On Saturday July 21, 2018 OSCA welcomed twelve young volunteers (14-18 years) from Canada's CISV (Children's International Summer Villages) to Old Ottawa South. These young adults (along with two senior volunteers plus a dedicated & experienced driver) travelled in their very own Peace Bus from Victoria across Canada, promoting just and peaceful societies through education, learning, and volunteerism.
The Peace Bus makes several stops in communities and cities along its route, where the CISV volunteers offer their services to not-for-profit organizations/projects as part of their team-building and community engagement activities.
On Saturday morning these young volunteers arrived at the Firehall to help Green Dreamers weed, mulch, plant, and water the gardens, for two hours. The ease, seriousness, and good-humoured banter of our combined efforts worked like a magical charm: what seemed like a day’s workload was finished in a matter of 90 minutes!
After some refreshments & morning munchies, volunteers climbed back into the Peace Bus and headed north on Bank Street to Argyle Avenue to visit the Centre 507 vegetable gardens.
From there the Peace Bus curved back to Riverdale Avenue where Green Dreamer Brian Ure and Krysia Pazdzior, the benefactress of so many of our public garden perennials, are in the process of creating a terraced vegetable garden. All produce from this satellite garden is donated to Centre 507.
Peace Bus volunteers were intrigued by the kind of “connections” made through volunteerism. What might start out as a simple idea like, “Let’s beautify our neighbourhood” has turned into a network of sharing that includes donating perennials, growing food, and providing local produce to a centre that relies on donations to provide free healthy meals to those in need.
OSCA was thrilled to welcome the Canada Peace Bus to OOS. These young adults are on the adventure of a lifetime, developing the kind of leadership skills that only come with experience. We are honoured to be one of the many local communities across Canada to benefit from their generosity and good will.
Like the young adults on the Canada Peace Bus, OSCA depends on its volunteers; they are what makes a community thrive. We enjoy making friends, learning from each other and building community together.