Start For Toronto
Blue Jays Means Increased Registrations
for Minor Ball
Ross Finally Turns Off His Light Pole
After 52 Years
Tournament Adds A Nice Finishing
Conclusion to Season
First Sign That Spring Is Near!
Ladies Give Up Their Saturday For A Good
Cause & Community Service Hours
Valley East Renegades Capture Ringette Gold
Graduate of HanmerHigh
Provides Good Career Advice For Students
of Commerce After Business Event Returns
To Valley East
After 5 Years
Valley East Community Theatre
Raises Funds and Awareness Of Grass
Roots Cultural Needs
Girls Perform Well In The Pool During
Meet In Timmins
Mark Hodgson Wins $1500 Valentine's
Breast Cancer Research Benefits
From Sales of Avon Products
Model and Talent Convention Could Be The
Start Of A New Lifestyle For The Collin
Novice Rebels Capture International
Silver Stick Title
Members of Valley
Waves Swim Club Qualify For Provincials
96.7 FM Radio Launches Weekly Education
Talk Show From Laurentian University
Start For Toronto
Blue Jays Means Increased Registrations for Minor Ball
totals for minor baseball in Ontario always increase whenever
the Toronto Blue Jays do well in spring training and early in the season,
so it was no surprise to Debbie St. Jean, President of the Valley East
Minor Baseball Association to see positive numbers during their first two
weekends of registration. Debbie is shown in the middle of the photo
taking one of the many registrations that came in during her time at the
mall. Sitting to her left is Joy Jokinen, Director of Operations for VEMBA,
and to her right is Dan Beaudry, Vice President.
association tells us that registrations are directly related to the
success of the Blue Jays, so we were glad to see them off to a good
start,” Debbie explained. “Our numbers have been going up steadily for
the past couple of seasons and we expect more of the same this year.”
When the first pitch is thrown the first week of June, there will
be over 200 boys and girls from 4 to 20 years of age playing baseball on
fields throughout Valley East.
Debbie went on to give an
overview of the season.“We
begin the season the first week of June and end around the middle of
August. Each team plays two games a week plus we hold a house league fun
tournament the weekend of June 27 and 28. Many of our divisions have
traveling teams which play in tournaments throughout the summer. We will
be hosting a bantam tournament on July 11 and there will be some double
headers from time to time. Most of our house league teams play against
teams from the Valley only, but a couple of divisions in the older age
categories play in a loop with some Sudbury area clubs.”
With 12 to 13 players on a team, it is certain that everyone will
get plenty of playing time during the summer season. This is important
since the VEMBA prides itself on being a developmental organization, with
the top priority being to help young players develop the skills necessary
to better enjoy the game. It’s all about fun at the house league level.
Another popular event, the Blue Jays Clinic will be held during the
summer, featuring trainers from the Toronto Blue Jays working with young
players from the Valley East Minor Baseball Association.
The final weekend for registrations will be held at the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 from 12
noon to 4 p.m. each day. All boys and girls wishing to play baseball this
summer should make sure to register on those days.
For more information you can always go to the web site that you can
access at www.vemba.ca or you can call
the main office line at 897-5959.
Ross Finally Turns Off His Light Pole After 52 Years
At 72 years of age, Ronald Ross has finally decided it is time to
put away the scissors and turn off the light pole for one final time on
May 2, 2008
. At that moment, Ronald’s Barber Shop will bring an end to a remarkable
chapter in the history of Hanmer.
For the past 47 years,
Ron has been serving loyal customers out of the very same room in the
original house in Hanmer where he and his wife, Gertrude moved in June of
1960. Despite a hearing
impairment that left him with only 16% of normal hearing from the age of
5, he hasn’t let this challenge prevent him from enjoying a remarkable
career which includes a great deal of conversation with customers.
and Gertrude raised three children, Dan, Francine and
Suzanne. They were able to walk to both their elementary and secondary
schools, and were able to enjoy something else that few children will ever
experience – a father who was always at home for them, morning,
residents will recall that Joe Ross, Ron’s father, was Mayor of Hanmer
for a couple of years prior to Ray Plourde.
On behalf of everyone
who now calls Valley East home, and in particular on behalf of all of the
people who have ever had the experience of receiving a haircut from you,
Ronald, we want to congratulate you on the contribution you have made
Hanmer over the years and we wish you and Gertrude the very best in your
retirement. You have been a wonderful role model and a truly honourable
Tournament Adds A Nice Finishing Conclusion to Season
Goaltender, Phil Boudreau, of
’s Desjardins’ Food Basics Midgets is about to make another
spectacular save during one of the frequent scoring opportunities he faced
in the championship game against the Schumacher Combines. Unfortunately,
the visitors were just too strong for the local squad, emerging with a 5-0
was the final game of the weekend during the 27th Annual Valley
East Renegades Minor Hockey Tournament which was held from March 28 to 30
at the Centennial, Ray Plourde and Capreol arenas. A total of 90 teams
consisting of over 1200 players took part in the event which is considered
the official end of the house league hockey season.
organizers once again expressed their sincere appreciation to Colorado
Avalanche star, Andrew Brunette, a born and raised Valley boy who returns
home for a few months every summer. Brunette provided numerous prizes in
the form of sticks, gloves, helmets, and other equipment for the
who had a chance to attend the championship game were treated to a
fast-paced, exciting and clean-checking contest. Hilda Kingsley, one of
the tournament organizers commented that everything went extremely well
during the weekend, a testament to the volunteers and participants who
always look forward to the “Renegades”.
The Valley East
Renegades use the proceeds from the tournament to sponsor youth hockey,
baseball, soccer, basketball, and ringette, as well as disadvantaged youth
and individuals in need.
First Sign That Spring Is Near!
If you live in
, the first real sign that spring is near has nothing to do with how much
snow is on the ground or the temperature. It’s all about “soccer
Here we see Brenna
MacMillan picking up her registration form from Cameron Desjardins on the
left and Patrick Desmarais on the right. Brenna, who attends
in Grade 5 was signing up for the U-12 girls division.
and Patrick are both 15 years of age and will be playing on the U-18 club
this year. The boys are in Grade 9 at
and were helping out to earn community service hours as part of their
school requirements. They decided to attend Lockerby because of the STEP
laptop program, and although it may involve a bit more homework and a
longer ride to school, both boys are thoroughly enjoying the experience.
Valley East Soccer Club is expecting up to 1500 participants from Under 4
years of age to adult. Play will begin the week of May 26 culminating in
the final playoff weekend on August 8 to 10. All games are played Monday
through Thursday with adults playing on Sundays as well. The Annual Valley
East Soccer Tournament will be held on June 20, 21 and 22.
more information you are asked to call the Soccer Line and leave a message
Ladies Give Up Their Saturday For A Good Cause & Community
Jasmine McTiernan and Lindsay Aubin, both Grade 9 students at
, spent the whole day at the
shopping Centre on Saturday, March 29. However, they weren’t there to
spend money – they were there to help raise money for the Canadian
Cancer Society by selling daffodils to kick off Cancer Awareness Month.
The time spent will also go towards their 40 hour community service
requirement that is part of their Secondary School Diploma Program.
though they are only in their first year of high school, the two girls
have indicated that they are already beginning to think about what they
will do after Grade 12. Lindsay is pretty certain that she wants to enter
a career in radiology after having spent a day shadowing the head of the
X-Ray Department at the
. Jasmine is still undecided, but is considering a few of her options.
and have continued with the French Immersion program at Confederation.
When asked what the biggest difference was between high school and
elementary school, both girls indicated the same things. “You are more
responsible for what happens to you in high school. The teachers are
always watching what you do in elementary school but now we are left on
our own a lot more. We have to make sure we do things ourselves without
being told all the time.” They also find that there is much more social
time to interact with other students in high school.
Lindsay has already put
in her 40 hours of service even though she still has three years of high
school left. She has done things like helping with the
in Azilda, the flu clinic and now selling daffodils. Both Lindsay and
Jasmine indicated that they have always loved volunteering their time for
good causes and were glad to do their small part for the Canadian Cancer
Valley East Renegades Capture Ringette Gold
The Valley East Renegades Belle Team continued their successful season
with a recent tournament title in Niagara Falls. In the opening match against Oshawa the ladies defeated the Storm by
a 7- 4 count. During their second match, they were outscored in an
offensive battle 10 - 8 by the Woolwich Reds. Game number three was a
successful though close match winning 6 - 5 against the Caledonia
Lightening. When the round robin was finished they found themselves in
The ladies were to play the Woolwich Reds in the finals. After
roaring out to a 3 - 0 lead in the first period, their opponent fought
back to tie the game in regulation time at 4 - 4. The
Renegades found themselves in uncharted waters not having played in
overtime all season.
With convincing style they played on, not allowing the ring to
enter their defensive zone or have a single shot on net, and scored into the overtime frame.
These young ladies have played hard all winter, losing one game
during the season to become league champs. Into the playoffs they have
fought hard as well, losing one game to finish first over all. Their final
test comes at the Nickel Basin Championship game on April 6th. Well done
Graduate of HanmerHigh
Provides Good Career Advice For Students
Lebeau, a life-long resident of
, has travelled a long and winding journey from the time he walked off the
stage with a diploma from Ecole Secondaire Hanmer. Today he is Vice
President of Finance and Operations of one of the area's most prominent
mining sector businesses, the Mansour Group of Companies, where he is in
charge of numerous and diverse business interests and is responsible for
the livelihood of over 600 full and part-time employees.
Gilles was the special
March 10, 2008
on “Inside Education”, a local talk show on CKLU 96.7 FM that is
broadcast live every Monday evening at
from the studios at Laurentian University. Robert Kirwan, an Independent
Education & Career Development Specialist who operates a private
practice called The Greater Sudbury Learning Clinic, is the producer and
host of the program which consists of an engaging conversation with a
person from a different career field each week. The purpose of the show is
to provide listeners with some valuable down-to-earth insight and
information which may prove helpful for those who are looking for tips and
strategies that will help them become more successful in their current or
challenge in the industry right now is to be able to hire competent
people," Gilles commented. "I look for people who are
enthusiastic, creative, and confident. We need people who are competitive,
because everything in business today is competitive and if you aren't
looking for new and better ways of providing services and products to your
customers you won't survive."
He feels that young
students should decide what it is that they love to do and then pursue a
career in that field. "If you are good at what you do, and you do it
with a lot of enthusiasm and energy, you are going to make a lot of money.
It will just happen naturally. That is the secret to success. You must
first of all decide what it is you are good at and that you like. Then go
forward from there and learn from people who are successful in that field.
Find a "mentor" who will teach you what you need to know to be
"Once I hire a
person I tell him that I cannot guarantee him a job for life, but I can
guarantee that I will make him marketable so that he will not have any
trouble getting another job if he ever has to leave our company," he
commented. "I think that is something that all young people must work
a little harder on. They must try to market themselves a lot better than
they are today. It is the little things that count, like being on time,
being neat and organized, being polite and respectful of others, and
genuinely and sincerely trying to learn everything you can about
everything you can all of the time.
Indeed, one of Gilles'
favourite quotations is, "True learning happens at the edge of your
comfort zone. It is only when you push yourself and when you are willing
to take the hard road, not the easy way out, that you truly learn. That is
what makes the difference between excellence and mediocrity."
As a final bit of
wisdom, Gilles Lebeau wants young people to remember that "There is
only one thing that no one can take away from you, and that is your
reputation. Guard it carefully and it will serve you well."
And always remember
that the people who do the hiring today believe as he does, namely that,
"I always hire on attitude. I can teach everything else, but I can't
teach attitude. Without the proper attitude, you are not going to be much
use to anyone."
of Commerce After Business Event Returns To Valley
After 5 Years
Nicholson, President and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce is
shown explaining some of the services offered by the Chamber to Christina
Allsop and Tyler Merrin, co-owners of Grill Marks Bistro Restaurant, which
is located at the Clearview Golf Club in Val Caron. The Chamber organizes
a monthly After Business networking evening at various sites in the
Greater Sudbury Area and decided to return to
for the first time in five years on March 11. Christina and Tyler
graciously offered their facility to host the event which featured
displays and exhibits from over a dozen businesses and services, several
of which were from
continues to be one of the fastest growing communities within the City of
, both in terms of residential and commercial development. With over
25,000 people living in a rapidly expanding town with a proud history,
has become home to many of the influential leaders of both private and
public sector businesses and organizations in the region. It is estimated
that up to 8,000 people commute to work each day to various sites in the
former City of
. It has been said that the residents of
have direct contact with over 80,000 people living throughout the region
through business, school and family connections. The economic impact
has on the City of
addition to being the preferred place to raise families for many of the
key leaders in many of the establishments outside of the community, Valley
East is also home to approximately 500 store-front and home-based
businesses and professional service providers. This is becoming known as
the “City within a City”, in reference to the fact that
had received the official designation as a “city” just prior to
have just about all of the goods and services they will ever need right in
their own self-contained community. Events such as the Greater Sudbury
Chamber of Commerce After Business provide community leaders an
opportunity to network with each other and to share ideas and visions of
several large subdivisions already approved as well as other retail
expansion projects in the works, it appears as if
is going to continue to experience significant growth and development in
Community Theatre Raises Funds and Awareness Of Grass Roots Cultural
Sandra Desjardins, Secretary of the
Valley East Community Theatre Group, puts the finishing touches to the
Annual Valentine's Penny Table at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre. Each
year at this time the group organizes a huge penny table sale to help
raise much-needed funds for the theatre group and generate renewed
interest among residents interested in the development of the arts and
cultural sector of the community. Shown examining the array of prizes is
Marcel Legault, a trustee with the French Catholic School Board and
someone who has always had an interest in the development of young
The topic of arts and culture is expected to reach a peak some time
this spring when City Council is presented with a proposal to build a $75
million performing arts centre somewhere in the downtown core. While there
are plenty of emotional and economic arguments to support such a
development, the fact remains that Council will also be presented with a
proposal for a state-of-the-art sports facility with a price-tag that
could also hit the $75 million level before it is complete.
The success of recent
concerts featuring Elton John, Michael Bulble, Anne Murray, Blue Rodeo and
other big name performers has generated discussion of a third option,
namely the development of a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex
which may satisfy the needs of the entire community and avoid an obvious
conflict between different interest groups in the city. Clearly, it would
seem that an 1800 seat auditorium in a new Arts Centre would be
insufficient to attract the likes of Elton John, Michael Bulble, Anne
Murray or any other performers of their stature. Indeed, the Sudbury
Arena’s 6000 seats are barely enough to warrant this level of
entertainment. Neither of the new proposals include seating arrangements
that would be satisfactory if we are to continue to see groups of this
nature coming to Sudbury. At some point we will either have to spend a
lot of money upgrading the Sudbury Arena or build a larger complex some
time in the future. Some are saying, “Why wait? Why not do it all at
once and make one facility that will be good for everyone?”
It would appear then, that once the total cost of the two new
facilities are put on the table, the debate over whether to pursue one or
both will undoubtedly split the community. At that time consideration will
have to be given to a development of a new multi-purpose facility that
could seat as many as 10,000 people at a time and yet still accommodate
the needs of some performances that require a much smaller space.
Engineering technology currently exists to allow for the flexibility in
construction to make this happen. All of this can be done for about half
the combined cost of the two proposals about to be put in front of City
Council this spring.
such facility that has come up as an example in recent editorials in a
local news publication is London’s $47
million John Labatt Centre, which can hold over 9,000 fans for hockey or
concerts and over 3000 for theatre performances.
While the debate goes
on about what type of facility we need to build in the central part of
Sudbury to attract major concerts and symphonies, the Valley East
Community Theatre Group is busy trying to generate a grass-roots arts and
cultural climate right here in our own community. This is where the
“seeds of culture” need to be sown and we commend all of the
volunteers who are doing their part to bring this spirit to life.
next performance by the Valley East Community Theatre will be popular
musical, "Leader of The Pack". It will be held on April 24, 25,
26 and May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10. Each show will begin at at HanmerSecondary School.
Tickets are $15 for
adults and $10 for seniors and children.
You can pick up your
tickets at M & R Grill (Capreol), Valley Plaza Pharmasave; Paulette's
Variety; Val Caron Rexall Drug Store; and Caisse Populaire St-Jacques de
Girls Perform Well In The Pool During Meet In Timmins
Tkachuk is a 15 year old swimmer who joined the Valley East Waves
started in competitive swimming in
with the GANDER LAKERS SWIM CLUB in
the 2005-2006 swim season.
Previously she had been involved in diving and was a member of a
diving club, diving was not available in
so she joined Competitive Swimming with her brother Alex.She attends grade 9 at
and is also a member for their school swim team.After several months of training in Group 2 of the Valley
East Waves, Sarah had a great meet in Timmins at the Fred Rams B
Championships on February 23 + 24 with 6 personal best times, 6 gold
medals and overall high point winner for the 15 and over girls age
McAnulty joined the Junior Waves program of the Valley East Waves in
the 2003-2004 season, following in the footsteps of big brother
Steven.Now as a 14 year
old competitor who has moved through the program from Junior Waves
to Group 2, Corinne trains hard five times a week for one and one
half hours at a time, she has really found her groove in sprint fly
attends Grade 9 at
also competed for her high school swim team at the recent City
attended the Fred Rams B Championships on February 23+24 in
.With six personal best times
(what the Waves consider a perfect meet), 4 gold medals, a silver
and bronze Corinne was the overall high point winner for the 13+14
girls age category.
Mark Hodgson Wins $1500 Valentine's
Mark Hodgson was the big winner in the 1st Annual Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre Valentine's Day Customer Appreciation Contest which
was held on February 14, 2008. In the above photo, Mark is shown being
congratulated by the owners of Sole Mates Family Footwear, Rob Cousins,
and his wife, Vicki who is standing just behind him to his right. The
winning ballot was picked up at Sole Mates Family Footwear and as a
special bonus prize, Mark won an extra $100 gift certificate that can be
redeemed from Sole Mates. Mark works at Cambrian Ford and is originally
Mark brought the rest of his family along for the prize presentation.
He was joined by his wife, Jeannine Hodgson and their two children, Ariel
(9) and Erika (8). Both girls attend Redwood Acres Public School in Grades
4 and 3 respectively. The Hodgson's live in Val Caron.
Jeannine has her family roots as a Valley resident going back into the
early 1900's. Her grandfather, Napoleon Bertrand started Capreol Dairy.
Her father, Roger, owned Sudbury Wholesale.
Besides the $100 gift certificate which was donated by the landlords,
Val and Violet Mazzuca, Mark won the following prizes and gift
certificates from the the participating merchants.
His & Hers Matching Wrist Watches from J.B. Jewellers
A Large Food Basket From Desjardins’ Food Basics
Standard Express Vu System from
Tickets to see Damian The Hypnotist from Cranky Joes
Gift Basket from Hidden Secrets
A bouquet of
flowers from The Floral Nook
from Hanmer Home Hardware
Gift Pack from Hanmer Denture Clinic
A Hershey Chocolate Bar Pack from the Dollar Klub
A Copy of a
New Release from Popcorn Video
fishing rod from Western Auto NAPA
A Gift Bag
from Lou’s Shoe Repair
PLUS A SHOPPING SPREE WITH
GIFT CERTIFICATES FROM THE FOLLOWING MERCHANTS:
Valley Plaza Barber Shop Gallery
& Brew Shop
Dunlop & Labrecque Optometrists Dixie
Breast Cancer Research Benefits
From Sales of Avon Products
Lise Harrison and Cori Chauvin are shown with their four
fund-raising products from Avon as they spent a recent weekend at the
Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre generating much needed dollars for Breast
All of the Avon products cost $5 with the entire proceeds going to the
charitable cause. Visitors had their choice of memor pads, key chains,
candles or a shawl, each with the familiar Breast Cancer logo on them.
Breast Cancer Research is the major "cause" of Avon. Displays
such as this are set up in malls across the country all year long so that
people can donate to this worthy charity and help put an end to the
dreadful disease. Both Lise and Cori are Avon Reps from Valley East.
Cash Calendars Being Sold By Ecole
Notre Dame To Raise Money For Year End Activities
Sue Beaudry is recognized in the community as a tireless
volunteer who is always ready to lend a helping hand when it comes to
children. Here she is shown spending several hours at the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre selling "Cash Calendars" for the Parent-Teachers
Association of Ecole Notre Dame of Hanmer. Sue's daughter, Jennifer, is a
Grade 8 student at the school.
Don Dupuis stopped by to purchase one of the tickets which will give
him a chance at winning one of the daily prizes that will be awarded
during the month of March. The $5 ticket gives him 31 chances at winning a
cash prize. Every Sunday during March the prize will be $100; Saturdays
the prize will be $50; and all weekday winners will receive a prize of
$20. In all, $1170 in prizes will be handed out to thirty one winners.
This is the first year Ecole Notre Dame has tried this type of
fund-raiser. You can also pick up one of your tickets at the school every
Friday or by calling 969-4411.
Sue is also President of the Club Optimist de la Vallee, a youth
organization that is dedicated to raising money in support of youth-based
activities. The group organizes an annual golf tournament, bike rodeo,
Christmas breakfast and Popcorn Fridays at the school. They provide
funding to individuals who need financial assistance in order to improve
the quality of life of children in the family.
On top of that, Sue is the manager of the two hockey teams her children
play on in Valley East. Her son, Justin, attends Grade 10 at Collage Notre
Dame in Sudbury.
Sue stopped working outside the home when her daughter was ten years of
age. "I decided it was more important for me to be around for my
children than to continue working and have more money for those extra
luxuries. We just have to watch what we spend and we sacrifice a few
things, but I don't regret my decision for one minute. It has made a world
of difference for my children to know that their mother is available when
needed. It has also been a wonderful experience for them to see me getting
so involved in the community and in their school activities."
While her schedule is certainly filled with plenty to do because of her
community involvement and volunteering activities, Sue wouldn't have it
any other way, "I think it is important for children to see their
parents getting involved in their community. It shows them how much we
care and gives them a good example to follow when they have their own
children. I know I am very fortunate to be in a position where I am able
to take time from my career to devote to my children. It is something I am
grateful for and will continue to take advantage of as long as I
Laurentian University Nursing
Students Conduct Vital Signs Clinic
As part of their program, students enrolled in the
Laurentian University Nursing Programs are required to spend a number of
hours in community and clinical settings. On February 11, 2008, seven of
the students, under the supervision of Lynn Aubuchon, third from the right
in the photo, conducted a Vital Signs Clinic at the Hanmer Valley Shopping
Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Carrie-Ann Castilloux,
Marie Rose, Dominique Leroux, Renee Bertrand, Nathalie Lebeau, Lynn
Aubuchon, Charlene Quesnel, and Fatima Sankoh.
The girls are all part of the 4 year French language nursing program at
Model and Talent Convention Could Be The Start Of A New Lifestyle
For The Collin Family
A local family from Hanmer is one step closer to realizing their dreams.
The Collin Family are shown from top to bottom in the photo, includes,
Alyssa (8), Ashley (17), and Aubrey (11), They have successfully
auditioned to attend the Canadian Model and Talent Convention (CMTC) in
Toronto this coming May. At the CMTC, they will have the opportunity to
meet OVER 50 of the World’s Top Modeling and Talent Agents, attend
workshops and seminars as well as compete in several competitions.
Ashley is 17 years old
and has been in dance, acting, singing and modeling for 4 years. Her goal
is a career in acting and singing. She began at Paquette School of Music
as a vocal student when she was 10 years old. The family then moved to
where she continued singing and acting and had a lead role in the school
play, Joseph and the TechniColour Coat. Upon returning to
and buying a home in
, Ashley was enrolled in Diane Boulais School of Dance where she attended
for 3 years. In 2007 Ashley decided she wanted to expand her experiences
and joined Gauvreau School of Performing Arts. Since being at Gauvreau she
has been in the French River Trading Post commercial on MCTV, modeled
wedding attire in the local Bridal Show and modeled Fashions by Deedee at
the Sudbury Arts and Crafts Show at the Howard Johnson. Ashley began
secondary education at Bishop Alexander Carter in Hanmer and in Grade 11
transferred to Sudbury Secondary Performing Arts School where she is
currently completing Grade 12. She is a Drama Major, Vocal and Dance
Aubrey is 11 years old
and a natural born actor and comedian. He has been professionally trained
for one year and his goal right now is to become an actor. Aubrey is in
Grade 6 at Immaculate Conception School. He enjoys being center stage in
any situation and much to the dismay to his teachers, easily engages his
peers with his stories and antics. This is Aubrey's first year of formal
training in the Arts and he has exceeded all expectations. He attends
Gauvreau School of Performing Arts and studies Musical Theater.
And finally there is
Alyssa. She is 8 years old and has been in dance, modeling, and musical
theatre for 4 years. Her dream is to sing and dance professionally. Alyssa
is in grade 3 at Immaculate Conception School. She attended Diane Boulais
School of Dance for 3 years where she studied tap, ballet and jazz. Alyssa
and her classmates competed in the North Bay Kiwanis Festival where her
group placed first for her division. This year Alyssa wanted to try
modeling and enrolled in Gauvreau School of Performing Arts. She has
modeled flower girl attire at the Bridal Show in
. She is also taking Ballet and Musical Theatre at Gauveau.
In order for the family
to attend the four-day CMTC, they must raise $7000 to cover the expenses.The entire Collin Family will be set up at the Hanmer Valley
Shopping Centre every Sunday in February from
They will be available to talk about their dreams of one day becoming
professionals and will be hoping for your support in helping them achieve
their goals. If you would like to make a donation to the family so that
they can attend the CMTC, please stop by their table at the mall. They
would appreciate any and all donations.
If you would like more
information, you can contact their mother, Carrie Collin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone at 662-9105.
East Novice Rebels Capture
International Silver Stick Title
The Valley East Novice Rebels took top spot in the International
Silver Stick Novice A play down held in
St Clair Shores
the weekend of Jan 25 to 27th .
downed the Valley Forge Colonials from
3-1 in the championship final.
The photo above includes the
following players and coaches:
first row goalies from left to right Conner Sauve and Matthew Menard;
2nd row shows the 3 kids kneeling from left to right Jason Gough, Damien
Giroux, Braedon Bilodeau; 3 row left to right Mason Blinn, Carver Grenon,
Ryan Boudreau, Kyle Preseau, Kory Landry, Bradley Chenier, Daniel
Walker, Alexandre Baronette, Bryson McLoughlin, Kade Bilodeau; 4th
row Coaches: John Sauve, Dan Giroux, Todd Grenon, Richard Walker, Victor
Baronette, Absent Steve Blinn and Derek McLoughlin .
participants play in Regional Silver Stick Qualifying Tournaments
with representatives coming from
.Champions from these
tournaments are invited to advance to play other champions in the
International Final Tournament. The tournament played host to 20
qualifying teams.If you are
going to win one, this is the one to win.The talent at this level is incredible.The Novice Rebels have been working hard all season with this
tournament as the primary gold.Five straight victories are what it took to get the prestigious
It’s a 10 hour bus
ride to get to
St Clair Shores
, but it did not take long for the Valley East Rebels to get out of the
gate.The coaching staff had
these kids firing on all cylinders. “Who are we boys?” yells the coach
and this gets the kids going every time as they reply with an overwhelming
Dallas Jets team, Damien Giroux got them going with the 1st goal followed
by Daniel Walker (with two goals) and Bradley Chenier getting a single as
the Valley East Rebels won 4-1.The
Rebels defense was strong as usual, limiting the Jet offence and allowing
goaltender Connor Sauve to keep his team in the game.It was good to see the boys win the first game and ended the first
game curse that has plagued many teams from this region during this
The next game saw the
Rebels offence open up a little as they handily defeated the Collingwood
Blackhawks 8-1.Rebels scorers
included; Daniel Walker (3), Damien Giroux (2), Bradley Chenier, Kyle
Preseau and Carver Grenon each adding singles.Again the defense limited the Blackhawk chances and goaltender
Matthew Menard allowed only 1 goal in his tournament debut.
The third and final game of
the round robin saw the boy’s meet up with Indianapolis Racers.It was a one sided affair seeing the boys outshoot the Racers 40-3
and winning the game 15-0.With
this final victory of the round robin, the Rebels sat in second place
behind the Valley Forge Colonials.
The Semi-Finals started Sunday morning and
Jason Gough led the team out of the gate with a quick goal only 36 seconds
in.With confidence brimming
over, the Rebels continued their team play that has made them so
successful this year and sent the Raiders packing with a 5-2 win.
“Welcome to the
show” yells Coach Richard Walker as he starts his pre-game talk before
the Championship Game against Valley Forge Colonials from
.It’s all about “heart”
and conditioning at this point and the Rebels definitely have this in
abundance.In what was widely
expected to be a high-paced game, the Valley East Rebels defense did not
disappoint and exerted their presence from the initial face-off.It took the Colonials till the 3rd period before they
could find an hole in the Rebel fortress as Connor Sauve held them back in
allowing only one goal against.Facing an awesome Colonial goalie, the Rebels mounted attack upon
attack with a total of 31 shots.In
the end, with the support of his teammates, Captain Daniel Walker led the
way with a natural hat trick securing a 3-1 Rebel victory.
Returning Head Coach
Richard Walker has been to the International Silver Stick before and knew
what it took to win it.Assembling
a strong coaching and management staff, he picked the best players from a
talent base and has continually challenged the boys to be better everyday.Starting with a Championship in
in October, the Rebels have followed it up with victories in the Guelph
Storm AA and
A tournaments.The final step
to getting these boys geared up for the International Silver Stick was to
have them play in the Barrie Colts "AAA" tournament where they
lost a very close semi-final game to Peterborough.
Valley East Rebel Novice roster includes: Matthew Menard, Conner Sauve,
Braedon Bilodeau, Kade Boileau, Kory Landry, Mason Blinn, Daniel Walker,
Bryson McLoughlin, Kyle Preseau, Bradley Chenier, Jason Gough, Carver
Grenon, Damien Giroux, Alexandre Baronette, and Ryan Boudreau, Richard
Walker (coach), Steve Blinn (coach),Dan
Giroux ( coach), Todd Grenon (coach), John Sauve (trainer) Derek
McLoughlin (coach) and team manager Victor Baronette.
Members of Valley
Waves Swim Club Qualify For Provincials
East Waves Swim Club will be well represented at the Short Course
Provincial Championships in London on February 28, 29, March 1 and 2. Four
talented boys will hit the lanes in London as they continue to impress the swimming
community in Ontario. The four, from the left, are Ian Blechta,
Justin Leclair, Colin Hirschfeld and Spencer Hirschfeld.
a qualifying meet which was held at Laurentian University the first
weekend of February, The Wave’s were in the Large team category with 13
swimmers and placed 4th overall.
Hirschfeld placed 3rd overall in the 14 & 15 year old boys’
category. He ended up 1st in 200 Fly and 100 Breast; 2nd in 50 Fly,
100 Fly and 200 Breast; and 3 rd in 50 Free and 400 IM.
Hirschfeld was 1st in 50 Fly and 100 Fly; 2nd in 200 Fly, 200 IM
and 50 Free; and 3rd in 50 Back.
Leclair placed 2nd overall with a 1st in 50 Breast, 200 Breast and 50
Back; 2nd in 200 Back 100 Back and 400 IM; and 3rd in 200 IM.
Blechta placed 3rd overall in the 16 and over boys category. He came 1st
in the 50 Breast, 100 Breast, 200 Breast and 200 IM
Waves also did very well in the relay events. The team of Alex
Leduc, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Leclair and Colin Hirschfeld finished 1st
in the 200 Free Relay.
Leclair, Colin Hirschfeld, Denis Villeneuve and Spencer Hirschfeld took
top spot in the 200 Medley Relay.
Hirschfeld, Colin Hirschfeld, Ian Blechta and Steven McAnulty took 3rd
place in the 200 Free Relay.
For more information about the Valley East Waves you can
contact Sharon Leger, Head Coach, at 969-1360.
96.7 FM Radio Launches
Weekly Education Talk Show From Laurentian University
Robert Kirwan, a well-known local
education authority who operates his own private practice as an
Independent Education, Career and Personal Development Agent, is the host
of a brand new radio talk show that will be of interest to all students,
parents and teachers of the Greater Sudbury Area.
Learning Clinic: Inside Education, will broadcast live every Monday
on CKLU 96.7 FM from the studio at Laurentian University.
The Greater Sudbury
Learning Clinic was founded by Kirwan at the beginning of 2007 as a
Tutoring Agency providing personal, one-on-one, in your home tutoring
services to students attending elementary, secondary and post-secondary
institutions in the City of
. He has built up a Registry of Tutors which contains in excess of one
hundred instructors who are qualified to provide assistance in both
official languages in all subject areas to regular and special needs
students of all ages in all schools.
“In meeting with
hundreds of parents during the past year I have discovered a disturbing
degree of confusion and anxiety when it comes to the learning difficulties
and challenges being faced by their children. We continue to emphasize the
importance of higher education as the key to a successful and satisfying
life, but the complexity of the whole education system today is
overwhelming to most parents and students,” explained Kirwan. “The
Learning Clinic will provide assistance in the form of personal
“learning coaches” to students of parents who approach us directly for
help, but I wanted to find a way of reaching out to more of the 45,000 or
more students who are attending JK to Grade 12 and post-secondary
institutions in the region, and I wanted to find an effective way of
communicating with the parents and teachers of these students.”
In attempting to
accomplish his mission, Kirwan has created a comprehensive web site at www.thelearningclinic.ca
that contains a wide variety of information, commentaries and
inspirational editorials designed to motivate and encourage students,
parents and teachers. “I am pleased with the growth of the web site and
will continue to add appropriate content and links to the site to meet the
needs of people who turn to the internet for solutions to their problems,
but I felt that I needed another form of media to compliment the web site.
That is why I decided to turn to Laurentian University for help,
specifically, CKLU Radio.”
Learning Clinic: Inside Education will feature special interviews with
dozens of people from the area who have something to offer listeners with
respect to arriving at a better understanding of education, career and
personal development topics. Kirwan will take time to discuss and debate
important issues that are of concern to local students, parents and
teachers. He will also deal with some of the trends in education that may
affect the Greater Sudbury education scene in the future. Many segments of
his radio show will be recorded and made available on demand on the web
site at www.thelearningclinic.ca
for people who may have missed the actual broadcast or who would like to
listen to a particular topic over again.
is taking on a new level of significance in the world today,” Kirwan
pointed out. “No longer is education just for the young. People entering
the workplace now face the prospect of changing careers up to a dozen or
more times during their lifetime. Baby boomers are entering retirement age
with hopes of beginning twilight careers that will allow them to remain
engaged in meaningful employment into their 70’s and 80’s. In the not
so distant future the face of education will take on a whole new look, and
in order to make sense of their world people of all ages will be looking
for someone who can provide them with guidance in making the right
choices. And every career change will require more education and
Learning Clinic: Inside Education can be heard every Monday night from
on CKLU 96.7 FM, or on Cable 106.7. For more information about upcoming
guests and topics, visit the web site at www.thelearningclinic.ca
or phone Robert Kirwan at (705) 524-7006 if you have any suggestions or
concerns you would like to have addressed on the show. Upcoming shows that
will be of particular interest include: What Families Can Do At Home to
Improve Literacy Among Their Children (January 28); The Sports And Success
In High School with Brandon Dougan of
(February 4); and The Effect of Alzheimer’s on Young Students with Linda
Fontaine (February 11).
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