Spotlight on 1984

Published on May 1, 2014

The story begins with 28 campers and a new mission!

It all started with the dedication of a pediatric oncologist Dr. Barrie deVeber from London Children’s Hospital and his graduate student John Maher. Their purpose was to bring the childhood cancer family together in a recreational and natural environment. With a $5000 commitment from the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s, 28 campers enjoyed the first summer of Camp Trillium. The residential camp was held at Circle R Ranch in London with 20 campers and a day camp of 8 was held in London for the younger campers.  Some of the activities included archery, horse back riding, crafts, swimming and the big event – a baseball game!

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On May 4, 2014, 4:28 am, Nancy Watters wrote:

Dr Barry deVeber is my uncle. I was so touched to read the letter from Camp Trillium in a special tribute book that was given to him saying you were competing to adopt the Zellers bear as your mascot and planning to rename him “Barry” after my uncle, your founder. A google search shows me that you won that competition and indeed renamed your bear. This is such a wonderful tribute. “Uncle” Barry is 86 and he and my Aunt Iola will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June this year (2014). I was their flower girl at that wedding and had a lovely visit with them yesterday.

Nancy E. Watters RN, BScN, MScN

On July 24, 2014, 9:14 pm, Pam Imlay wrote:

Dr DeVeber was my daughters Dr. almost 28 years ago. He is an Amazing Man. His Love for each of the kids that walked in his office were greeted with a Hug, Thank You Dr DeVeber we think and talk about you often, I wish you and your Wife a Very Happy Anniversary. You took great care of Our Sara( Imlay ). You took time to answer all our questions and knew how to put us at ease. Sara is now 29 but has suffered a mild stroke and has Congestive heart dure to all the chemo and radiation she had received in her 7 year battle with A.L.L. She is here with us and is doing well. I Thank You from the Bottom of Our Hearts you will NEVER be forgotten