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Winter Walk In Recap

Winter Walk In Recap

Does it feel like winter has already passed you by? Are you missing (not missing) the feeling of snow in your boot? If so you’re not alone and you’re welcome to reminisce on some cold days of the past. Here’s a quick recap of our 2017 Winter Walk In, hard to believe it was only 2 weeks ago!

Caleb and Euan pretty pleased with the latest technology in downhill sliding!


Foosball + hotdogs thanks to our vintage stove

Evan, Tiegan, Sarah, Charlie and Duncan made the trek, had a time and survived…even in running shoes! Osler with a “not-sure it’s-4WD-vehicle” made it up and over the big hill, shout-out to Don for helping them leave.

Claire and Keltie supported the players of the big boot hockey game, Wyatt Wallace played his first game ever and it was an unparalleled match of several hours, the likes of which haven’t been seen in many moons!

And someone (Nick Smart) forgot his snowpants – but still managed to have an amazing time! A huge thanks and how how to everyone who came out, and a special thanks to Gavin Grant and Dave Leedy for making it such a smooth operation! We’re already looking forward to the Winter Walk-In of 2018.

Kingston Pizza Party 2016

Kingston Pizza Party 2016

Thanks to Alec Orvis, Program Director 2016, for hosting an incredible Pizza Party on Saturday November 12th, 2016!

A few east coast Ponackians made the long trip to Kingston – Trevor Boothe, and the Goodman brothers Will and Gardiner. As well it was lovely to see Alumni Tyler Ray, venturing all the way from Toronto and of course Program Director emeritus Andrew Dixon from Montreal.

Thanks to the local Queen’s students for filling up the place with great Ponacka cheer. Looking forward to seeing many of them again in December for the annual Staff Christmas Party at the George’s- December 22nd!

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Ponacka Ghana Update!

Ponacka Ghana Update!

Greetings Ponackians!

We just got back from Ghana where we had another successful visit. Anne conducted 2 Every Child’s Path sessions attended by approximately 75 teachers. We also visited our original 2 schools where we were greeted surprisingly by dancing, plays and music by all the children welcoming us. We reviewed the status of the construction of our Every Child’s Path School in Accra which has now overcome some of the municipal issues and is back on track. Hopefully if we can raise enough funds, it will be ready in 18 months.

And of course, Ponacka Ghana, which was well attended on our first Sunday where we put together an Olympic afternoon with a torch run and a ceremony together with 4 teams composed of kids ranging from 4-15 years. The kids loved it and it was amazing to see that the varying ages of the kids on the teams was not a problem. In fact they embraced it as the older team members helped the little ones who were equally competitive.

When we arrived on the second Sunday, it was very rainy and we did not expect many kids to turn up. Eventually the sun came out and the kids started trickling in and within an hour there were about 50. Kwame, Helena and the volunteers do such a great job in ensuring every Sunday is a positive experience.

Of course, they were thrilled and very grateful for Ponacka’s contribution which I personally delivered in cash as it is so expensive to send money. Thanks again for all your support.

Anne and Rich Kinch



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