Home & Com­mu­nity

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

The summer is­sue is my favourite one to put together. It’s a re­fresh­ing blend of so many of my much-trea­sured things; the sea­son, the dé­cor and the ca­sual al fresco style of en­ter­tain­ing – plus the fact that the pub­li­ca­tion of this is­sue mirac­u­lously co­in­cides with the time I pack up my car and head to our cot­tage on the coast of Maine! Our cot­tage is a doors-wide-open kind of place where we en­ter­tain in a re­laxed, easy style, in a space de­signed to take com­fort in the time I share with my fam­ily and friends.

The life­style you cre­ate from your home, whether it’s in your year­round res­i­dence or a va­ca­tion re­treat, is of­ten hap­pen­stance. We don’t al­ways take the time to re­flect on the sig­nif­i­cance of the sanc­tity and com­forts of the place we call home, but ev­ery once in a while life makes you stop and think . . .

A friend of mine suf­fered a tragic loss within her fam­ily. And, in my role as the edi­tor of a mag­a­zine, I pre­pared to tell her story on the pages that I help pull together. This re­ally made me think on many lev­els, but pro­fes­sion­ally I wanted to be care­ful that we did this with hu­mil­ity. I will ad­mit that this task was made much eas­ier by the in­cred­i­bly soul­ful spirit that ra­di­ates from the Richard­son fam­ily with their abil­ity to open the doors to their home and talk about 14-year-old Daron Richard­son’s death from sui­cide and the need to break the si­lence sur­round­ing this ill­ness.

It’s noth­ing less than awe-inspiring that Stephanie, Luke and Mor­gan Richard­son were able to cre­ate a home en­vi­ron­ment that wel­comed peo­ple in to share their grief and help them heal. I hope that Cather­ine Clark’s Giv­ing Back fea­ture helps read­ers to stop and think of the im­por­tance of opening up the dis­cus­sion of men­tal ill­ness within their fam­i­lies and sim­ply opening up their homes to what­ever needs to come inside.

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