Ojibway Historical Preservation Society

SO I think I talked about this last year when I helped with the Art Show, but I’ll recap.

The Ojibway Club is a hotel building that is near my cottage, it was built in 1906, and ran as a hotel until the 60’s after that the islanders bought it and made it into a clubhouse for the people whose cottages were in the surrounding area.

The Ojibway Club is a really big part of my family’s history – my grandmother remembers staying in it as a child, and we have been members of the club since it opened. In present day, my younger sister goes to the day camp and does canoeing, swimming, sailing, etc. My mom comes to play tennis, my dad meets his sailing buddies and they organise sailing races on the weekends. I work in the office at the club, dealing with member issues and helping people with questions. It is the hub of our island community. The club is where people come to meet others and hang out, they come to get their groceries and gas. Anyway, I think you get the gist. It is really important to us.

Now the building is over 100 years old, and it needs some repair, about 7 or 8 years ago we redid the roo

f and updated parts of the interior as well as fixed some structural things on the main part of the hotel. But now the Grocery Store is falling apart. My mom is on the Ojibway Historical Preservation Society, and she and the rest of the OHPS are trying to raise $500,000 to rebuild it. Since the Club is owned collectively by the islanders, it is up to them to raise this money. I think we get a little from the government because it is a historical building, but not near enough.

I thought I would help out by making posters so people would donate money. In a few days I will post the photos of the ones that   I made.

So far, I can tell that the posters are achieving their posters, I have seen way more people coming to pick up donor cards and giving us money to rebuild our grocery store. Hopefully we will reach our goal in no time. 🙂



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About Margaret

Autobiography – My Name is Margaret. I was born in Vancouver, where I have lived for my whole life. My family includes; my two sisters and my mom and dad. We have three cats. One of my favourite quotes is this one by Dr. Seuss; “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” I have gone to Mulgrave since kindergarten. When I joined the school, the present building wasn’t even built yet. I have so many memories attached to the school and it has always been a big part of my life. I have done ballet since I was three years old, and am now in grade 7 ballet in the RAD program. I have tried many kinds of dance including, Jazz, Hip-Hop, lyrical and Tap. Currently I am in a competitive Jazz group that has done well at competitions for the past 2 years that I have been in it. I like dance because it is something that you can be yourself in and also something where you can be active and become fit and strong. For the past 4 years I have helped backstage during our school productions I have learned a lot about hair, costumes, and generally how a production works, I started to take acting lessons in 2008, to try and fulfill my dream to be more famous than average, but I realised that I don’t really like acting as much as I thought.  In school I have always been told that I am a very kind and caring person and I know that it is true. I have gotten pretty good grades for the majority of my school career. I always work really hard to keep my grades up, and strive to get on the Honor roll and Principals list which are ways that our school recognises academic and non-academic achievements. Every summer my family goes to our cottage, which is on Georgian Bay. We stay there for six to eight weeks. I have visited our family cottage since I was a baby, every year for each of my 16 summers. I have a whole bunch of friends there, some from Vancouver, some from Toronto; one of my friends was from the Cayman Islands! While I am there I babysit and also have a job as an office assistant in a clubhouse. I have a lot of fun with my family and friends, and I bet it is a lot better than staying in Vancouver. I have been on two outreach trips with my school; one to Cuba and another, most recently, to Costa Rica. They were both really interesting because I have been to very few countries outside of Canada. I really enjoyed seeing all of the different plants and animals that live there and also experiencing the lifestyle and culture of people in other places in the world. In Cuba we learned a lot about history of politics and also gave donations to some schools. Before we went we had a used shoe drive and brought a whole bunch of them with us. When we went to Costa Rica we also visited some schools and helped one start to build a gym and another build a bathroom. I had a blast on these trips and have acquired a taste for traveling out of the country. I am excited to carry on doing outreach trips later in my life. The year that I was in grade six, my parents' bought a townhouse in Whistler. During ski season, my family leaves directly from school on Friday afternoons, and we drive straight there. We go every single weekend until the end of March. As a result, I am a pretty good skier. Also this year I got a job as a ski instructor for little kids there and am pretty excited to get started. My best friend in the whole world is Emily, we have been friends since grade two, and “besties” since grade three. She left Mulgrave for grade eight in another school; it was hard at first to adjust, now we still keep in touch and hangout on a regular basis. I am a fun loving person. A couple of times in my life have laughed for half an hour or more, without stopping. I like to watch comedy on TV, and love joking around with my friends. Music is also a big part of my life I love singing along to songs on the radio with my sisters and friends. I always enjoyed being artistic. I can’t say that I’m a great sketcher or painter but I still enjoy pretty much all the kinds of art. Some of my favourites are painting, and sculpting. So that’s me in a nutshell. So far my life has been pretty great and I’m looking forward to the rest of it!

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