FH Ottawa Network event.jpg


Fairbairn is sustained by a diverse mix of volunteer energy, multi-governmental funding, patron donations, wedding events income and community fundraising events.

Memberships are a vital component of this kaleidoscopic sparkle. Please show your support and renew or start your membership today!
(Individual $30 / Family $50 / Corporate $100)

(Fairbairn VP Dougal Rattray at City of Ottawa Heritage Day, February 2019)


a busy Winter

Fairbairn celebrated its traditional Christmas Eve gathering at the House with seasonal goodies and carol singing.

Fairbairn celebrated its traditional Christmas Eve gathering at the House with seasonal goodies and carol singing.

Record-breaking attendance and generous donations accompanied our annual Heritage Day talk this year. Tamara Tarasoff, of Parks Canada, gave a fascinating presentation on the wrecks and the history of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 voyage taken in search of a Northwest Passage. The engaging content was animated by artifacts from the wreckage site.




Fresh Faces at Fairbairn

With Michael Cooper stepping down as long-time President and chair of the Board of Directors during the Fall of 2018, Fairbairn welcomed Lucie Bazinet as its new President. A former manager with Global Affairs and long-time local resident with an enthusiastic community spirit, Lucie combines a depth of experience with professional flair. The organisation is in good hands. Other new faces around the Board table are Rosalind Pepall, recently retired curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Ailsa Barry, vice-President, Experience and Engagement at the Museum of Nature.

Member engagement at our AGM

Fairbairn’s Annual General Meeting of members was held Tuesday April 16 with a strong crowd in attendance. The financial statement was approved. Lucie Bazinet was acclaimed as President, as was Dougal Rattray as vice-President, while Carol Theissen steps in as Treasurer from the Secretary’s position. Hannen Sabean takes over the Secretary position. This constitutes the Executive.

Read the President’s Report for a summary of the 2018 activities.


Winter is a busy time for Fairbairn, a time for planning, strategizing and mounting funding applications.

President Lucie Bazinet met on a number of occasions throughout the winter months with representatives of Tourism Outaouais and a variety of other ‘actors’ influencing our local Heritage community.

Attending the Gatineau/Outaouais Heritage Network at the Gallerie de Hull the President and Vice-President met with key stakeholders, raising Fairbairns profile, discovering new programs and exploring potential new relationships with others from the local Heritage sector. The parallel Ottawa event where Fairbairn had its own display was similarly attended. Fairbairn is now a formal member of both networks as well as the Gatineau Valley Historical Society.

La Peche municipal staff and MRC de Collines representatives were variously met to sign agreements, share ideas and communicate forthcoming plans. Besides regular board  and operational meetings, priority was given to migrating archives to the ‘cloud’ and internal communications systems were integrated and restructured on the gmail platform.

Funding applications have been submitted to the Department of Canadian Heritage for programming as well as projects. Service Canada and the National Trust of Canada received proposals to support seasonal Human Resources. Farm Credit Canada received a proposal to provide financing for much needed painting and maintenance of the main Fairbairn House. Our fingers are crossed for that critical need.

Funding was received from both La Peche Municipality as well as the MRC de Collines for Musical Mondays, Living History and an exhibit designed to highlight regional transportation. Plans are afoot for Fairbairn to become a visitor destination as part of the NCC’s Fall Rhapsody. Watch out for further announcements on social media and in subsequent quarterly newsletters.