Volunteer salute: Ashley family

When Greg and Lisa Ashley signed their family up to volunteer with the delivery of the Mainstreeter, they were just looking for a way to get involved in the community.

They ended up sticking with it for nearly a decade.

The kids, triplets Marilyn, Michael, and Peter, 17, are now in their senior year at Immaculata High School. All three have grown up, familiarizing themselves with the route, over the past 10 years.

Photo right: Peter, Marilyn and Michael Ashley have ‘retired’ after long service as volunteer deliverers of The Mainstreeter. Photo by Peter Croal

“When they were younger, we used to drive them around on the route, and as they got older they could do it themselves,” Lisa said, noting her kids have taken over the route in recent years as they became more and more responsible.

The Ashleys were familiar with the Old Ottawa East community long before they began their route. Greg and Lisa moved to the neighbourhood in 1989, when they settled down to start their family. For a while, Greg even worked at the Mainstreeter, managing advertising.

The idea to volunteer with the delivery of the newspaper came out of a desire to continue to support the paper and also to help out in their neighbourhood. Greg and Lisa wanted to get their kids into volunteering at a young age so they could grow up knowing how to be involved community members.

“I thought it was a good way to get to know people and give back to the community,” Lisa said. “It was a good way to get to know people in the community you wouldn’t necessarily know.”

They certainly established themselves in the neighbourhood in the past years with their positive service. Lisa considers the experience rewarding, especially for her children.

“From my perspective,” she said, “it was a good way to get them to be aware of what it means to be a community, to be a neighbourhood.”

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