Ray and Jeanne's

Personal Interests

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Ray and Jeanne Mexico Dec 2014


Parliament Buildings

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Skiing in the Gatineau Hills

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Skate on the Rideau Canal

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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, and combining visits with our daughter, Erica, and her family in Paris.

(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 (20) and Gavin (15). 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 10 in Barrie. Ross works in the parts department of Galloway 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.

August 2018 Gavin, Sherri, Ross, Ryan, Tyler

Our daughter, Erica, and her husband Andrew Auerbach and their two boys, Atticus (13) and Roman (11) moved to Paris, France in October 2007 where Andrew has taken a job with OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development). Erica works as the librarian at The University of London in Paris. Students studying French as their major must spend two years in France. The classrooms and library are located in a British Trade building in Les Invallides area of Paris. We have visited the family several times in the last several years and are getting to know the city very well.

(see the Paris section for photos and writeups)

June 2018 Roman Andrew Erica Atticus

The best way to get together with Ross and Erica and their children in the summer is to rent a cottage. To read a short write-up and see photos of our children and grandchildren at the cottage and in Ottawa, click one of the following:

Family Summer 2015 and Family Summer 2016

Our families have joined us for 2 Christmas celebrations in Puerto Morelos, Yucatan

Puerto Morelos Mexico Xmas 2014 and Anniversary Xmas 2015

We have been fortunate to have a close relationship with our brothers and sisters. Read about two of our gatherings

Burnham Siblings Joint 50th Anniversary May 2015

PEI and the Magdalene Islands Sept 2016


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