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June 19, 2019

I gave this speech at our first Celebration of Life in May 2018.

Leonard.  George.  Gail.  Within one week in 2014 we lost all three Residents. 

For those of you who don’t know me and what I mean by Residents, I am the Executive Director of Victoria Manor...

June 19, 2019

This speech is one I gave at our second Celebration of Life in May 2019.

When I was 19 years old I started volunteering for the Distress Centre.  One night I was working an afternoon shift, by myself.  It had been quiet but just before my shift was to end I got a call....

February 1, 2018

Each of our Residents has a story.  Their life’s road to living in a supportive residential setting like ours is usually strewn with physical and mental illness, generational poverty, discrimination and lack of opportunity, trauma, addiction and yes, sometimes violence...

January 9, 2018

Thank you.  I am greatly honoured that Angie asked me to speak about Deb today, as she lived, and the impact of her passing on our Victoria Manor family.   

For those of you who do not know, my name is Leigh Vachon, and I am the Executive Director of Victoria...

May 1, 2017

Unbelievable that it has been 5 years since I gave this eulogy:

It's funny, I say funny, for lack of a better word, that life often times brings you things that you didn't know you needed.  Things that you were missing, without feeling the loss.  That is until those sam...

April 18, 2017

I gave this speech a few years ago - it is still as relevant today as it was then:

When they asked me to be the “key note” speaker for an FASD workshop on the topic of “falling through the cracks”, my ego was greatly flattered and I said “I can do that, no problem!”  An...

April 7, 2017

I was given the great honour of officiating the funeral proceedings for our dear Rose Johnson last month.  Sharing this script, shares a bit of her story but more so shares our story with her:

I want to first thank Bob and the Johnson family for trusting me with officia...

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