Happy New Year!

For those of you who have worked with me long enough, you will have hopefully received at least one of my new year greetings. This year however, I have decided to do something different … hopefully you will not object.

Diverting funds from the production and postage of a greeting for 2015, I have instead made donations to four worthy charities.



The mission of Bird Studies Canada is to advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm, and support of its members, volunteers, and the interested public.

Bird Studies Canada is a not-for-profit organization built on the enthusiastic contributions of thousands of volunteer Citizen Scientists. Data from Bird Studies Canada’s volunteer surveys and targeted research projects are used to identify significant population changes and help direct conservation planning.

This donation has been directed towards the Bald Eagle Recovery Programme which is working to restore a healthy population of Bald Eagles to southern Ontario, a species that is just returning from the very brink of extirpation.



War Child International is the joint initiative of War Child United Kingdom (UK), War Child Holland and War Child Canada. Although each organisation was founded – and operates – independently, each are brought together through a common vision and dedication to supporting children and young people affected by war. Together, these three organizations are able to leverage their individual and collective strengths to reach more children and have a deeper impact. Collectively, they reach hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.

War Child International is committed to protecting and supporting children affected by armed conflict, empowering them to claim their rights, develop to their full potential and contribute to a peaceful future for themselves and their communities.



The vision of the Woodland Trust is a UK rich in woods and trees, enjoyed and valued by everyone.

The Trust aims to create new native woodland with the help of communities, schools, organisations and individuals. The Trust strives to protect the UK’s precious ancient woods, restore the ones that are damaged and fight for those under threat. By inspiring people to visit woods, plant trees, and enjoy the many benefits that woodland has to offer, the Trust hopes to preserve this valuable resource for generations to come.



Yellow Brick House is committed to rebuilding the lives of abused women and children in York Region, southern Ontario. With a team of dedicated counsellors, educators, administration staff and volunteers Yellow Brick House works hard to ensure women and children have a safe place to turn to if they become victims of domestic abuse.

Providing four core services that include emergency shelter, transitional housing, outreach services and public education, this organization empowers abused women and children to lead violence free lives.



With so many good causes to choose from, I hope you will approve of my selection. Should you wish to make your own donation to one of these charities, I am sure your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Wishing you all the very best for the year ahead.