Professor Owls Book Corners Newsletter ~ October 2017 Edition

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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.

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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
www.readingrockets.org/news/fun-ideas-family-literacy-month

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literacy

Lesson 1 Story
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A76S4icu_y4&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Chart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIuc2YhEpSA&feature=youtu.be
Lesson 2 Vocabulary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Pnb8773-jM&t=317s

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Ringer

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
To: professorowl@outlook.com

writers-corner

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…

AutumnLeaves

 


ATTENTION ALL YOUNG WRITERS!

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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…..http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/

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Variety Village

 Variety Village2

 

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.

VARIETY VILLAGE NCCP
COMMUNITY CLINIC


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:
Chris.lowe@variety.bc.ca
604-268-3892
#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 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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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
                                                                                                     village

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

5050 Central & Variety, the Children’s Charity Ontario Reach Agreement – Read the release

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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/

 

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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

 Variety Village2

 

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

 logo March of Dimes

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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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ July 2017

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Hopewell, NB.

Summer is  here and Professor Owl’s Newsletter 
  is taking a holiday for a month

We will be back on August 15th.2017 with our back to school issue and our usual book and literacy corners and our community boards.

We will still be doing our weekly book reviews over the holidays watch for them every Saturday, in the meantime have a great safe and fun summer.

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Pool Safety by Joanna Murray

This summer my family and I embarked on a new fun outdoor activity, we added a pool to our backyard.  Summer time is such a wonderful time of year, with this new season comes many outdoor fun enjoyments.  One of the adventurous activities we all can participate in is swimming.  No matter what stage of life you are in this is one of the universal sports we can all enjoy.  As with any sport, there are some rules and precautions that everyone should consider and keep in mind.

With three children, for my family safety was a priority.  The first thing we did was invest in a gate around the pool that you may attach and un-attach, when you are having a party etc..  Secondly, we installed alarms on the doors throughout the house to forewarn us if anyone goes outside.  Third was to install reverse side gate latches so you have to be inside the gate to open them.

First and foremost, no matter what you do, you should always watch your children when they are in or near the pool.

As a precaution, the more safety tips and rules that will help facilitate a safe environment.

  • Teach your children safety rules around the pool.
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes, and other openings.
  • Have a phone close by at all times.
  • If child is missing, always look in pool or spa first.
  • Make sure everyone in the family knows how to swim.
  • Share safety tips with family and friends who visit.
  • Learn CPR and update your skills regularly
  • Understand basic life-saving skills

The best thing a family with a pool can do is ultimately invest in swimming lessons for your child.  If money allows check local community centres such as the YMCA to see if affordable courses are available.  As you would teach a child to put on a seatbelt when in a car, teaching your child basic water safety skills is essential

Originally published 7th June 2011

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Ghosts of Manitowish Waters

by G.M. Moore  (Author)

 “Powerful. Clever. A solid … a choice for both girls and boys.” —Publishers Weekly

Fifteen-year-old Tess O’Brien finds her life inexplicably intertwined with the rebellious teen Cain Mathews and the conflicted Wesley Thayer as they search the vast Wisconsin woodlands for a mystical albino deer herd.

An ominous curse, a mysterious fog, and villainous poachers plague their journeys as the three struggle to come to terms with their lives, their parents and the wilderness they love.

Filled with page-turning action and suspense, Ghosts of Manitowish Waters is a coming of age story about finding your own path and following it. It’s a lesson in knowing when to obey your parents and when to have the courage to defy them.The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started reading the book, I could not put it down until I had finished.  The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action.  This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and

The book has an interesting opening hook that kept me reading. In fact, once I started the book, I could not put it down until I had finished.  The story moved along at a nice pace and leads the reader through a coming of age story mixed with some Indian lore and some action.  This book is suitable for all ages fifteen and up.

Available from: http:// www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com   and other fine bookstores.
We would love to hear about your favorite books and your views on the ones we recommend here… send them
To: professorowl@outlook.com

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The following is a couple of links you should visit, to find more suitable books for all you book worms.

Download the 2017 Catalogue (PDF)

Introduction

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization that represents an international network of people who are committed to bringing children and books together. One project, the IBBY Collection for Young People with Disabilities, is located at North York Central Library and includes:

  • Outstanding examples of books for and about young people with disabilities
  • 4,000 titles in over 40 languages
  • Specialized formats such as Braille, PCS and Sign Language
  • Tactile and textile books

Read about the 2017 IBBY selections and more on our blog.

Location and Access

*The IBBY Collection is currently unavailable due to renovations. Please email ibby@tpl.ca for assistance and other options.

The collection is located on the main floor in the Children’s Department at the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario.

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Join the AW Teen Summer Reading Challenge to win FREE books and other prizes!
Read any AW Teen title (click here for a full list) and review it anywhere (your blog, Instagram, YouTube — wherever!). Reviews from September 1, 2016, to August 31, 2017, will be accepted. Yep, even older reviews! You will receive one entry for every AW YA book you submit a review for. You can receive extra entries for sharing your review on sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Netgalley, Goodreads, and Edelweiss. And if you follow AW on their Albert Whitman or AW Teen Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube, you can get even more extra entries!

One lucky participant will win the GRAND prize: A beach basket full of 10 AW Teen titles and summer reading goodies including lip balm, nail polish, perfume, water bottle, beach towel, sun hat and more! Four participants will win the book pack of the same 10 titles!

Reviews are accepted until August 31, 2017, and winners will be randomly selected on September 1, 2017. Submit the link to your review here. Happy Summer Reading!

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June 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome to  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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You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

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“Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.” – Aldous Huxley

Adult Literacy: Better Reading Comprehension, How to Speed-Read, and Some Life-Changing Literature to Improve Your Life

By Andrianes Pinantoan

According to a survey done by the Jenkins Group, in the USA, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college and 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

This is quite alarming and it’s definitely something that we all should worry about, especially when we’re presented with many other studies that link the high likeability of people ending up in prison if they have literacy problems.

Now, there are many factors that lead to literacy problems in people of all ages, such as the inadequate education system and school infrastructure, living in countries with high poverty and unemployment rates, or growing up in places that have a high crime rate…etc. But, what about the people who are simply not interested, let’s say, in reading books for pleasure?

Society’s views and taste in reading books has changed a lot in the last decade and the technological innovations allow us fast access online to the information we want in just a few clicks. But this kind of behavior has not only damaged the need to read and digest longer pieces for personal advancement or just for the sole fun of reading something but has also shortened our attention span as well. It’s not uncommon for people to buy books and never finish reading them.

Literacy is not only about reading and writing, but it’s also to help people understand the complexity of the world and life in general. To improve the way you think, communicate and act; to make you a better and smarter human being.

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If you would like to complete these lessons and email them to Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ send your answers to professorowl@outlook.com. We will include a lesson every second Thursday along with a newly released book review and if you email in your answers. At the end of every month, we will have a draw for everyone who emails their answers~ and one lucky person will win a book.

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Twisted Fate: A Flashback Novel 

by Simon Rose  (Author)

A tattered photograph. A lock of hair. Keepsakes of his mother have triggered strange dreams for Max, dreams of a dank prison cell and an oddly familiar teenaged girl. But it’s the disturbing vision of a train accident that convinces Max to investigate his mother’s death.

During his investigation, Max discovers a connection with Julia, a classmate with dark secrets of her own. Her mother also died mysteriously and was linked to Project Mindstorm.

I would highly recommend going on the adventure in “Twisted Fate” with many twists and turns. Time-travel, visions of paranormal activity, secrets and psychics; a book that explores everything.  Once I picked the book up I could not stop reading until I finished it.  I always love to read Simon Rose’s books, they are great to read for most ages.  Looking forward to his next book.

Available from http://www.amazom.cahttp://www.amazon.com and other fine Book stores.

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Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read

by Marilyn Lerch (Author, Editor), Angela Ranson (Author, Editor)

 

In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting undiagnosed dyslexia, a Canadian Tire store manager to ensure Christmas for a child, written tests for the military, certification exams, or jumping from an airplane, these people are heroes.

 

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Your mission should you choose to accept it…

It’s time that you broke up with your biggest fear.   What better way for you to say goodbye than by writing them a letter telling them how horrible they are and why they no longer have a place in your life. Have fun with it, in my opinion, if you can learn to laugh at what scares you, then perhaps you won’t see that fear as being so intimidating.

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


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Attention all aspiring authors: Its’ that time again, we have one month until the July edition of Camp NaNoWriMo! 🙂 Now is the time to outline your novel and do your research! 🙂

Haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo.org? Here’s the goods: every November thousands participate in an online writing event to complete 50,000 words in just 30 days. Now they’ve made it even better, CampNaNoWriMo.org is a virtual writer’s camp, designed to inspire you and keep you motivated while you work on your masterpiece. Camp NaNoWriMo.org runs twice a year in April and July and unlike NaNoWriMo welcomes word-count goals of 30,000 and up. Writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revisions, poetry, scripts, and short stories. So sign up today!  See you at camp!


Monthly Journal Challenge

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June Journal Prompts

All you need is a pen, journal and 15-30 minutes a day to write down your thoughts.  

Open your journal, set a timer and write! 🙂  Use the prompts to start your journal entry i.e.

“My favourite thing about June is….”

  1. Your favourite thing about June.
  2. A cause near and dear to your heart.
  3. One thing you would change about the world.
  4. Your favourite book genre.
  5. A hobby you would like to take up,
  6. Three things you are grateful for.
  7. Your favourite song at the moment.
  8. A fictional character you would like to meet.
  9. Favourite summer activity.
  10. Your least favourite food.
  11. What you would like to do in the future.
  12. Three good things that have happened to you this week.
  13. Favourite thing about nature.
  14. Someone who inspires you.
  15. Lazy day rituals.
  16. Three things you want to change in your life.
  17. How you handle difficult challenges and how does it work for you.
  18. One thing that cheers you up on bad days.
  19. A compliment that you received that sticks with you.
  20. A goal you want to accomplish this month.
  21. What it would take to make your dreams come true.
  22. Favourite thing to watch on TV.
  23. Favourite place to visit.
  24. What good moment always makes you smile.
  25. A movie that describes your life.
  26. A secret you haven’t shared with anyone.
  27. What you’ll miss about school over the holidays.
  28. Write about a picture that catches your eye.
  29. What you wish you could change about your life and steps to do it.
  30. Favourite person in your life.

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Variety Village

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Please note the following correction in the May 2017 Newsletter for the
VVAC Athletic Banquet:

Qssim Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Road, Scarborough
6:00pm – 10:30pm

Thursday, June 15 

Each year the teams’ athletes, coaches, parents, and sponsors gathered to celebrate the accomplishments, teamwork, and contributions of these incredible, inspiring young athletes. Join us as we celebrate our achievements & milestones of the 2016 – 2017 season

$15 Athlete/$30 Guest
Cash Bar
This event is for VVAC Team
members only.
R.S.V.P. by Friday, June 2, 2017
Nina Chamberlain
416 699-7167 x285
nchamberlain@varietyvillage.on.ca

JUNE IS PRIDE MONTH

Pride Toronto is a not for profit with a mission to bring people together to celebrate the history, courage, and diversity of our community. One of our wonderful members, Eric Martin suggested we raise the Pride Flag in recognition of Pride Month and our own diverse community.

We think that’s a great idea! Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 1:00 pm to help us raise the flag and enjoy cake and coffee afterwards in the lobby.

Inclusivity: Pride Toronto welcomes everyone and wants everyone to be welcomed. Pride Toronto is accessible to everyone as they create a sense of belonging and shared purpose.

Diversity: Pride Toronto celebrates the uniqueness of all voices while bringing people together as one community.

These are Pride Toronto’s values, which are shared by Variety Village’s own mission, vision, and values.

 Get ready for a show filled with laughter, song, and dance… ‘It’s

MIKHELA’S

18TH BIRTHDAY
ZUMBA PARTY

Join us and celebrate Mikhela’s Birthday the ZUMBA way!

Date: Sunday, June 11, 2017
Time: 3:30pm – 6:00pm (Doors open at 3:30pm)
Where: Variety Village Fieldhouse

Click here to view the event  |   Click here to view the event on Facebook

Tickets: $20/person
For ticket inquiries please contact:
Aida Go 416 577 5769
Rose Benavidez 416 902 1102

Featured vendors:
ZUMBA Shop by Kizzy Adams
Cookie Tells by Syen Chong

ZUMBA Instructors:
Mariko Kamata
Eric Jones Ison
Kay Morishima
Aida Go
Cherrylyn Murayao-Sera
Kizzy Adams
Marissa Burias
Jeff Chupa

Meet Mikhela Go. She is turning 18 on June 2017. She is a lovely young lady and always has a smile on her face. She loves going to Variety Village. She is very involved with the Drama program. This year, her drama class is doing a spin off from Grease “Sandy”. She is a Black Belt Young Choung Taekwondo Academy – Variety Village and has done competitions over the years. She enjoys swimming and goes to lessons all year round at the Sunshine pool at the Village.

Mikhela has been a member of this organization since she was 5 years old. It has provided her a home away from home where she can meet new friends and be accepted as a growing young woman. She is also an ambassador. Variety Village has been a huge part of Mikhela’s growing years. It is time for her to give back to this organization that brought so much joy and happy memories for her. Her mom, Aida Go, who is a certified Zumba instructor, has organized this Zumba event to raise funds for Variety Village.

All proceeds from the event will support Variety Village.

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GREASE!

The Variety Village Drama Company presents their uniquely adapted theatrical production GREASE! The annual showcase takes place on Saturday, June 10 with a Matinee performance at 2:00 pm and an evening performance at 7:00 pm. Reception to follow.

Matinee: $10 per person
Evening performance:  $15 per person 
Tickets available at Variety Village reception or contact: Valeria at valeria.alvia@gmail.com
Tickets on sale at the door. CASH ONLY

St. Columba Theatre Room 2723 St Clair Ave E, East York, ON M4B 1M8

The Variety Village Drama program provides a variety of educational creative arts for youth and adults with disabilities. Funds raised through this Annual Showcase ensure Variety Village continued offering of quality programs that enhance self-esteem and encourage social development in an arts-focused environment.

MEMBER APPRECIATION

You’re invited! With the support of Zurich Insurance, Variety Village is hosting a Member Appreciation Day. Everybody is welcome!

Monday, June 12  |  11:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Courtyard
BBQ Hot Dogs, refreshments, popcorn!
Games, giveaways and a chance to win great prizes.

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Contact 
Zoe Pagazani
Special Events Coordinator
416-699-7167 x 290
zpagazani@varietyvillage.on.ca

 

Click here for more information
If you would like any further information on any of the events shown above

PLEASE CONTACT:  Variety Village

Address: 3701 Danforth 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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Get Ready for the 9th Annual Walk ‘n’ Roll! 

Get Active and Out in Your Community by
Walking or Rolling across Ontario and British Columbia

June 1 – 9, 2017

The annual Walk ‘n’ Roll fundraiser held across Ontario and now in British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada, encourages 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 that you can be a part of it!

Dates: June 1 – 9, 2017

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, will 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.

Help us reach our goal of $70,000!

8th Annual March of Dimes Canada’s
Ability & Beyond Dinner
Ability and Beyond Dinner 2017

 June 7, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
100 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, renown actor RJ Mitte will inspire the audience with his candid talk about his strategies for overcoming obstacles, including being bullied, and how he has set and achieved his lofty goals.

Although RJ Mitte was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the young age of three, that has never deterred his drive to succeed in television and film. Mitte played Walt Jr., the son of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) on the Emmy-winning AMC drama Breaking Bad. Mitte reemerged in 2016 on the big screen in his first non-handicapped leading role in Dixieland, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. Mitte serves as the official Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and Shriners Hospitals for Children and is the celebrity face for the #CutTheBull campaign in support of children with disabilities. Currently, he is working with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention on a nationwide campaign designed to educate those who see bullying, leveraging peer-to-peer support.

We are happy to announce that the evening will once again be hosted by the engaging Carolyn MacKenzie, Anchor of The Morning Show, on Global. And the evening’s Chair will be Scott Beckett, President, Edgewater Financial Group Inc. and his wife Kelly Beckett.

Special thanks goes out to our committee members; Michael Cole, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Office, Bell Canada & MODC Board Member; Eric Lo, President, GenX Solutions; Dave Wilkins, Account Executive, Integrated Solutions, People Corporation; and Faisel Saeed, Senior Manager in Enterprise Analytics, BMO Financial Group & MODC Board Member.

All the funds raised from this event will support our Conductive Education® program, which helps children and adults with neurological motor disorders, such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Acquired Brain Injury and Stroke survivors, to be more independent.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW!

TICKETS

Dinner Tickets   $250
VIP Patron Tickets   $500

TABLES

Dinner Table (table for 10)   $2,500

VIP Patron Table (table for 10)   $5,000

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available

For more information about the 18th Annual Ability & Beyond Dinner visit:

http://www.marchofdimes.ca/Dinner

All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes Canada’s 

Conductive Education® program

For more information on any of the above events, please contact www.marchofdimes.ca

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 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.

 

Conductive Education – Changing Lives #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 Peter Nena, Eric LahtiInderpreet Kaur Uppal Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks.

Conductive Education® is a community rehabilitation program offered through March of Dimes Canada whose mission is to maximize the independence, personal empowerment, and community participation of people with disabilities.

This program is important to me as my husband, and I have a friend who had a stroke and with the help of this program has been able to lead an almost normal life. He was paralyzed down one side and spent many months in hospital and rehabilitation. It has been several years, and he is now able with the help of a cane or walker to get around. He is seventy-three and still plants a vegetable garden every year, and made a great little patio with low walls and beautiful flower garden. He attends several functions always cooking a dish to share. He is a positive and caring man and a joy to be around. He not only looks after his garden but when the occasion arises, he is willing to help others who are less fortunate than he is.

Conductive Education® (CE) is a program that combines physical rehabilitation and education to help children and adults with neurological motor disorders or who have had a stroke or brain injury. Conductive Education works on the brain to change the body. Participants are taught skills and techniques to help them overcome the challenges of their disability – they learn how to apply these strategies to their everyday life, becoming more independent.

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Designed specifically for people with neurological motor disorders, Conductive Education offers an alternative group setting approach to rehabilitation for people living with:

·        Cerebral Palsy

·        Spina Bifida

·        Multiple Sclerosis

·        Stroke

·        Parkinson’s

·        Acquired Brain Injury

For information on The March of Dimes or any of their programs ~ Please visit http://www.marchofdimes.ca

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

May 2017 Newsletter

 

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What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.

Anne Lamott

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Dyslexia represent from 80 to 90% of all learning disabilities.

 

What is Dyslexia? It is a difficulty with the alphabet, reading, writing and spelling despite normal or above-normal intelligence, conventional teaching methods, and adequate sociocultural opportunity. Dyslexia is thought to be genetic and hereditary.

Common Myths about Dyslexia:

  • Dyslexia is rare: Dyslexia touch about 23% of the population.
  • Dyslexics will not succeed in life: A vast majority of dyslexics have invented or done something great for humanity.
  • Dyslexia will prevent your child from succeeding: Your child should succeed not despite dyslexia but because of it.
  • Dyslexia: Why the Confusion? Dyslexics are learning disabled: Dyslexics can also be learning disabled but usually they only become learning disabled because of ineffective teaching.
  • It is difficult to diagnose: It is easy once we know what we are looking for.
  • Reading difficulties disappears with age: Not if it is Dyslexia
  • Repeating a school grade can remove dyslexia: To do more of the same that made you fail in the first place.
  • Dyslexia is limited to those who reverse letters or numbers: Only 10% of dyslexics reverses letters.Dyslexia is caused by parents who do not read to their children: Some parents read often to their children, some are writers, own book shops, are translators’
  • Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until a child is in third-grade: It should be diagnosed in kindergarten
  • Only a psychologist can assess individuals with Dyslexia: Only if he has received training in the assessment of people with dyslexia

For more about on Dyslexia read the following booklet:

Extract of: BRAZEAU-WARD, Louise, I’m confused, is it dyslexia or is it learning disability?, Canadian Dyslexia Centre, 2003.

Characteristics of Dyslexia:

Characteristics of dyslexia vary greatly from one individual to another. The dyslexic person can experience difficulties in many areas, including:

  • formation of letters;
  • correctly writing letters of the alphabet in the proper sequence;
  • naming the letters;
  • associating sound (phonetics) with the symbol (grapheme);
  • appropriate sequence if individual letters, and a series of letters which make up a word, in the reading or writing process (e.g. b-d, was-saw, quiet-quite);
  • reading, spelling, writing;
  • finding a word in the dictionary;
  • expressing ideas in writing;
  • finding the right word when talking;
  • expressing clear ideas verbally;
  • distinguishing left from right, east from west;
  • telling time, days of the week, months of the year;
  • confusion with math symbols;
  • memorizing multiplication tables (sequential memory);
  • difficulty memorizing non-phonetic words.

As well, other symptoms of dyslexia include:

  • inordinate amount of time spent on homework;
  • inconsistent performance and grades from day-to-day;
  • high stress resulting from having to perform on the spot;
  • lack of organization and study habits that are not in keeping with the personal 0f intelligence.

Forms of Dyslexia:

The Dyslexia Determination Test (DDT) will determine the three fundamental types of dyslexia and its seven permutation patterns. It is used to investigate specific aspects of language problems relating to reading, writing and spelling. The test is in three parts; the first one involves checking for written reversals of numbers and letters. The second part tests the mode of decoding words: eidetic or phonetic. The third and last part consists of assessing whether encoding is eidetic or phonetic.

Examples of the three fundamental types of dyslexia: Dysnemkinesia (motor)

A deficit in remembering how to do the movements needed for writing.

For example:         The student will make reversals.         The student will write b instead of d.

Dysphonesia (auditory)

A deficit in the ability to sound off, to syllabicate, to pronounce and to distinguish sounds of unfamiliar words. For example:         The student reads house instead of home.         The student writes aminal instead of animal.

Dyseidesia (visual)

A deficit in the ability to recognize whole words by sight and match them to whole-word sounds.

For example:      The student reads ball instead of bell.     The student writes enuf instead of enough.

IMPORTANT: A student with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability and/or a visual acuity problem will not demonstrate characteristics of dyslexia on the DDT.

The above dyslexia tests are available from the Canadian Dyslexia Centre.

If you are diagnosed with Dyslexia, there is help out there ~ below you will find several famous people that have still been able to live their dreams.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Authors:

Agatha Christie (1890- 1976), was an English crime fiction writer. She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but is remembered for her 66 mystery novels. Her work with mystery novels, particularly featuring detectives Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple, have given her the title the ‘Queen of Crime’ and made her one of the most important and innovative writers in the development of the mystery novel. Christie has been called – by the Guinness Book of World Records, among others – the best-selling writer of books of all time, and the best-selling writer of any kind second to William Shakespeare.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an American poet, short story writer, editor, critic and one of the leaders of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of the macabre, Poe was one of the early American practitioners of the short story and a progenitor of detective fiction and crime fiction. He is also credited with contributing to the emergent science fiction genre.

Ernest Miller Hemingway(1899 – 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. His distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement and had a major influence on the development of twentieth century fiction writing.

Jules Verne (1828 -1905) was a French author and a pioneer of the science-fiction genre best known for novels such as Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea (1870), Journey To The Center Of The Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). Verne was noted for writing about space, air, and underwater travel before air travel and submarines were invented, and before practical means of space travel had been.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Politicians:

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) was one of the most well-known Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, politician, printer, scientist, philosopher, publisher, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As a political writer and activist, he, more than anyone, invented the idea of an American nation, and as a diplomat during the American Revolution, he secured the French alliance that made independence possible. Franklin was noted for his curiosity, his writings (popular, political and scientific), and his diversity of interests. His writings are proverbial for being wise and scintillating to this day. As a leader of the Enlightenment, he gained the recognition of scientists and intellectuals across Europe.

John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. His leadership during the USS PT-109 incident during the Second World War in the South Pacific was a turning point in his life. Kennedy represented Massachusetts from 1947 to 1960, first as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then in the U.S. Senate. He was elected President in 1960 in one of the closest elections in American history. He is the only Roman Catholic to be elected President of the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, early events of the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights Movement. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979) was an American Vice President, governor of New York State, philanthropist and businessman. A leader of the liberal wing of the Republican Party, he was Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973, where he launched many construction and modernization projects. Scion of one of the world’s richest and best known families, he failed repeatedly in his attempts to become president, but he was appointed Vice President of the United States of America in 1974. He served from 1974 to 1977, and did not join the 1976 GOP national ticket with President Gerald Ford. He retired from politics when his term as Vice President was over.

Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) was an English statesman, soldier, and author, best known as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Well-known as an orator, strategist, and politician, Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history. He won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Literature for his many books on English and world history. Sir Winston Churchill was voted the greatest-ever Briton in the 2002 BBC poll the 100 Greatest Britons.

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Actors

Jack Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an iconic, three-time Academy Award and seven-time Golden Globe winning American method actor known for his often dark-themed portrayals of neurotic characters. He has been nominated for an Academy Award 12 times (winning 3 of them), more than any other male actor, and second only to Meryl Streep (who has 13 nominations and 2 wins) in total nominations. He is tied with Walter Brennan for most wins by a male actor, and second to Katharine Hepburn for most acting wins overall (Hepburn had 4). He has also won seven Golden Globe Awards and he received a Kennedy Center Honors in 2001.

Robin Williams (born July 21, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. As an actor, he has had starring roles on television, stage, and film. The majority of Williams’ acting career has been in film, although he has given some memorable performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godot). His first starring roles, Popeye (1980) and The World According to Garp (1982), were both considered flops, but with Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Williams was nominated for an Academy Award and established a screen identity. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos, for example, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire.

Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962) is a three-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. Counted as one of the most successful movie stars in Hollywood, he is the only actor to have six consecutive $100 million plus blockbusters on his resume. His first leading role in a blockbuster movie was 1983’s Risky Business.  From then on, he starred in many top films, becoming an iconic celebrity of Hollywood. Despite the recent scrutinizing media coverage of his personal life, mainly regarding his support of Scientology and his related criticism of psychiatry, he remains a star of worldwide renown

Famous People with Dyslexia ~ Scientists:

Albert Einstein (1879 -1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist widely considered one of the greatest physicists of all time. While best known for the theory of relativity (and specifically mass-energy equivalence, E=mc2), he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1905 explanation of the photoelectric effect and “for his services to Theoretical Physics”. He was known for many scientific investigations, among which were: his special theory of relativity which stemmed from an attempt to reconcile the laws of mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field, his general theory of relativity which extended the principle of relativity to include gravitation, relativistic cosmology, capillary action, critical opalescence, classical problems of statistical mechanics and problems in which they were merged with quantum theory, leading to an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules; atomic transition probabilities, the probabilistic interpretation of quantum theory, the quantum theory of a monatomic gas, the thermal properties of light with a low radiation density which laid the foundation of the photon theory of light, the theory of radiation, including stimulated emission; the construction of a unified field theory, and the geometrization of physics.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) was a Scottish scientist and inventor who emigrated to Canada and later the United States. Today, Bell is widely considered as one of the foremost developers of the telephone, together with Antonio Meucci inventor of the first telephone prototype and Philipp Reis. In addition to Bell’s work in telecommunications technology, he was responsible for important advances in aviation and hydrofoil technology. Much of his later work was done in Canada.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was an American inventor and businessman who developed many devices which greatly influenced life worldwide into the 21st century. Dubbed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production to the process of invention, and can therefore be credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory. Some of the inventions attributed to him were not completely original but amounted to improvements of earlier inventions or were actually created by numerous employees working under his direction. Nevertheless, Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,097 U.S. patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He lived to the age of 84.

Below the following links lead to several interesting videos’ and stories about Dyslexia:

http://www.laubach-on.ca/gethelp/awards

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?

q=examples+of+what+a+page+looks+like+to+a+dyslexia+student&&view=detail&mid=3B0B75047089C3C32A973B0B75047089C3C32A97&rvsmid=F6CB32B8C435B9FF100FF6C

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https://www.dyslexia.com/about-dyslexia/signs-of-dyslexia/test-for-dyslexia-37-signs/

 

literacy

Lesson 3.

THE SOUND OF ALL IN BALL

 

When a is followed by the bonus letter l, it makes the sound of /ol/ in ball

 

  mall wall   call   hall

  ball    fall    all   tall

  Write the best word from the box to complete each sentence.

 

  1. Our new _____________will have 75 stores!
  2. Are you _____________ done with your lunch?
  3. Let’s hang your painting on that _____________.
  4. Don’t forget to ____________your parents.
  5. I always wear knee pads in case I ____________.
  6. Our poems are in the _____________outside our classroom.
  7. My mom thinks I will be _____________ like my brother.
  8. Bring a _____________ when you come to soccer practice.

book-of-the-month

Masks and Shadows Kindle Edition

by Stephanie Burgis (Author)

 

The year is 1779, and Carlo Morelli, the most renowned castrato singer in Europe, has been invited as an honored guest to Eszterh¡za Palace. With Carlo in Prince Nikolaus Esterh¡zy’s carriage, ride a Prussian spy and one of the most notorious alchemists in the Habsburg Empire. Already at Eszterh¡za is Charlotte von Steinbeck, the very proper sister of Prince Nikolaus’s mistress. Charlotte has retreated to the countryside to mourn her husband’s death. Now, she must overcome the ingrained rules of her society in order to uncover the dangerous secrets lurking within the palace’s golden walls. Music, magic, and blackmail mingle in a plot to assassinate the Habsburg Emperor and Empress–a plot that can only be stopped if Carlo and Charlotte can see through the masks worn by everyone they meet.

Reviews:

Romance, music, and dark alchemy rise to a pitch-perfect ending in this wonderful historical novel. Memorable and utterly delightful. Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award winning author of The House of Shattered Wings  This deftly told and hugely engaging story weaves together the glittering court life of eighteenth-century Europe with a love for music (and Haydn), a thrilling taste of love and politics, and the bitter threat of a deadly magic. Kate Elliot, author of Cold Magic and Court of Fives Elegant and exciting Masks and Shadows celebrates diversity in taking us to a corner of the fantasy world few have ever visited. Stephanie Burgis plays her magical music with assurance and a profound knowledge that delighted and enlightened me as much as it entertained. Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and the Locus Award winning The Privilege of the Sword Terrific. A lush adventure fueled by music and alchemy, and peopled with irresistible characters. Masks and Shadows blends history and magic into a rich, believable love story fraught with royal intrigue. I finished it in one sitting. Donna Thorland, author of The Dutch Girl. 

Available from: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca  and other fine bookstores.

 

readers-nook

If You’re So Smart, How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi?: (A Story About Dyslexia) (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

by Barbara Esham (Author), Mike Gordon (Illustrator), Carl Gordon (Illustrator)

Katie always thought her dad was smart; he is one of the busiest attorneys in town! People are always asking him for advice! She has been a bit confused since asking him for help with her weekly spelling list. How can her very smart dad struggle with one of her spelling words? This definitely didn’t make sense. The word Mississippi has changes everything… Book Series Endorsements: “It is hard to overstate how much better children are served if they believe, rightly, that their efforts to improve academically actually make a difference. Research by Dr. Carol Dweck and colleagues has shown, in impressive detail, that children’s beliefs about the nature of intelligence–as being either malleable or axed–can greatly impact both their attitude towards learning and their academic achievement. It is far better to believe in a malleable rather than a fixed notion of intelligence. Thus it is a delight to see books like the present one put much needed, and scientifically credible, tools in the hands of educators, parents, and children.” Dr. Jeremy Gray, Yale University Professor of Psychology “The Mainstream Connections book series teaches that challenges and differences are part of the spice of life, not something to hide or fear. Each child in the series faces a challenge that makes him or her feel different and maybe not as good as other kids. Young readers will learn the value of facing challenges directly, and to respect everyone’s unique challenges. Success comes from practice and improvement, especially on the things that are hardest to do.” Dr. Brian Nosek, University of Virginia Professor of PsychologyThe Mainstream Connections Children’s Book Series conveys a message that could have been lifted straight from a psychology research journal: there is more than one way to define ‘being smart. As these stories illustrate, for every person, large and small, there are skills that are relatively difficult to master and others that seem to come more naturally. These books emphasize the important empirical conclusion that just as regular exercise makes the body stronger, so, too, does practice and the effort to improve academically–with all the struggle, fatigue, and initial failure that it entails–allow people to capitalize on the malleable nature of human intelligence. Dr. Samuel R. Sommers, Tufts University Professor of Psychology I applaud Barbara Esham for finding a way to teach young children how to be more mindful. In so doing, she sets the stage for their greater well-being as adults. Dr. Ellen Langer, Harvard University Professor of Psychology “This is a wonderful book series. Each story shows children that success is about effort and determination, that problems need not derail them, and that adults can understand their worries and struggles. My research demonstrates that these lessons are essential for children. Dr. Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University Professor of Psychology “If You’re So Smart How Come You Can’t Spell Mississippi? is a fantastic way of bringing this information to the many smart children who find reading and spelling especially difficult–and especially to those who are beginning to doubt their potential.” Drs. Brock (M.D., M.A.) and Fernette (M.D.) Learning Experts As consultants, the Eides are international and national professional advisors for organizations such as SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted).

Available from: http:// www.amazon.ca  and http://www.amazon.com   and other fine bookstores.

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

Short Story Starter….

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  ~Winston Churchill

Most of us have told a little white lie at least once in our lifetime.  We’ve told a lie to spare someone’s feelings or blamed a sibling for eating the last cookie; the lies are small and seem harmless enough.  What happens when a little white lie takes on a life of its own?  Write about the consequences of a lie that gets out of hand. Does someone get hurt, do you lose a friend in the process or does something more sinister happen?

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


Monthly Journal Challenge

May Journal Prompts

  1. Your favourite thing about May.
  2. A person who has made a difference in your life and why?
  3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  4. Your favourite book, why did you enjoy it?
  5. A movie you want to see.
  6. Your favourite hobby.
  7. Favourite comfort food.
  8. What type of music do you like?
  9. Favourite fictional character?
  10. Favourite thing to do when the weather is warm.
  11. Your least favourite chore
  12. Favourite family tradition
  13. Three good things that have happened to you.
  14. Something you have too much of.
  15. A book you want to read.
  16. A word to describe your best friend.
  17. Three things you like about your life.
  18. Three wishes for your future.
  19. Your favourite TV show.
  20. Your favourite actor/actress.
  21. A goal you want to accomplish.
  22. Three things you like about yourself.
  23. Talk about your pets or one’s you’d want.
  24. Three accomplishments you are proud of.
  25. What comforts you when you’re sick.
  26. What’s the best dream you’ve had?
  27. Something you are looking forward to.
  28. Favourite subject to study.
  29. What makes you happy on bad days?
  30. Favourite thing to do on a rainy day.
  31. What do you want to do this summer?

 

 

wise-picks

Variety Village

 Variety Village2

UP  COMING EVENTS

 

Save the date! Tuesday, May 9  |  11am-9pm

MEDIUM PEPPERONI PIZZA only $4.39 + tax! WALK-IN ONLY  |  While supplies last  |  Limit 2 per customer $1.00 from each pizza sold supports Variety Village!

TAG YOUR PIZZA SELFIES! #ThatsAmore  @Variety_Village  @PizzaNovaGuy

Toronto Police Children’s Games:

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017  |   9:00 am  2:00 pm

Welcome to the 35th Annual Toronto Police Children’s Games. Participants with disabilities and their siblings are invited to join us for this fun day of inclusive sports and games. This invitation will welcome 200 registrants to join teams lead by Toronto Police volunteers.

EVENT SCHEDULE 9:00-9:30AM  Registration (Fieldhouse) 9:30AM-10:00AM  Welcome (South Side – Fieldhouse) 10:00AM  Opening Ceremonies 10:30AM-12:30PM  Activities (Sports And Games) 12:30PM  Closing Ceremonies And Awards 1:00-2:00PM  Registrant BBQ

Click Here to download the registration form

WHERE Variety Village 3701 Danforth Avenue Scarborough M1N 2G2

MORE INFORMATION Archie Allison 416 699 7167 x236 aallison@varietyvillage.on.ca

Mikhela’s 18th Birthday ZUMBA Party

Join us and celebrate Michela’s  Birthday the ZUMBA way!

Date: Sunday, June 11 2017 Time: 3:30pm  6:00pm (Doors open at 3:30pm) Where: Variety Village Fieldhouse

Click here to view the event  |   Click here to view the event on Facebook

Tickets: $20/person For ticket inquires please contact: Aida Go 416 577 5769 Rose Benavidez 416 902 1102

Featured vendors: ZUMBA Shop by Kizzy Adams Cookie Tells by Syen Chong

ZUMBA Instructors: Mariko Kamata Eric Jones Ison Kay Morishima Aida Go Cherrylyn Murayao-Sera Kizzy Adams Marissa Burias Jeff Chupa

Meet Mikhela Go. She is turning 18 on June 2017. She is a lovely young lady and always has a smile on her face. She loves going to Variety Village. She is very involved with the Drama program. This year, her drama class is doing a spin off from Grease Sandy. She is a Black Belt Young Choung Taekwondo Academy Variety Village and has done competitions over the years. She enjoys swimming and goes to lessons all year round at the Sunshine pool at the Village.

Mikhela has been a member of this organization since she was 5 years old. It has provided her a home away from home where she can meet new friends and be accepted as a growing young woman. She is also an ambassador. Variety Village has been a huge part of Mikhela growing years. It is time for her to give back to this organization that brought so much joy and happy memories for her. Her mom, Aida Go, who is a certified Zumba instructor, has organized this Zumba event to raise funds for Variety Village.

All proceeds from the event will support Variety Village If you would like any further information on any of the events shown above

PLEASE CONTACT:  Variety Village

Address: 3701 Danforth Ave, Toronto ON M1N 2G2

Phone: 416-699-7167

www.varietyvillage.ca

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

 

March of Dimes

 logo March of Dimes

Rock for Dimes Toronto May 6 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 over $1,300,000 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.

Come out and support Rock for Dimes! Join the fun for a great cause. It’s an exciting way to rock out for charity in your community.

For more information go to www.RockForDimes.ca

Access Storage Charity Auction

If you love the TV show “Storage Wars” then you will love CaraCo  Annual Storage Charity Auction for March of Dimes Canada!

May 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. ~ 31 Steve Fonyo Drive, Kingston, Ontario

On Saturday May 27, 2017, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. CaraCo Storage Solutions, in conjunction with the March of Dimes Canada, will be holding a charity storage units auction at 31 Steve Fonyo Drive in Kingston, Ontario.

How it Works

Just like you see on the TV show, the door of the storage unit will be opened, you will be allowed to take a peek at the unit (without entering it) and the bidding will start. Once the bidding starts, the individual with the highest bid will win the storage unit.

Bill Hall from CKWS will be the host and a BBQ will be held for all those who attend to enjoy!

All of the auctions and BBQ proceeds will go to the March of Dimes Canada programs and services to help people with physical disabilities.

Bid on storage units, support a great cause, and win some treasures! 

We look forward to seeing you at the BBQ and auction on May 27th!

For more information about the auction, contact:

Linda Yielding, Manager, Special Events & Fundraising

March of Dimes Canada ~ events@marchofdimes.ca

1-800-263-3463 ext.7290

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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