Hi. Our names are Fang (tan coloured husky pictured left) and Austin (black and white husky-husky/mix right) and we are both currently staying at the South Dundas Animal Control Pound. We are looking for forever homes. Both of us are estimated to be about two years old and we are both males. (Fang has been neutered, Austin has not.) Anyone interested in providing homes for either of these two beautiful dogs, should be prepared to handle a high energy dog. The Siberian Husky is a medium sized dog and is a working dog breed. They are very active and energetic, and if trained can make a great family pet. The Husky is affectionate with people but independent. Obedience training is recommended. Huskies tend to run and are excellent escape artists which could be why these two have landed at the South Dundas facility. Huskies need physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Many are used for recreational mushing and skijoring, and they absolutely love the activities. For more information on Fang and Austin, or to meet them please call Kevin Casselman at 613-543-2980
To celebrate Autism Awareness Day earlier this month, the students at St. Mary – St. Cecilia Catholic School in Morrisburg did much more than just wear the ASD colours of purple and orange.
They also learned a lot about ASD, the importance of understanding, including and celebrating the differences of those with the condition of ASD.
On top of that, they raised funds to donate to the CHEO Autism program.
Autism Spectrum Disorder has many symptoms and levels within the spectrum.
It is a condition that affects the way the brain works and how people develop.
People who have it don’t look different, but have particular ways of sensing, learning and understanding things.
They especially have difficulty with communication and social behaviour.
It can affect people in different ways and degrees.
Nobody knows exactly what causes ASD, but they do know that it is one of the fastest growing diagnoses in the world.
Nationally, one in 88 children is diagnosed with autism.
There is a growing movement among adults with autism who don’t think in terms of curing autism, but instead of celebrating difference.
This celebration of difference was how St. Mary – St. Cecilia staff and students chose to honour Autism Awareness Day.
Pat Cole, Applied Behavioural Analysis Expertise Professional with the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario helped educated the students during a special assembly.
She and a team of similar experts train all staff board-wide on how to help students and educators support each other in a way that is beneficial to all within the classroom, including those with ASD.
The highlight of the Autism Day assembly was a performance by Paskale Pilon, a High School Student from St. Joe’s with autism. He sang a heart-warming rendition of True Colors.
Through the school’s fund raising effort $685 was raised for the CHEO Autism program to support families in need. For every dollar donated, students received a ticket to win some great prizes donated by the Conners family, Mrs. Martel and Canadian Tire. Prizes included sports memorabilia, electronic accessories and recreational gear.
November 25th was a day of celebration for the Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation.
The morning’s events began with the unveiling of the Tolley Place sign. The Tolley Place townhomes opened in 2009, offering quality housing to younger seniors.
James Kooistra, Chair of the Board of Directors for the corporation, said, “the idea of this started long ago. I was told it was Trevor (Tolley, former Chair of Board) who had this idea.”
Tolley reminded everyone present that he did not do this alone. He listed all of the people and organizations that worked hard to make Tolley Place a reality.
From the unveiling of the sign, the group moved to one of two new sheds recently erected. Here Kooistra informed everyone that the corporation had received a $15,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which financed the two sheds, two dedication trees, as well as the walkway between Tolley Place and J. W. MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre.
According to a press release from the corporation, due to a 2010 gardening project started by Tolley Place residents, “a garden shed has been placed at Tolley Place and will be available for tool storage. A second shed was placed at the east end of the walkway and will store maintenance equipment.”
As for the trees, Kooistra said, “some years ago the Board said farewell to three board members: Trevor Tolley, Joan Findlay, and Barbara Phifer. They served on the board for many, many years.”
“They were promised that we would plant some trees, one for Trevor and one for the two ladies.”
He then thanked the three again, for their “years of commitment and dedication to the Board.”
A sign dedicating the trees to the three former board members will be affixed to the garden shed.
The walkway, which was completed this fall, finally “links two projects that should always be linked,” said South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds.
As Kooistra pointed out, “the walkway was constructed to provide easier access to the services of the Community Support Centre. These services include exercise classes, hot meal programs, health and wellness clinics and educational presentations. The sidewalk encourages regular walking which is great exercise in itself.”
Jim McDonell, MPP for SD&SG, concurred, saying, “the constructed walkway will provide easy access while promoting a healthier lifestyle.”
“We have a plaque here from the Trillium Foundation to commemorate the volunteers,” who, as he later pointed out, “come out and make a difference.”
Catherine MacLaine, representative for the Ontario Trillium Foundation, said “in October of last year the grant review team was happy to support their efforts with a $15,000 grant.”
She said, “we see a group of dedicated staff and volunteers.”
With that said, Mary Salmon, tenant of Tolley Place, cut the ribbon, officially opening the walkway between Tolley Place and the support centre.
Kooistra then said, “you’re now invited to walk the walk.”
Williamsburg Non-Profit Housing Corporation oversees the operation of Tolley Place, Park Drive Villa, County Road 18 Group Home, Schell Street Group Home, as well as the J. W. MacIntosh Seniors Support Centre.
It also provides community support in the way of meals on wheels, adult day services, transportation, respite, foot care, assisted living services, and diners club.
For more information, contact them at 613-535-2924 or at 613-535-2470. They also have a website: www.wnphc.ca.
Kindergartners at Morrisburg Public School (MPS) have been spending their days immersed in the many worlds of Dr. Seuss.
With the release of The Lorax in theatres and with Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, teacher Hannah Lunan, thought this was a great time to introduce the children to the classic books of Dr. Seuss.
They learned about rhyming with There’s a Wocket in my Pocket and other favourites. They learned a little math with the help of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and some yummy Goldfish crackers.
Reading Green Eggs and Ham inspired Lunan to bring breakfast to school one morning… you guessed it, green eggs and ham!
“They loved it,” said Lunan, admitting that she did prepare them for the feast by explaining how it was made. Food colouring was the ‘magic’ ingredient.
“They’ve been having fun with rhyming. They really enjoy all of his books, especially the classic ones,” she said.
In addition to reading many of the Dr. Seuss classics, the kindergartners also played Dr. Seuss inspired board games, participated in Dr. Seuss inspired activities, and made lots of Dr. Seuss inspired artwork. According to Hannah, “it encourages their imagination, which is so important at their age.”
While reading is great, students were also treated to the movie adaptation of Horton Hears a Who!
And, for the grand finale, Lunan’s class, along with the other MPS kindergarten class, travelled to the theatre in Brockville on March 7th to see the Dr. Seuss book-turned-movie, The Lorax.