Professor Owl’s Book Corner, September 2019~ Back to School Issue.


Welcome to the September 2019 ~ Back to School 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 this month’s edition! 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.

Since it is back to school again ~ which could mean a new computer, tablet or phone, we are therefore publishing the Online Safety tips to keep you safe this coming year.

For those that still have plans for the last couple weeks of the holiday, and if you are in the Toronto  Area of Ontario Canada.  Our  Exhibition runs for two weeks starting on August 16th.,  try to  get down to see this amazing dance group, if not enjoy the video but keep an eye open for them visiting your area.


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ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew is an all-star team of differently-abled dancers whose goal is to inspire audiences across the world with its positive attitudes and unique dance moves! This international break dance crew is comprised of eight dancers from Brazil, Canada, Chile, South Korea, The Netherlands, and the United States.
In its show, No Excuses, No Limits, ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew shares the individual stories of its performers with motivational entertainment programs and theatrical dance moves.
Come and experience the profound wonder of No Excuses, No Limits by the ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew at the International Stage from August 16 to 25! For more information on the ILL-ABILITIES Dance Crew, click here:
All Programming Subject to Change
Dates & Times:
August 16-August 25

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
International Stage, Hall B


Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

Since it is back to school again which could mean a new computer, tablet or phone, we are therefore publishing the Online Safety tips to keep you safe this coming year,

Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret

• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.

Here are the general rules:

• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity

2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You

• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.

• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”

3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.

• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.

• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:

The All Seeing Digital Eyes

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Have a Good School Year!

By aiming to have the best school year ever, you are on the right path to good marks, happy families and parents.

Going back to school can be exciting as well as scary, you are happy because you will see all your friends again and scary because, you are going to learn new things that you do not know anything about, but that can be great also. We at Professor Owl’s Book Corner, love to learn new things. We are sure if you ask your parents or older brothers and sisters, they will tell you the same.

In this issue we will try to give you some ideas on being prepared and organized which will mean you have everything ready for the classes, write things down in a journal.
Below we have listed a few things to help you. You have already probably been shopping for school supplies.

  • Make things easier  for yourself at school this year by making changes on how you react to things. Make lists to help you remember what to do, this will help you keep your mind on your lessons.
  •  Group and organize your supplies and books so that they are on hand when you need them. This  will give you one less thing to worry about in class.
  • How do you act towards your friends and teachers, listen to people especially the teachers if you do not understand something ~ ASK the teachers they are there to help.
  • Plan in advance, writing the “To Do” lists in your journal.
  •  Listen carefully to  what has to be done for your homework.
  •  By organizing your supplies and books and having them closer  will make it easier in class to be ready to listen to the teachers.
  • Without worrying and remembering the little things will help you to enjoy  school.
  •  Interacting with other people friendships and enjoyable external activities.
  •  Check-out our writing corner this month for more great ideas.

To read more on this subjectPlease visit:


How to Teach Yourself How to  read:

GCF offers the computer and technology training you need for life – absolutely free! Whether you’re new to the computer, returning for review, or want to use technology to enhance your skills, has something for you, from basic computer skills to Microsoft Office training, free. (skills: RT, DU, TS, CU, CL)

Web Resources:

Our Web Resources provide students, tutors, and all who are interested in a relevant and organized listing of literacy-related websites. These sites have been found useful to adults who want to improve their reading, writing, math and essential skills and to tutors and trainers who work with these motivated learners. We also provide brief descriptions of each site that is listed. Each site is listed according to the Essential Skill provided.  GCF

weblinks_map ~Laubach 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.


The books we show in our book corner can also be found in the School or Community Libraries as well as bookstores.
“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr Seuss

Book of the Month

The Dark Mission of Edgar Brim Demon

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By Shane Peacock

This third and final book in a gripping Gothic YA trilogy, featuring monsters from classic literary tales, secret societies and the fight between good and evil.

Having tracked the monstrous Godwin to the Arctic and barely escaped with their lives, Edgar Brim and his friends return to London. Edgar continues his work at London Hospital, now under the tutelage of the Chairman, the affluent and charming Sir Andrew Lawrence. Edgar’s night terrors begin increasing in intensity, and soon the group becomes aware of a new threat: they are being stalked by a new creature, an invisible assailant they are convinced is the Devil himself. In the hope of curing his affliction and combating his fears, Edgar confides in Dr. Berenice, a renowned yet enigmatic alienist who may somehow be involved in the mystery. Yet when the group suffers a fatal attack and a long-dead ally makes an appearance, Edgar begins questioning his own sanity. Can he and his friends truly defeat the most powerful villain imaginable if they can’t even trust their own minds?

Although I had not read the first two books in this series, I did not find it difficult th get into the story which I really enjoyed. This Gothic appeal story was a great read. The  plot unfolded very well along with some interesting character’s and at times the creepie storyline made it more entertaining so much that, I will also be checking out the first two books and sharing them on Professor Owl’s Book Corner at a later time.
#TheDarkMissionsOfEdgarBrimDemon #NetGalley

About the Author

Shane Peacock

Shane was born in a place that doesn’t exist … the city of Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada (find it on a map, if you can). It was a fitting, fictional beginning. One of four brothers, he grew up in Kapuskasing, Ontario, then earned a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in English and History from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Toronto, where one of his teachers was the inimitable Robertson Davies.
Shane also worked as a labourer for Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company, a wilderness bush sprayer for Ontario Hydro, and a box mover for a university bookstore.
But ever since childhood, his mind was on other things: on extraordinary people and events, on personalities who made legends of their lives, on what motivated them, and what made others accept supporting roles. He set out to write about such individuals, some real, some invented, and others so eccentric that they seemed to be a combination of both. High-wire walkers, sumo wrestlers, fanatical hymn writers, the world’s most dangerous man, and literature’s most famous detective, made appearances in his work, placed in theatrical backgrounds: at circuses, murder investigations, behind enemy lines, and in unusual historical moments. The Great Farini, Dylan Maples, William Fairbairn, Jay Cochrane, and “The Boy Sherlock Holmes” have performed in Shane’s novels, plays, articles, and documentaries. He has often said that, in a sense, all of his work is biographical.
Because he writes about unusual subjects, his research methods have, at times, been out of the ordinary too. He has learned the arts of tight-rope walking, silent killing, trapeze flying, and sumo eating, all in the service of his art.
Shane and his wife, journalist Sophie Kneisel, live with their three children on a small farm near Cobourg, Ontario, where he continues to search for and imagine larger-than life characters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing hockey, reading, and walking the wire, pretending that he is the hero in each story.
© All rights reserved, Shane Peacock, 2018.

Books available from,, and other fine bookstores.


Back to School Bullet Journal Ideas (#Bujo) 

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The school year is upon us yet again and one of the key parts of being successful is being organized.  Bullet Journals or #Bujo for short is an excellent way to keep track of everything you’ve got going on in your life.  The one thing I love about keeping a #bujo is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you like.  Some people prefer to keep it simple opting to just write down their weekly and monthly to-do lists, while others go all out tracking everything their heart desires, from drinking water to new books read.

Things you will need…

  • A dot grid or graph lined notebook.  These can be expensive or relatively cheap. I have picked up a Leuchtturm1917 that goes for around $25 CDN and I have used notebooks from Daiso, Miniso or Muji that cost less than $5, whatever your choice if you decide to decorate your bujo with marker, ink or paint you will need to check that the paper is thick enough.
  • A fine line pen (I prefer black)
  • Ruler 
  • Fine-Tip Coloured Markers/Pens (I use a various assortment of Mildliners, Staedtler fine-liner markers, Gel pens and Daiso brush-tip pens for lettering)
  • Washi tape or Decorated Masking tape (It can be purchased at all price ranges in a variety of colours and sizes at Dollar Stores (I’ve picked some up from Miniso, Oomomo, some Dollarama), Arts & Craft Stores (Michaels, has tubes with various styles and patterns) and some stationary stores.))
  • Collage papers, stickers, stamps (This is up to the individual, I love using stamps I have been given and often use scraps of decorated paper or wrapping paper to add a little personality and colour to mine.)

As mentioned above you can use stickers, coloured pens, highlighters, washi tapes and even watercolour pens/pencils to make your bullet journals gorgeous and unique. I use a ruler and black fine point pen to create both the main list and a general calendar on a single page then I create a weekly list on the next page and use coloured markers to decorate the sections or often the entire page. I write quotes on the pages, draw pictures to inspire me and use my creativity to make it work for me.

I also love to colour code things to make them easy to see at a glance. You might try colour coding try using blue for schoolwork, red for exams or special projects, green for after-school activities, yellow for events with friends and family, pink for new books, movies or music coming out etc.

The one great thing about bullet journals is that YOU create them just the way you like them. you can keep track of homework, tests, projects, books, fitness, parties and any fun afterschool activities you may participate in! They are a unique form of expression and help you stay organized so you can make this the best school year ever!

To get ideas just search for “#bujo” on Instagram or Pinterest to get thousands of ideas to inspire you!

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your young adult’s creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way respond, just encourage them to be honest, creative and stretch their imagination!

Writing Prompts…

Log Cabin Story Prompt

The old wood cottage had stood untouched for decades, ____ had heard rumours about this place but it was so much creepier now standing on the doorstep.  Gingerly _____ pushed at the unlocked door, it opened it with a horrendous screech and belched a dark blinding cloud of dust. ______ stood, unmoving, plotting a way to escape but it was too late…


Write about your first day back at school with a medieval twist! Your school has been transformed into a castle, and when you walk through the door you notice everything has changed.  Describe what you see, including what you look like….are you knight in shining armour, Prince/Princess or a fierce dragon?

✒ Write, be creative and most of all HAVE FUN


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Comics Without Borders

Comics without Borders September 7,2019

Comics Without Borders presents a one-of-a-kind comedy charity benefit to support Variety Ontario’s inclusive and accessible programming; giving children with disabilities access to sports and recreation across the province.
The Comics Without Borders show is taking place on Saturday, September 7 at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Martha Chaves will be the host for the evening and will feature six amazing and hilarious comedians including Judy Croon and Laurie Elliot!
Saturday, September 7
6:30pm – 11:00pm
6:30 – VIP Reception (VIP Ticket required)
8:00 – Comedy Show
10:00 – Meet & Greet

Isabel Bader Theatre
93 Charles St. West
Toronto, ON
Host: Martha Chaves | Judy Croon | Simmone Park | Carol Zoccoli | Anna Gustafson | Kate Davis | Laurie Elliot


Saturday, September 28 | 8:00am – 3:00pm | Remington Parkview Golf & Country Club

Join in the celebration and get one last round in on Saturday, September 28 at the High TEE For Kids Charity Golf Classic in support of Variety’s athletic teams and athletes with disabilities.
Prizes, Auction, Hole Challenges, Fun, Fun and More Fun!

Click here to download the event package and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.
Please note: In order to successfully submit the fillable form in the package, you must download the PDF to your computer, save a copy, and then attach to email the file back.
Single Entry: $150
Foursome Entry: $600
7:30am Registration/Breakfast
11:30am – 1:00pm Box lunch on-the-go
1:30pm Depart to Victorian Monkey
Remington Parkview Golf & Country Club
6400 Steels Ave. East, Markham ON
Golf Fee Includes:
Green fees, cart, light breakfast, boxed lunch, golf balls
and tees.
Early dinner & cash bar hosted by:
The Victorian Monkey Kitchen and Social Club
2386 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON M1N 1V2
Remington Parkview Golf and Country Club
6400 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, ON L3S 3J5
Shuttle Service available:
Please contact for request. Generously provided by the Mayfair Lakeshore Fitness & Racquet Club.
Chris Yaccato
Manager, Fundraising & Corporate Engagement
T: 416.699.7167 ext 291

March of Dimes Canada: Assistive Mobile Technology Initiative:
Winners will be notified by week of September 4, 2019 and invited to attend March of Dimes Canada’s … fundraiser, for the presentation of the tablet package on September 22, 2019 at

March of Dimes Canada: Opening Doors for Accessibility:
Events Expand Events … Don’t miss Opening Doors for Accessibility Mississauga Ne manquez pas Ouvrir la voie à l … Friday, September 20, 2019 … Monday, September 23, 2019 … RSVP au 1-800-263-3463 …

March of Dimes Canada: Northern Medical Clinics:
Events Expand Events … come to the clinics reported that additional travel would simply be too expensive for them. … September 13, 2019 … September 27, 2019 …

March of Dimes Canada: Breaking the ICE Ontario 2019:
Events Expand Events … September 21, 2019 … One of the key events at the Conference is the AAC Town Hall, where people who use AAC share

March of Dimes Canada: Forms and Locations:
** If you are already a current … Fall 2019 CE Programs in Toronto Sessions starting week of September 9, 2019 to week of December 9, 2019 Times and cost vary depending on program …

March of Dimes Canada2: Aphasia Camps:
Events Expand Events … Click to watch video of 201 … March of Dimes Canada is one of the proud sponsors for Sea To Sky Aphasia Camp, along with: … Day Camps: September 7 and September 8, 2019 …

March of Dimes Canada: AMI-tv Casting Call:
Events Expand Events … What’s New 2019 … To Apply: Send an email to … programs with open format described video for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted … Click here for more information. …

March of Dimes Canada: MODC In The News:
Events Expand Events … July 2019 … Ask an Agent: Tips for finding accessible housing in the GTA – … and the Restless star Kate Linder returns to Calgary for another serving of OpportuniTea – …

March of Dimes Canada: Board Members and Directors:
Events Expand Events … 2018-2019 Board of Directors … For more than 14 years, Mr. Boyle was an ardent supporter of March of Dimes serving on many … September 24, 1931 – October 5, 2008 … modc/pages/bod.aspx

March of Dimes Canada: Site Map:
Events Expand Events … Site Map for the March of Dimes Canada Website. … The Alliance for an Inclusive and Accessible Canada … Accessible Biz Connections Wage Subsidy for Clients …

Copyright ©2017 March of Dimes Canada All Rights Reserved
For further information please contact




Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Book of the week. July 27 2019

Sali and the Five Kingdoms

Oumar Dieng

Sali and the five kingdoms

A civilization is threatened, and she may hold the key to the world’s survival…
As a child, Sali watched her mother vanish into thin air. Despite knowing what she saw, no one believed her—including her family and the police.

Years later, she receives an anonymous note, hinting at her mother’s whereabouts. Unexpectedly, Sali is pulled into a dying world where she meets Yakhar, a young man who is next in line to rule over Centaura, a world of five kingdoms. A world that seems strangely familiar to Sali.

But the looming death of the planet has unleashed a dormant threat. Together, Sali and Yakhar must convince the council of elders to change a centuries-old law to defeat a race of powerful beings, or Centaura, and Sali’s mom, may be lost forever.

A little bit jerky at the beginning, but on the whole a great read that I recommend for younger fans and any one older who enjoys an good book. It has a great ambience and characters, easy to get involved in the plot. Once into the storyline, it was hard to put the book down until it was finished.  Looking forward to reading any other books written by Oumar.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

About the Author

Oumar Dieng

Oumar Dieng

Oumar Dieng is an emerging American author. He writes young adult fiction as well as non-fiction. His books tell stories that evoke vivid imagery and stimulate the imagination. He is also the host of the Motivational Voice Podcast, a podcast that focuses on creating positive habits. Sali and the Five Kingdoms is his debut novel.

Oumar Dieng started out writing short fictional stories and poetry at the age of 11 to cope with his father’s sudden passing. Five years later, he was finalist at a national poetry award. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, kids, and cats.

Oumar’s Official Blog:  ~

This book is available at,,  and other fine book stores.



Let’s change the way we think about disability | Joel Dembe | TEDxMississaug#WATWB

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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 six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are: Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk Lizbeth Hartz Damyanti Biswas, Eric Lahti

 Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives. For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here]

Let’s change the way we think about disability | Joel Dembe | TEDxMississauga

Making an accessible Canada for people with disabilities ……/programs/accessible-people-disabilities.html
The Government of Canada is building on this legacy to improve accessibility and promote inclusion for everyone in Canada. The Accessible Canada Act With the adoption of An Act to Ensure a Barrier-free Canada (Accessible Canada Act) , the Government of Canada is fulfilling its mandate promise to introduce new accessibility legislation.


Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~Book of the Week~ June 28th.2019

No Fences in Alaska

By Glen Sobey

“A love letter to family relationships and Alaskan life, No Fences in Alaska is a gratifying young adult novel.”Foreword Reviews
“All told, readers will find No Fences in Alaska impossible to put down.” –BlueInk Starred Review

Their worlds are about to come crashing down…

At sixteen years old, Harper Lyon’s life is spinning out of control. She threatens her parents with suicide unless she can meet her drug-dealing boyfriend, a college student who doesn’t know she’s pregnant. Cooper Lyons, her estranged grandfather, lives in rural Alaska with only his dog and cat for company. He has just been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, and he doesn’t plan on letting the disease run its course. Harper needs to escape her parents and decide what to do about the baby. She and her grandpa are worlds apart, but they may be exactly what the other needs. When Harper calls her grandfather, he welcomes the opportunity to help her and redeem his previous failure with his daughter Heather, who died from a drug overdose years ago.

I really loved this book, I was simply drawn into the story and went from thinking Harper was going to be a maybe “wayward”, alcoholic teen but the more I read into the book I realised that she is rather misunderstood. The characters and story line were very well done it explores family relationships and character development. The book is on the mature side, dealing with some intense themes. It does, however, induce a sense of joy that happens when one is part of a complete family, chosen or biological.

This the first book I have read from author Glen Sobey and certainly look for his other books.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of receiving an advance copy of this book for reviewing.

Book is available from, and other fine bookstores.

About the author

Glen Sobey.

Glen Sobey lives in rural Alaska with his wife, three dogs, and a forest cat. He plays several musical instruments, hikes, kayaks, catches fish (sometimes), builds things, repairs more things, gardens, shovels lots of snow, splits too much wood, enjoys his family, and writes as often as he can.







Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life.#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 six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Sylvia McGrath,
Susan Scott,
Shilpa Garg,
Eric Lahti,
and Belinda Witzenhausen

The story below is very relevant to me at present, it  shows one that you are never to old to begin again and follow your dreams.

At age 102, Julia Hawkins has a lot of passions in life, but none more thrilling than running. She broke a world record for the 100-meter dash by female competitors 100 years and older and she shows no signs of stopping.


For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here.

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ June 18, 2019

City of the Falling Sky

(The Seckry Sequence Book 1)

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By Joseph Evans

When Seckry Sevenstars is forced out of his village by the greedy Endrin Corporation and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours resentment for the company and vows to get them back one day for taking away his home, his school and his friends.

Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s competing at Friction (the city’s most popular multiplayer video game), slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting butterflies on his first date.

Then, when a mysterious email asks Seckry to break into the headquarters of the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty sum of money, his anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist the revenge he promised himself.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning I just lost track of the time completely as I didn’t want to put the book down.
A remarkably good read it kept my attention all the way through. Great characters and plot, story was great, a well put together book, great story telling. I will be reading more from this author, looking forward also to other books in the series.
Books are available from,, and other fine book stores.

About Author

Joseph Evansf

Joseph Evans

Joseph Evans grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, UK, where he spent a lot of his childhood playing video games and watching anime. His love of books originated from his love of the fantastic stories and narratives he found in both of these. He is still a big video games fan and his favourite game of all time is Final Fantasy VII. He has a 1st class degree in Interactive Media and alongside writing he is a freelance motion graphics designer as well as a bookseller in the Cardiff branch of Waterstones. If you’re ever in the area, drop by and say hello!

Professor Owls Book Corner ~ Community Board ~ Access Expo! June 2019


Community Boards

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Join us for the Access Expo!
Connecting consumers of all abilities; their families and friends, organizations and healthcare professionals to products and services for any individual interested in accessibility, inclusion, mobility, sport, fitness and healthy living.

For more information on the event please visit the website below.

We are excited to introduce the new transformation from the People in Motion show to the Access Expo, presented by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Please read below for important event information.

Join us for the Opening Ceremonies!

To celebrate the official opening, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us on Thursday, June 6 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. In addition to a ceremonial opening we will be honoring this year’s award winners for their contributions to accessibility and inclusion in Ontario.

Reception: Thursday, June 6 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Court 2 Demo Area
Awards Presentation: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Theme: Innovation in Accessibility

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Lifetime Achievement for Innovation in Accessibility: David Onley
Innovation for Accessibility in Sport: Arron Barberian & Linda Rodeck
Innovation in Adaptive Sport/Parasport: Zack Copplestone
ParaSport® Ontario Community Impact Award: Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers


The Access Expo is excited to welcome an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities.


SPEAKER SCHEDULE: Friday June 7, 2019

10:00 – 10:45am – JaimeLynn Nowbari – High Five Training
11:00 – 11:45am – Alf Spencer – Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
12:00 – 12:45pm – Marianne Kozinets, Anu Banerjee, Kristan Francis of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario
1:00 – 1:45pm – Michelle Haney – Euro-Peds
2:00 – 2:45pm – Chris Power – Power Transitions
3:00 – 3:45pm – Jeff Tiessen – ParaSport Ontario
4:00 – 4:45pm – Karen Stintz – Variety Village/Variety Ontario
5:00 – 5:45pm – Valeria Alvia – World Financial Group

Click below to visit our website to learn more about the full list of speakers.

Booth #901 Accenture
Booth #902 Canadian Council of Rehab and Work
Booth #903 HSBC
Booth #904 BGIS
Booth #905 CNE
Booth #906 TD Bank
Booth #907 Nielsen
Booth #908 The Career Foundation
Booth #909 U of T Scarborough
Booth #910 Ryerson
Booth #911 York University
Booth #912 University of Western
Booth #913 OCAD
Booth #914 Public Service Commission
Visit the TTC bus on-site to learn about accessible features. Located outside next to the BBQ and Beer Tent area.

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Variety Ontario (Variety Village)
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough Ontario
M1N 2G2
Hours: 2-day Expo
Thursday, June 6
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, June 7
8:00am – 8:00pm

Save the date in your calendar!


Download the complete show guide and floor map below.

Show Guide
Event Map


Variety Cafe: Lobby and front reception area
Food Booth: Court 3
Items will include bagels, sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked goods and more! Please note: all sandwiches and salads are made fresh daily.

Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Thursday, June 6 – Not available
Friday, June 7 – 11:00am – 6:30pm
Brock Street Brewing Company
Beer Tent
Keep an eye out for the Brock Street Beer tent featuring a fully -accessible bar. ID required. Please drink responsibly.

                      On Draft at the Tent:

Brock Street ~ Brewing Company.

Blonde Lagered Ale
Bohemian Pilsner
Amber Lagered Ale

Cash, debit and credit will be available at all locations.


Parking will be not be available in the Variety Village parking lot on both days.

June 6th: Parking will be available at Birchmount High School (which is directly beside Variety Village) after 3:00pm. As well, parking is available on Danforth Avenue.

June 7th: Valet parking will be available. Your car can be dropped off and picked up at the valet station in the Variety parking lot. Parking will be available on Danforth Avenue as well as Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Birchmount Rd. and Danforth Ave.).


There will be two accessible shuttle golf carts during the entirety of the event if people choose to park their own vehicles, but need assistance getting back. Parking will be available at Birchmount High School after 3:00pm.

The Access Expo is excited to have paired with the Personal Support Workers and will be providing free support to anyone who needs it. The Personal Support Workers booths is located at Booth #802.


Toronto Paramedics will be on-site to provide first aid services, located at Booth #804.

Connect with us & Share your experience!

Event Day

Thursday, June 6
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for members
All fitness classes and fieldhouse One to One’s cancelled with the exception of the classes noted below:
Chairfit 11:00 am-12:00 noon – moved to Cafeteria.
Aquatic programs will still run except for Aquafit 11:00 am–2:00 noon
Red Cross and Aquatic One to One’s – still running.
Friday, June 7 – Access Expo Event 8:00am – 8:00pm
Parking lot: closed to all members and public.
Only accessible parking remains open.
Fieldhouse: closed
Information for Event Attendees: Valet parking (Friday, June 7)
Valet parking begins at 8:30am. Please drop you vehicle at Lobby entrance doors.
Information for Camp pick up and drop off:
Please drop campers off at Cafeteria entrance before 9:15am – camp day trip.

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The Inspirational Story Of 9-Year-Old Ezra Frech #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 six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:

Professor Owl’s Book Corner has always been for and about children and young adults who in spite of their illness or disability have turned their lives around and have achieved the impossible. This young man really has made a possible difference to his and others lives.
For more information or to join our #WATWB please click here

Professor Owls Book Corner~ June, 2019


Welcome to the June 2019 Edition of Professor Owl’s Newsletter! This month we’ll be highlighting some great books, offering some tips on how to get the most from your reading and…we would also like to encourage you to take Professor Owl’s Reading challenge, and if you would like to send us your reviews on the weekly books, we would love to include them in our books of the week. mail them to
Next month we are taking a break but check back with us throughout the summer for some awesome book reviews and events that will be happening with our favourite organizations every Saturday.
On August 15th. we will be back with our back-to-school edition!  



Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and are wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

College and Alternatives for Students with Disabilities ……

Because of this, and because their right to an education is now better protected than ever, continuing after high school is now a natural next step for many students with disabilities or …

Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come. 

Many of you will probably be graduating this summer and wondering what lies ahead, some of you may go onto University others may have jobs to go to or may be looking for a summer job.

Hopefully you will find some information below to help you on your way.
If not there are also lots of information like this online, even extra courses and books to help you make decision.

Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

Ontario Resources for Persons with Disabilities. | Labour …

Learn about the services available to students with disabilities and special needs at universities and colleges across Canada. Madentec Ltd. Learn about the assistive technology available for people with physical disabilities.



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Congratulations to all – Graduating students ~ Everyone at Professor Owl’s Book Corner is hoping you have a wonderful summer and wish you all the very best in the years to come.                                   

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 As we will not be posting to this section until August 15th.2019 for those of you who would like to continue improving their reading, follow the links below for some really good ideas for you to try.

Professor Owl would love to know what is working for you, that way we can introduce new things when we publish again in the fall.]




The Red Labyrinth 

By Meredith Tate.

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To save the hero, she’ll have to team up with the villain. But in the labyrinth, nothing is as it seems.
The massive labyrinth was built to protect Zadie Kalvers’ isolated desert town. Unfortunately, living in the maze’s shadow makes her feel anything but safe. Even without its enchanted deathtraps and illusions, a mysterious killer named Dex lurks in its corridors, terrorizing anyone in his path.
But when Zadie’s best friend vanishes into the labyrinth-and everyone mysteriously forgets he exists- completing the maze becomes her only hope of saving him. In desperation, Zadie bribes the only person who knows the safe path through-Dex-into forming a tenuous alliance.
Navigating a deadly garden, a lethal blood-filled hourglass, and other traps-with an untrustworthy murderer for her guide-Zadie’s one wrong step from certain death. But with time running out before her friend (and secret crush) is lost forever, Zadie must reach the exit and find him. If Dex and the labyrinth don’t kill her first.

This book was a great read, with strong word building, and convincingly flawed charterers. The story had some great action sequences with a twist of a peak that will keep readers wanting more. This is another great book that I could not put down until I finished reading it. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Tate’s books.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading and reviewing another great book.


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About Author

Meredith Tate

Merideth Tate

Meredith Tate grew up in Concord, New Hampshire, where she discovered Harry Potter and subsequently fell in love with the many worlds of science fiction and fantasy. In college, Meredith began writing her first novel, which is now in a drawer somewhere where it belongs. Pursuing her love of travel, Meredith spent a semester in London and then backpacked in Europe for a month before earning her master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. After graduation, Meredith worked in the field in Boston for a few years before deciding to pursue her true dream of telling stories. Meredith and her husband spent three wonderful years in St. Louis, Missouri. They recently moved to Zurich, Switzerland as expats. Meredith spends her days eating cheese and chocolate by the lake, and writing stories about characters way braver than



Summer Journal Ideas


With summer just around the corner, many young writers will now have time to start or commit to their journaling practice. Here are a few ideas to help spark ideas. 

 Get Outside – Whether you go to a park, camping or even in your own back yard, write down what you discover. Write about the different plants, animals, or other natural elements you find.  Write about the smells, colours and most of all what you think and feel about the experience. Add doodles and you can even tape leaves and other natural elements inside the journal. 

Keep Your Vacation Memories Alive – Travelling this summer or planning to have a staycation right in your hometown? The best way to keep your memories alive is to keep a travel journal.  There is no right or wrong way to keep one, just do what comes naturally to you. 

Personally, I like to write about specific outings and create little sketches of the places I visit. I usually pack a pencil, small watercolour palette and a black pen.  The drawings are nowhere near perfect but just a quick impression of what I saw.  Not into sketching? How about using polaroids or printing off photos when you get home. The great thing about smartphones is that they are usually always on hand and ready to capture the perfect moment.  Write a note or two in your notebook, describe the place using your senses, what do you see, what sounds surround you, do you feel a cool breeze, did you try a new food, how did it taste? Once you get your photos, you can insert them into your journal alongside your thoughts to reinforce your memories. 

I also like to include little things like postcards, ticket stubs or pressed flowers, anything I can to keep that memory fresh when I look back in the colder months. All you need to start is a notebook of some sort, a pen, art supplies (if desired) a keen eye and a sense of adventure and you’re on your way! 

Review a Movie or TV Show – Summers are often filled with trips to the movies or staying home watching reruns on television. What movies have you seen? Would you recommend them? What did you like or dislike about each one? What TV programs do you watch? What is your favourite type, do you like mysteries, comedies, fantasy? What TV shows do you watch in rerun and why don’t you mind seeing them again? Write about what you like about each show and how you feel about some of the situations the characters are put in.   

 Response to a Song – Print out the lyrics to your favourite song and tape it inside your journal.  Write about how you can relate to the song. How do you feel when you listen to it? Does it bring back good or bad memories?  

Review a Book ~ Have you read a book that you enjoyed or even really disliked? Talk about the book and what you thought the strong and weak points were.  You can even create your own rating system so that you’ll be able to recommend books to other readers.  Hey, drop some of your favourite books in our comments section if you like.  

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Community Boards

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Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today!
This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
In addition to Exhibitors, participants will have access to job fairs, parasport demonstrations, key note speakers, community award presentations and an opportunity for networking in the beer tent. The Access Expo will build upon what is already working for participants and Exhibitors while also creating new opportunities to engage, showcase and learn. This exciting event attracts thousands of prospective individuals, families, students, educators, and community organizations seeking information and resources.

Learn more! Visit
REGISTRATION IS FREE! Fast-track your admittance into the expo by RSVP-ing online. Phone registration is not available. If attendees are unable to register online, they may come directly to the Expo and register on-site.
BECOME AN EXHIBITOR! ~ Drawing thousands from Toronto and Eastern Ontario, you can showcase your products and services, reach your audience directly, meet other in the industry and hear from thought leaders about the future opportunities for the industry. Not-for-Profit booths available!
• TRY OUT ADAPTIVE SPORTS! There is so much more happening at the Access Expo! Check out the free events for demonstrations of adaptive sports, assistance dogs, and more. Most events include time for attendees to participate!
• CAREER FAIR: The Access Expo will host a designated area for employers to meet prospective candidates and discuss the types of skills and experience required. This event is an ideal opportunity for any employer seeking to recruit qualified candidates to available positions.
• EDUCATION FAIR: Welcoming colleges and universities from across the Province to attract and recruit students of varied ages and abilities seeking academic interests. We are excited to welcome post-secondary institutions to demonstrate their interest in creating inclusive learning experiences.
• SPEAKER SERIES: Join us for an exciting speaker series to promote inclusive healthy active living opportunities and experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Click here to meet the speakers!
• AWARDS: The Access Expo is recognizing individuals that have been leaders in innovation for accessibility. Leading by example, these individuals have been a positive influence for change.
• FOOD & BEER TENT: We’re heating up the barbeque for some hamburgers and hot dogs at the Expo BBQ. Keep an eye for the Brock Street Beer Tent!
• Visit the Access Expo website to check out the nominees including David Onley.


Dance Able

Variety – the Children’s Charity and Substance Cares are excited to announce they are hosting the 3rd annual all-inclusive FREE dance party, DANCE-ABLE. At the 3rd Annual Dance-Able, guests will experience an evening of music, inclusive dancing and some special surprise performances.
The event is about bringing families, businesses, and the greater local community together to create a world that is inclusive and accessible and where people with disabilities are recognized and appreciated.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019

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Get ready for the 11th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll this June!
People will get active and out in their community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia
June 1-15, 2019

This year’s annual Walk‘n’Roll fundraiser will be held across Ontario and British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada from June 1 to June 15, 2019, encouraging 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 you can be a part of it!

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, 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.

Since it’s inception, Walk’n’Roll has raised over $435,000 towards community programs.

For more information go to:


20th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner
June 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Reception & Dinner at

Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto


On June 11th, 2019, March of Dimes Canada will hold the 20th Annual Ability and Beyond Dinner. Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen.

As a journalist for CBS, Mark McEwen interviewed Presidents and celebrities, and covered everything from the Olympics to the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, he survived a stroke. Since then he’s made a miraculous recovery and turned his experience into a story of hope and courage that he shares with audiences across the US and now Canada. McEwen has served as Ambassador for the American Heart Association, hosed the National Stroke Associations first annual RAISE awards, and spoke at two International Stroke Conferences. As an advocate for stroke recovery and prevention, we are thrilled to bring Mark McEwen to our Ability & Beyond Dinner.
Presented by Bell, the evening will include live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by journalist, author and stroke survivor, Mark McEwen
For more information on this event ~ Please visit Visit Ability & Beyond 2019 website for more information at







Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book Review of the week ~May 3rd., 2019



Things That Don’t Make Sense

The Bad Kids in 4B

by Bryan Kelly



Things That Don’t Make Sense is a hi-lo reader geared towards older kids who struggle with reading.

Landon has an F in life. He refuses to do his homework, he won’t take tests, and he won’t look at the chalkboard during class. Landon’s parents and teachers think it’s because he is not trying. He is hiding a secret though nothing makes sense to him. Landon struggles to read, he can’t wrap his mind around math, and he has trouble focusing.

This is a terrific quick read about Landon who is a struggling learner, a low reader and he really gets confused at math.

When he fails, he decides that he cannot let his mother know as she is always troubled about how others view her family. He decides, therefore, to take matters into his own hands.

This book is a great choice for reluctant or struggling readers as it is short, a fun read and has a few amusing drawings throughout the story.
I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review and share with others.

Books are available from,