The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has always had character.
The following articles will give you some idea of how this
character has developed over the years. As you read stories
you will soon discover that the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
is much more than just a place to purchase goods and services.
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
Snow Removal Crew Up By 5 A.M. Every Time
Mazzuca, owner of the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has
always been proud of the condition of his parking lot, especially during the
winter months. However, it doesn't take care of itself. Whenever the weather
forecast is for snow, Val will be up at 4 a.m. to the conditions outside.
there is even a trace of snow on the ground, he and his cleaning crew will
find themselves behind the wheel of plowing equipment by 5 a.m. in order to
have the lot clean and ready for customers who begin to arrive anytime after
In order to accomplish the task in as short a time as
possible, the crew requires a great deal of team work. Jim Curry, Dan
Souliere, John Lancia, Larry Pharand and Val have been working together long enough that they seem to know
exactly what each other is doing all of the time.
Once the snow is removed from the main parking lot area to
the spare lot, it is then piled up to make room for the next snowfall.
When winter storms hit the area, it is not unusual to see
the equipment in use for as many as 15 to 20 hours at a time as the men take
shifts and do what has to be done to get the task completed.
Toys For Kids and
Food For Good Neighbours Being Collected At The Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre This Christmas Season
The familiar FOOD BANK DEPOT is in place at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Centre just outside Desjardins' Food Basics. Each year the mall assists the
Good Neighbours Food Bank of Hanmer in making Christmas just a bit more
special for needy families of the area. The Toys For Kids Gift Tree contains
"tags" with ages of boys and girls from families who depend on the
Food Bank. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase a suitable gift and then
leave it "unwrapped" inside the Food Bank Depot so that a
representative of the Good Neighbours Food Bank can pick it up and make sure
that it is received by a child in time for Christmas. The depot is also
encouraging shoppers to leave items of food which will help stock the
shelves of the Food Bank during this important time of the year.
Centre Court At the Mall Is The
Place To Be Every Afternoon To Discuss Politics of The Day
The first Mayor of Valley East, Mr. Raymond Plourde, second from the right,
is shown having a conversation with several of his friends during one of the
"Afternoon Council Sessions" that are held daily in the Centre
Court Sitting Area at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. The gentlemen enjoy
their afternoon conversations with friends and acquaintances as they discuss
everything under the sun. The mall has developed a very community-friendly
image over the past couple of years, making this a true community centre for
young and old alike.
Groceries For A Year Presented By
Desjardins' Food Basics As Part of Valley East Minor Baseball
Garry Shyminsky, on the left, and Ken Desjardins, owner
of Desjardins' Food Basics in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre,
congratulate Patty Crites, the winner of the Valley East Minor Baseball
"Win Groceries for a Year" contest which was drawn on September
16, 2006. The Valley East Vipers Baseball teams would like to thank Ken
Desjardins and Desjardins' Food Basics for all the help and support this
past baseball season.
The Spirit Alive Contest Is Being Well-Received By Local
The "Keep The Spirit Alive
Contest" was only introduced to the community during the
month of June, and already it is picking up momentum as residents not only
like the idea of winning valuable prizes, but they also are
thrilled about the fact that they can do their small part to
help improve the overall community spirit in Valley East.
community-minded local businessmen have teamed up to begin a “Keep The
Spirit Alive Campaign” and they are inviting all residents to help them
spread the message that
is a great place in which to live!
left to right in the photo: Mike Lemieux, owner of Hanmer Home Hardware,
Robert Kirwan, Publisher of the Valley East Today Community Web Site and
Online Weekly News Magazine, and
Ken Desjardins of Desjardins’ Food Basics announced the launch of the
campaign during a press conference which was held at the Hanmer Valley
explaining the purpose of the initiative, Kirwan explained, “We want to
let everyone know that
is a town where you can still find that “old style community spirit”
mixed with a modern lifestyle that fits right in with the 21st
Century. There are a lot of good things happening in
and it is about time that the rest of the people in the City of Greater Sudbury
knew about it too! Furthermore, it is also time to let the rest of the
province know that if anyone is looking for a place to live and raise a
family, or a place to retire within the City of
, they need look no further than
In order to help get
this message out to the rest of the “world” the people of
are being asked to take part in a massive communication strategy using the
power of the internet.
Everyone participating in this campaign
will have a chance to win a “Grand Prize” consisting of 100 Lotto 649
tickets for the New Year’s Eve Draw on
December 31, 2006
. What a way to celebrate the New Year by winning the big prize with one
of those tickets!
up will receive other valuable prizes, including “two” mountain bikes
donated by Hanmer Home Hardware, $300 in groceries from Desjardins’ Food
Basics, More prizes from other local merchants may be announced in the
coming weeks before the contest ends.
order to qualify for these prizes, all you have to do is register to
receive the Valley East Today Weekly Online News Magazine. Every month
from July until the end of December, ten names will be drawn at random
from all of the people registered to receive the publication. Those ten
people will qualify for our final draw which will be held on Christmas
Eve. The winners will be announced in the December 26 issue of Valley East
you register, the Valley East Today Online Weekly News Magazine, which is
currently being received by over 2000 people, will be sent directly to
your email address every Tuesday. Not
only will you qualify to win the 100 Lotto 649 tickets or other runner up
prizes, but more importantly, you can help us “Keep
the Spirit Alive” by forwarding Valley East Today to everyone on your
own personal mailing list. By using the power of the internet, we can let
tens of thousands of people know about
BIGGEST GRAND OPENING IN THE
HISTORY OF HART STORES DREW THOUSANDS OF CURIOUS SHOPPERS
It was a very spectacular Grand
Opening with plenty of dignitaries on hand for the Opening of the
Hart Department Store at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on March
30, 2005. The Official Ribbon Cutting Party is shown above. From the
far left we have: Andre Rivest, Councillor of Valley East; Former
Mayor Ray Plourde; Former Mayor Howard Armstrong; Current Mayor of
the City of Greater Sudbury, Dave Courtemanche; Owner of the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre, Val Mazzuca; Manager of the Hart Store, Rod
Groulx; President and CEO of Hart Stores Inc., Michael Hart;
Director of Store Operations for Hart Stores Inc., Michel Lussier;
Co-owner of the mall, Violet Mazzuca; Former Mayor of Capreol and
Regional Chairman, Frank Mazzuca; Former Mayor of Valley East, John
Robert; and MPP for Nickel Belt, Shelley Martel.
ON HART DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Opening of Hart Department Store Is
A Perfect Example Of The Tipping Point Philosophy
NEXT BUS RUN FROM CAPREOL TO
DESJARDINS' FOOD BASICS ON AUGUST 8
Free Bus Transportation
From Capreol to Desjardins' Food Basics On The Second and Last
Tuesdays of the Month
Desjardins, owner of Desjardins' Food Basics began his twice
monthly free bus transportation program from Capreol to his grocery
store on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. A total of eight people took
advantage of the service on the first day. Ken expects that the
numbers will eventually peak at about 15 to 20 people over the next
couple of months.
an indefinite period, on the SECOND and LAST
Tuesdays of each month, a bus will bring shoppers to Desjardins'
Food Basics, absolutely free of charge. Now that the Capreol
Freshmart Store has closed, there are many people who will have difficulty finding
transportation to do their shopping, so Ken has decided to extend
this free bus service for as long as there is a demand.
The bus will pick up at the
Capreol Curling Club at
From there it will proceed to the C.N. Yard, Dennie
and then make one stop at Christa
in Hanmer, before arriving at Desjardins’ Food Basics at
The bus will depart from the mall at ,
returning to the same stops. This will give people 90 minutes to do
their shopping. Once again, this service will continue on the SECOND and LAST Tuesdays of every
month. The next scheduled run is Tuesday, August 8, 2006.
Into A New Home or Apartment In Valley East or Capreol? Don't Forget
To Pick Up Your "Welcome Home Gift Basket"
it comes to people who are new to the community, there are two business
owners who tend to meet them all. Of course we are referring to Mike
Lemieux, who along with his brother, Mag Lemieux, own Hanmer Home
Hardware, and Ken Desjardins, owner of Desjardins' Food Basics.
"Everyone moving in to a new home or apartment has a
need for cleaning and repair supplies as well as start-up groceries,"
explained Mike Lemieux. "So Ken and I decided that we would put
together a basket of 'goodies' to give as a gift to all newcomers to
Valley East as our way of saying 'Thank You for choosing our town' and to
give them a hand with settling in."
Ken Desjardins owns and operates one of the busiest
grocery stores in the entire City of Greater Sudbury, so he has definitely
noticed the impact of new home owners in the community. "When it
comes to stocking up the shelves after moving into a new home, we know it
is expensive. We also know that those first few days are days when you are
constantly discovering additional items for your shopping list. The Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre is a great place to come to pick up just about
everything you need to make your move complete, so we wanted to say thank
you for your support."
Anyone who has moved into a new home; purchased an older
home; or moved into an apartment in the Towns of Valley East or Capreol
since July 1, 2006, is encouraged to drop in to see Mike Lemieux at Hanmer
Home Hardware in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. He will answer any
questions you may have about the community and make sure you receive your
gift basket. Several other mall merchants will be adding to the gift
basket with items of their own, including Dixie Lee Restaurant which will
be providing you with a $25 gift certificate so that you can eat out after
your move in.
For More Information on the Welcome
Home Gift Basket
Call Mike Lemieux at (705) 969-7000
or email Robert Kirwan at firstname.lastname@example.org
WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME THE
WHO HAVE RECENTLY MOVED INTO VALLEY EAST
Patti & Sean Carroll
Pascal & Lynn Lapointe
Michel & Nicole Lavallee
Arik Theijsmeijer & Melanie Hunt
Michael & Paulette Gies
Julie & Steve Smeltzer
Jackie & Eddy Dutrisac
Jennifer Del Papa
Norm & Diane Lefebvre
Dan & Tina MacNeil
Mary & Dennis Hull
Marc & Judy Paquette
Tim Ranger & Amanda Labelle
Linda & Emanual Brunet
Daddy Radio 103.9 Comes To The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre For
Special Sales Event
Broadcast Can Be A Lot of Fun For Shoppers
owner of Billie Jeans and Del Nellyn's Ladies Wear in the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre, spends a few minutes chatting with Ross Anthony during
her three-day Annual Half-Price Sale which was held from August 11 to
Ross is better known as the host of the Big Breakfast on Big Daddy with
his co-host, Carrie-Ann.
During the four-hour remote promotion, special reports were aired on
the radio station providing listeners with information about the big sale
being held at Billie Jeans and Del Nellyn's Ladies Wear.
is the place to be!
Lapierre-Giguère, shown in the photo with her husband, Eric, grew up in Azilda, and
moved down south for 6 years due to employment.
"When the opportunity
to move back to came knocking, my husband and I jumped on it,"
she explained. " I never envisioned myself living anywhere else but
Azilda. As we started house shopping we couldn’t find what we were
looking for in Rayside Balfour. We decided to expand our search for
houses. Little did we know how amazing the Valley was."
What impressed both Miryam and Eric was the fact
that there were so many beautiful houses from which to choose and so many quiet
"Even though the neighbourhoods are so quiet,
everything is at your finger tips," she stated. "Sudbury all the time is so wonderful."
She continued, "We
decided to buy our first home in Val Thérèse. The people here are just
amazing. They are welcoming and ready to lend a hand if needed. I love the
way every neighbour looks out for each other. I feel safe in my home in
the valley. My boys always enjoy going to the park or the recreation
centre. There are always things to do. My family and I are francophone. I
find it very pleasant to go do my groceries and daily errands and always
have someone around that speaks French.Now with the new Canadian Tire being built, there is honestly no
reasontoever leave the Valley.We never envisioned living here, but now that
we are here we can’t see ourselves living any place else butValley East."
Miryâm suggested that even though there is so much
good to be said about the Valley, she hopes that something is done to keep
the parks a bit cleaner. In fact, Miryâm echoed the comments of many
other parents with young children who have also expressed concerns about
the condition of the parks. She stated, "
There is often lots of garbage and broken glass, and most of the time it
takes a few phone calls to the city to finally get it cleaned up."
Besides the park issue, when asked for other
suggestions on how to improve the community to make it even more pleasant
for people like the Giguère Family, all she could think of were the
following, " My three
year old son would like for me ask Mr. Desjardins of Desjardins' Food
Basics to get
small grocery baskets or baskets with three holes to fit both my boys so
they can shop along with their mom. That would also make my shopping
experience more enjoyable.
I also think all signs in the mall andeverywhere in the Valley should be bilingual. Besides that there isn’t much
else I would change about the Valley. I think everyone in Valley East is
doing their part and doing a fine job of it, to make this the best place
to live in the City ofGreaterSudbury."
Barber Shop Gets Into The Christmas Spirit With Holiday Decorations
Chenier, owner of the Valley Plaza Barber Shop, is shown taking care of
one of his clients while all other chairs in the establishment are filled.
The Valley Plaza Barber Shop is one of the most popular hair care centres
in Valley East, due in large part to the attention Claude, his wife Linda
and their entire staff pay to customer service.
The Valley Plaza Barber Shop is always decorated according
to the season, making this a welcome place to simply stop by and share
some conversation with friends.
Check out the decorations next time you are in the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre or call 969-4020 for an appointment.
Taking Own Photos
With Santa Claus Is An Idea That Is Much Appreciated By Local
An unidentified young boy enjoying his candy cane sits
patiently with Santa Claus while his parents take several photos in an
effort to get the perfect picture to save forever. This is the second year
that the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has instituted a policy which
allows parents and grandparents to take their own photos with Santa. It
was done in an effort to save money for parents who normally must purchase
expensive packages from professional photographers in most malls. Judging
by the positive feedback, this is a policy which is likely to remain in
place at the mall for some time to come.
Grade 5 Students From Redwood Acres Sing Christmas
Carols At The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre
Visitors to the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre were treated to some wonderful singing by close to 70 Grade
5 students from Redwood Acres Public School on Thursday, December 14, 2006.
The students stopped by the mall after first entertaining the residents at
the Elizabeth Centre in Val Caron. Before arriving at the mall, however,
they did make one very enjoyable stop at Harvey's in Val Caron.
Grade 5 Teacher, Mrs. Kaitlin Lemega watched as her students as well as
those from Ms. Nadene Houston's and Carole Burke's classes sang for almost
30 minutes in the centre court area of the mall.
The very well-behaved and polite students were great ambassadors for Redwood
Acres. Everyone in the mall who heard them commented on their tremendous
self-discipline and on the way they handled themselves while in this public
venue. After the show was finished, many of the students took time to say
hello to one of the most attentive listeners in the audience. Below, several
of the students are shown with Klondike, a seeing-eye dog who accompanied
one of the visitors.
Chiropractic Conducts 11th Annual Food & Toy Drive For Good
Neighbours Food Bank
Wayne Nepssy, 2nd from the left, gratefully accepts the donations of cash,
food and toys from Dr. David Welsh and Dr. Ghislaine Landry of the Living
Well Chiropractic Office in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Sandra
Paquette, one of the two office assistants (Nadine Dussault was absent when
the photo was taken) is shown on the far left.
The donations were accepted from patients during the week of December 11
"Our food bank depends on annual drives such as this in order to
stock up our shelves so that we can provide for the needy during the winter
months," explained Nepssy. "Some of these donations will be given
out during the holidays. The help and cooperation we receive from Living
Well Chiropractic is very much appreciated."
Students From Immaculate Conception School Spend Their Saturday
Morning Entertaining The Public
Mr. Luciano Ingriselli, Core French Teacher at Immaculate Conception School
in Val Caron, is shown below playing his guitar to accompany the Grade 4 to
6 students who turned out on the morning of Saturday, December 16, 2006, to
sing Christmas carols at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
The guitar and the drums were perfect accompaniments to the beautiful voices
of the children as they entertained dozens of parents, grandparents,
brothers and sisters, and shoppers who took time from their busy routines to
enjoy the music.
The students form the School Choir. It was obvious to everyone that they
came well-prepared. Their voices projected down the busy corridors as
shoppers and merchants alike welcomed their wonderful contribution to the
"Spirit of Christmas" on one of the busiest shopping days of the
Valley Shopping Centre Comes Out As One Of Most
Courteous Areas Of The City In Sudbury Star Research
Two reporters from the Sudbury Star set out on a special project
to find out where we would rank against other major cities of
the world in the area of courtesy and politeness. Their
motivation was a study released by the Readers' Digest in
July which compared 36 cities around the globe. Toronto
came third behind New York City and Zurich, Switzerland.
The Star Reporters used the same scoring criteria that was
used by Readers' Digest. They went into five of the busiest
locations around the City of Greater Sudbury, including:
Downtown Sudbury; the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre; the New
Sudbury Centre; Place Bonaventure Mall in Chelmsford; and the
Rio Can's Power Centre. At each site the following situations
were enacted and the reporters observed the actions of nearby
1. They walked into the building behind people to see if they
would hold the door open for them.
2. The bought small items from different stores and recorded
whether the sales assistants said thank you.
3. They dropped a folder full of papers in different
locations to see if anyone would help pick them up.
At each location, each of the above was performed four times.
Each act of politeness was given a score of 1 with a 0 recorded
if there was no act of courtesy shown. A perfect score was 12.
Downtown Sudbury came out in first place with a score of 11
out of 12. The Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre was a close
Overall, the City of Greater Sudbury came in with a combined
rate of 75% which would have placed us ahead of Toronto in 3rd
place when ranked with the 36 other cities in the world.
Chad Salemink of
Desjardins' Food Basics Is One Of The Reasons Why People
Are Impressed With Politeness Level Of The People of
Chad Salemink, 24, is an employee of Desjardins' Food Basics.
Chad's job is to collect and return shopping carts from the
large parking lot outside and bring them back into the store for
use by the close to 20,000 customers who come through the doors
of the popular grocery store every week.
In his role, Chad comes into contact with hundreds of
visitors to the mall every shift. If you follow Chad around you
will see that he never hesitates to hold open doors, say excuse
me, or demonstrate courtesy to people of all ages. In addition,
Chad is quick to acknowledge others with a smile and a wave.
Doing these "little things" comes naturally for Chad,
as it does with so many of the store clerks and merchants of the
mall. And in the hectic world in which we now live, it is
definitely the little things that count.
Chad was recently featured in a special article in The
Sudbury Star on July 10, 2006 for his success in the Building
Bridges Program which is offered by Cambrian College to help
students with developmental disabilities learn to find their way
on their own.
When he was young, doctors told his mother Colette that his
developmental disabilities would prevent him from ever learning
to read, write or ride a bike. Chad's determination proved the
doctors wrong and he can now read at the Grade 5 level in
French, the Grade 6 level in English and can definitely ride a
bike. He also used the internet and communicates via email just
like the rest of us.
After high school, Chad qualified for the Bridges Program at
Cambrian and with a lot of hard work and continued determination
finished with a 4.0 grade point average. The one-year program
brought out a sense of confidence and independence in Chad that
is shown in everything he does.
"I really want to thank Ken and Sandra Desjardins' for
giving me a chance to work at their store," Chad stated.
"I love what I do and enjoy meeting so many nice shoppers.
They have been really good to me and everyone is so nice around
Well, Chad, on behalf of everyone in the community of Valley
East, thank you for being one of the reasons why we are now
known as one of the most courtesy areas of the region.
Greater Sudbury Presents Appreciation Plaque To Val Mazzuca
Dorice Dusty, Public
Relations Director with Community Living Greater Sudbury is shown presenting
Val Mazzuca with a special plaque of appreciation for the support the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre has provided to the organization during the past
"We have always been so grateful for the way we have been
treated by the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre," explained Dorice. "Val
Mazzuca simply cannot do enough for us. Every time we want to set up a
display, or put something on the bulletin board, all we have to do is ask.
It makes it so much easier to help our clients when we have the support of
such a leader in the community like Val Mazzuca."
The Community Living Greater Sudbury offices are now located at 303 York
Street in Sudbury in the CNIB building. If you would like to speak to Dorice
or if you have any questions you would like to ask, just call (705) 671-7181
Ext. 321. You can also visit their web
Wellness Is A Top Priority Among Store Owners of The Hanmer Valley
The workplace wellness team from the Sudbury & District
Health Unit was out in full force during January visiting the tenants of
the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Above, Lisa Froemmel, on the right,
owner of Pet Palace, is shown putting up the special Workplace Wellness
Calendar that was provided by one of the Team Members who is responsible
for visiting the mall every month.
According to the Wellness Team, "The place where you work and the
work you do can affect your health. How you feel can affect how well you
do your job."
The Workplace Wellness team provides opportunities for skill building,
education and support or consultation. They also help employers create and
implement workplace policies that reduce the risk of injury and promote
the health of workers.