Public invited to Ontario East British Home Child Family AGM to be held Tuesday, May 22

From left, William O'Shea, 12, Eleanor O'Shea, 10 and Mia Grant, 12, all of Cornwall, are the great grandchildren of the late Edwin Matthew Baker, a British Home Child who arrived in Canada in the early 1900s. Photographed in 2018, the trio pose with the original trunk that accompanied Baker on his trans-Atlantic journey at the age of 14. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — The public is invited to attend the Ontario East British Home Child Family Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, May 22. This year’s event will begin with a tree dedication followed by a dinner and the AGM.

The tree was planted thanks to the initiative of member Carol Goddard in the McIntosh Park on County Road 12 in Berwick. Attendees are asked to gather at the park for the dedication to start at 5:00 p.m. As weather is ineradicable the ceremony will be take place in the gazebo in the park and will be short.

Everyone will then take short drive south to the South Nation Conservation Authority on County Road 12 for a Social Time from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. followed by the meeting 6:45 p.m. with plans to wrap up the night by 8:00 p.m.  

In support of local business the group has arranged to have Fat Les’s in Finch cater the meal. Pizza along with fresh veggies, desert and hot and cold drinks will be available for purchase prior to the event.

GUEST SPEAKER – Maggie Wheeler author of All my Worldly Good.

Meal Tickets are as follows. Please choose a choice of pizza and drink. Please send a cheque for the meal ticket and pick the ticket up at the door.


$12 – one slice of pizza meal

___ All Dressed                          __Pepsi __Diet Pepsi

___ Vegetarian                            __Ginger-ale

___ Cheese                                  __Diet Ginger-ale


$15 – two slices of pizza meal

___ All Dressed                           __Pepsi __Diet Pepsi

___ Vegetarian                             __Ginger-ale

___ Cheese                                   __Diet Ginger-ale

Please make out cheques to OEBHCF by May 15. Sent to Judy Neville, Box 65, 2774 MacMillan Road, Finch, Ontario. K0C 1K0. Thank you for helping to give the British Home Children a voice.

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