Ray and Jeanne's Personal Interests

Ray and Jeanne Mexico Oct 2018


Parliament Buildings

Skiing in the Gatineau Hills

Skate on the Rideau Canal

Tulip Festival at Dow's Lake

For more information on our fair city, see www.ottawa.com

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has been our home since November 1992. Ray was an engineer with Bell Canada and Jeanne worked in the IT world. We are both now retired and have time to pursue our other interests and travel the world. Ottawa is a great place for us to bicycle and hike in the Gatineau hills.

In the winter of 1999-2000 we combined a trip to Nepal with backpacking through South East Asia. This was so successful we have been spending up to 5 months each year exploring more countries. We added another dimension to our travels in December 2007 and January 2009 by volunteering for a month as part of our trip.

We are still going strong, although we have spent most of the winter in Mexico the past few years. We still enjoy travelling to new countries every year, several with our friends from my alma mater, Bishop's.

(see the Travels section for photos and writeups).

Add to this our hikes in the Gatineaus around Ottawa, the Adirondacks and New Hampshire and bicycle trips to Vermont, Virginia and Italy and we don't have time to work anymore. Life is too short.

Our Family

Our son, Ross, lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife Sherri and their three active boys, Tyler (23), Ryan (21) and Gavin (17). Tyler and Ryan are both in University; Tyler in Mechanical Engineering at University of Ottawa and Ryan in Business Administration at Laurier in Waterloo. Gavin is doing well in Grade 11 in Barrie. Ross works in the parts department of Currie Trucks in Bradford. This is an ideal job for him as he has had a life long fascination for 18 wheeler trucks. Sherri operates an office cleaning business in Barrie. After the past two years of Tyler and Ryan attending University away from home, COVID-19 has brought the family together again. All three boys are continuing their studies online from Universities and High School, while their parents, in essential service jobs, continue to work outside the home.

August 2018 Gavin, Sherri, Ross, Ryan, Tyler

After 12 years in Paris, our daughter, Erica, and her husband Andrew Auerbach and their two boys, Atticus (15) and Roman (13) moved from Paris, France, last summer to Jakarta, Indonesia. Andrew has a two year assignment in Jakarta with OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation. Erica is getting used to being a stay-at-home Mom while the two boys continue their schooling in the French Lycee in Jakarta. As it has for the rest of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their world. Both Andrew and the boys are continuing work and studies online from their home and their dreams of exploring more of Southeast Asia are on hold.

(see the Paris section for photos and writeups of the Auerbachs 12 years in Paris)

Aug 2019 Andrew Atticus Roman Erica

We are fortunate to have a close relationship with our families. Click Family Gatherings to read and see photos of some of our events.

Over the years we have established friendships with several people. Click Gatherings of Friends to see photos and writeups to remember some of our good times together.

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