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Becoming a Dad

In Writing (all kinds) on January 3, 2017 at 2:19 PM

By Saad Zafar

So this is my first piece for Donna Magazine. My maiden voyage! I had originally intended for this to be about my thoughts on becoming Dad (as my wife and I are expecting a baby later this year). But a week ago, I got laid off. The company I had been working for has been downsizing over the last couple of months. So now, I am out-of-work and about to become a Dad.

When my wife and I first found out that she was pregnant, I was elated! We both were. But I was also a little bit apprehensive. We were both were. I would look at my own Dad and wonder if I would ever be able to live up to his example. He is an incredibly kind, compassionate, and giving man. And so patient and understanding. And to top it all off, he has always seemed to have all of the answers to every problem I have ever had. Nothing flusters him. And I would wonder whether I have it in me to be a Dad as great he has been. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Children’s Books Available by Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge

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Children’s Helper

Augmented Reality Children’s Stories

Augmented Reality Children’s Stories – Part Two

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Statement from Minister of Children and Youth Services 2013 Annual Report on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 11, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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Statement

Statement from Minister of Children and Youth Services 2013 Annual Report on Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

December 16, 2013

 

Today, Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services, released the following statement onOntario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy 2013 Annual Report:

“When Breaking the Cycle: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy was launched in 2008, it was based on the belief that every child should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

I am pleased to report that our efforts and investments in young people, families and the economy are continuing to make a difference in people’s lives across Ontario. In the first three years of the Strategy, approximately 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty. In 2011 alone, approximately 61,000 children and their families were prevented from falling into poverty. Based on the National Household Survey, Ontario now has the second-lowest low-income rate among all provinces in Canada. This was accomplished during the worst global recession in 70 years and without the additional support of the federal government.

The annual report also outlines the results of recent consultations. Almost 2,000 people across the province participated online and in-person this past summer and fall to provide thoughtful input that will help shape a new, five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy, to be released in early 2014.

Our government is proud of our accomplishments, but we also know the first five years of the Strategy is only the beginning. We know that by investing in people, we all benefit. By working together as partners, we can, and we will, break the cycle of poverty.”

 
 

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CONTACTS

David Mullock
Minister’s Office
416-212-3394

Courtney Battistone
Communications Branch
416-325-5156

For Public Inquiries
Call toll-free
1-866-821-7770

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
http://www.ontario.ca/children


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Bringing the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to Ontario’s Kids‏

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News Release

Bringing the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games to Ontario’s Kids

December 4, 2013

Province Helping to Get Kids Active and More Involved in the People’s Games

Ontario is launching Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids to build excitement for the Games and inspire young people to lead healthy and active lives.

Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids, delivered in partnership with the 2015 Pan /Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), is available through the province’s schools, camps and after-school programs. It will provide opportunities for kids to participate in a variety of Games-related sports and parasports activities, increase cultural understanding of Pan American countries and encourage community celebrations leading up to the 2015 Games. Activities will begin at select after-school programs during the holidays and ramp up in schools in spring 2014, building excitement all the way to summer 2015. Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids includes four complementary programs:

 

  • Kids ꞌn Play: A resource guide for teachers, as well as sport and recreation leaders to connect kids of all abilities to the fun and excitement of the Games through physical and cultural activities, and lessons on healthy living.
  • PlaySport: Linked to the province’s elementary and secondary school curriculum, this resource will encourage students to participate in a wide range of Games sports and parasports — from lacrosse to cricket — while helping kids build the skills and knowledge to lead healthy and active lives.
  • My Personal Best: An online tool that will help young people learn about the importance of physical exercise, allow them to set individual goals and motivate them to achieve their personal best in various activities, such as running and jumping. Teachers, and sport and recreation leaders can use this tool to track children’s physical activity skills and progress by completing lessons, activities, sports and games included in Kids ‘n Play and PlaySport.
  • Activity Day Kit: A package of activity cards related to healthy living, the sports and parasports featured in the Games, including handball and sitting volleyball. A guide will also be provided to help teachers, and sport and recreation leaders setup an activity day for kids.

 

Encouraging kids to be active and involved in the excitement of the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s $3.3 million investment in Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids is part of the province’sPromotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy. This $42 million strategy is designed to ensure everyone across the province benefits from the Games.
  • The Pan Am/Parapan Am Kids Activity Day Kit is being developed by the Ministry of Education and will be available in spring 2014.
  • The program will also promote increased awareness and access to parasport and activities will include adaptations to support students of all ability levels.
  • The 2015 Games will be an opportunity to showcase Ontario to an international audience that will include 250,000 visitors and 10,000 athletes and officials.
  • The Games and Games-related investments will create more than 26,000 jobs and grow Ontario’s real GDP by $3.7 billion from 2009 to 2017.
  • The Healthy Kids Panel was appointed in May 2012 as part of the Action Plan for Health Care to advise the government on how to tackle childhood overweight and obesity in Ontario.

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QUOTES

“Our vision is to ensure that all Ontarians, of all ages, abilities and regions across the province stand to benefit from hosting the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. The Pan/Parapan Am Kids program will inspire our next generation of greats as children across Ontario will have access to sport and parasport activities, cultural engagement opportunities and exposure to healthy and active living that will educate, encourage and engage them as we countdown the days to the Games and in the years after 2015.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
“We want to extend the excitement of the 2015 Games across the province. This is a wonderful opportunity for Ontario students to learn about and participate in different activities, while staying active and learning about the value of teamwork.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education
“The greatest legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will be our young people. By encouraging them to get involved in the Games through these important educational – and fun – initiatives, we’re teaching them to lead healthier, active lives and to be curious, creative and engaged in the world around them. We hope this will inspire them to become leaders in their communities both today and in the future.”
— David Peterson, Chair of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015)

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
416-325-1759

Denelle Balfour
Communications Branch, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
416-212-3928

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office, Ministry of Education
416-325-2503

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch, Ministry of Education
416-325-2454

Sylvia Kavanagh
TO2015
416-957-2242

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
http://www.ontario.ca/mtcs

 


 

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Stay Safe With Seatbelts and Child Car Seats‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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News Release

Stay Safe With Seatbelts and Child Car Seats

September 26, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Road Safety

Ontario is launching its annual seatbelt campaign to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up and make sure children are properly secured in the right child car seats.

Police, fire and emergency services workers, health care professionals and road safety and injury prevention groups across the province are participating in the campaign, which runs until Oct. 11. It includes educational demonstrations, a series of child car seat inspection clinics, and seatbelt blitzes by police.

Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision. Ontario’s One Person, One Seatbelt law requires every occupant in a motor vehicle to buckle up properly.

All caregivers – including parents, grandparents and child care providers – must also make sure children under the age of 16 in their care are properly secured with the appropriate child car seat,booster seat or seatbelt.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America.
  • When installed and used correctly, child car seats and boosteseats can reduce the risk of children being injured or killed in collisions.
  • Recent statistics show that 96 per cent of all Ontarians buckle up on a regular basis – but about half a million still don’t.
  • The most recent Ontario statistics show that people in collisions were 44 times more likely to be killed if they were not wearing a seatbelt.

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QUOTES

“Ontario’s roads have consistently ranked among the safest in North America. I urge all drivers and passengers to use a seatbelt every time they get in a vehicle and secure children in the right child car seat or booster seat.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
“All Ontarians need to buckle up. It’s the safe and responsible thing to do. Keep yourself and your family safe and secure on the road.”
— Mike Colle, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
“Wearing a seat belt is not a personal choice, it’s the law, and your decision not to buckle up impacts the safety of everyone in the vehicle in the event of a collision. Ensuring that you and all your passengers are buckled in is the single most effective way to prevent serious injuries and save people from dying in motor vehicle collisions.”
— Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division
“Seatbelts save lives. Always wear a seatbelt, and make sure children are secured in the right child car seat or booster seat every time you head out on the road.”
— Teresa Di Felice, Director of Government & Community Relations, CAA South Central Ontario

CONTACTS

Ajay Woozageer
Communications Branch
416-327-1158

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
416-327-1158
Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815
patrick.searle@ontario.ca

Ministry of Transportation
http://www.ontario.ca/transportation

 


 

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Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active‏

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Media Advisory

Helping Kids Stay Healthy and Active

September 4, 2013

Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Glen Murray, MPP for Toronto Centre, will make an announcement about increasing opportunities for children and youth to stay healthy and active.

Date:               Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Time:               4 p.m.

Location:         Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club

101 Spruce St.

Toronto

 

Closest major intersection Gerard Street East and Parliament Street.

 

Parking available – Street Parking on both Sumach and Spruce Streets with

limited onsite parking.

CONTACTS

Jasmine Gill
Minister’s Office
416-325-1759

Mark Smith
Communications Branch
416 325-8391

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
http://www.ontario.ca/mtcs


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Minister of Education’s Update on Unlicensed Child Care Review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 6, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Statement

Minister of Education’s Update on Unlicensed Child Care Review

August 16, 2013

Today, Liz Sandals, Minister of Education, issued the following statement on the review of unlicensed child care complaints:

“As I committed on July 19, 2013, my ministry has extended its review of every complaint received about the number of children in unlicensed child care settings, dating back to Jan. 1, 2012.

Out of a total of 448 complaints received between Jan. 1, 2012, and July 12, 2013, it was determined that 25 had not been addressed with a site visit, including four of the five complaints about the provider at Yellowood Circle in Vaughan.

The ministry has taken immediate action on all the remaining unaddressed complaints, investigating them thoroughly and confirming that all providers are in compliance.

My ministry has also applied for an injunction against the Yellowood Circle provider. If granted, the injunction would prevent the provider from operating a daycare in Ontario.

As a further step, we are establishing a dedicated enforcement team to investigate complaints about non-compliant unlicensed providers, respond to public inquiries and supply information to parents about unlicensed providers.

As a parent and grandparent, I know how important child care is to families. If parents have concerns or complaints about any child care provider, I encourage them to contact their local Child Care Quality Assurance and Licensing Office.

In the meantime, my ministry will continue to work closely with the Office of the Ombudsman to ensure it has all the relevant information for its ongoing investigation.”

CONTACTS

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
lauren.ramey@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
http://www.ontario.ca/education

 


 

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Call for AFCY Youth Committee Member Applications!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Please see the attached document for a better look at an exciting opportunity with Arts for Children and Youth!  We are currently looking for TEN new members to join AFCY’s Youth Committee that is responsible for planning and orchestrating the annual BIG BAM BOOM Youth-Led Arts Festival at the Art Gallery of Ontario.  I encourage you to apply! We will be conducting interviews during mid-September and are expecting to start meetings in October. Read the rest of this entry »

Free your inner child – and free the book

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 24, 2013 at 3:00 AM
You're never too old to read a children’s book. Or make one.
We think making a children’s book is a great way to get in touch with your inner child and free your creativity in unexpected ways. You don’t have to have everything figured out when you start. Maybe you just have the kernel of an idea. Or a few funny sentences or quick sketches. The important thing is to let your imagination run wild. Free the book (and the kid) within. Here’s what you’ll discover in this week’s newsletter:
Custom alphabet books as easy as ABC

An interview with Briana Loewinsohn

Bring a story to life

Tips and tricks from a
talented illustrator

Blurb in the classroom

Getting seriously creative
with your students

A collection of children’s books you’ll only find at Blurb
A Home for Baby Acorn

This book was created to help the author’s adopted son understand why and how he came to be adopted. We thinkBaby Acorn can help more children to do the same.

The Empathic Egg

A tongue-twisting adventure artfully pictured and penned. Bezert’s “dreamatical journey” is one older children are sure to enjoy.

Captain Tiny

Tiny (by name not nature) is a little mouse with a big mission. Accomplished illustrations bring the adventures ofCaptain Tiny—and his good friend Teeny—to life.

Wombat & Bunyip

There’s someone for everyone—Bunyip or otherwise—as this heartwarming tale confirms. These creative characters are sure to set little imaginations alight.

Sweet Steffi

A lovely rhyming tale that follows little duckling “Sweet Steffi” on her journey to find a playmate. Illustrated by Venezuelan artist Piktorama, and suitable for ages 4–8.

Susie goes into the garden

From a series of six books (and counting), Susie the dog encourages children to interact and help her find things throughout.

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Minister’s Statement on Daycare Complaints

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Statement

Minister’s Statement on Daycare Complaints

July 11, 2013

Today, Education Minister Liz Sandals made the following statement:

“I am devastated to learn of the death of a toddler this week in an unlicensed child care setting. This is a tragedy that no parent should have to experience and my heart goes out to the loved ones of this child.

I learned earlier today that the ministry did not respond to all previous complaints made against this unlicensed provider, as is the normal policy of the ministry.

This is clearly unacceptable, and I have directed my Deputy Minister, George Zegarac, to conduct a detailed examination of this incident as well as related ministry processes. I want to assure Ontarians that we are doing everything in our power to keep our children safe.”

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CONTACTS

Lauren Ramey
Minister’s Office
416-325-2503
Lauren.Ramey@ontario.ca

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-325-2454
gary.s.wheeler@ontario.ca

Ministry of Education
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Finding Ways to Keep Children Safe in Ontario‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 9, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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News Release

Finding Ways to Keep Children Safe in Ontario

June 3, 2013

Committees Continue to Explore Ways to Prevent Infant, Child and Youth Deaths

The Paediatric Death Review Committee and Deaths Under Five Committee continue to work to identify ways to lower infant death rates, including those associated with unsafe sleeping environments.

The committees released their annual report today, which found that an unsafe sleeping environment was observed in 37 per cent of the 131 infant death cases studied.

Other items in this year’s report include:

 

  • Critical care resources for infants, children and adolescents
  • Sexual/gender identity and links to youth suicide
  • Prescription drug related deaths and the family medicine cabinet

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The safest sleeping situation for infants is on their back, on an unshared surface designed for infant sleep.
  • The Paediatric Death Review Committee and the Deaths Under Five Committee assists the Office of the Chief Coroner in the investigation and review of deaths of children and makes recommendations to help prevent deaths in similar circumstances.
  • The Paediatric Death Review Committee reviews all deaths involving children who were receiving or had received Children’s Aid services within 12 months of their death.

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QUOTES

“The numbers of infant deaths associated with unsafe sleeping environments remain similar year after year. In addition to reminding caregivers to provide safe sleep environments, this data prompts us to explore new investigative tools to better identify causes with the goal of mitigating future occurrences.”
— Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chair of the Paediatric and Deaths Under Five Committee and Regional Supervising Coroner, Central Region

CONTACTS

Laura Blondeau
Office of the Chief Coroner
416-314-4005

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
http://www.ontario.ca/safety

 


 

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Discover the network of bird feeding stations at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 30, 2013 at 3:00 AM

QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ – Environment Canada’s Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area (NWA) invites everyone to go birdwatching along the NWA’s trails, which will be open every weekend from January 5 to March 10, 2013, and also during the spring break from March 4 to 8. The network of bird feeding stations, situated on 6 km of groomed trails, will give you a chance to see more than 30 bird species that regularly frequent the many feeding stations in the NWA. Remember your binoculars: on your next visit, you could see woodpeckers, nuthatches, Blue Jays and Pine Grosbeaks. Read the rest of this entry »

FTC Updates Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

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Stamp of Approval for Parental Consent Tools

Video Verification, Government-Issued ID Check Embraced

Aristotle’s Integrity™ Gives Kids’ Sites “Safe Harbor” Using FTC-Approved Methods

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), clarifying and updating the decade-old law protecting children’s information on line.  The new “Rule” specifies how sites catering to children must handle personal information, and obtain parental consent when doing so.  Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Holidays from AFCY‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 16, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY)
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416 929 9314
http://www.afcy.ca

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Media advisory – Early education for all – making it happen

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2012 at 7:18 PM

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ – October 22-23, 2012 – Researchers and policy makers are meeting here in a two-day symposium to examine the best ways of delivering preschool education to all Canada’s children. International and Canadian experts will present the latest evidence on effective program policy and practice to government officials from across Canada and the three northern territories. Read the rest of this entry »

AFCY shows its innovative spirit by partnering with Aaron Leighton to create its first illustrated mission statement

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2012 at 5:27 PM

TORONTO, ON. (September 5, 2012): A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. By extension, an illustration can enhance or even replace a thousand words. Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY) is so pleased to partner with Toronto illustrator Aaron Leighton to create the organization’s first visual mission statement. Read the rest of this entry »

AFCY benefits from AWOL’s Square Foort Art Show‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM
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Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY),
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 230
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
416 929 9314  http://www.afcy.ca
Greetings!
Arts for Children and Youth is grateful for the support of AWOL Gallery.  Please accept this invitation sent to you on behalf of AWOL Gallery. Here’s your chance to purchase an AFCY original: this is our first time to have some artwork for sale at the show.
YOU ARE INVITED TO
THE ORIGINAL SQUARE FOOT ART SHOW
TENTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
At Twist Gallery, Toronto
You are invited to join us on Friday, August 3rd at 7pm for the Press & Collectors Gala. Ticket sales support the efforts of the Daily Bread Food Bank and Arts For Children & Youth. Advance Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door.
You are also invited to attend the Artists Reception on Saturday, August 4th at 7pm. Admission is Free!
PRESS & COLLECTORS EVENING GALA
Friday, August 3rd, 7pm – 10pm
This is a ticketed event in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank and Arts For Children & Youth
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: HERE
ARTISTS EVENING RECEPTION
Saturday, August 4th, 7pm – 11pm
FREE admission
Location: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto (Just West of Dovercourt)
AWOL Gallery celebrates this very special Tenth Anniversary of The Original Square Foot Art Show
Collect Visual Art by New & Established Artists at this huge group art show. 
                                                                  More than 600 Artists & Over 1500 pieces of Art! 
All artwork 12×12 inches & Collectible at $225. 
JOIN US IN CELEBRATION OF ART & ARTISTS! HELP MAKE THIS YEAR’S SQUARE FOOT SHOW A GIANT SUCCESS!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, August 4th – Sunday, August 19th, 2012
PRESS / COLLECTOR PREVIEW GALA: Friday, August 3rd, 7 pm – 10pm (ticketed event)
ARTISTS RECEPTION: Saturday, August 4th, 7 pm – 11pm (FREE admission)
GALLERY HOURS: Wednesday – Saturday 12-7pm & Sunday 12-5pm
Follow AWOL Gallery & The Original Square Foot Art Show on Twitter:
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Please visit 

the AWOL GALLERY SQUARE FOOT website:www.awolgallery.com/square_foot/

For further inquiries, please email us at sqft@awolgallery.com
Advanced Gala Ticket Sales Online HERE
AWOL Gallery Supports the efforts of:
Arts For Children & Youth – www.AFCY.ca
Daily Bread Food Bank – www.dailybread.ca
AWOL Gallery is grateful for:
ABOVEGROUND Art Supplies – www.abovegroundartsupplies.com
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Uganda Project – Information night – Thursday April 19 in Toronto

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Why do We Celebrate Easter? Kid’s Book Free on Kindle in 2012

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Finding Success Through the Love of Cats

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Pets, Religion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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Kari Kay is a success coach, author, and owner of the Floppy Cat Company living in the United States.

She has written a book called Floppy Cat. The book is based on one of her many pets who she lives with on a farm with her two sons too. When asked does money make you happy? she had this to say:

“I am a success coach and love helping people realize their dreams,” Kay wrote to me. “I teach people that they can get everything they have ever wanted by first discovering what it is that they love to do. By enjoying your life you will attract all things good into your life. I have personally experienced this in my new found career as a children’s author. Everything seems effortless, exciting, and new. I get to learn new things every day which helps me to grow and become all that I was put on this earth to be and do.”

I wanted to know if Kay agreed with me that money will come in abundance if you are doing what you love to do. This is something I have always known. Actually, money is so powerful if used for the right reasons that even people who may hate what they do can still attract it. They can attract it especially if they have children to feed, mortgage payments, rent to pay, maybe living paycheque to paycheque – or basically just getting by. Someone such as Kay has an abundance of it.

Kay has discovered what she wants to do and earning a wonderful living, however, she got help along the way.

“I am a success coach, trained personally by Bob Proctor. I teach people exactly what you described above – that money will come to you in abundance if you are living life on purpose, having fun and providing a service that makes a difference in other’s lives. I am the author of the new children’s book called Floppy Cat. Check out the fun website: www.floppycat.com . I am a mother, entrepreneur, exercise physiologist and an animal scientist. Everything I have done has helped me get to this great place where I am today!”

Kay lives her daily life in harmony with her soul.

“As you may have guessed in my previous descriptions, I make sure fun is part of my life every day. I get up excited to take on each day’s new challenges. I send my two wonderful boys off to school and get after promoting my new book, teaching, coaching, writing, speaking and being creative. I play with my giant Bernese Mountain dog and take him for a run. Do some sit ups and push ups, and sometimes even a little yoga. Laundry, of course, sweeps the kitchen floor, cook, usually watch one of my boys play basketball, relax, and read.”

On Kay’s website, www.floppycat.com you can see a video of the real floppy cat.

“He was the one who inspired me to change my thinking. We all should live like
Floppy with a Floppy Cat attitude!”

To find out more of floppy cat’s attitude and to find out more about Kari Kay’s amazing work is www.floppycat.com. If you have a similar story to share, please feel free to contact Donna Magazine at dkakonge@gmail.com today.

Scotiabank Launches “Bright Future” Community Program

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 25, 2011 at 5:00 AM

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Craig Kielburger helps launch global philanthropic program

January 21, 2011 @ 12:00PM

Toronto – Scotiabank today launched an international philanthropic program uniting the Bank’s charitable, social and community efforts and employee volunteer activities under one new banner – Scotiabank Bright Future. Scotiabank President and CEO Rick Waugh were joined by special guests including Free The Children Founder, Craig Kielburger as he announced the program at an event held in Toronto earlier today.

“From its earliest days almost 180 years ago in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Scotiabank has held a steadfast belief in supporting the unique needs of each community it serves,” said Rick Waugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank. “While our operations have grown worldwide, we have maintained our focus on community service. The Bright Future program will enable Scotiabank and its 70,000 employees worldwide to build upon this tradition of creating a bright future – one community at a time.”

Elements of the Bright Future program:

Employee engagement and recognition: In 2010, Scotiabank employees spent more than 324,000 hours volunteering and fundraising, and by applying through the Bank’s formal community programs they generated C$7.5 million in additional funding for the organizations that they support. As part of today’s launch, the Bank also introduced the Bright Future Community Leadership Awards which will be given to Scotiabank employees for outstanding commitment to their community and leadership in helping those in need. Scotiabank will make a financial donation to the designated charity of the winners.

Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award: As part of the launch Scotiabank today also announced the establishment of “The Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award”, which will recognize youth from Canada and international locations for outstanding contribution to their communities annually. Applications for the first youth awards will be accepted later this year, with the first recipients announced in the spring of 2012. Further details on the youth awards programs will be available in the coming months at http://www.scotiabankbrightfuture.com

Community and Charitable Giving: Over the last five years Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world. We’ve made it easier and more transparent for charities to make an application through a dedicated website. To mark the launch, Scotiabank announced a C$1 million gift to Toronto-based Hospital for Sick Children’s International Patient Program that provides life-changing care to children from outside of Canada.

Centralized information: The Bright Future program, including information for charities seeking support, can be found on the Bright Future website in English, Spanish and French at http://www.scotiabankbrightfuture.com. The Bank will also be launching a new internal Bright Future platform in three languages, which includes all information on the program as well as localized lists of volunteer opportunities for employees.

“Giving back in meaningful ways is an intrinsic part of Scotiabank’s history, culture, and identity,” said Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head, Global Human Resources and Communications, Scotiabank. “Bright Future builds on our past practices, creates a new shared philanthropic program that respects local priorities and introduces new initiatives that will bring even greater value to those around us.”

Bright Future’s origins began in 2007 in Scotiabank’s Caribbean and Latin American markets. With today’s announcement all Scotiabank donations and charitable activities – wherever they take place in the world – will be part of the Bright Future program.

“Bright Future has been a success in Mexico and we are proud that through this program we have been able to be part of building stronger, more vibrant communities by supporting the work of our charitable partners,” said Nicole Reich de Polignac, Executive Vice-President and President & CEO, Grupo Financiero Scotiabank, who participated in today’s launch from her office in Mexico City. “On behalf of my team in Mexico and my colleagues in other countries from Canada to Chile, Puerto Rico to Peru, we look forward to building on this success.”

Engaging a New Generation

Scotiabank was pleased to welcome Free The Children Founder, Craig Kielburger, who participated in today’s launch. In addition to inspiring and motivating the audience to be community activists, he applauded Bright Future’s recognition of the importance of youth for future philanthropic success.

“Through the Scotiabank Bright Future Young Leaders Award we have an opportunity to recognize the contribution of young people who are active in their communities and, at the same time, reach out to those who have yet to become active volunteers,” said Mr. Waugh. “Engagement of youth around the world is vital to the continued operation of charitable and not-for-profit enterprises.”

Public Attitudes towards Corporate Philanthropy

A recent Canadian poll conducted by Harris/Decima demonstrates that people feel strongly about corporate philanthropy. Nearly three-quarters of Canadians (72 percent) are more inclined to volunteer, fundraise, or donate to local charities provided their employer supports these initiatives.

“Canadians have long recognized and appreciated the efforts of the companies that support and sustain the very communities in which they operate,” said Marcel Lauziere, President, and CEO, Imagine Canada. ”The Scotiabank global Bright Future program demonstrates the pride and commitment of Scotiabank and its employees to the communities it serves, but more importantly to the causes that strengthen and enrich the quality of life around the world.”

The Scotiabank Bright Future program comes at the beginning of the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteerism. Information on the program can be found on the Bright Future website at http://www.scotiabankbrightfuture.com.

The Scotiabank Bright Future Poll was conducted by Harris/Decima via teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus. A total of 1,030 Canadians were surveyed from December 16th to December 19th, 2010. Results are accurate to within +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20.

For details on the programs outlined above and for more information, see BACKGROUNDER: SCOTIABANK BRIGHT FUTURE PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAM
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“While our operations have grown worldwide, we have maintained our focus on community service. The Bright Future program will enable Scotiabank and its 70,000 employees worldwide to build upon this tradition of creating a bright future – one community at a time.”

Rick Waugh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank

“Giving back in meaningful ways is an intrinsic part of Scotiabank’s history, culture, and identity.”

Sylvia Chrominska, Group Head, Global Human Resources, and Communications, Scotiabank

“The Scotiabank global Bright Future program demonstrates the pride and commitment of Scotiabank and its employees to the communities it serves, but more importantly to the causes that strengthen and enrich the quality of life around the world.”

Marcel Lauziere, President, and CEO Imagine Canada
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About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $44 million annually to community causes around the world over the last 5 years. Visit us at http://www.scotiabank.com.

Beyond the criminal record check: Campaign launched to reduce risk of child sexual abuse, New “Commit to Kids” program helps child-serving organizations create safer environments‏

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Beyond the criminal record check: Campaign launched to reduce risk of child sexual abuse, New “Commit to Kids” program helps child-serving organizations create safer environments

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – 2:10 PM
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416-808-7100

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, in partnership with the Toronto Police Service, Public Safety Canada and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Civil Remedies Grant Program), announced a new public-awareness campaign that will run in the GTA, urging child-serving organizations to adopt the “Commit to Kids” program. Designed for all organizations that work with children, this innovative child-sexual-abuse prevention program is a comprehensive risk-management approach that goes beyond criminal record checks and child abuse registry checks.

“Today’s launch is another outstanding example of how our government is partnering with concerned Canadians to build stronger families and communities. We are delighted to work together with vital programs like ‘Commit to Kids’ that ensure the most vulnerable in our society are protected,” said The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. “Child victimization of any kind is a horrifying crime. We will continue to introduce new measures to get tough on child predators, encourage organizations to plan ahead in requesting and waiting for criminal record checks before hiring individuals who work with children, and support initiatives like ‘Commit to Kids’ that, together, strengthen public safety.“

“Since the vast majority of child sex offenders have never come in contact with a police officer, we are making it a priority to help raise awareness of what organizations should be doing to help keep kids safe,” said Toronto Police Service Chief William Blair. “We are proud to partner with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to promote such an invaluable child-sexual-abuse prevention program that will better prepare organizations to protect the children under their care.”

Created by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the program is based on the knowledge that sex offenders seek employment and volunteer opportunities within child-serving organizations as a way to get access to kids. Easy to use, and suitable for organizations of any size, the program provides organizations with policies, strategies and step-by-step plans for reducing the risk of child sexual abuse. It helps organizations identify, terminate and intervene more quickly if abuse has occurred.

“Child sexual abuse happens when the opportunity exists,” said Signy Arnason of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “If organizations aren’t equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify risk, then the kids in their care will continue to be at risk. Criminal record checks and background checks are not enough. The goal of this public-awareness campaign is to provide a wake-up call to all child-serving organizations that they need to raise the bar and do more to protect kids in their care.”

The “Commit to Kids” public-awareness campaign will run throughout the next month and features billboards, digital signage, and transit advertising. Information on the program is also being provided to GTA community centres and other child-serving organizations through a direct mail campaign.

The “Commit to Kids” program and its public awareness campaign have been made possible through financial support from Public Safety Canada and the Ministry of the Attorney General (Civil Remedies Grant Program).

For more information on the child abuse prevention program, please visit Commit 2 Kids. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. To learn more, visit Protect Children.

For further information:

Detective Susan Burke
Toronto Police Service
416-808-7267

Detective Constable Jeff Kidd
Toronto Police Service
416-808-8502

Erin Madden
Canadian Centre for Child Protection
204-945-1866

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657

BACKGROUNDER: “Commit to Kids”

Easy to use and suitable for organizations of any size, the “Commit to Kids” program provides child-serving organizations with policies, strategies and step-by-step plans for reducing the risk of child sexual abuse.

Commit to Kids can help organizations:
• prevent child sexual abuse through increased awareness and education
• evaluate risks that exist
• teach employees/volunteers (who will then teach children) the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour
• provide employees/volunteers with specific strategies on how to prevent abuse
• design programs that focus on child safety and supervision
• establish clear boundaries between employees/volunteers and children
• ensure that allegations of sexual abuse are handled in a sensitive, timely and effective manner
• understand their legal obligations to report child sexual abuse to a child welfare and/or law enforcement agency
• ensure the highest standard of practice when working with children

The “Commit to Kids” program includes:
• a training kit for organizations, including information on child sexual abuse; risk assessment and management; creating and enforcing a code of conduct for employees/volunteers; reporting disclosures of sexual abuse and addressing inappropriate behaviour; and policies on hiring, supervising, and training
• a 30-minute training video and presentations for employees, volunteers, and parents
• a sample child-protection manual, complete with draft policies and procedures, that can easily be amended to suit the needs of individual organizations
• a guide for parents that teaches them about the issue of child sexual abuse and helps them choose safe programs for their children
• supplemental tools such as reporting cards, website information, statistics, checklists, and worksheets

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Detective Susan Burke, Sex Crimes Unit

Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation take off in search of Santa Claus to make the dreams of sick kids come true

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 8, 2010 at 3:00 AM

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Air Transat is donating $325,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation

December 01, 2010 @ 05:45PM

Montreal – For the sixth consecutive year, Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation joined forces to make the dreams of sick children come true with an exclusive flight bound for the North Pole. Accompanied by elves, fairies and entertainers, approximately 100 children and their parents had a very special mission to accomplish thanks to the participation of the flight crew: bring back Santa Claus with them.

The adventure began this morning at the Air Transat check-in counter when the young travelers and members of their families received their boarding passes for the North Pole. Following a festive party, some 250 travelers took their seats on board an Air Transat Airbus A310. During the 60-minute flight, Santa Claus came on board for the traditional distribution of gifts. Three such flights took place today, one in Montreal, on in Toronto and on in Vancouver.

“For Air Transat, this event is a source of pride and inspiration at the onset of the Holiday season,” said Allen B. Graham, President, and CEO of Air Transat. “Our employees support this cause because it corresponds to their values and those of Air Transat. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the collaboration of our flight personnel, this year we are happy to donate the sum of $325,000 as part of our Small Change, Big Hearts program. Air Transat has donated a total of $5 million to the Children’s Wish Foundation since 2004.”

For his part, Michael Wright, President of the Children’s Wish Foundation Advisory Board, said: “The Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a platinum partner for six years now. This event is one of the greatest moments of the year for the Foundation and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”

The Flight in Search of Santa event is made possible thanks to the generous collaboration of various partners, including Montreal–Trudeau, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver international airports, which ensure the operation runs smoothly, and Air Transat employees, who participate on a volunteer basis.

This exceptional partnership reflects the efforts of Air Transat and its parent company, Transat A.T. Inc., to increase their community involvement in both their origin and destination markets as a way of contributing to the development of a more sustainable mass tourism. These efforts are all about social engagement, environmental stewardship, and measures aimed at stimulating a tourist economy that is becoming increasingly responsible.

Small Change, Big Hearts
The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight. Since December 2009, funds raised through the program are donated in equal parts to the Children’s Wish Foundation and to SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that assists abandoned children and orphans in 132 countries.
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“For Air Transat, this event is a source of pride and inspiration at the onset of the Holiday season. Our employees support this cause because it corresponds to their values and those of Air Transat. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the collaboration of our flight personnel, this year we are happy to donate the sum of $325,000 as part of our Small Change, Big Hearts program. Air Transat has donated a total of $5 million to the Children’s Wish Foundation since 2004.”

Allen B. Graham, President, and CEO of Air Transat

“The Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a platinum partner for six years now. This event is one of the greatest moments of the year for the Foundation and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”

Michael Wright, President of the Children’s Wish Foundation Advisory Board
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About the Children’s Wish Foundation

Founded in 1984, the Children’s Wish Foundation’s mission is to realize the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Foundation has set itself the goal of never turning down an eligible child. Since its beginnings, Children’s Wish has brought to life the wishes of over 16 000 children across Canada, nearly 5000 of whom are from Quebec.
About Air Transat

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.

Webathon of Stars: Today’s way to celebrate and support research on children’s diseases

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 5, 2010 at 1:00 AM

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November 25, 2010 @ 03:45PM

Montreal – Listen up, tune in and log on! Starting November 26, the Foundation of Stars will launch a major fundraising campaign across Quebec on the airwaves of the Astral Network. This major annual campaign will culminate in our Day of Stars event on Sunday, December 5, 2010, featuring the Webathon – fundraising in a new, innovative form starting at 11:00 AM. Be sure to join us by logging on to http://www.dayofstars.ca!!

This year, the Foundation is trying something new by partnering with the Astral Network and CTV Montreal. A province-wide 10-day radio, internet and television campaign will take place to help raise funds during the event. Our three spokespersons – Chantal Lacroix, Lori Graham and Suzanne Desautels – will be joined by many well-known radio hosts to encourage listeners in Quebec to support research into children’s diseases by giving generously.

CTV Montreal – a Foundation of Stars partner for the past 34 years – will be supporting the campaign this year, both through on-air promotion and by providing hosts during the very first Webathon of Stars, a totally new form of fundraising telethon…on the web!

Day of Stars

In response to current trends and changes in people’s TV viewing habits, the Foundation of Stars has decided to adapt its formula to today’s technologies with the new Webathon of Stars.

You’ll see the same spokespersons you’ve known and enjoyed before: Chantal Lacroix, Lori Graham, Suzanne Desautels, Mose Persico and Claudia Marques, to name just a few.

Many well-known performers such as Gino Quilico, Justin Jackson, Margie Gillis, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Les Belvederes, Minna Re Shin, Oscar Salazar Varela and Nico Archambault will also take part in this all-new event by taking the stage and encouraging everyone to give generously so that the many sick children in Quebec can receive the best possible care.

Short TV clips will round out the campaign on CTV Montreal, Canal Vie, Canal D and Série+ networks to encourage as many Quebecers as possible to take part in this new web event presented at http://www.dayofstars.ca or http://www.cjad.com/stars.

By mail, by phone or online: give generously!

During this period, numerous initiatives will be launched throughout Quebec to make it easy for everyone to give generously and help fund research into children’s diseases.

You may find a letter in your mailbox reminding you about the importance of funding research. Besides the messages you’ll be hearing on the Astral Network, there’s a team of dedicated partners and volunteers taking calls from anyone wishing to donate. They’ll also be making personal calls out to our circle of previous Foundation of Stars contributors. If you get a phone call anytime during the campaign, please remember to give generously!

“You know, a donation for research really does help save lives. So many families out there are waiting and hoping their children will be saved by new medical discoveries,” says Foundation of Stars spokesperson Chantal Lacroix. “Thirty years ago, children who had leukemia or cystic fibrosis, or were born very prematurely, had a very low chance of survival. But today, thanks to research, they have a chance live a much better life. Please give generously for them and their families.”
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About the Foundation of Stars

The Foundation of Stars supports pediatric research in Quebec to give our children a chance to grow up healthy.

The Foundation of Stars is the most important source of non-governmental funding for pediatric research in Quebec. Since the first Telethon of Stars was broadcast in 1977, the Foundation has raised more than $62.5 million for research into children’s diseases.

Always a Kid at Heart

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 30, 2010 at 5:00 AM

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Written by: Jennifer Winters

It would be fair to say that most children who are young want to grow up fast so they can do the things that they see everybody else doing that they can’t. Then not too long after that those kids become adults and want to go back to being young and innocent. Things don’t really change though when your 8 or when your 28, you still want to make friends, you want to belong, you don’t want to disappoint your parents and most importantly you still want to play video games!

For those that did not have a lot of friends growing up or never felt a part of, computer and video games seemed to do the trick to pass the time and never felt alone. Although this may be sad, it is true and some never grow out of it. But why do we need to grow out of being a kid? I still have the first Nintendo set from when I was 8 years old, 18 years later I still have it. The difference is now I don’t have to play alone, it turns out most of my friends love playing video games and we are all in our mid to late 20’s.

Yesterday I had received my HST cheque from the government and I was thinking do I spend or save it? If I did save it, it would be going to a vacation in about 3 years when we could actually afford one. OR, do I spend it on the new Nintendo Wii that I can use now and when not in school I can have some downtime and just kick back? After pondering it in the Best Buy store for 45 minutes I decided to make the purchase.

Everyone has their own source of entertainment, rather it goes to the bar, sees a movie, bowling all of these things that cost money or go to a friends house play video games and have dinner. Boring to some thrilling to others. That’s where the stereotypes start to fall in, no one should ever need a label anymore, that is the one things that is free to stay in the past. If you like to play video games you like to play, plain and simple. The only thing that we must remember it can’t take over our daily lives as it may once have when we were kids. We can still enjoy the things we like doing just in moderation.

Currently working at a video rental store I would say more than half the people that are renting games are over the age of 25. There are some parents who are renting, and I think they are renting them for the kids, a gentleman once said to me “I want to play call of duty when they kids are asleep”. It doesn’t help that the games that are coming out mostly have a M+ rating which is hard for those under 18 to rent anyways. It is no surprise that video games are still targeted at adults. Now there are a variety of different consoles that do meet the needs of those who want to play video games. I chose the Nintendo Wii cause it is family oriented and user-friendly. I always say if it doesn’t have an “A/B” controller I don’t want to play it! I may love video games but I certainly do not need them to be complex.

We can grow up in other ways and still be a kid at heart loving the things from our past is a rare memory for some to attain so why get rid of the things that made who we are today?

Why being a triplet is annoying

In Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2009 at 5:46 PM
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Rachel Muenz Tells the Story of Being a Triplet – Picture Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz - Triplets - September 2, 2009

By Rachel Muenz

When I first meet someone, the last thing I usually tell them is that I’m a triplet. Most people make a scene when they find out and I’d rather avoid that.

I love it when people act normal as if being a triplet is an everyday thing because it is.

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