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By Laurel Aasen, a recent participant in Transforming Anxiety and Stress (coming up again March 2-5, 2017) and Teens Alive Assistant. Anxiety is a fantastic dancing partner … if you’re willing to extend your hand. If you’re willing to momentarily surrender the lead, its energy will remind you of...Read more
We love The Haven's word for 2017. It's inspiring! Here are some of the word's roots and other meanings, in English and Chinese. Inspire Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Breathe in (air); inhale. Origin 啓發 啓 is pronounced Chi with...Read more
Louise Amuir recently shared this appreciation and information with Haven donors. To find out more about giving back to The Haven, go to: As we begin the new year, I am reflecting on how very fortunate I am. In my job, I get to hang out with YOU! My work is often the happy...Read more
Ellery Littleton and Jock McKeen remember Leslie Alexander, a long-time friend of The Haven, who passed away on December 30, 2016. Ellery Littleton writes: Leslie Alexander and I were friends for over 60 years. We first met in September of 1954, each of us 13 years old, in our grade seven home room...Read more
By Cathy McNally In the second half of this year I have made new friends. Three particular new male friends in this mix. My wise friend Maria Gomori, aged 96, advised me in August to reach out and explore relationships with these people, and others. “Be villing to make compromise, Caty!” she...Read more
By Cathy McNally Approaching the new year, I find myself thinking about the next stage of my life journey. The word I am choosing is: ‘reach’, the noun, for which there is a definition: an individual part of a progression or journey . What will be my ‘reach’ in 2017? Reflecting on 2016, I notice...Read more
Jock McKeen writes: Ken Faris, a long-time friend and supporter of The Haven passed away this fall. He was a fine artist, and a gentle man.His daughter sent me this information which she asked me to share with the Haven community. Ken passed away peacefully on September 8, 2016 at the age of 84. He...Read more
It's that time of year, the 2017 Haven program catalogue is here! The online catalogue is presented in a beautiful magazine-like format that automatically adjusts to match your viewing device, from mobile to desktop. We are expecting delivery of the printed catalogue during the week of December 5...Read more
Congratulations to Talia Peckel who has been chosen to be the Haven/Gabriola Arts Council Artist in Residence in 2017. Talia is a Toronto-based artist who was born in Canada and raised in Colombia. She moved back to Toronto and completed her BFA with a major in Drawing and Painting at OCAD...Read more
By Rachel Davey, on behalf of the design team (Jessica Sedlock, Don Mattson, Roz Arscott). The Landscape Management Plan is a vital part of the overall Haven Masterplan. It was created to elucidate The Haven’s landscape management values and goals and so help guide decisions in the future. The next...Read more