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“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Professor Owl’s Book Corner~ March of Dimes News Board~ October28th. 2013

Penzoil Mobility


Rock for Dimes Halifax


Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band. Bands can showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Rock for Dimes has expanded to become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser and is now held in communities coast to coast. Since its inception, Rock… for Dimes has raised over $800,000 to support our Conductive Education® and Stroke Recovery Canada® programs.

All proceeds from Rock for Dimes Halifax benefit March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education® (CE) Nova Scotia program. CE is an innovative program that blends elements of education and rehabilitation to improve the independence, mobility and confidence of children with disabilities, and has proven especially beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and developmental apraxia.

In 2012, March of Dimes Canada welcomed Pennzoil as our national presenting Rock for Dimes sponsor and Long & McQuade as our national backline sponsor. For Rock for Dimes Halifax 2013, our platinum sponsor is Stewart McKelvey, our gold sponsor is McInnes Cooper, and our silver sponsors are Airgo and Micco Companies. Our media sponsors for the event are Q104 and The Coast. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event.

Pennzoil Retrofit Vehicle Initiative

Tell us your story and win up to $15,000 towards a vehicle retrofit in Pennzoil’s Vehicle Retrofit Initiative! Pennzoil has partnered with March of Dimes Canada to donate up to $15,000 to retrofit a vehicle for a deserving family or individual living with a disability in Nova Scotia, so they can reclaim their freedom and love of driving. The retrofit will be presented to the selected recipient at Rock for Dimes Halifax, at the Cunard Centre on November 1, 2013. Click here to learn more and see if you qualify!

Come out and support Rock for Dimes Halifax. Join the fun for a great cause!

8th Annual Rock for Dimes Halifax Participating Bands:

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 Rock for dimesMontreal


Montreal’s Rock for Dimes!

Rock for Dimes is a corporate battle of the bands held to benefit March of Dimes Canada’s programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. Amateur musicians compete in this friendly fundraiser for the title of their city’s best corporate band. Bands can showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

The event has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser and is now held in communities coast to coast. Since its inc…eption, Rock for Dimes has raised over $800,000 to support our Stroke Recovery Canada® and Conductive Education® programs.

In 2012, March of Dimes Canada welcomed Pennzoil as our national presenting Rock for Dimes sponsor and Long & McQuade as our national backline sponsor. AMG Medical has been a national sponsor since 2009. Additional sponsorship opportunities exist in each location.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes. Join the fun for a great cause – new bands are always welcome!

Rock for Dimes Montreal Participating Bands:



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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the Week ~ October 24th 2013

Stink It Up!: A Guide to the Gross, the Bad, and the Smelly

Megan McDonald (Author)Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

 stink it up

Price {Kindle Edition}CDN$ 4.99

Price {Paper Back}CDN$ 6.65

They don’t call him Stink for nothing! Now children can savor a smorgasbord of facts about smelly and vile stuff in honor of their favorite super sniffer. Did you know that a group of skunks is called a stench? (No lie!) Can you believe that in colonial days, window-washing rags were dipped in pee? Or that snail slime was once an ingredient in cough syrup? Stink has a nose for yuck and muck, and this book is full of it: moose poop festivals, mouse brain toothpaste, maggot cheese, and way more. Its pages are crawling with more than two hundred facts, quizzes, recipes, and bits of trivia about things that are gross, bad, and smelly. P.U.!

Children will love reading the gross facts in Stink it Up! The facts are short and written in easy to understand language. The illustrations by Peter Reynolds make the gross facts even more entertaining.

Megan and Peter have become some of my top children’s authors of all time. In the last few months I have read ten other books in these series and almost twenty books across McDonald and Reynolds. Not one has disappointed – all have been excellent reads! Give their books a try. You will find magic in their writing and illustrations!

A funny and fun book should make more books like this ~  it is really good, has a lot of information.


About the Author and Illustrator:

Megan McDonald is the creator of the popular and award-winning Judy Moody and Stink series. She is also the author of three Sisters Club stories, Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween, and many other books for children. She lives in Sebastopol, California.

Peter H. Reynolds is the illustrator of the Stink and Judy Moody books and the author- illustrator of The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, So Few of Me, The North Star, and Rose’s Garden. Born in Canada, he now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Variety Village News Board ~ October 21st., 2013


Learning to become a responsible, independent member of society can be difficult for any young adult. But for young adults with developmental disabilities, it can be very challenging. To help these young adults, Variety Village offers a program called LINKS, which stands for Lifestyle, Independence, Nutrition, Knowledge, and Sports. This program enables its members to develop confidence and learn life skills essential to their independence in the community.

Through educational and fun programs such as Physical Fitness, Nutritional Planning, Creativity and Healthy Living, each member becomes more self-aware and self-reliant. The LINKS program is like a “home away from home” for its members.

While some programs include time in the gym or pool being physically active, others include:


The creative process of arts and crafts helps to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in creative self-expression.


This program has both preventive and therapeutic benefits. It has been shown to offer both physical and mental benefits to the body and the mind.


This program gives the participants a chance to explore and learn through hands on experiments. The program is focused on learning about different aspects of the world around us. The goals of this program are to form an understanding of simple and somewhat complicated action and reaction experiments.


This is an activity that happens on a weekly basis every Thursday morning. The LINKS group organizes a breakfast service that serves hot and fresh breakfast meals that are available to all of the staff and participants of the building. Each week we have a different special that will be served and that is prepared right on the spot. This program gives the participants a chance to experience a job oriented environment and it also helps the LINKS program earn money which can be used for other activities.


This program focuses on the understanding of plant life and how to manage your own plants. The program starts from the ground up focusing on how plants start to develop, what they need for proper development and also regular maintenance for a long healthy life. Along with the hands on aspect of planting, fertilizing and watering their plants, participants will be involved in a classroom setting where discussions will be facilitated around what the best practices are for growing certain types of plants. Participants will also have a first hand look at what affects their plants growth through a statistical bookkeeping procedure which involves measuring their plants on a weekly basis.

For additional information on the LINKS program, download the registration package and read our brochure. Feel free to contact uswith any other questions or concerns about the LINKS program – call Cathy Price,, LINKS Coordinator 416.699.7167 x

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Of The Week ~ October 17th. 2013

The Reluctant Journal Of Henry K. Larsen

by Susin Nielsen

Review ~Winner – Governor General’s Award

 – Children’s Literature (2012)

Finalist, BC Book Prizes’ Sheila A. Egoff 

Children’s Literature Prize 


 The Reluctant Journal of Henry

 Price CDN$11.99 Kindle

Price CDN$14.11 Hard cover

 Price CDN$  9.50  Paperback

Darker than the author’s previous novels, this story is about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

 “The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is an appealing grief story. Thought-provoking and relevant, it addresses the effects of bullying in a realistic, compelling and compassionate way, exemplifying the proverb ‘There are two sides to every story.’ Henry’s journey is moving and weirdly, wildly funny.”

Henry is required to keep a journal by his therapist; he is at first reluctant, then obsessive about it. A born diarist, he exhibits the distinctive voice of a memoirist, one keenly interested in documenting both his inner and outer worlds. He captures both with humour and heart ~ Yet the novel is a dream, and believable a balances of lightness and darkness.

It is a book that is hard to put down and in the end to also say goodbye to Henry and his journal.

“Nielsen treats a heavy subject with a light, optimistic touch, and while Henry’s passion and distress are evident, his wacky commitment to ‘Saturday Night Smash-up’ and his own ironic, yet earnest, perspective leavens the serious subject matter.”

—The Toronto Star 

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ October 14th 2013

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Help children with disabilities
enjoy our national pastime…
and have your gift double!

child able to skate with Skate Horse

What is a Skate Horse? It is an apparatus to assist children with disabilities to learn to skate and is the brain child of Tim Moore who invented and designed it under the March of Dimes Canada (MOC) DesignAbility® program.
The program offers volunteers with skills and imagination the opportunity to develop custom-built solutions and modifications to challenges that can be faced by children and adults living with mobility issues – such as learning to skate.
Tim, an Ottawa DesignAbility® volunteer, received a request from a mother of a 3-year-old that has Muscular Dystrophy. She needed a device to support her son as he learned how to skate. The result is such a simple yet helpful solution that we can see assisting many more children and adults in learning how to skate.
Doug Harvey-Smith is a hard-working volunteer in our DesignAbility® program and Chair of the Ottawa Chapter since 2003. He loves to help people and when he saw the Skate Horse, he knew he had to jump on the opportunity to see this practical, yet fun assistive device become an integral piece of arena equipment.
March Of Dimes need your help today to make sure this opportunity becomes a reality.
Your donation today will have double the impact – now you can help make sure everyone has a chance to enjoy the small, but important pleasures that help make life gratifying.

To add even more impact to your donation, Doug has very graciously offered to match donations totaling up to $6,000 so MODC can purchase the Skate Horse for use in arenas around Ontario as a start, and then eventually, across Canada.
On behalf of children with disabilities who want to get out, have fun and enjoy life with family and friends, thank you for caring and sharing.

Mary Lynne Stewart

Director of Fund Development and Communications
March of Dimes Canada

P.S. Doug is matching gifts to $6000 because, “The skate Horse is a perfect way of making sure all children have the opportunity to be involved with one of our nation’s favourite, winter pastimes, and it brings attention to an important program offered by March of Dimes. It also offers people the chance to help those living with disabilities.” Winter and the skating season will quickly be upon us so please generously today.Th

Thank you!

One Stop: Opportunities for Independence 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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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Of The Week ~ October 10th. 2013

How Roland Rolls

Jim Carrey (Author) Rob Nason (Illustrator)

[Kindle Edition]

How Rowland Rolls.

Price:  CDN$ 9.99

Pre-order – This e-book will be ready for delivery November 17, 2013

“HOW ROLAND ROLLS” is a story about a wave named Roland who’s afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he’s struck by the notion that he’s not just a wave ~ he’s the whole big, wide ocean!


How Roland Rolls is Jim Carrey’s first book. It’s aimed at children aged four to eight. Over the past 20 years, Carrey has made us laugh with his comedic films (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber, Liar, Liar and Bruce Almighty), provoked us with his serious ones (Man on the Moon, The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and enchanted us with his family fare (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. Popper’s Penguins). Now he entertains, enlightens and inspires with How Roland Rolls. The book charmingly and wittily presents the universal truth of humanity’s interconnectedness and unity through the metaphor of a wave in the sea.

The book is also lavishly illustrated by Rob Nason, who won a Golden Reel award for his work as Art Director on the film Anastasia, as well as an Annie Awards nomination. His work on Thumbelina garnered the Hans Christian Andersen award. His cover for the inspiring grass-roots children’s book, Saltwater Taffy, was nominated as Cover of the Year and was a finalist for the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award.

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