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Journey to Uganda, Africa: Ted & Jennifer

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In continuation of last year, Ste. Anne's Spa is sending another employee and his wife to Jinja, Uganda this February as part of a GIVE International volunteer trip to Africa. Read more

Ask an Expert: Ste. Anne's Pastry Chef Khushroo

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Our 'Ask an Expert' feature will allow you to submit a question to a specific individual. This week you can ask our Pastry Chef Khushroo any question you want; next week your question might be the one we feature with an expert response. Read more

Staying Active: 10km Pitter Patter Race

Saturday, April 27, 2013

To most of you, it likely comes as no surprise that the Ste. Anne's experience encourages a healthy and active lifestyle. With over 400 acres to explore, we often recommend that you take advantage of the great outdoors. This is an integral part of the Ste. Anne's experience, from healthy meal choices when dining to recapturing your energy through rest and relaxation. It doesn't stop there, there are also wellness classes such as yoga, our new training facility or also spa treatments such as the Athlete's Relief Sports MassageRead more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: Breakfast Feedings

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Written by: Tina Abernethy

The breakfast feedings at Kiryowa went off without a hitch. Word gets out that the Mzungu’s are back in town and over 150 kids show up! Luckily, we are prepared. Dozens of kids greet us and assist with carrying gear up to the school site. Lillian and Nelly, two of the GIVE International volunteers, start the day off with a bunch of games for us to participate in with the kids. Although some of us hammed it up while others are completely out of their comfort zone, we all have a riot and bond easily with the kids. The children line up and in an orderly fashion and march up one by one to receive a cup of hot porridge (prepared by local women) and a package of digestive cookies. They happily sit and eat their food and later we pull out clothing, doing our best to find a new outfit for everyone. Stickers for the kids are a huge hit and since we have hundreds of packs, we are able to decorate foreheads, noses, ears, chins arms and hands. The kids are so proud of their new adornments. Read more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: The Beautiful People of Uganda

Monday, February 18, 2013

Written by: Kyle Hylton

Who needs an alarm clock in Uganda? You can hear the sounds of the morning creeping as if you’ve stepped back in time or at the very least, taken a trip to the farm. Just before sunrise, like clockwork, we are greeted daily with the sound of the rooster crowing. This is my cue to start getting ready for a day of volunteer work. Read more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: Sights of Uganda

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Journey to Jinja, Africa: Family Kits

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Written by: Tina Abernethy

Today is day 1 of the mission, and we are handing out family kits in the remote community of Kiryowa. A family kit consists of 8 items: mattress, blanket, jerrycan, pot, wash basin, mosquito net, long bar of soap and salt. The day starts off with a trip to the market to pick up supplies. We are accompanied by our Ugandan guides, the GIVE International Program Manager, Benjamin Kamalumba, and GIVE volunteers, (university students Nelly, Ester, Richard, and Henry) and our bus driver, Farouk. Read more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: We've Arrived!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Written by: Kyle Hylton

Our trip got off to a great start, there were no hiccups and we took off from Pearson on schedule. As an added bonus, the majority of our group were bumped up to the business class seating. I have no idea why but I just accepted it, I doubt the rest of the flight was offered filet mignon for dinner! Read more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: What’s the Difference?

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Written by: Tina Abernethy 

Less than 12 hours away from departure, instead of storing up extra amounts of ever-needed shut-eye, I am lying in bed pondering the adventure ahead. What is a mother of 3 young children (13, 10 and 7) doing? Shouldn’t I be home monitoring my own home life and ensuring that it is all tickity-boo, instead of prancing off to a developing country to ‘help’ others? Read more

Journey to Jinja, Africa: 18 Hours and Counting

Friday, February 01, 2013

Written by: Tina Abernethy

Following a tearful departure at Pearson International with my family, we are off. Yes I know, the kids will be fine without me for a few weeks, but let’s face it - as a mom it’s difficult to let go. I take solace in knowing that my husband’s calming nature will keep the fine engine of our family running smoothly. That, along with a new litter of puppies should keep them preoccupied or so I hope. Read more