From left to right, Barbara Roblin of DragonFly; Beryl Phillips, Carolyn’s mother; Grace Xin of the Ottawa Community Foundation. Photo Credit Kita Szpak

For the love of Carolyn

Sixty years after the death of her daughter, Beryl Phillips is working to ensure children with Down syndrome receive the support they need   When Carolyn Phillips was born with Down syndrome in 1948, her first-time parents had few options […]

Suzanne Smith is the proprietor of hautemama.ca, a hip maternity shop located in Kanata basement. She imports high end European fashions for expectant moms. Her business had a humble beginning -- Smith was looking for stylish fashions for her pregnant daughter about 15 years ago. photo by Mike Carroccetto

A labour of love

  Fifteen years ago, Suzanne Smith’s newly pregnant daughter Shannon lamented that there wasn’t a maternity store in Ottawa that could outfit her in the way she wanted as a professional working woman. Unable to find anything that was suitable […]

The Happiness Formula_Spring 2021_The writer's sons, Alex, Jordie and Robert_Photo Courtesy Kita Szpak

From ‘I’ to ‘we’ to ‘all’

Trust yourself on this miraculous journey of motherhood Nothing can totally prepare you for motherhood. No book, no seminar, no friend, no other mother—even your own—can begin to give you a sense of the enormity of being a parent. Yes, […]