A Farewell To Frontenac


It’s done! The papers are signed, keys exchanged, and all that jazz. We had two great years at our cottage on North Otter Lake, but come the start of season three, much like Jerry and Jeannie on Seinfeld, we came to a mutual agreement that it was time to part ways (with the cottage, that is).

cottage-sold

We said goodbye to the cottage on Thursday!

So, for those many caring persons who were concerned that we hadn’t made it up there much this summer, now you know the scoop.

It had to do with a lot of factors. This includes the return of CFL football in Ottawa, a long-awaited event, and as season ticket holders, we don’t want to miss a game if we can help it. Since most of them are on weekends during cottage season, there’s a choice to be made. Other significant factors included our work-vacation road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway (reminding us of how much we like to travel and see new things) and re-activating our interest in tennis (as players). That’s a lot of interests and activities to manage alongside the cottage scene.

Probably the simple way to say it is we grew bored of the cottage. It was the perfect size for us, the lake is clean, there’s kayaking and hiking…no problem! Except that we’ve seen every inch of the lake many times over, we’ve driven all the different routes on the road trip, and we just weren’t feeling it anymore. We’d have been sitting on the dock trying to relax and thinking about the tennis tournament of football game or night out with friends we were missing.

You never know until you try! We enjoyed our two years and will remember them fondly, but we are excited to look ahead to future summers full of different adventures!

About Keenan Wellar

Keenan is a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of a social change and community benefit organization, LiveWorkPlay.ca, a registered charity which helps the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with a dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens. LiveWorkPlay was named Ottawa's Best Non-Profit of 2019 by the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal "Best Ottawa Business Awards " With Julie Kingstone, Keenan is co-owner of Wellstone Leadership Services, dedicated to supporting a culture of excellence for non-profit, private sector, government organizations, collaborations, and partnerships. Keenan is a founding member of the leadership group for the From Presence To Citizenship collaborative. Keenan is a regular guest (monthly) of the News 1310 Power Lunch radio show, and he writes the monthly NPQ North column for Nonprofit Quarterly. When not working and supporting various social causes, Keenan loves kayaking and wildlife photography, cheering for the Ottawa RedBlacks and Pittsburgh Steelers, and causing a disturbance on social media.
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