Variety Village ~ About Patricia one of their amazing Ambassadors #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 Simon Falk, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, and Mary J Giese. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!

For anyone that has been following my blogs the past few months, will have noticed that I have focused a few times on Variety Village this is due to the fact that having worked with children quite a few years ago in Scotland some who had special needs made me realize they are a  terrific organization. Both management and staff have earned my greatest respect in the wonderful way they have in bringing out the full potential in each of their children and adults also the great work they do in their community.

Variety village ~ Ambassadors

Variety Village Ambassadors are members who love the Village and what it stands for. These dedicated individuals know how to work hard and have fun at their respective activities, and never turn down a chance to champion the cause. Read on to learn more about one of their special  Ambassadors.

Patricia

My name is Patricia and I am a Variety Village ambassador. I love meeting new people and getting to know who they are. I enjoy playing sports and trying new things.

  • My favourite sport is swimming. I am on the Variety Village Flames swim team.
  • I do not have a favorite movie. There are so many movies out in the world how can I choose just one to be my favourite? I can tell you that my favourite genre is Disney movies.
  • My favourite food is pizza. I love pizza because it is covered in cheese and cheese is one of my favourite foods.
  • If I could be an animal, I would be a dolphin. I would be a dolphin because they are intelligent, loving animals. Not to mention they live in the water, it would be so cool to be able to live in water.
  • My inspirational role model is Cassidy Sheng. Cassidy was a member of the flames swim team, she is my best friend. Recently she passed away from cancer. She is my role model because throughout all the pain and suffering she encountered she always saw the brighter side of every situation. She taught me that life is a precious gift and we need to chase our wildest dreams before our time is up. Most importantly she taught me to live every day being fearless.
  • I love Variety Village because of the people. Everyone is so happy all the time and it’s just great to walk into the building and see all the smiling faces. Everyone has a great time in the village, there are so many activities to do and so many sports teams to join!  Best of all, everyone gets to participate in the action no matter their ability.

For more information on Variety Village ~ Please visit their website http://www.varietyvillage.ca

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community Boards Special Edition

 
Toronto Wolfpack Tickets
in support of Variety kids!

50/50 Charity Draw

Variety – the Children’s Charity Ontario is excited to partner with the Toronto Wolfpack Rugby team and 5050 Central to raise needed funds for children with a disability. Through this partnership, more kids across Ontario will have opportunities to play. The Toronto Wolfpack rugby team recognizes the importance of supporting children of all abilities and we are looking forward to being part of their team.

                                              50/50 draw               50% of ticket sales
                                                                                       donated to variety
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Look for us at Toronto Wolfpack                     Follow the link below to purchase           Games on August 19, September 2,
9 and 16!                                                                         Toronto Wolfpack Tickets

 http://varietyvillage.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8613170f3e47d7bc585df92f0&id=8ec2d97abb&e=9e88ed1518
You could win big and so can Variety’s kids!

“50/50 is a staple in the Toronto Sports event fabric,” said Joe Santos, Chief Operations Officer of the Toronto Wolfpack. “Teaming up with Variety, the Children’s Charity is a natural fit. They improve young people’s quality of life regardless of their abilities. Rugby, whichever modality you support, is an inclusive game that promotes healthy activity while instilling life long lessons – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and sportsmanship.

“As a fan of Toronto sports, I personally love buying a ticket for the 50/50 draw in the hopes of one day being that fan that screams in pure joy with the winning ticket. We welcome all our loyal Wolfpack fans and new fans to take their game day experience to another level by supporting an amazing local charity and possibly winning the jackpot!”

Learn more

Volunteers wanted for game day!

We are in NEED of enthusiastic and energetic Volunteers, to help us sell tickets for our 50/50 draw to the rugby enthusiasts on game day! Come and be part of a great sporting event that will help support Variety Village.

Game date:
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 9,16 2017

Time commitment:
3:00pm-7:15pm

Location:
Lamport Stadium
1155 King St West
Toronto, M6K 1E9

SIGN-UP TODAY!
If you are interested in volunteering or know anyone who might be interested in helping out for any of these game days, please contact:

Smeeta Sohanlal
Volunteer Coordinator
416-699-7167 Ext. 239
ssohanlal@varietyvillage.on.ca

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Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ Back-to-School Edition 2017

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Welcome to the Back-to-School issue of  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.

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Bullying

It’s that time of year again ~ Back to School.  Many look forward to going back and some dread the homework and lack of playtime.  For some, however, it can be a very scary thought. It’s not the school that bothers them but the thought of being beaten up, embarrassed or tormented by bullies.

What is a bully?  A bully is someone who finds power and self-worth by belittling or intimidating others. Bullies have usually they been the victim of a bully themselves.  If you are being bullied the best thing you can do is tell someone.  It’s not tattling, you are not telling to get someone in trouble, you are telling to protect yourself.  Another thing to do is if possible walk away or stay near an adult if you feel threatened.

Remember being the victim of a bully is not YOUR fault ~ What if you are not being bullied but see someone else being bullied?  Don’t join in, encourage or give the bully an audience, if possible try to get help or find an adult.  Whatever you do don’t try to fight the bully.

Check the following websites for more information on bullying:

http://www.kidpower.org/store/kp-book.htm 

https://www.bullyingcanada.ca/services

http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/talking-about-it/index.html

http://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-stop-bullying

Do You Need A Homework Helper?

 Back to school can be a lot of fun seeing old friends and teachers.  One thing most children do not like about going back to school is the homework.

Listed below are some websites that can help you with every subject – helping elementary and high school kids find what they need on the ‘net. They cannot do your homework for you, but offer great age-appropriate kid-friendly links to sites, by e-mail.

http://www.do2Learn.com/

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/homework_help_home.html

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/

http://www.jiskha.com/

 

literacy

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Excalibur Rising:
Book One of an Arthurian Saga Kindle Edition

by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts (Author)

 

A newscaster. A psychic. A legend brought to life…

Marcus is losing his touch. The TV newscaster’s ratings are down and his job is on the line. So when he’s given the opportunity to leave Las Vegas and search for Excalibur, the missing artifact from one of the greatest legends ever written, he jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the mafia also gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Violet’s psychic abilities serve as a gift and a curse. When the Mafia’s marching orders force her onto a plane to England with Marcus, her skills are put to the test. As they probe the legend of King Arthur and Camelot, the unlikely team watches the body count start to rise.

After their search takes them to the mist-shrouded Welsh countryside, Marcus and Violet begin putting the pieces together, but a surprise awaits. A surprise that could change their lives for good. If they survive to see it…

Excalibur Rising is an edge-of-your-seat fantasy suspense novel laced with wit and history. If you like funny characters, dramatic plot twists, and the myth of King Arthur, then you’ll love the first book in Eileen Enwright Hodgetts’ Excalibur Rising series.

I could not put it down. It had everything a great story should have. I will have to wait for the next book.

Entertaining and beautifully written a little slow in the first chapter but in all.
a must read for anyone who has a love for Arthur, Knights, and Excalibur.
Looking forward to Book 2

Buy the book to learn the real story behind history’s greatest legend!

 Available at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.amazon.ca

 

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 Prompt~A Day in the Life of…

We all have our favourite fictional character from books and/or movies. What would happen if you got to trade places with this character for just one day.Who do you choose? Why? Describe how the day plays out for you!

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


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about what brightens your day…


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 social media, blogs, and vlogs are mainstream.  Many people choose to use good old pen and paper, whether it’s a nice leather journal or a cheap dollar store find both give you the option to quickly jot down your feelings.  Some choose to use their phone, tablet or computer, there are tonnes of apps many for free. For more complex programs a few dollars can give you journalling with special features and password protection.

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 your head out and in some structured form.    All of the clutter that is in a person’s mind can cause 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.  There are so many benefits to journaling that far outweigh the negatives. Creating a set time throughout the day to journal is also is helpful in giving you some quiet time to yourself.  Writing down dreams helps you keep your focus on the big picture and is a record of your progress.

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. From when I was a child I would write about what bothered me,  what I feared, and what I dreamed of for my future.  I would doodle, write down things I was interested in and solve my problems on the page.  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 and to this day my journal is never far from me and it now holds more than ever.  Many people aren’t sure what to write about, my answer, in short, anything, but to be more specific…

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 stories, songs, poems, etc.

6) Write about what scares you. 

7) Write down problems and brainstorm solutions.

8) Write down goals and the steps to take in order to reach them.

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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.

The Variety Village story

 

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 August 2017.

SWING ‘FORE’ CHARITY

2nd Annual Charity Golf Classic in support of Variety Village – The Children’s Charity

August 25th, 2017 12-8:00 pm   |   Black Diamond Golf Club
$125.00/person | $500.00/foursome
RSVP now! Space is limited > Click here

SCHEDULE
12:00pm: Tournament registration opens.  Grab bags, information and tickets handed out.
1:00pm: Tournament begins.  Shotgun starts.
5:30-6:30pm: Tournament completed.  Shootout (weather depending). Score cards turned in.
6:30-8:00 pm: Dinner, draws, and prizes.

ABOUT
In 2007, fundraising efforts were created in hopes of raising money for the children at Variety Village.  In 2016, a golf tournament fundraiser was initiated and the results were better than we had hoped for.  As a result, the annual golf classic was formed.  Through these various fundraisers, over $30,000 has been raised and we are hoping to double and even triple that number in the years to come.

Each year $500 from the money raised goes towards the “Toronto’s Finest – Heart Award Scholarship”.  This scholarship is awarded to the athlete who has given their all-in training, teamwork, and competitions throughout the year.

Thank you to all who attend, donate and help sponsor this event on behalf of Variety Village.

PLEASE CONTACT Variety Village for more information.

Address: 3701 Danorth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167

www.varietyvillage.ca

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

 

March of Dimes

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upcoming events for August 2017

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 and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.
Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,350,000 to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada® and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

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

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time

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 and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.
Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,350,000 to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada® and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

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

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time:

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 and showcase their talents in front of a roster of Canadian music industry professionals.

Since its inception, Rock for Dimes has raised close to $1,350,000 to support our Conductive Education®Stroke Recovery Canada® and Campers Helping Campers Outdoor Recreation programs, and has become March of Dimes’ flagship national fundraiser held in communities coast to coast.

We would like to thank our national sponsors Long & McQuade, Airgo, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund and Agency59. We couldn’t do these events without you.

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

Rockin’ for charity one city at a time

 

Kingston Rocks for Dimes and raises over $3,000
for March of Dimes Canada!

Did you make it out to Rock for Dimes Kingston on August 27th? If you weren’t at Longborough Lake Holiday Park that day, you missed the fundraiser of the year! Over 100 people were there, and they raised over $3,000 for March of Dimes Canada’s Campers Helping Campers program. Campers Helping Campers takes place from May to October each year and funds raised are used to subsidize the costs associated with supporting a person who lives with a disability so they can enjoy a summer camping experience.

At Rock for Dimes Kingston 2016, local bands Project 20 Nine, Bigmotorgasoline, The Bandicoots, Bon Evans, Zach Teal, The Royal Drifters, and Sweet Talk Jackie all competed for bragging rights. Our panel of celebrity judges – Eric Tremblay, Elizabeth Heslinga, Graham Greer, and Stuart Roberts – had a tough decision to make but, in the end, The Bandicoots won out.

CKWS’ Bill Welychka once again took on hosting duties and was terrific.

Rock for Dimes Kingston was sponsored by Long & McQuadeAirgo Medical, Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, Agency59, Sunspace, General Coach, Fresh Radio 104.3, 96.3 Big FM, CJAI 92.1 FMKingston Sound Works, Empire Life and Loughborough Lake Holiday Park.

Parkbridge Spiking For Dimes Spring Lake!
 
Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12 noon – 2p.m.
Spring Lake RV, 263459 Prouse Road, Mount Elgin, Ontario
Parkbridge Resorts is hosting a volleyball fundraiser at Spring Lake RV to support March of Dimes Canada’s Campers Helping Campers program. Campers Helping Campers provides a once-in-a-lifetime camping holiday for children and adults with physical disabilities.
So come out for tonnes of fun in the sun on August 26, 2017, and help give the gift of a camping experience with Canadians living with physical disabilities!
Registration:

 

$10 per player / 6-8 players per team
Register online by creating or joining a team or with
Skyline Recreation Coordinator, Teighan at (705) 760-6722
Visit www.marchofdimes.ca/ParkbridgeCampers
for more information and to register!
Benefitting  MODC’s Campers Helping Campers Program

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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