Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Newsletter and Community News Boards ~ June, 2016

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Well boys and girls ~ Summer is almost here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter will be taking a little

holiday for a couple of months

We will be back on August 1st, 2016 with our back to school issue and our usual book corners.

We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays

In the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.

Summer Fun

Speaking of safe just a few reminders on pool safety

Pool  Safety

by guest writer Joanne Murray (2010)


This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard.  Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments.  One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming.  No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy.  As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.

With three children, for my family safety was a priority.  The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc..  Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside.  Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.

First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.

As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.

  • Teach your children safety rules around the pool.

  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.

  • Have a phone close by at all times.

  • If a child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.

  • Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.

  • Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.

  • Learn CPR and update your skills regularly

  • Understand basic life-saving skills

The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child.  If money allows, check local community centers such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available.  As you would teach a child to put on a seatbelt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills are essential.

Community News Boards





Variety Village PA Day Camp on Friday, June 10 still has spaces available! Hurry and register today!
And summer fun is just around the corner!
Summer camps are filling up fast, but we still have spaces available. Contact the Camp Coordinator to inquire about space and/or waiting lists.


Camps – Variety Village

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Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes:

For more information visit


March Of Dimes Canada

March of Dimes Canada




June is alphasia month


Do you know someone who is living with cerebral palsy or post-stroke? Our Summer Conductive Education® classes aim to help improve mobility and independence in participants’ daily lives! PS: We also have classes June 20-24, which are free for first-time participants. Contact Mhairi Watson 📧 or visit

‪#‎cerebralpalsy ‪#‎poststroke ‪#‎stroke ‪#‎strokesurvivor ‪#‎rehabilitation ‪#‎class

We’re spreading ‪#‎awareness this month for ‪#‎aphasia & ‪#‎stroke✌️ Stay tuned for videos. In the meantime, learn more about out our services – Stroke Recovery Canada Program® (SRC): & Aphasia & Communications Disabilities Program (ACDP):

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With only 2 weeks away, we’re excited for the Ability & Beyond Dinner (presented by Bell Canada) on June 15! Could not be happier to have inspirational guest Aron Ralston Speaker be at our event to share his story. You may know it from the film 127 Hours! This fundraiser supports our CE Program – few tickets left – get ’em while you can :

RSVP to our FB Event Page & share with friends!

‪#‎ABDinner16 ‪#‎MODC ‪#‎MarchOfDimesCanada ‪#‎AronRalston‪#‎Motivational ‪#‎Speaker ‪#‎Toronto Thanks to our other awesome sponsors: Fairmont | Global News | Bill Brown BMO Financial Group | Toronto Sun | Shoppers Home Health Care | JOY 1250 | Noble Estates Wine & Spirits

Giving challenge


$10,000 would help so many Canadians with disabilities improve and enhance their independence. It’s what we aim to do! And because of the Great Canadian Challenge, throughout all of June, for every 💲1 you donate to us through (CanadaHelps) an entry goes into the draw to help us win $10,000! ‪#‎GivingChallengeCA // GIV3

Camp Mobility


We still have spots in our ‪#‎Toronto Conductive Education® (CE) Summer Camps! 📧 or visit

For more information on any of the above March of Dimes events ~ Please contact



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