Category Archives: Caring For Our Community

825 Grand Ridge Ave. Oshawa

Open House Sunday January 14, 2018 2pm-4pm


Delightful Large Eat-in kitchen with gorgeous hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and walkout to back yard.. This remarkable 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home has open concept main floor, 2 gas fireplaces, main floor laundry, Large Master Suite with Ensuite and walk-in closet, and a roomy 2 car Garage. Basement has recently been finished with luxury vinyl click floors, a Gorgeous hand made custom bar that has a keg fridge, barn doors, and a gas fireplace with granite inset. Great location with schools just steps away. Perfect home for entertaining inside or out. Easy care landscaping and pot lights in the eaves. An exceptional value for your family’s future. $650,000.

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19 Arran Court, Courtice

Open House Sunday January 14, 2018 2pm – 4pm

A home with a lot of heart. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is the place for your growing family. Bask in the sun with your own private inground pool. Entertain on your deck, and create your own Pizza Masterpieces in your outdoor Pizza Oven. Home has had extensive upgrades:high performance central heat and air, new windows,shingles and finished basement with fireplace. This can all be yours for $550,000.

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118 Sleeman Square, Courtice, ON

118 Sleeman Square
Courtice, ON

Beautiful family / executive home showing pride of ownership on the quietest part of a safe square. Many uplifting features, including a perennial back garden with mature flowering and shade trees and a private, peaceful view of a protected, forest area behind. A lovely five-minute walk takes you to the Courtice Recreation Centre, gym, library, and pool. Courtice elementary and secondary schools are also just a five-minute walk away. Ideally located to access shopping, Hwy 401, the new 407 extension, or public transit. So if you are looking for a beautiful dwelling in a safe, friendly neighbourhood, close to lots of amenities, then WELCOME HOME.

A chef’s kitchen…Spacious, eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar, granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, lazy Susan, pot and pan drawers, and decorative corner glass-door cabinet. Attached dining area is surrounded on three sides with large windows and a gorgeous cathedral ceiling. Sliding glass doors open onto an oversized, elevated deck that overlooks the breathtaking backyard. Steps flow down to your private, brick barbecue patio and relaxation space under the trees.

Back Yard:
A beautiful stone walkway to the left of the house leads to one of two back gates. Many trees in the backyard to enjoy: The white lilac tree off the back deck and the Bradford pear tree bestow a profusion of white blossoms in the spring, and the autumn blaze maple in the fall will take your breath away. Small evergreens and a back cedar hedge, as well as the central oak tree keep their leaves all winter to offer birds shelter from the wind. The backyard is a gardener’s dream…The perennial gardens will soon spring back to life with peonies, irises, daisies, bleeding hearts, lilies, carnations, bee balm, ferns, hostas, black-eyed Susans, hostas, and snowball bushes.

Living room:
Maple hardwood floors. Warm your toes by the gas fireplace with marble insert. Freshly-painted in gray. Open concept provides an ideal family or entertaining space. Blonde oak staircase leads up to the second level.

Master bedroom:
Walk through your double doors to your spacious Master suite. Two other bright, southern windows overlook your everlasting forest view. Also features a walk-in closet and ensuite bath with shower and relaxing, corner soaker tub.

Additional bedrooms:
Spacious rooms, each with unique characteristics. The large, front bedroom, with its two oversized windows, providing a clear view of skies and sunsets, offers a definite WOW factor.

Lower level:
A bright, sunny basement, boasting large windows and another sliding glass door to the brick back patio and yard. The lower level also has its own, oversized shower, and is freshly-painted, with built-in shelves, and scratch-resistant, maintenance-free laminate floors.

Other appealing features:
An impressive oak staircase and high ceiling greet you at the entrance. All three bedrooms and the basement stairs have been freshly carpeted, with upgraded under padding. Grey and beige walls in most rooms have also been repainted in the last month. A pristine laundry room with bright, white cabinets is located adjacent to the kitchen for the convenience of keeping several household routines in one area. Double-garage features door leading to the house. Of interest to allergy sufferers: NO cats have ever lived here. This home is very clean. Upgraded maple cabinets in all bathrooms and four new, deluxe lighting fixtures are just a few more of the many upgrades to this beautiful home.

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35 Point Hope Place, Whitby


Give your lifestyle a boost! Care free and convenient living, in Gorgeous Whitby Shores. This 3 + 1 bedroom, 4 bath townhouse will meet your highest expectations: Open Concept, Hardwood Floors, a cozy fireplace in Family Room, finished basement a roomy 2-car garage and great outdoor space with your own deck and Balcony. Great finishing touches include Crown Moulding and Neutral tones throughout. Owner has just replaced the shingles and Garage Doors. Convenient location that close to Whitby Go Train station, transit walking trails/parks and lakefront, marina, shopping and fantastic restaurants.

Condo Fee’s are $103.59/mth which includes snow removal, lawn care and Boulevard Maintenance.


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Live In Luxury At The Rowe!

For Lease $1600/mth

Available Feb 1, 2018


1 Bdrm + Den Condo In Prime Location – Walk To Go Station, Rec Centre, Lake, Shopping & 2 Mins From 401. Building Security, Party Room & Pool Table, Roof Top Bbq/Garden, Resistance Pool, Fitness Room & Guest Suite. **Free Wifi Connection** Landlord To Pay Hydro. Move In & Enjoy! $1600 per Month. 1 underground Parking spot.

Party Perfect


Hosting a party this holiday season? Here are a few ideas to make it a fun and memorable event not only for your guests, but for you too!

At the Top of the List: Make Lists!
It’s never too early to start getting organized, and that means making lists so you don’t forget a thing.

A written cooking and party prep schedule that includes cleaning, shopping, food prep —even time to set the table and create a playlist— can help the countdown to your party, and your stress level, stay on track.

Engage the Senses

  • Taste. You want to provide a variety of foods for your event, so why not consider a potluck for your next get-together? Don’t stress about providing every course, when friends and family would most likely be happy to contribute a salad, dessert, side dish or appetizer. When someone says, “May I bring something?” change your answer to “yes!”
  • Hearing. Create a music playlist to run throughout your event. Music can set the tone for any party; keep the volume at a reasonable level so people can comfortably maintain conversations.
  • Sight. Adjust electric lighting to ensure it’s neither glaring nor too dark, then set up candles strategically to complement the mood —just be sure they’re positioned safely where they can’t be knocked over or where they might ignite nearby flammables.
  • Smell. Choose a scented candle for the bathroom, but scent-free candles for the dining table and other areas featuring food.

Bathroom Basics

  • Clear your medicine cabinet of personal items and medications.
  • Set out soap and clean hand towels, or provide disposable hand towels.
  • Stock extra rolls of toilet paper within reach.
  • In addition to a scented candle, make available a can of air freshener.
  • Consider placing a small “emergency stain remover” basket in the bathroom, with club soda, paper towels and red wine stain remover.

Kitchens & Cocktails
The kitchen tends to be where everybody congregates, and subsequently gets under your heels! Either take advantage of the extra pairs of hands to expedite your food prep, or help nudge them out of your way by placing groupings of appetizers outside the kitchen, and also setting up a DIY cocktail bar or beverage cart away from your main work area. Consider the following for your cocktail station:

    • Along with bottles of liquor, soda, various mixes, and garnishes like olives, lemons and limes, make sure you have plenty of ice available in an insulated bucket. Also consider keeping drinks cold without watering them down by replacing ice cubes with frozen grapes, berries, lemon or lime wedges. And don’t forget to include cocktail napkins, measuring glasses, stir sticks and a martini shaker on your cocktail station.
    • Consider printing out drink recipes on cards for a fun way for people to mix and shake. Don’t forget to include non-alcoholic cocktail options too!
    • Help guests keep track of their glasses (and cut down on the dish washing) by creating a system to identify to whom each glass belongs. A casual event using disposable plastic glasses allows you to mark guests’ names right on the glasses with a permanent marker or stickers, while glass markers, wine glass charms or beer bands allow for easy idenification of reusable glasses.
    • Keep people hydrated easily and conveniently by placing buckets containing bottled water on ice throughout your entertainment area.

Remember that a relaxed host/hostess makes for a more relaxed, festive atmosphere. Once the party starts, focus on your number one priority —to enjoy your company and make wonderful memories!

Air Quality in the Great Indoors


The winter season typically draws people indoors for long periods of time, often resulting in an increased incidence of airborne health concerns. Read on for some tips on how to maintain better indoor air quality, and subsequently better health!

While homeowners recognize the need to seal leaks around windows and doorframes to prevent expensive heat and air conditioning from escaping, the resulting airtight indoor air quality comes with its own issues, especially for those who suffer from allergies, asthma or other respiratory diseases.

Ideally, homes should include some air-circulating devices to ensure a level of air quality that’s free from harmful pollutants, toxicants and contaminants. In addition to changing furnace filters, consider the following ideas to improve the indoor air quality in your own home this winter:

Air Purifiers. An air purifier helps to clean the air and subsequently eliminate dust, pollen and bacteria. Use a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter to noticeably improve air quality.

Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers. Balanced indoor humidity levels are essential to healthy indoor air. If you’re suffering from dry, itchy eyes and skin, or a dry throat and dried out, irritated nasal passages (making you more vulnerable to colds, sinus infections and the flu), a humidifier may be the solution, as it adds moisture to dry air. Conversely, a dehumidifier removes overly moist air that can harbor mold and bacteria.

If you’ve been feeling under the weather lately, you may want to check if your indoor air quality is to blame. Today’s appliances and technology allows homeowners to control their indoor environmental air quality —there are even smart thermostats these days that detect outdoor allergens and adjust your indoor air accordingly!

Keeping Contents, Connection, and Compassion

We are Helping to Build a Community, One Locker at a Time.

Solution! Secure, outdoor storage lockers accessible 24 hours a day

We would like to thank the following People who helped bring this dream into reality.

  • PK Welding and Fabricators for going above and beyond in the design and construction of the lockers and for their financial contribution
  • Dailey Enterprises for donating expert consultation and assistance in preparing the site and coordinating installation
  • OPUC for generously donating equipment and manpower for site preparation and installation
  • John Henry, Mayor of the City of Oshawa, for catching the vision quickly
  • Rick Kerr, Councillor for the City of Oshawa, for his enthusiasm and for facilitating many important connections
  • Dirk Taylor and Jonathan Mash for website design, development, hosting, and support
  • PI Tool Ltd. for donating use of a truck for transportation
  • Region of Durham Police, Business Improvement Association, Chamber of Commerce for enthusiasm and support
  • Simcoe St. United Church for allowing the lockers to be placed on their property
  • MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, the community who will use the lockers for suggestions, encouragement, and the assurance that this project was worth doing

In Memory

Spirit Alive Outreach Ministry would like to remember Don MacLeod.  Don was the President of Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty and, when presented with the idea, quickly began working tirelessly to ensure that this project would happen.  Unfortunately, Don passed away before the Keepers Project was completed.  We firmly believe that the individuals who will be helped by the KeepersProject will be a lasting legacy to Don.


A pilot project consisting of 12 lockers has been installed in downtown Oshawa. We are actively looking to install lockers in other sites in Oshawa and elsewhere. If you would like to be part of the next exciting adventure in helping the marginalized please donate!

Learn More

NEED:  Members of Spirit Alive have recognized for a number of years that a real need of homeless individuals is a safe place to store their personal belongings.   Carrying all one’s personal belongings everywhere is not only cumbersome, it stigmatizes the individual by identifying him/her as homeless.  This can limit one’s ability to attend appointments, seek work, and find accommodations.  Stashing or hiding those belongings, on the other hand, often leads to theft and further vulnerability since one’s appearance and ability to provide identification and other documents, are essential to seeking assistance.

PLANNING:  Board members have done a great deal of brainstorming and research into this problem and potential solutions.  This included a visit to an area in Portugal where a successful locker project for the homeless has been established.   After much consultation with elected city officials, interested downtown Oshawa residents and business organizations (Chamber of Commerce, BIA), community police, and, most importantly, members of the homeless population of Oshawa,  it was determined that a pilot project should take place in downtown Oshawa.

ACTION:  A set of twelve outdoor lockers has been installed in downtown Oshawa.  Each locker includes a mail slot and a USB connection for cell phone charging.  Spirit Alive is partnering with Back Door Mission for the Relief of Poverty (a local, downtown-based service agency)  to administer the first set of lockers as a pilot project.  Consistent connections with staff and volunteers at Back Door Mission will potentially lead to solutions to other issues.  It is believed that having a permanent, secure place for belongings will be an important stepping stone to a better life.

FUTURE:  After this pilot project has proved successful, and any adjustments deemed necessary have been made,  it is anticipated that there will be additional locker sites in Oshawa. As well, Spirit Alive hopes to be a resource for other communities who feel that lockers could help in their work of assisting individuals to end homelessness.

 If you would like to see this initiative brought to your area we would love to help!  Please contact: or for more information on How To Donate.