“We must support the Arts and Crafts, because if we lose them:
we ALL lose something of the dignity and joy of life.”
– John Le Blancq
In support of the Arts Community, and especially of the vulnerable:
John volunteers, and makes furniture for donation to such worthy Causes as:
– University Hospitals Foundation www.UHKF.ca
~ Marine Museum of the Great Lakes www.marmuseum.ca
~ Community Foundation of Kingston and Area http://www.cfka.org/
~ United Way FARE FOR FRIENDS
~ Red & White Gala – Harmony House www.harmonyhousews.com
~Thousand Islands Area Residents’ Association www.tiara.on.ca
~Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve www.frontenacarchbiosphere.ca/
~1000 Islands Playhouse – www.1000islandsplayhouse.com
~ Boys and Girls Club of Ontario
~ Food Banks throughout eastern Ontario – www.kingstonfoodbank.net
~ Almost Home hostel
~ Interval House Women’s Shelter
~ Pomoja Tunaweza www.facebook.com/pages/Pamoja-Tunaweza-Womens-Center/116055768470196
~ Escott Spring Thing, annual fundraiser in support of the Libraries in Township Leeds & 1000 Islands
~ Loving Spoonful www.lovingspoonful.org
~ Parkdale Food Centre www.parkdalefoodcentre.org
…and countless other, equally-worthy groups.
“A thriving Arts & Culture will yield wonders! Inventors have always filled Society’s needs. Entrepreneurs will always lead if there’s a need.”
– John Le Blancq
John believes the future of Canada rests with her people. Towards this noble end, he fund-raises, organises and connects like-minds; the whole with a view to building local, sustainable economies, where free men can work with dignity, for a living-wage.
Notably, he has been:
~ an Organiser, fund-raiser, Convenor and Master of Ceremonies for the 20th annual Ontario Heritage Conference 2012
~ a Fund-raiser for the Frontenac Heritage Foundation; the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes; the Ottawa Humane Society through subsidiary groups such as Homes with Woofs, which auctioned custom-built doghouses; Interval House women’s shelter; the Parkdale Food Bank, Ottawa…. and many other charity, advocacy, and Arts groups.
~ Speaker at the 20th annual Ontario Heritage Conference – the pre-eminent Conference of academia, business, and government, where conservation policy is debated. It was a privilege, as a craftsman, to speak alongside international Doctors of Architecture, History, and Engineering. The mutual respect and goodwill was heartfelt.
– Guest Speaker at regional government round-tables establishing working plans for conserving built-heritage conservation, and general community-building.
– Past Member of the Leeds & 1000 Islands Municipal Heritage Committee
– Member of the Kingston Municipal Heritage Committee
– Member of the Empire Club of Canada
– Life Member of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy
John’s time spent with organising these events is indeed considerable, and is beneficial in bringing people together .
Some highlights from various community events and fund-raisers: