March 16

On March 16th my husband’s mother died suddenly, leaving us guardians of his 47-year-old brother, Keith, who has Down’s Syndrome. My brother-in-law has lived his entire life in a small community on the outskirts of Oshawa and it’s here that he has a team of doctors, caseworkers,
day programming, and now, the apartment he’s always wanted (in a wonderful retirement home that cooks all his meals and cleans for him). Moving him will always be an
option but he has made it clear that he wants to stay in his hometown.

As a small business owner, the first few years are financially tight and it’s for this reason that I have had to make the incredibly difficult decision to close The Guild Box and return to teaching. Keith’s new home is expensive, and I no longer have the ‘luxury’ of growing a business.

My heart is breaking as I type these words.

I want to thank you, sincerely, for two wonderful years in business. For supporting the many talented makers that Canada has to offer and for trusting me with your special gifting memories.