Falling between Remembrance Day and Christmas, it is only appropriate that this year’s closing edition of the Focal Point blog reflects on our sense of gratitude. With tragic events in Saint-Jean, QC and Ottawa occurring ahead of November 11, ceremonies took on a heightened sense of poignancy. What emerged from the sadness was the opposite of despondency: at cenotaphs, community centres, parks and school auditoriums, people came together, recognized the enormous contributions made by the fallen in conflicts both long past and recent, and defiantly refused to let these acts of sacrifice be diminished by time or circumstance.
Education may be the ultimate act of appreciation. In the centenary of the start of the First World War, the valor and values of a past generation are being recalled to inspire and enrich the lives of young Canadians.
Near South Lancaster, ON
Are you hopelessly frazzled trying to track down a must-have toy or a digital device that a certain teenager can’t live without? Dreading interminable airport lineups, delayed flights and unanticipated reroutings separating you from a memorable Christmas with loved ones? You will be thankful for a solitary walk in the fresh snow that will put the season and the goodness it represents, back in the proper light.
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
– Robert Frost, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (verse 1)
Near Marieville, QC
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To clients and friends of Carey Management Philanthropy Photos, my sincere thanks for your kind words of encouragement and your support. Best wishes to you and your families for the Holiday Season and the New Year.
Look forward to seeing you in 2015!