Archives for Farewell

Celebrating Phil Chiappetta

On Thursday, September 22, Rossbrook staff and Board of Directors held a community barbecue and family-friendly farewell party for our beloved leader. After 42 years with the organization – and leading the team as Executive Director since 2016 — Phil is retiring. Wearing a variety of hats over the years, he has been a mentor, confidante, friend, and fearless leader. His relaxed style, sense of humour, and kindness will be missed by all.     “For his entire career, Phil devoted his enormous heart and gentle but formidable leadership skills to the young people of Rossbrook House,” said Brenda Hasiuk,
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Farewell Concert

The Barrel Boys and The O’Pears were in Winnipeg to perform at the West End Cultural Centre. They also gave a performance at Rossbrook House in honour of Sister Bernadette O’Reilly and Sister Margaret Hughes. They had the crowd clapping and singing along, and up on their feet. It was a special evening. As Rossbrook House Executive Director Phil Chiappetta said, “The Sisters wanted something simple and at Rossbrook. Well at least it’s at Rossbrook.”  See a few clips from the concert here     Among the many well-wishers were former colleagues who have become friends with the Sisters. Participants
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Saying Goodbye is Not Easy

  The spring of 2019 the Rossbrook House community will be saying farewell to two long-time members. Sister Bernadette O’Reilly and Sister Margaret Hughes (Sisters of Sion) will be leaving the city that has been their home for 40 years to join the Sion community in Saskatoon.   It’s hard to imagine Rossbrook House being what it is today without their influence. And it is equally as difficult to imagine them not being present at every future event. They are the first to offer assistance for every special occasion.   Sister Bernadette came to Winnipeg in 1979 from Toronto. With
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Farewell Maria Vigna

After teaching for 17 years at Eagles Circle School followed by 10 years as Co-Executive Director at Rossbrook House, Maria Vigna is returning home to Toronto. That was quite a stopover in Winnipeg! Maria affected the lives of countless young people as well as
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