One evening, while on street outreach…

Earlier in the day at church I prayed for increased spiritual closeness to our street friends. Wow, was I rewarded! Later that evening, my young street outreach partner and I met 52 street friends. They represented all facets of this diverse culture; those just trying to get by, those seeking secure and comfortable housing, those […]

It’s the small things in life that matter

We all look for opportunities to share our love with those around us, to reach out and make a difference, to make a conscious effort to touch someone’s life in a special way that will make a lasting impact. We look for the big things, the major events that will change, have a profound effect […]

Just a couple of Canadians (eh?), talking on the bus.

I ran into one of our clients the other day. It happened as I got on the bus & looked around for an empty spot. “There she is!” I heard someone say. It was Ted. He was sitting alone. The rest of the bus was crowded, cramped. But Ted had an empty seat on his […]

Canadian Stone Carving Festival

On July 21-23, thirty-five stone carvers gathered on Ottawa’s historic Sparks Street for the Canadian Stone Carving Festival. Each was given a large slab of limestone and 18 hours to make it into something. During those 18 hours, I saw some amazing things. I saw people bringing renewed life into an old art. I saw community […]

THE ‘BOB’ SERIES: For Those Who Matter

While on street outreach, I met “Bob” (for the sake of anonymity, everyone I meet on the street will be named Bob in this series of posts). Back to “Bob”: this is a man who has seen every province in our great country. This is a man who has been through many traumas, who will […]

Stone Carving Workshop

Innercity Arts was lucky enough to have Patrick Imai, a local carver, volunteer his time to come in to teach us about soap stone carving. Each youth was given a piece of stone, a file, and various types of sand paper. They were given basic instructions and then invited to try it. I must admit, […]