Ovens Is Using His Abilities To Raise Money For Research
Neighbours Food Bank Volunteers Help Out The Salvation Army
Farley Goes 14 Months Without A Hair Cut For Cancer Victims
Louise Laplante Is The Only Canadian To Be Published In Taste
of Home Recipe Book
Keeping The Spirits High In Afghanistan
Community Living Greater Sudbury Is Now Hiring
Capreol's Prescott Park Receives Welcome Additions To Historic
Kin Club of Valley East Rolls Out The Red Carpet for National
University Students Turn To Mall For Research
's Marty Kirwan Will Head Up The “3rd
Team” During The Wolves Game on October 26
Scouts Greet Shoppers On Annual Apple Day
Special Olympics Athletes Raising Funds For Nationals In
Not Forget To Help Our Food Banks Stock The Shelves This
Ovens Is Using His Abilities To Raise Money For Research
Michael Ovens was a lot like your typical boy growing up in
Val Therese. However, at the age of 10 his parents noticed that he was
having trouble seeing at night. Eventually he was diagnosed with a
degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, a condition for
which there is currently no cure and which strikes during childhood.
Michael had to learn to live with the condition.
As he made his way
through elementary and secondary school his vision continued to
deteriorate. He was provided with some accommodations to help him with his
school work, but his marks remained high and after graduating from Hanmer
Secondary School he went on to York University where his eyesight got to
the point where he had to use some advanced technology to help him
graduate in 2002. He now lives in
, has started a career and has found a way to help researchers in their
quest to find a cure for his disease.
Shortly after he
graduated, Michael was invited to speak at Vision Quest, a conference that
was attended by internationally renowned researchers. In 2005 he began
running marathons to raise money for an organization called the Foundation
Fighting Blindness. The 6’3” thirty year old is now legally blind has
progressed to the point where he is running full marathons with the help
of guide runners who keep him on track during the races. In 2007 he even
entered the Boston Marathon and raised $5000 for the The
Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) which funds eye research at Canadian
hospitals and universities. Recently, The FFB funded research at McGillUniversity that yielded two major
breakthroughs in the fight against childhood blindness.
Ovens follows a very
serious training program which includes running three or four times a
week. He is preparing for a busy season which consists of the Miami
Marathon in January, the Boston Marathon in April, Run Ottawa in May and
the New York City Marathon in November. All races are done to raise money
for the foundation to fund research in to the disease.
Michael Ovens has been
an inspiration to young people all over the world for demonstrating that
hard work, patience and perseverance can overcome even the greatest
challenges life can throw at you. Everyone in
is extremely proud of the accomplishments Michael has experienced to date
and we are all wishing him the best of luck in his mission to raise money
Neighbours Food Bank Volunteers Help Out The Salvation Army
Volunteers from the Good Neighbours Food Bank
of Hanmer are busy enough taking care of the less fortunate members of our
community through the distribution of food on the last two Wednesdays of
every month, but that doesn’t prevent them from giving up more of their
time to lend a helping hand to the Salvation Army. For over 13 years, the
Good Neighbours have shown up at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre in
December to take care of the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Drive. Here
we have Marie Demonsky, Lynda Demonsky and Anne Unwin during their
“shift” at the Kettle. According to Anne, who is the Director of the
Good Neighbours Food Bank, “We like helping out like this every year. It
is for a good cause and it is just another way we can help the people in
the community who need help the most.”
Farley Goes 14 Months Without A Hair Cut For Cancer Victims
Sheldon Farley, an 8 year-old Grade 3 student at St. Anne
School went 14 months in between haircuts in order to donate his hair to
be used in creating a wig for some young unknown cancer victim in Canada.
In the photo, Sheldon is shown holding the bag of hair that was just cut
from the 12 inches of growth that he carried around for the past year. He
was also presented with a plaque and a certificate for his unselfish act
of charity. With him is Michelle St. Onge, the hair stylist who cut off
his hair, and Carrie Ross, owner of “Wig Wonderment” of
. The hair cut was done in front of an assembly of students from JK to
Grade 6 on
Friday, December 7, 2007
According to Ms. Ross,
“We will be donating Sheldon’s hair to “Wigs For Kids” in St.
Catherines. It is affiliated with the Shriners Sick Kids who send the hair
oversees where it will be combined with about 10 other donations to be
turned into a wig and then sent back to
where it will be given to a young child who is going through cancer
read a prepared statement to the students prior to having his hair cut.
“I was at my old school in 2005 and a boy named Phillip grew his long
red hair for a cancer wig. That’s when I decided to grow my long red
hair for a cancer wig in 2006. My hair has now reached 12 inches but I had
to make sacrifices along the way. My sister liked to play with my hair and
put it in pony tails. It hurt when my mom would brush my hair and those
hot summer days were really hot. Also everybody thought I was a girl.
During the time I was growing my hair my Uncle became ill with cancer. Now
it makes me really happy that I grew my hair for a cancer wig. Now I can
help someone else.”
school held a “spare change day” in honour of the event to raise money
for cancer research.
Laplante Is The Only Canadian To Be Published in Taste of Home
a great surprise when I received a cook book in the mail recently from
Taste of Home with a letter saying turn to Page 291 to see your recipe for
Beef Barley Soup,” exclaimed Hanmer’s Louise Laplante who is shown
with the book open to the page containing her recipe. “I entered the
“Soup’s On” contest that was put on by Taste of Home, but I never
thought that I would ever have my recipe included in
’s most popular hard cover cook book.”
Indeed, Louise is the
only Canadian to be published in the book this year.
explained that she was first given the recipe from her mother-in-law, Mary
Jean Laplante, who has since passed away. “After
her death I added a few of my own personal touches to the recipe, but she
first gave me the basics.”
the death of her husband, Raymond, from cancer at the early age of 52,
Louise decided not to dwell on his death, but rather celebrate his life.
So she began calling the entire family over every year on his
“birthday” for a “Soup Day” celebration where they would all spend
time reflecting upon Raymond’s life. “I made three different soups and
everyone’s favourite was Beef Barley soup that my mother-in-law Mary
made for us so many times before. It brought back so many happy memories.
Not only were we laughing and talking about the loved ones we missed so
much, we were also making new memories together. We’ve been doing this
for seven years not and all look forward to Soup Day to celebrate life.”
2 pounds of beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
5 cups of water
4 celery ribs, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (14 ½ ounces) of diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
4 teaspoons of beef bouillon granules
1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, thyme, basil and
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
1 cup of quick-cooking barley
In a Dutch oven, brown the meat in oil on all sides
then drain. Add the water, celery, carrots, onion, tomatoes, tomato paste,
bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer
for 50 minutes. Stir in the barley; cover and simmer for another 10 to 15
minutes or until the barley is tender. This will give you about eight (8)
servings (about two quarts).
Keeping The Spirits High In
Lieutenant (Navy) Lyn Kingsley lives and usually works in
, but has been stationed (for 6-8 months) at Kandahar Air Field (KAF)
since early August 2007.
Lyn was raised here in Valley East, graduated from Notre Dame School in
Hanmer, then College Notre Dame in Sudbury; she went on to Royal Military
College in Kingston for 2 years, then graduated from Royal Roads Military
College in Victoria, B.C. in 1995, with a degree in psychology and her
Commission in the Navy.
She served on several ships on both coasts during her career, but opted to
leave the ship life, as her husband Lieutenant Commander (Navy) Matt Bowen
was away from home enough for both of them.
The Military was looking for Social Work Officers at the time, so she
applied and was at
full-time and part-time for the next four years.
She is one of very few bilingual Social Work Officers in the Military and
that was a strong point on her being selected to go to Afghanistan
at this time. Most people are aware that the 22nd Royal Regiment out of
Val Cartier, QC (The Van Doos) is there right now; Lyn counsels them and
other Canadians as well as the U.S.
troops serving at or out of KAF right now. She is one busy Officer.
She is part of a Mental Health Team, working with the Multinational
Medical Unit, so is in a position to know when soldiers are depressed,
stressed and lonesome.
Lyn's Mother, Claire Kingsley (the one in the middle with the antlers) and her friends at Curves have been
collecting items for the Soldiers at the Forward Operating Bases (FOB's).......the
ones eating K-rations and 'sand'! They shipped out the 12th box just
lately and are shown in the above photo with some of the more than 150
stuffed Christmas stockings that are being sent out on November 15.
Claire explained, "I've been putting aside some items along the way,
thinking I would make up some Christmas stockings for the soldiers.
When I first thought of it, I figured maybe 20 stockings, but that soon
became 40 stockings donated by a merchant that I brought in to Curves
asking the ladies to bring one home and fill it for a soldier. Some
ladies were bringing several home, saying my kids or grand-kids are going
to fill these.
Then I thought the local merchants and service providers in
might like to help.......the response has been overwhelming!! I'm
sure we will be able to fill over 150 stockings before we are done. And
won't that be a great surprise for our young men and women who won't be
home for Christmas. The filled stockings have to be packed and
shipped by November 15th to make sure they arrive at KAF by December 25th.
The stockings and boxes of other supplies will be sent
directly to Claire's daughter, Lyn at Kandahar Air Field. As Field Medics
come to the base for supplies and to bring wounded soldiers, Lyn will give
them stockings to take back to the men and women on the "front
Claire wanted to express her sincere appreciation to
everyone in the community who participated in this worthwhile initiative.
She had special mention for Dale Hartley, who brought 30 stockings to St.
Alban's Church in Capreol and had them filled to the bursting point by
"I have to say that this group at Curves was
absolutely unbelievable in making this so successful," Claire
commented. "Imagine how surprised the soldiers will be to open their
stockings and see some of the encouraging words that have been written on
She also thanked Eva Lanctot for her generous contribution
of $500 in cash and 150 Christmas CD's to be included in the stockings. As
well, Ken Desjardins of Desjardins' Food Basics donated over $500 in
merchandise to be sent over in care boxes.
"There are just so many people to thank," Claire
stated. "The merchants of the Valley are wonderful. I even had people
sending me articles and money from far away places once they found out
what I was doing."
"The first month was the worst," Claire recalled
when asked about how she feels about her daughter being in Kandahar.
"There were many sleepless nights until Lyn assured me that she was
not in any immediate danger. The soldiers come to her for counselling, so
she is away from the danger zones. But it is still hard for me as a
mother. Here is a girl who wanted to be a ballerina in Grade 8 and a
soldier in Grade 9. She enrolled in the Royal Military College at 19 and
has been there ever since. She may be 36 years old but she is still my
little girl and I can't help worrying about her until she returns home in
Claire concluded, "
We are very proud of our daughter Lyn, as well as all the soldiers who
sacrifice every day in a foreign country so that we may live in safety and
harmony in this wonderful Canada that we call home, and celebrate our
Christmas with Peace and Joy!
Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers as you go about the hustle and
bustle of Christmas this year."
Everyone who donated to the Christmas stockings put their
name in for a draw for a "cork wreath". The winner was Carol
Somerset of Capreol.
Community Living Greater Sudbury
Is Now Hiring
Dorice Dusty, Public Relations Director of Community Living
Greater Sudbury was on hand at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre recently
providing information about some of the programs offered through her
organization. She was also looking for people who may be interested in
working for the CLGS as a Development Service Worker. Anyone who is
trained in Early Childhood Education or who is a qualified Personal
Support Worker might be very interested in this rewarding career. If you
would like more information about the career opportunities available with
CLGS, call Tracy Girard, Director of Community Services at 671-7181
PrescottPark Receives Welcome Additions
To Historic Display
This will be an exciting year for the Northern Ontario Railway
Museum & Heritage Centre in Capreol, according to Bob Michelutti,
President of the Board of Directors.
Phase I of the long
anticipated $100,000 expansion plan is continuing this fall thanks
primarily to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Fund.
The rolling stock which
was stored at NRE Alco Locomotives of Canada limited in Capreol was
transported by flatbed trucks to
on October 23.The new
exhibits will include the 116 and 101 CVRD INCO electric locomotives,
circa 1947 and 1917 respectively.Also,
there will be a wooden snow plow car, a metal caboose, a warehouse car,
the CVRD INCOmolten copper
car and a vintage wooden box that will be converted to depict a typical
boxcar home in Capreol during the 1930’s – 1950’s.
to Michelutti, “With these new additions the visitor experience at the
NORM will be greatly enhanced and in keeping with our goal of becoming a
major attraction in the
The museum is open to
the public every day except Monday from
thank Bob Michelutti for providing us with the accompanying photos. For
more information about the Northern Ontario Railway Museum & Heritage
Centre you can go to their web site at www.northernontariorailroadmuseum.ca
We hope you enjoy the following
photos which were taken during the recent delivery of the new equipment to
Kin Club of Valley East Rolls Out
The Red Carpet for National President
The first female National President of Kin Canada was in
the Sudbury area on Saturday, October 27, 2007 to tour the area and attend
a dinner in her honour at the Kin Club of Valley East in Blezard
Thorogood of Stettler, Alta., is the first woman to serve as national
president of Kin Canada, an all-Canadian service organization made up of
active community volunteers.
She is shown in the centre of the photo above
along with Paul Shepard, Governor of District 8 Kin Canada to her right.
Others in the photo include the members of the Kin Club of Valley East,
from the left: Manon Bolger, Scott Bolger (Zone Deputy Governor), Debbie
Rossi, Blaine MacDonald, then comes Paul Shepard and Leona Thorogood,
followed by Bob Bolger (President of the Kin Club of Valley East), Mary
Lou Bolger, Alain Baril and Jeanine Bolger. Two members were missing when
the photo was taken: Kelly Jones and Jennifer Reid.
Bolger, a member of the Kin Club of Valley East had the following comments
about the visit. "The Kin Club of Valley East has 11 members and is
growing steadily. We have taken this visit very seriously and have chosen
to make it a family event as well as making it an opportunity to invite
any prospective members out. Our club is men and women together, working
side by side to make our communities a better place. We have various
fundraisers throughout the year and have donated thousands of dollars back
locally, as all money raised locally stays locally. Some may recognize us
through Valley Bingo, while others will know us through our fireworks
sales twice a year in the big transport trailer on Notre Dame or the
containers parked in the Hanmer and Chelmsford. Some may have seen our
names through their children's project, "Raise the Flag", every
year. We are out there and we are looking for more members to join us in
celebrating and serving our communities greatest needs whatever they may
be. Also for the past few years we have the Kin Park located on Langdon
Street in Blezard Valley where we have ice for hockey in the winter and
refreshments for our Minor Baseball in the summer. If you feel you may be
interested in checking out our organization or our club, please feel free
to email us and we'll be happy to answer your questions or invite you out
to a regular club meeting. We only meet once a month for the serious stuff
and we host many family fun days, too. So, come check us out email@example.com
or check out our national website www.kincanada.ca
General Kin Information
is an all-Canadian service organization made up of active community
volunteers. Working together, members are enhancing the quality of life in
their communities by promoting service, fellowship, positive values and
national pride. Kin clubs support cystic fibrosis (CF) research.This year the Association's total contributions are expected to
surpass $36 million for CF research and treatment and fund local projects
across the country.
The Association was founded on
Feb. 20, 1920
by Harold A. Rogers O.C., O.B.E. (1899-1994).
is a dynamic volunteer organization enriching our communities through
service while embracing national pride, positive values, personal
development and lasting friendships."
"Serving the Community's Greatest Need"
More than 7,800 members belong to 550 Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs
from coast to coast. Kinsmen clubs are predominantly male-only while
Kinette clubs are predominantly female-only. Kin clubs have a mixed
membership of men and women. The Association was founded in
and there are no clubs outside of
Kin Club of Valley
ü11 members (volunteers) and is growing steadily
ümen and women together working side by side to make our
communities a better place
ümeet once a month
üvarious fundraisers throughout the year
üdonated thousands of dollars locally, as all money raised
locally stays locally
ürecognized through Valley Bingo almost every Friday night
üfireworks sales twice a year in the big transport trailer on
Notre Dame or the containers parked in the Hanmer and
üschool project “Raise the Flag” annually at
where we have ice for hockey in the winter and refreshments for our Minor
Baseball in the summer
üTwo members of our club were recognized in March for having
over 40 years of service with Kin (formerly known as Kinsmen and Kinettes)
üVarious hospital donations
üSchool donations and bursaries
üPersonal assistance for many families with various physical
Kin Canada National President 2007/08
Since joining the Kinette Club of Stettler in 1984,
Leona has experienced Kin at many different levels. Club, zone, district
and national positions have all been part of her Kin career. Through
smaller seminars at the club and zone level to large groups at District
Leadership Seminars and Vice Governor training, Leona challenges fellow
Kin to grow and expand their horizons. She believes that it is in this
growth that we experience one of the true values of Kin along with the
gifts we give through our service.
Friendship has been another cornerstone of Kin’s
value in Leona’s life. She and her husband Neil moved to Stettler in
1983 and knew no one. Through business contacts both Neil and Leona got
invited out to Kin functions and the friendships started to grow. Over the
years fellow Kin members have become like family. Sharing in the adoption
of both children Jared and Chantelle and sharing in all the tears and
laughter that happen throughout life in general. With involvement at the
different levels of Kin, that family has grown
wide, a gift that cannot be measured.
Professionally Leona has a Bachelor of Education from
and during her term of teaching had many wonderful experiences. Her most
challenging was to develop a special education program for middle/high
school children who weren’t able to function emotionally or
behaviourally in the regular classroom. After getting married in 1980 and
following Neil to Stettler her path led to accounting and in 1990 Leona
earned her Certified General Accountant designation. Currently Leona is a
partner with Neil in a public accounting practice in Stettler and is
serving her first term as a town councillor in a rapidly growing
Besides being an active parent as Jared and Chantelle
grow up, Leona also enjoys golfing, cottage life, quilting, reading and
singing with a local women’s group.
Kirwan had a chance to spend some time talking to Leona Thorogood prior to
"Volunteerism in general is up 60%," explained Leona.
"People today seem to be looking for a connection with the community.
They want to get involved in non-self-centered initiatives. That is why I
am confident that organizations like the Kin Club of Valley East are going
to grow in the future."
Leona indicated that she has come to the conclusion that society is in
the middle of a movement from "Me to We" and that this movement
is being led by our young people. "We need to provide our young
people with the opportunity to make a difference and then we must give
them recognition for their achievements and accomplishments. As adults we
must understand that what matters to us isn't necessarily the same as what
matters to them. This means that we must go out and "ask them"
what they want to do and then involve them in providing service to the
Leona often finds herself speaking to City Councillors and other
municipal leaders. She tells them to imagine what their community would be
like if all of the service groups and organizations ceased to function.
She then encourages people in positions of responsibility and influence to
do everything they can to help these clubs and cooperate with them so that
they can achieve their mission.
Based on what Leona had to say, it is clear that the Kin Club of Valley
East is definitely on the right road and should be moving into a very
satisfying future for their organization.
Students Turn to Mall For Research
Some visitors to the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on
October 27 found themselves taking part in a special survey conducted by
three students from the Laurentian University School of Commerce.
Veronique Poirier, on the left, Michelle Godin, and Josee Ethier, were
collecting information to determine the potential market for a “flip
flop” business in the City of
Each year the 2nd Year students must take part in a project
where they develop a business plan and go through the steps they would
take if they were actually interested in forming such a venture. The
market study is a very important part of that project.
Valley East's Marty Kirwan Will Head Up The “3rd
Team” During The Wolves Game on October 26
Marty Kirwan first pulled on the stripes in 1989 as an 11 year-old
in the Valley East Minor Hockey Association. This year the 28 year old is
beginning his third year as a full-time referee with the Ontario Hockey
League and has quickly become one of the most respected officials in the
circuit. He entered the league as a linesman in the 2000-2001 season, so
this is his 8th year as an OHL official.
October 26, 2007,
fans will fill the Sudbury Arena at
to watch the Wolves do battle with the Oshawa Generals and league leading
scoring sensation, John Tavares. There will be a 3rd team on
the ice that night that will no doubt draw the attention of most people in
the building, and that team will be headed up by Marty Kirwan who will be
refereeing the game. He and two other linesmen will do their best to make
sure that during the game everyone plays fairly and according to the
Marty grew up in Val
Therese. He attended St.AnneSchool
then attended St.
He graduated from Laurentian University Sports Administration (Bachelor of
Commerce) Program in the spring of 2002. He has his Senior Level 4
Canadian Hockey Association Officials Certificate.
Marty also knows what
it is like to play the sport, having competed at the 'AAA' Major PeeWee
level before deciding to devote full time to refereeing. After four years
off the ice he played a starring role on defense with his high school team
while in Grade 13 at
. So Marty knows the game from all sides and uses this knowledge to
effectively manage all situations while on the ice as an official.
Before being appointed
as a full-time referee with the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) at the
beginning of the 2005-2006 hockey season, Marty spent the previous five
years as a linesman with the league. While in
he was considered one of the top referees in the Northern Ontario Junior
"A" Hockey Association (NOJHA), the Great North Midget League
and did numerous minor hockey games every year.
At the beginning of the 2002-2003 season he decided to move to the
Toronto Area to advance his career on the ice. He was married to
Christina (Woodley) in October 2004 and now lives just north of
. He began a career as a police officer with the Peel Regional Police
Department in January 2005.
high level referees will tell you that it is important to receive good
advice from someone who you respect and who has also risen to the top in
the profession. In the photo above, Marty is shown receiving some pointers
from Dave Newell, a former Director of Officiating for the National Hockey
League and himself one of the most colourful and skilled referees ever to
work in the NHL.
When Marty broke
into the Ontario Hockey League he received some valuable advice from Dave
Newell which helped him develop into the official he has become. Local
officials who also hope to one day become referees at the OHL level or
beyond will have an opportunity to watch one of their own graduates on
Friday, October 26 and perhaps pick up a few tips that will help them one
day be in the same place as a member of the third team on the ice.
Marty summed up his
feelings with the following, "The thing that I love the most about
being a hockey official is that it does not seem like work to me. You show
up to the rink and you know that for the next two to three hours, you are
going to referee a hockey game that has never taken place before. You
never do the same game twice, it always changes."
Marty and his family
have even put together a special web site at www.afterthewhistle.com
to help inspire young officials and also to provide some valuable insight
into the game of hockey for coaches, parents and fans.
1stValley East Scouts Greet Shoppers On Annual Apple Day
The 1st Valley East Scouts were out in full force during
the Annual Apple Day fund-raising drive for this popular youth
organization. Here they are shown at their station in the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre on Thanksgiving Saturday.
Kneeling in the front
is Cub Leader, Enrico Casati. Standing behind him are Karen Luoma (Cub
Leader); Justin Vautour (Scout); Bradley Pailing (Beaver); Zach Thorne
(Cub); Emily Vautour (Cub) and Deanna Bourdeau (Scout).
There are about 40
young boys and girls in the 1st Valley East Scout group this
year. They meet from September to May at Ecole Secondaire Hanmer every
Tuesday from to where they take part in numerous skill- and
If you are interested
in registering your child, or if you would like to find out more about
becoming a leader, you can contact Debbie Christianson at 969-7095.
Special Olympics Athletes Raising
Funds For Nationals In February
Brenda Verdiel, Head Coach of the Special Olympics Sudbury Sunfish
Swim Team, on the left, and Ashley Smith, an Auxiliary Constable of the
Greater Sudbury Police Service, on the far right, flank two athletes who
will be attending the National Special Olympics in Quebec City in February 2008. Ryan Norman, shown beside
Brenda, and Jason Roy, beside Ashley, will be competing in the snow
shoeing event. Ryan has also qualified for the swimming Provincials which
will be held in Oshawa in May 2008.
They belong to Special
Olympics Ontario Sudbury, which is part of Region 9, stretching from Sault
Ste. Marie to Parry Sound. For Brenda, this marks the seventh year she has
been involved with the club in a wide variety of roles. Ashley represents
the regional police who have adopted the Special Olympics as their Charity
Local athletes with
special intellectual needs take part in a number of different sports, from
swimming where there are currently 80 participants, to bowling and floor
hockey where another 130 compete. They are all registered provincially and
range in age from as young as 8 to adult.
“boot drive” which was held on October 6 at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Centre, was organized by the local chapter to help defray some of the
costs of sending 18 to 20 athletes to the Provincials as well as the two,
Ryan and Jason, to the Nationals.
According to Brenda,
the Special Olympics often get mixed up with Para Olympics. However, the
Special Olympics program is for people with intellectual challenges while
the Para Olympics are for people with physical disabilities.
The “slogan” for
the Special Olympics is something that we could all adopt: “Let me win.
If I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt.”
Not Forget To Help Our Food Banks Stock The Shelves This
Anne Unwin, second from the right, expressed
her extreme gratitude to Rob Ferrucci, owner of Cranky Joe’s Roadhouse
in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, and to the Kin Club of Valley East,
represented by Bob Bolger on the far left and Mary Lou Bolger on the far
right, as they presented the Good Neighbours Food Bank with a cheque for
$1500 to be used to help stock the shelves with supplies for less
fortunate residents of the Valley.
The money was raised
through the First Annual Fall Festival Spaghetti Dinner which was
sponsored by the Kin Club, Cranky Joe’s Roadhouse, and the Hanmer Valley
thanked all of the people in the community who came out and supported the
spaghetti dinner. He also thanked the merchants who promoted the dinner
and the patrons of his restaurant who donated money for a chance to win a
guitar autographed by Honeymoon Suite during his grand opening
Unwin is one of the founding members of the Good Neighbours Food Bank
which is located in upper floor of the Fire Station on
in Hanmer. It is open from
on the last two Wednesdays of every month and currently provides emergency
food supplies for 35 to 45 families every month.
shelves are starting to get kind of bare at this time of year, but we are
always hopeful for the kind support of the community, especially around
Thanksgiving,” Anne explained. “We can always use cash donations so
that we can buy some of the supplies that we run short of or some of the
perishable items such as fresh produce and meat for our clients.”
order to help Anne and her volunteers “re-stock the shelves” Rob is
inviting all residents of
to dig deep this week and come up with some non-perishable food donations
or, alternatively, some of that much needed cash.
you would like to make any donations to the food bank, you can bring the
items to Cranky Joe’s Roadhouse in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre.
Cranky Joe’s is located in the former location of Buddie’s Restaurant
and is open seven days a week. Rob invites you to “give your bag of
groceries to any of my staff or if you can give a donation of cash and we
will make sure that it gets to the Good Neighbours Food Bank along with
the food. I think Anne and her volunteers are doing a wonderful service
for the people of the community and I will do anything I can to help out.
We’re always open so you can drop by at any time. You don’t have to
stay to eat if you don’t have time, just bring in your donation and give
it to one of my staff.”
are also reminded that they can drop off food or cash donations at the
Vision Paper offices which are located at the top of the hill in Hanmer or
they can also make donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank on
Highway 69N in Val Caron.
you read this article, take a few moments to go down to your food pantry
and see if you can put together a box or bag of items you can spare for
the needy. It doesn’t have to be much. Every little bit helps. If you
can put five or ten dollars into an envelope we would also appreciate it a
great deal. Then the next time you are out driving, just take a few
minutes to drop it off at Cranky Joe’s Roadhouse, The Vision Paper
office, or St. Vincent de Paul’s. Your donations will be put to good use
and you will feel very good about what you have done to make someone’s
life just a little bit brighter.
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