May 19, 2011: Letter to the Editor.
Letter to the Editor.
by Julie Element.
Eight weeks ago, after a biking accident, I broke my right wrist so badly I had to have surgery and various hardware/ screws installed in my arm, rendering me incapable of earning a living (I run a one-woman house cleaning business and also do part-time work in senior care of Ottawa West Community Centre).
I did not qualify for employment insurance. I have been also unable to pursue my hobbies of music-making and song writing which I often share with the seniors in and around this community.
Word of my predicament soon got out to friends and fellow musicians. On April 30, a tribute open-stage concert was hosted at three venues: The Carleton Tavern and Daniel O’Connell’s in Kitchissippi and Irene’s Pub in the Glebe. I have in the past been involved in similar events helping to raise funds for various worthy causes but had never been the recipient.
I feel it’s time that we as a community shone some light on to the tireless and very generous efforts made by ordinary citizens reaching out to help others in times of crisis.
To name but a few, my humble thanks goes to everyone who showed up for last Saturday’s event and especially:
- Pat Macleod of the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee.
- Dan Baker tireless open-stage instigator and organizer, Simon and staff of the Carleton Tavern,
- Judy Jibb and Peter Pelletier,
- All staff and management of Irene’s and O’Connell’s pubs, • Every one of the local musicians who show up and play their wonderful music for free,
- Eva Zacios friend and local resident always happy to raise funds and collect door prizes,
- Patrick John Mills,
- All of the small businesses of Wellington West who donate to every worthwhile cause I’ve ever been involved in.
I will be attending the fund-raiser for Lauren [held on May 14] as a proud and recently cheered-up member of this fine community.