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We are again at the end of June, and as in previous years we usually do not publish our newsletter in the months of July and August, and start in September with our back to school issue.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

Campnanowrimo

  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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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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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

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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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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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  March of Dime Canada Fundraising Events

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.

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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.

featured-article

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.

Phone: (416) 699 7167
Fax (416) 699 5752
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Phone: (416) 699 7167
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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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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 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,

Kobo.com All books available from http://www.amazon.ca, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.kobo.com,other fine book stores, and your local Public and School Libraries

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.



  • Head Office/Main Location
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Fax (416) 699 5752
info@varietyontario.ca

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

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Sunday – Closed

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Keep up with what’s happening new programs, and communities we’re working in, impact stories, and how you can lend your voice to children and parents who need it most.

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.

  • Head Office/Main Location
    Variety Village
    3701 Danforth Avenue
    Scarborough, Ontario M1N 2G2

Phone: (416) 699 7167
Fax (416) 699 5752
info@varietyontario.ca

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

Monday – Friday: 12:00noon – 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday – Closed

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.

Phone: (416) 699 7167
Fax (416) 699 5752
info@varietyontario.ca

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

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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.

  • Head Office/Main Location
    Variety Village
    3701 Danforth Avenue
    Scarborough, Ontario M1N 2G2

Phone: (416) 699 7167
Fax (416) 699 5752
info@varietyontario.ca

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.

  • Hours of Operation
    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.

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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

Location

Details

Accessible Event

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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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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Professor Owl’s Book Corner

Welcome to the April 9th, 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.

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.

April is World Autism Month. At Autism Speaks Canada, we’re committed to creating a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism. Every year we lead a global effort to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Once again, we invite you to join us in this important work. Your gift will help 1 in 66 children and youth in Canada and 70 million people worldwide with autism.

Throughout the month we will celebrate our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion by sharing real stories of autistics across all Canadian provinces and territories to shine a light on their strengths, dreams and struggles. We hope they will inspire others on the spectrum and create a more inclusive Canada.  You can demonstrate your commitment to understanding and acceptance of people with autism every day by advocating, sharing stories, and lighting up the world with kindness. Thank you for doing your part in building a kinder world for people with autism.

Wise Picks

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The Insiders Club 

by Echo Miller  (Author)

Four social misfits: an 80s-obsessed eccentric, a movie-quoting mimic, a control freak, and a scrappy loner. They share a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, but can they create a home?
Keegan Harris has one weekend to persuade three other autistic guys to move into his group home. Using an 80s movie as his guide for socialization, he’s organized a series of adventures designed to form deep connections and create lifelong friends. But each stranger has packed emotional baggage and arrived with agendas of their own. Unless Keegan can convince everyone to stick to the script, his blockbuster plan may turn companionship into chaos.

When Monday morning rolls around, will they be best buddies or will Keegan’s community close before it officially opens?

The Insiders Club is a realistic novel that brings marginalized characters into the spotlight. If you like unconventional heroes, unlikely friendships, and bittersweet coming-of-age stories, then you’ll love Echo Miller’s uplifting read.

Take a closer look inside the autism spectrum and see that everybody wants to belong. Buy The Insiders Club to find your way home today!

This is a great story.  I  really enjoyed learning the points of view of these four similar yet completely different characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in this series

Books available at  www.kobo.com, www.amazon.ca,   www.amazon.com,  other fine book stores and your Public and School Libraries

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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 to respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

Spring usually signifies new beginnings and renewal.  In what area of your life would you like to “start over”?

Reflect and write!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

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Spring is a time when nature comes back to life. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to write about something coming back to life, it can be pretty or terrifying, your choice. Whatever you do get creative and have fun!

Attention all aspiring authors: 

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS ON APRIL 1st, 2021

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Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? 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!

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~William Faulkner

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www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering/events

Variety Village is a family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto.

There are programs for all ages and skill levels, join today!

Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.

Variety VillageVariety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training and coaching for competitive and Paralympic athletes. Through local partnerships, we extend our reach through accessibility training and education

www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering

We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information

Events · Restrictions & Closures · Variety Village in Toronto

Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

https://varietyontario.ca/local-events

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.

Home | Variety Ontario

How we help. Variety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training, and coaching for competitive and Paralympic athletes.

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference

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Events for March 2020

Events and Conferences | March of Dimes Canada

Variety Village is a family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto.

There are programs for all ages and skill levels, join today!

Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.

Stand Up for CE – March of Dimes Canada‘s Stand Up for CE is an event to raise funds for people participating in Conductive Education® classes in conjunction with …

Visit www.marchofdimes.ca/DodgeballVancouver for more details. 
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For more information contact:

Berat Barzanjee
Fund Development Assistant ​
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.​
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305
​bbarzanjee@marchofdimes.ca​​

Home page | Holland Bloorview

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Newsletter March 29th, 2021

Welcome to the March 29th, 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.

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.

featured-article

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.

See our community boards ~ where we try to find organizations and hospitals that are there to help you with virtual events  while we wait for things to get back to normal after Covid 19.

We also share tips for those of you with dyslexia, the video below  illustrates how you can get help from your teachers, libraries and other organizations. If reading is where you need help, you will see they suggest audiobooks and other tools to help you with your reading challenges.

If you are older, you can perhaps go to your teachers yourself,  if you are younger watch the video with your parents and they can perhaps talk with your teachers.   From now on we will share books we review and give links to stores and libraries.

We are here for you! ~ if you have any questions just drop us a line at professorowl@outlook.com  and we will try our best to get the answers for you.

Wise Picks

Check next month’s newsletter for another four books in this group. we will also try to bring you more of these great books and video’s

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This month’s book is a new book release, the previous two in this series were published a few years ago.  I really enjoyed reading these books so much, that I just had to share it with our readers in the Book Corner.

 BRIDGE OF SOULS

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by Victoria Schwab (Author)

Victoria (“V. E.”) Schwab, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, invites readers to haunted New Orleans in this third instalment of her thrillingly spooky City of Ghosts series!

Where there are ghosts, Cassidy Blake follows . . .

Unless it’s the other way around?

Cass thinks she might have this ghost-hunting thing down. After all, she and her ghost best friend, Jacob, have survived two haunted cities while travelling for her parents’ TV show.

But nothing can prepare Cass for New Orleans, which wears all of its hauntings on its sleeve. In a city of ghost tours and tombs, raucous music and all kinds of magic, Cass could get lost in all the colourful, grisly local legends. And the city’s biggest surprise is a foe Cass never expected to face: a servant of Death itself.

Another atmospheric setting, this time New Orleans, adds an even creepier edge to the story than even Edinburgh or Paris.  I found the way the cities are described, makes one feel that you are right there in the story. I know Edinburgh very well, and recognised the street mentioned, and felt that I was actually walking down the streets of the City.

I  have also read the previous two books in this series and really enjoyed everything about them.  This book did not disappoint me either in fact, it is my favourite of the three.  They all make one want to keep reading until the books are finished.  I highly recommend them for middle-grade readers or for older people like me.   I really do hope this is not the end of the series

This book and others by this author can be purchase from www.amazon.com, www.amazon.ca, www.Kobo.com  and other fine book stores and of course your Local Libraries.  Amazon also has this book as an audible, which would be great for the reader with Dyslexia, see the above video.

  About the Author

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Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

She is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary and Jon Cassir at CAA.

All appearance and publicity inquiries should be directed to her PR rep, Kristin Dwyer, at: kdwyer@leoprny.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 to respond, just be honest, be creative and use your imagination!

“So as long as a person is capable of self-renewal, they are a living being.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

Spring usually signifies new beginnings and renewal.  In what area of your life would you like to “start over”?

Reflect and write!

Get creative, write but most importantly…have fun!!


Writing Prompt~A picture is worth a thousand words…

A picture is worth a thousand words…

Tulips

Spring is a time when nature comes back to life. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to write about something coming back to life, it can be pretty or terrifying, your choice. Whatever you do get creative and have fun!

Attention all aspiring authors: 

CAMP NANOWRIMO STARTS ON APRIL 1st, 2021

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Are you 13 years old or older? Have you heard of NaNoWriMo.org? 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!

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” ~William Faulkner

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www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering/events

  Variety Village is a family-friendly fitness, sports and life skills facility in Toronto.

There are programs for all ages and skill levels, join today!

Variety Village is pleased to host exciting special events throughout the year. Our goal is to connect with our community and raise funds to support Variety Village by creating mutually beneficial events that support healthy, active lifestyles in an inclusive environment.

Variety VillageVariety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training and coaching for competitive and Paralympic athletes. Through local partnerships, we extend our reach through accessibility training and education

www.varietyvillage.ca/events-volunteering

We’ll periodically send you news and updates regarding special events, facility closures & alerts, and other important information

Events · Restrictions & Closures · Variety Village in Toronto

Local Events | Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario

https://varietyontario.ca/local-events

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports and attend informative workshops. Register for free today! This inaugural year will showcase programs and services promoting: accessibility, inclusion, healthcare, sport, fitness, and healthy living at a premier accessible facility – Variety Village in Scarborough, Ontario.

Home | Variety Ontario

How we help. Variety programming empowers children with disabilities to be seen, participate, and feel included. We bring accessible facilities to life with sports, fitness, activities, summer camps, skills training, and coaching for competitive and Paralympic athletes.

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

 Access Expo – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/access-expo

Active Living Conference – Variety Ontario

www.varietyvillage.ca/events/active-living-conference

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Events and Conferences | March of Dimes Canada

Stand Up for CE – March of Dimes Canada‘s Stand Up for CE is an event to raise funds for people participating in Conductive Education® classes in conjunction with …

Visit www.marchofdimes.ca/DodgeballVancouver for more details. 
​​​For more information contact:

Berat Barzanjee
Fund Development Assistant ​
March of Dimes Canada
10 Overlea Blvd.​
Toronto, ON M4H 1A4
Phone:(416) 425-3463 ext. 7305
​bbarzanjee@marchofdimes.ca​​

Home page | Holland Bloorview

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 150 Kilgour Road, Toronto Ontario Canada M4G 1R8. Tel 416 425 6220 | Toll free 800 363 2440. Fax 416 425 6591 Footer menu. Working With Us; Your Feedback Matters; Footer Login. Volunteer Portal; For Current Employees; Social Media. Follow Us. Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; Youtube; LinkedIn; Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation …

  • For Current Employees | Holland Bloorview

  • The Therapeutic Clown Program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital was …

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5 Myths for Worlds Down Syndrome Awareness Day” #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 five co-hosts, this month’s co-host will be: Roshan Radhakrishnan, Shilpa Garg Sylvia McGrath, Eric Lahti and Belinda McGrath Witzenhausen.

At Professor Owl’s Book Corner we love to provide resources for young adults (13+) with special needs, chronic illness and learning challenges.  We came across this video on March 21st which was #WorldDownSyndromeDay, and felt we needed to share. Click below to hear actor and Mencap ambassador George Webster dispel five myths about Down’s Syndrome.

BBC Bitesize Celebrates #WorldDownSyndromeDay Click here!

Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March 15, 2021.

 

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“The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss  

If you would like to tell us about your goals, ask for assistance or information ~ Just drop Professor Owl a note to professorowl@outlook.com 

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our readers!

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The Tales of Valisa:

The Tamiran Elves Legacy:

The Rebellious Princess

The Tales of Valisa

by Sai Marie Johnson  (Author)

The Tales of Valisa: the Tamiran Elves Legacy debut book entitled, The Rebellious Princess, is about a young elven princess who grows bored with the monotony of life around her. With a desire for adventure, and a need to find an old friend, Irek of Grevacia, Princess Analise Alehandra Tamira embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Unbeknownst to Analise her father, Lord Marcus Scipio has many enemies lying past the veil lands in the Qaterlain. Soon Analise finds herself lost within the Draconic city of Akirex’Xal where a barbaric King, Oarxxas Va’ie takes her captive. Will Queen Tri’Shena, and King Marcus ever see their beloved daughter again? Find out in this premiere book in the Tamiran Legacy series.

I found the book really enjoyable with great characters and story line. It was very well written with each chapter holding my attention right up to the very last page.  I would certainly be reading more books by this writer. 

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book which I am sure both middle grades and young adults will love it.

ABOUT – The Rebel Hearted Writer

Sal Marie Johnsonf

https://saimariejohnson.wordpress.com/all-about-the-author-sai-marie/…

Sai Marie Johnson Poet. Novelist. Crafter of Worlds with Words. A creative writer born in the majestic State of Oregon, where she says her imagination took a hold of her exploring the great forests of the Pacific Northwest. Inspired by the wilderness and the liberalism of her birth city, Sai Marie began telling stories long before she could ever write them down.

 

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

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  • Events & Volunteering – Variety Ontario

    Would you like to host a 3rd party event in support of Variety Village? … Volunteer. There’s always something exciting happening at Variety Village! Want to get involved and help out at an event? Contact Smeeta Sohanlal Volunteer Coordinator 416-699-7167 x 239 ssohanlal@varietyontario.ca. Events … ScarboroughOntario M1N 2G2.

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    Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 8:00am-7:00pm Variety Ontario 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough ON An email can make a difference. Keep up with what’s happening, new programs and communities we’re working in, impact stories, and how you can lend your voice to children and parents who need it most.

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