TRAGEDY in TORONTO – Pastor Dāgs’ message

TRAGEDY in TORONTO – Pastor Dāgs’ message

Many of us have heard about the tragic fire in East Toronto that took the lives of a young Mother’s 6 year old son Kai, mother Jana and friend Amanda. The young mother Arija is herself still in the hospital.

I cannot imagine how Arija feels losing the ones closest to her and her home. My family and I recently moved to Toronto. I see how the Toronto Latvian community and Latvians around the world have reacted, together as one large family responding to someone in need.

Let us continue to help, donate via the GoFundMe page, pray, give our support in this difficult time and during the road to recovery.

Let our thoughts and prayers be with Arija, her family and Amanda’s family and friends.

St. Andrew’s Latvian Lutheran Church Toronto Pastor Dag Demandt

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4


SID WEEKEND DAY CAMP starting July 24-26

SID WEEKEND DAY CAMP starting July 24-26

BREAKING NEWS! Camp Sidrabene is happy to announce that after much planning we will be able to offer SID Weekend Day Camp for Summer 2020!  Thank you to parents, Pārvalde, Padome and volunteers for all your help and support!
Camp dates will be:
July 24-26 / July 31- August 2 / August 7-9

More information and registration forms will be sent to SID parents by email very shortly, or please visit the church website ( as information will be added as soon as possible. Any questions please contact:

SIDRABENE: COVID-19 Phase 2 opening rules

SIDRABENE: COVID-19 Phase 2 opening rules

Sveiciens Sv. Andreja draudzes locekļiem un Sidrabeniešiem!

Sidrabenes Pārvalde is pleased to announce that on June 17th, Padome (Church Council), in accordance with the Ontario Government announcement of June 14th to move into Phase 2 COVID regulations with Halton region included in those changes, passed a motion to open Sidrabene this weekend, starting Friday June 19th, for Latvian folks including Leaseholders and Church Congregation members. PLEASE NOTE:

>no Jāņi celebrations or programmes are planned

>there will be no food or beverages available

>only one public bathroom is available; there will be no “Porta-potties” on site

>physical distancing & keeping group limits is crucial

>Gate (parking) dues will be payable if you don’t have a season pass

>Pool is not open

While in Sidrabene, please ensure you observe all the same COVID rules as in day-to-day life.

Here are some details of what to expect:

1) Gate Duty will be in effect:

  • Friday, June 19, 5pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, June 20, 9am – 8pm
  • Sunday, June 21, 10am – 2pm
  • Swing gate at the entrance will be padlocked at 11pm each night
  • COVID appropriate measures in place to protect the Gate Duty personnel as well as those arriving in vehicles

2) Vehicle drivers will be expected to either show their Season’s pass or pay $10 for day parking / $60 for season pass.  Money exchange will be contactless with physical distancing in effect.

3) Overnight camping is now permitted by Gov’t regulations with the following guidelines:
“While the maximum size of social gatherings is increasing to 10 people, up from the previous limit of 5, physical distancing is still required.

Campers must adhere to social gathering size restrictions and maintain 2-metre physical distancing with people outside their household and when outside of their campsites.

4) The washroom facility near the dance floor will be open and marked with COVID regulation signs; please observe these. An increased cleaning frequency will be in effect, but please use provided cleaning materials on your own as well.

5) All buildings will be closed and off limits

6) Basketball court, playground equipment will remain closed as per Gov’t guidelines.

7) Pavilion and Kafē courtyard will be set up with appropriately distanced tables.

8) Pool unfortunately will not be open as the post-repairs Halton inspection was not completed before the weekend despite our request.


On behalf of Pārvalde / Pārvaldes vārdā – Mārtiņš Mežulis

SIDRABENE & Covid-19: information

SIDRABENE & Covid-19: information

Sveiki, Sv. Andreja draudzes locekļi!

Hoping you are all keeping well in these unusual times, and I’m sure we are all awaiting some nicer weather to arrive as well!

In previous years May has signalled the unofficial opening of Sidrabene for cottagers and the Church congregation. Unfortunately, this year Sidrabene is currently operating under the Covid-19 (coronavirus) guidelines, which have disrupted most of the familiar conditions.
The situation is still the same as was outlined in an e-mail sent out by Pārvalde on April 9th (see below). Here is a quick recap of what to expect:

  • The gate continues to be padlocked 24/7; you will need to manage entry & exit of any visitors to your cottage by personally relocking the gate each time.
  • No persons will be at the Gatehouse monitoring entry (no Gate Duty for now) or checking season passes; all Leaseholders were sent a season pass.
  • All facilities are still locked down, including: Pool, Tuck Shop, Pavilion, SudrabKalns (main building), CāļuKalns (Children’s camp building), Ķemeri, Ambulance, playgrounds and equipment; access may be restored when government changes are announced.
  • Public washroom just past the left of the Gatehouse will be closedin accordance with extensive cleaning regulations that we cannot provide.
  • External camps and Sidrabene children’s camp are currently on hold and in all likely-hood will not run this year.
  • Use of grounds for walks, jogging, bike riding etc. is permitted while respecting physical distancing for persons not members of your “household”.
  • Church members with a key are welcome to use the grounds as they choose (respecting Covid-19 guidelines that prohibit gatherings of more than 5 persons.
  • Purchase of additional gate padlock keys is not available at this time.
  • Regretfully there areno planned annual events such as the Opening Social, or any type of Jāņi “open gate” celebrations, Irish nights, horseshoe and bocce tourneys, concerts or other public gatherings for the time being.
  • “Talka” days are still required for ALL Leaseholders on an individual basis, and work to be done can be arranged with Andy Grīnbergs directly.

Thank you for your patience and consideration in the above. Any changes announced by the Ontario and regional governments that impact how we currently operate Sidrabene will be closely monitored and adhered to with updates sent to the Sidrabene and church community.

Mart Mežulis
Sidarabenes Pārvalde 2020

E-mail sent on April 9th:

If you are planning to come to your cottage and/or are planning to have non-family members visit you while you are at your cottage, you need to be aware that the Guidelines posted by the City of Burlington and the Ontario government both apply within the Sidrabene property.

More detailed information from the Ontario government can be found at this link:

City of Burlington guidelines:

Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most important steps everyone needs to take. The COVID-19 virus doesn’t move on its own; it needs people to move it. To discourage people from gathering and to help reduce the transmission of the virus, the City of Burlington is closing all vehicular access to our parks. Only walking, jogging, riding a bike or scooter/wheelchair through a park or trail is permitted. Remember to keep 2 metres away from others – about the length of a hockey stick. The best thing residents can do to protect themselves and the community, is stay home.

All amenities in our parks have already been closed, please continue to respect the caution tape and keep off of playgrounds, sports fields, skateboard areas, te