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JMPC Update

August 25, 2021
Angela Malcolm

We are happy to welcome you to our electronic form of communication via our regular email newsletter.  We hope this platform brings you a sense of reassurance and comfort regarding our enhanced attention to Infection Control as well as knowledge and awareness of our processes that will affect you as you engage with the John M Parrott Centre.  We know that efficient and timely communication is of utmost importance and we commit to using this platform to ensure you are well informed of processes, opportunities, resources, events etc occurring in the Home.

Staff Pick: I Have No Secrets

August 19, 2021
Catherine

Marg recently enjoyed I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson, a captivating YA mystery novel with an ability-diverse cast of characters. 

Fourteen year old Jemma lives with Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a wheelchair unable to communicate. She resides with loving foster parents and two other fostered children and has a home healthcare provider named Sarah who is like family.

Archival Meanderings

August 17, 2021
Michelle Barclay


Summer is sure flying by here at the archives! The museum is buzzing with activity, and more and more researchers are making their way into the archives to hash out the details of the past. The influx of new visitors has had me quite busy responding to research requests, dissecting census records, squinting at the fine print of old newspapers on the microfilm reader, and meandering between the lines of land records and abstracts. 

Staff Picks: That Summer

August 13, 2021
Catherine

Patricia recently enjoyed That Summer by Jennifer Weiner, a beach read with some surprising depth. Here is her review:

National Peacekeepers Day

August 5, 2021
Jennifer Robinson

The Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, and the RCMP hold a ceremony each year on the Sunday nearest August 9th at the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa to recognize international peace support efforts. This day commemorates the losses people sustain on all sides due to trauma and death in conflict zones/peace missions.

Children’s Books

Media Release: Eastern Ontario Officials Respond to Provincial Broadband Funding

July 19, 2021
Lindsey

Elected officials across Eastern Ontario are hopeful that the Government of Ontario’s new $4-billion broadband program will help deliver Gig level speeds across the region.

Staff Picks: A Shared Secret

July 15, 2021
Catherine

Karen recently enjoyed A Secret Shared by Patricia MacLachlan, a "sweet family story" about adoption for school-age kids. 

Staff Picks: A Town Called Solace

July 14, 2021
Catherine

Chantell recently enjoyed A Town Called Solace written by Mary Lawson, "a compelling and lifelike story that was a delight to read". Here is her review:

Re-opening Again... for (hopefully) the Last Time

July 14, 2021
Kim Kerr

It’s time to dust off the tables, ready the microfilm readers and do a thousand bicep curls in preparation of opening the archives and hauling boxes. Or pulling files which requires significantly less strength but nevertheless, we’re opening again soon, and we can’t wait to have you back!

I’m tired of re-opening the archives. This will be thrice since the pandemic started. Let’s hope there’s no fourfold. Let’s hope words like thrice and fourfold stay resigned to history except when an archivist hears those terms on a tv show and can’t help but smile when using them. 

Staff Picks: The Royal Governess

July 14, 2021
Catherine

Kristin recently enjoyed The Royal Governess by Wendy Holden, a richly detailed historical novel about the childhood of Queen Elizabeth II told from the perspective of her governess. Here's Kristin's review: