This year's Santa Shuffle was a great success!
On Saturday December 1, 2018 Bethany Hope Centre was well represented at this year's Santa Shuffle held at Lansdowne Park in support of The Salvation Army's programs to help those in need, especially those needing help at Christmas. Participants walked or ran along the Rideau Canal in a 5 km fun run. 

Our thanks go out to all those who participated in this run as well as to everyone who worked to organize it. The Salvation Army is very, very grateful for all the help received.

And the winners are ....

In December, just before Christmas, Bethany's Annual Door Decorating Contest was held. The results were very impressive and the kids loved them.

Our Annual Christmas Party at Bethany was a big hit with everyone.
Bethany Hope Centre knows how to throw a fun Christmas event! The meal was delicious, Santa was jolly, and the carols were...almost sung in key. 

A big 'thank you' to everyone who helped make this event so successful. Santa made sure that everyone got lots of goodies. In the kitchen, Penny, Alana, Natalie and Bella volunteered alongside BHC staff Sarah and Dennise to create a memorable feast that put a smile on everyone's face. Jack made a big difference in Foodshare, and Loretta, as always, arrived with some sweet-smelling gifts.

Thanks to all the participants who brought their children and spent the afternoon with us.

Finally, thank you to the Sibley Family, the founders of the feast.

We had a very successful year.
Another session of Friends with Food has come to an end. We had a wonderful few months with our young chefs. We learned a lot in the kitchen and even attended the Santa Shuffle! We know our chefs will take what they have learned and make some amazing meals at home! 

Thank you and see you throughout 2019!

Another busy year came to an end.
December was a busy month here in the playroom. The kids decorated Christmas cookies and made Bethany Hope angel ornaments to thank the volunteers. The following week we went to The Bethany Hope Christmas Party where we shared a warm meal in Monarch Hall. The kids then had a blast participating in the different activities held during spirit week. 

Stay tuned as will be having a Winter Camp theme day on January 23rd during our toddler program. 

Happy New Year!

Hariot Munro was an inspiration to everyone
(Left, Naomi Praamsma, Executive Director, Bethany Hope Centre, Centre, Alison Munro, Right, Ross Munro) 

Christmas is a time for giving. In the spirit of giving, we, at BHC are pleased to share with you all  The Hariot Munro Community Spirit Award

Ross and Alison Munro have donated this award in memory of the late, Hariot Munro.

Hariot volunteered for many years at The Salvation Army Bethany Home where she developed life skills & post-natal parenting programs. She was trained as a Public Health Nurse and often supported young mothers through delivery as a birth coach. She was selfless woman with a big heart, and always went above and beyond to support those around her.

The Hariot Munro Community Spirit award will be given annually to a Bethany Hope Centre participant who is compassionate and has a general spirit of giving just as Hariot did.

Thank you, Ross for this award in loving memory of your late wife.

Thank you, Alison for this award in loving memory of your late mother.

What a beautiful gift.

Practical and useful

Getting Ready to Work - Preparing your Résumé

A résumé is all about getting your foot in the door by advertising yourself - who you are and why you're the best person for the job - to a potential employer. In order to stand out from other applicants, it is important to make a great first impression on paper.

What and how should you tell employers about yourself?

To help you with this task, we've planned a resume writing workshop for you.

Thursday, January 24th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

To sign up for this workshop all you have to do is let Phil know you're interested.

(Childcare will be available for this workshop. Sign-up early to make sure there's space available for you.)

We'll help you improve your computer skills.

We want to help you become a more effective computer user. Sign up for our next computer skills training workshop which   will be held on Wednesday, January 30th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. In order to give participants lots of one-on-one help, only a very small number of clients can be accommodated at any one session. To make sure there's space available for you, speak to Phil to let him know you'd like to attend.

The overall goal of this session is to increase the confidence of participants. Take a look at the topics we plan on covering. To make these sessions as helpful as possible, we'll also take requests.
  • Email Drives: How to use Google Drive and OneDrive to help you keep your schoolwork organized and accessible
  • MS Word Proficiency: Using spellcheck and grammar check, word count inserting tables, saving as .pdf files and using equation editor for your math course
  • How to Upload ILC Presentation Assignments to YouTube (useful for ENG4C students)
  • Research Strategies: How to find reliable sources and write citations
  • Typing Practice: Using online typing tests to build your skills
  • Introducing...the Ottawa Public Library! Using online resources to collect information from a variety of sources: video, articles, books etc.
  • Internet Safety: Password check, how and why to unsubscribe from your many, many mailing lists (if your inbox has over 500 unread emails, let's talk), understanding your digital footprint
  • Making effective posters, brochures and logos using MS Publisher and free online tools

All Work and No Play - Doesn't sound like fun, now does it?

We have a number of games to offer from Chess to Scattergories. If you're interested just let Phil know and then show up on  January 8th from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon 
for a quick game.

A very informative documentary

Once a month, we screen a Netflix documentary that deals with an important issue of concern to many. This month's film will be screened on
January 3rd from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm . Called  " Dirty Money " , this documentary takes a critical look at the payday loan  industry. In doing so, it shows how vulnerable people are exploited by these lenders

In October 2017, Scott Tucker was criminally convicted for his billion-dollar payday loan business. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison. (Tucker's attorney, Tim Muir, received 7 years.)

"As a unanimous jury found, Scott Tucker and Timothy Muir targeted and exploited millions of struggling, everyday Americans by charging them illegally high interest rates on payday loans, as much as 700 percent," Joon H. Kim, acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney, said in a statement. "Tucker and Muir sought to get away with their crimes by claiming that this $2 billion payday loan business was actually owned and operated by Native American tribes. Scott and his lawyer attempted to portray their Kansas City based AMG services as Native American owned; thereby having sovereign immunity. The jury disagreed."

An important message for anyone considering applying for college admission

If you're planning on attending college in September, January is the best time to apply. Since there are a lot of students looking to take programs in the fall,  Ontario designates February 1st as its "Equal Consideration" deadline. This means that anyone who applies to a program before this date will have a better chance of getting into the program of their choice.

If you're interested in one of Algonquin's more competitive programs, then you'll want to be sure to apply before this date.

During the online application process you'll be asked to identify your current school. If you're working on school at Bethany Hope, chances are you'll need to select Continuing Education. To do this, search for "cont ed 440", and it'll show up. I've attached a screenshot below to give you an idea of what it will look like. 

Lots of ways to enjoy the winter.

The City of Ottawa has an extensive program of recreation and cultural activities for all ages and abilities.

Don't veg this winter. Resolve to be active this year. Get out and enjoy yourself. To see what the city has to offer,  check here.

There's help with program fees so that all residents can take part in recreation and culture activities regardless of their ability to pay. If you are an individual or family with a low-income, you may qualify for the Ottawa Hand in Hand recreation and culture fee support program. 

To apply for the Ottawa Hand in Hand, Recreation and Culture Fee Support: 

You can pick up an application form at any recreation or cultural facility or at a Client Service Centre. 
Just fill it out, bring it back and hand it in. 

Please keep us informed so that we can reach you.

Being able to reach you by phone or text message is critical for us. If you've changed your phone number - or are planning to do so in the near future - please keep us informed. Call or text your new phone number to us at 613-799-2668 or  email us  if that's more convenient.

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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