Professor Owls Book Corner ~ September, 2020

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   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.

Community Boards

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

·       2020

Persons with a Disability

General Membership


 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.

Gradual Re-Opening

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.

Learn more >>

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.

We need your support more than ever! If you are able,  

please donate now.

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



  Mission, Vision & Impact Holland Bloorview

  Our full history | Holland Bloorview

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.

   Centre For Leadership | Holland Bloorview

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.

   About the Bloorview Research Institute | Holland Bloorview…

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.

   Programs & Services | Holland Bloorview

As a teaching hospitalHolland 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.

 Do not forget to check back every week for another edition of Professor Owl’s Book Corner.


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