June 28, 2018: Remembering Monica Freedman;
Community Activist Passes.
By L. Hoad HCA.
Always ready for a celebration, Monica loved going out with friends for a meal, especially the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at Hino’s restaurant.
The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) and the Hintonburg community lost a long-time member and enthusiastic supporter when Monica Freedman died on June 12th.
Many residents will remember Monica at HCA events, coralling people to remind them to renew their memberships or asking them to join the community association. So many of us can trace our membership back to Monica. In addition she was a member of the Board of Directors for many years and was always ready to help with any project.
Monica was born in Cincinnati and immigrated to Kingston in 1965 with her family. She worked at the Prison for Women as a social worker for many years, then with the Elizabeth Fry Society in Kingston and Ottawa.
She arrived in Ottawa in the mid-nineties and joined the HCA Board shortly after that. Active on several HCA committees, she also served on the Board of Newswest for many years.
Monica was the ‘eyes on the street’ for Hinton Avenue where she lived until 2005. She chatted with all her neighbours and kept up with the comings and goings. In 2009, after a few years in an apartment on Parkdale Avenue, Monica moved to the Grace Manor due to increasing mobility issues. She continued to attend meetings and events, cheerful as ever in her wheelchair. Always ready for a celebration, Monica loved going out with friends for a meal, especially the annual New Year’s Eve dinner at Hino’s restaurant.
We were pleased to organize an informal Celebration of Life for Monica and her family from Toronto and Alberta to let them know how much she was appreciated and remembered.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa at http://CanadaHelps.org .
With the support of Monica’s family the HCA will plant a tree in Monica’s memory this fall in a Hintonburg park.
Photo Caption: Long time Social Worker and community activist, Monica Freedman, shown with Mayor Jim Watson, was an energetic contributor to many community undertakings, including several terms on the Newswest Board of Directors. Photo courtesy of the Hintonburg Community Association.
Photo Caption: Dining at a local restaurant
Photo Caption: A younger Monica, and Monica at the Annual Hintonburg Kingle Event.