Buckingham Palace 2016

Buckingham Palace 2016

CEO Lori Oschefski was one of 4 Canadians representing the BHC at Barnardo's 150th Anniversary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History

In collaboration with the BHCARA, the Canadian Museum of History included in the new Canadian History Hall, for the first time in history, our BHC! Opened on Canada's 150th, a very fitting milestone for our BHC. Our exhibit will be there for years to come.

Winner of the 2016 OMA Award

Winner of the 2016 OMA Award

Created in 2014 in partnership with Black Creek Pioneer Village, our comprehensive 450 ft exhibit won the 2016 Ontario Museum Award of Excellence in Exhibition. It will be housed at Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto for years to come!

Don Cherry 2014

Don Cherry 2014

Don Cherry was on hand to open our award winning exhibit at Black Creek Pioneer Village in 2014 and spoke at our First World War Commemoration Service that day

"A Barnardo Boy"

"A Barnardo Boy"

Exciting new documentary being filmed by RJ Hugging of Orphan Boy Films in collaboration with the BHCARA. Visit www.orphanboyfilm.com for more information! Started filming in 2016!

Over 200 events and exhibits!

Over 200 events and exhibits!

The BHCARA has done over 200 events and exhibits featuring our extensive collection of artifacts and information. Visit our Past Events page for more information.

Proudly published globally

Proudly published globally

The BHCARA is proud to have been interviewed and published in five countries! Visit our media page for more information!

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View past events

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      Canada's leading organization for the             British Home Children. Over 25 years                   experience in BHC Research                                                                                          

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Mission

To bring the true stories of the British Home Children to light, to maintain their memory and to reunite the families separated by the child migrant schemes.

 

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About Us

Home Children Canada is a Canadian Not-for-Profit organization that strives to catalog Home Child information and Home Children stories, to reconnect families unjustly torn apart by these migrant programs, and to promote the story of the Home Children across the world. It is the first organization to use social media to promote the story of our Home Children with unprecedented and unparalleled success. 

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

President: Ms. Lori Oschefski 
Treasurer: Marie May
Marketing & Membership: Mr. John Jefkins
Media & Public Relations: Mr. Paul Jackson 

Secretary: Mr. Dan Oatman

Director at Large: Dianna Hanson Fulton

Director of Diversity and Inclusion: Suzanne Pearson

Registry Administrator: LeeAnn Beer

Honorary Patron: British Home Child - the Late John Vallance

Behind our Name - David Lorente

 

Those who have given a voice to the Home Children

 

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Our work has featured in:

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April 2019 our BHC Registry ranked  #4 out of 14 top sites for finding records of orphanages and children's homes
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July of 2017, WDYTYA magazine gave our web sites an an honorable mention in the Best Canadian Web sites for researching your Canadian Roots. 
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In 2016 Your Family Tree Magazine  ranked our British Home Children in Canada site as the number 2 online source for researching your Canadian roots, calling the site "impressive". 
 

Beacons of Light
British Home Children & Child Migrants
International Sesquicentennial Tribute

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2019 marks the 150th year since the first BHC arrived in Canada. HHC and descendants reached out to hundreds of communities and venues across Canada, Scotland, and England to participate in the Beacons of Light for BHC tribute by illuminating memorials, monuments, buildings, or other areas with the colours of the BHCARA. The response was overwhelming with over 230 tributes paid to the BHC. Illuminations included the iconic Niagara Fall in Ontario, Toronto's CN Tower, The Northern Lights Display in Vancouver , and St Andrews House - Head Quarters of the Scottish Government in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her Majesty the Queen has sent a letter of support for the work of Home Children Canada ( formally BHCARA) and our Beacon tribute. This symbolic gesture showed the world how proud we are of the resiliency of the BHC, Canada's nation-builders, while paying tribute to those who died young. To learn more about this historic tribute visit our tribute page: From Castles to Waterfalls

From Castles to Waterfalls

12 May 2016
Lori Oschefski, Ivy Sucee (Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Memorial Group) , Sidney Baker (Home Children Canada, Western Branch), and Ali Thompson all from Canada, represented the British Home Children at Barnardo's 150th Anniversary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

3 November, 2016
2016 OMA Awards of Excellence Recipient for Excellence in Exhibit, presented to the Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto for the exhibit "Breaking the Silence", created in partnership HCC

Click on image to hear our October 2017 interview on CBC's The National 

Our Newsletters

September 2021 Newsletter


Orphan Girls Head to Canada, the story of Agnes and Margaret Wardlaw by David and Paul Lake

A heart-wrenching farewell to Judy Neville

The S.S. Carthaginian by Ralph Jackson

The story of Charlie Richards by Sharon Fraser-Richards

Two Barnardo Boys Reunion, George Beardshaw and Cyril Hewitt

British Home Child Day in Canada

The Band of Kindness by Andrew Simpson

The trunk of Sidney Johnson, KIA in the First World War

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Sidney James Robertson

Barnardo's

Annie Lee Whatling

Annie Lee Whatling

Louisa Birt

William James Lemmon

William James Lemmon

George Thomas Osborn

George Thomas Osborn

Eliza Preston

Eliza Preston

Photos from Barnardo's archive

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Admission photo from Barnardo's archives

William Broadribb

William Broadribb

Photos from Barnardo's Archives

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Douglas Stewart Robertson

Douglas Stewart Robertson

Annie Huyton

Annie Huyton

Albert Picknell

Albert Picknell

July 2021 Summer Newsletter

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