There was an extraordinary buzz on Monk Street on Saturday June 10, 2017 during The Glebe Centre’s Canada 150th Birthday celebration in the form of a block party from Oakland to Holmswood Ave. The Glebe Centre, a not for profit and charitable long term care home and seniors community centre, partnered with Chartwell’s Lord Lansdowne Retirement Residence to host the special event for Glebe community residents who live on the roads intersecting Monk Street.
The street was decorated in Canadian flags and red and white balloons and the aroma of burgers and hot dogs filled the air. All were welcomed with free foods, drinks, and entertainment for all ages. A grand stage showcased folk, jazz and country musicians that performed to the seated crowd in the parking lot. A covered petting zoo allowed young and old to pat bunnies and chicks and even feed the goats. A bouncy castle entertained the young energetic ones. Face painting and balloon characters provided amusement for young and old alike.
We extend a heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers and staff at the Glebe Centre and Lord Lansdowne and the Community Foundation of Ottawa that helped make the day delightful for hundreds of people that make the Glebe community their home.
By Karen Anne Blakely (Glebe Centre’s Director of Community Programs at Abbotsford)