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Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

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Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2019

Stay tuned to see a new house every day. Tickets on sale October 30th.. It’s on!!
Every year, generous homeowners from the Carleton Place area loan their houses to benefit The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation. Home owners transform their homes to showcase stunning holiday décor and entertainment ideas. This year is no exception, and this wonderful event, is returning for it’s 8th consecutive year. In the past 8 years, our tour has helped raise much needed funding towards the purchase of patient care equipment. December 7th and 8th come enjoy the magic of Carleton Place and support The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation.
-Contact info – Jane Tunks 613-257-9717 and

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5870 Roger Stevens Drive- House Number 1

This stop may seem a little far, but it’s definitely worth the trip!

Directions from CP – Hwy. 15 to Smiths Falls, L on McLaughlin, R on Rosedale, L on Roger Stevens Dr., to 5870, approx. 23 min.

From Perth – Hwy. 43 to Smiths Falls, to Roger Stevens Dr.(Hwy. 4), approx. 10 min.

From Ottawa – 416 South to Roger Stevens Dr., follow to 5870 Roger Stevens Dr., approx. 20 min.

Built nearly a century ago by the Douglas family, this gorgeous farmhouse has undergone quite the transformation.  It originally sat approximately 1 kilometre south of its current location. During the winter months in the 1940’s, with the use of sleighs and horses, this old girl was moved by the Douglas family to where she stands today.  The current homeowners purchased this home in 1990 from the Douglas family descendants. They immediately began refurbishing the old structure, adding an addition complimenting the existing architectural design. The front living room was previously the sitting room plus kitchen.  The new kitchen was relocated to where the old summer kitchen sat and in 2013, a huge western facing sunroom complete with fireplace was built to showcase the amazing sunsets.

The lady of the house begins decorating for Christmas in the middle of November.  Deep window sills are adorned with themed vignettes. The huge natural tree in the sunroom is quite the showstopper!  Several smaller trees throughout the home along with sentimental decor, tells the story that Christmas for this family is truly a special time of year!



316 Justin Drive, Carleton Place – House Number 2

This beautiful home was built by Grizzly Homes 6 years ago and when it became available on the market, the current homeowners snatched it up in a heartbeat.  It was love at first site!  The 1,800 square foot open concept bungalow, plus duplicate square footage walkout basement, is truly an entertainers dream.  With five bedrooms and three bathrooms, this large family home is the perfect spot for hosting family and friends.  Since moving into their new home in July of 2018, these homeowners have really enjoyed their peaceful rural setting, especially the numerous campfires throughout all four seasons.  The beautifully treed backyard hosts an abundance of wildlife and the fresh fallen snow announces the arrival of visitors, like blue jays, the classic Christmas red cardinal and a large flock of 13 wild turkeys!

Christmas traditions include listening to copious amounts of Christmas music, watching family favourite Holiday movies, cosy evenings by the fire or campfire with hot chocolate, and board game or card nights.  The living room proudly displays a natural tree with coloured lights, sentimental hand me down ornaments from Mum, handmade ornaments from the boys and traditional treasures!  There is also a large faux tree in the basement plus many seasonal and whimsical touches throughout this family home.  Enjoy!



27 Allan Street, Carleton Place – House Number 3

Sitting on almost an acre in town fronting on the beautiful Mississippi River, you will find this gorgeous 3,500 square foot home.  Built in 1917, this older Victorian has been completely renovated into a modern home while still retaining many of its original characteristics.  The old lath and plaster walls and decorated plaster ceilings remain, as do the original hardwood floors and doors including the hardware.  Although some old exterior brick is exposed on the inside, the exterior of the home plus interior fireplace have been modernized.  An old feel to the home still remains with its dormer window style and welcoming front porch.  There was an addition to the back of the home in 1980 and recently the addition of an in ground pool with interlock.  The boathouse at the waters edge has also been fully finished.  Previously owned by the Town’s Fire chief, along with the home next door,  both homes were linked by cement paths for close family ties.

Christmas for this young energetic family, is celebrated in a big fashion beginning right after Halloween.  The three young children can’t wait to be part of this adventure each year.  The outside of the home gets the full attention of passers by with its many whimsical blow ups and twinkly lights.  Several faux trees are showcased inside this lovely home, however for this family, nothing quite says Christmas like the smell of a freshly cut real tree!

Did you know??? Did you know?  Deb Bigras said– This location was the home to a bottle factory at one time. We pulled many an old bottle from the river over the years. There was a large old mill stone that stuck out of the ground behind the house to show its history as well. The house was originally owned/built by Mort and Isabel Rogers from Perth.They built the grey bungalow for his aunt when she returned from New York City and looked after her in her retirement. My parents, Ken and Helen Drummond, were the next owners the grey bungalow and then this house as well. The two houses were always tied together and looked after as one property. This house had many extra features unusual for its time. For example : a cedar storage room for clothes and furs, a dumb waiter between the kitchen and a cold storage room, a laundry chute to a basement laundry area. Many wonderful family memories were made in this house!–Check out our new home every day on our Facebook page–https://www.facebook.com/carletonplacehousetour/



310 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 4

This beautiful stone home, nicknamed the “Scottish Mansion” was built by Charles Bates, a local textile manufacturer one century ago this year!  The home took an estimated four years to build and has had approximately 8 owners over its lifetime.  This old girl sat vacant for upwards of 5 years, almost becoming a tear down until the current owners drove by in early 2010 and fell in love with her.  They purchased their dream home with a vision and have been renovating ever since.  Although there are still only minor renovations taking place, this gorgeous stone mansion has been completely renovated from top to bottom, inside and out.  The current homeowners have lovingly restored as much of the original woodwork and character as possible while keeping an inviting and warm homey feel.  In one word, this home is simply Amazing!

Since moving into their home, the owners have enjoyed decorating for all of the Holidays, Christmas being the most favourite.  Every part of this lovely abode gets kissed with Christmas Cheer!  The entire three story home is decorated from top to bottom…. even the laundry room!  Multiple Christmas trees and an abundance of seasonal decor ranging from modern to antique, adorn this home for the Holidays, making it a must see for Christmas lovers alike!


242 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 5

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This beautiful red brick Victorian on High Street was built in 1892.  There is a direct connection to the Findlay Family and their foundry, which was established in Carleton Place in 1860.  In recent years it also operated as a Bed and Breakfast.

This home features a number of traditionally decorated rooms with original ceiling roses, double height baseboards and high ceilings.  The front lounge features a large natural wood burning fireplace and supper large sofas to snuggle into.  The traditional style continues into the dining room, in which a collection of Royal Worcester porcelain will be on display.  You are then welcomed into the farm style kitchen with its very own snug overlooking the forest to the rear.  The snug also provides access to the indoor pool and sauna.  A switch to modern style, showcasing beautiful barn doors, welcomes you to the utility area and huge rear family room.

This gorgeous home was purchased in 2018 by a British couple as is evident by British memorabilia throughout the home plus various presentations honouring British Military Service from multiple generations of their family.

The feeling of Christmas at 242 High Street is in the air, with several trees and special treasures, but most of all the enjoyment revolves around the roaring fire in the lounge with the cherished company of family and friends!



91 High Street, Carleton Place – House Number 6

The current homeowners purchased their newly renovated home in November 2017.  It may look like a new build, but it was actually built in 1910.  The home was previously a much smaller chopped up duplex which was completely renovated from top to bottom.  A large addition was added onto the back of the home allowing for an absolutely gorgeous kitchen, dining and play area on the ground floor thus enlarging the second floor to accommodate huge bedrooms and bathrooms!  The gorgeous kitchen and expansive open concept is what sold the current homeowners!  The home boasts many large windows and tons of space for entertaining family and friends.  The view of Town Hall and the Mississippi River from the second story windows is wonderful.  Being originally from Nova Scotia, there is a beachy coastal influence throughout this lovely home!

These homeowners grew up with many family Christmas traditions which they continue to share with their young children today.  Yummy cookies, themed Christmas dinners such as Hawaiian, Ugly Christmas Sweater and an East Coast Christmas with a Jigg’s Dinner! This traditionally Newfoundland dinner consists of boiled vegetables, salt beef and a turkey!
They love to decorate for Christmas, displaying multiple themed trees; including a peacock inspired tree, a vintage tree with ornaments from the 40’s and 50’s, woodland decor and many reindeer.  Look for an iconic piece of Carleton Place Christmas history, on loan for the tour…..the 40 years plus, Barker Funeral Home reindeer, pulling Santa in his sleigh!



104 Old Mill Lane, Appleton – House Number 7

In the 1800’s, The Teskey Family immigrated from Ireland & settled along the banks of the Mississippi River.  They were entrepreneurs with a vision.  They built a town starting with a Saw Mill, then a Gris Mill for processing flour.  However, it was their Woollen Mill, the ruins of which can still be seen today, that helped create the Town of
Teskeyville, a bustling village with 2 general stores, a blacksmith shop, several mills and many homes along the Mississippi River.  The Woollen Mill continued operating for the next 100 years.

In 1842, the Teskey family built this stately limestone manor (1 of 3) with 4 fireplaces, a full 75 years before electricity revolutionized households.  Fast forward 177 years, add indoor plumbing, heat and electricity and no one roughs it here anymore.  Today, Teskeyville is now the village of Appleton and the 1842 limestone manor is now “The Old MIll Manor”, a five bedroom vacation rental catering High Tea lunches, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  Since 2015, they’ve proudly hosted over 4,000 guests worldwide, from Dubai, Germany, France, Japan, the U.S. and all over Canada.

“The Old Mill Manor” welcomes you to join them for a Charles Dickens inspired Christmas!



169 Hillcrest Drive, Appleton – House Number 8

This stunning home in Appleton, is situated on the beautiful Mississippi River overlooking Appleton Bay.  Purchased by the current homeowners in September 2015, this mid 1980’s home has received a complete modern day transformation.  Upon entering this beautifully reimagined home, you will be greeted with water views, glass railings and the living rooms two story stone fireplace.  The oak flooring and bannisters have been sanded and re stained adopting a more contemporary flair.  The kitchen was completely renovated, amalgamating the four season sunroom.  The basement was finished and the main floor master bath has just been transformed into quite the show stopper!  A gorgeous tree trunk coffee table commands attention in the sunken living room along with the beautiful fireplace and the two story windows flooding the home with natural light.  Every room in this updated home embraces the waterfront!  Retaining most of the original trees, the outside of the home has gained the addition of a swimming pool, new deck/patio and hot tub.

The lady of the house inherited her love of Christmas from her mother and she proudly displays her own handmade wreath on the front door.  Czech heritage also plays a big part in family traditions.  Blue and white glass ornaments from Grandma and Grandpa are showcased on the white tree in the breakfast nook.  The tall natural tree in the living room is lovingly referred to as “school age chic…mostly adorned by handmade masterpieces from their young children.  You will find beautiful garlands, a Victorian village, more trees and touches of Christmas top to bottom in this lovely abode.



HOUSE 9—623 CARL LEE AVENUE Mississippi Mills, Ontario K0A1A0 




The “Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour” is pleased to announce that this BONUS HOUSE is also open for tour goers during the entire duration of this year’s House Tour! Although this BONUS HOUSE is not on the tour ticket, tour goers will revive an information sheet at each and every home on this year’s Tour! Enjoy!!!


Located on just over one acre of land in the peaceful neighbourhood of Monroe Meadows, you will find this gorgeous seven thousand square foot, three level family home. Originally designed locally by Davies Design Limited of Carleton Place, this custom home was built for the Bolton family in 2009. 


The current homeowners have very much enjoyed living here for the past two years. They fell in love with the location, the homes 16’ high ceiling in the living room which includes a stone fireplace surrounded by palladium windows, the gorgeous kitchen, the five bedrooms and four baths….but the icing on the cake was the radiant in floor heating!


This home is truly an example of high tech luxury living at its best! Control 4, are the electronic brains of this home and uses smart phone technology to control the doors, lights, furnace, camera’s, music, plus monitor the sump pump levels at all time.


Being a military family for the past 35 years, has caused this family to move numerous times. These multiple moves have resulted in family members being spread out all over Canada, making Christmas such an important time to gather and reconnect with family and friends. 


When these homeowners were young and had limited funds, they learned to make Christmas special. Handcrafting gifts for one another, still holds more meaning to them today. Because of the frequent relocations, extended family weren’t always around,

especially during Christmastime. Each year, the five children would create a special new Christmas tree ornament to proudly display on the tree. This became their family tradition. 


Today, their most special tree, is the one holding all of these lovingly handmade treasures. Each and every wonderful creation holds a memory of being together and the history of what

happened that year. You will notice many older and treasured decorations throughout this lovely abode that have also lasted throughout the years. These homeowners wish you and yours a very “Merry Christmas”!







Welcome to Rock-N-Horse Farm!


1267 Rae Road
Almonte, Ontario, Canada
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This 230 acre farmland and pasture was purchased in 1922 and is currently owned and farmed by the family’s fourth generation. In 2014, the old shop was converted into the current store which showcases the original beams and some antiques. 80 acres of maple bush produces maple syrup in a wood fired evaporator and is available for sale in the Store. Visitors can check out the animals in the barn and do a little Christmas shopping at the craft market in the new Tool Shop. There will be crafts such as needle work, felted mitts, ceramics, art, woodworking, body care products, jams, jellies, ferments, and a bake sale. You can also sit down for a quick bite while enjoying some Christmas music.
***Please note that the farm will be open for visitors during the Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour on Saturday, December the 7th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Sunday, December the 8th from the hours of 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. *


The Map

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Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2018 –Homes

Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2018 –Homes

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House Number 1256 Islandview Drive Drummond- North Elmsley

Situated on beautiful Mississippi Lake, this gorgeous 5,000 square foot home will
welcome you with open arms.

This Icelandic family purchased their scenic lot 15 years ago in the summer of 2003. At
last, this was the perfect view that they were searching for. They demolished the existing home in 2005. Planning for a large family, they then built their dream home in its place.

Although quite large in scope, they wanted the streets cape to be unassuming. The owners designed most of their home themselves and the gentleman of the house was involved in every aspect of the build. Their favourite place to enjoy this bit of paradise is on the waterfront deck watching the sun come up!

For this family, the Christmas season begins shortly after Halloween and continues onward. You’ll be greeted by their favourite ornaments flanking the front door adorned with a beautiful wreath. Inside, there are multiple trees, garlands and collected artifacts that are quite dear to the lady of the house. Christmas Eve is a special day for this family and is celebrated with a huge meal followed by gifts and storytelling. The feast continues on Christmas Day, including family and friends. Boxing Day however is a quiet family day, including board games and more ongoing feasts. If the lake should be frozen during the tour, you will find a rink complete with floodlights and outdoor speakers setting the mood for how close and full of life this family truly is!


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House Number  2 -15 Terry Fox Drive

Reminiscent of a seaside cottage, this lovely home welcomes visitors with such a
comfortable wave of decor, as if they were on vacation!

A remodelled kitchen, new flooring, furniture and of course decor are executed flawlessly in this adorable home. The homeowners love of the sea and all things nautical are evident in each and every room. The lady of the house began her love affair with Christmas and all its joy, when she was just a small child. Growing up in a household steeped in Christmas tradition, with real trees, homemade ornaments and the spirit of Christmas giving, it’s no wonder she has carried on and added to these cherished memories with her own family. As much as the holiday decor is soothing and subtle in tones of blues, greens and silver, the family tree, proudly displayed in the living room, must be real with its intoxicating woodsy scent.

Adorned with multicoloured lights and vibrant pops of colour, it’s lovingly decorated with sentimental family ornaments including the special creations by her children. And as she as a child once did, the tradition continues…hot chocolate while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. With twelve trees, designer elements and whimsy you will instantly be welcomed with the feeling of home away from home! So come and share what Christmas means to this young energetic family, you will definitely leave with a smile on your face and a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart!


House Number 331 Nelson Street West

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Apparently tour goers can’t seem to get enough of this Christmas House! Welcome back!

A miniature sleigh overflowing with heavenly scented boughs, sits perched next to the front door, which is draped in garlands and beckons guests to enter this Christmas wonderland. This house may not be heritage, but this open concept bungalow is definitely not lacking in charm. It is steeped in tradition, especially during the Yule Tide.

There are 26 themed and decorated trees, the favourite being the one in the window, which cradles over 650 ornaments –none more precious or spectacular than the ones lovingly handcrafted by the homeowner’s children and grandchildren.

Traditions – the real tree this family has always had – a spruce named “Bruce”, because nothing smells quite so right as the real thing. Christmas for this house is about family,
friends and togetherness, and its spirit never quite leaves…even when the decorations come down.

Looking for unique and tasteful gift ideas? We welcome you to do a little Christmas shopping at this featured home! The Carleton Place Hospital Gift Shoppe, run by the Auxiliary, will be showcasing their beautiful gifts and Christmas decor. This sale will run the full duration of the tour. Enjoy!


House Number 4 110 Lake Ave East


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This beautiful brown brick Victorian was built in 1885 by a master stone mason named William Willoughby. He also built several area churches, school houses and the original Carleton Place Town Hall.

Almost 130 years later, the current homeowners purchased this home and in only four short years lovingly restored her into what you see today. They began by rejoining what was once separate units, back into a single family home. Both units were reconnected through the kitchen. A family room was created in the back of the home with the addition of a powder room and closet. The master bedroom was tackled next by adding a master closest and renovating the ensuite. The lady of the house has quite the eye and flair for decor. With pops of colour, she has worked her magic throughout this lovely Victorian. An accomplished artist, with a passion for all things whimsical, the stairway will delight you as it leads you to the second floor. This talented woman inherited her Christmas spirit from her Nanny, which she encapsulates with her creativity and flair for design. Eight trees of various sizes adorn this Christmas house. The entire family loves Christmas. They love the decorations, spending time with family and friends, and they love their annual tradition of watching Christmas classics like Home Alone and Die Hard. Where’s the popcorn?!



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House Number 5 90 Lake Ave East

This beautiful brick Victorian,featuring a prominent turret on its North East corner, was
lovingly built by Alfred and Maggie McNeely in 1890.

Alfred was a draftsman at the W.A. Nichols Planning Mill, which once held shop at the corner of Lake Avenue and Bridge Street – now occupied by Dominos Pizza. Following Alfred’s death, the Bracewell family lived here for many years. Over the years, this home morphed into several apartments, before it was restored back to a single family home. The servants staircase to the kitchen has since been closed and currently houses a full sized pantry and an upstairs laundry.

Purchased only two years ago, the current homeowners were drawn to the beautiful brick and unique details of this gorgeous home. They loved the high ceilings, pocket doors, transoms, and happy creaky hardwood floors! They loved how the main floor family room still had its original beams, from when it was once the horse stable! And wait until you see the o’h so unique staircase! Future plans include a mud room by the kitchen door and possibly replacing the missing ball that once crowned the turret.

The attic master bedroom, with full ensuite is also quite unique! It comes complete with an elevated reading nook full of comfy pillows, or perhaps a stage for the children to put on a mini play if so desired! Perhaps a Christmas play? This happy family loves Christmas! They love spending time with their large family, eating and decorating. They always have at least two trees, a large one in the main living room and another in the family room, full of homemade treasures by the children. Their chimney is sealed, in case you were wondering, Santa uses a magic key to come in through the front door!



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House Number 6 337 Moffatt Street


Back by popular demand, welcome once again to 337 Moffatt Street!
This Victorian brick home was originally sold for $100.00 back in 1868
and still maintains most of its original glory with a few modern

The current homeowners have lived in this beautiful home for the past
20 years. They were gifted the homes historical records from Town Hall by friends when they purchased the home in 1997. At one point in history, the home was a car dealership! The homeowners have added extensive gardens in the front and backyard, which can be viewed and enjoyed from the kitchen, which was an add on several years ago. These owners are antique collectors, obvious in the decor which includes primitive antiques and original paintings. The high ceilings of this home allow the homeowners to showcase many themed Christmas trees. They often have upwards of 15 trees,including a ten footer displayed in the dining room! Simple Christmas decor, bringing back memories of what might have been enjoyed when the house was first built is how these homeowners enjoy decorating, with a few more modern surprises too! Cheers!

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House Number 7 904 Quarry Rd

Welcome to the Manse of the First Reform Presbyterian Church. Situated on 26 acres of both mixed hayfield and wooded lot, this beautiful circa 1842 stone Manse was the
home of Pastor James McLachlan.

The homeowners fell in love with this stone beauty 27 years ago. They built the
current summer kitchen on the footprint of the old one. A large addition was added 23 years ago. This architecture is referred to as a story and a half centre hall design and is
built from local limestone. The stonework on the front of the home is regular coursing, however the sides and back of the home are in a classic rubble style. Although the windows and side entryway are modern materials, the look maintains the
symmetrical 3 bay design.

The central entrance still highlights the doorway with sidelights and elliptical transom. A built in cupboard and the stairway newel post are reputed to be the handy work of Pastor McLachlan himself. Retaining most of it’s 19th century character, the land continues to be farmed. The original log barn, outbuildings and the board and batten
structures still survive. Christmas brings magic to this beauty.

Multiple trees, garlands and treasures of Christmases past are reminders of cherished moments with family. Being a well traveled couple, the cherished decorations run from themed to traditional and these homeowners can’t wait to share their passion for Christmas with you!



Looking for unique and tasteful gift ideas? We welcome you to do a little Christmas shopping at this featured home! The Carleton Place Hospital Gift Shoppe, run by the Auxiliary, will be showcasing their beautiful gifts and Christmas decor. This sale will run the full duration of the tour. Enjoy! Only at 31 Nelson Street home of Jane and Steve Tunks!

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Sponsors and where you can get your tickets! Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2018– Tickets available beginning October 30th!

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Canadian Tire

The Thirsty Moose
Rental Village
Nephin Winter, Bingley
Royal LePage 
Century 21
C.P. Tire
Burns Jewellers 
MCP Printing 
Carleton Refrigeration 
Dentistry @ Carleton Place 

Carleton Place Nursery 
The New Oak Tree
IDA- Carleton Place Drug Mart Inc.
Collins Barrow WCM LLP
Capital Dedicated Logistics Inc.
Sinders Bridal House
Alex Ferguson Law
HI – QA Inc.

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Great prizes on this years Christmas in Carleton Place House Tour 2018! “Every year, generous homeowners from the Carleton Place area loan their houses to benefit The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation. Home owners transform their homes to showcase stunning holiday décor and entertainment ideas. This year is no exception, and this wonderful event, December 1st and 2nd, is returning for it’s 7th consecutive year. In the past 6 years, our tour has helped raise much needed funding towards the purchase of patient care equipment. December 1st and 2nd come enjoy the magic of Carleton Place and support The Carleton Place Hospital Foundation. Tickets go on sale October 30-
-Contact info – Jane Tunks 613-257-9717 and

What’s in the Cornerstone at the Carleton Place Hospital?

What’s in the Cornerstone at the Carleton Place Hospital?

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Second in a memory series thanks to the CPDMH 

Thanks to the Women’s Auxiliary  we know what is inside the cornerstone of the Carleton Place & District Hospital. Time capsules can be pretty boring. But time capsule nerds like me live for those rare capsules with something really cool inside.  Did you know that construction crews in Indiana were shocked to discover a time capsule from 1958 at a former mental hospital. The most exciting part? It contained a film with a message to the future–a message about electroshock therapy and psychiatric drugs. Based on the audio that’s survived, they’re talking about some pretty heavy things: electroshock therapy, and the “problems of the future.”google image


In 1957 this is how many people used the Carleton Place & District Hospital. hospital. Can you imagine how many people use it now?

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Clippings of the Opening of the Carleton Place Hospital February 14 1955

Chuck Norris Does Live in Carleton Place—Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Auxiliary

Sitting in the Emergency Ward at the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital

Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared

1980 Statistics for The Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital

The Day We Lost Hand in Carleton Place — Carleton Place District and Memorial Hospital

And Now a Word from the The CPDMH Auxiliary– Something Yummy is Coming Up Folks!


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March 8, 2017


The CPDMH Auxiliary’s Honors & Awards Celebration and Roast Beef Dinner is set for Friday, March 31st at the Carleton Place Arena.

The event begins with cocktails at 5:30. Tickets are $20.00 each. The evening includes dinner, the awards presentation and musical entertainment.

Please join us in celebrating the contributions that the Auxiliary makes every day at our local hospital and in our community. Everyone is welcome.

Thank you for sharing this information through your channels.

For details and tickets, call the Auxiliary office at 613-257-2200 ext. 323 or email auxiliary@cpdmh.ca

Media Contact:
Jane Adams
Communications Lead
Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital




Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital Media Release


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Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital, celebrating with the Ottawa Heart Institute: 10 years of offering smoking cessation support to patients!


CARLETON PLACE, October 21, 2016 — Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) is celebrating ten years of partnership with the Ottawa Heart Institute’s Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC). Since implementation of the OMSC at CPDMH, nearly 400 smokers have been reached through personalized, best practice tobacco dependence treatment, resulting in increased quit attempts and long-term cessation. Approximately 120 smokers are smoke-free as a result of the support they received while at CPDMH.


In 2002, smoking cessation experts at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute developed the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation–an institutional program that systematically identifies, provides treatment, and offers follow-up to patients who smoke as part of routine care. In 2006, UOHI began to assist other inpatient, outpatient and primary care settings to implement the OMSC. Implementation of the OMSC led to an absolute 11% increase in long-term quit rates among hospitalized patients (from 18% to 29% at 6 months). In eastern Ontario, nearly 100,000 smokers have been assisted through Ottawa Model programs, leading to approximately 25,000 people becoming smoke-free.


“Implementing the Ottawa Model at CPDMH has provided a great resource for our patient who smoke,” said Laurie Scissons, Manager, Inpatient Nursing. “We have the tools and systems in place to support smokers when they are admitted to the hospital and throughout their stay. Most importantly, our program has contributed to a significant decrease in the number of smokers in our community.”


“This is a great initiative and we are pleased to partner with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute to ensure our patients have the best support possible. It’s a wonderful example of collaboration,” added Mary Wilson Trider, President and CEO, CPDMH.

“The success behind the Ottawa Model for Smoking cessation is truly found in the determined teams across Canada, like here in Carleton Place, that are providing personalized support to smokers who are trying to quit,” said Dr. Andrew Pipe, co-developer of the OMSC and Chief of the Division of Prevention and Rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. “As all hospital grounds in Ontario will be required to be smoke-free by January 2018, helping patients deal with nicotine withdrawal when they are admitted and stay smoke-free when they leave will remain an important priority for hospitals in our region.”


About Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital

For more than 60 years, Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) has been caring for the residents of Carleton Place, Beckwith and surrounding communities. CPDMH provides 24/7 emergency services, more than 60 ambulatory care clinics which include telemedicine, an operating suite and primarily day surgeries. Core services are complemented by physiotherapy, diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. CPDMH received full accreditation with exemplary standing from Accreditation Canada in 2016. The hospital has also been recognized for its efficiency and high patient satisfaction. Recently, CPDMH partnered with Almonte General Hospital to create the Mississippi River Health Alliance to look for more collaborative opportunities and improve access to quality care. Together, we are providing a stronger voice and vision for local health care – close to home.


About the University of Ottawa Heart Institute

The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is Canada’s largest and foremost heart health centre dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing heart disease. UOHI delivers high-tech care with a personal touch, shapes the way cardiovascular medicine is practiced and revolutionizes cardiac treatment and understanding. It builds knowledge through research and translates discoveries into advanced care. UOHI serves the local, national and international community, and is pioneering a new era in heart health

Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital–MEDIA RELEASE August 9, 2016


MEDIA RELEASE August 9, 2016



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Terry Cairns and Dr. Scott Higham have one thing in common – they are both committed to local health care close to home. As Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s new Board Chair and Chief of Staff, they say they are looking forward to being at the helm and building upon the Board’s successes.


“Health care is transforming and working with our partners to find ways to improve the quality of care through innovation is always a priority. Providing the best and most appropriate services locally also remains at the top of the list,” says Terry Cairns who joined the board four years ago. “We want to take a lead role in advancing these priorities.”


“It’s an exciting time for us,” notes Dr. Higham, who has been Chief of Staff twice before. “Our recent Accreditation was terrific and I’m really looking forward to the announcement of our new Emergency Department.”

Terry’s career began in the armed forces and evolved through several industries including high tech and life sciences. “Strategy and roadmaps to getting things done have played a significant role over the span of my working life and the thought of building new health care services in Carleton Place has really got my attention.”

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When he retired, Terry was looking for a new volunteer opportunity. “Four years ago, I decided that I wanted to commit to something locally and give back to the local community. The hospital was the most obvious choice.” In his spare time, Terry also enjoys the farming life, working with draft horses and various other animals on the 100 acre farm that he and his wife Carolyn have operated for the last 25 years.


Dr. Scott Higham has had a medical practice in Carleton Place since 1981. As a family physician and anesthetist, he says he likes the atmosphere of a smaller hospital. “As a family doctor, there is a lot you can do that you can’t do in the city. It’s very rewarding.”


Dr. Higham says he looks forward to expanding the relationship with Almonte General Hospital at the medical staff level to ensure even more collaboration. “We have an excellent facility at CPDMH and by working together, we can make it even better.”





Media Release–The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital-June 27




Our lovely CPDMH volunteers.. give them a hand..

MEDIA RELEASE June 27, 2016


The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Board held its Annual General Meeting on June 22, 2016. The event focused on the theme of connections – working and learning together to ensure the best and safest care for our local communities.


“Together, as a team – Board, Foundation, Auxiliary, Leadership, Management, Staff, Physicians, Advisory committees and community partners – we have advanced our mission to deliver the highest level of health care,” noted Marcel Pinon, Board Chair.


Several key accomplishments were highlight throughout the evening:


• Working with our community health partners, we are wrapping care around our most vulnerable patients through the Assess and Restore program. We are hearing first hand, the significant difference this is making to the frail elderly in our community.

• Our new Patient and Family Advisory Committee is teaching us valuable lessons about what it’s like to be in the bed versus beside it.


• We have created a stronger voice for local health care through the Mississippi River Health Alliance. And we are preparing to welcome a new CEO and Vice President, Operations to be shared with Almonte General Hospital in September.


• We advanced our strategic goal to secure a strong, sustainable future. Working in collaboration with the Champlain LHIN, the Capital Projects committee, the Redevelopment Advisory Committee and the Ministry of Health, we negotiated our way through a Phase One Emergency Department proposal.


In her final AGM report before retirement, CEO Toni Surko noted that life is a gift and it has been a pleasure to work with so many people who are willing to share their gifts and talents every day. “Our corporate values are based on the acronym CARE. At our last strategic planning session, staff insisted that we change the order of that list of values to prioritize compassion and put it as the first value you read.”

Chief of Staff Rob Courchene is completing his current two-year term as Chief of Staff and the 12th year as Chief of Staff in his career. He praised the Board of Trustees “who have shown the courage to make several very difficult decisions. These decisions I sincerely believe will serve us well going forward.”


For the third year in a row, CPDMH operated under an environment of fiscal restraint. Despite this challenge, outpatient clinic services were increased and the year ended with a small surplus. “Working together with the Foundation, Auxiliary, the Small, Rural, Northern Transformation Fund and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, CPDMH invested more than $1 million to maintain a safe facility, advance the electronic medical record and pharmacy automation implementation, and procure modern, medical equipment for safe patient care,” reported Paul Muysson, Treasurer.


Board Chair Marcel Pinon ended his remarks with a special message regarding retiring CEO Toni Surko: “Toni has provided skilled, compassionate, visionary leadership during her tenure, never wavering on her commitment to ensuring the best patient care and always doing what was necessary to achieve it. And sometimes that hasn’t been easy. As our recent Accreditation results will attest Toni is leaving this hospital in very good shape – from a quality perspective, from a financial perspective, and from the extensive list of services we offer to our local communities. But perhaps most importantly, she has helped to shape a cohesive and talented group of staff, physicians and volunteers who I know will continue her good work and make her proud.”

Carleton Place 911-Who is Going to Hurt in the Long Run?


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I was at the Carleton Place Hospital meeting Wednesday night and things got way out of control. A line has now been drawn between board members and our local citizens. Both sides are passionate in what they feel is right for our hospital. Each side has their own valid reasons, but what is crucial here is no one is going to win acting like this. Do you know who is going to suffer in the long run? Everyone in the community that uses our hospital. Like a union strike, no one wins.

Everyone, as well they should be, should be concerned with rules, procedures, and compositions of committees. However,  I am sure donations to the hospital are slowing down due to personal convictions, and that is wrong. With this enormous attention on the board of directors matter is everyone falling asleep at the wheel?


Our conviction should be that we all benefit from working on a team, and that more often than not, one plus one does equal three. Do I think the board is too big? Small’s considered good, big’s considered bad. But big boards exist at some great and admired companies—GE and Wal-Mart—along with some poorly performing companies like US Airways and AT&T. At the same time, small boards are part of the landscape at good companies like Microsoft and some not-so-good companies like Trump. But we are not an urban landscape here, we live in Carleton Place, population 10,000. I repeat, we are a population of 10,000 folks. Why can’t we work together on anything in this town? Especially something as important as this.

People identify a hospital with their community. In some small cities and certainly more rural areas, it may be the only hospital within 25 miles or so. I have posted pictures of only a few of the donator’s names that were posted in the Carleton Place Canadian in the 50s.

This hospital was built and carried through the years by donations from our local community. When we talk about building healthier communities, we mean the process of working together to address what matters to them- and this matters. But why oh why has it come down to this? Lets’ resolve this issue quickly before it is too late.

PLEASE do not forget our Carleton Place & Memorial District Hospital. Please donate by clicking here. Don’t let the hospital suffer because of this mess. We are a community- the names in the newspaper tell the tale– let’s act like one and fix this mess TOGETHER.












News Release- Carleton Place Hospital Board Reduced from 22 to 17 Members

Is it Hamburgers or Health Care Carleton Place?

News Release- Carleton Place Hospital Board Reduced from 22 to 17 Members

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The Board size is being reduced from 22 to 17 members
March 31, 2016
At its March 30th meeting, the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital (CPDMH) Board voted to advance best practice in Board size and composition. The Board size will be reduced from 22 to 16 members. The decision will now go to a CPDMH members’ meeting in late April.
“Our goal is to create a board with diverse and complementary skills. It needs to be large enough to manage the Board’s workload, but not so large as to impede effective discussion,” explains Marcel Pinon, Board Chair.
“The Board is moving away from ‘representational’ membership, and instead, will
elect 12 members based on skills required. We appreciate the role that the exofficio members have played on the Board and we will continue to engage them.”
There are many opportunities for community members to have a voice in local health care.
For example,local councillors remain on the Redevelopment Advisory Committee. The Auxiliary will remain at the Board table to provide feedback to the Board and share their report. CPDMH has also created a new Patient and Family Advisory Committee.
As well, anyone wishing to serve on the CPDMH can do so by applying during the annual application process. A nominating committee, comprised of a crosssection of current Board members, reviews each application using a skills matrix. The full Board then votes on the selected candidates.
These changes reflect Accreditation Canada and the Ontario Hospital Association’s recommendations for optimal Board function and structure. In fact, 14 of the 16 acute care hospitals in the region have already made this change.
“We are committed to meaningful dialogue and connectivity with all of our valued stakeholders, including our local Councils,” sums up Pinon. “We want the entire community to be involved in helping to shape local health care close to home.”

Dolls We Have Known and Loved- Photos




Janet Ardley and her big doll- from the Aikenhead Photo Collection


Unknown person- from the Aikenhead Photo Collection


Me-Linda Knight Seccaspina at the home of her Grandmother Mary Deller Knight  Cowansville Quebec 1953

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Photo–Ottawa Journal– September 24, 1955– Carleton Place

In 1959 the Granby Leader Mail newspaper article stated that my childhood friends Judy Clough and Linda Lee Pratt won a doll contest out 30 local entries. My beautiful Miss Revlon doll did not even place. Seems the second judge, our neighbour, ratted to the others that my mother had sewn the doll dress, not me.

I never ever forgot that lesson. That’s where I learned not to lie about doing things you never did. In fact it was the exact second I figured out I should devote my life to rock’n’roll instead. Seemed like a better idea and a way to avoid a real personality crisis.


Photo-The News and Eastern Townships Advocate – Jun 18, 1959


“The Brownies closed their season of 1959 with a Doll Exhibition at the Anglican Church Hall.”

The Granby  Leader Mail said that Judy Clough and Linda Lee Pratt won out of the 30 entries. My beautiful Miss Revlon doll did not even place. Seems the second judge, who was my next door neighbour, ratted to the others that my mother had sewn the doll dress after I gave up.  To this day I never forgot that lesson. Don’t lie about doing things you never did.



Darlene Dover-I still have my doll that I had when I was about 6 years old. Here she is. My sister Bonny made her a new outfit, as hers was gone a long long time ago.