March of Dimes Canada ~ Meet Malic, Our Superhero! #WATWB

The “We Are The World Blogfest” #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 Michelle Wallace, Peter Nena, Emerald Barnes, Andrea Michaels and Shilpa GargTo learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!


For those familiar with Professor Owl’s Book Corner, you are no doubt aware we are all about celebrating heroes. Meet Malic, this month’s POBC hero:

Malic ~ Superhero

As told by William Shatner

Malic was born in Dubai and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as an infant when his parents noticed he wasn’t meeting important developmental milestones. They immediately found physiotherapy for him, and continued to maintain a similar structure for him at home, reinforcing what he was learning in his therapy sessions. Though steady, his progress was slow.

Malic at the museum!
Malic’s parents had heard of Conductive Education® (CE), but it wasn’t offered in Dubai. After the family moved back to Canada, they signed Malic up for March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education Summer Camp where they learned that the sky was the limit for this bright and engaging young boy!
After their first assessment, the family walked away feeling hope and excitement! The great staff at March of Dimes Canada knows that it is important not only for Malic to believe that he can do anything and everything he wants to do, but that his family believes it too! Malic is continually given challenges that are outside his comfort zone, and he rises to the occasion every time! He is always quick to say “I can do it myself…”

Those are words they LOVE to hear at March of Dimes Canada. Those words are why they do what they do.

Malic’s accomplishments are all 100% his own. He loves to dance, listen to music and play video games just like any other boy. He loves superheroes, but to me, Malic is the superhero! The love, compassion and determination he shows every day of his life exemplifies the March of Dimes spirit.
People like Malic are why I support March of Dimes Canada. I hope Malic’s story will inspire you as it has inspired me.

I am also pleased to remind you that March of Dimes Canada has been accredited by Imagine Canada’s Standards Program for excellence in financial accountability and transparency, fundraising and governance. Learn more about their Conductive Education® Program by visiting the following link:
For more information on the March of Dimes and their programs ~ Please contact them below.
March of Dimes Canada Head Office
10 Overlea Blvd.
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Tel: 416-425-3463
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3463
Fax: 416-425-1920

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ September 23rd, 2017

House of Chaos (House Eternal Book #1)

by Sarai Henderson (Author)

Sixteen years ago, Tabri showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Chaotics running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings, but then the Madnesi came.

Nell’s Furyon bloodline and elemental magic make her the perfect warrior. Perfect to revenge her sister’s death at the hand of a Madnesi Lord, to defend the Chaotic until her magic fully emerges and to defeat the masses of rotting undead who threaten the survival of the Wilders. If only there was more time in the day.

The Earth Stone has given the two companions a path to safety, but Tabri’s magic is on the fritz and Nell has completely lost her mind with grief. Can they hold it together long enough to allow Chaos to shine a light in the darkness, or will the Madnesi destroy all magic in the world along with the prophecy?
I really enjoyed the story of Tabri, Arsan, Nell, and Ruan. Their struggle to find their bloodlines and help save their people. This an easy read book that held my interest until the end, it is sweet and full of adventure, fantasy and magic ~ It’s a fun YA book

About the Author

Sarai Henderson

Sarai Henderson is a retired ballerina from Oregon City, Oregon, where she spends most her time chasing down her three rambunctious boys and writing on her lunch break at work. She enjoys DIY projects, Photography and writing on her blog about life as a mother of an autistic son.

Find her online at or on Twitter @Shendersonbooks.


Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ October 2017 Edition


Welcome to the October 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.


September 8 was The United Nations’ International Literacy Day to raise people’s awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners promote the day to underline the significance of literacy for healthy societies, with a strong emphasis on epidemics and communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
In countries all over the world, including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, the day raises people’s awareness of and concern for literacy problems within their own communities. Activities such as letters to the editor in newspapers, as well as news reports about the concerns for low literacy levels, have occurred because of this increased awareness. Other activities include literacy day projects, particularly regarding technology and literature, which are promoted by various organizations including reading associations.
The UN’s International Literacy Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.
According to UNESCO, about 774 million adults lack the minimum literacy skills. One in five adults is still not literate and two-thirds of them are women. About 75 million children are out-of-school and many more attend irregularly or drop out. However, literacy is also a cause for celebration on the day because there are nearly four billion literate people in the world.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed a 10-year period beginning on January 1, 2003, as the United Nations Literacy Decade. The assembly also welcomed the International Plan of Action for the Decade and decided for UNESCO to take a coordinating role in activities at an international level within the decade’s framework. On International Literacy Day each year, UNESCO reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally. This day was first celebrated on September 8, 1966.
UNESCO’s banners for the event feature the words “Literacy is the best remedy”. These banners have been produced in English, French, and Spanish. UNESCO’s logo features a drawing of a temple with the “UNESCO” acronym under the roof of the temple and on top of the temple’s foundation. Underneath the temple are the words “United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”. This logo is often used in promotional material for International Literacy Day.

Watch Professor Owl’s Newsletter for information in November issue regarding ~

November is Family Literacy Month, and the National Center for Families Learning is promoting their guide to 30 Days of Families Learning. The guide has literacy activities and practices for every day of the month designed to inspire family memory-making as families play, imagine and learn together.
Fun Ideas for Family Literacy Month | Reading Rockets




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by Lauren Oliver (Author)

(To be released ~ October 3rd. 2017)

Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by the powerhouse author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.
In the world, outside of the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and Lyra, infected at Haven with a terrible disease, finds her symptoms are growing worse. When Caelum leaves without warning, Lyra follows him, seeking a pioneering organization in Philadelphia that might have a cure. But what they uncover there is a shocking connection to their past, even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.
Though Gemma just wants to go back to her normal life after Haven, she soon learns that her powerful father has other plans for the replicas—unless she and her boyfriend Pete can stop him. But they soon learn that they aren’t safe either. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.
Bestselling author Lauren Oliver brings the Replica duology to a shocking close in Ringer, but like both Gemma and Lyra, you won’t be able to leave the world of Haven behind after you’ve turned the last page.

We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them


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!

Write a brief story/piece starting with…

“I wish everyone would realize that ….. Then everyone would…..”

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

Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

Write about your favourite thing to do in October…





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…..


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 October 2017.


In celebration of National Coaches Week in Ontario this year, the Coaches Association of Ontario (CAO) is partnering with host communities from across the province to deliver NCCP Community Clinics, which aim to recruit, develop, educate and celebrate community volunteer coaches!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Make Ethical Decisions Workshop – 6pm-10pm – ONLY $10
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel Workshop – 9am-5pm – ONLY $20
Fundamental Movement Skills Workshop – 9am-5pm- ONLY $20

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:
#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!

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

upcoming events for October, 2017


Rock for Dimes

Halifax – October 13, 2017

Opening Doors For Accessibility

ODFA Ottawa – October 19, 2017
ODFA Toronto – October 27, 2017


For more information on any of the above events, please contact

wise-picks ~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. ~ Register with this site and you get information on: Online tutoring, words and vocabulary, homework help and much more. ~ Lots of fun and challenging activities for you and your family.





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