Posts Tagged ‘children’

Celebrating Volunteer Week

Thursday, April 25th, 2013


In their role as tutor, mentor, special friend, board member, driver and more, volunteers make a significant difference to the lives of the children, youth and families in communities across the province. The Halton Children’s Aid Society (Halton CAS) supports National Volunteer Week—April 21-27, 2013—as a time to recognize the important role of volunteers in our society and the great work they do!

According to the 2011 United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, “. . . volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.”


Musical Annie Brought to Life by Oakville Youth

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The Annie Cast!

The Family Place SACC Focus Players of Heritage Glenn Public School in Oakville presented two performances of the musical “Annie”. These talented youngsters, aged “almost 8 years” to 10 years of age, are in Grades two to five at Heritage Glen.

Devon Saila, their Producer, Director and “all-round great teacher” masterfully coached the cast, created fanciful sets complete with professional lighting, organized the help of parents and supportive school staff and presented a performance that was delightfully worthy of a full house at both performances!

Last September the fifteen young students committed to devoting many after-school hours to working on producing “Annie”. Nine year old Holly, who played Annie and was the lead in this year’s production, took private voice lessons to prepare herself for her brilliant rendition of this gutsy orphan and to sing favourite songs such as “Tomorrow”. Holly, a member of the Oakville’s Children’s Choir, has a jump-start on a life in theatre and would like to become a professional actress one day.

Related: Click here for more pictures.


Giftless Birthday Parties For Kids

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Has your child been invited to a giftless birthday party?  Have you held a giftless party for your kids? Recently the momstown Oakville message board was joining in on the conversation about this new trend.  A member was thinking of going this route for her child’s upcoming birthday and was wondering how people felt about it.

For those who haven’t heard about a giftless birthday party, the idea is that invited guests are asked to make a charitable donation instead of bringing a gift.  A popular tool to use is where you can make a donation and half of the money goes to a charity of choice and the other half goes towards buying one larger gift for the birthday boy or girl.  If not using that tool, you can simply direct people to a charitable organization’s website.  Another option is to do a giftless birthday where you don’t ask for donations either but just let guests know that gifts are not necessary. (more…)

November is Adoption Awareness Month in Ontario

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

All children deserve to have a forever family

Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies are spreading the message throughout Adoption Awareness Month that all children and youth deserve to have forever families and lifelong connections they can count on.

What is a forever family? It’s a lifelong, permanent connection to an adult through adoption, legal custody, kinship care (care by a relative or someone known to the child), or customary care. Having this connection is extremely important as it provides an adult for children and youth to turn to through all of life’s celebrations and challenges, a safe place to come home to, and a sense of stability. Last year, more than 830 children were connected to their forever family by adoption through the public system, including ten in the Halton Region.


2nd Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day – How Oakville Paid it Forward

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

New Central Public School Collected Over 2,000 Cans of Food for Oakville’s Fareshare Food Bank!

Oakville celebrated its 2nd Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day on November 9th and the Oakville Community Foundation encouraged everyone to “Make the World a Better Place – One Good Deed at a Time”. Communities thrive with kindness. A small, simple act of kindness can change a day or a life of someone and can create a world full of joy. Smile! Greet a stranger, a senior or a child; and yes, buy someone’s coffee for them! It is a day to celebrate either small or large gestures in life in a random way.

Since the Random Act of Kindness Day initiative was launched last month, many events have occurred that fall under this title – They all began with a spontaneous idea – some acts lasted a second – others required planning. Both are valid Random Acts of Kindness that inspire a culture of caring and work towards building a fundamental framework for a successful community.

Related: Click here to view more photos of this event.