June 2017 Newsletter


Welcome to  Professor Owl’s Book Corner 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.


You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss


“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” – Aldous Huxley

Adult Literacy: Better Reading Comprehension, How to Speed-Read, and Some Life-Changing Literature to Improve Your Life

By Andrianes Pinantoan

According to a survey done by the Jenkins Group, in the USA, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college and 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

This is quite alarming and it’s definitely something that we all should worry about, especially when we’re presented with many other studies that link the high likeability of people ending up in prison if they have literacy problems.

Now, there are many factors that lead to literacy problems in people of all ages, such as the inadequate education system and school infrastructure, living in countries with high poverty and unemployment rates, or growing up in places that have a high crime rate…etc. But, what about the people who are simply not interested, let’s say, in reading books for pleasure?

Society’s views and taste in reading books has changed a lot in the last decade and the technological innovations allow us fast access online to the information we want in just a few clicks. But this kind of behavior has not only damaged the need to read and digest longer pieces for personal advancement or just for the sole fun of reading something but has also shortened our attention span as well. It’s not uncommon for people to buy books and never finish reading them.

Literacy is not only about reading and writing, but it’s also to help people understand the complexity of the world and life in general. To improve the way you think, communicate and act; to make you a better and smarter human being.


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If you would like to complete these lessons and email them to Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ send your answers to professorowl@outlook.com. We will include a lesson every second Thursday along with a newly released book review and if you email in your answers. At the end of every month, we will have a draw for everyone who emails their answers~ and one lucky person will win a book.


Twisted Fate: A Flashback Novel 

by Simon Rose  (Author)

A tattered photograph. A lock of hair. Keepsakes of his mother have triggered strange dreams for Max, dreams of a dank prison cell and an oddly familiar teenaged girl. But it’s the disturbing vision of a train accident that convinces Max to investigate his mother’s death.

During his investigation, Max discovers a connection with Julia, a classmate with dark secrets of her own. Her mother also died mysteriously and was linked to Project Mindstorm.

I would highly recommend going on the adventure in “Twisted Fate” with many twists and turns. Time-travel, visions of paranormal activity, secrets and psychics; a book that explores everything.  Once I picked the book up I could not stop reading until I finished it.  I always love to read Simon Rose’s books, they are great to read for most ages.  Looking forward to his next book.

Available from http://www.amazom.cahttp://www.amazon.com and other fine Book stores.


Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read

by Marilyn Lerch (Author, Editor), Angela Ranson (Author, Editor)


In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting undiagnosed dyslexia, a Canadian Tire store manager to ensure Christmas for a child, written tests for the military, certification exams, or jumping from an airplane, these people are heroes.



“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Your mission should you choose to accept it…

It’s time that you broke up with your biggest fear.   What better way for you to say goodbye than by writing them a letter telling them how horrible they are and why they no longer have a place in your life. Have fun with it, in my opinion, if you can learn to laugh at what scares you, then perhaps you won’t see that fear as being so intimidating.

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



Attention all aspiring authors: Its’ that time again, we have one month until the July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo! 🙂 Now is the time to outline your novel and do your research! 🙂

Haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Here’s the goods: 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!

Monthly Journal Challenge


June Journal Prompts

All you need is a pen, journal and 15-30 minutes a day to write down your thoughts.  

Open your journal, set a timer and write! 🙂  Use the prompts to start your journal entry i.e.

“My favourite thing about June is….”

  1. Your favourite thing about June.
  2. A cause near and dear to your heart.
  3. One thing you would change about the world.
  4. Your favourite book genre.
  5. A hobby you would like to take up,
  6. Three things you are grateful for.
  7. Your favourite song at the moment.
  8. A fictional character you would like to meet.
  9. Favourite summer activity.
  10. Your least favourite food.
  11. What you would like to do in the future.
  12. Three good things that have happened to you this week.
  13. Favourite thing about nature.
  14. Someone who inspires you.
  15. Lazy day rituals.
  16. Three things you want to change in your life.
  17. How you handle difficult challenges and how does it work for you.
  18. One thing that cheers you up on bad days.
  19. A compliment that you received that sticks with you.
  20. A goal you want to accomplish this month.
  21. What it would take to make your dreams come true.
  22. Favourite thing to watch on TV.
  23. Favourite place to visit.
  24. What good moment always makes you smile.
  25. A movie that describes your life.
  26. A secret you haven’t shared with anyone.
  27. What you’ll miss about school over the holidays.
  28. Write about a picture that catches your eye.
  29. What you wish you could change about your life and steps to do it.
  30. Favourite person in your life.


Variety Village

 Variety Village2

Please note the following correction in the May 2017 Newsletter for the
VVAC Athletic Banquet:

Qssim Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Road, Scarborough
6:00pm – 10:30pm

Thursday, June 15 

Each year the teams’ athletes, coaches, parents, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the accomplishments, teamwork, and contributions of these incredible, inspiring young athletes. Join us as we celebrate our achievements & milestones of the 2016 – 2017 season

$15 Athlete/$30 Guest
Cash Bar
This event is for VVAC Team
members only.
R.S.V.P. by Friday, June 2, 2017
Nina Chamberlain
416 699-7167 x285


Pride Toronto is a not for profit with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of our community. One of our wonderful members, Eric Martin suggested we raise the Pride Flag in recognition of Pride Month and our own diverse community.

We think that’s a great idea! Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 pm to help us raise the flag and enjoy cake and coffee afterwards in the lobby.

Inclusivity: Pride Toronto welcomes everyone and wants everyone to be welcomed. Pride Toronto is accessible to everyone as they create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

Diversity: Pride Toronto celebrates the uniqueness of all voices while bringing people together as one community.

These are Pride Toronto’s values, which are shared by Variety Village’s own mission, vision, and values.

 Get ready for a show filled with laughter, song, and dance… ‘It’s



Join us and celebrate Mikhela’s Birthday the ZUMBA way!

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm (Doors open at 3:30pm)
Where: Variety Village Fieldhouse

Click here to view the event  |   Click here to view the event on Facebook

Tickets: $20/person
For ticket inquiries please contact:
Aida Go 416 577 5769
Rose Benavidez 416 902 1102

Featured vendors:
ZUMBA Shop by Kizzy Adams
Cookie Tells by Syen Chong

ZUMBA Instructors:
Mariko Kamata
Eric Jones Ison
Kay Morishima
Aida Go
Cherrylyn Murayao-Sera
Kizzy Adams
Marissa Burias
Jeff Chupa

Meet Mikhela Go. She is turning 18 on June 2017. She is a lovely young lady and always has a smile on her face. She loves going to Variety Village. She is very involved with the Drama program. This year, her drama class is doing a spin off from Grease “Sandy”. She is a Black Belt Young Choung Taekwondo Academy – Variety Village and has done competitions over the years. She enjoys swimming and goes to lessons all year round at the Sunshine pool at the Village.

Mikhela has been a member of this organization since she was 5 years old. It has provided her a home away from home where she can meet new friends and be accepted as a growing young woman. She is also an ambassador. Variety Village has been a huge part of Mikhela’s growing years. It is time for her to give back to this organization that brought so much joy and happy memories for her. Her mom, Aida Go, who is a certified Zumba instructor, has organized this Zumba event to raise funds for Variety Village.

All proceeds from the event will support Variety Village.



The Variety Village Drama Company presents their uniquely adapted theatrical production GREASE! The annual showcase takes place on Saturday, June 10 with a Matinee performance at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00 pm. Reception to follow.

Matinee: $10 per person
Evening performance:  $15 per person 
Tickets available at Variety Village reception or contact: Valeria at valeria.alvia@gmail.com
Tickets on sale at the door. CASH ONLY

St. Columba Theatre Room 2723 St Clair Ave E, East York, ON M4B 1M8

The Variety Village Drama program provides a variety of educational creative arts for youth and adults with disabilities. Funds raised through this Annual Showcase ensure Variety Village continued offering of quality programs that enhance self-esteem and encourage social development in an arts-focused environment.


You’re invited! With the support of Zurich Insurance, Variety Village is hosting a Member Appreciation Day. Everybody is welcome!

Monday, June 12  |  11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Courtyard
BBQ Hot Dogs, refreshments, popcorn!
Games, giveaways and a chance to win great prizes.

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Zoe Pagazani
Special Events Coordinator
416-699-7167 x 290


Click here for more information
If you would like any further information on any of the events shown above

PLEASE CONTACT:  Variety Village

Address: 3701 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167


Open ~ Tue 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM


March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

Get Ready for the 9th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll! 

Get Active and Out in Your Community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia

June 1 – 9, 2017

The annual Walk ‘n’ Roll fundraiser held across Ontario and now in British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada, encourages people with physical disabilities or aphasia, to get active and out in their communities, supporting vital programs that help independence, improved communication, community participation and improves health and fitness as a bonus. We hope that you can be a part of it!

Dates: June 1 – 9, 2017

About: Participants, volunteers, friends and family members of March of Dimes Canada’s stroke, acquired brain injury, aphasia and communication disabilities, post-polio, and supportive living programs, will walk or roll through a designated course in their community and put up displays about support groups to raise awareness and money for vital community programs and services.

Help us reach our goal of $70,000!

8th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner

Ability and Beyond Dinner 2017

 June 7, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, renown actor RJ Mitte will inspire the audience with his candid talk about his strategies for overcoming obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has set and achieved his lofty goals.

Although RJ Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the young age of three, that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. Mitte played Walt Jr., the son of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Mitte reemerged in 2016 on the big screen in his first non-handicapped leading role in Dixieland, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Mitte serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign in support of children with disabilities. Currently, he is working with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support.

We are happy to announce that the evening will once again be hosted by the engaging Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show, on Global. And the evening’s Chair will be Scott Beckett, President, Edgewater Financial Group Inc. and his wife Kelly Beckett.

Special thanks goes out to our committee members; Michael Cole, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Office, Bell Canada & MODC Board Member; Eric Lo, President, GenX Solutions; Dave Wilkins, Account Executive, Integrated Solutions, People Corporation; and Faisel Saeed, Senior Manager in Enterprise Analytics, BMO Financial Group & MODC Board Member.

All the funds raised from this event will support our Conductive Education® program, which helps children and adults with neurological motor disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke survivors, to be more independent.



Dinner Tickets   $250
VIP Patron Tickets   $500


Dinner Table (table for 10)   $2,500

VIP Patron Table (table for 10)   $5,000

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available

For more information about the 18th Annual Ability & Beyond Dinner visit:


All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes Canada’s 

Conductive Education® program

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


 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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About writingmama

Sylvia McGrath ~ AKA Writingmama, a freelance writer from King City, Ontario has worked in the business field for about forty years obtaining business management experience and business writing skills. She also spent several years in social work for Children’s Services. Now retired is living her childhood dream of being a writer. A few years ago Sylvia decided to take a course in freelance writing, which she really enjoyed as it was the key to follow her dreams. Since completing the course, she has worked as a professional writer, a published poet and co-authored a book with Two Maximum Life Coaches about living with chronic illness; this is titled After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond.” She also co-authored an E-Book of Resources for the parents of children with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges titled “The Treasure Chest of Resources,” part-one has already been sent to the Canadian National Library Archives. Sylvia has also written several articles on chronic illness for the following online sites. •www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/writingmama •www.helium.com/users/32475 •www.jacketflap.com/profile.asp?member=Writingmom Besides working as a freelance writer, Sylvia still finds time for two other passions of hers; to volunteer as a literacy tutor for her local Learning Centre, and assist in facilitating of workshops on disability awareness. Her main mission for the future is to write a series of books for young adults and children who have learning challenges and suffer chronic illness. At present she is also the co-owner and columnist for “Professor Owl’s Newsletter” which is published on-line monthly for children.

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