It was with great sadness that Tucker House Renewal Centre learned of the passing of Rev. Isobel McGregor in January 2019. Here are some reflections on her important legacy at Tucker House.
I would not be the person I am today if not for Isobel’s leadership and support in my life. I can honestly say that my role in the non-profit sector stems back to that early work at Tucker House and Isobel’s confidence and mentorship of me. She was truly a leader in sustainability and her faith and love shone through in every interaction she had. There are just so many Iso moments that I can’t possibly name them all here, but I invite others to share their memories of Isobel at Tucker House with us.
Thank you, Iso from the bottom of my heart and from the Tucker House family. You will be remembered and your legacy will live on in the work we do every day. Shalom, my friend.

- Kristina Inrig, Interim Executive Director
I was continually inspired by Iso - and I still am. She didn't just tell what needed to be done, she showed by doing. She was a solutions-minded person, an active pacifist; this may sound like an oxymoron, but by this I mean that she joined proactive peace movements. She once told me she was not about "us versus them" protests. She was more interested in teamwork, or just being practical to make a change. She was always ready to go first and lead the way. When children at the camp needed to learn more about where their food came from, she and hubby Colin ("Soft Rocky" at camp) started an organic garden for children to pick their own snacks. Iso led a Befriending the Earth eco-spirituality group at Tucker House and elsewhere, studying and acting on values of caring for the earth. She taught Country Fun youth and campers the Christian story in a manner that engaged and challenged us to grow in love for God, self, each other, and the environment, recognizing all of Creation as sacred. When in Ottawa, she and Colin were always helping at Tucker House. When they moved away, Iso continued to assist with donations, advice, and reuniting alumni and past volunteers, gathering memories and financial support.

Iso's vision for Tucker House helped us to become a renewal centre, and her vision for engaged people working for a healthy earth and just society inspires and motivates me, as I know we need to act -- together, and quickly -- if we want to have hope for the future. Here are how Iso signed some of her last emails to us:

"Hope is action. Action is hope. Small steps in the right direction are better than no steps."

If you would like to make a donation in Isobel's memory or for more information on legacy giving please do not hesitate to get in touch. With love, remembering Iso, thinking of Colin and Iso's many family and friends who miss her.

- Diana/Cedar, Executive Director
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our newest addition to the Tucker House Family, Rowan! Our executive director, Diana Brushey, is now on maternity leave, but we look forward to welcoming both of them back to the house this summer and hope he is being nice to his momma. Congratulations Diana and Ted!
Upcoming Events
Paque-Eco-Easter
April 22| 10-2
Community Garage Sale
May 18| 9-12
Country Fun Nature Camp
July 8-12 & 15-19
We have some exciting events coming up soon including our Eco-Easter event (with Easter Egg Hunt!) and Community Garage Sale. Perfect for spring drives out of the city and fun for the whole family! View the calendar below and find out more details on our website or facebook events. We hope to see you soon!
Des solutions simples inspirées du respect
Le début des semis me fait rêver et me rappelle que l'idée de la cuisine collective est née en faisant les jardins de la Maison Tucker... avec l'espoir d'anti-gaspillage et de partage de l'abondance!
Des solutions comme celles-ci se retrouvent partout: de la friperie de ma communauté qui génère un revenu pour la banque alimentaire à l'initiative fédérale "4 pour 1000" qui propose la séquestration de carbone par des méthodes agricoles qui respectent la vie du sol et de l'environnement.
Vous implémentez sûrement des solutions simples dans votre vie quotidienne, partagez-les!- Écrit p ar Nathalie Mathieu
CUISINE COLLECTIVE/COMMUNITY KITCHEN
Join our zero waste community kitchen and come cook with us! We meet the last Wednesday of the month 1pm in French and are launching a bilingual group to meet the last Thursday of the month 6pm! We cook 4-5 vegetarian recipes together and divide the costs, interested? Get in touch or check out our Facebook Group
Tucker House Preservation Society
We are always looking for volunteers to help maintain our historic mansion, keep up the 30 acres grounds and trails and help with programming and events! We are planning once a month Volunteer days Apr-Sep -Contact us and let's get to work!
Get Ready for CFNC 2019
Hello! My name is Acacia — aka Charlie Scromeda — and I’m returning for my third summer as camp director at Country Fun Nature Camp. Every year, Tucker House welcomes children aged 5-13 years onto onto its gorgeous grounds for an amazing, non-denominational eco-Christian day camp. The staff, many of whom have been coming to camp ever since they were children, present a wide range of activities, including forest walks, nature studies, historic tours of Tucker House, pool time, crafts, eco-games and so much more. I’m so thrilled to take part in this experience once again, but even more than that, I’m excited to be back among my Country Fun family once again. It’s the people, both campers and staff, that make this camp so special: those who come back year after year, whom I’ve watched learn and grow, and new campers, discovering the beauty and joy of Tucker House for the first time. Country Fun is among the most positive and loving communities that I’ve ever discovered, and I can barely wait til' July to sing “We are from Tucker House.” Looking forward to seeing you soon!- By Charlie Scromeda

Arboretum Planting!
It’s been said that if everyone on Earth planted one native tree every year for the next six years, we could effectively reverse the impacts of climate change through the creation of vast carbon sinks. Spring is right around the corner and what better way to welcome the season than by planting a native tree in our own backyard! This season, with the help of Tree Canada, we will be hosting a tree planting event on May 18th and all are welcome to join! We’ll be learning how to plant edible native trees and shrubs in our new onsite learning arboretum. Contact TJ Turenne at programs@maisontuckerhouse.ca to volunteer or to make a donation to support this special project.
Book with us!
Plan your next event at Maison Tucker House and discover the wonders of our confederation era estate with 30 acre property for your and your group! From Girl Guides to spiritual retreat, to weddings and family events this space is sure to make any special occasion a memorable one. Speak with our bookings coordinator today or check out our website for more information!
Spring Meditation Retreat 2019
What is Tucker House “Renewal” Centre, if not a place of environmental and spiritual renewal? This Spring, Tucker House hosted our first ever meditation retreat and it was a great success! The retreat featured daily yoga classes, mindfulness meditations, and entirely vegan community meals! We also had great guest presentations include a Forest Therapy Walk facilitated by Andrea Prazmowski, mindfulness practices by Myriam Desmarquis, a herbs and spices cooking class facilitated by our in-house yoga teacher Sobina Janmeja and her husband, Massages provided by Lor’s Holistic Health Treatments, and a Non-Violent Communication workshop by Tucker House’s very own Nathalie Mathieu! Thanks again to all of our facilitators for the excellent experience.

If you missed the Spring retreat, not to worry! Due to this event’s positive feedback, we are planning to organize a fall art-themed retreat this coming November. If you are interested in participating, facilitating a workshop, or doing a work-exchange for our next retreat, please contact us at programs@maisontuckerhouse.ca! - By TJ Turenne
Halloween at Tucker House
Tucker House will be dressing up on October 26th, 2019 to celebrate Halloween! Interested in joining the Planning Committee? Please reach out to Kristine Veaudry, the Chair of our Board of Directors at chair@maisontuckerhouse.ca . Stay tuned to the Tucker House Facebook page! More information will be shared as we get closer to the event!