Thank You for Your Work

Carol Goddard, Special to Seaway News
Thank You for Your Work
From the left: Back Row: BFO South Eastern Region Chair Stephen Douris, Mary Alanna McQuillan, City of Cornwall councillor Justin Towndale. Front Row: Amelie Gove, Stephanie White with Mischka. Goddard photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Board members of the Bereaved Families of Ontario, South Eastern Region gathered with Cornwall Councillor Justin Towndale at the bandshell in Lamoureux Park on July 31 to present Mary Alanna  McQuillan with a card of thanks in recognition of her dedication and service to the organization.  In his comments during the presentation, Towndale thanked McQuillan for her dedicated service before commenting how people are all touched by loss and the services of the organization will assist those coping with the loss of a loved one.

McQuillan is a retired paediatric ICU nurse, has volunteered as a grief facilitator at Camp Erin Eastern Ontario as well as being a dedicated grief facilitator trainer and volunteer with the BFO.  She mentioned her work with BFO South Eastern Region involves training grief facilitators, raising the profile of the organization locally and exploring collaborative fundraising opportunities.

Stephanie White, treasurer of the BFO South Eastern Region,  explained the anonymous donor of the Cole’s Bookstore gift card, which was included in the card, was very appreciative of McQuillan’s contributions to the organization.  White continued how Mary Alanna has been a driving force to ensure the organization returns to Cornwall to serve those dealing with a loss. She then continued how a post on social media by councillor Towndale had led to the completion of the organization’s board of directors which is an important step in its return locally.

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