Women's Week symbolizes
Lanark County Grannies the important work that women perform for the common good and also the
(Perth and Area)
solidarity that exists among women from all parts of the world.
Annie Creighton 1-613-737-3072
Law Students 4 Grandmothers Ms. Dawn Black (New Westminster—Coquitlam, NDP):
Meagan Lepage 613-220-6883 I am a member of the Gogos and I heartily endorse their petition that I am pre
Mississippi Grannies (Almonte)
senting in the House today.
Janet Fytche 613-256-1798
Northwestern Grannies (Ottawa)
Marion Reid 613-722-0274
One World Grannies (Ottawa)
Peggy Edwards 613 730-2679 The addtional MPs who presented the petition and spoke elo-
quently on behalf of Canadian and African grandmothers were:
Peter Cochrane’s Grannies
Angela Quinlan 613-226-5707 Ms. Denise Savoie (Victoria, NDP)
Rideau Grannies Mr. David Sweet (Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Westdale, CPC)
Eveline Janis 613 737 9818
Hon. Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre, Lib.)
Riverside Grannies (Ottawa)
Wanda Maurais 613-692-4918 Ms. Linda Duncan (Edmonton—Strathcona, NDP)
Unitarian GoGo s (Ottawa) Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan, NDP)
Beth Elliott 613-680-1450
Mr. Lee Richardson (Calgary Centre, CPC)
Wakefield Grannies Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, NDP)
Nicole Féraud–Lewis 819-459-2438
Mr. Patrick Brown (Barrie, CPC)
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
A few of the 150 MPs, senators and other prominent Canadians who signed the Open
Letter to the Prime Minister that repeated the petition’s three requests:
, Your husband died of AIDS. You don’t bother to mention
I would ask you for the next minute or two to put yourself your own HIV-positive status. There is no medicine for old
in Mary’s shoes. women. But you worry that when you die there will be
no-one left to care for the children.
You are the mother of five children. All have died of medi-
cal complications related to AIDS. You nursed and buried Ladies and gentlemen, the three recommendations in the
them. You did not have the $20 required to purchase the grandmothers’ petition can go a long way toward chang-
course of TB drugs that might have saved your daughter. ing this scenario.
Now, you are raising 11 orphaned grandchildren, one of This is why we must give our fair share to the Global
whom is HIV positive. Fund. We must set a clear timetable to reach our promise
of .7 percent of our Gross National Income in foreign aid,
Only 6 percent of caregivers in sub-Saharan Africa have
and we must amend the Canadian Access to Medicines
access to pediatric antiretroviral drugs, but because your
Regime, to allow a continuing supply of affordable, easy-
village is close to a major centre with a project funded by
to–use generic medicines to Africa and other developing
the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, you can
get some medication for your granddaughter.
It is enormously gratifying to know that Canadians from
You walk seven miles to the health clinic with a baby on
all walks of life support action on these three issues. Over
your back. The nurse there fills your plastic jug with a
32,000 Canadians from all across Canada signed the peti-
liquid medicine, telling you to administer it based on the
tion by hand. This includes many prominent Canadians
weight of the child. She suggests that you refrigerate the
such as author Margaret Atwood, artist director Karen
Kain, Senator Romeo D'Allaire, Olympic athlete Silken
The problem is that this so-called syrup is so foul tasting Lauman and many MPs and Senators. Over 150 of these
that your granddaughter gags trying to get it down. Since prominent Canadians also signed on to an open letter to
you have no scales, you have no way of telling if she is the Prime Minister urging the government to take action
getting enough. And since you have no electricity in your now.
rundown home, it is impossible to refrigerate the medi-
We are encouraged by the number of MPs and Senators
who signed the petition and are grateful to the 12 MPs
from all parties who will present the petition in the We would like to point out that changing the CAMR legis-
House today and on Monday. lation will not cost Canadians one penny.
The support for the grandmothers’ petition proves that There is an old Aboriginal proverb that says “When the
keeping our promises to Africa and other developing grandmothers speak, the earth will be healed”.
countries is a non-partisan, human rights issue and that We would like to thank all of the “grandothers” who lend
Canadians want our government to fulfill those promises. their voices to ours and to urge our government to take
Some people will say that we cannot afford to send action now.
money to Africa when times are so tough at home. As grandmothers, we understand that change does not
Canadian grandmothers are part of the financial struggles always happen overnight. We are committed to continue
that Canadians families face. There is nothing more pre- to provide a voice for our sisters in Africa and the 13 mil-
cious to us than seeing our children and grandchildren lion AIDS orphans in their care. We are not going away;
happy, healthy and achieving their potential. But we also indeed, we will continue to monitor Canada's progress on
believe this is NOT the time to turn our backs on the most these issues.
Senators and MPs from coast to coast
sign the Petition
Kathy Hall, Donna Denham, Senator
Maureen Murphy, Sue Cousineau, Fil van den Catherine S. Callbeck (Prince Edward Is-
Bos, Ilse Turnsen, MP Lee Richardson (CPC) land), Peggy Rasmussen, Gisele Mansfield
Calgary Centre, Brenda Rooney, Hope Wilmot Valerie Swinton, Maureen Murphy, MP Joyce
Murray (Lib.) Vancouver Quadra, Marcy Manne,
Mary Jane Sterne
Photos courtesy of Maureen Murphy. More at: http://picasaweb.google.com/mcmurphy888/GrandmotherPetition2009?feat=directlink
A grand thanks to everyone in the region who took the petition with them wherever they went and to
this region’s grandmothers who were especially involved in making this campaign a success:
Myrtle Blinn and her group, Grandmas AIDing Grandmas, who spent days going through all of the petitions,
verifying them and sending them to MPs.
Sharon Swanson (Lanark Grannies) who was on the planning committee and led the Prominent Canadians strategy.
Peggy Edwards and Val Swinton who were on the Planning Committee
Maureen Murphy who served as photographer with MPs and Senators
And to the following grandmothers (beautiful and smiling) who gave their time to come to the Hill for photos with MPs:
Sue Cousineau (Grassroot Grannies), Brenda Rooney, Ilse Turnsen, Hope Wilmot and Fil van den Bos (Wakefield Gran-
nies), Donna Denham, Peggy Edwards, Marjorie Kort, Marcy Manne, Peggy Rasmussen, Mary Jane Sterne, and Val Swin-
ton (One World Grannies), Gisele Mansfield Lalonde (Kilimanjaro Grannies), Joan Turner (Unitarian GoGos), Myrtle Blinn
and Doreen Larouche (Grandmas AIDing Grandmas), and "grandother" Lauryn Kronick who assisted us all so ably.
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
The November Granny Fest
Le festival automnal des grand-mères Regional Workshops
The Ottawa-Gatineau Region Grandmothers Network (O- Speakers’ Orientation Workshop
GRGN) held its first-ever one-day conference and gather- Marjorie Kort and Mary Jane Sterne facilitated a speakers’
ing on Saturday, November 8, 2008. It was a big success workshop at the First Unitarian Congregation on Thursday
with 80 participants registered, representing 16 of the 21 evening February 19th. The workshop is for grandmother
groups in the Network. There were even participants from group members who want to raise awareness of the AIDS
a soon-to-be formed granny group. The organizing com- pandemic in Africa and promote the Grandmother to Grand-
mittee chose as the theme of this Granny Fest mother movement by speaking to groups and at events. A
speaker list is being developed so that we can respond to
We were delighted that three staff from the Foundation, speaking requests throughout the region.
Helen Silbiger, Nancy Graves and Julie Coultas could join
us for this special gathering as well as two grannies, Sherri
Ardell and Judy Henderson, from the Oomamas granny
group in the Niagara region.
To achieve our LEARNING objective three concurrent work-
Youth Outreach Workshop
shops were held on fundraising, special events and youth
On March 9, 2009, Mary Jane and Marjorie organized a well
outreach by Helen & Nancy of the SLF, Brenda Rooney of
attended at the Unitarian Church.
Wakefield Grannies and by Sherry and Judy of the Ooma-
It was facilitated by Judy Henderson and Lorraine Green,
mas respectfully. A plenary session on advocacy with a
grannies with the Oakville Oomama Grannies and who have
special focus on elections was co-led by Peggy Edwards
extensive experience speaking in both primary and second-
and Sharon Swanson.
ary schools. They were thanked with pieces of beautiful Ka-
For our SHARING objective there was an opportunity for zuri jewellery.
each group to participate in the Market Place and to
showcase the exciting and unique activities of their group.
Julie Coultas, the Regional Coordinator of the Grandmoth-
ers’ Campaign, shared her stories about her cross-Canada
Great Granny Road Trip this past summer and provided a
status update on the Grandmothers Campaign. In addition,
she presented three different models of structures from
April 28th: .
other granny networks.
Find out how to start a granny group.
We also took the opportunity to discuss our regional Contact: Mary Jane (613) 789-1839
grandmothers’ network to decide whether there is a need firstname.lastname@example.org.
for more formal regional coordination and collaboration.
This session of the day was capably led by Mary Jane Contact Marjorie Kort at 613-761-1386
Sterne and Marjorie Kort, both of the One World Grannies. email@example.com
We concluded the day with a wonderful CELEBRATION of
spirited drumming by members of the Kunundrum drum-
mers. It was quite a spectacle to see grannies dancing in
the aisles to the magical African beat of the drums.
Recollections of Swaziland
A year ago I was in Manzini, Swaziland with some of the were, but it quickly
Stephen Lewis Foundation staff and the other 11 Grannies dawned on me that An African conference attendee, Micol Zarb
selected to go to Africa. We attended the first Interna- the women at my side (SLF’s Director of Communications) and
Marlee Richie of Saskatoon
tional Women’s Day conference on March 7, 2008 and the were looking after me,
International Women’s Day Rally and Celebration on protectively, until we arrived at our destination. Then they
March 8. quickly disappeared into the crowd. There were speeches,
singing by Swazi choirs and a big mid-afternoon dinner of
Ms. Thuli Makama, Director of Yonge Nawe1 Environmen-
cooked vegetables, rice and chicken.
tal Action Group, in a workshop titled to
effectively summarized the situation for Swaziland’s
“Currently the country is grappling with challenges
posed by food shortages, poverty, HIV/AIDS, a dwin-
dling economy and the devastating effects of climate
change. . . . Seventy percent of the population is living
below the poverty threshold. Women and children bear
the brunt of increasing poverty and disease. Women
bear the burden of the disintegrating social structures International Womens’ Day Rally, March 8, 2008
resulting from the pandemic HIV/AIDS. Over 60 percent
of the population still does not have access to clean por-
Much of the leadership to organize those two incredible
table water. They still rely on raw river water for their
days was provided by SWAPOL with the support of the
Stephen Lewis Foundation and the United Nations Popula-
Five hundred people were expected for the International tion Fund (UNFPA).
Women’s Day March but,
Siphiwe Hlophe and four other HIV-positive women
by 7:30 a.m., up to
started SWAPOL in 2001 in response to the stigma and
1,800 people had arrived
discrimination they faced in their daily lives. Two of those
at the downtown assem-
five women have died. That is the reality of life in Swazi-
bly point. Almost every-
land: one in four adults is infected with HIV so many are
one was dressed in
dying or have died. SWAPOL has grown to include more
bright red, orange, yel-
than 1000 People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA’s) in 45
Colourful conference participants low, blue or white T-
communities. SWAPOL works to help fight stigma, care for
shirts, sarongs, bandanas and matching cloth bags pro-
AIDS orphans, look after the sick in their homes, educate
vided by Swaziland for Positive Living (SWAPOL). There
people about HIV/AIDS, provide access to HIV counselling
was spontaneous dancing and singing and then the lead-
and testing, start small businesses, cultivate community
ers, including Siphiwe Hlophe (whose photo and story is
gardens and advocate for HIV treatment and support. I
the first in Stephanie Nolen’s book
understand that SWAPOL is also providing much of the
), held up their signs and the band began to play. A
leadership for the Gathering of African Women that is to
stranger grabbed my left arm and we were off and run-
be held at the same conference site in Manzini in the
ning. Another Swazi woman took my right arm. No words
spring of 2010.
were spoken. It felt like I was in a big moving sea of en-
ergy and possibility. Along city streets, uphill, downhill we
went. I had no idea where the rest of the Canadians
1. Yonge Nawe means "You too must conserve."
There are an estimated 130,000 orphans and vulnerable When I said that the ground here seemed fertile, the agri-
children in Swaziland, a number projected to increase to cultural expert proudly nodded. When I said that I had
almost 200,000 by 2010. On our last day in Swaziland, a grown up on a farm and that I still grow vegetables for my
handful of Canadian women, four from a trade union in family and the neighbours, he reached out and shook my
England, documentary filmmaker Liz Marshall and her hand enthusiastically. In that moment I felt a bond, a con-
sound technician and I were all taken into the countryside nection across cultures that will stay in my heart forever.
to visit a seedling co-op, two community gardens and a
Now back in Canada, I am aware that we need to take the
feeding station for hungry children who walk up to five
reduction of global warming very seriously. Everywhere
kilometres every day to receive their only meal that day.
we went Africans talked about global warming and the
At our first stop, about 20 Positive Living people proudly problems that it is causing – drought, unpredictable plant-
showed us the tender seedlings they had grown from seed ing and harvesting times, and rain that falls too fast and
and were now ready to plant and to sell. The agricultural hardens the ground.
expert with the group explained to us that it is really im-
Stephen Lewis said “I think that when you’ve traveled
portant that antiretroviral medications be taken with food
around a lot in Africa, you understand something that
– nutritious food. As Stephen Lewis says in
many people here don’t recognize: the extraordinary
, “If the body has no food to consume, the virus con-
power that is Africa at village level – at community level.”
sumes the body.”
Let’s continue to show what Canadian Grandmothers and
The second garden we visited seemed to be watered by
Grandothers can do at a village and community level. Yes,
members of the cooperative with a long garden hose from
we will help SWAPOL through the Stephen Lewis Founda-
a nearby stream. The ground was cracked and the plants
tion to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.
were sparse and dry. The sun was very hot. The second
community garden was rich and abundant by comparison.
GRANNY GROUP NEWS
Introducing Two New Granny Groups
Peter Cochrane’s Grannies Law Students 4 Grandmothers
We have named ourselves after a wonderful friend we Law Students for Grandmothers is run by students at the
shared in common who passed away in 2007. Peter’s Common Law faculty at the University of Ottawa, but is
homeland was South Africa although, like many of us in connected to a network of grandmothers in Port-Daniel,
the group, he had made Canada his home for many Quebec as well. We are just getting started, but are pres-
years. We wanted some meaningful way to maintain con- ently working on knitting Grandmothers' dolls, the pattern
tact with one another in Peter's memory and a granny for which was created – through a collection of various
group seemed to fit perfectly. ideas and patterns – by the women in Port-Daniel. The
beautiful dolls are being knitted for the Stephen Lewis
We are a novice group at present, having had only one
Foundation in Ottawa, Quebec, British Columbia and even
meeting. Our first fundraiser will be participation in the
Aruba, and sold in raffles and an upcoming silent auction
Great Glebe Garage Sale on May 23.
at the University of Ottawa in the fall. Anyone interested
In conclusion, thank you so much for including us in the in knitting the dolls or donating yarn is encouraged to
regional network, I am sure this will prove to be very use- contact Meagan Lepage at 613-220-6883 or
ful as we move along together. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverside Grannies The Goulbourn Grans are sponsoring a concert by Celtic
fiddler Sarah Burnell and the Sarah Burnell Band to be
held at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, Stittsville, on May
The Riverside Grannies are hosting a Fashion Show and
9th, 2009, at 7.30 p.m. The Sarah Burnell Band first
Afternoon Tea on March 28 at 2:00 p.m. It will be held at
came together in 2006 to record the award winning
Riverside Churches of Ottawa, 3191 Riverside Drive. We
“Sarah’ndipity”, which won Sarah the 2006 Canadian Folk
will feature fashions from Tweed & Hickory, model and
Music Award as “Young Performer of the Year”. Since
sell Kazuri jewellery and also offer our granny spatulas for
then, the band’s unique arrangements of traditional Celtic
music have won them accolades across Canada. Their
On June 13 we are hosting a Women's Breakfast at 9 performances are guaranteed to be engaging and enter-
a.m. at the same location. We are very pleased to have taining.
Mary Cook as our speaker. Mary is not only the author of
Tickets are $20, available from Bev Coote 613-838-2900
several books but also has received seven Actra awards
(email@example.com), in Stittsville from Art Mad 613-
for excellence in broadcast journalism. She speaks to
836-1100, in Kanata from CD Warehouse 613-599-4700
groups across the country and contributes to leading
and in Ottawa from CD Warehouse, Clyde Ave. 613-225-
newspapers and magazines. Mary has delighted audi-
ences for years with her remembrances of growing up on
her family farm in the 1930's.
We hope you will join us for one or both of these events.
For tickets contact Wanda Maurais at 613-692-4918.
Kanata Grandmothers Together Our most recent Treasurer's Report highlighted that the
Unitarian GoGos were responsible for channelling approx-
imately $20,000 in donations to the SLF in 2008. This was
After our successful Fall Tea, we are excited about our the result of our direct fundraising efforts, Joan Turner's
upcoming fundraiser, a Spring Fashion Show to be held at speaking engagements about her trip to Africa, and dona-
St. John's Anglican Church in Kanata on Wednesday, May tions made directly to the SLF on behalf of our group.
20 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The fashions will be presented
by The Wool Shop of Carleton Place and modelled by We are preparing for our April 25th fundraising event, an
grandmothers. While enjoying the show, guests will be . Bring your family and friends to
treated to homemade desserts, tea and coffee. peruse our selection of Kazuri jewellery, Ugandan batiks,
greeting cards, bookmarks, aprons, and African books
There will also be Kazuri jewellery for sale and fabulous while enjoying light refreshments and African music.
door prizes. To reserve a ticket please call Jean Gallant Come between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to First Unitar-
at 613-831-6553. ian Congregation at 30 Cleary Avenue.
Goulbourn Grans Grannies All About Kids
An evening of fun was enjoyed by all at the Stittsville Five of our members attended the Regional Granny Fest.
District Lions Club on the evening of Friday, January 23rd It was wonderful fun, very informative and so well orga-
when the Goulbourn Grans held a Bridge and Scrabble nized that we can’t wait for the next one. Our thanks go
party. Thanks to the generosity of many Goulbourn and out to those who worked so hard to put it all together.
West Ottawa businesses and individuals, we raised over
In December, we held our first annual Cookie Walk. Our
$2,800. In addition to the games-playing, we had a sale
small group baked and sold more than 80 dozen
of beautiful Kazuri jewellery and bridge score cards,
cookies and raised $570 for the Grandmothers Campaign
awarded prizes, held a raffle and topped the evening off
– all the while having fun. We learned what not to do
with pizza. Everyone had a wonderful evening and en-
next year and what needs to be done differently, but we
joyed the opportunity to help African grandmothers.
will definitely do it It is interesting how fund raising events provide such a
again and expect to wonderful opportunity to develop community awareness.
raise much more with With each event we have to explain less and less about
the same amount of who we are and instead are given the opportunity to talk
effort. more about the work that is being done by SLF and the
need to advocate with government.
On April 4th, we will be
holding a Trivia Night and Auction at the Lions’ Den in Knox Edwards United Church has been very supportive
Metcalfe. Tickets are $10 each and there will be a cash and has committed the funds raised during their Lenten
bar and food. Simply put together a team of four or project to the Grandmothers Campaign. This is the sec-
eight. Trivia nights are very popular and we are hoping ond time they have donated; the first came from a collec-
to raise a good sum of money. For tickets and more in- tion taken at a play by the Scene Around Players that the
formation contact Joan Heyland (613) 821-2505 or Bev church hosted.
McKibbon (613) 821-4981.
The Kilimanjaro Grannies want to make a difference in the 2. Collect the recyclable items from your members
lives of their grandchildren while continuing to help the and let us know when you have a shipment ready
African Grandmothers and their grandchildren. (10 items or more). We will get a pre-paid ship-
ping label to you. Use your own boxes and earn
is a fundraising program that achieves both
an extra $3.
of these goals. It pays the Stephen Lewis Foundation for
empty ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones while 3. Find and refer a sponsor committed to the fund-
helping the environment. All at no cost to us! And it’s as raising and recycling program to us and we will do
easy as 1, 2, 3. The Kilimanjaro Grannies are already reg- the rest.
istered and collecting items to be recycled.
Think Recycle has many more incentives such as receiving
makes it extremely easy to participate in their program by
$25 to promote their program on your website and spon-
providing free enrolment, collection and marketing kits,
sor planting a tree for every 24 qualifying items.
posters and shipping. And if you don’t want to do the
bookkeeping, they will send the payment directly to the Join us in this unique WIN… WIN… WIN… situation that
Stephen Lewis Foundation. All we have to do is get the so rarely presents itself.
collection boxes in the community through sponsors such
The African Grandmothers win through the money
as schools, community centers, clubs and associations,
raised for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
workplaces, malls, and neighbourhoods.
The Environment wins by reducing the amount of
The product list is extensive with items ranging from 25
waste sent to landfills (and, no, it does not get
cents for some inkjet cartridges to $17.38 for a Samsung
sent to third-world countries).
Our grandchildren win by making this a better
There are many ways that you can participate:
world for them to live and grow up in.
1. Register your granny group at Think Recycle and
For more information call Gisèle Mansfield at 613-720-
start your own collection. Inform Think Recycle
4599, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to:
that you were referred by us (account number
1SKGR) and we will earn an additional 10% of
your earnings for the first year.
One World Grannies The Kazuri Process
Our fearless co leader, Peggy Edwards, has moved from co-chairing our group to de-
voting her time to national advocacy…and what a great job she is doing!! Peg Ras-
mussen will co-chair for the next two years with Mary Jane Sterne. And, our newest
member, Lorraine Hopkins, will take over fundraising initiatives from Brenda Buchanan
who will continue in an advisory role.
Kazuri Jewellery Beads are shaped by
hand and holes created
In February, Mary Jane, Peggy Edwards and her business partner Margaret Thompson
of the Grey Bruce Grandparent Connection travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to visit the Ka-
zuri Bead factory which employs 340 poor, single mothers while providing optimum
working conditions. The women are paid a fair wage, given two meals a day and two
tea breaks, and their travel to work is subsidized. In addition, there is a nurse on site
and all medical bills for the workers and their children are paid for. Because the jewel-
lery is handmade and the work repetitive, the women change jobs daily. The owners
of the factory were so moved by the fact that the funds raised by the Canadian
grandmothers are used to help African grandmothers that they signed a contract that Beads are threaded
on a wire to dry
permits Peggy and Margaret to continue purchasing Kazuri jewellery directly from the
factory. Good work ladies!
Other Fundraising activities
To date, the sale of Kazuri jewellery has raised $48,000 and a new batch of jewellery
has just arrived for yet more jewellery parties in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
The OWG annual Valentine Campaign brought in $2,058.00 in February, all of which
was sent to the SLF. Thanks to campaign lead Wendy Miller.
The painting room is a
One World Grannies is partnering with the Nepean Choir to sell tickets for their May beehive of activity
8th concert from which we will receive a portion of the profits.
Outreach and Education
Marjorie Kort and Mary Jane Sterne continue to plan and facilitate
and for our region’s grandmother
groups. The next workshop is a on April 28th.
Hand painting is a
Prior to placing the Canadian Grandmothers’ petition before the House of Commons, a meticulous process
public relations program was executed whereby Ottawa-Gatineau grandmothers had
their photos taken with MPs and senators signing the petition. Maureen Murphy, our
incomparable photographer, did yeo(wo)man’s service by capturing these moments
over a three-day period. Thank you Maureen! The photographs will be sent to the
newspapers in the MPs and senators’ constituencies respectively…spreading the word.
On March 6th and 9th, some of our grans were present when the Canadian Grand-
mothers petition with 32,500 signatures was laid before the House of Commons.
Peggy Edwards was hostess to Betty Makoni, an activist from Zimbabwe, when she Nimble fingers are needed for
such fine detail work
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
came to speak at Ottawa University on Tuesday, February 24 at the invitation of Katherine Trevenen. She spoke to a
standing-room-only crowd. Betty Makoni is the director and founder of Girl Child Network (GCN), whose main goal is the
empowerment of the girl child. Founded in 1998, GCN has a membership of approximately 30,000 girls across Zimbabwe.
The next day, Peggy held a brunch for Betty which some of our group were able to attend. We all felt that our time spent
with Betty was far too short....we learned so much from her intelligence and strength of character. We are anxiously
awaiting her book whose principles and practices we sense have application for women and girls worldwide, not just in
We spend a fair amount of time during the winter months Christmas in Alexandra
planning events, creative projects and generally inspiring
Our Alexandra Gogos
one another – whether through Story Circles or Drumming
had a surprise deliv-
Workshops – whilst still raising funds through community-
ery by the Germiston
based service. At present, we are actively engaged in
Rotary Club who de-
planning a 4th Concert on the Covered Bridge on August
30, 2009. This event is welcomed by the Wakefield com-
munity and provides a venue for advocacy of the South
festive foods and
African Gogos’ cause. Look for more information in the
GoGos and their Christmas hampers were distributed to
On March 3d, four Wakefield Grannies took part in photo our Gogos and Child
sessions of various MPs signing the Petition. A number of Headed families.
Wakefield Grannies also attended the presentation of the
Ashbury World Affairs Group
Petition on the Hill on March 9th. Hats off to Sharon Swan-
son and Peggy Edwards for all their superb work and
planning. Two of the Wakefield Grannies’ outreach team were in-
vited to a lunchtime gathering of this group of 30 young
The Great Granny Revolution will be shown at Chelsea
people. We showed clips of two of Rooney Productions’
United Church, 8 Mill Street, Chelsea on the 18th April,
videos, "Condoms Fish and Circus Tricks," and "The Great
2009 at 7:00 p.m. The evening will begin with a light
Granny Revolution" as examples of the need and re-
supper, followed by the uplifting story of the Wakefield
sponse in different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. During
Grannies and their partnership with South African grand-
the discussion the participants asked questions that indi-
mothers raising AIDS orphans. Immediately following the
cated their understanding of the issues facing the region.
film there will be a Q&A with filmmakers Brenda and Rob-
ert Rooney and discussion of the positive effects brought
by the partnership between the Wakefield Grannies and
the Alexandra Gogos.
For more information, please contact 819 456 3522.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
Plant Sale Days International Women’s Day
We enjoyed so much success last year with our Saturday Cindy Duncan McMillan organized an International Wom-
Plant Sales that we’ll be doing this again this summer in en's Day brunch at Cafe Molo on Friday, March 6th where
the Wakefield Village Market on Riverside Drive. Our Dr. Carol Bennett spoke on . This
stand will be up and running each Saturday during June, was a celebration that not only supported Café Molo, but
September and October. also designated all additional funds to the Wakefield
herbs and flowers
from our Gran-
nies’ (and their
friends’) gardens As part of its outreach program, the Grannies did a pre-
are sold along sentation on the creation and evolution of the Wakefield
with gardening Grannies’ Project to an Outaouais multi-faith gathering. A
Gaia the scarecrow and Wakefield Grans
at a 2008 Market Day
advice and folk- Wakefield Granny, Gisèle Gilfillan, Minister of the Wake-
field Church, was instrumental in helping to arrange this.
lore remedies. A wonderful tip here: we’ve discovered
The gathering brought together groups from the area who
that instead of pricing all the plants individually, we ask
have contributed to the development of their communi-
buyers for donations instead and the result is more
ties. The Wakefield Grannies’ Project demonstrated how
money at the end of the day. Grandmother Hopi sells her
a group of older women came together to reach out to
Worm Tea that is now a proven hit amongst gardeners
grandmothers in South Africa to give them moral support
and Grandmother Annick will once again grace our stand
through letter writing and financial support for self-help
with bunches of wild bouquets. It’s a wonderful way of
connecting with our local community and raising funds for
our Alexandra Gogos. As a result of the Wakefield Grannies advocacy for South
African Gogos and their grandchildren, a correspondence
has been established between Grade 3 students of the
Wakefield Elementary School and a school in South Africa.
This exchange of letters about their daily lives contributes
to young Canadian students’ understanding what it’s like
to grow up in South Africa and is a wonderful support and
sharing experience for the African children.
Plant Sale and Garden Show Our first electronic newsletter was sent on December 1,
On Saturday May 9, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 2008, to mark World AIDS Day and our second will be
we will host our 3rd annual Spring Plant Sale and Garden coming out shortly.
show at 35 Pentland Crescent in the Beaverbrook area of
Stephen Lewis Foundation Posters
Kanata. Join us to support the Grandmothers’ Campaign
The Foundation has produced four posters titled:
and to purchase plants, Mothers’ Day gifts, garden art,
exclusive gift cards and African jewellery. An amazing raf-
However, the Foundation does not provide printed copies
fle with fabulous prizes donated by local businesses will be
so each granny group must print their own. Because of
available. Cash or cheques only. Admission free but dona-
the large size of the posters, each one costs about $65 to
tions appreciated. Event will be held rain or shine. For
print. Grassroot Grannies has resized the posters into two
further information call Judy Laughton 613-592-2813,
sizes, printed and laminated each poster for a fraction of
email@example.com) or Marg Terrett 613-225-6050.
that cost and is offering them for sale to other granny
Granny Fest groups. Sold only as a set, the series of four posters is
Three Grassroot Grannies and many other grandmothers wonderful for speaking engagements, events and displays.
were involved in the first-ever Granny Fest held in Ottawa
Cost: Large 12” x 18” laminated – $60 (set of 4)
in November. GG members Lina Woods (food), Martha
Bohm (registration), Sue Cousineau (chair) and an excel- Small 8” x 12” laminated – $25 (set of 4)
lent organizing committee were pleased with a very suc-
To purchase, contact Martha Bohm at
cessful first run. They hope to repeat this event next
firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-592-4917
Grandmother and Child Cards
Grandmother and Child cards featuring
cartoonist Aislin are available at six
cards for $10 from Martha Bohm at
email@example.com or 613-592-
4917. Floral photo cards also available
at four cards for $10.
Friends of Grassroot Grannies
The Grassroot Grannies have a large number of friends
and family who are strong supporters of the Stephen
Lewis Foundation and the Grandmothers Campaign. As
our circle of supporters is expanding, we felt the timing
was right to create a data base of “Friends of the Grass-
root Grannies” in order to keep our friends better informed
by way of an electronic newsletter about:
what is happening on the international front with
what we as a group are doing
what special events we are planning.
Ottawa-Gatineau Regional Network
GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN REGIONAL CALENDAR
March 28 2:00 p.m. Fashion Show and Tea Riverside Churches of
Riverside Grannies Ottawa, 3191 Riverside
April 4 7:00 p.m. Trivia Night and Auction Lion’s Den, 2803 8th Line
Grannies All About Kids Road, Metcalfe
18 7:00 p.m. The Great Granny Revolution Chelsea United Church, 8
Wakefield Grannies Mill Street, Chelsea
25 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. African Marketplace First Unitarian Congrega-
Unitarian GoGos tion at 30 Cleary Avenue,
Beth 613-680-1450 Ottawa
28 TBA Getting Started Workshop TBA
One World Grannies
May 8 Evening Nepean Choir Spring Concert: Arlington Woods Free
Songs for Canada - Music from Methodist Church, 225
Sea to Sea McLellan Rd., Nepean
One World Grannies
9 7:30 p.m. Celtic fiddler Sarah Burnell and St. Thomas’ Anglican
Band Church, 1619 Main Street,
Goulbourn Grans Stittsville
9 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Plant Sale and Garden Show 35 Pentland Crescent,
Grassroot Grannies Kanata
20 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Spring Fashion Show St. John’s Anglican Church,
Kanata Grandmothers Together 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata.
23 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Great Glebe Garage Sale Precise location TBA
Peter Cochrane’s Grannies
We will not rest until they rest
GRANDMOTHERS CAMPAIGN REGIONAL CALENDAR
June Saturdays Plant Sale Wakefield Village Market,
Riverside Drive, Wakefield
TBA Speakers’ Orientation Workshop TBA
One World Grannies
13 9:00 a.m. Women’s Breakfast with Mary Riverside Churches of
Cook Ottawa, 3191 Riverside
Riverside Grannies Drive
Fall TBA Silent Auction TBA
Law Students 4 Grandmothers
September Saturdays Plant Sale Wakefield Village Market,
Riverside Drive, Wakefield
October Saturdays Plant Sale Wakefield Village Market,
Riverside Drive, Wakefield
Look for your next issue in July 2009
Send your news, photos, comments on this issue and suggestions for the next to:
Val Swinton: firstname.lastname@example.org, (613) 730-6442
Copy deadline: Tuesday, June 30, 2009