Parrywinkle May 4, 2017

We're all familiar with that old adage, what goes around comes around, right? Usually meant to mean that if someone treats other people badly, he or she will eventually be treated in a similar manner by someone else.

I was reminded of this - but in a completely reverse sense - this past Saturday, April 29, when along with almost 200 other guests my beautiful Sunshine and I attended the glittering 60th Anniversary fundraising gala Diamond Reflections Diamant at Auberge des Gallant up on Mount Rigaud. The community from all walks of life came together to thank the nurses and many volunteers of Nova Hudson for the kind and wonderful treatment they and their families have received in so many ways over the years.


A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - In an emotional official welcome, head nurse Judy Tellier put it most succinctly. “I have always believed that when you help others in their time of need, they will be there to help you when you are in need of them,” she said to thunderous applause.

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY Having a ball at the gala were Nova Hudson president Peter Lang, Wanda McElheron, Maxine Bredt, Judy Tellier, Ted Bird, Betty Swennen, and Brenda Lapierre.

No question, Linda Gallant and her team did Nova proud. The setting was stunning. The cuisine –throughout simply scrumptious. The service superb. As was the entertainer for the evening, Juno Award-winner jazz singer Kim Richardson and her musicians. Ditto for the video created by Eddie Piazza as his donation to the cause.

As for Gala Honourary Chairperson, 97-year-old Maxine Bredt recently returned, albeit a little exhausted, from Vimy, France, and was honoured last Friday, April 28, during Canada's National Volunteer Week with a special presentation at Hudson Legion Branch #115 on behalf of Ste. Anne's Veterans Hospital where she has been volunteering every week for the past 43 years. What can I say about Maxine that hasn't already been said? She’s a real trouper and an inspiration to us all!

Must say, on a personal level, that the evening was made even more enjoyable by our delightful table companions, John & Inga Lawson, George & Janet Ellerbeck, and Hans Goudkuil & Helen Hodgson. Most convivial company indeed.

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY (Left to right): Jamie Nicholls, Ted Bird, and Peter Schiefke.

As was that of Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke as well as former NDP MP Jamie Nicholls now running as an independent for mayor in Hudson's November municipal elections.

On a less happy note, have to admit that I was a tad disappointed to learn that not one representative of the Town of Hudson was present at the gala although a letter of appreciation and congratulations from Mayor Ed Prévost was read on the stage by emcee, Ted Bird of The Jewel.

And a big bravo to one and all who made this truly a night to remember atop the mountain in Sainte-Marthe!


ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – As was the recent birthday party of long-time Hudson resident Christine Garner. A big Beatles fan who recently moved to Vaudreuil-Dorion where she was absolutely gobsmacked to receive from her children and their spouses - Martin (Christine), Dave (Veronica) and Michelle (Donovan), as well as her grandchildren Jonah, Juliette, Ava, Mavrick and Aydia - a very special gift of Fab Four cookies created especially for the occasion by West Islander, Katie Emory, of Biscuits Milk & Cookies fame. To parryphrase the lads from Liverpool, they surely love you Christine, yeah, yeah, yeah!

LOVING LOUISA - Birthday greetings also go out to Hudsonite Louisa Rees celebrating the big day this Sunday, May 7, all the way from Christchurch, New Zealand, from her sister, Lee Gardiner who - also in unique style - penned a marvelous poem:

A flaming Phoenix with bright auburn hair, A quandary wrapped up in a riddle

A daughter, a sister an aunty a friend, To no one, does she play ‘second fiddle’

A rule breaker, friend maker, A maven, a mum, a wife and an all-round good girl

Half a century old, it is hard to believe, If it's fun - she will give it a whirl

Now ensconced in Quebec, speaking ‘Canuck Français,’ Far away from her family that love her

Her beloved nephew, her adoring niece, Her sister-in-spirit, her brother

We wish you the best on May the 5th, And hope that God brings you a Lexus

Failing that, we both can't wait, To celebrate big-time in Texas

Weezie, happy birthday- love the South Island Skinners

And that's a wrap!


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