Ottawa Pavilion NewsMarch 2016

Lapghan Donation
Published: Mar. 11th 2016 at 12:20 PM by Christine Simmons


The weekend before 12-year-old Sara Treest died in 2007, she told her aunt she wanted to use her knitting skills to make something for every resident at an Ottawa nursing home.

Sara, a Shepherd Middle School student, had just learned how to make quilts from her aunt, Sue Bates.

"She lived a block away from Ottawa Pavilion," Sue said. "She said she wanted to do something for the people of Ottawa Pavilion. She wanted to wait until we had something for everyone."

Sara's grandmother, Jo McCandless, said that was just like Sara.

"She loved everyone," Jo said. "Most 12-year-olds don't pay attention to elderly people, but she did."

On Nov. 24, 2007, Sara, the daughter of Al and Heather Treest, died of a tragic accident in their home.

Sue was determined to complete the project for Ottawa Pavilion that her niece envisioned. One by one, Sue proceeded

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