"Do Something" Means
The Beat of a
with Jim Chapin
to Make a
Message as Key
Freedom of Choice
in the Cradle...
LUNCH for WHY
Howard Fields and
Al Stewart in
Benefit KIDS Can
Make a Difference
Readers Share Thoughts
in Second Annual
to read previous
issues of Circle!
Gord Kirkland, wrote about my late husband and Circle! chose to
reprint the article
(Circle! Spring 2005). I was very touched. Both Bob and I were
and are involved in several volunteer projects. We are among the founders
of a camp for people and their families who are infected or affected by
Camp Wendake was the dream of Father Nick Wells of the Anglican Diocese
of Huron. He shared it with the AIDS Committee of the diocese and it has
been happening for one week each summer for the past nine years. Our volunteer
staff comes from not only Canada but also from New York, Denver, Philadelphia
and Oklahoma. Our website is www.campwendake.org
and our mission statement really says it all. We provide a safe, welcoming
residential camping experience for persons living with HIV and those who
support them. We strive to honour diversity in age, race, sexual orientation,
ability, culture spirituality, and economic state.
Bob was awarded the Order of Huron the highest honour a lay person
can receive from the Diocese for his work at Huron Church Camp,
which hosts Camp Wendake. He held many official offices on the Camp Committee
but at Wendake he was just Bob, the guy who made sure the plumbing worked
and the supply of paper towels never ran out. He was often seen chatting
with campers and staff aged from two to 75 and he loved to see others
enjoying and benefiting from the camp experience.
They also loved Bob. When his prescription bill of $5,000 a month became
too much for our budget to bear, Wendake campers and staff held a walk
to assist his fund.
On a snowy day in late April, the Boy Scouts honoured his memory with
a tree planting at camp. Bob made sure that the Camp was always opened
up and closed with Boy Scouts so they were able to work toward their badges.
On July 30, 2005, Huron Church Camp is dedicating its new outdoor chapel/campfire
site in memory of him.
Reading Circle! and the wonderful things that are going on in different
parts of the world has encouraged me to work harder and get moving on
this year's camp. Thank you for honouring my brother and in doing so honouring
my very special, very much missed husband, Bob Shimer.
for the Next Issue of Circle! on September 7