Submitted by Dana Bachman
Our local hero grandmothers are a grey haired army. We see you walking beside us, with your walker, at a climate change awareness walk. We see you giving your time and talents to your local churches, your hands preparing funeral teas. We hear your voice soaring to the roof of the church bringing joy and tears to the congregation. We see you standing beside us at the Tim Hortons drive through and at Sobeys collecting for our local Ross Memorial hospital. We see your dirt stained hands digging gardens for the Horticultural Society, making our town of Fenelon Falls a more beautiful, joyous and welcoming place. We see you in the biting wind selling poppies to support our Legion and local veterans.
We know many of you have suffered personal tragedies, loss, bereavement and are, many of you, lovingly caring for your own aging parents, your aging and sick husbands, brothers and yes, your own children and grandchildren. You have strength and resilience and are helping not only your own families and your own community but looking outward, sending aid to native groups in Ontario, and looking farther outward, at a world view, as you march for climate change awareness and send hurricane relief to the Bahamas.
The Fenelon Falls Grannies to Grannies is a local group that raises funds to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign which helps African grandmothers raise their grandchildren, orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. In this edition of the Town Crier Fenelon Falls Grannies For Grannies want to acknowledge our own local hero grannies. We salute you and stand in Solidarity with you. Like those African grandmothers you are brave, strong, resilient and making our community, our country and our world a better place.