Who would have guessed three months ago when the first edition of Friendship Corner was written that when the next edition came out, we would no longer be able to go over to our friend’s house and give them a hug! These are unprecedented times! And it is in these times that our need to reach out is even greater. What we are learning is that we do not need to be in the presence of someone to support them, we can connect through a call, a card, a ‘curbside’ drop-off of some goodies, or a ‘Zoom date’! Reach out with abandon and give those hugs from a distance!

We are reaching out to you right now and sending you the biggest hug! Did you feel that?! We are thinking of all of you and hoping that you are faring alright during all of this, and remember if you need us, we are here for you. Please be in touch. If you would like a little chat, or need any kind of assistance, just email and we will be in touch.

Even amid a pandemic life goes on in many ways. Babies are born, birthdays arrive and we lose people we love, and all these events must be dealt with while maintaining social distancing and self isolation.

It is through those more remote means that we sadly had to say good-bye to a dear Ujamaa Grandma. Our Vice-President, Jan Heath, passed away on April 24th. Jan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late February and passed away peacefully in the Chinook Hospice a mere two months later.

Jan has been a vibrant and valuable member of Ujamaa Grandmas close to its inception. Jan’s passion for social justice and human rights was vividly apparent through all the work she did on behalf of those that needed her voice. She did much good for this world. Jan was an outdoor enthusiast and had many dear friends whom she shared time with in the mountains, at home and abroad. We will always remember what a delight she was to be with. Her big grin, her willingness to pitch in, her insights and her genuine kindness will all be greatly missed.

But she was also a modest lady and I can just hear her telling us, “That’s enough of that, time to get on with it!” So, ‘get on with it’, we will. We will remember and honour Jan by continuing the work of Ujamaa Grandmas and continuing to nurture the fellowship created by all of you. Please take care of yourselves, take care of each other and remember we are all in this together.

“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
– Woodrow T. Wilson

Just last fall at the DeSonus Concert. Jan in the red, with that great big grin.