Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fundraiser for Sandra Casey

Many of you have heard about the unfortunate hit and run that claimed the life of Sandra Casey on January 18 in Calgary, AB. Money-Pennies is hosting a fundraiser to help towards sending Sandra Casey back to her native country Ireland to be buried next to her mother. It will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, starting at 3pm. To date, there will be 7 musical artists performing, BBQ burgers and Fries will be sold as a fundraiser and a silent auction will also be held. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted.

3pm - Saturday, January 24 "Fundraiser to send Sandra home"
3pm - Sunday, January 25 "Fundraiser to send Sandra home"

If anyone has any questions they can go to Money-Pennies at 1742- 10 Ave SW, in Calgary AB, or call 403-263-7411.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Hit-and-run victim in Calgary fondly remembered

Knowing a suspect was being questioned last night brought a small semblance of closure to the partner of a woman killed in a hit-and-run crash.

Sandra Casey, 43, was crossing 10 Ave. at 17 St. S.W. after leaving Money Pennies bar in Calgary, Alberta about 2 a.m. yesterday when she was hit by a fast-moving sedan that did not stop.

Paramedics rushed the woman to hospital, where she later died.

Within hours, police had identified a suspect and he was taken in for questioning yesterday afternoon.

Charges were pending against the man, who is believed to be in his 40s.

Police were still searching for the car, believed to be a white Pontiac Grand-Am or Oldsmobile Alero.

"I guess it's a kind of closure," said Deb Boniface, who married Casey on April 3, 2008, in a civil ceremony in Calgary.

"We're going to have a face to this senseless crime, but I do honestly feel bad for this person ... it's probably the biggest mistake they've made in their life."

Nearly 100 mourners turned up at Money Pennies last night to fondly remember Casey, a woman Boniface called a good soul who touched the people around her in a positive way.
"You know what, there's good people and then there's good people, and she was it," said Boniface.

"Everybody loved her, there's not one person I know that did not like her, not one.
"She was my wife, she was everything a partner should be.
"I wouldn't have married her if she wasn't the person I wanted to spend my life with."

Boniface said the couple had a seven-month-old chocolate lab and returned from celebrating their honeymoon in Mexico last week.

"We finally had some money and decided to go," she said.

A regular at Money Pennies, Casey worked in the kitchen until about 11 p.m. Saturday night then stayed and had drinks with a co-worker who was also off shift.

The pair waited for a ride home from a bartender and Casey was walking to his car when she was hit.

Casey had been helping out at the downtown bar for the past two months while the regular cook recuperates from surgery, said Terry Wheeler, whose son owns Money Pennies.
"That's just how she was, always helping others," he said. "In fact, we just moved home and she was there helping us. "She was just selfless."

Born and raised in Newry, Ireland, Casey bounced between Europe, Philadelphia and Calgary over the last 15 years but called Calgary home for the past two.

"She was immigrating to Canada," said Boniface. "She's lived here for two years but would go back when she was required to."

Boniface said Casey's family has been notified and they are now working to return her to Ireland.


Friday, January 9, 2009

January 2009 activities at The 519 Church Street Community Centre

Upcoming Events at The Older LGBTTQ Resource Centre

Monday, January 5, 2009 3:00 pm

Audra Petrulis, coordinator of the counseling program at The 519, will be with us to talk about feelings of isolation and what we can do about coping with them, feeling good about ourselves and if we’re ready, how to get out there and meet new people and build new networks.

Light refreshments available, Free admission

Monday, January 12, 2009 3:00 PM

Bill O’Neill is the administrator at the Kensington Health Centre, a long-term care facility and a board member of the Ontario Long Term Care Association. He and Kensington Social Worker Suzanne Appotive will be with us to discuss how homes accommodate LGBTT residents and their families as well as advice to participants on what questions they should ask when choosing a long-term care home.

Light refreshments available, Free admission

Monday, January 19, 3:00 P M Martin Luther King Jr. Day (in USA)

Film Better Than Chocolate, 1999, winner of 2000 GLAAD media award, written by Peggy Thompson and directed by Anne Wheeler. Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie's well meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends. Written by Eric Sorensen

Light Refreshments available, Free Admission

Monday, January 26, 1:00 P M Chinese New Year

Rebecca Gower, a homeopathic physician and former colleague at the 519 will be with us to discuss Homeopathy and the ways it can assist different health conditions that affect seniors.

Light Refreshments available, Free Admission

For more information on The 519 Church Street Community Centre, go to

Sunday, January 4, 2009

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