In 1914, when the war began, Canada's population was very small, just under 8 million people. Yet, despite its small size, this country made an enormous contribution to the war effort. By the end of the war, some 619,000 Canadians had enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force for service overseas. Almost 61,000 Canadians were killed during the war, and another 172,000 were wounded. Many thousands more returned to Canada broken in mind and body.

To help commemorate Canada's huge commitment to the war effort and to remember the enormous human cost of doing so, since last September, the names of all those Canadians killed as a result of service in the last year of the war, along with the almost one million names of others killed that year are being projected onto the side of the Government Conference Centre in downtown Ottawa. The names of 16,445 soldiers are shown each night. That's a sobering reminder of the huge human cost of World War One.

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Don't miss out!
Flu Shots in BHC's Health Clinic Nov 9th
Get your flu shot at BHC on November 9th between 9:00 and 10:30 in the Health Centre. All participants are invited to attend, and so are BHC staff and their families. 

Your best shot at beating the flu is by getting your flu vaccine. The earlier you get the vaccine, the better your chances are to prevent it.  Anyone can get the flu virus. The flu is not just a cold. You could miss school, parties, holidays, or even end up in the hospital.

Why take a chance?  Get your flu shot on November 9th at 9:00 a.m.
A busy time in the Playroom

October was another busy month in the Playroom! 

We started off with a Turkey craft and enjoyed a delicious thanksgiving lunch held in Monarch Hall. The following week we went on a field trip to Valley View Little Animal Farm where everyone enjoyed riding the train and feeding the animals!

Coming up next:
Pete the Cat Day on Wednesday, November 14th. 
Infant Massage Class on Tuesday, November 20th from 10-12

Thank You, From Bethany Hope Centre

Thank you to our volunteers and donors! 
Here are just a few of the great things 
that happened this month.

Stonebridge Golf Club Marshalls made a generous donation to the Nourish Family Food Centre (left). Also, the City of Ottawa Employment and Social Services West Team hosted a back to school food drive that collected lots of nutritious meals to support of Nourish Lunch Box  program (right).


Alana, one of our dedicated volunteers brought in 53 knitted scarves that were handmade and donated by her mother, Sandy (left). Manuelle and Leah were kind enough to spend the day in our garden as part of Alexion's Global Day of Service (right).


Shopify employees took a close look at their closets and donated a heap of great finds. Our participants loved going through lots of gently used items and gratefully brought home what they needed most.

An interesting view of time

Adams' Map of History is an eye-catching presentation of the history of the world. It shows, in incredible detail, the chronological relationships that exist between events in scripture and throughout secular human history. Exploring the map stokes an interest in history and always raises interesting questions. As an American and a Christian fundamentalist, Adams made a variety of interesting choices as he worked on his map in the late 19th century. These choices, such as devoting a rather large amount of artistic real estate to the Presidents of the United States, foster discussions about the recording of history, the biases of historians, and how written history can alter how we understand the world around us.

This map is over 20 feet long, so we had to cut it in half to make it fit in our centre. It is mounted just outside the Owl's Perch Learning Centre on Bethany Hope Centre's second floor. 

Our next investment will be in a magnifying glass.

Friends with Food

Nourish Family Food Centre is pleased to announce that the second session of  Friends with Food has begun! Our junior chefs, all between the ages of 6 and 10, will come together every Saturday. During the program, they will learn about nutrition, cooking, growing food, and healthy eating. They will also build leadership skills, peer connections and confidence as they tackle new experiences in the kitchen. Our young chefs are looking forward to growing lettuce on the Bethany Hope garden tower, visiting the Lansdowne Market and participating in the Santa Shuffle. 

You can follow their progress on Instagram at @nourishfamilyfoodcentre.

An important skill to master
Getting Ready to Work - Prepare your Resume 

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, November 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
To sign up for one of 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.)

Want to try your hand?

Games can be both educational and fun. 

If you'd like to take a break and try your hand at a new game, we've set aside 11:30 am to 12:00 m on Tuesday November 13th to introduce you to chess.

"Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid.[1] The game is played by millions of people worldwide. Chess is believed to have originated in India sometime before the 7th century."

If you'd like to have some fun learning and playing this game, speak to Phil and let him know you're interested.

The Santa Shuffle - Saturday, December 1, 2018

On Saturday December 1, 2018   come out and support The Salvation Army and Running Room's Santa Shuffle at Lansdowne Park.  Register your team and walk for the 1 km Elf Walk or run along the Rideau Canal for the 5 km fun run. 

The Santa Shuffle began 28 years ago in Edmonton, Alberta to fundraise for local Salvation Army initiatives when local Running Room members decided to use their passion for running as a way to raise money to support the less fortunate in their community. In 2001, the Santa Shuffle became a national event with locations in every province in Canada. In 2017, there were more than 16,000 participants who raised more than $650,000. All proceeds from the Santa Shuffle go back into the community where they were raised.

The 28th annual Santa Shuffle will take place in 38 communities across Canada on December 1st, beginning at 10:00 am.

Register yourself or your team, collect pledges and earn prizes for top fundraising efforts. Santa and the Elves will give participant medals to everyone who registers. Run or walk for those who need help at Christmas time and all year long. 

For full details on the Santa Shuffle, check here.


Horticulture Building
Lansdowne Park, 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, ON


10:00 am - 1km Elf Walk
10:30 am - 5km Fun-Run

Registration opens at 8:30 am

Helping you become a more efficient computer user

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, November 28th 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

A very informative and entertaining 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 Thursday, November 1st from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm . Called " Islands" , it shows how r emote islands offer sanctuary for some of the planet's strangest and rarest creatures. 

"The rare pygmy three-toed sloth enjoys a peaceful existence on an idyllic Caribbean island, while nesting albatross thrive in predator-free isolation. But island life always comes at a cost. On the Galapagos Islands, young marine iguana must escape an onslaught of deadly racer snakes the moment they hatch from the sand. On the sub-Antarctic island of Zavodovski, life gets more extreme still. Every day, one and a half million penguins risk being battered against the rocks by fierce waves as they try to get on and off the island."

Since space is limited to see this documentary, please speak to Phil to reserve a spot for yourself.

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