This flag pole and flag were recently donated by IODE Laurentian Chapter to the Blair Court Community House in Alta Vista. (from left to right, from Laurentian Chapter: Nancy Hooper - Citizenship Officer, and Jose Hamilton - President; and Kristy Fudahowska-Donnelly, Executive Director of the Blair Court Community House)
A Century of Charitable Work
In 1910, IODE Laurentian Chapter donated $17,000 to build and furnish a tuberculosis sanatorium (later the Royal Ottawa Hospital). Recently, when the hospital was rebuilt, the chapter was still there to help, this time with furnishings.
IODE Laurentian Chapter, founded in 1906, is a local wing of a national women's charitable organization - IODE - dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for individuals, through education, community service and citizenship programs. Please review the information contained on this website and consider donating to the work of Laurentian Chapter. You can make your contribution online at the flick of a finger. See the "Donate" button in the upper right corner of this page.
Here is a sneak peek at four of the houses on the May 27, 2017 tour:
This gray-stone new build in Alta Vista is a house located in the forests, and yet filled with light. In the basement is a large walk-in wine cellar providing convivial hospitality.
Although this looks like an average 60's bungalow, the owner has designed a fabulous spacious residence, with all the bells and whistles for modern life.
The curved portico welcomes the visitor to a huge custom-built home filled with antiques. The kitchen would please a chef, and the garden sports many unique planting areas and a koi pond.
This residence is a must-see for those who are considering a separate, "granny flat". The owners are multi-talented, in music and the arts, and there are two grand pianos in the living room. They have offered to play background music for the visitors during the house tour.
Below are three photos of houses featured on our 55th annual House and Garden Tour held on May 28, 2016. Included along with the photos are testimonials approved by the homeowners. The words attest to the fact that IODE Laurentian Chapter pays strict attention to detail and goes the extra mile to make sure all goes well both for both the homeowners, and the visitors.
Save The Day For Our Next Tour! Saturday, May 27th, 2017, from 9:30am - 4:30 pm
"We were very happy to know that the tour was dedicated to raising funds to support shelters for abused women and their children.
Everything on the day of the tour went smoothly, and we were pleased that so many people enjoyed seeing our home and garden."
Deslauriers Custom Cabinets
This is an old house given new life by imaginative design and decoration. The house is 120 years old (1896), and is a wonderful example of New Edinburgh heritage. The owner, Henrietta Southam, is a professional interior designer who has filled the house with sumptuous fabrics, whimsical fittings and wonderful art, to reinvigorate a vintage dwelling. The photos show the exterior of the house, and the living room.
"There was never a doubt in my mind that the second house I renovated in Ottawa should be on the magnificent IODE Laurentian Chapter House and Garden Tour once again.
These are a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the homes are beautifully presented and remain so."
"We entrusted you with our home and you took excellent care of it. All for an excellent cause for the women and children in our society that need a helping hand. Keep up the great work you are doing and your efforts are greatly appreciated by our community and the entire city."
Cuckoo Kochar P. Eng., M. Eng.
DCR Phoenix Group of Companies
The 56th Annual IODE House and Garden Tour is set for May 27, 2017 from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. We will be adding photos of the houses to the web site. Stay tuned and save the day.