Welcome to 2020 Back To School issue of
Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter.
This year has been very different for almost everyone, no matter what country you live in because of Covid 19. At Professor Owl’s Book Corner we hope that you and your family have been able to stay safe with social distancing and the wearing of masks and by following the guidelines set out for you by your countries health departments.
School this year will be very different for most of you if at school you will still have to do your part and continue with these safety measures. Some of you may have opted in for the online classes.
Over the Summer Professor Owl’s Book Corner has been gathering some how to-do’s on things to help you adjust to your new school year, no matter what you have decided to do.
If we do not cover what you are having problems with, please do not hesitate in writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and we will try to find an answer for you.
We will also be having a new format, with a whole new look coming up soon, so check back “Every Week” to see what we have planned for you.
We will still supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, and are still 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 still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village. The March of Dimes and Holland Bloorview Children’s Hospital.
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario flagship facility
Variety Village will reopen with health and safety precautions in place, guided by the Provincial Government, Ministry of Health, with the additional resources from the City of Toronto, Pediatric Physiotherapy, Red Cross and The Lifesaving Society. Continue to read below for more information on Variety’s Reopening COVID-19 Protocol.
Members are required to wear masks when walking to/from the workout areas, however once inside the area they may remove their masks while keeping 2m apart.
All staff will be provided with training on Variety facility COVID-19 protocols prior to the commencement of reopening. During training, all staff will be trained on the safe use, limitations and proper care of PPE, including, but not limited to, plexiglass, gloves, masks, and face shields. In addition, cleaning, hand washing and sanitizing as well as surface disinfecting protocols will be provided.
All training is done in line with Health and Safety guidelines. All staff will remain 2 metres apart and be provided with face shields, masks and gloves for the duration of the training. Attendance records will be kept ensuring no staff is permitted to work without attending a training session.
All staff will be screened prior to entering the facility daily as per COVID 19 entry protocols.
- Registration is subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis
- Registration for programs will be done by PHONE on the first day of registration for persons with disabilities
- General registration will be held ONLINE on our Registration Portal
- Please note registrants must meet the specified minimum age of the program within three weeks of program start
Persons with a Disability
Sept. 16 – 8:00am
Sept. 19 – 7:30am
Book Online! Click here to access our Registration Portal
Contact our Membership team by calling 416 699 7167
Questions?Book Online! Click here to access our Registration Portal
Contact our Membership team by calling 416 699 7167
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What you need to know
Last updated: September 8, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for organizations across the country, including March of Dimes Canada. But through this time, our commitment to continue serving and supporting Canadians with disabilities in all aspects of their lives has not wavered. We are doing what is necessary to continue to provide services while keeping everyone safe.
Our front-line staff have adopted strict health and safety protocols to continue to provide essential services to our clients in their homes. Our remaining staff, working from their homes, and have adapted most of our programs to be offered virtually.
The virtual programs have been a great success, providing a sense of connection for our clients who all too often live in isolation. After the pandemic, we will continue to offer programs virtually because they provide easy access to people all over the country.
But we have not been able to do everything that our clients require. Some services simply must be delivered in person.
As we have seen public health restrictions lift slightly across Canada, we have made the decision to gradually re-open, with stringent health and safety precautions in place. We are beginning with a select group of services offered by appointment only, in just a few locations, with a small number of employees.
Since this pandemic began, we’ve acted based on the latest public health information and will continue to do so. As always, health and safety remain our first priorities. We appreciate your patience, and hope to see you in person soon.
Community and After Stroke Programs
Many of our Community Programs and After Stroke services are being delivered virtually to keep staff and clients safe during the pandemic. We expect this to continue supporting you online for the time being.
Please help us raise funds!
This pandemic has hit charities – including March of Dimes Canada – hard. Our donor-funded programs rely on donations raised through events that we have had to postpone, and we do not know when it will be safe to gather in large groups again. It’s a difficult situation.
Our Philanthropy team has been working hard to adapt and host online fundraisers so we can continue to provide the support our clients need.
For information about our online fundraisers, please click here
Thank you to everyone who is continued to support us during the pandemic, whether you have donated money or time. Your support makes a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities.
Thank you for your support.
Watch our newsletter next month for a listing of events and fundraising in October,2020
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
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. We are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.
To achieve this mission, they will focus on the following objectives: 1. Support integrated clinical, research and education projects that identify, design, test and implement evidence-based solutions for children youth, families, and/or clinicians.
The Bloorview Research Institute is housed in Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest pediatric rehabilitation and continuing care teaching hospital, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
As a teaching hospital, Holland Bloorview has an interdisciplinary team of autism experts in the areas of research, clinical care, and teaching. Holland Bloorview’s Bioethics Service is dedicated to helping client and family well-being and organizational integrity.
Holland Bloorview ~ Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is now Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of kids with disabilities. They are a global leader in applied research, teaching and learning, and client-and family-centred care with a vision to create a world of possibility for kids with disabilities.