Previous Monthly Meetings of the
2018-2019 Season

Thursday October 11, 2018

Speakers: Brandy Smith and Emily Farrell

Brandy Smith is employed as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Brockville Public Library, Brandy goes above and beyond her job description in her commitment to create a vibrant, safe and inclusive community space. Brandy’s concern and passion for the environment is demonstrated through her commitment to a minimalist lifestyle. She is actively involved in the annual Community Clean Up and is the staff liaison with Transition Brockville. Brandy is an ally to the LGBTQ community and actively works to promote equal civil rights, gender equality and stop homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

Emily Farrell grew up in the area before attending the University of Guelph for a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Geology and Classical Studies. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Emily went on to finish her Library and Information Technician Diploma from Algonquin College and a Master of Information Studies (Bilingual) at the University of Ottawa. Emily is the CEO of the Brockville Public Library and is a part-time professor at Algonquin College. In her spare time, she sits on the Rideau Hill Camp Board of Directors outside of Kemptville and enjoys downtime snuggling her dog and drinking tea. Emily enjoys travelling and currently has plans to visit Iceland and South America.

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Thursday September 13, 2018

Lesley Patry Kerford and Tamara Baldwin

Lesley grew up in Ottawa for most of her life and decided to settle in Brockville after graduating from Carleton University in 2007.
Last year Lesley had a daughter, Clementine, who was stillborn at 36 weeks. Clementine was born in Ottawa and when they came back home to Brockville Lesley and her family found there was a huge lack of resources to access in our community for people going through this type of loss.
 A few months later her co-workers put together a team to participate in the Butterfly Run Ottawa as at that time herself and another co-work had both lost a child within 5 months of each other (and another co-worker since). After participating in that run Lesley knew she wanted to bring something like that to our community and that is how the Brockville Butterfly Run came to be.

Tamara became involved with the Brockville Butterfly Run for two main reasons.  The first being that the agency she is employed at has 3 staff members that suffered from a loss of child within a span of 18 months.  Wanting to be able to support her colleagues, she joined the Brockville Butterfly Run committee to gain further knowledge and provide support.

With the help of friends and other local women the first annual Brockville Butterfly Run will be taking place this year on October 14th in memory of Clementine and all of the other babies who we hold in our hearts.

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