Joy and Leanne Casselman of Old Homestead Farm welcomed several two-legged and four-legged guests to their farm September 11, when the Giddy-Up for Bonnie fundraising ride passed through South Dundas. The seven people, and eight horses, were riding from Lindsay to St. Andrew’s West, to raise funds for a dear friend battling cancer. The 440 kilometre journey, included most of the group on horseback, with a team hitched to a covered wagon. Joy was thrilled that the group found her farm, where they camped for the night. The organizer of the ride had driven the back-roads route a few weeks before, stopping at various farms suitable to overnight the camping riders’ horses. They were here on day 12 of their 14 day journey. The ride was more challenging than they anticipated. However, making it a little easier were the people they encountered along the way.
Are high school graduates ready for the next step?
The principals and teachers at Seaway District High School are doing everything they can to ensure the answer to that question is a resounding “yes!”
Seaway is just one of many schools taking part in the new Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program introduced by the Ontario government. Each student graduating from the program will get an SHSM seal on their diploma.
According to Principal Terry Gardiner, SHSM “engages students and gives them a purpose.”
He went on to say, “I feel it’s my job to set people up to meet their potential and have something meaningful after their high school experience.”
The SHSM program allows students to focus on a career path that matches their skills and interests. At the same time, they’re able to meet the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
Students who take part in the SHSM program gain important skills on the job. They also earn industry certifications like standard first aid and CPR.
The SHSM program consists of specialized sectors. Most schools choose one sector of specialty. They are: arts and culture; aviation and aerospace; business; construction; energy; environment; forestry; health and wellness; horticulture and landscaping; hospitality and tourism; information and communications technology; justice, community safety, and emergency services; manufacturing; mining; non-profit; sports; and transportation.
Seaway’s specialized sector is agriculture. There are career options for students choosing a path to apprenticeship; to college; to university; or, straight to the workplace. Regardless of the path chosen, there are many possibilities for a rewarding career.
According to Gardiner, Seaway has “eight students on track to graduate with the seal this year.”
In addition, in September he said there were 18 grade 11 students signing up. He pointed out that the program begins in the 11th grade for those who are interested.
With the SHSM program, students are “allowed to be part of experiential learning.”
“They do better in school,” he continued. Also, “students with learning disabilities do better.”
Gardiner credits the success of the SHSM program to the fact that students can see the relevance of what they’re doing. They’re engaged and can see a purpose for their hard work.
Looking for someone to
give a guy a chance!!!
This mixed breed lad is about three years old and has a beautiful brownish red colour. His stay at the shelter is beginning to stretch out, mainly because he obviously has some hound in him. However, looks can be deceiving and in this case are. Like all dogs, this poor guy is just looking for someone to love him, so that he can love them back. He has impressed everyone at the shelter with how well behaved and good natured he is and how much he wants to please. According to the shelter he is “one of the best behaved dogs to be at the shelter in a very long time.”
For information please call the South Dundas Animal Shelter at 613-543-2980. There are no adoption charges, however, donations of food or cash (used to purchase food) are needed. Donations of food, cash, bedding etc. from the public are also appreciated. New!!! Monetary donations can be made directly to the Municipality of South Dundas, 4296 Cty. Rd. 31, P.O. Box 160, Williamsburg ON K0C 2H0. They can also be dropped off at the municipal office or the Morrisburg Animal Hospital. Cheques MUST be ADDRESSED to the Township of South Dundas (NOT to the Shelter), but clearly marked for the “shelter”. Donations of $20 or more will receive tax receipts.
An Upper Canada Village media event held May 21, gave 2015 SDG International Plowing Match and Rural Expo chair Jim Brownell the opportunity to mark something off his bucket list.
“I have always wanted to do this,” said Brownell who took his turn at the reigns of an Upper Canada Village Canadian horse team.
The demonstration was held to promote spring planting weekend at Upper Canada Village which takes place May 30 and 31.
During this weekend, the importance of agriculture will be demonstrated.
Twelve teams of horses and oxen will be working the fields. In addition to the Village’s teams of Canadian horses, and working Devon Oxen, teams from the region have been invited. Those include Percherons of Marwin Antoine, Belgians of Brent and Christina Christie, Clydesdales of Don and Cheryl Cook, Belgians of Gabriele Lacavalier, Percherons or Ron McMillan, Percherons of Alan Moulton, Belgians of Roy Sherrer and Belgians of Jake and Sam Wensink.
A variety of horse drawn equipment will be on site courtesy of Walter Hambleton and Mary Hume, and Upper Canada Village.
At last week’s media event, St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Upper Canada Village and IPM officials drew attention to the important partnership formed between the SLPC and IPM.
Bookings for hotels and campground spaces throughout the region are starting to fill up as thousands of visitors plan to attend the SDG IPM which takes place near Finch, September 22-26.