A won­der­ful visit to North Hat­ley

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - North Hat­ley Michel Gri­mard North Hat­ley

Last Fri­day, a group of North Hat­ley cit­i­zens hosted 40 young campers and their coun­sel­lors from Camp Mas­saw­ippi (www. mabmackay.ca) for a lun­cheon and an af­ter­noon of ac­tiv­i­ties. These campers are all young peo­ple, six to thirty years of age, who have mo­tor, hear­ing or visual im­pair­ments.

Around 11am, the campers ar­rived on 5 pon­toon boats from Ayer’s Cliff. They dis­em­barked at the North Hat­ley Club. Given that the ma­jor­ity of campers are in wheel­chairs it was quite the undertaking and a team ef­fort on the part of the staff to trans­fer all the campers from the boats back onto solid ground.

As a group, with their bright orange Camp Mas­saw­ippi t-shirts, they did not go un­no­ticed. They passed right through the cen­ter of North Hat­ley and on to La Mai­son Lu­cien Va­chon (the community hall next to the Catholic Church) where a pic­nic lunch awaited them and mu­si­cians, a jug­gler and a clown per­formed for them.

De­spite the scorch­ing heat, the campers were de­lighted by the per­form­ers. Around 4pm, pleased with their visit, they left again to reem­bark on the pon­toon boats to take them back to Camp Mas­saw­ippi in Ayer’s Cliff.

Camp Mas­saw­ippi cel­e­brated its 60th an­niver­sary in 2011. By wel­com­ing these young peo­ple and of­fer­ing them a sum­mer camp adapted to their needs and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, their fam­i­lies are also able to en­joy a well-de­served break. Some of the campers come from as far away as Toronto and Nova Sco­tia.

We had the op­por­tu­nity to chat with them and took lots of pho­tos which we will give them when they leave.

I would like to em­pha­size the ex­tra­or­di­nary work done by the coun­sel­lors (young peo­ple from our re­gion; we should be proud!) and by the ad­min­is­tra­tion. We felt a won­der­ful spirit of unity and team work from this or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Thank you to all the campers for com­ing to visit us in North Hat­ley. Thank you to all the coun­sel­lors and staff for their pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Thank you to the di­rec­tor, Nathalie Roy and to Rachel Desjourdy, the Pro­grams Co­or­di­na­tor, for all the won­der­ful work that you do.

We will in­vite you all back again next year!

Photo cour­tesy

The 40 young campers from Camp Mas­saw­ippi had lots of fun at the pic­nic lunch in North Hat­ley last Fri­day noon and as seen on this pic­ture, so did the clown!

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