Don’t Underestimate Me! ~ July #DisabilityAwareness #WATWB

Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference, we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. #WATWB was started in  2017, this month marks our forty-eight opportunity to share positive uplifting stories to inspire, give hope and motivate othersThe last Friday of every month bloggers share their stories led by two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are myself Sylvia McGrath and Belinda Witzenhausen.


Those who know me can tell you how passionate I am about writing and promoting Disability awareness. Although originally filmed for the International Day of People with Disabilities 2018, I think it’s a message that should be shared everyday! Don’t Underestimate Me is a wonderful video that speaks volumes and I am sharing it for this month’s #WATWB.

For more information about #WATWB or to join us and help spread positive stories like this click here.

Book of the week ~ 27th., July 2021

The Mystery of Smugglers Cove

(The Mystery Series, Book 1)

by Paul Moxham  (Author)

Are you up for a thrilling adventure?

When twelve year old Joe and his two younger sisters visit Smugglers Cove for the summer holidays, they get caught up in a thrilling adventure that is beyond their wildest imagination.

Follow the children as they flee down a river, are chased by ferocious dogs, locked up in an old manor, get lost at sea, expose a spy, and more!

Book 1 in The Mystery Series, this adventure novel is set in 1950’s Britain, and will suit people who enjoy Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys or the  Famous five books

I was a great fan of Enid Blyton books when I was younger and found the titles were very similar to hers, but it has a style all of its own. I really enjoyed the read.  Looking forward to reading more books in this series.

 Available from  www.amazon.ca, www.amzon.com, www.kobo.com, and other fine bookstores.   You can buy this book for Kindle from Amazon for Kindle at $0

Professor Owls Book of the Week ~ July 16, 2021

Victories Greater Than Death

by Charlie Jane Anders  (Author)

Outsmart Your Enemies. Outrun the Galaxy.

“Just please, remember what I told you. Run. Don’t stop running for anything.”


Tina never worries about being ‘ordinary’–she doesn’t have to, since she’s known practically forever that she’s not just Tina Mains, average teenager and beloved daughter. She’s also the keeper of an interplanetary rescue beacon, and one day soon, it’s going to activate, and then her dreams of saving all the worlds and adventuring among the stars will finally be possible. Tina’s legacy, after all, is intergalactic–she is the hidden clone of a famed alien hero, left on Earth disguised as a human to give the universe another chance to defeat a terrible evil.

But when the beacon activates, it turns out that Tina’s destiny isn’t quite what she expected. Things are far more dangerous than she ever assumed–and everyone in the galaxy is expecting her to actually be the brilliant tactician and legendary savior Captain Thaoh Argentian, but Tina….is just Tina. And the Royal Fleet is losing the war, badly–the starship that found her is on the run and they barely manage to escape Earth with the planet still intact.

Luckily, Tina is surrounded by a crew she can trust, and her best friend Rachel, and she is still determined to save all the worlds. But first she’ll have to save herself.

Buckle up your seatbelt for this thrilling YA sci-fi adventure set against an intergalactic war from internationally bestselling author Charlie Jane Anders

Book 1 of 2 in the Unstoppable Series ~ I am so pleased that this will be a series, it was a very well written book and the characters were all great. The story held my attention right up to the very last page.  I have always been a fan of sci-fi and stories about space.  This one could certainly hold it’s own against Star Wars and some of the great space adventure stories.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the advanced copy, so that I could review it for you this week.

Available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com and other fine book stores

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Book of the week ~ July 6th, 2021

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD

(THE CROSSWALD SERIES ~ BOOK 1)

By D.E. Night (Author)

Ivy Lovely is 16 and she has no idea who she is—or what her powers could be. When she crosses a magical boundary, she discovers a whole new world of enchantment and mystery. Making friends that will last a lifetime—and save her life—she steps into her own abilities and discovers more about her hidden past, magical blood, and the power of Croswald’s mystical stones. But all is not well: a dark history and an evil Queen threatens all that is good. Will Ivy’s bravery and wit be enough?

This is a page-turning fantasy in the tradition of fairy tales, whimsical worlds, and coming-of-age stories.

Curious and whimsical, both shy and brave, Ivy is a hero that connects with readers of all ages. For those who wished that Narnia, Harry Potter, and Alice in Wonderland could go on forever, Croswald opens a whole new world of magic. Recommended as a read-aloud for families and a first middle-grade fantasy read, The Crowns of Croswald is a four-part series that will carry readers to a whimsical world that they won’t want to leave.

This story from the very start is, full of magic and mystery, and plays with themes of belonging, self-discovery, and good and evil. It gave me all of the Harry Potter vibes (which I was so excited about) while still being unique enough to stand apart. If you are looking for a middle-grade fantasy, I highly recommend this one.

I received a copy through NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com, www.kobo.com, and other fine book stores

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ 28th. June 2021 Book of the week.

We are again at the end of June, and as in previous years we usually do not publish our newsletter in the months of July and August, and start in September with our back to school issue.

It seems that most people now have had their COVID19 shots and hopefully by the end of summer things should be on the way to a normal life again, and getting out with your friends.

As in previous years we will still keep our books of the week online, and have some really great New Books to review for you so stay with us to keep with us for some exciting reads.

Around Curiosity’s Edge: Hidden Meridians

by J.P. Hostetler  (Author)

A hidden world waits, a dark society schemes, and a ship sails to protect that which cannot be lost.

Salem Swan knows none of this as he arrives in Easterly. He knows only that he misses his recently deceased mother, that his new guardian, his uncle Ulysses is unique, and that the boat which will now be his home is unlike anything he has ever seen.

Fearful of this new reality, Salem starts to ask questions that uncover the truth about his distant uncle, his long-gone father, and the true nature of the ship. The answers lead him into a place of myth and legend, where fantastic creatures wage an ages-old war with a radical group bent on eliminating them forever.

Rich with mythology from around the world, Hidden Meridians is the first installment of a fantasy series that takes readers into that place that is just around Curiosity’s edge.

I just love this fantasy story, as Salem discovered a magical mystical world, his past, and an impending war, he faced his hardships head on and tried his best to survive and thrive. Salem the main character and secondary character  and storyline where very well developed

The writing style was exceptionally beautiful; the story was well paced and held my attention to the end. as the plot developed and built up, I found that I could not put the book down until I reached the last page.
I look forward to the next book,  and the next adventure. I Recommend this book  to every Fantasy lover, especially the young readers, you will not be disappointed.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity of reading and reviewing this exciting book.

This book is available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com and other fine bookstores.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ June 25th., 2021 Lets change the way we think about disability. #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 two co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts will be: myself, Sylvia McGrath, and Belinda Witzenhausen;

Anyone who follows us on Professor Owls Book Corner, will no doubt know that we are advocates for children and young adults with special needs and learning challenges.

In this months blog we are featuring a young man that has by changing his way of thinking about disabilities is now living his dream of being an athlete.

Read about his story here and check out the video below…

Professor Owl’s Book Corner, June 16th, 2021

Welcome to the June 16th, 2021 Weekly 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 with tips, writing exercises and we will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village, Holland Bloorview Hospital and The March of Dimes. You will also find our new section on the Environment, Nature, and Climate Changes. 

Hopefully we will come up with some ideas for you. If you love to read then below, you will find some ideas that just might interest you.

 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 bringing you a new, and more interesting newsletter.

Online learning Programs over 2021 Summer.

This will be our second year with Covid 19, restrictions and this summer will be the same as last year, You are probably wondering what am I going to do during the next few months.

Claiming to be Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids TDSRC works with more than 2,200 public libraries across Canada to host activities, like live readings by authors, and weekly trivia. This year’s program will launch on June 15th and will be completely online. For more information, visit tdsummerreadingclub.ca.

We are now in the month of June and the summer holidays are just around the corner. Most countries are still in lockdown. most schools will be closing soon.

 Should I Take a Summer Class Online?

Are Online Classes ~ The Same as In-Person?

There are many great reasons to take a class online over the summer. Especially if so many of your favorite in-person programs are canceled. You can still find a way to have a meaningful and enriching summer right from your room.

While your classmates cannot hang out in-person after class, it does not mean you cannot get to know them and form lasting friendships. The Internet has allowed us to cross over borders and time zones, which helps us connect with people we otherwise would never encounter. It gives us the chance to learn more, in the classroom and about the world around us.

I have found  several interesting online courses and virtual ways of meaningfully engaging middle and high school-aged students. They include STEM classes, academic classes, foreign language learning – even remote community service experiences!

In many obvious ways, the short answer is no. But does that mean they are worse? No! Online classes have many distinct advantages like being lower in cost and flexible to your schedule (especially if you need to juggle a job this summer).

https://guides.teenlife.com/summer-programs

www.todaysparent.com/f~15 virtual summer camps for kids worth checking out this summer

30 FREE Online Summer Camps & Workshops | Kids & Teens …

While your classmates cannot hang out in-person after class, it does not mean you cannot get to know them and form lasting friendships. The Internet has allowed us to cross over borders and time zones, which helps us connect with people we otherwise would never encounter. Please, gives us  feedback at professorowl@outlook.com so that we can truly give you the interesting newsletter you want to read.

https://www.kcedventures.com/blog/free-online-summer-camps-workshops...

About the Club – About the Club – TD Summer Reading Club

Which is the biggest summer reading program in Canada?

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests, and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading.

Reading Challenge – Teen Summer Reading – Info Guides at …

Check with your local public library to see when in-person registration opens—it varies slightly by location but is usually in mid-to-late June. Your child will receive a free notebook and stickers to track their reading. Your library may also have fun activities and initiatives for kids to take part in.

https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/teensrc

Thanks for joining us for the 2021 Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Get ready to expand your horizons, get creative, try something new, and have fun! From June 14 to August 31, download a summer reading challenge card, or pick one up at the branch nearest you. See how many you can check off before the …


Connecting youth with nature – David Suzuki Foundationhttps://davidsuzuki.org › take-action › act-locally › con…

For 2020/2021, due to COVID-19, we are taking our Youth Forum experience virtual! … weeks, including PD for teachers, guest speakers, and interactive student workshops! … Location: Remote & Indigenous Communities across Canada … This Youth Forum will engage your students in climate change learning and action, …
Environmental Youth Alliancehttps://eya.c

Teach kids about the right to a healthy environment and the importance of getting out in … Encourage kids to spend time outside and teach them about environmental.Teachers across Canada agree! … of students to learn about environmental issues and make a superhero difference! … 2021 David Suzuki Foundation

Prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative, and use your imagination. 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.

“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

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

Monthly Journal Challenge

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

June Journal Prompts

Open your journal, set a timer and write! 🙂  Use the prompts to start your journal entry i.e. “My favourite thing about June is….”

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  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. What you have learned in the past year.
  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. Your favourite author and why you like their books.
  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.

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!

Attention all aspiring young 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! 🙂

These Feathered Flames

by Alexandra Overy  (Author)

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother. When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.

There were tons of twists in this story. The death of their mother was kind of glossed over at the beginning, and it ended up being part of a twist at the end. Everyone had secrets that led to a fast paced, exciting ending. It ended on a cliff-hanger, so I cannot wait to read the next book!

This was a great read, with all the twists and turns I just could not put the book down until I had read the whole story, I highly recommend this exciting new fantasy!

Thank you NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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Rock for Dimes

Walk’n’Roll

Ability & Beyond Dinner

OpportuniTeas with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

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Stand Up for CE

Art After Stroke

Johnny Reid – A Time for Having Fun



For 2020/2021, due to COVID-19, we are taking our Youth Forum experience virtual! … weeks, including PD for teachers, guest speakers, and interactive student workshops! … Location: Remote & Indigenous Communities across Canada … This Youth Forum will engage your students in climate change learning and action, …
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Resiliency Through Mindfulness – an 8-week Mindfulness Program for Parents/Caregivers

Resiliency Through Mindfulness – an 8-week Mindfulness Program for Parents/Caregivers

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This online Mindfulness program, led by Family Leader Protibha Gupta runs every Monday evening from Monday June 7th to Monday July 26th, 7pm-8pm. Sessions on week 4 and week 8 will also offer a half hour Tea n’ Chat discussion session led by Family Leaders. The Tea n’ Chats will be offered from 8pm-8:30pm following sessions on June 28th and July 26th.

This program is geared to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities who would like to learn meditation, mindfulness and other practices geared toward enhancing resiliency and well-being. No prior meditation practice experience necessary. Each hour-long session will include short talks, guided meditations, small group discussions and Q&A. Attendees will learn:

– How to meditate through guided meditations

– The foundations of mindfulness of breath/body, feelings and thoughts

– How to cultivate self-compassion, lovingkindness and gratitude

– How the practices can help build resiliency and well-being

See below for Frequently Asked Questions about Mindfulness!

More about Mindfulness Teacher Protibha Gupta:

Protibha was certified as a mindfulness meditation teacher after an intensive two-year training program created and taught by Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and the Greater Good Science Centre (UC Berkley). She is the proud mother of 3, including a very special young man with autism who is a former client of Holland Bloorview (HB). She has been a Family Leader at HB since 2018. Protibha is excited to have the opportunity to share her lived experience as both a parent and as a certified mindfulness teacher with HB families.

If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please contact Family Support Specialist Steph Moynagh at smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6146

Once you have registered for this program, you will receive a Zoom link that you can access every Monday evening for the duration of the 8-week program.

1. Isn’t mindfulness just ‘paying attention’?

Frequently Asked Questions:

That’s partially correct. Mindfulness is paying attention to or being aware of whatever is being experienced in the present moment, without judgment.

2. My mind is always busy. Does mindfulness meditation involve having no thoughts?

The function of the human mind is to think! The main goal of mindfulness meditation does not involve being able to stop thinking, although with practice, the mind may become quieter.

3. Do I have to sit in a full lotus position on a meditation cushion?

One can meditate sitting, standing, walking and lying down. Sitting in a chair is fine. What’s important is to be comfortable and alert.

4. Is mindfulness meditation a religious practice?

Mindfulness is part of a rich spiritual tradition that developed 2600 years ago in South Asia but it is not a religious practice in itself. In the West, it is used in many settings to help people with stress, chronic pain, trauma and many other challenges. Just as you don’t have to be Hindu to practice yoga, you don’t have to be Buddhist to practice mindfulness.

5. What is resilience?

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner, June 7th, 2021

Welcome to the June 7th, 2021 Weekly 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 with tips, writing exercises and we will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village, Holland Bloorview Hospital and The March of Dimes. You will also find our new section on the Environment, Nature, and Climate Changes. 

Hopefully we will come up with some ideas for you. If you love to read then below, you will find some ideas that just might interest you.

 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 bringing you a new, and more interesting newsletter.

Online learning Programs over 2021 Summer.

This will be our second year with Covid 19, restrictions and this summer will be the same as last year, You are probably wondering what am I going to do during the next few months.

Claiming to be Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids TDSRC works with more than 2,200 public libraries across Canada to host activities, like live readings by authors, and weekly trivia. This year’s program will launch on June 15th and will be completely online. For more information, visit tdsummerreadingclub.ca.

We are now in the month of June and the summer holidays are just around the corner. Most countries are still in lockdown. most schools will be closing soon.

 Should I Take a Summer Class Online?

Are Online Classes ~ The Same as In-Person?

There are many great reasons to take a class online over the summer. Especially if so many of your favorite in-person programs are canceled. You can still find a way to have a meaningful and enriching summer right from your room.

While your classmates cannot hang out in-person after class, it does not mean you cannot get to know them and form lasting friendships. The Internet has allowed us to cross over borders and time zones, which helps us connect with people we otherwise would never encounter. It gives us the chance to learn more, in the classroom and about the world around us.

I have found  several interesting online courses and virtual ways of meaningfully engaging middle and high school-aged students. They include STEM classes, academic classes, foreign language learning – even remote community service experiences!

In many obvious ways, the short answer is no. But does that mean they are worse? No! Online classes have many distinct advantages like being lower in cost and flexible to your schedule (especially if you need to juggle a job this summer).

https://guides.teenlife.com/summer-programs

www.todaysparent.com/f~15 virtual summer camps for kids worth checking out this summer

30 FREE Online Summer Camps & Workshops | Kids & Teens …

While your classmates cannot hang out in-person after class, it does not mean you cannot get to know them and form lasting friendships. The Internet has allowed us to cross over borders and time zones, which helps us connect with people we otherwise would never encounter. Please, gives us  feedback at professorowl@outlook.com so that we can truly give you the interesting newsletter you want to read.





https://www.kcedventures.com/blog/free-online-summer-camps-workshops...

Which is the biggest summer reading program in Canada?

About the Club – About the Club – TD Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests, and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. The Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators, and stories, and inspires kids to explore the fun of reading their way. This is key to building a lifelong love of reading.

Reading Challenge – Teen Summer Reading – Info Guides at …

Check with your local public library to see when in-person registration opens—it varies slightly by location but is usually in mid- to late-June. Your child will receive a free notebook and stickers to track their reading. Your library may also have fun activities and initiatives for kids to take part in.

https://guides.wpl.winnipeg.ca/teensrc

2021-05-27 · Get Ready for Winnipeg Public Library’s 2021 Teen Summer Reading Challenge! Hi there! Thanks for joining us for the 2021 Teen Summer Reading Challenge. Get ready to expand your horizons, get creative, try something new, and have fun! From June 14 to August 31, download a summer reading challenge card, or pick one up at the branch nearest you. See how many you can check off before the …


Connecting youth with nature – David Suzuki Foundationhttps://davidsuzuki.org › take-action › act-locally › con…

Teach kids about the right to a healthy environment and the importance of getting out in … Encourage kids to spend time outside and teach them about environmental.Teachers across Canada agree! … of students to learn about environmental issues and make a superhero difference! … 2021 David Suzuki Foundation

Deadline to apply is Sunday June 6, 2021. WHAT IS A PEER MENTOR? Looking to develop. Continue Reading. Get the latest EYA news!

For 2020/2021, due to COVID-19, we are taking our Youth Forum experience virtual! … weeks, including PD for teachers, guest speakers, and interactive student workshops! … Location: Remote & Indigenous Communities across Canada … This Youth Forum will engage your students in climate change learning and action, …
Environmental Youth Alliancehttps://eya.c

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative, and use your imagination. 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.

“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

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

Monthly Journal Challenge

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. What you have learned in the past year.
  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. Your favourite author and why you like their books.
  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.

Campnanowrimo

Attention all aspiring young 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!

Dragon’s Source ~ Alveria Dragon Akademy

Part 3: Reign of Chaos

By Ava Richardson

The greatest enemy is the one within:


Prince Kai Afkarr-Younger hides a dangerous secret—he’s been infected with the Nightmare Plague. Exhausted from battle and illness, he must force himself to stay awake or risk spawning yet another monster attack on the already beleaguered city; an impossible undertaking without the strength of his tamer.

Mari Asadottier will do whatever it takes to keep Kai’s infection secret from Alveria’s scheming Council. Without the power she offers through their bond, he’ll never make it through the coronation ceremony in his weakened condition. And without the strong leadership only Kai can provide, Bellsor will devolve into pandemonium.

But their efforts to protect Bellsor are hampered when Kai collapses shortly after being crowned, spawning the deadliest monster of all. Driven to defeat what he’s created, Kai nearly loses himself in a rogue animalistic frenzy. Only Mari’s persistence brings him back from the brink, and sets him upon the path to discovering Chaos’s nightmarish plan to destroy the Sources of Magic.

If they want any hope of defeating Chaos and protecting magic, Kai and Mari must hunt down and save the Primal Sources of Magic before they are gone forever—and Chaos reigns supreme.

Queen of the Dragons’ Ava Richardson invites you to immerse yourself in a dragon-filled world with epic magic, fearless heroes and, at its heart, the deep bond between dragon and rider.

Excellent story with clever twist when they’re not expected. I am looking forward to the next book. Really enjoying the series.

I would like to thank Net Galley for the opportunity to Review this book for our readers.

Available from www.amazon.cawww.amazon.com, www.kobo.com,  And other fine books and your public Library,

Food Drive is Back! 🥫 Variety’s Food Drive is now running! Drop your non-perishable food items here at Variety Village – donations will go to Scarborough Food Securities Initiative and Women and Children shelters.

Where to leave your goods:
Food Drive: May 11 to August 24
Drop offs: Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm
Location: Variety Village (3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough ON)

Events are a great way for us to reach people across the country so we can network, share information, raise money, and have fun – sometimes all at once! From Rock for Dimes to Opening Doors for Accessibility, we host a variety of events for a variety of purposes. Find out about MODC’s Fundraising Events, Sporting Events, and Free Community Events.

​Sporting Events

Event Spotlight

OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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Rock for Dimes

Walk’n’Roll

Ability & Beyond Dinner

OpportuniTeas with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends

#MyBiggestBubble Contest

Stand Up for CE

Art After Stroke

Johnny Reid – A Time for Having Fun



For 2020/2021, due to COVID-19, we are taking our Youth Forum experience virtual! … weeks, including PD for teachers, guest speakers, and interactive student workshops! … Location: Remote & Indigenous Communities across Canada … This Youth Forum will engage your students in climate change learning and action, …
Environmental Youth Alliancehttps://eya.c

Deadline to apply is Sunday June 6, 2021. WHAT IS A PEER MENTOR? Looking to develop. Continue Reading. Get the latest EYA news!



Ability in Action – Virtual Time is running out to book your virtual Ability in Action session! This program is FREE and available for booking until June 24, 2021. Virtual sessions are available through your choice of Zoom or Google Meets.



Food Drive is Back! 🥫 Variety’s Food Drive is now running! Drop your non-perishable food items here at Variety Village – donations will go to Scarborough Food Securities Initiative and Women and Children shelters.

Where to leave your goods:
Food Drive: May 11 to August 24
Drop offs: Monday-Friday, 8am-7pm
Location: Variety Village (3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough ON)





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Resiliency Through Mindfulness – an 8-week Mindfulness Program for Parents/Caregivers

Resiliency Through Mindfulness – an 8-week Mindfulness Program for Parents/Caregivers

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This online Mindfulness program, led by Family Leader Protibha Gupta runs every Monday evening from Monday June 7th to Monday July 26th, 7pm-8pm. Sessions on week 4 and week 8 will also offer a half hour Tea n’ Chat discussion session led by Family Leaders. The Tea n’ Chats will be offered from 8pm-8:30pm following sessions on June 28th and July 26th.

This program is geared to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities who would like to learn meditation, mindfulness and other practices geared toward enhancing resiliency and well-being. No prior meditation practice experience necessary. Each hour-long session will include short talks, guided meditations, small group discussions and Q&A. Attendees will learn:

– How to meditate through guided meditations

– The foundations of mindfulness of breath/body, feelings and thoughts

– How to cultivate self-compassion, lovingkindness and gratitude

– How the practices can help build resiliency and well-being

See below for Frequently Asked Questions about Mindfulness!

More about Mindfulness Teacher Protibha Gupta:

Protibha was certified as a mindfulness meditation teacher after an intensive two-year training program created and taught by Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield and the Greater Good Science Centre (UC Berkley). She is the proud mother of 3, including a very special young man with autism who is a former client of Holland Bloorview (HB). She has been a Family Leader at HB since 2018. Protibha is excited to have the opportunity to share her lived experience as both a parent and as a certified mindfulness teacher with HB families.

If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please contact Family Support Specialist Steph Moynagh at smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca or at 416-425-6220 ext. 6146

Once you have registered for this program, you will receive a Zoom link that you can access every Monday evening for the duration of the 8-week program.

1. Isn’t mindfulness just ‘paying attention’?

Frequently Asked Questions:

That’s partially correct. Mindfulness is paying attention to or being aware of whatever is being experienced in the present moment, without judgment.

2. My mind is always busy. Does mindfulness meditation involve having no thoughts?

The function of the human mind is to think! The main goal of mindfulness meditation does not involve being able to stop thinking, although with practice, the mind may become quieter.

3. Do I have to sit in a full lotus position on a meditation cushion?

One can meditate sitting, standing, walking and lying down. Sitting in a chair is fine. What’s important is to be comfortable and alert.

4. Is mindfulness meditation a religious practice?

Mindfulness is part of a rich spiritual tradition that developed 2600 years ago in South Asia but it is not a religious practice in itself. In the West, it is used in many settings to help people with stress, chronic pain, trauma and many other challenges. Just as you don’t have to be Hindu to practice yoga, you don’t have to be Buddhist to practice mindfulness.

5. What is resilience?

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner, May, 22nd 2021

 

Welcome to the May..22nd 2021 Weekly 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 with tips, writing exercises and we will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes will find our new section on the Environment, Nature, and Climate Change 

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 bringing you a new, and more interesting newsletter.

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner’s main goal has always held true since we started this newsletter ten years ago.  That goal was to help promote books, literacy, and activities for children with special needs. We hope to assist children and young adults with learning and health challenges, believe that anything possible.  We hope to show examples of how some young people have achieved their dreams. We also want to share resources of where to get the tools by showcasing organizations that are available to you, this week we sre featuring the Canadian Children’s Helpline that has helped many young people during the Covid19 shutdowns.and have helped many more who have reached out to them over the years when they have had no where else to go.

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, National Support Services of Canada

Their professional counseling, information, referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Our service is completely confidential — you don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to. Find out more.

Canada launches new Climate Kids interactive website to …

The next generations of Canadians—our children and grandchildren—will be vital to the protection and conservation of the environment. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, was joined by curious young minds at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School to launch Climate Kids, an interactive website for children. Climate Kids focuses on empowering children …

 

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2017/08/...

26 Ways Kids Can Protect the Environment! The bullets below have been taken from a kid’s environmental education program. It is very nice to see that kids in the 21st century learn environmentally friendly lifestyles from the very early days! 1) Precycle – attempt to reduce waste before it becomes waste.

How can kids protect the environment?

26 Ways Kids Can Protect the Environment! – WeHaveKids …

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by
Jessica S. Olson


Isda does not exist. At least not beyond the opulent walls of the opera house.

Cast into a well at birth for being one of the magical few who can manipulate memories when people sing, she was saved by Cyril, the opera house’s owner. Since that day, he has given her sanctuary from the murderous world outside. All he asks in return is that she uses her power to keep ticket sales high—and that she stays out of sight. For if anyone discovers she survived, Isda and Cyril would pay with their lives.

But Isda breaks Cyril’s cardinal rule when she meets Emeric Rodin, a charming boy who throws her quiet, solitary life out of balance. His voice is unlike any she has ever heard, but the real shock comes when she finds in his memory’s hints of a way to finally break free of her gilded prison.

Haunted by this possibility, Isda spends more and more time with Emeric, searching for answers in his music and his past. But the price of freedom is steeper than Isda could ever know. For even as she struggles with her growing feelings for Emeric, she learns that to take charge of her own destiny, she must become the monster the world tried to drown in the first place.
This was one of my best reads of this year, it was very beautifully written, with great characters and storyline. Simply great for Y/A readers. I understand this was the first book by this writer. it kept my attention right up to the very last page, I look forward to reading more of Jessica Olson’s books.

Books are available from www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.com
and www.kobo.com.

Writing prompts are a wonderful way to kick-start your creativity and generate ideas. There isn’t a right or wrong way to respond, just be honest, be creative, and use your imagination

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at alltheflowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott

Spring is in the air! Using your five senses write about what sights, sounds etc. you enjoy most about the spring season?

“Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” ~ Gillian Hovell.

 

Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

 

You are an archaeologist from the year 3021 and your excavation is believed to be circa 2021 (your city/town). Describe what artifacts and structures you find; what do these tell you about this “ancient” society?

 Get creative, write, and more importantly have fun! 🙂

Writing Books for Young Writers

If you’re a young writer just starting out but have been feeling a little stuck about how to write your first novel you are in luck here are two books that give you friendly, easy to understand, and well-tested advice on how to write your first best-seller!

Book #Review of Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter

For young writers or those who are still trying to find their writing style, this book is perfect! New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series Ally Carter’s voice is like that of a good friend, she answers questions you have always wondered about writing are answered in this book. Ally Carter helps you focus on learning and growing as a writer but most of all she helps you focus on simply writing for the love of writing.   It also has great advice and answers to the most frequently asked writing questions from authors such as Shannon Hale, Maggie Stiefvater, Marie Lu, and Alan Gratz. It has something for everyone and to be honest, as an adult I loved it too!

Book #Review of Your First Novel: Revised and Expanded Edition by Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb, and Camille Goldin

If you are an aspiring young writer who wants to publish your first book, Your First Novel: Revised and Expanded Edition is a perfect guidebook for you. Some of the biggest challenges a writer faces often just boils down to a lack of knowledge. This book is an easy-to-understand how-to guide that which walks you through every step of the writing process. From creating a positive mindset, idea creation, POV, and writing dialogue to finding an agent and publishing. I loved the tone of the book; it was friendly and easy to read. The authors offer examples from well-known published books to illustrate each section as well as reading lists of other books that focus on that specific aspect of writing. I do not think they leave any aspect of the writing process out.

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People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Variety Village, and whether you’re looking to improve your health and well-being or are training as an elite athlete, there’s something here for you.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Variety Village, and whether you’re looking to improve your health and well-being or are training as an elite athlete, there’s something here for you.

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People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Variety Village, and whether you’re looking to improve your health and well-being or are training as an elite athlete, there’s something here for you.

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Phone: (416) 699 7167
Fax (416) 699 5752
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People of all ages and abilities are welcome at Variety Village, and whether you’re looking to improve your health and well-being or are training as an elite athlete, there’s something here for you.

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    Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown Zone . Variety is operating on reduced hours due to COVID-19. Please check back for updates.

Events are a great way for us to reach people across the country so we can network, share information, raise money, and have fun – sometimes all at once! From Rock for Dimes to Opening Doors for Accessibility, we host a variety of events for a variety of purposes. Find out about MODC’s Fundraising Events, Sporting Events, and Free Community Events.

 

​Sporting Events

Event Spotlight

OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary on October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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Sibling Workshop: Siblings and Parents Q&A

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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This virtual Siblings and Parents Q&A Workshop is geared to siblings of people with disabilities (7 years old and up) and their parents/caregivers.

Attendees will:

• Meet a panel of 4 adult siblings who have a brother/sister/sibling with a disability. Their sibling might use various mobility aids, equipment, communication strategies, devices and/or writing aids

• Have the opportunity to join our Sibling Q&A (for siblings ages 7+) or Parent and Older Sibling (age 16+) Q&A to ask questions to the adult sibling panel, who will share their experiences and stories with the group

Siblings and Parents/Caregivers – Please send your questions in advance to Family Support Specialist Steph Moynagh at smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca – thank you!

Topics include:

• How siblings felt when their brother/sister/sibling was diagnosed

• What siblings learn from their brother/sister/sibling with a disability

• What siblings worry about, or how the future might look

• How best to support siblings, including advocating for their sibling

• How they are supporting their sibling during COVID-19

Meet our Panel of Adult Siblings:

Daniel Scott – Daniel is an Early Childhood Educator and one of the Outpatient Playroom Administrators. He has a sister with Epilepsy who is 10 years older than him. Their favorite thing to do is watch horror movies together and scare each other.

Meghan Toswell – Meghan is a Social Worker at Holland Bloorview. She has a sister with Cerebral Palsy who is 18 months younger than her. Together, they like to listen to music and host dance parties!

Melissa Ngo – Melissa is a Family Support Specialist at Holland Bloorview. She has a brother with Autism who is two years younger than her. Together, they like to go on hikes and do arts and crafts!

Victoria Rombos – Victoria is the Sibling Support Program Coordinator and a Research Assistant at Holland Bloorview. She has a sister with global developmental delay, epilepsy, and medical complexities who is 4 years younger than her. Together, they like to try out fun snapchat filters and watch movies!

Please contact Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh with any questions:

smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca 416-425-6220 ext. 6146

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This morning workshop is geared for families with children/youth aged 5-15 (youth not yet job searching)

This evening workshop is geared for families with children/youth aged 5-15 (youth not yet job searching)

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Webinar: What can I be when I grow up? Early strategies to promote employment inclusion

Webinar: Journey to Kindergarten: Transitions-based tips and resources for parents and caregivers of kids with disabilities

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Professor Owl’s Book Corner, May 7th, 2021

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Welcome to the May 7th. 2021 Weekly 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 with tips, writing exercises and we will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes will find our new section on the Environment, Nature, and Climate Change 

Professor Owl’s Book Corner’s main goal has always held true since we started this newsletter ten years ago.  That goal was to help promote books, literacy, and activities for children with special needs. We hope to assist children and young adults with learning and health challenges, believe that anything possible.  We hope to show examples of how some young people have achieved their dreams. We also want to share resources of where to get the tools by showcasing organizations that are available to you.

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 bringing you a new, and more interesting newsletter.

Canada launches new Climate Kids interactive website to …

The next generations of Canadians—our children and grandchildren—will be vital to the protection and conservation of the environment. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, was joined by curious young minds at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School to launch Climate Kids, an interactive website for children. Climate Kids focuses on empowering children …

https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/news/2017/08/…

How can kids protect the environment?

26 Ways Kids Can Protect the Environment! The bullets below have been taken from a kids environmental education program. It is very nice to see that kids in the 21st century learn environmentally friendly lifestyle from the very early days! 1) Precycle – attempt to reduce waste before it becomes waste.

26 Ways Kids Can Protect the Environment! – WeHaveKids …

wehavekids.com/parenting/26-ways-your-kids-can-help-pr…

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Earth Rangers: Where kids go to save animals!

Earth Rangers is the kids’ conservation organization, dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviours, and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats. Contact us: membership@earthrangers.com | Have Questions? Read our F.A.Q.s

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Rule of Wolves 

By Author, Leigh Bardugo

The wolves are circling, and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the instant #1 New York Times–bestselling King of Scars Duology.

The Demon King. As Fjerda’s massive army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov will summon every bit of his ingenuity and charm―and even the monster within―to win this fight. But a dark threat looms that cannot be defeated by a young king’s gift for the impossible.

The Stormwitch. Zoya Nazyalensky has lost too much to war. She saw her mentor die and her worst enemy resurrected, and she refuses to bury another friend. Now duty demands she embrace her powers to become the weapon her country needs. No matter the cost.

The Queen of Mourning. Deep undercover, Nina Zenik risks discovery and death as she wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. But her desire for revenge may cost her country its chance at freedom and Nina the chance to heal her grieving heart.

King. General. Spy. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness. Or watch a nation fall.er

I am a great fan of  Leigh Bardugo who uses her considerable talents to create intense scenes and throw shocking, sometimes devastating twists into the mix. I did not know how some of the characters would escape their plots, but Grisha magic is not to be messed with.

This author has mastered the art of using just the right words in her stories, that makes one feel as though they are right there with her characters in the action of the story

 I do hope this is not the last of this series, but am sure it will not be the end of this authors great writing,

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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!

“I am going to try to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen.” ~Anne Lamott

Spring is in the air! Using your five senses write about what sights, sounds etc. you enjoy most about the spring season?

“Discover how to visit the past and bring yesterday’s stories into our lives today” ~ Gillian Hovell.

Writing Prompt…A picture is worth a thousand words…

You are an archaeologist from the year 3021 and your excavation is believed to be circa 2021 (your city/town). Describe what artifacts and structures you find; what do these tell you about this “ancient” society?

 Get creative, write, and more importantly have fun! 🙂

Writing Books for Young Writers

If you’re a young writer just starting out but have been feeling a little stuck about how to write your first novel you are in luck here are two books that give you friendly, easy to understand and well tested advice on how to write your first best-seller!

Book #Review of Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter

For young writers or those who are still trying to find their writing style this book is perfect! New York Times Best-selling author of the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, and Embassy Row series Ally Carter’s voice is like that of a good friend, she answers questions you have always wondered about writing are answered in this book. Ally Carter helps you focus on learning and growing as a writer but most of all she helps you focus on simply writing for the love of writing.   It also has great advice and answers to the most frequently asked writing questions from authors such as Shannon Hale, Maggie Stiefvater, Marie Lu and Alan Gratz. It has something for everyone and to be honest, as an adult I loved it too!

Book #Review of Your First Novel: Revised and Expanded Edition by Ann Rittenberg, Laura Whitcomb, and Camille Goldin

If you are an aspiring young writer who wants to publish your first book, Your First Novel: Revised and Expanded Edition is a perfect guidebook for you. Some of the biggest challenges a writer faces often just boils down to a lack of knowledge. This book is an easy-to-understand how-to guide that which walks you through every step of the writing process. From creating a positive mindset, idea creation, POV and writing dialogue to finding an agent and publishing. I loved the tone of the book; it was friendly and easy to read. The authors offer examples from well-known published books to illustrate each section as well as reading lists of other books that focus on that specific aspect of writing. I do not think they leave any aspect of the writing process out.



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Events are a great way for us to reach people across the country so we can network, share information, raise money, and have fun – sometimes all at once! From Rock for Dimes to Opening Doors for Accessibility, we host a variety of events for a variety of purposes. Find out about MODC’s Fundraising Events, Sporting Events, and Free Community Events.

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OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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OpportuniTEA with Kate Linder and Y&R Friends is in Calgary October 4th at the Westin Calgary. Funds raised support MODC’s Conductive Education program. Click here to buy your tickets before they are all sold out!

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COMMUNITY EVENT

Sibling Workshop: Siblings and Parents Q&A

Date & Time

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

4:00pm – 6:00pm

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Free Event

This virtual Siblings and Parents Q&A Workshop is geared to siblings of people with disabilities (7 years old and up) and their parents/caregivers.

Attendees will:

• Meet a panel of 4 adult siblings who have a brother/sister/sibling with a disability. Their sibling might use various mobility aids, equipment, communication strategies, devices and/or writing aids

• Have the opportunity to join our Sibling Q&A (for siblings ages 7+) or Parent and Older Sibling (age 16+) Q&A to ask questions to the adult sibling panel, who will share their experiences and stories with the group

Siblings and Parents/Caregivers – Please send your questions in advance to Family Support Specialist Steph Moynagh at smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca – thank you!

Topics include:

• How siblings felt when their brother/sister/sibling was diagnosed

• What siblings learn from their brother/sister/sibling with a disability

• What siblings worry about, or how the future might look

• How best to support siblings, including advocating for their sibling

• How they are supporting their sibling during COVID-19

Meet our Panel of Adult Siblings:

Daniel Scott – Daniel is an Early Childhood Educator and one of the Outpatient Playroom Administrators. He has a sister with Epilepsy who is 10 years older than him. Their favorite thing to do is watch horror movies together and scare each other.

Meghan Toswell – Meghan is a Social Worker at Holland Bloorview. She has a sister with Cerebral Palsy who is 18 months younger than her. Together, they like to listen to music and host dance parties!

Melissa Ngo – Melissa is a Family Support Specialist at Holland Bloorview. She has a brother with Autism who is two years younger than her. Together, they like to go on hikes and do arts and crafts!

Victoria Rombos – Victoria is the Sibling Support Program Coordinator and a Research Assistant at Holland Bloorview. She has a sister with global developmental delay, epilepsy and medical complexities who is 4 years younger than her. Together, they like to try out fun snapchat filters and watch movies!

Please contact Family Support Specialist Stephanie Moynagh with any questions:

smoynagh@hollandbloorview.ca 416-425-6220 ext. 6146

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Related Events

This morning workshop is geared for families with children/youth aged 5-15 (youth not yet job searching)

This evening workshop is geared for families with children/youth aged 5-15 (youth not yet job searching)

Event Details

Webinar: What can I be when I grow up? Early strategies to promote employment inclusion

Webinar: Journey to Kindergarten: Transitions-based tips and resources for parents and caregivers of kids with disabilities

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