Posted on February 2, 2016 at 11 : 00 am
Bringing people together with tea
For Elizabeth Gagnon, tea is much more than a simple beverage.
It represents hope, hard work and motivation. “Tea makes me think of my great grandmother,” she explains in an interview with The Journal. “She used to tell me that it was the first thing she ever did, when she immigrated to Canada from Germany. I had my first cup of tea at four years old and with her.”
It’s no wonder that the hardworking woman therefore decided to launch Miss Liz Tea Party, an event that features a key speaker who aims at inspiring residents of Cornwall. The first edition of the Tea Party took place on January 24 at the Cornwall Legion and was a success. “Although we only got around 42 people, the feedback we got from them was simply amazing,” she expressed.
“The people that attended were all inspired by Carol Johnston,” added Paul Zach, Gagnon’s husband and butler for the night. “She is currently battling breast cancer.”
Johnson gave a 30-minute presentation on her acting struggle against the hated disease ad how she never gives up.
“Doctors told her she could never run again,” said Gagnon. “But she managed to run two five-kilometer runs.”
Admission for the event was free, but participants were asked to give donations of any kind. “They could either donate money, food items or even clothing,” explained Zach. “So we ended up with two bags of clothing, one bag of food and $140.”
The money collected will be split and donated to two local agencies, Sexual Assault Support Services of Ontario and the Baldwin House. The food and clothing will be given over to the Agape Centre.
In addition, a 50/50 draw was held. “Half of the money collected was given to the speaker and will go towards her chemotherapy treatments,” said Gagnon.
In an odd twist of faith, Johnston’s aunt won the draw and gave her winnings to her niece.
Read the whole article in the online version of The Journal, here