Ash­bury House

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Ash­bury House is home to Tam Matthews, the Head­mas­ter of Ash­bury Col­lege, and his wife Jan, a teacher at the pres­ti­gious Rock­cliffe Park pri­vate school. This busy cou­ple didn’t think twice about open­ing the doors of their Ge­or­gian-style home to help raise funds for the or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides sup­port and care to pa­tients with life-threat­en­ing ill­nesses, and to their fam­i­lies.

The Matthews be­lieve in the “cir­cle of car­ing.” Jan Matthews says, “Since the school was es­tab­lished in 1891, there have been a num­ber of alumni and past-par­ents who have ben­e­fit­ted from the hospice.” Adding that, “When­ever pos­si­ble we will try to sup­port and give back to the com­mu­nity.”

Tam Matthews of­fers, “Ash­bury is a pri­vate school with a pub­lic pur­pose and a long his­tory of serv­ing the com­mu­nity. Stu­dents are taught the im­por­tance of ser­vice to oth­ers and com­pas­sion­ate lead­er­ship. An event like this let’s us lead by ex­am­ple.”

The home is used to tak­ing in large num­bers of vis­i­tors as a cen­tral gath­er­ing place for many school-sanc­tioned events, but none quite to this level. With a bright, open space geared to­wards en­ter­tain­ing stu­dents, alumni, par­ents and vis­it­ing guests, Ash­bury House serves as a ver­i­ta­ble show-home for the tal­ents of the dec­o­rat­ing team at Bloom­fields Flow­ers, who ran with a French coun­try theme to cre­ate the im­pres­sion of an el­e­gant Euro­pean vil­lage home.

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