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“Be strong and of good courage,
do not be afraid,
nor dismayed
for the Lord
is with you
you go”
- Joshua 1:9

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Quilts delivered

Year No. of Quilts Running Total
1999 16 16
2000 36 52
2001 458 510
2002 694 1,204
2003 930 2,134
2004 1,149 3,283
2005 1,604 4,887
2006 2,392 7,279
2007 2,724 10,003
2008 3,294 13,297
2009 3,760 17,057
2010 4,175 21,232
2011 4,910 26,140
2012 5,571 31,713
2013 4,989 36,702
2014 5,213 41,915
2015 485 42,400
* to January 31, 2015

Victoria's Quilts Canada provides handmade quilts to people with cancer in Canada. By providing these quilts, we hope to bring physical comfort to those dealing with cancer as well a spiritual comfort in knowing that they are not alone in their struggle.

Our organization now comprises over 1,100 volunteers in Ottawa and in 24 communities across Canada. The quilts we provide are made by individual quilters who work independently, or in groups in a team setting similar to the quilting bees of times past. Our volunteers make and distribute more than 400 quilts per month, on average, and, over the past fifteen years we've delivered over 42,000 quilts to people with cancer across the country.

Our work is generously supported by our corporate sponsors, who help by donating or discounting their products and services, and by making financial grants and donations. Community groups and organizations also support our program through financial contributions to the National Office and to the Branches. However, the major source of our funds are donations from private individuals, who are often the recipients of our quilts, and their families and friends. As we do not have any paid staff, we rely solely on the generosity of these donations and that of our volunteers to carry out our mission.

Latest news

(le français suit)

VQC annual general meeting scheduled
for May 2, 2015

Mark your calendars! The Annual General Meeting for Victoria's Quilts Canada will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It will be held at City View United Church at 6 Epworth Avenue in Nepean and is the church just around the corner from St. Richards.

The meeting provides an opportunity for members to find out what VQC is doing and how it is continuing to grow. VQC members can also help the Board make decisions about our future by voting on the business conducted at this meeting and on nominations for new Board members.

As those who have attended in the past will attest, however, the meeting will not be all serious business. It's an opportunity to thank our volunteers for all their hard work and dedication in a social atmosphere where members can interact. Refreshments will be provided and a variety of items will be on sale including quilting books, tools, funky fabrics and other surprises.

A proposed agenda and draft 2014 Annual General Meeting Minutes will be sent out shortly to VQC members, followed by distribution of the 2014 Annual Report later in April. Proxy forms will also be sent out for those unable to attend who would like someone else to vote on their behalf. For those who cannot be reached by electronic means, please contact your Branch or Friends Group Coordinator for this information.

Please let us know no later than April 11, 2015 if you plan to attend by calling 613-843-9212 or sending an e-mail to

For those traveling from out-of-town, please note that VQC funds cannot be used to reimburse travel and living expenses. If you can join us on May 2nd, however, we would be very glad to see you. If you are unable to attend, please accept our heartfelt thanks and a thank you from all of those whose lives you have touched.

Second annual Gayle Madely Memorial Quilt-a-thon to take place April 26, 2015

Good news! The Gayle Madely Memorial Quilt-a-thon, whose inauguration in 2014 was such a huge success, is coming back again for a second time. This year, the date is Sunday, April 26, 2015 and the hours are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. It will be held, once again, at the Congregation Machzikei Hadas, which is located at 2310 Virginia Drive.

The Quilt-a-thon was established to honour Gayle Madely, wife of CFRA radio's Steve Madely. Gayle passed away two years ago from cancer. During her illness, the quilt she received from us brought her great comfort both physically and spiritually. Steve is a staunch supporter of Victoria's Quilts Canada and has participated in our annual Radio-thon for several years, along with Rabbi Bulka, its host. To thank Steve in a meaningful way for this support, we held a Quilt-a-thon in Gayle's memory in 2014. Rabbi Bulka was instrumental in making it happen by offering us space in his shul.

Since the shul is a kosher environment, we ask that you bring no food with you to this event. We will provide snacks and lunch. Should you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will ensure that your needs are met.

Be sure to reserve the date. Registration is limited and therefore required. The cost is $15.00 per person, payable at the door.  You don't need to be a member of VQC to participate. To sign up, please fill in and submit the online registration form. The deadline for registering is April 19, 2015.

If you are unable to register online, you can obtain a paper version of the form from your Friends Group coordinator.

Betty Giffin
Gayle Madely Memorial Quilt-a-thon Coordinator

Dernières nouvelles

Deuxième marathon annuelle de courtepointes en mémoire de Gayle Madely le 26 avril 2015

Bonnes nouvelles ! En 2014, l'inauguration du Marathon de courtepointes en mémoire de Gayle Madely obtint un tel succès que cet événement ce reproduira cette année. Ce deuxième marathon aura lieu le dimanche 26 avril 2015 de 8 h 30 à 16 h et se tiendra à nouveau à la Congrégation Machzikei Hadas située au 2310, promenade Virginia.

Ce marathon de courtepointes a été créé en mémoire de Gayle Madely, l'épouse de Steve Madely, animateur à la station de radio CFRA. Gayle est décédée d'un cancer, il y a deux ans. La courtepointe que nous lui avons remise lui a apporté un grand réconfort physique et spirituel durant sa maladie. Steve appuie sans réserve la cause de Victoria's Quilts Canada. Depuis plusieurs années il participe à notre radiothon annuel avec l'animateur, Rabbi Reuven Bulka. Afin de reconnaître son appui de manière significative, c'est en 2014 que nous avons organisé un marathon en souvenir de Gayle. Rabbi Bulka contribua significativement à la réalisation de cette activité en nous allouant de l'espace dans sa synagogue.

La synagogue est un lieu où l'on respecte les règles relatives à l'alimentation cachère. Par conséquent, nous vous demandons de n'apporter aucune nourriture à cet événement. Nous fournirons les collations et le dîner pour tous et toutes. S'il vous plaît, veuillez nous aviser de toutes restrictions alimentaires et nous nous assurerons de répondre à vos besoins.

Assurez-vous de bien noter cette date. Puisque le nombres de place est limité, une inscription est nécessaire. Le coût est de 15 $ par personne et sera payable à la porte. Il n'est pas nécessaire d'être membre de Victoria's Quilts Canada pour y participer. Pour vous inscrire, veuillez compléter le formulaire d'inscription en ligne et le soumettre au plus tard le 19 avril 2015 : inscription en ligne.

S'il vous est impossible de vous inscrire en ligne, vous pouvez obtenir un copie papier auprès de la personne responsable de votre groupe d'ami(e)s.

Betty Giffin
Coordonnatrice, Marathon de courtepointes en mémoire de Gayle Madely

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Comments submitted in 2014 can be viewed at 2014 Testimonials.

Last updated: March 21, 2015

To request a quilt for someone with cancer

We need to know:

• The recipient's name
• Their address, with postal code
• Their telephone number
• Your name
• Your address
• Your telephone number
• Optional message on enclosed card (max 10 words).

Simply send an email to request a quilt. You will receive a confirmation email within a few days.

If you do not receive such an email, please call us at the telephone number below, or send a note to:

454 - 1568 Merivale Rd
Ottawa, Ontario K2G 5Y7

(613) 843-9212

Your request will be placed on our recipients list and as soon as a quilt becomes available, it will be sent out.

Thanks for stopping by!