End of an Era as Chatham Ursuline Sisters Prepare to Sell Chatham Residence
For many of us who grew up in Chatham, the Ursuline Order of Sisters has been an anchor in our community.They have served the community for many years, as teachers in the schools and for many of us, teachers in the Arts such as Piano and Singing Lessons. My wife remembers her weekly trek to the Mother House for her piano and singing lessons taught by one of the nuns. In those early days, the Mother House on Grand Ave. was a popular boarding school for female students from many wealthy South American families. The facility was always buzzing with activity and the sounds of different languages. Some of the sisters taught at the local Separate Schools and were driven to their locations daily. Some taught at the Mother House. For 159 years the Ursuline Sister have lived and worked in Chatham-Kent. Mother Xavier Le Bihan and her companions arrived in Chatham in 1860 at the city's invite.
Today, their numbers have diminished and they are no longer involved in the daily routine of education. There are only 64 sisters in their population today and according to the community leader, Sister Theresa Campeau, they findthemselves at a crossroads. Although their desire is to remain in the community and continue to be active in the future, their roles have changed and they have decided to sell their property, Villa Angela located on Merici Way, off McNaughton Ave. West. They will rent back living space for the remaining sisters once the sale is final. Sister Campeau said " As we prepare to let go of ownership of Villa Angela, we believe that our call to be a compassionate presence and witness to the Gospel will continue to be our motivation and purpose in life."
The sisters had hoped to find a suitable buyer for their property, one who would fulfill the original purpose of the Community, to serve the residents of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. Jarlett Health Services according to Sister Campeau is a perfect fit. "Together with the remaining sisters they will follow in the footsteps of the Ursuline Founders and remain committed to those we serve in a spirit of openness, devotion and compassion.'
Jarlette Health Services was started by Bobby and Alex Jarlette in 1970 in Midland Ontario and today has 14 Long Term Care facilities and 6 Retirement Lodges. Today, it is a family run operation and one that has the highest regard for their residents well being.
Congratulation on all the great work the Ursulines have done in our community and the many generous donations they have made to various charities and organizations through the years. We have truly been blest by your past and future presence in our community.
RM Celebration and Retrofest This weekend June 21-22/19 Chatham
As many of us know, the Retrofest Classic Car Event usually takes place the 3rd weekend of May each year in downtown Chatham. It is a weekend our family always looks forward to and it never disappoints. This year since it is the 40th Anniversary of RM Auto Restorations, who have been the driving force in Chatham-Kent'sdesignation as 'The Classic Car Capitol of Canada', an extra special weekend is taking place. Many of us remember their 25th Anniversary with the Concours D'Elegance in Tecumseh Park featuring many rare automobiles complete with drivers and passengers in period dress.
RM Founder Rob Myers says he remembers the event well and hopes to make this celebration even bigger.He encouraged everyone involved to spread the word to out of town car enthusiasts. Myers has always been a great supporter of Chatham-Kent and is planning to raise money for local charities including the Chatham Hospice and Children's Treatment Centre.
The Kick off will be Friday June 21st. A special RM 40th Anniversary Parade will take place Friday Evening at 5 P.M. on King St. from the Civic Centre to the Retro Suites. The Annual Retrofest Parade will take place as usual at 6 P.M. from the Bradley Centre where the participants will meet at 4 P.M. This will be followed by a performance by Sam Roberts Band in Tecumseh park. Saturday June 22 the Classic Cars will line King St. as in former years with special awards and celebrity judges including Wayne Carini of the Chasing Classic Car television series. A once in-a-lifetime collector car display will take place at RM Sotheby's grounds and will feature some of the rarest cars in the world with ticket proceeds to benefit the Children's Treatment Centre.Tickets for the Concourse d'Elegance at the RM grounds are available on the website An evening of entertainment will follow at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chatham Proceeds again going to benefit local Charities.
Wow! What a fantastic weekend and one you do not want to miss. Get the word out. Invite friends, relatives and all the car lovers you know or have heard about. They will certainly thank you. Myers hopes to have a few thousand cars and if anyone can make it happen he can. See you there.
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