and activities of the BHCARA

Past Events

Most events feature the 2015 OMAH Historical Award Nominated Author & British Home Child expert Lori Oschefski President of Home Children Canada

We would like to thank each and every single location for hosting our display and/or our presentations. You guys are a huge help in getting the word out about the British Home Children!!

Scroll For Gallery Of Past Events

Black Creek Pioneer Village

partnership from 2013 to present

 

2017 Events 

  • WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY January 2017

  • Freedom Talk Radio - live from Scotland Jan 2017

  • The Toronto Ward Museum Census Workshop Mar 2017

  • Commemoration of Vimy Ridge at the Barrie Legion

  • Caledon East and District Historical Society

  • Vaughan Township Historical Society

  • Pier 21 in Halifax - Toronto Ward Museum

  • Fresh Start Foundation Conference, Scotland, Video

  • Bradford Public Library exhibit

  • Bradford Public Library - evening presentation

  • the official private opening of the new Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History

  • Nottawasaga Inn Probus

  • Waterloo Region Museum & Doon Heritage Village

  • London, Ontario Western Fair

  • Dufferin County Museum & Archives

  • Park Lawn Cemetery BHC Monument Dedication

  • Display at the Orillia Public Library "People of Orillia"

  • The Veterans' Classic , The Raceway at the Western Fair District

  • University of Waterloo Renison College

  • Bolton and District PROBUS Club

  • Orillia Public Library, Student Remembrance Event
     

2018 Events

  • Probus Etobicoke Club

  • Bracebridge Probus Club

  • Harriston Library 

  • Wellinngton County Historical Society

  • Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

  • Colonel John Butler (CJB) Branch of the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada

  • Champlain Seniors Service Club - Orillia, Ontario

  • Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society

  • Orillia Public Library Family History Festival

  • Waterloo Region Museum

  • London Western Fair

  • Gravenhurst Probus Club

  • Hamilton Public Library

  • Historical Automobile Society of Ontario 

  • Orillia Public Library 3 day Remembrance event

Past Event Locations

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Events

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

  • Upper Canada Village 2013

  • Orangeville Public Library 2012, 2013 & 2014

  • Wellington County Museum

  • Richmond Hill Public Library

  • Niagra Branch OGS

  • Ottawa Public Library

  • Clarington's Agricultural Heritage

  • Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library

  • Barrie Public Library

  • Barrie Legion 2014 2x, 2015

  • Barrie Historical Society 2015

  • Simcoe County Historical Society 2015

  • Newmarket Public Library

  • Curtain Club, Richmond Hill

  • Peterborough Public Library

  • Orillia Historical Society 2013

  • The Sparrow Lake Historical Society

  • Millbrook Historical Society

  • One World- One Family Conferance - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints the, Brampton Ontario Stake 2014, 2015 August

  • 4th Line Theater, Millbrook, Ontario 2014

  • Kawartha Lakes

  • Peoples Church

  • Hamilton, Ontario book Launch 2014

  • Calgary Public Library 2014

  • The Beach Celtic Festival 2014

  •  Northridge Community Church, Newmarket 2014

  • Scottish SIG Symposium 2014

  • Toronto Roman Catholic School Board 2014

  • Orillia Public Library 2013, 2014 & 2015

  • Meaford Speaker's Series 2014

  • Ontario Genealogical Society 2014

  • North Emily Women's Inst. 2014

  • Newmarket Historical Society 2014

  •  Painswick Library Branch    

  • Orillia Rotary Club 2015

  • The Royal Canadian Legion 2014 & 2015

  • The White Lions Tea House 2015

  • Mono Mills United Church 2015

  • Muskoka Boat and Heritage Center 2015

  • St. John's Church - Men's Breakfast Club 2015

  • Sparrow Lake Historical Society 2015

  • Uxbridge Historical Society & Uxbridge Genealogy Group 2015

  • Etobicoke Historical Society - 2015

  • Shelbourne Public Library - 2015

  • HOMECHILD the Musical - 2013, 2015

 

2016 Events

 

  • Woods Park Retirement Home - 2016

  • Simcoe County Branch of OGS - Barrie - 2016

  • Canadian Legion - Erin, Ontario - 2016

  • Orillia Public Library 2016 Exhibt and Quilt show

  • Orangeman's Lodge - Newton Robinson 2016

  • Barrie - Huronia Probus Club 2016

  • Private Bus Tour of Black Creek Exhibit 2016

  • White Lions Tea House 2016

  •  Beaverton branch of Brock township Library

  • Barnardo's Children's Church Tea 2016

  • North York Historical Society 2016

  • Stratford Perth County Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario 2016

  • Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto 2016

  • Palgrave Unite Church 2016

  • Rotary Club of Etobicoke 2016

  • Pier 21, Halifax 2016

  • Maple Leaf Women's Probus in Newmarket July 2016

  • Centre-Wellington Probus July 2016

  • Millennium Library - Winnipeg August 2016

  • Folklarama Winnipeg - August 2016

  • Rotary Club of Barrie - August 2016

  • Innisfil Historical Society - Sept. 2016

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village 2016 BHC Day

  • Family History Festival Orillia Public Library  Oct 2016 table hosted by Carol Black

  • St. Andrews Presbyterian, Guelph, Ontario Oct 2016
    speaker: John Jefkins

  • Ramara Historical Society, Udney, Oct 2016

  • Georgina Pioneer Village, Georgina Ont Oct 2016

  • Orillia Rememberance Event -OPL, Nov 2016, tables hosted by JoAnn Clark and Susan Hall

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village

 

 

 

2020/2021 Events
Due to Covid 19 in-person events were
canceled for 2020 and 2021. We expect
there will be no in-person events in early 2022 

  • Barrie, Ontario school presentation (before Covid)

  • Peel Art Gallery, Museum & Archives (before Covid)

  • Release of "The Forgotten Home Child". #1 on the Canadian Best Sellers list for 11 weeks. Lori Oschefski served as the historical consultant

  • Zoom Presentation with Genevieve Graham, author of The Forgotten Home Child

  • Made 300 BHC masks for members

  • Released our "Beacons of Light" 2019 Tribute Book

  • After 6 years of lobbying, Veterans Affairs Canada formally acknowledged the service of our BHC in the Wars

  • We saved 661 Huron Street, Toronto from the wrecking ball, formally the receiving home for Waif and Stray's girls.

  • Lori Oschefski & Dan Oatman attended the drive by birthday party for BHC George Beardshaw mid Sept 2020

  • For BHC Day, we initiated our Grave Commemoration, we had hundreds of BHC graves visited and commemorated - 2020 and also repeated in 2021

  • 2021 reunited our last 2 surviving Barnardo Boys, George Beardshaw and Cyril Hewitt - both came in the same party of children

 

2019 Events - BHC 150

  • Probus Bracebridge, Ontario

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village Madge Gill Embroidery workshop - working in conjunction with England's Madge Gill Exhibit a the William Morris Museum

  • Hamilton Genealogy Club

  • Windermere Women's Institute, Muskoka

  • Barrie, Ontario event Ferndale Banquet Hall

  •  Ontario Genealogical Conference

  • Tillsonburg Legion, Tillsonburg, Ontario

  • Probus - Parry Sound Canado College 

  • Orillia Public library - Greet the Public

  • ALLISTON LADIES PROBUS

  • Madge Gill Walking Tour of Peterborough, 

  • BHC 150 Family Reunion Orillia Public Library

  • Bradford, Ontario Probus Club

  • Milford Bay Community Centre

  • Barrie Genealogy Fair

  • 7th KPL Genealogy Fair Kitchener Portillo's Empire Journey Public Library

  • How to Research British Home Children" Workshop in Oakville, Ontario

  • How to Research BHC in Hamilton, Ontario

  • Orillia Military event November 7 – 9

  • Hamilton Public Library’s 2019 Genealogy Fair

  • Ladies Lunch in Barrie, Ontario

  • London, Ontario Veterans’ Classic

  • Appeared in Portillo's Empire Journey, an England TV program 

  • September 28th historic Beacons of Light - over 240 organizations across Canada and the UK paid tribute to our British Home Children
    https://www.britishhomechildren.com/beacons-of-light-2019

  • Celebrating George Beardshaw's Birthday

  • Rogers TV Interview

  • Month-long large exhibit at the Orillia Public Library for BHC 150th

  • Lori Oschefski worked as the historical consultant on "The Forgotten Home Child" released in 2020

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 with the BHCARA. Accepting the award at a gala dinner was Jennifer Harrington, Curator Collections BCPV and CEO of the BHCARA, Lori Oschefski

2015 Barrie Legion, Barrie Historical Association & Simcoe County Historical Association

Bradford Public Library 2017 exhibit

Black Creek Pioneer Village long term exhibt.
Awarded the 2016 Ontario Museum Association Award of Excellence in Exhibitions

Opened again in 2017 for our 4th year

The BHCARA has an extensive collection of information and artifacts for display purposes. Our exhbits include our 2016 Memory Quilt which has been shown across Canada and England.

The BHCARA has been the main contributer of information and artifacts for a long term BHC exhibit at the Canadian Musuem of History, Canadian Immigration Hall, 100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, QC K1A 0M8. 

Our first exhibit in Bradford, Ontario 2012

Richmond Hill Public Library Exhbit

We are available or special events and short term exhibits as well. 

 

Contact us at info@BritishHomeChildren.com

Orillia Public Library 2016 exhibit

Orangeville Public Library 2014

Orillia Public Library

Hockey icon Don Cherry 2014 - Opening of Breaking The Silence exhibit at Black Creek, with Mr. Cherry is
Jennifer Harrington and Lori Oschefski

Winnipeg, Manitoba Folklorama 2016

Although our artifacts are generally available for exhibits in Ontario, we are happy to work with other organizations providing information for exhibits across the world. 

 

Our quilt is available for short term loans across Canada. Contact us at info@BritishHomeChildren.com for information. Postage and insurance must be covered. 

2021 Reunion in London, Ontario

2021 Reunion in London, Ontario

Reunion of our last two surviving Barnardo Boys, George Beardshaw and Cyril Hewitt. They both came over to Canada in 1938 in the same party of boys. The two men had not seen each other since 2016.

The Forgotten Home Child

The Forgotten Home Child

Piles of Books available at Costco in 2020

Pandemic Masks

Pandemic Masks

Home Children Canada designed special pandemic masks so our member could continue to share our story while keeping safe

2020 Inaugural Grave Commemorations

2020 Inaugural Grave Commemorations

Initiated in 2020 during the pandemic, hundreds of graves were commemorated of BHC during 2020 and 2021. This will become a yearly event so that members across the world can participate.

Release of Beacons of Light

Release of Beacons of Light

Our BHC George Beardshaw in 2020 with his newly released copy of our Beacons of Light commemorative book.

Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

2020 recognition of the Service of our Home Children in the Wars.

Orillia Public LIbrary

Orillia Public LIbrary

Part of our large exhibit to honour BHC 150. This case showcases the service of our Home Children in the Wars

CN Tower in Toronto

CN Tower in Toronto

One of the 240 venues which illuminated or honoured our BHC for the150th anniversary of when the first BHC arrived in Canada

Tillsonbury, Ontario BHC 150 event

Tillsonbury, Ontario BHC 150 event

Don Grey, producer of "Nobody's Child", Marjorie Kohli - author of "The Golden Bridge" cut our BHC 150 cake with BHC George Beardshaw

Roger's TV

Roger's TV

TV Interview for promoting BHC Day in Canada

Portillo's Empire Journey

Portillo's Empire Journey

Lori Oschefski and Ali Thompson appears in the UK series Portillo's Empire Journey to promote Home Children in Canada

Barrie, Ontario

Barrie, Ontario

On hand to raise the flag in Barrie Ontario for September28th, BHC Day in the town of Barrie

London Ontario

London Ontario

Lori Oschefski was on hand to celebrate BHC George Beardshaw's birthday in London, Ontario

Petitions

Petitions

In 2012 the BHCARA started the very first official petition calling on the House of Commons to offer an apology to the BHC. An apology was given in a motion passed in February of 2017.

2014 Commemoration of Service

2014 Commemoration of Service

The BHCARA hosted a Commemoration of Service event at the Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. Special guest speakers were BHC George Beardshaw and also BHC descendant Don Cherry.

Kenneth Bagnell

Kenneth Bagnell

Mr. Bagnell presenting Lori Oschefski with a plaque listing the libraries around the world that have his book "The Little Immigrants" in stock.

Don Cherry 2014

Don Cherry 2014

Don Cherry in the procession at the Commemoration of Service event. Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto

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Folklorama, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Folklorama, Winnipeg, Manitoba

2016 event

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Walter Goulding's 106th Birthday

Walter Goulding's 106th Birthday

Ms. Oschefski with BHC Walter Goulding and BHC George Beardshaw, celebrating Walter's 106th Birthday, April of 2014

2014 photos bomb..

2014 photos bomb..

Lamb collection for 2015 book launch

Lamb collection for 2015 book launch

2015 afternoon out with descendants

2015 afternoon out with descendants

Betty Norfolk from New Zealand and her hubby. We had a lovely afternoon out, even if the ship we were to take was broken!

2012 Open Book Event

2012 Open Book Event

Bradford Public Library

Our first exhibit in 2012

Our first exhibit in 2012

Bradford Public Library

2015 evening out with George

2015 evening out with George

With BHC George Beardshaw and his wife Emma

Lori and her sister Gayle in England

Lori and her sister Gayle in England

With a former Barnardo boy from Ireland

Dawn Heuston & Mark McKinlay 2016

Dawn Heuston & Mark McKinlay 2016

Lori Oschefski in Orillia 2016

Lori Oschefski in Orillia 2016

At the Queen's Tea fundraising afternoon to celebrate our trip to the Palace!

2012 returning Fegan medal

2012 returning Fegan medal

2012 - presenting their Father's newly found Fegan Roll of Honour Medal of Samuel Gibbs to his children - the three on the couch. At least we thought it was newly found!! Turns out this very house had been robbed 2 years before this. The medal has been taken in the robbery.

2011 Herefordshire, England

2011 Herefordshire, England

Lori Oschefski's first public speaking event, in Herefordshire, England - in the community where her mother was born.

OMA Award of Excellence 2016

OMA Award of Excellence 2016

Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto was awarded the 2016 OMA Award of Excellence in Exhibitions for the exhibit they created in partnership with the the BHCARA.

BHC George and Emma Beardshaw

BHC George and Emma Beardshaw

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, October 2nd 2016

BHC George and Emma Beardshaw

BHC George and Emma Beardshaw

At the Black Creek Pioneer Village BHC Day event October 2nd 2016

Our 2016 Memory Quit

Our 2016 Memory Quit

At the site of the Russell, Manitoba Training Farm, August 2016

George Beardshaw 2016

George Beardshaw 2016

George with his square on the quilt

Russell, Manitoba

Russell, Manitoba

The site of the Barnardo Training Farm in Russell, Manitoba, August 2016

Human Right Museum, Winnipeg

Human Right Museum, Winnipeg

Discussing a new exhibit for 2017

Folklarama Winnipeg

Folklarama Winnipeg

August 2016

Maple Leaf Women's Probus in Newmark

Maple Leaf Women's Probus in Newmark

July 2016

JoAnn Clarke making our quilt 2016

JoAnn Clarke making our quilt 2016

Sarnia June 2016

Sarnia June 2016

Filming for "A Barnardo Boy" with Bob Huggins - reunited 2 BHC, Cyril Hewitt and George Beardshaw

Pier 21 June of 2016

Pier 21 June of 2016

With co-speaker Beryl Young

Peggy's Cove June 2016

Peggy's Cove June 2016

Revival House in Stratford, Ontario

Revival House in Stratford, Ontario

June of 2016

Stratford, Ontario June 2016

Stratford, Ontario June 2016

After the presentation, everyone toured the Annie MacPherson Receiving Home on Avon Street.

Barrie legion event 2015

Barrie legion event 2015

Descendant visit to Peterborough

Descendant visit to Peterborough

Taking Ferris up to see his mother's name on the monument 2015

Save the Date for Buckingham Palace

Save the Date for Buckingham Palace

Ms. Oschefski at Buckingham Palace

Ms. Oschefski at Buckingham Palace

May 2016 - Ms. Oschefski was one of three Canadians invited to the Barnardo's 150th Anniversary Royal Garden Party to represent the British Home Children. Also invited was Ivy Succee and Sidney Baker.

Etobicoke Rotary Club

Etobicoke Rotary Club

with John Jefkins, Lori Oschefski, June 2016

London, Ontario June 2016

London, Ontario June 2016

BHC George Beardshaw, Lori Oschefski, Len Brown - BHC Descendant and Dawn Heuston.

Quilt and BHC exhibit

Quilt and BHC exhibit

Orillia Public Library April 2016

Orillia April 2016

Orillia April 2016

Part of the exhibit

Erin, Ontario 2016

Erin, Ontario 2016

March 17 2016, about 200 came out, our largest event ever!

Erin, Ontario 2016

Erin, Ontario 2016

Our first public showing of the quilt! 200 people came out for the event, by far, our largest showing to date!

One Family One World 2015

One Family One World 2015

Hosted by Beverley Schulz

Sparrow Lake Historical Society 2015

Sparrow Lake Historical Society 2015

Special guest speaker Beverley Schulz

BHC George Beardshaw 2015

BHC George Beardshaw 2015

Presenting George with a copy of "Bleating of the Lambs" in which his story is told.

Forgotten in London, England 2015

Forgotten in London, England 2015

The BHCARA helped with the production of this film in 2012 - Premiered in Toronto, shown in LA, Hamilton and London, England

Orillia Art and History Museum

Orillia Art and History Museum

Lori Oschefski nominated in 2015 for a History Award

Uxbridge 2015

Uxbridge 2015

Uxbridge Historical Society & Uxbridge Genealogy Group 2015

Beverley Schulz guest speaker 2015

Beverley Schulz guest speaker 2015

Sparrow Lake, Ontario

Ms Oschefski & Kenneth Bagnell 2015

Ms Oschefski & Kenneth Bagnell 2015

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Kenneth presented Lori with a plaque showing all the libraries around the world that carry his book.

2015 Student Award Chen Chen

2015 Student Award Chen Chen

Pier 21 Halifax, Nova Scotia 2016

Pier 21 Halifax, Nova Scotia 2016

with guest speaker Beryl Young and Lori Oschefski

Grade 6 presentation

Grade 6 presentation

Lori presenting to Grade 6 students at a Barrie, Ontario school

Speaking in Hamilton, Ontario 2014

Speaking in Hamilton, Ontario 2014

Barrie, Ontario School

Barrie, Ontario School

January 2015

Orillia Public Library Remembers

Orillia Public Library Remembers

Special First World War event for students November 2014

Display in Orillia Nov 2014

Display in Orillia Nov 2014

Barrie Legion First World War Event

Barrie Legion First World War Event

2014

Orillia students Nov 2014

Orillia students Nov 2014

Upper Canada Mall 2013

Upper Canada Mall 2013

Orangeville Public Library 2014

Orangeville Public Library 2014

Northridge Community Church 2014

Northridge Community Church 2014

Newmarket, Ontario

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Exhibit opening 2014

First World War Commemoration

First World War Commemoration

Black Creek Pioneer Village Toronto, Special guest speakers BHC George Beardshaw and Don Cherry

Queen's park wreath laying 2014

Queen's park wreath laying 2014

First wreath layed at Queen's Park in Toronto 2014 for the BHC, sponsered by the BHCARA members

Wellinton Museum

Wellinton Museum

April of 2014

Wellington Museum

Wellington Museum

Upper Canada Mall

Upper Canada Mall

Upper Canada Mall

Upper Canada Mall

Upper Canada Mall 2013

Upper Canada Mall 2013

Upper Canada Mall 2013

Upper Canada Mall 2013

The BHCARA loaned the Ottawa group their collection for the grand opening of the museum at Upper Canada Village

Orillia Public Library

Orillia Public Library

November 2014

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Owen Sound 2013

Owen Sound 2013

The BHCARA, partly through donations, paid for a memorial stone for BHC George Green who was murdered by his mistress

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

2013 Winner of Orillia draw

2013 Winner of Orillia draw

This man, out of 500 entries, won the framed photograph taken by Lori Oschefski. Oddly enough, his Grandfather had come with the same party of boys as Lori's Grandfather.

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

George Green makes the front pages!

November 2014

November 2014

With the students in Orillia at the Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Owen Sound Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library 2013

Ottawa Public Library 2013

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library 2013

Ottawa Public Library 2013

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Orillia Public Library 2013

Orillia Public Library 2013

Orillia Public Library

Orillia Public Library

Orillia Historical Society

Orillia Historical Society

Orangeville Public Library 2013

Orangeville Public Library 2013

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

Orangeville Public Library

One World - One Family

One World - One Family

Newmarket Public Library

Newmarket Public Library

The Curtains Club

The Curtains Club

The Curtains Club

The Curtains Club

Bradford Public Library

Bradford Public Library

Beach Celtic Festival

Beach Celtic Festival

2014

Barrie Public Library

Barrie Public Library

Barrie Legion

Barrie Legion