Fun Day supports Bereaved Families

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By Nick Seebruch
Fun Day supports Bereaved Families
Adalynn de Wit poses with Princess Elsa from Frozen at the Family Fun Day in support of Bereaved Families Ontario - Cornwall on Saturday, April 20, 2019 (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Aimie Lariviere is a second year Social Support Worker student at St. Lawrence College. As a part of her program, students are encouraged to get involved in the community. As a part of her community involvement, Lariviere decided to hold a Family Fun Day and Remembrance Run in support of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Cornwall.

The event had a face painting, games, a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, a tea party organized by Ms. Liz and more.

All of the proceeds raised at the event went to support Bereaved Families, this includes proceeds from book sales made at the event by local award winning author G.C. Julien.

Lariviere said she believed that Bereaved Families offered an important service to people in their time of need.

“I think that they are crucial to our community. At some point we all lose someone we love,” she said. “They specialize in grief and bereavement. They are the only agency that does this in this town.”

In late March, Bereaved Families announced that they would have to close their operations on May 31 unless they could find $50,000 in funding. Bereaved Families Ontario – Cornwall has one part-time employee. Their services were used nearly 1,000 times in 2018.

Lariviere wanted to thank her volunteers who helped to make the event possible and the many people who came out in support.

In the afternoon on Saturday, a Remembrance Run was supposed to be held from St. Lawrence College to the RCAF building on Water St., but Lariviere chose to postpone the run due to the weather. For more information on the event, please see their Facebook event page here.

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