Frae the Chair

Dear Clansfolk,

I hope this message finds you all well as we move into the winter season.

CASSOC is once again helping to host the Toronto Kilt Skate in January 2019. We are arranging for a space for our members to promote their own clans/groups. This is a great opportunity to reach some of our fellow clansmen in the urban Toronto area. Last year, the Kilt Skate was featured on several news outlets including CTV and Global News. If you or your group is interested in joining us at the clan tents, please email me, or our Treasurer, Kimberley Henwood, at We welcome everyone to Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on January 27, 2019 in joining us for some skating and hot chocolate. For those of you participating in the Kilt Skate in other cities – please share your experience by submitting some pictures to our An Drochaid editor and our Secretary, and these will be published in the next newsletter and posted on our Facebook group and page.

It always amazes me that the most active members of our Scottish organizations often volunteer their time and effort to so many different cultural and community groups and initiatives. At a recent ceilidh in Toronto, I had the pleasure to witness a ceremony to honour a member of the Clan MacLeod who was recognized for her service to our clan over the last 35 years. It occurred to me that although I had grown up with her nurturing and encouragement through clan events, I also know that her life is full of other activities such as helping children with disabilities learn to swim and knitting for a myriad of projects. I am honoured and grateful to be part of such a great family of individuals who give back to their communities and who help create a welcome atmosphere of warmth and support. Many thanks to those of you within CASSOC who help to organize events and maintain your groups. You are an inspiration to all of us. While it’s our history that may have called to us at the beginning, it’s not really the pipes, the dancing or the majestic sights of Scotland that keeps us together - it is our sense of family and personal connection.

I wish all of you a safe, healthy and happy holiday as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome a New Year full of possibilities.

Hold Fast,

Karen Macleod McCrimmon

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