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The mission of Professor Owl’s Book Corner is to provide specialized information to children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner is a hub of resources for children and young adults with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges. Each month we produce a complimentary newsletter to showcase special activities, news and crafts for those who are ill or have needs out of the ordinary.

These activities include reading challenges, games, safe web surfing, prizes and a special page; where we feature monthly heroes  from the Variety Foundation.

Professor Owl will also give monthly book reviews and news on the latest children’s books that have been released. There will be books listed for all ages so no one will be left out.

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This Fencer Won Gold with No Hands or Legs #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Shilpa Garg, Peter Nena, Eric Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan and Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

This Fencer Won Gold with No Hands or Legs

For more than ten year’s Professor Owl’s Book Corner has followed the wonderful young athletes from Variety Village and the Special Olympics who have overcome their physical challenges with determination to follow their dreams of excelling in the sport they loved so much.

This month we are featuring a very special young lady who did follow her dream and won a gold medal.

Beatrice “Bebe” Vio is a fighter in more ways than one. At just five years old, she showed incredible promise at fencing. But, at age 11, her dreams were threatened after she contracted a severe form of meningitis that cost her both her hands and legs. Still, Vio remained undeterred and returned to fencing within a year. She began fencing from a wheelchair using a special prosthesis to hold her foil. Her fighting spirit paid off when she won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Beatrice Vio wins 2017 Laureus Award – IPC
https://www.paralympic.org/news/beatrice-vio-wins-2017-laureus-award

For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here! 

Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ March 2018 ~ Edition

 

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Welcome to the March issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you are enjoying our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Let this be the month you set your reading goals.

Professor Owls Newsletter is here to help you achieve them all.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney

Professor Owl’s Book corner with help you learn how to read, to assist you with problems and learning challenges and give you a bigger choice of books to choose from. We will be restarting our weekly book reviews again next Wednesday and our usual monthly books of the month in our monthly newsletter. We will also give you information where you can get the books you want to read.

Literacy and Reading

By Sylvia McGrath

 When I was very young I was lucky enough to have a father, who loved to read books and, also living next door was a dear old man named Sheppy (Mr. Sheppard) who had a large library of old books which he encouraged me to read and shared with me his love of books. When I was around ten he gave me a full set of classic books and soon had me reading Little Women, Treasure Island etc. at a young age.  When I was old enough my father would take me to the library with him several times a week each of us would bring home three or four books each time.

Over the years my love for books never changed and when I was older and married, I had a daughter who I shared this love with. She is now all grown up but also has the same unquenchable thirst for books and reading, as I have.

Everyone probably has told you how important reading is, but have you ever asked yourself why.  With television, computers, and iPads you probably wonder why all the fuss.

Over the years I have had so much pleasure reading but I have also found it to be very necessary when it was time to go out into the working world.

Through my literacy tutoring, I have met young people who had challenges with reading although in your young years you can get by.  However, as you get older the need becomes sometimes quite urgent.   One lady student I had just wanted to read stories to her children and help them with their homework. You may want to drive, get a good job, there are a few jobs available, but as one gets older, some are a lot harder to do. I saw how much these older people now want to learn to read. They realize now how important it is.

Below I will list out seven reasons why reading is important to me and to the students I taught. I hope you too can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can follow some of your dreams.

1.Introduce Yourself to New Ideas

When reading, you introduce yourself to new information, new things, you discover new ways to solve a problem and new ways to succeed at things you love.

  • Learning begins with reading and understanding.

  • You may also find new hobbies to try.

  • You might truly explore one thing you really like, and it may end up in your dream career and success in the future.

  1. Self-Improvement
  • Reading does help you form a better you, doesn’t it?
  • When reading, you begin understanding the world more.
  • Through reading, you begin to have a greater understanding of a topic that interests you; for example: how to build self-confidence.
  • How to make the plan better before acting.
  • How to memorize things better and more.
  • All these self-improvements start with the reading; through reading, you create an organized path towards a better understanding and better actions to take in the future.
  1. Improve Understanding
  • The more you read, the more you understand things’.
  • Reading allows you learn more about the things in your everyday life.
  • You may learn what you need to be aware of when a place can be hazardous to your health.
  • The purpose of staying away from being harmed or bitten.
  • Or perhaps you can learn by reading about real-life experience or special sport.
  • It can also help you find out how things work or the truth about something.
  • Reading also increases a better understanding of the rules of life, to help you to adapt, adopt and adjust into the society better.
  • You first need to read and understand the rules well. To play well in a game whether it be a sport or on the computer.
  1. Ready for Action
  • Before acting on anything, where should you seek help and guidance?
  • Reading is an essential way which can help you out. In today’s world, getting reviews and feedback from other people can make a big impact on your next decision, and the pros and cons of each choice.
  • Read about how to cook a meal, how to play a game, which place is nice for a holiday trip, read the menu before ordering food, read the manual before using a new gadget. These all can help you become more prepared before you really get into activities.
 5.       Learning Tools for Communicating
  • Communicating is the most vital tool which can be conveyed through reading.
  • As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and therefore you can connect better with people.
  • A person that knows nothing, has not had anything to share, and probably doesn’t even understand what people are sharing.
  • Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication.
  • It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with each other.
  • However, if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there.
  • Reading really does connect you with the world.
  1. Your Brain
  • When reading, you are in full silence because reading connects directly to your brain.
  • In the silence, you seek for more information; in silence, your brain can focus, it is clear and ready to gather further data about the things you love.
  • Therefore, you learn and grow, and you feel and see from the point of view of other people about everything in life. In the future, you shape a better self.

We hope you will look at the lessons given in our Laubach section, and to help you find other help online, please find below some of my favorite websites and newsletter I think you will find fun and helpful.

 Boys and Books | Reading Rockets

www.readingrockets.org/article/boys-and-books

Boys and Books. By: Jane McFann. … Canada, says in one of her … and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better.

ABC Fast Phonics – learn to read online. Fun for kids or …

www.abcfastphonics.com/about.html

What Is ABC Fast Phonics? As a child struggling to learn to read, … Young children and other beginning readers of all ages can navigate the site just by using …the above link.

Home – Canada.ca

https://www.canada.ca/en.html

Programs and services for teenagers and young adults. … for measuring the performance of Canada.ca and … Young Canadians building a better Canada.

Reading is a starting step of many things, which build more solid stairs for you to climb up achieving something big out there.

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.  

~ André Maurois~

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Word Recognition Strategies: Part 1 (Sight Words)

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss
The Dragon’s Playlist Kindle Edition

by Laura Bickle (Author)

From the author of THE HALLOWED ONES and NINE OF STARS comes a new novel blending the magical and the real…

“This is war,” the dragon said. And she believed him.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

I had been wanting to read this book as soon as I saw the cover.  I was lucky enough to get a copy from NetGalley, it was a great read, once I started reading it I could not put it down until it was finished.

This new series seems to be leaning in the direction of Young Adult fiction. As always, Laura does a really good job of story-telling and drew my interest in the circumstances of her characters especially the dragon. I am looking forward to sharing more of Laura’s books on Professor Owl’s Book Corner.

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This month we have a bonus book especially for our reader’s who are following our Writer’s Corner.

The Children’s Writer’s Guide 2

by Simon Rose (Author)

The Children’s Writer’s Guide 2 is ideal for writers not just of books for children and young adults, but also features information that’s applicable to writers in all genres. The first installment of The Children’s Writer’s Guide has a wealth of tips and advice, including suggestions regarding how to get started as a writer, dealing with writer’s block, conducting research, choosing appropriate names for your characters, the editing and revision process, as well as the world of marketing and promotion. This second book further explores the writing process, examining topics such as developing memorable characters, creating effective dialogue, the importance of book covers, the value of blogging, age levels and appropriate content for books for children and young adults, networking, and the process of submitting your work to publishing houses. In combination with The Children’s Writer’s Guide, this second book provides invaluable advice and support for both established and aspiring authors of books for children and young adults.

The book is set out in an easy to read format and very concise in the information needed to get started on your own book.  It guides you from doing research on your theme, naming your characters and outlining the story.  Simon then goes to on to give you some great idea’s in marketing your own books.

I have read many great books on writing for children, but this one is a book that covers everything one needs to write for children or other genres.  One of the best books I have read will be keeping it on my desk for quick reference.

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, and www.kobo.com

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!


‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’ ~ Unknown

Write about the most perfect moment in your life.  It can be one that has already occurred or one you hope will happen.

 

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Write about a moment when you felt you were in the spotlight. Was it a fun experience? Was it embarrassing? What if anything did you learn from the experience?


APRIL is around the corner and CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS 🙂Attention all aspiring authors: 

Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories.

So sign up today!  See you at camp!

WANT TO START A BRAND-NEW NOVEL BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN?  Check out this book: No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

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Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling. Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure. Via Goodreads


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Variety Village

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VARIETY FITATHON

Core-fit, Chair-Fit, ZUMBA, Kickboxing, Yoga, Circuit Training & More!
Variety invites you to our second annual Fitathon. Join us as we work out for better health and a better facility! We’re doing three hours of back-to-back group exercise classes to raise money for new equipment for fitness classes.
Each class will run for 20 minutes with a variety of styles, instructors and benefits – because who doesn’t like a little variety when working out? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting out, come join us for the FUNtastic FUNdrasier!
All levels and abilities are welcome. Modifications are available for each class.
Help raise funds for fitness classes by making a donation, collecting pledges offline or by creating your own personal online fundraising page and encourage friends and family to make a contribution.

DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018
TIME: 6:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: Variety Village Fieldhouse
REGISTRATION:
$20 (in advance) / $25 (at the door)
MORE INFORMATION:
Melissa Russell
Fitness Instructor
(647) 280-7454
mrussell@varietyvillage.on.ca
Fitness Tracking Challenge
January – March 2018
Grab a card from your instructor and take part in tracking your fitness progress from January to March. Participate in a minimum of 3 fitness classes per week for your chance to win a FREE 4-month Membership.
DRAW DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2018
LOCATION: Variety Fitathon, Variety Village, 6:00-9:00pm
Raffle, Snacks & Door Prizes!

 

 

http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/bens-run-for-variety-campers/

No matter how you met Ben, you know that he is a passionate advocate for the integration and inclusion of people of all abilities. This is evident through the kind-spirited and often hilarious way he moves through life and the wonderful people he surrounds himself with. Variety is one of the beneficiaries of Ben’s kind spirit, creativity, and enthusiasm for life.
During his time as the Summer Camp Coordinator for over 10 years, thousands of children of all abilities worked with Ben and his team to reach new heights and accomplish goals; athletically, socially, and independently, as a result of the Variety camp team and Ben’s incredible leadership. Even though Ben moved on and is now a President’s Gold Realtor with Royal LePage, he is still involved in many aspects of the Village through his volunteerism.

For more information, please visit~ http://varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~ For March  2018

Living With a Disability Cornwall
The Benson Centre
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Registration: 9:15 a.m.
Event Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: The Benson Centre, 800 Seventh St. W, Cornwall, Ontario

Who should attend? Individuals living with a disability, Stroke Survivors, Individuals with Acquired Brain Injury, caregivers /family members, service care providers and allied health professionals.

Presented By: March of Dimes Canada, Community Engagement and Integration Services
Learn about proactive body and mind life options for persons with all types of disabilities!
Session Topics:
• Ontario Disability Support Program and Employment Services
• Champlain Community Care Access Centre, Therapy Services
featuring a new Stroke Rehabilitation Program
• DesignAbility (Learn about low cost devices specific to your individual needs)
• Tai Chi and much more!
Price: (Includes lunch and snacks throughout the day.)
$10 Early Bird Special
$15 for persons with a disability, caregviers / family
$25 for Health Care Professionals

Registration:
For more information and to register, please contact:
Erica Mugan
1-800-263-3463 ext. 7758
emugan@marchofdimes.ca

 >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.

www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note – mail to: professorowl@outlook.co

New Technology that will amaze you! #WATWB

 

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are  Code:Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.

To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

Those who have followed my blogs know that Professor Owls Book Corner  strives to  follow and promote Variety Village and March of Dimes who both help, show and teach both children and adults how to use  their exceptional abilities not disabilities.

In my life time there have been so many wonders to help people live a full life, but now in the age of technology we are coming into a very exciting future.

In this blog you will find new technology that will amaze you I certainly am impressed with these new devices..

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https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Firefly+Wheelchair+Attachment&id=61C1EF2C3B15E1999F7A77B400E0BAC26DD14A87&FORM=IDBQMV&adlt=strict
Robotic legs get wheelchair users walking
 https://www.cnet.com/news/robotic-legs-get-wheelchair-users-walking/

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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ February, 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the January issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Christopher Reeve

Over the years Professor Owl’s book corner has been for and about boys, girls and adults who have succeeded in following their dreams in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
Many of the participant’s in the Special Olympics have been training a Variety Village and throughout the year we will be following them and reporting on their successes.

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A powerful message ~(Via did you know)

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1684649748263328&id=642709969075906

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If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

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Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link ~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/index.php?p=interactive/story/858

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

NB: Check out our Wise Picks for some new websites to help with your reading.

 

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The Lost Plot (The Invisible Library #4)

by Genevieve Cogman

Release date: January 9th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (The Invisible Library #4) from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

This is the fourth book in Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series and I have to say it was perhaps my favourite.  Travelling through time and dimensions librarian Irene along with her assistant Kai find themselves in New York City during the 1920’s a time of prohibition, gangsters, and guns.  This time they face their toughest assignment yet, walking a fine line between dragon and fae politics.  When the Minister of the dragons dies a contest to fill the spot requires them to find a rare book. The challenge issued will give the winner power over the land and the contenders both approach Irene for assistance. Dragon politics is contentious at best, and the library has always maintained a neutral stance but when evidence points to the involvement of a librarian breaching that rule, Irene and Kai must find this rogue librarian. They are given carte blanche to investigate but must do so covertly and without the official backing of the library. If they are discovered, the library will deny all knowledge of the mission, leaving Irene and Kai alone to suffer the consequences. When murder and mayhem ensue, raising tensions place Irene and Kai right in the middle as well as putting the library in jeopardy.

I really enjoyed this entry in the Invisible Library series and would highly recommend it. In my opinion, it had it all, wonderful character development, intriguing plot lines and fast-paced action.  My one complaint was a lack of one of my favorite characters, Vale, hoping to see more of him in the next installment.  The Lost Plot also ended with a game-changing situation that has me curious as to where the next book in the series will go.😊

via http://www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Using the prompt “The nicest thing anyone has ever done for me was…” write 200 words about something nice someone has done for you.

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!


Gratitude Journal

Living with gratitude is so important in developing a positive outlook on life. We are all bombarded with negativity, life happens, sometimes we have no control over events or other people but we can control how we react. We often see all our friends pictures on social media and compare our lives to theirs. We notice what we want more than what we have and become so miserable feeling that we’re missing out.  What if I told you that by focusing on all of the positive things in your life you change the way you think and that you can see those positive things do in fact happen for you. I used to be the same way. I began making a list of things I should be thankful for, at first I’m not going to lie, it was difficult but the more I did it the easier it became and the more good things seemed to come into my life.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it…Start a gratitude journal, write daily about all of the positive things that you are thankful for. Even on a difficult day, just by looking for the positive you make yourself feel better. Whether you use an inexpensive notebook from a dollar store, a fancy journal or an app on your phone, try to make a list of at least ten things that you feel grateful for.  Can’t think of anything…try to picture not having something in your life, no food on the table, no roof over your head, no one to talk to, no school that will help you learn….what would you miss if it wasn’t there tomorrow? The more things you are grateful for, the better you will see your life and the happier you will become.

“Be thankful for what you have you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have you will never ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey 

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A little more inspiration?

There is a story cited as an old Cherokee tale that has an important message that goes like this…

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

 

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Variety Village

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Upcoming events
for February 2018

THE ANNUAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR GAMES
Friday, February 23, 2018
9:30am-1:00pm
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will host over 700 children from schools across the GTA, Variety Village staff, and high school volunteers. Children with special needs from across the city to come together for an afternoon of what can only be described as pure, unmitigated fun.
The games hosts youngsters of varied abilities participate in adapted co-operative and competitive high energy activities and games in the Variety Village fieldhouse. This one-day event is an introduction to sport and physical activity for youngsters with physical, developmental, learning, and socio-economic needs. At the end, each and every one received a medal from The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor.

For more information please contact:
Archie Allison
416 699 7167 extension 236
aallison@varietyvillage.on.ca

If you would like to hear about what’s happening at Variety and be first in line for special offers, join our eNewsletter. Click here!

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

 

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~ February 2018

UPCOMING EVENTS

Opening Doors for Accessibility

Windsor – February 16, 2018
Vancouver – February 22, 2018

Rock for Dimes
Rock for Dimes

Calgary – February 3, 2018
Windsor – February 16, 2018
Vancouver – February 23, 2018

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

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 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

http://www.laubach-on.ca/teach/members/onlineclassroom

Please note: To access the courses on our Training Post, if you don’t already have an account, you will need to set one up for free. See the instructions at the bottom of the page.

The Training Post is LLO’s online classroom. Course offerings for tutors and trainers include:
• Integrating Essential Skills into Tutor Training
• Learning Styles
• Introduction to Learning Disabilities
• Introduction to ESL Tutoring
• Understanding the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF)
• Problem Solving in the 21st Century
The LLO Training Post also offers courses for learners:
• Budgeting in the 21st Century
• Fire Safety
• Understanding Government and the Legal System
• Understanding Health Care
• Laubach Way To Reading Level 1 (Time tested method that has taught millions of adults how to read.)

To access LLO Training Post visit https://laubachtrainingpost.contactnorth.ca/login/index.php
If you don’t already have an account you can set one up for free. Instructions to access Training Post below:
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RHL School – Free Worksheets and More:
Your place to get free ready to use quality worksheets for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Worksheets that are truly unique! Many of these free worksheets can serve as the basis for lesson plans.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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#Review of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire #UrbanFantasy

IgniteYourCreativity.net by Belinda Witzenhausen

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Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

by Seanan McGuire

Release date: January 9th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire from NetGalley and Tor in order to read and give an honest review.

Seanan McGuire is definitely one of my favorite fantasy authors. Her books have it all, perfect prose, masterful plots, exciting worlds and engaging characters and the same is true for her Wayward Children series. This dark and whimsical series like all of her work is so well written that it grabs hold of you and takes you twisting and turning into fascinating new worlds. McGuire addresses, race, sexuality, religion, illness, disabilities, mental health etc. and handles it with such nuance.  Her characters are multifaceted and each face personal challenges that so many can relate to.  

The series revolves around students housed at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.  The Home for Wayward Children is a safe haven for children who have traveled to different…

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Professor Owls Book Corner: Newsletter ~ January 2018 Edition

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Welcome to the January issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Happy New Year ~ Everyone!
Let this be the year you set your reading goals.   
Professor Owls Newsletter is here to help you achieve them all.

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney 

Professor Owl’s Book corner with help you learn how to read, to assist you with problems and learning challenges and give you a bigger choice of books to choose from.   We will be restarting our weekly book reviews next Wednesday and  our usual monthly books of the month in our monthly newsletter.. We will also give you information where you can get the books you want to read and some suggestions for reluctant readers.

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note –  mail to:  professorowl@outlook.com

literacy

Lesson 2:
Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Word Recognition Strategies:
Part 2 (Phonics)

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month

Lesson 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM
Lesson 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCDXKmiEsro

Read an interactive story
~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/index.php?p=interactive/story/858

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

 

 

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“ShadowZone” 

By Simon Rose

This is the third book in the “ShadowZone” series written by one of my favourite young adult authors. After finishing books one and two, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed. This time Ben and Charlie risked their lives to save both worlds from destruction. This was another exciting story with good character structure and as usual well written. The story closed with a great ending. Although I was hoping for perhaps another book to this terrific series.

Available from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.kobo.com and other fine bookstores.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
~Neil Gaiman

Write a paragraph about what the new year means to you. Does it seem like a fresh start? What do you want to experience? Did you make any resolutions? What is something you are willing to try that scares you?

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Write about a winter wonderland!

Get Creative!

Although I normally talk about writing there is so many more creative activities out there, most of you are at the perfect age to give something new a try. If you don’t think you are creative enough, I think it’s time we had a little talk….

Unfortunately,  you may believe that only a few people are capable of being creative, that it is some sort of exclusive club that they don’t think they can be a member of. This is one of life’s biggest myths and the truth is, creativity is a lot like your muscles; everyone has creativity but they need to use it regularly in order for it to work properly and not atrophy. You don’t need to be a Picasso, Ansel Adams or Hendricks to be creative, you just have to dedicate yourself to uncovering your creative potential.

How does one begin to develop one’s creative muscle?

Focus on a creative activity every day!

Whether it’s journaling, doodling, painting, redecorating, crafts, do anything that inspires you and makes you come alive. By performing small creative tasks, you are exercising your creative “muscle” helping it to grow strong.

Think outside the box!

Sometimes, challenges and limitations can be a good thing especially when they force you to work within your means and find different approaches. Challenges often motivate you to be more imaginative in solving a problem or creating an item. Creativity is essentially breaking through barriers and doing something different. Some of the most creative people in the world have used challenges to motivate them, they have had no choice but to work around constraints and find solutions. Learning to think outside the box in your creative life can also give you the tools to assist you in your day-to-day endeavours.

Immerse yourself in creative culture and learn all you can!

Want to write? Write everyday and read everything you can, both the good and bad. Want to be musician? Listen to all types of music, practice daily and take in local music jams to learn from others. Never get discouraged if you think someone is more gifted than you…remember, they once started where you are now.

Keep an open mind!

By training yourself to look at life with a creative eye, you open yourself to the never-ending potential of what you encounter every day. Once you have opened your creative eyes you will find that you’ll notice more and more things which will enrich your life and inspire you. The more you know, the more you will desire to know, and the more active your sense of wonder will become.

Try something new on a daily basis!

By learning a new skill and doing something in a slightly different way you can produce different results. By taking a different route on your daily walk, you can change what you see, changing your experiences thus expanding your point of view. Try to interact with new people, visit new places that attract people interested in the same things i.e. if you are interested in art, art classes or galleries will help you to expand and enrich your social circle. The more you push yourself out of your comfort zone every day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your passion for creating.

By unleashing your creativity, you will bring about a new passion for life. The more you develop those creative muscles, the stronger they grow, the more able they are to produce, thus, inspiring you to take yourself to the next level.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
~ Maya Angelou


 

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Variety Village

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM VARIETY!
New Year, new 2 for one membership special. Check it out now.

MEMBERSHIP PROMOTIONS
Discover our great deals throughout the year!
A Variety membership means not only having access to great programs and motivated staff ready to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, but also giving back to your community. Variety is a charity and by becoming a member you’re helping support local initiatives and build healthy communities.
If you would like to hear about what’s happening at Variety and be first in line for special offers, join our eNewsletter. Click here!

2 for 1! Bring a friend

It pays to work out with a buddy!
When you purchase a 4-month or annual membership, we’ll give your friend or family member a one-month membership free!

Promotion ends Jan. 31, 2018.
New members only.

 

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

upcoming events

 for January 2018

ABILITIES EXPO TORONTO 2018
COME AND VISIT THE VARIETY VILLAGE BOOTH AT THE ABILITIES EXPO TORONTO AT BOOTH #342!
Abilities Expo Toronto
January 19-21, 2018
International Centre
(6900 Airport Rd., Mississauga)

The #1 event for the disability community is back and better than ever! This free once-a-year event is your opportunity to learn about the technologies and services that will make the difference in your life. Canadians with disabilities, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are welcome for a three-day celebration of what you CAN do!
Get ready for fun and inclusive workshops and events including:
Dance with Auti Angel; International wheelchair dancing pioneer and Push Girl Auti Angel is back with her electrifying, freestyling dance workshops.
Is a service dog right for you?; The everyday tasks that these clever canines perform for their human partners can be the difference between dependency and setting your own life course.
Get actionable info from Expo workshops; The education series offers vital information from community experts on accessible travel, bionics, pediatric therapies, medical malpractice, living with chronic pain, and more.
Play adaptive sports; With power wheelchair hockey, tennis, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey and a host of other inclusive athletics, the sidelines will be no place for you!
Come to the Abilities Expo for the latest products and services, stay for all the fun!
Pre-Register Online for Free ~ http://varietyvillage.ca

March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities http://www.marchofdimes.ca

EVENTS ~ JANUARY 2018

Spiking For Dimes London 2018

Sign up for Spiking for Dimes!
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc.
120 Weston Street, London, Ontario

Get your corporate team or a team of friends together for this fast and fun charity tournament on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at SPIKE’S Indoor Beach Volleyball Courts Inc., 120 Weston Street, and help raise money for children and adults with physical disabilities through March of Dimes Canada.

Each player is asked to raise a minimum of $75 in pledges and there is a team

For more information on the March of Dimes and their events please visit >www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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March of Dimes ~ Andrea Luciani, Conductive Education® participant ~ #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are ~ Sylvia Stein, Susan Scott, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Andrea Michaels and Damyanti Biswas

 

Andrea Luciani

I was born with cerebral palsy and I assumed from a young age that my parents would always do everything for me. I never thought that someday I would grow up and live an independent life, despite my disability.

But, thanks to March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) Program, I have been able to turn my disabilities into abilities!

I have been a part of the CE Program since I was 6 years old. I am now 23 years old and the climb has not been easy. Cerebral palsy has affected all aspects of my life, including my mobility, coordination, posture, and my ability to do daily living activities independently.

Today, I like to use the word ABLE when it comes to my progress. I can sit down and get up independently. I am able to walk using single point canes. I am able to get from room to room on my own in my house. Every day, I focus on what I am able to do!

March of Dimes Canada’s CE Program is designed specifically for people with neurological motor disorders and offers an alternative group setting approach to rehabilitation. And I understand that it is the generosity of donors like you that helps make it possible.

The CE Program did not just give me tools to help my mobility; it also provided me with a voice. Instead of my parents or others speaking on my behalf, I learned to advocate for my own needs. I may need special accommodations to aid in that process, but I make sure I am heard!

Thank you! Because of your generosity, and my wonderful teachers at CE, I have grit! I have learned to never give up, keep trying, keep learning new ways to do something, and always strive to conquer! If wonderful programs like CE did not exist due to lack of funding, many of my accomplishments would not have been possible. You have literally changed my life!
My wish is for every person in Canada with a disability to have the extraordinary help that I had through March of Dimes Canada. It can only be achieved with the generous support of people like you.
Sincerely,

Andrea Luciani
Conductive Education® program participant

For more information on the March of Dimes Conductive Educational Program.   Please visit.  http://www.marchofdimes.ca
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here! 

 

 

Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ December 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the December issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

 Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
and
A HAPPY NEW YEAR

As we look all around us, we see so many people who have decorated their homes for Christmas. For many of us this is the happiest holiday of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As we enjoy these holidays, we must not forget that many other religions have their own special holidays also.

Holidays Around the World

For two other religions that have celebrations in the month of December, please check out below.

On December 25, 2016, Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights started and lasts eight days.

~Hanukkah~

Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem – which had been taken over by the Syrians – and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. However, a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. The Hanukkah lights are to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

 In the week between 26 December and 1 January each year.

 

~Kwanzaa~

1. Kwanzaa an African-American holiday celebrated mainly in the US. The holiday was established in 1966 to help African Americans remember and celebrate their heritage. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits.” Each day of the seven days is dedicated to one of “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are1. umoja – to maintain unity in the family and community.

2. kujichagulia – self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself

3. ujima – collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community

4. ujamaa – economic co-operation, to help and profit one another

5. nia – purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people

6. kuumba – creativity, to do everything possible to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial for future generations

7. imani – faith, to believe in parents, teachers, and leaders.

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literacy

Lesson one: Laubach Way to Reading Book 2 ~ Vocabulary Word List

Make sure you turn your sound on: Then click the link to learn your words for this month.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

Read an interactive story ~ http://www.eastoftheweb.com/interactive/

Books for reluctant teen readers ~ https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/encouraging-reading-writing/great-books-for-reluctant-teen-readers

Lesson 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM

book-of-the-monthInto The Web
by Simon Rose
Shadowzone #2


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Synopsis:
On a doomed version of Earth, the sinister schemes of the Ministry are moving ever closer to completion, with dire consequences for the inhabitants of two worlds. For Ben and Charlie, an unlikely alliance, unexpected reunions, and the mysterious prophecy of the Chosen One offer a glimmer of hope, with the ever-present prospect of betrayal, as they embark on an unpredictable journey into the unknown.

This is the second book of this series “Shadowzone” written by one of Professor Owl’s  favourite young adult authors. After finishing book one, I could not wait to start this one, I was not disappointed a great story with good a character structure and as usual well written. The storyline kept me focused until the very end where it left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Watch next months book of the month ~  “Shadowzone #3.”

Available from http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.amazon.com and http://www.kobo.com

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”~William Arthur Ward

The holiday season is about giving and receiving but material gifts aren’t everything. What is the greatest gift anyone has ever given you that wasn’t a thing.  Write them a Thank You letter, thanking them for their gift. Reflect and write about what their gift meant to you in your life.

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

~Brian Tracy


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your perfect gift! Is it an object, an experience or something for someone else?

 

 


 

Journaling

Initially, journals were kept as a matter of record.  People would document events that happened to keep a historical account to pass down to future generations.  Now newspapers, blogs, vlogs and social media are the mainstay.  Many do still use journaling as a tool for documentation but many more seem to use it as a form of expression.

The process of putting pen to paper is therapeutic as it allows one to get the mass of emotions, ideas and information that is often jumbled and bouncing around inside one’s head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause turmoil, stress or just distract one from the important things that need to be their focus.

Journals contain private thoughts committed to paper and need not be shared with others, which allow you to get your emotions down without censoring or fear of condemnation.  Creating a dedicated time throughout the day to journal is also therapeutic in itself; by giving yourself permission to spend time on yourself is a healthy indulgence.  Journaling also helps with planning and transformation.  Recording dreams, goals and wishes helps you keep your focus on your desired outcome, plan how to get there and keeps you honest with yourself about your limitations and progress.

When it comes to healing, many people keep one or more journals.  General journals record hopes, fears, anxieties and are a great tool for learning about yourself.  Dream journals are great for tracking what recurring themes are presenting themselves in your dreams, thus helping you identify and address things that could be causing stress.  Gratitude journals are daily listings of things one is thankful for. Keeping a gratitude journal helps you focus on the positive things that are going on in your life and helps improve both your mood and attitude.  Idea journals are helpful for sparking creativity and problem-solving.

The written word is a powerful thing. Words provoke thought, act as a release, ignite creativity, and hold within them the power to heal.  Journaling can be an incredible life-changing process.

Writing has always been a huge part of my life. When I was a child, I kept a journal. I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed for my future.  I would doodle, write down things of interest and solve my problems.  As an only child, it became a way for me to work things out for myself; I could think, rant or dream on the page. I found the more I wrote, the better I felt. I have never looked back, my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Recently, a friend asked me about what I write and how they could start journaling for themselves. Here are some basic topics:

1) Write down your strengths and how you can use them to improve the world for yourself and for others.

 2) Write down things you are grateful for.

3) Write down what inspires you.

4) Write down what you dream about.

5) Write down ideas for projects.

 


“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you’ve got something to say.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


 

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ONM1N 2G2416-699-7167

Everyone has the right to live a fit and healthy life and at Variety Village in Toronto, they believe that fitness facilities should be available for everyone regardless of their ability level, age, or financial situation. With this in mind, they created a welcoming fitness facility that was designed to welcome everyone in the community with an ideal set up designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Variety Village was built over 65 years ago with one goal in mind: To provide a facility that would allow people of all ages and ability levels with the perfect place to pursue a healthier, happier life. Their success in improving the quality of life for families and individuals is evident in their charity-focused organization that has faithfully worked with young members with developmental barriers in order to see them achieve their goals.

Their facility offers everything you need for your fitness and activities from heated swimming pools to a rock climbing wall. Their site has a 76,000 square-foot field house, three basketball courts and dedicated rooms for weights and cardio. They even have a MONDO indoor track.

They encourage everyone in the community to join in the fun by offering many fitness classes and programs including Yoga,/fitness-wellness/yoga/Pilates and Zumba. Members can also participate in classes and activities such as Taekwondo and Tai Chi.

Additional programs and services include:

  •  Kids’ camps
  •  First Aid training
  •  Active Aging swimming for those over 55
  •  Full aquatic program
  •  Wellness classes
  •  Drama
  •  And much, much more!

Fitness club memberships are very affordable. Special rates for seniors and financial subsidies for those that qualify are also available. They strive to keep their facility up-to-date with ongoing improvements. Free Wi-Fi is available.

Variety Village is located at 3701 Danforth Avenue in Scarborough. For more information, please visit their website, call 416-699-7167 or send an email. You can also follow Variety Village on Facebook.

upcoming events

 for December,  2017.

THE WORLD’S GREATEST
CHRISTMAS PARTY

On Sunday, December 3, Variety Village will host its signature annual fundraising event. Over 1,000 people enjoy tasty treats and a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Craft and vendor’s markets, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment, games and activities round out the event. The party is an affordable way for families to celebrate the holiday spirit in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment, while helping Variety Village raise funds for its specialized programs to support people with disabilities.
GAMES · FOOD · SANTA PHOTOS · LOOT BAGS · VENDORS · CRAFTS · INFLATABLES & MORE!

ADMISSION: $8.00/at door
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
11:00am-2:00pm
MEMBERS ONLY:
10:00 am-11:00 am

Tickets at the door or online!
CLICK HERE!
Proceeds support of programs and services for people with disabilities right here at Variety Village

March of Dimes

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upcoming events for December, 2017

 

OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

High Tea with Kate Linder & Friends
from The Young and the Restless
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

VIP Meet & Greet 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
High Tea 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Autographs & Photos for all guests 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kate Linder
(Esther Valentine) March of Dimes Canada’s sixth-annual Toronto “OpportuniTea” High Tea will take place at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto on December 3, 2017. The event features actors from the top-rated North American soap opera The Young & The Restless, including Kate Linder (Esther Valentine), Abhi Sinha (Ravi Shapur), Daniel Hall (Scott Grainger) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin), who will be co-hosting the event along with Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show on Global.

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

High Tea & Show tickets $100
Patron preferred seating tickets $125
VIP Circle of Friends tickets $250
Co-Host Christian LeBlanc
(Michael Baldwin) Abhi Sinha
(Ravi Shapur)

Daniel Hall
(Scott Grainger)

 

Thank you! ~  to our Spons0rs
2017 OpportuniTeas Co-Host
Carolyn MacKenzie
Anchor of The Morning Show
on Global

For more information on any of the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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Laubach Literacy Program ~ Bill Maes Story. #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit.
The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are ~Shilpa GargMary Giese, Guilie Castillo, Belinda Witzenhausen and myself.


In previous posts, I  mentioned that tutoring through the Laubach Literacy program was the most satisfying volunteering I had ever done. The success stories of my students had a happy ending just like Bill’s below.

Maes writing a new chapter in life

The 78-year-old Alliston, Ontario man spent most of his days unable to read books, peruse the newspaper to catch up on current events, or write letters to his family.
Bill Maes grew up on a tobacco farm in a small town in southwestern Ontario, where helping his parents with the crops took priority over getting an education.

When Bill was around 12 years old his family moved to a farm in Alliston. He spent a few weeks in school before giving it up. While he could get a good grasp on some subjects like math, reading and writing never clicked for him.

A few years later, his family moved to Mansfield, and Maes just carried on helping around the farm. When his father died suddenly, his presence on the farm became even more important, ruling out the possibility of ever going back to school. Not being able to read and write limited him in many ways, but he was able to get by with help from family and friends.

When Bill returned to Alliston about three years ago, he decided it was time to learn to read and write. A friend told him about the Next Step Literacy Council of South Simcoe, but it took courage to overcome his apprehension of asking for help.
He was set up with a private tutor, John Rosenthal, who meets with him two hours a week.

“He works really hard and he’s done everything basically on his own, which is terrific,” Rosenthal said. “I give him some guidance and he goes home and he reads and reads.”

Since Bill started lessons two years ago, he has mastered the alphabet, read about 40 books and has started writing about his life in journals. He is also learning to use the computer so he can send emails to family and friends.

“If it was not for John and the rest of the good people around here, I would have turned around the first day,” Maes said.

For Bill, the most satisfying moment of learning to read and write came after sending his daughter a birthday card. He wrote the address,  signed it and wrote a small poem inside.  She called him crying, and when asked what was wrong?  she replied saying she was so happy because he had never sent her a card before that he wrote himself.

Bill Maes was presented with the Arnie Stewart Award for Individual Achievement at Laubach Literacy Ontario’s annual conference held recently in London, Ontario.

“I never believed I would ever win something like this in my lifetime. Bill said. “You don’t know how good it feels to finally be able to do something you couldn’t do your entire life.”

Bill’s story was initially published on simcoe.com: https://www.simcoe.com/news-story/6705734-alliston-man-learning-to-read-and-write-at-78/

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter November 2017 Edition

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Welcome to the November issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy our new format! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

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literacy

For over 30 years teachers, tutors, and learners have depended on this unique approach to reading instruction. The Laubach method was developed specifically to help adults with limited or no reading skills achieve success and become confident readers. This structured, phonics-based series works even with learners who have had negative experiences with other reading programs.

Click the link below to open the book

Laubach Way to Reading 1

       Work through the lesson ~ you may complete the homework and submit

to Professor Owl via email ~ professorowl@outlook.com

We will be working through all the books ~ If you would like to do the lessons more often than once a month ~ please let us know at the address above.

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book-of-the-month

Shadowzone

by Simon Rose (Author

While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version of Earth, a planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe, where the leaders will stop at nothing to complete their deadly mission.
This is the first book of a series by one of Professor Owl’s favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”

This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web

About the Author

Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of online workshops for both children and adults. Simon offers a number of services for writers, including coaching, consulting, editing, and writing workshops. Full details can be found at his website simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.
This is the first book of a series by one of my favorite authors. Although at first, I found the book a little slow to get into, once the first couple of chapters were read, I found the usual exciting story that I could not put down until it was finished. The ending left me ready to read the next book titled “Into the Web.”
A planet doomed by the effects of environmental catastrophe.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

Coming Soon: Watch Professor Owls Book Corner in the next month for a review of the other two books.

These books and other mentioned above are  available from http://www.amazon.com,  http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.kobo.com and other fine book stores.

writers-corner

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

Think of your favourite song with lyrics! Using the first two lines of the chorus, craft a short story! ~ Be adventurous!

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN! ✒


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Go outside and move around your neighbourhood, use as many senses as you can to describe it. What do you see, smell, hear etc…? 

Autumn Walk

 

 


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS: NANOWRIMO STARTS NOVEMBER 1ST!

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Are you a young writer 17 years of age or under who has always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo? Well, you can!!! Did you know that NaNoWriMo has a Young Writers Programme just for you.

What is NaNoWriMo?
NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun-filled, writing-fueled, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for the adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows young writers to set reasonable individual word-count goals.

Every year approximately 100,000 young writers participate check out their website and sign up to participate…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

 

PREPARING FOR NANOWRIMO

We are a mere two weeks away to the start of this year’s NANOWRIMO and if you are like me you are looking forward to it.

There is no set way on how to write a novel, everyone has their own way. You may have heard the phrase “Plotter or Pantser” which describes whether a person outlines their novel before writing it or whether they fly by the seat of their pants and go without making too many plans.  There are benefits of doing it both ways and it really is all about what works for you.  I, myself, am an outliner, I like having a rough map of where I’m going before I set out.  I plan out my chapters and create my characters in advance of sitting down to write.  While some feel this is way too stifling and can’t be quite as creative it helps give me a framework to keep the story moving forward and avoid getting stuck for ideas halfway through. If I’m struck by some paths or ideas that aren’t on my outline I still draft out the scenes and see if they’ll fit in down the road.  I recommend you follow the path that feels right for you.  If you are not sure where to start there are some great books out there. Two I recommend are  No Plot, No Problem by Chris Baty, the founder of NANOWRIMO and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.  Both are incredibly good books that each offer a unique perspective on whether to plot or not.

When I sit to write a novel I create mood boards on Pinterest and my own writing soundtrack on Spotify  , all to help keep me inspired and motivated to write. I  also get or make pretty notebooks and setup an area just for writing.

NaNoWriMo allows an individual to silence their inner critic, as it does tend to emphasize quantity over quality.  For those writers who are often intimidated by their inner critic the urgency of the contest motivates them to push through fears, the need for perfection and keep writing.  With the fast pace of NaNoWriMo, adult writers need to produce approximately 1667 words per day so there is not a lot of time left for editing or worrying. Young writers can choose a goal which is achievable to you. With school, homework and afterschool activities you can set a reasonable goal for you to reach.

NaNoWriMo hosts writing events to provide participants with an active supportive community and raises money via donations as well as sales of promotional items, which it donates approximately 50% of its net intake to reading charities.

NaNoWriMo has proven to be a popular contest and does not appear to be slowing down. The first year only 21 people participated in 2016 the number reached 384,126 participants. NaNoWriMo initially began to instigate and inspire writers to create impromptu novels, and it has become an exceptionally successful contest. In fact, many of those NaNoWriMo novels became rough drafts which eventually became published novels.  Books such as Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell, Wool, by Hugh Howey, The Darwin Elevator, by Jason M. Hough and Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer were all born out of NaNoWriMo.

 

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Variety Village

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3701 Danforth Ave., Scarborough, ON. M1N 2G2 416-699-7167

upcoming events

 for November  2017.

We’re so excited to announce that the week of October 30 – November 3 will be our second annual Variety Week on Global BC and BC1! Last year, your generosity raised $700,000, and the stories we shared all week long were updated at our 51st Show Of Hearts Telethon.
We are thankful to Global BC and the whole Corus network for the amazing support we received, on-air, online and everywhere, and your generosity had a direct impact on improving the lives of kids and families with special needs in BC. Variety Week 2017 will again host a Road Show, with live music, entertainment and your favourite BC and Corus personalities!
Thank you for your support, and if you can, please consider giving to Variety BC as monthly donors, so all kids can be kids. Donate now
Sponsorship opportunities:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#VarietyWeek #VarietyKidsCan
• Monday, October 30, 2017
• Global BC
• Tune into every news segment on Global BC the week of October 30 – November 3! Our 2nd annual Variety Week will introduce you to the kids and families your donations help. Updates will happen at our 2018 Show Of Hearts Telethon, where you’ll be able to see how you’ve improved the lives of the kids in BC!

October 31st., 2017

ROTTEN RONNIE’S
HALLOWEEN HAUNT

October is here, which means it’s time to start celebrating Halloween. And what better way to mark the spookiest month of the year than by taking a trip to a haunted house?

There’s something rotten at 121 Sandown Ave. in Scarborough. For the last month, “Rotten” Ronnie McGrath has been up to something in his garage and it’s got his neighbors spooked. McGrath has transformed his garage and yard into a Halloween Haunt that has been spinning the heads of those who pass by his home near Midland and St. Clair avenues.


It is demonic doors will be open to any poor soul brave enough to venture in on Halloween night. Skeletons, ghosts, ghouls and more can be found lurking in the darkness of Rotten Ronnie’s Halloween House that will give you a scare you’ll never forget!
OCTOBER 31, 7:00PM – FREE ADMISSION
121 SANDDOWN AVENUE, SCARBOROUGH
2 Blocks south of St. Claire Avenue | 3 Blocks west of Midland Avenue
~ For more information and map – please visit ~
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/rotten-ronnies-halloween-haunt/

November 3rd.,2017
Active Living Conference 2017

Join us at Variety Village for the 21st annual Active Living Conference. This exciting one-day event is popular with college and university students, educators, coaches, community organizations and families interested in increasing their awareness of inclusive and healthy active living opportunities, for people of all ages and abilities.
Registrants will enjoy speaker presentations, interactive recreation and sports and community resources. Please wear comfortable gym attire to enjoy the rotational activities.
Friday, November 3, 2017
10:00-4:00 pm
Variety Village

Guest Speakers 10:30 – 11:30am
Rotational Activities 12:30 – 3:45pm
Exhibitors and Resources 9:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Inclusion – Level One Certification
For more information. Please visit:
http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference/

November 9th.,2017
Variety Gala 2017 Presents

#TBT THROWBACK THURSDAY

Variety Gala 2017 presents Throwback Thursday, a chronological journey, through 69 years of helping kids with disabilities

Click here! varietygala.ca Special guest Emcee, acclaimed Canadian queen of comedy Carla Collins, has prepared a side-splitting evening of comedy, while musical genius Matt Cully spins the night away with a Chronologic presentation of musical smashes starting from the 1950s through to present day greatest hits.
If all that wasn’t enough, we will have Toronto Maple Leaf’s Alumni, a fully stocked silent auction, 50/50 draw and more great ways to give back and win great prizes.
Your cocktail style evening includes a variety of gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres, Antipasto Station, Saganaki Station, Gourmet Slider Station & Open Bar Service (until 10 p.m.). Late night service includes sweet and fresh fruit table and a Cash Bar to keep you going while the music plays on.

We are pleased to announce Archie Allison, Director of Access & Awareness at Variety Village, as the recipient of the 2017 Variety Heart Award for his contributions over the past 30 years to inclusion and accessibility for people of all abilities.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
TICKETS $200

For more information ~

Please visit: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/events/variety-gala/

March of Dimes

Upcoming Events

November 2017


We’re Still Rockin’!
Welcome back for Issue

#2 of the March of Dimes Canada (MODC) Rock for Dimes newsletter! In this Issue, you’ll read about what’s happened so far, details on upcoming events, special features, a focus on people involved in the event and so much more.
Okay, let’s get this show on the road…
Halifax and Pennzoil – Jumpin’, Jammin’, Jivin’ and Drivin’!

Rock for Dimes is a signature MODC event. It offers bands an opportunity to battle it out in front of fans for top spot in their city… and Halifax, Nova Scotia is the rockin’ place to be on November 1, 2013. So if you are in the area come on down to the Cunard Centre and get in on the jumpin’, jammin’ and jivin’.
Another reason to come out is that our Rock for Dimes sponsor, Pennzoil has partnered with MODC to donate up to $15,000 to retrofit a vehicle for a deserving family or individual living with a disability in Nova Scotia! The special winner will be presented during this event. It’s all about reclaiming freedom, independence and drivin’ on down the highway.
And the best reason of all: money raised from this high energy event helps children and adults with disabilities from across the province by supporting the MODC Conductive Education® program. Man, talk about a win-win happening!
Tune into our website at marchofdimes.ca to get more info on this incredible program, and the many other programs and services MODC has to offer.

Rock for Dimes Review

The fun was immeasurable as over the last couple of months, bands were out in full force to sing and play their hearts out in Edmonton, Kitchener and Sherkston Shores.
Both Kitchener and Sherkston Shores (in the Niagara Region) were showcase events, so no “winning” band was crowned, while in Edmonton, the winning band was the Josh Sahunta Band.
And the best result of all the singing, drumming and guitar playing at these exciting evenings, was that money was raised for some well-deserving programs: in Kitchener, the $2,500 raised went to Campers Helping Campers and Stroke Recovery Canada®; in Sherkston Shores, $1,500 was raised, also for Campers Helping Campers; and in Edmonton, over $9,500 was raised and went to local peer support groups in the Alberta area.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in these successful and entertaining evenings: hosts, judges, bands, audiences and supporters.

Bret “Hitman” Hart – a Hit with the Crowd!

Wow! What a treat for the crowd at the first-ever Pennzoil presents Rock for Dimes in Edmonton as none other than Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, spokesperson of March of Dimes Canada’s Stroke Recovery Canada® program took to the stage. There was no doubt he was a big hit!
Bret enthusiastically welcomed the audience, and thanked the bands, volunteers and guests for supporting a cause so dear to his heart. Of course, he also took the time to greet fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and raise awareness of Stroke Recovery Canada®. Way to go Bret!
The “Hitman” is a native of Calgary and is part of a wrestling dynasty led by his father, Stu Hart. He rocked the wrestling world by winning numerous championships over his 20-year wrestling career but, as he will tell you, his greatest victory has been his triumph over a devastating stroke in 2002. The stroke caused partial paralysis requiring months of physical therapy leading him to a successful recovery.
Thanks to Bret, champion wrestler and stroke survivor, for helping make Rock for Dimes the success it is today.

Rock on Jeff!

Jeff Poolton is a 37 year old singer/songwriter who has discovered that music has become his greatest source of comfort and confidence while facing the challenges of his life with Cerebral Palsy.
These challenges, along with his desire to thank those that inspired him on his journey, led to the creation of his new pop album “Welcome to My World”. The collection of original songs is chronologically organized, as Jeff sings his way through the highlights of his life.
Jeff is a passionate supporter of many organizations that assist people with disabilities and he was a big part of our Kitchener Rock for Dimes event. His hope is that through his music people will see the world a little differently.

Sit Back and Strap Yourself In!

One of the bands competing this year at the Halifax Rock for Dimes is Dali Van Gogh, a four piece Hard Rock band out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Their sound is “reminiscent of early years AC/DC and Led Zeppelin slashed through with a more modern-sounding crunch on the guitar work” (Stuart Rankin).
Dali Van Gogh were chosen as one of the top 25 Bands of 2012 by Rockwired Magazine, with their Guitarist Isaac Kent featured as one of the top guitarists world wide in Independent Music earlier in the year.
So, if you get the chance to attend the Halifax Rock for Dimes, sit back and strap yourself in as the band takes to the stage and rocks the Cunard Centre, November 1, 2013.

IN THIS ISSUE
Welcome

Halifax Rock for Dimes

Event Review

Special Features
Bret Hart
Nico

Focus On
Jeff Poolton
Dali Van Gogh
Upcoming Events

Nico – A Real Rock and Roll Cutie

One of the people enriched by the generosity coming out of the Rock for Dimes event is a real rock and roll cutie by the name of Nico – a spirited five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy. With MODC programs, such as Conductive Education®, children like Nico are enabled to do things that once seemed impossible.
Thanks for your support!

Please Say the Fun Isn’t Over!

Okay, the fun isn’t over… there are still three more great events to come:

RFD Halifax

November 1, 2013

RFD Montreal

November 16, 2013

RFD Hollywood, CA
December 3, 2013

Get details at www.rockfordimes.ca

One Stop: Opportunities for Independence
http://www.marchofdimes.ca Toll-Free:1-800-263-3463
Charitable Registration No. 10788 3928 RR0001

Text the word SUPPORT to 45678 to donate $10 to March of Dimes Canada

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wise-picks

 www.laubachliteracy.ca ~Lauback website, resources for Tutors and Student.

www.alphca aplus .ca ~ In these pages you will find resources and information to enrich your learning experience.
www.homeworkcentral.com ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more.
www.funbrain.com ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.

 

 

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