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Here are some of the gatherings and events that members of Group 234 have gone to. We will be adding to this page as we go along leading up to our China trip in addition to when we get back.

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GTA Pre-Travel Dinner - June 24, 2006

Now that the referrals have arrived we are all madly packing and preparing for our trip to China which is coming up very soon. Even so a number of families were able to get together for dinner. We all met up at the Summit Garden restaurant in Mississauga. We were lucky to have the Dejardin family drive down from Ottawa to join us. We were also able to meet some of the expedited families that have joined Group 234 and will be travelling with us. By far this was our biggest gathering yet. It was a great dinner and a fun time for everyone. Liam and Stephanie became fast friends and are looking forward to meeting Andy.

In attendance were: Amy L., Anna & Chak, Barry & Shelley, Chris, Caroline & Stephanie, Darren & Jenn, Ian & Alice, Jay & Sandra, Margo, Bill & Liam and Sandy & Hector. Here's some photos from the evening.

 

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Ottawa Dim Sum - February 25, 2006

Chris sent along the following message...

Well it finally happened. The three Ottawa-based couples of Group 234 got together over Dim Sum this past Saturday at the Yangtze (Amy and Dave, Leslie and Lee, and Caroline, Chris and Stephanie). Everyone seemed to have a great time and the food was delicious (the perfect antidote for the winter blahs!).

It was a great opportunity to discuss our hopes and frustrations and to share tips about our upcoming (soon, we hope) travel to China. We also got to mine Amy's medical knowledge (how great is it to have a Doctor in the group!)

We feel very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful group and we look forward to meeting with all of you in China.

Attached are a couple of pictures of our get together. (note the shirts :)!

 


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GTA Chinese New Year Dinner - January 28, 2006

Tom & Suzanne from Nova Scotia were in town on business so we were able to get together and meet over dinner. This was a real treat as many times you don't get to meet members of your group from out-of-province until you are on the plane to China or even in Beijing! A number of us met up at Szechuan Szechuan restaurant in the Vaughn Mills mall. It also happened to be Chinese New Year - very auspicious! We had a great time and the food was wonderful.

 

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Ottawa Holiday Party - 2005

Les sent through the following photos from the Ottawa Holiday party. Look closely and you just might recognize Santa!!! Looks like a great time was had by all.

 

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GTA Dim Sum - November 27, 2005

A number of us that live close to each other in the GTA area were able to get together for Dim Sum recently. We met up at the Golden Regency Restaurant loctaed in the Pacific Mall. We had a great meal and of course, had to do some shopping afterwards!

Below is a photo of (from left to right) Barry & Shelley, Hector & Sandy, Sandra & Jay, Liam, Bill & Margo.

 

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GTA Pre-Travel Meeting - September 18, 2005

On September 18th six of our families attended the GTA Pre-Travel Meeting for China Groups 224-237 and all Korea and Kazakhstan families in process. Similar to the Ottawa seminar described below the meeting covered topics around what to expect when you recieve your baby in China, other details of the trip along with great info and advise for when you come home. Children's Bridge as always was very helpful and supportive in answering all our questions. Afterwards, a number of us went out for dinner at the local Mandarin Chinese Buffet Restaurant. It was great to meet in person and get to know each other.

Below are photos of Shelley & Barry, Jenn & Darren, Sandra & Jay, Margo & Bill and Sandy & Hector at the restaurant. Unfortunately Mark and Nicole had to leave early and were not able to come for dinner. There was talk of another get-together maybe before Christmas.

 

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Ottawa Pre-Travel Meeting - August 28, 2005

On August 28th in Ottawa there was a "Preparing for Baby & Pre-Travel Meeting" for China Groups 224-237 and all Korea and Kazakhstan families in process. Les & Lee, Chris & Caroline and Amy and Dave from our group were able to meet up. All said that it was nice to put faces to the names. The seminar covered topics such as feeding, bathing, sleeping, the actual trip and then some issues about coming home. All in all, very informative. Children's Bridge really guides you every step of the way and at each step in the process provides you with the information you need to get through it.

Below is a photo of (from left to right) Chris, Caroline, Lee & Les at the Pre-Travel. Unfortunately Amy and Dave had to leave early before the photo was taken.

 

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Children's Bridge GTA Picnic - Aug. 13, 2005

The annual CB picnic for the GTA region was held on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Richmond Green Park in Richmond Hill. At last count, although there seemed to be some last minuite arrivals, there were 42 families with 80 adults and 53 kids for a total of 120 hotdogs! Although the weather had been rainy the day before it cleared up in time for the picnic. There was lots of fun for the kids and adults too with a craft table, puppet show, clown and games. Sandy & Hector met up with Margo, Bill & their son Liam. It was great to meet and have a chance to chat.

 

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