A cause for retreatPublished on March 2, 2013

  • Horses carried the logs to the building site

  • Outdoor fireplace is original

  • Kitchen from Deslaurier kitchens, granite counter from Arban Stoneworks, slate floor from Euro Ceramics

On an idyllic setting on Mink Lake in Eganville, sits a testimonial to the generosity of Ottawa's community of builders and contractors. A charming log house, outfitted with the luxuries of home while offering the allure of a country retreat, was built as a vacation rental property to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (OBGC).

As an organization that offers more than just a place for young people to hang out, the OBGC provides experienced and expert staff to support and meet the needs of youth with after-school, weekend and summer programs. Chuck Shabsove of Capital Appliance & BBQ was one of the contractors to help out and says: "It's so valuable to have a place where kids can go to develop life skills in a safe environment."

Tony Bond, the club's facilities and corporate development manager, called upon his network of connections in Ottawa and had many of the most respected local businesses chip in to see the success of the project. The land had been donated to the OBGC by Fred C. McCann in the Ď80s and is also where their Camp Smitty is located. This camp provides a treasured summer experience to children who would not otherwise be able to afford one, and rental fees from the vacation property go directly to supporting the cause.

John Mion, Vice President of Central Precast, sums up the community response to a plea for help best: "We were pleased to help out in whichever way we could. The OBGC provides such a great service to our community, with guidance and activities that boys and girls may not have access to without the Club. Since the community has been very good to the growth of our family business it was just a good way of giving back."

Both the interior and exterior of the log cabin are warm and inviting with thanks to Tony's daughter Chelsey, an interior decorator. Paul Kealey and Adam Tackaberry of Kealey and Tackaberry Log Homes, built the facility at a cost that covered only their labour. Rona and Kott Lumber chipped in materials, plus a lengthy list of many other donations.

The well-equipped kitchen features a granite island with a sophisticated country feel that encourages food, drink and fun! An oversized leather sectional sofa provides plenty of seating space, and a gas stove adds extra warmth and rustic charm. An outdoor area is quintessentially inviting with a stone fireplace, which was left over from the original structure. Adirondack chairs are plentiful and call for cozying up with a cold or warm beverage by the fire.

The idea of spending a weekend or a week at this refuge is much more appealing knowing that rental fees go towards supporting a good cause. Contact Tony Bond for more information at 613-232-0925 ext 238.

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