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The North Bay Grandmothers for Africa is a chapter of Grandmothers to Grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.  Our mission is twofold:

  • To raise awareness and engage Canadians in the struggle to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa

  • To raise funds to support the projects of African grandmothers in their struggle to care for their orphaned grandchildren.  

In September 2008, a small group of friends founded our chapter and introduced it to the public with the help of Marianne Beer of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

In May 2010 we sponsored Suzanne Brooks, a local grandmother, as one of 40 Canadian grandmothers at the First African Grandmothers Conference in Swaziland.  To view some of Suzanne's photos click here.


The sale of 90 tickets for the Dare-to-Dine dinner at the Empire on Saturday, November 7, made this a successful fundraiser.  Photos above feature diners, members of the Board Bunty Swanson and Mary Ann Jones and Anne Bell in her dual roles as Mistress of Ceremonies and Mary Poppins’ Bird Lady.  For more photos click here.

Thanks to all those who paid their $10 membership fee for 2015.  If you have not yet done so, please mail a cheque to Bunty Swanson, 990 Tilley St., North Bay, ON P1B 5A6.

Click here for more information about membership or send an email to northbaygrans@gmail.com. You can also call Bunty at 705-474-4044.

For Granny Bulletins from SLF, click here.

Suzanne’s was inspired as the result of meeting African grandmothers to write this promise:

My dear sisters across the ocean,

How often I think of you, remembering your tears when you shared your grief, and the radiance of your joy as you joined together in song. How warmly you welcomed us strangers into your circle.

We have carried your stories into our world, sharing them with others, and stretching the circle of joined hands that began with you in your centre and at the Manzini Conference.

Marching with you, walking with you, dancing with you still, we will carry your voices onward until the universe resonates with your love and joy and selfless caring for the children you protect and nurture.

Together we will change the world and make a place for each child to grow in health and dignity, and for you elders to be cherished and supported.

Suzanne Brooks