JoanJoan McCrae is an extraordinary woman who has lived an amazing life (as a survivor of the London Blitz and a War Bride, she has dozens of stories), and she continues to do so at the age of 100. For us at The Ottawa Mission, this includes translating her deep compassion for the plight of homeless people into action. As a generous donor to The Mission over the years, she has helped change many lives. Most recently, Joan made a significant contribution to our new offsite residential addiction treatment facility called LifeHouse.

Joan feels blessed in her life, and she is an enduring symbol of the power of “paying it forward”.

As a small token of our gratitude, on Joan’s 100th birthday 100 staff, clients and volunteers at The Mission signed a birthday card for her (see photo) and, as a mark of her humble nature, she treasures this simple gesture with all her heart. Thank you and God bless you Joan.