Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ Community News Boards ~ January, 2016

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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.

Some events are fundraising initiatives, others are dedicated to the recognition of outstanding community service and still others focus on development of future leaders. Over the years, many individuals and corporations have generously contributed to the overwhelming success and growth of these events, ensuring the delivery of vital community services and the promotion of a healthier tomorrow.

We invite you to get involved and make our special events even more special.

To see past events, check out our latest news page and check out our photo gallery.

Upcoming Events:

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Kid Development Camp Day!

No school? No Problem! Variety Village offers day camps on the days the schools hold PA Days. For more info visit our KDD Camp page.


Family Day

Variety Village is open on Monday, February 15 for Family Day from 9am – 5pm.

Come and spend the day with us!


 31st Annual Lieutenant Governor Games

Friday, February 26, 2016

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Hosted by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

These 31st Annual Games will be Her Honour’s second year attending this long standing event. Her Honour interacts with all of children with disabilities from GTA schools by visiting each activity station and then presents each child with a medal recognizing his/her participation. The Games are a great way to show that children of all abilities can and should participate in sports and recreational activities together. Many of the participants continue their involvement in sports through community sport and recreation leagues and some even go on to represent Canada in the Paralympics and Special Olympics.

Contact  Maria Markle Executive & Events Administrator

416-699-7167 ext. 270

Experience Variety Village for yourself!

Host an Event for Variety Village!

Get A Free Pass

For more information, on the programs and events  ~ Please contact ~


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March of Dimes



Spiking for Dimes London​

Rock for Dimes


Rock for Dimes Winnipeg The West End Cultural Centre February 12

All Things Hot & Spicy


February 11, 2016 at the Fifth Social Club 2

25 Richmond St W, Toronto 

Mingling with the Celebs, Live Auction, Appetizers,

Q&A, DJ and Dancing!


  Hosted by: Steve Anthony, CP24 Breakfast




Join our Hot & Spicy celebs to date:

Yan Joseph, Sean Carrigan, Tye Evans, Rainbow Sun Francks and Daniel Kelly.

Plus more to come …  Watch February’s New Board for more information.


For More information  ~ Please visit ~

Event Coordinator Linda Yielding Manager, Special Events & Fundraising

Tel: (416) 425-3463 Ext. 7290

Technical Web Support Shauna Arrington Internet Marketing and Web Specialist.

MODC Mailing Address:

March of Dimes Canada National Office 10 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1A4 Canada


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Mission Statement:


Autism Village’s mission is to apply Internet and Mobile technologies to provide a globally accessible platform which helps the autism community to manage practical day to day problems. Our goal is to improve the futures of all people with autism by making daily life more navigable.

There are a myriad of educational apps on the internet for parents of autistic children, but Autism Village is different. Autism Village is producing apps which are especially designed to be useful for managing life with autism and which are based on their community of autism “Villagers”.

For more information on Autism Village Go to their home page to share and view the video:

Call us: (610) 296.2726
Contact Us

Autism Village


P.O. Box 14 Chester Springs PA 19425 USA







Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ March of Dimes News Board ~ December 16, 2013

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January is March of Dimes month. Opportunities for independence


March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities


Creating a society inclusive of people with physical disabilities.

Company Overview

March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization that provides support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada.
Text ‘DIMES’ to 45678 to donate $5



March of Dimes is a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across the country.

Since 1951, March of Dimes has been on the forefront of the disability movement in Canada. Every year, we provide programs and services to over 50,000 children and adults with disabilities.

Donate Now

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Pennies to Dimes



As the Canadian Royal Mint has recently decided to discontinue production of the penny – what better way to make good use of existing pennies than to donate them to March of Dimes? Make your pennies turn into dollars to support programs and services that change people’s lives.

It’s as easy as 1¢, 2¢, 3¢

Simply roll your pennies and take them to your local TD Bank and deposit into the March of Dimes Account # 5212586, Transit # 14402, Bank # 004. Please use the reference code: 910596.

Get others caught up in the excitement and fulfillment of helping people by collecting and rolling pennies with you – your co-workers, your Club/Association members, your neighbours, and your family.

It’s a great project to include children! Have them raid their piggy banks, get their friends and classmates involved. They can collect and roll pennies to help other kids, like Lily. This is a fun way to teach children sharing, responsibility, and getting involved with charitable acts for others.

Your pennies can have a major impact. They can change the lives by supporting programs and services that maximize the independence, personal empowerment and community participation of people with disabilities. For example:

5,000 pennies = $50 that helps a stroke survivor participate in a peer support group

12,000 pennies = $120 that helps a child’s participation in 1 week of the Conductive Education Program where they are taught skills and techniques to help them overcome the challenges of their disabilities

24,000 pennies = $240 that helps fund 1 week of the youth leadership program which is dedicated to increasing independence and self-confidence in young people aged 19-24

36,000 pennies = $360 that helps with the cost of a manual wheelchair achieved through the Assistive Devices Program which helps people buy, repair and maintain equipment such as wheelchairs

Your simple act of kindness means that someone, perhaps even a family member, friend or neighbour can have a better life. A few small pennies are worth that.

For more information,  please visit ~

Professor Owl’s Book Corner~ March of Dimes News-board~ September 30th, 2013

Up-coming events

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Breaking the ICE West



Breaking the ICE West Conference

What is it?

ICE stands for Independence, Communication and Empowerment

This is a consumer-centered conference aimed at helping people who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AACsystems to develop their lives to the best of their abilities.

Breaking the ICEwest is an outgrowth of the original Breaking the ICE Canada conferences held in Toronto since 2000. Those conferences were born from and inspired by the Pittsburgh Employment Conference, a consumer centred conference for augmented communicators. In 2012 a small working committee in British Columbia hosted “Island Voices”, a one-day workshop for ACC users living on Vancouver Island. These events have proven themselves to be a powerful force for change and a source of empowerment for an often marginalized group.

For more information about previous ICE Canada conferences, please visit~  where you can find presentations from previous ICE conferences on topics such as: Recreation, Leisure, Travel, Marriage, Dating, Relationships, Aging with a Disability, Spirituality, Advocacy, and Independence.

Who is it for?

Youth and adults who use AAC, people who support those who use AAC, and professionals in the field of AAC are welcome to attend, observe, learn and network with the wide variety of people attending the conference.

For Information on the Ontario Breaking the ICE Conference: Breaking the ICE​

Breaking the ICEwest Conference – 2013

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2013

Location:  Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cresc, Burnaby, BC

Registration: Please fill out the registration form below:

Breaking the ICEwest Conference 2013 Registration Form

Read Breaking the ICEwest 2013 Information Flyer

ICEWest Travel Grant Application 2013

ICEwest ISAAC Travel Gr​​ant Application 2013

Breaking the ICEwest Conference – 2013

Date:  Saturday, October 5, 2013

Location:  Nikkei Centre, 6688 Southoaks Cresc, Burnaby, BC


Please call 1-800-263-3463 and ask about ICEWest

 ​​View YouTube video CBC “Here and Now” talks with Nola Millin and Nora Rothschild about Breaking the ICE Conference 2013 Toronto


For more information ~Please contact

Living with a Disability Conferences


Living with a Disability Conferences connect consumers and health professionals with services in the their community.

The conference has been offered as a part of Peer Support Services, a Program of March of Dimes Canada, since 2009 and continues to grow. We have organised approximately 20 to 25 different conferences, in conjunction with several different partners, at various locations across Canada.

The conferences not only emphasizes the services that are readily available in the community, it also highlights the potential gaps and enables committee organisations to potentially develop solutions to address the growing need for community care. Follow up conferences have been offered in several locations as a result of the demand for additional services or topics.

Currently the Peer Support Department at March of Dimes Canada is organising conferences at the following locations: Halifax, Nova Scotia, PEI (city to be determined), Newfoundland (city to be determined), Kingston, Ontario, Windsor, Ontario, Sarnia, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver BC.

Upcoming Conferences
Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Tuesday October 8, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Murchison Centre
17 St. Pius X Avenue
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Please find more information in the flyer below:

Thriving with a Disability – Health and Wellness Information Day – Charlottetown 2013

Regina, Saskatchewan – Wednesday October 9, 2013
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Quality Inn
1717 Victoria Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan

Please find more information in the aphasia-friendly flyer below:

Living with a Disability – Regina, Saskatchewan 2013
Newmarket, Ontario – Friday October 18, 2013

Newmarket Community Centre
200 Doug Duncan Drive
Newmarket, ON

Please find more information in the flyer below:

Living with a Disability Conference – York Region 2013

​​​​ For more details, please visit

March of Dimes New For The Week Of ~ April 1st, 2013.

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Are you a stroke survivor with a great story of survival and recovery? March of Dimes is looking for speakers to present at our next Journey of Hope Event in Guelph, on Saturday May 11, 2013. If you are interested in sharing your story and inspiring others please contact Jennifer Ide at or 1-800-263-3463 ext 7440

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