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Our Game, T.J.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Story By Karen Sheviak
From an inauspicious beginning as a young child skating in community centres and on ponds in Pickering in the 1980s, to a long career playing professional hockey in Canada and around the world, T.J. Kemp combined hard work and determination to create a hockey career that millions of kids aim for but very few achieve. MOVE Magazine caught up with him as he starts a new venture, Kemper Hockey School, with an
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When did you realize you might have the talent to go far in hockey?
What was it like living in Europe while playing hockey?
I was always one of the better players on my teams growing up but I never thought I would be able to play at a professional level. Once I turned 15 I thought I might be able to make it to junior A (Pickering Panthers) but I was never that confident. All everyone talked about was getting drafted to the OHL and if you didn't then it was a disappointment. But I never really had interest in that route even though I had a few teams interested in bringing me to training camp.
Living in Europe was a huge eye opener for me, I could have stayed in the AHL but I had given up on the NHL dream and decided I wanted to make some money before my career came to an end. It was nice making Euros but it wasn't what I was used to (money direct-deposited into your bank account). It was the opposite: going to find your paycheque and not knowing if you’re even going to get anything. It all depended on the league I played in. You need to do your homework before you head overseas, and that’s why I loved hockey because I could call a Canadian or American who played there the year before and the guys are pretty honest with each other.
Once I graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, I thought I could just play for a year or two in the minors somewhere hot and then just join the real world like everyone else. I finished my first season in Reading, PA in the East Coast Hockey League and it was the longest year of my life, getting called up to the AHL a few times then sent back down, constantly changing teams and meeting new players. I was ready to quit and move home. The next season I went back and when someone got hurt in Manchester (AHL) I got a chance to play a game. And the rest was history, but not until then did I ever think I had a career in hockey. Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time to get your opportunity.
How did your uncle inspire you in your hockey career? My uncle (Jim Montgomery, now the head coach at the University of Denver) inspired me when I was 12 years old. I had always followed him growing up but it wasn't until I watched him and Paul Kariya shatter NCAA records in 1993 (record 42-1-2) for the Maine Black Bears when he scored a natural hat trick in the third period to win the NCAA national championship. That’s when it really hit me — I was going to play college hockey and hopefully for the Black Bears. He signed with the St. Louis Blues after the season and played a short career in the NHL, most of it in the minors.
What were some of the keys to your success? The keys to some of my success was taking chances on offensive rushes. I was a smaller defenceman, which are a dime a dozen, and anyone could have taken my spot so I knew I had to show the coaches that I could be an asset to each team I joined. And these “chances” weren’t just taking a risk all the time; they were calculated chances. I had to know who had the puck, who liked to pass the puck and who could make plays.
Who were some of the coaches you had and how did they help your career? I played on so many teams over my career that some might say I was a suitcase, which was true. I was never drafted or signed anywhere so I always had to prove myself to a new coach or a new general manager. Getting called up and sent down was second nature to me my first season. Little did I know that all the coaches I had in the AHL would end up being NHL coaches down the road: Claude Noël, Todd Richards, Dan Bylsma, Todd Reirden, Mark Morris and Kelly Buchberger. But my most memorable was Mark Messier at the Deutschland Cup when I played for Team Canada in Germany. I feel like I learned a ton over those years of being called up to so many teams, different systems, practices and game plans. But most of all, I learned about how to be a professional and come to work prepared every single day.
How did you juggle pro hockey and having a wife and children? Having my wife with me was the best thing for me. I played with other players who were always by themselves and it took its toll on them mentally. When I had a bad day, week or month, I could always come home to my wife and just talk about anything but hockey to take my mind off things. We lived in Germany, Italy and Japan, not to mention all the trips we went on during breaks. We met so many great people who we still talk to today. We didn't realize at the time that we would end up travelling the world and how fortunate I was to play in all those countries.
Why did you start Kemper Hockey School? I started my hockey school because I wanted to offer something that I don’t see around the GTA in regards to defence specific training. I really want to focus on developing the younger generation and teach them good habits, whether it’s reading when to jump in the play, working on power skating or just focusing on making a good first pass. I see so many young players being led in the wrong direction. Whether it's pressure from their parents to get drafted to the OHL or just being led to believe that if you aren't a top player on your team, you will never make it. Now that KHS is up and running, I really look forward to preparing all players to reach the next level and play with confidence.
What do you think are the keys to succeeding now in hockey? I believe you have to show up to whatever team you are trying out for in top shape, and it starts with a healthy diet and hard off-ice workouts. Of course, you have to be able to play the game but you never want to give any coaches or GMs an excuse to get rid of you. The words mentally tough cross everyone’s mind now: can you handle being yelled at and then get back out on the ice, stay focused and do your job? Last but not least, what really helped my game growing up was playing road hockey every night until it was too dark to see. Shooting pucks in my driveway and destroying my parents’ garage was second nature. These are the things I think help with succeeding in hockey.
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fire safety: tips to protect your family
By Julie Ineson CFEI Inspector | Fire Services Department
Left: Proper distribution of smoke alarms Right: Example of how to plan an escape route
While it’s easy to think a fire “could never happen to me,” it just takes a few minutes away from the stove, or a forgotten dead battery in a smoke alarm, for a spark to turn into tragedy. There is no better time to focus on fire safety than right now. Here are the top ways you can protect your home and loved ones.
1. STAY IN THE KITCHEN WHILE COOKING Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario, and most kitchen fires result from leaving the stove unattended. Also, many fatal fires are caused by people attempting to cook while under the influence of alcohol. • Watch the stove closely, especially if you are using oil or high temperatures. • Keep a properly fitting lid near the stove when cooking. If a pot or pan catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Do not attempt to move the pot or pan. • Keep combustible items such as cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders a safe distance away from the stove.
2. INSTALL AND MAINTAIN SMOKE ALARMS AND CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS Working smoke alarms can increase your chances of surviving a fire by up to 50 per cent. It is the responsibility of homeowners to install and maintain smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas. In rental properties, it is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law. Failure to do so could result in a ticket of $360 and a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals. When installing smoke alarms, refer to the manufacturer's instructions for information on the correct placement. • Test smoke alarms every month using the test button. • Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low battery warning sound chirps. • Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old, even the hardwired type. 4 | www.movemag.ca
A properly installed and maintained carbon monoxide alarm can alert you to when the poisonous gas is present. They usually have a life expectancy of five to seven years. If the alarm sounds, evacuate your home quickly. Call your local Fire Service at 911 from outside and ask them to check your home for the presence of carbon monoxide. • If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, install a CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area. • For optimum protection, install additional CO alarms in other levels and/or areas of the home that are in proximity to a CO source.
3. PLAN AND PRACTISE YOUR ESCAPE You may only have seconds to safely escape your home if there is a fire. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home if a fire occurs. • Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room. • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children and older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance. • Choose a meeting place outside, in front of your home. If you come across smoke while escaping, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit. Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation. Get out and stay out! Never re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call your local Fire Service from outside your home using a cellphone or from a neighbour's home.
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For the Love of Jazz By Dawn Riddoch
The Durham Jazz Band has come a long way in a short time. In just a few years, the band has grown by leaps and bounds, won numerous awards both at home and abroad and created a legacy for local elementary and high school students. Yes, students. Playing in a jazz band is not a common activity for kids, but Nicole Henning, a music teacher, had a hunch that the sophisticated music might be an appealing challenge for them. “I always found jazz to be a really exciting form of music,” says Henning, “but there aren’t a lot of people doing jazz at the elementary level.” Armed with her own experience in a jazz band and as a music teacher, she was ready to try it. She invited Andrew Cohen, a fellow music teacher, to join her after attending several of his workshops. Together they created the Durham Jazz Band (DJB) and held the first auditions in 2009. They were blown away by the response. In their first year, the DJB attended the Southern Ontario Band Festival (SOBF) and toured Durham Region. The year after, “we did a retreat for the first time,” says Henning. “We went to SOBF and attained gold level, and they gave us an invitation to nationals in Vancouver for MusicFest in May.” The students that had graduated and went into Grade 9 were asking, “now what?” This led to the creation of the senior band, a 16-piece band made up of secondary students in grades 9 and 10. The band members pay it forward by bringing their passion and what they’ve learned back to their own schools; they participate in bands, act as assistants or mentor other musicians. “Four of our previous members have gone on to study instrumental jazz performance at a university or college,” says Henning. Recently, the students going in to Grade 11 wanted to continue, so Henning and Cohen have decided to add another senior band – a
16-piece band made up of secondary students in grades 11 and 12. The current senior band will now be known as the intermediate band, and Amy Peck, a secondary music teacher, will be their director. Peck ran a workshop with both bands this year and performed with them at their annual fundraiser. “She worked so well with the students and they were really engaged,” says Henning. “Every year gets more and more wonderful,” she says. “This year, in particular, was an amazing year for a lot of reasons. Halfway through the year they were playing really well. Even at our retreat, they were crushing everything that I thought would be challenging.” So she laid out some options – they could continue to play pieces at this level, or they could take it up a notch and move into the professional level of music. She discussed what this would mean for them: hard work. They cast their votes anonymously, and 100 per cent of them chose to move forward. “It’s not even the playing that I was the most proud of, it was their choices,” says Henning. Both bands received gold at SOBF and both bands came in first place in every category at the Festival of Music in New York City, including Best Jazz Ensemble, Best Jazz Section and two individual soloist awards.
“+ I always found jazz to be a really exciting form of music.” With all their success, Henning is quick to deflect praise to where she feels it belongs: on the students. “I’ve never believed it’s my band,” she says. “It’s their band, right? I’m just lucky enough to steer the ship.”
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The name says it all: Ruff Start New Beginnings (RSNB). A dog may have been homeless on a native reserve and at risk of getting shot during a cull. Or he may have been turned in to a shelter (possibly with a high euthanasia rate) just because his family moved or had a baby. RSNB, an all-breed dog rescue in Durham Region that I volunteer at, steps in, gives the dog medical treatment and sends him to a foster home where he learns how to live in a safe, loving environment. Then, hopefully, he will be ready for adoption and will go to his forever family. It can cost between $400 and $1,000 (often much more!) for veterinary expenses for a rescued dog, and we have received amazing support from our community in Durham Region, with friends adopting rescues and passing the word on to others. Two of our biggest supporters are Hysthairia Salon and Spa in Newcastle, which sponsors dogs, and Pet Valu in Newcastle, which donates high quality pet food. These donations, plus our adoption fees of $250 to $350, allow us to cover all of the expenses for our foster families. My goal is to be a voice for dogs in need of rescue, and to educate not only adults but also children. My sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes collected Canadian Tire money last year for a rescue group in northern Ontario. I went into each class and spoke to the children about how they can help. They are our future. If the lives of Canadian dogs are to change, they have the ability to make it happen.
Lucy when she was rescued
Lucy, who was malnourished and suffering from a severe case of mange, was rescued from a reserve in Quebec and brought to Ruff Start New Beginnings once she was well enough to travel. A friend of mine, Megan Hawley, saw pictures of Lucy, and immediately wanted to adopt her. Her new family is blown away but what a sweet, kind, gentle and smart girl she is. She has been through so much but still takes each day in stride, with a happy tail wag and that Lucy attitude that can melt even the strongest of hearts.
It is heart-warming to drive through town or see posts on Facebook of all the little souls that RSNB has helped place. The rescueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motto is One Life at a Time, and since they are such a small rescue, it is so true. RSNB, and the adoptive family, have made a difference in that one life, but to that dog, it is its whole life. And it matters.
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Dear Dr. Grewal Dear Dr. Grewal, I am 13 years old and am going into Grade 8. I have just gotten braces and have some questions for you. -Caitlyn Dear Caitlyn, Here are the answers to your questions. When will I begin to see improvements in my teeth after my braces are put on? You will start to see movement within the first four to six weeks after the wires have been placed on the braces. The most significant changes are typically seen within the first six months. Can I return to school on the same day I get my braces? Yes. The initial discomfort after having braces placed is minimal and should not prevent you from doing your regular activities. How long will I have to wear braces? Every mouth is unique! Some people only need braces for a short period of time while others need them a little longer. The average patient wears braces for 18 to 24 months. This is the active treatment phase, which is then followed by retainer wear. Any lunch or snack tips? You can still enjoy most foods! Although you might need to adapt the way in
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The storehouse of information that comes with awareness can be a valuable tool, but it can also become overwhelming in our daily routine. Along with information, we need the ability to process it and apply it when we need to. Unfortunately, the connections and the “when we need to” are frequently missed, like the great answers we came up with after an interview. In business, our awareness skills are critical to success. When there is an event or meeting, we need to recognize what is happening, realize how this could affect our position or business, figure out our options, pick one and apply it, and repeat this whole process, with adjustments, if necessary. The shorter the timeline between each of these steps, the better.
“People’s intentions, thoughts and beliefs are present in every situation.” By Shihan Bob Burnett, M.Ed., RokuDan President, Nayoko Education Inc. Chief Instructor, Greater Durham Self-Defense
Daily life, whether you’re dealing with personal or business issues, is a whirlwind of activity. We spend time processing day-to-day, minute-by-minute events, while planning future steps and learning from past ones. We often go through all of these things without really being aware of what is happening around us. We need to realize that others have gone down similar roads and gained experiences and results that we can learn from if we take the necessary time to do our research, our homework.
If we make a point of looking for something, we can usually find it: if we stand by the road and look for vehicles of a certain colour, we will find them, even though we had never noticed them before. Information is everywhere if we become aware, if we make the effort to find out what is happening around us and in front of us. People’s intentions, thoughts and beliefs are present in every situation; we just have to use our awareness to notice the signs and signals. We simply have to train ourselves to refine what we look for and listen for, and how we ask and respond to questions. Developing your awareness is more than a valuable business tool: it is absolutely critical for success.
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background has allowed them to develop a personal safety system for everyone to learn and enjoy. That is the power of martial arts. Envision has two main programs. Bully Awareness, which is geared toward but not exclusive to school-age children, and Street Wise, which is aimed at young adults and professionals. Student progress is measured through a coloured belt program. They offer children-only classes, adult-only classes and an all-age family class.
Studying martial arts can bring a host of benefits, from confidence and body awareness to the ability to recognize potentially dangerous situations and the confidence to walk away from them whenever possible. Gordon Davidge, Michele Duffy and Scott Barrett, operators of Envision Personal Safety Centre, have a passion for martial arts and want to share their skills and experience with others. They have many years of training in martial arts, including Shaolin Kempo Karate (which includes karate, kung fu and jiu-jitsu) and taekwondo. Their
At Envision, students learn about personal safety and gain an improved sense of well-being through martial arts. They also find out how to identify when the use of personal safety techniques are appropriate. Students will get the confidence to diffuse the confrontation using verbal de-escalation before it turns into a physical conflict. “Our goal is to help students learn effective techniques and develop a lifelong interest in martial arts,” says Duffy. And the benefits of martial arts go beyond what is taught in the classes. Martial arts can help students improve concentration, develop listening skills and increase their fitness, agility and flexibility. “Our members discover their potential through the study of martial arts,” says Duffy. “Anyone can do martial arts.” For more information, visit envisionpersonalsafetycentre.ca.
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By Bryan Leslie
Sustainability: this buzzword is becoming a household word, but I ask you, no, challenge you – do you really know what it means? Dictionary.com describes it this way: 1. The ability to be sustained, supported, upheld or confirmed. 2. Environmental science. The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.
Environmental science? I don’t have a lab coat. Ecological balance? I’m just trying to keep the cans out of my paper stream and get my kids to not leave their pizza crusts in the darn box!
– I do. No, I haven’t breathed life back into a blue whale, but I do my part, as big or as little as it can be, because (here’s the rub) – I care. And you know what? If you care, you will save the world.
Are we really responsible for balancing ecology? Short answer: Hell yeah!
When I say “save the world” that’s a pretty broad statement, so let me provide my context. If you agree that global warming is a reality (if you don’t, please stop reading because there’s no hope for you — sorry), then you know that there are thousands of factors that cause it. And every time the human race added another thing, it got a little worse, maybe not even noticeable for the first 100 years or so, but worse nonetheless. Well then, if each one thing brought us to where we are today, isn’t it reasonable to assume that removing one thing from the list might help us? Or even just doing that one thing a little better? No lab coats required!
Maybe before you write me off as a loon, some background: • I worked with the Canadian military when they first tested “building deconstruction” in the 1990s, which was our first venture away from the wrecking ball and landfill. We instead took an entire building apart and recycled all of the parts into new materials and reused as many parts as possible. • I also worked as an asset manager at Downsview Park, converting the old military base into a new national urban park and morphing the military buildings into new facilities for the public. • I am now the director of building operations and Team Up Green for Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in this role have increased our diversion rate to 74 per cent, reduced our utility bill by over 10 per cent, participated in 20-minute makeovers, NBA Green games and NHL Green, and was awarded the Stadium Business Award for Sustainability in 2011. OK, back to saving the world. I know it seems impossible to save the world from anyone’s single perspective, and I don’t think of it like that in my life. But I tell you – in my heart of hearts 12 | www.movemag.ca
When I speak to audiences about our environmental story at MLSE, I usually start with this: if everyone would just live like my grandmother, the world would be a better place. As an immigrant to this amazing country, she arrived during very hard times. As a consequence, she learned to live lightly (albeit driven by economic and political forces) but the outcome was the same. Leftovers came home in a Mason jar, and there’d be hell to pay if it wasn’t returned promptly and cleaned. The bottom drawer always held her paper shopping bags, in which said Mason jar was deposited. Some of my best learning experiences were spent with my grandmother on summer days, standing beside her, handing her clothespins as she hung laundry and waxed poetic about everything important in the world.
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them for it. For us though, when we measured the process (eight trucks a week driving to farm country, tractors that had to turn over the soil twice a day, the heat it generated, etc.), we realized it might have used more energy than it saved. We decided to look for new ways to divert, and today we use organic digesters that turn food waste into nutrient rich water in a 24-hour period, right on our site! No truck, no heat, 500 “BEING FRIENDLY TO THE ENVIRONMENT metric tonnes diverted every year. And I’m sure it will be a IS NOT A DESTINATION; IT’S A JOURNEY. different process in five to 10 years. The same way that CFL THE RIGHT THING TODAY MAY BE lights replaced incandescent INADEQUATE TOMORROW.” bulbs, and LEDs will replace CFLs and so on and so forth – a journey toward sustainability.
In her postage-stamp size backyard was a myriad of food – carrots, lettuce that was often shared with the rabbits, and garlic (man I hated eating garlic on toast … I guess her wisdom covered some medical as well as environmental pillars). Living lightly, sustainably. Fast-forward to today. I’m a father of two beautiful children and live in our amazing Durham community as best as I can in this hectic world. Is my house underground and made of hay bales? No. But it is as environmentally sustainable as I can make it, given time and financial constraints. And you know what? I’m proud of that. Would I like to have a windmill or solar panels? I think so, and maybe one day I will. Today, I get satisfaction from seeing a clear recycling stream, eating a ripe tomato out of our garden, buying locally, not running the A/C all the time and taking the train to work. Do my kids leave the lights on too long sometimes? Sure. Could we be more environmentally conscious? Always. But that’s the most important thing. Being friendly to the environment is not a destination; it’s a journey. And the right thing today may be inadequate tomorrow. Case in point: at work we initiated an organic diversion program by stockpiling the food waste and converting it to nutrient rich soil. Good idea, no? Well, actually, yes, it was a good idea. And it still works today for lots of companies and I applaud
And if you read the motto of this very magazine, you will read that nothing happens until you move. So I ask you, kind reader, what action will you take toward creating a sustainable world?
Bryan Leslie is the Director of Building Operations and Team Up Green for MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment), which supports the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors in Air Canada Centre.
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DURHAM COLLEGE Preparing students for careers in sustainable markets
and business practices including product branding, entrepreneurship and marketing.
Are you ready to dip your feet into the world of drinking water safety, renewable energy, farming or landscaping? If so, Durham College (DC) has several programs that will fulfil your passion for ensuring environmental sustainability for future generations. DC’s Water Quality Technician program prepares students for in-demand jobs in the field, making sure that drinking water is safe for our communities. Water quality technicians manage chlorine content, remove harmful bacteria and maintain machinery required for water treatment. Students are also trained in appropriate wastewater treatment processes, system maintenance and environmental and drinking water supply monitoring. Harnessing energy through clean sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal and marine, is on the rise, and DC helps students learn to utilize these 14 | www.movemag.ca
new and innovative forms of technology. In the Renewable Energy Technician program, students will gain the skills and knowledge to perform site analysis and design of solar energy, small hydroelectric, geothermal energy and wind turbine systems. This rewarding program can lead to careers in power/energy and green energy companies, construction firms and green energy equipment manufacturers. If feeding your community using fresh, local food piques your interest, then DC’s Horticulture — Food and Farming program is the perfect fit. Students will learn a variety of skills and modern farming practices to propel them into the growing field-tofork market. This program teaches students concepts such as plant propagation, soil and plant nutrition,
Students with a green thumb can also enrol in the Horticulture Technician program, where they will study disease and pest management, parks and turf management, landscape construction and how to grow plants inside, outside and in a greenhouse. They will also have access to a pollinator garden at DC’s Centre for Food (CFF), which was planted as a sanctuary for pollinators such as bees and butterflies and provides students with hands-on experience in honing their pruning skills and plant identification. The CFF focuses on the field-to-fork concept, which includes the harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sale and consumption of locally grown food for local consumers. Fruits, vegetables and other produce are grown onsite in farm fields and greenhouses for use in the CFF’s kitchens, laboratories, Pantry (a retail store that offers assorted goods created by students in DC’s culinary programs) and Bistro ’67, a full-service teaching restaurant and lounge.
All programs at DC will ensure that students are job-ready in only two years. To learn more about each program, visit www.durhamcollege.ca/programs.
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a ride to remember By Dawn Riddoch
With more than 13 years of experience in wedding planning and event planning, Sean James and his wife, Terri-Ann, realized there was a huge deficiency in the limousine industry.
“Bring the luxury back to limousines.”
when you come to the initial meeting, you see the vehicle you’re actually going to get,” says Sean. Plus, they use experienced chauffeurs and never double book their limos. Niche Limos offers distinct style, undeniable luxury and impeccable service so clients get a ride to remember.
Product quality and customer service were declining. And there were frequent tales of unclean, double-booked or over-booked limos.
“Customer service is first and foremost for us,” says Sean. “I don’t care if the car is sitting for the day. As long as that one client that is using it is getting the best service that they can get from us, then I’m happy.”
With this in mind they created Niche Limos, with a mission to “bring the luxury back to limousines.” They own their entire fleet, “so
For more information, visit www.nichelimos.com.
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Your Credit Union, Your Community When people think of a financial institution, the image that often comes to mind is an impersonal, large company that doesn’t know its customers. But there are thousands of financial institutions in Canada that don’t fit that description. They are small and personal, often with a loyal staff that serves the same customers for decades. These institutions are called credit unions. The first one in Canada was opened by Alphonse Desjardins in Quebec in the early 1900s, and today there are hundreds of credit unions in Canada with thousands of branches. The story behind Equity Credit Union, which opened in Ajax in July 2010, also has a long history. Lever Brothers opened a soap factory in 1890 at Lakeshore and Don Valley in Toronto, and the factory was still active nearly 50 years later when employees formed a credit union in 1942. They wanted to save money, so they applied to the ministry for a charter for a credit union. Lever Brothers later became Unilever, a multinational company, but the credit union continued to exist for the employees under the new name. In recent years, Unilever gradually reduced the number
Helping Members “In the early 2000s, the Unilever plant went on strike for 14 months before it shut down,” says Tom Dimson, CEO of Equity. “We helped the credit union members through that time by offering them repayment flexibility for their mortgages and loans.” That meant that during a very stressful time, they didn’t have to worry about losing their homes or cars. “We were able to offer those people a solution that worked,” he says. “It helped them, which was gratifying to us.”
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of plants in Ontario, thus reducing the need for a credit union for the employees. The Unilever plant in Toronto closed in the early 2000s after a bitter strike action by workers. At that point the credit union had a difficult decision to make: die a natural death now that the main source of its members was gone, merge with another credit union or be proactive and source a new location, a new beginning. They chose the latter and have now been in Ajax for five years. They chose Durham Region because it is a young, vibrant community. They wanted to grow here for the long term and develop relationships with members that will last their lifetimes, from when they open their first bank account through to mortgages and retirement planning. Tom Dimson, CEO of Equity, joined the company 1993. He had previously worked at a bank and trust company and says he “came to Equity because it was a great opportunity to be CEO of a financial institution. And the great staff we have is paramount
“We hear stories about people being with a bank for 25 years and the bank lets a cheque bounce. That doesn’t happen here. At Equity, we offer a personal touch to our members.”
What Is a Credit Union? Credit unions are not-for-profit organizations that are co-operatives, so their earnings are paid back to members in the form of higher interest on savings and lower rates on loans. Banks, on the other hand, are for-profit corporations and their earnings are paid to the shareholders only.
to our overall success, as is our very knowledgeable, progressive and hardworking board of directors.” But he admits that there are huge challenges to being a small player in the financial sector. “We have to be nimble, lean and flexible,” he says. Equity has followed these principles since moving to Durham Region. They went from being a credit union for Unilever employees, to one that is open to anyone in the community – and one that must compete against the big banks for every customer. “We have made changes since coming to Durham Region,” says Dimson. “Our doors used to be open only during the day because the Unilever employees would do their banking on their lunch breaks. Now, we are in a community in which most people work in Toronto and aren’t getting home until 5 or 6 p.m., so we’ve increased the hours we’re open to serve our community.”
interesting and challenging to help people who don’t necessarily have that money,” says Dimson. “They may have had problems with their health or credit, or lost their job or divorced, so their financial situation isn’t where they want it. We come up with a plan of attack to get them moving forward and in the right financial direction.”
“That is essentially how Equity started, by helping working class people start saving for their future.” For more information, visit equitycu.com.
And serving their community means reaching out to all kinds of customers, even ones who may have been rejected by the big banks. “It’s easy to help someone who has money, but we find it
A Personal Approach
Benefits of joining a credit union
Equity Credit Union has four full-time and three part-time employees, some of whom have been with the company for nearly 30 years. Others have joined in the last five years and are already building the relationships for which the credit union is known.
• They offer personal service and give you the chance to develop one-on-one relationships with staff. • They belong to the Canada-wide Exchange Network, so Equity members can use bank machines for withdrawals and deposits at HSBC, National Bank and Manulife Bank, as well as at all other credit unions, without paying an upfront surcharge fee. • Interest rates are competitive with, and often better than, those at the big banks. Credit unions can offer these because they are non-profit. • One of the biggest advantages is the savings in everyday banking fees. These fees may not seem like much, but they can add up over the course of a year. As CEO Tom Dimson likes to say: “Equity Credit Union – we help you keep more money in your pocket.”
“People like the fact that our staff has been with us for a long time,” says CEO Tom Dimson “They have a history with the clients that customers don’t often get at larger financial institutions.” Dimson adds that because the staff is small, everyone has to know how to do every aspect of banking. “Our employees have to be diverse in knowledge and in what they do,” he says. “The same person who does your day-to-day banking might also help you with your car loan and your RRSP contribution.”
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BREAKING THE SILENCE with Matt Cooke
Pickering: birthplace of the largest record label in Canada? It may sound like a fantastic notion, but Matt Cooke, founder of Broken Silence Records, has the motivation, vision and talent to turn his big dream into a reality. Cooke, who goes by the name 7 Keyz when he’s in the producer’s chair, started his venture in 2007 in a basement in Ajax. He soon outgrew that space and, since moving his business to Pickering, has worked with more than 100 hip-hop, R&B and pop artists, hosted events that showcased some of his clients for Universal Music Canada, and released a well-received hip-hop tribute to 2014 NBA champion and Pickering native Cory Joseph, who had a cameo in the song’s video. In addition, he just signed actor Stephan James, of Degrassi: The Next Generation and Selma, to a 10song album collaboration. 18 | www.movemag.ca
business & education Broken Silence Records functions as a one-stop shop for aspiring musicians, offering services that range from studio recording and writing sessions to branding and marketing. What really sets Cooke apart from others in the image-obsessed music industry, though, is his belief that anybody can accomplish their goals with a positive attitude and hard work, no matter who they are. He explains, “I look at it like, let’s say you’re running a car dealership and somebody says they want to buy the Lexus and you say, ‘No, you’re not good enough’ or ‘You’re not good looking enough to buy this.’ [In actuality] I don’t make those decisions.” He continues, “I am no one to judge anybody. If I were to think like that, then I would have stopped many years ago – based on other people’s opinions of what they think I should be or what they think I should do.” His most recent success story is the shepherding of singer Max Bernard to a deal with Universal Music Canada. Bernard had reached a point in his career where he was ready to throw in the towel. That’s when Cooke came into the picture. “One of my strengths in this business,” he says, “is looking at a seemingly impossible situation
part was providing the voice of the dragon. He laughs, “It was pretty cool. I never thought I’d be the voice in a video game.” Such work ties in well with his aims for Broken Silence Records. “I’m not trying to do music that is very typical right now, with a lot of drugs, sex and violence. I’m really trying to set a new trend through my life and what I’m doing, and it’s going really well.” So well that artists are coming to him from outside Durham Region, including big city Toronto. “To be honest, I’m at a huge advantage,” he says, noting his more affordable rates and the ease of accessibility to his studio, which is close to the 401 and across from the Pickering Go Station. “I grew up in Pickering. It’s my heritage and it’s where I have all my memories, so I think there’s no better place to build this major record label than in my own hometown.”
For more information, contact Broken Silence Records at 647-703-1378 or visit www.brokensilencerecords.com.
THE MUSIC AND BUSINESS PROGRAM I am no one to judge anybody. If I were to think like that, then I would have stopped many years ago.
and finding a way to make it work.” He helped Bernard re-focus his objectives and improve his marketing, and in just over three months they hooked the major label. “The biggest music company in the world wanted to offer him a contract and he didn’t even know it. I believe there are so many more similar artists,” he reflects.
To succeed in a career as a musician, a lot of business sense is required. Broken Silence Records has teamed up with an innovative educational program called The Music Quadrant to offer weekend seminars in music career development. Called The Music and Business Program, it teaches participants the ins and outs of making solid business decisions, legal matters and marketing, plus gives tips on songwriting, production, recording, touring and performing. Two different programs are offered: one for younger teens and one for older teens to adults. Special music industry guests feature in the workshops.
For additional information and booking, contact Tina Cole at 416-895-2841.
Giving him an extra level of rapport with his clients is the fact that Cooke, too, is a musician. He is especially proud of the music he wrote for educational math app Multiplication Dragons. His favourite nothing happens until you
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Do It in Durham! is a way for residents of Durham Region to participate in a worldwide event: Global Entrepreneurship Week, which celebrates the innovators and job creators who launch startups. The event is Nov. 16 to 22 this year, and millions of entrepreneurs from all over the world enter contests, attend networking gatherings and connect to colleagues, mentors and even investors. Do It in Durham! started in 2013 and grew so quickly that last year, the event included more than 40 events with 40 partners and 800 attendees. “Business Advisory Council Durham (BACD) along with Durham College, UOIT and Spark Centre created the event to celebrate entrepreneurship in Durham,” says Teresa Shaver, executive director of BACD. “It has evolved to become a bigger, more collaborative event with the whole region involved.”
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“BACD plays a big role in hosting over 20 of the 50 events,” continues Shaver. “However, our role really is to bring together over 40 partners to collaborate on this initiative.” The topics at Do It in Durham! this year include everything from sales and social media to exporting and finance for entrepreneurs. “The benefits of Do It in Durham! are many,” she says. “The events offer an opportunity to connect, learn, network and be inspired or motivated. It's a celebration. Being in business for yourself is challenging and can be lonely. This event allows you to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs.”
For more information, visit doitindurham.biz and bacd.ca.
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More Than a Car Dealership By Karen Sheviak
When you walk in to Bessada Kia in Pickering, it immediately becomes apparent that you are not at “just another car dealership.” The showroom has several comfortable waiting areas, free Wi-fi, snacks and coffee. And they don’t overlook even their smallest customers: they feature a playroom for children and a baby change area. Joe Bessada and his wife, Marcelle, opened Bessada Kia in 2004 after Joe left another car company, and the company has grown significantly since then. They bought land, built a state-of-the-art dealership across from the original location and moved into the new building in 2009.
Bessada Kia started contributing to the community as soon as they could, says Marcelle. They support the Rouge Valley Ajax-Pickering Hospital, helping to purchase vital equipment for newborns and children. “I love children and babies,” she says. “I think that they are an amazing blessing and if we can in any way help during their coming into this world or through their stay at any time in the hospital, then it is a privilege.” They also support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ajax-Pickering and Dreams and Wishes, which grants Christmas wishes for children in shelters, for the same reasons. Other great causes that benefit from Bessada Kia’s contributions are a Christmas toy and food drive and Backpacks for the Homeless, an annual campaign run by Saint Paul’s on-the-Hill Anglican Church.
“We care deeply about family values and we want to be part of our community in as many ways as possible.” “We like to give back and be there for causes close to our hearts, like the children, the people in need,” says Marcelle. “We care deeply about family values and we want to be part of our community in as many ways as possible.”
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Why Durham is Best for Business
- Josie Sapienza, Marketing Manager, Deer Creek Golf & Banquet Facility
At Move magazine, we know that Durham Region is a great place to live and work – but we wanted more insight. So we asked local businesses why they think Durham is a wonderful place to do business. Here are some of their responses.
Doing business in Durham is unlike anything I have ever experienced. The small business community works together, and the services that are available, such as BACD and the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, are amazing. Durham is the best place to live and work, and I couldn’t be happier about moving from Toronto to Durham! Audra Leslie, Owner, Graymatter Marketing Inc.
Imminent growth over the next five years makes Durham a great investment for any family. - Dan Plowman, Dan Plowman Team Realty
I have been living in Durham all my life and always knew that I wanted to contribute in some way. I now feel that I have come up with a way to help adults and children who are sick. It’s All About Hue, which brings positive energy through colour into people’s lives by doing colour therapy and decorating in their homes.
Durham Region is continuing to prove it is a world class innovation hub with best in class resources and talent. Spark Centre is privileged to be a major driver in creating that ecosystem! - Dennis Croft, President and CEO of Spark Centre
More competitive land costs and lease rates compared to the rest of the GTA.
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Have you heard about the biggest change to small business accounting? It’s called QuickBooks Online and it’s going to change your business. QBO, as we’re calling it, is an online or app-based program, which means the program runs in the cloud and you use an app or browser to access your accounting data anywhere. Your company’s books are available on your computer, tablet and smartphone. If you’re in front of a customer and you need to make changes or produce an invoice, you can do it immediately and email a copy to the client right away. Want to know if your client’s payments are up-to-date? Check on your phone and ask the client for a cheque. There are several other benefits to choosing QBO: • You can download your bank transactions nightly. QBO will remember that your last payment to your subcontractor went to Cost of Goods
Sold and will automatically handle the HST. This means less data entry for you and your accountant, saving you money. • There is no upfront cost. QBO bills you monthly. QuickBooks is currently offering substantial discounts for new users and users migrating to QBO. At the time of writing, the cost of purchasing the desktop software outright and paying monthly are roughly the same. Payroll subscriptions are currently included in the monthly QBO costs but this may change. • You have the option to take photos of your receipts and have them uploaded into QBO. QBO also offers integration with third-party apps such a TSheets and Jobber – there are pages and pages of apps for you to explore from receivables management to CRM. • QBO can be accessed by multiple users all working off the same dataset. No more sending back up or accountant’s copies. Everyone works on the same company file all the time. You and your accountant can see the same numbers in real time.
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business & education Other benefits include an influx of more than 10,000 jobs (in addition to construction jobs), a huge increase in tax revenue, infrastructure upgrades with zero cost to taxpayers and intangibles such as the liveability of the city. “We didn’t call it Pickering Live because we didn’t feel that sufficiently described what we were doing,” he says. “This is about Durham Region as a whole. The economic impact of the jobs created will be tremendous.” And the first company has already planned to take up residence at Durham Live: TriBro Studios of Toronto will be opening a second location, a
Economic development may sound like a dry, uninteresting term for bureaucrats, but how it is carried out affects our daily lives, and the communities we live in, more directly than almost any other government initiative. The economic development happening in Durham Region, and more specifically, Pickering, will create big changes over the next few years, and the next few decades. Three projects in particular – Durham Live, the Pickering Airport and the Seaton Development – will have a huge impact on how Pickering looks, who lives in, works in and visits the city, and even its reputation at home and abroad.
DURHAM LIVE Durham Live is a proposed tourism and entertainment complex that will be built on 220 acres of land at Bayly and Church in Pickering. The complex will include a hotel, restaurants, a waterpark and, potentially, a casino. In order for that to happen, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) will have to approve the site. That process is underway, and the OLG is expected to make its final decision in late 2016. “The OLG wants the best operator for the casino, and we believe that we have the best development to accommodate it,” says Steve Apostolopoulos, managing partner of Pickering Developments (the company behind Durham Live). Another potential hiccup is that the Town of Ajax has appealed Pickering’s rezoning of the site to allow Durham Live to be built. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will be ruling on that by next spring. Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan believes that Durham Live will be successful in the OMB appeal. While some residents are concerned about having a casino, and with other issues like congestion, Apostolopoulos believes that the benefits will far outweigh any inconveniences. “The big plus for Durham Live is that it doesn’t infringe on any residential neighbourhoods,” he says. “It offers easy access to Go Transit and Highway 401, and with the proposed infrastructure plans we have, we don’t anticipate any significant negative impact on traffic and congestion and only positive alleviations on existing roads.”
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270,000-square-foot film studio that will include facilities for shooting film, television, animation and music videos. Upon completion, it will be the largest facility of its kind in the country — eclipsing Pinewood Studios in Toronto. There will also be a post-production studio in a separate building.
PICKERING AIRPORT It is probably only a slight exaggeration to say that the planned Pickering Airport has been one of the longest running, most controversial proposals in Canadian history. Beginning in the 1970s when land was expropriated for the airport, there have been political battles, delays and frustration for those for the airport and those opposed to it.
business & education The Pickering Lands encompass about 18,600 acres, which is much more than is required for an airport. In 2013, the western portion of those lands (10,000 acres) was designated for a future Rouge National Urban Park. The southeast part of the lands (about 9,600 acres) will be used for the airport and economic development. The federal government believes that an additional airport will be needed in the GTA between 2027 and 2037, when the existing airports are expected to be at capacity. While the addition to parklands was a welcome decision for many residents of Pickering, the planned airport is still met with opposition in some circles. Land Over Landings, a group that formed in 2005 and is opposed to the airport, disagrees that the airport is needed, and instead advocates keeping the land agricultural.
people could come and go easily from an airport close by.” He says that these are benefits that currently go to the western GTA because of the proximity of Pearson International Airport.
SEATON DEVELOPMENT Like the airport in Pickering, the Seaton development has long been a possibility, with the idea originating in the 1970s when the Pickering airport was being contemplated. At that time, the development was being planned for more than 250,000 people. Now that has been reduced to between 60,000 and 70,000 people, with an urban community located east of West Duffins Creek, open spaces adjacent to the natural areas, and an employment area around the 407 corridor. Even with the reduction in size, it will still be one of the largest residential developments in Canada, which presents huge challenges in planning the community. Mayor Ryan says that the infrastructure required to support Seaton will be basically funded by the developers. And in more than 10 years of planning, there were many other issues to deal with, from roads and public facilities to stormwater management and population density. Mayor Ryan adds that the employment corridor will provide 30,000 jobs, with support from the region and the province. This will help create a sustainable community in which people can live, work and play.
“This is about Durham as a whole. The economic impact of the jobs created will be tremendous.” But Mayor Ryan believes that there is room to preserve the agricultural lands and address the needs of a growing region. “Preserving farmland is a priority, but there has to be a balanced approach,” he says. “We have enough land to use for both agriculture and industry. An airport will attract businesses and business executives, since nothing happens until you
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Seniors in Business
By Karen Sheviak
What Your Company Can Do for Seniors on the Job In years gone by, people would work at one company for most of their adult lives, gradually increasing in seniority, and then say goodbye to their career with a good pension (from the company and the government), medical benefits and the promise of a long, healthy retirement. But times have changed. People switch jobs much more frequently, work part-time or on contract with limited or no access to benefits, and work well beyond age 65, often because they simply cannot afford to retire. But there are things companies can do to alleviate the concerns that many seniors have about their careers and retirements.
Health Benefits One of the most important things that companies can do is to extend medical benefits for seniors so they last long after the person retires. It can be next to impossible to afford individual coverage. Susan Eng, vice-president for advocacy for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP), believes that companies should take every possible avenue to allow people to stay on the company plan, including extending coverage to people who work on contract and to part-time employees.
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Many seniors have these responsibilities, if they don’t have health issues themselves. And if they do, it can be very stressful working for a company that is inflexible when it comes to giving people time off to deal with these issues. “Generally speaking, these issues are similar to the battles women had over maternity leave,” says Eng. “The same fight is happening all over again, except this time with seniors – we need to value eldercare and provide replacement income.”
“We need to value eldercare and provide replacement income.” Valuing Seniors Eng believes that perhaps the most important thing is to create a corporate culture that values seniors in the workplace, and that involves more than extending benefits. It means giving seniors a chance to work on top projects, update their training and earn promotions. Seniors bring more to the table than they often get credit for. They tend to be very loyal employees, especially if they have been with one company for a long time. They also have lifelong contacts that are invaluable to the company and their years of experience on the job bring intangible benefits to the workplace. By taking these few simple steps, companies can keep seniors in the workplace, give them a sense of self-worth by valuing their contributions and increase their security when they do retire.
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1. Always, always, always put your kids and family first, and expect the people in your network to do the same. I can’t tell you how many times others have complimented me on this. The years go fast and work will always be there.
By Audra Leslie, Owner of Graymatter Marketing Solutions
2. Surround yourself with positive people, both at work and socially. Politely ignore anyone who brings you down.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s with child care, cleaning or laundry. We cannot do it all, and making a plan to have outside help, as well as help from your children and husband, can make running a business and running a home easier.
4. Plan to make it work for your family schedule. When you’re happy, so is everyone else.
5. Learn to carve out time for yourself: exercise, meditate, journal or walk. A clear mind makes you more productive and, again, happier.
6. Invest in yourself and learn something new every day. Spend a few minutes educating yourself, even if you just read the paper and keep up with current events.
Balance is something we all strive for, and in today’s fastpaced world, it is harder than ever to achieve. How do we do it all, have it all? Really maybe that is our first problem. Maybe having it all is not even possible. Maybe we need to slow down and enjoy where we are because moms are in a constant battle to look good, cook great food, entertain, keep the family schedule in place…and I won’t even go there about housework, laundry, oh, and homework…. Some women, including me, fall under the description of mompreneur, a way of describing how we try to find a balance between home and our businesses while working at our own pace. The definition is now on Wikipedia: Mompreneur is a neologism defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur. For me being an entrepreneur is the best work experience I have had in my life. It didn’t come easy. There are always a few “stops along the bus route,” as one friend says. But with each disappointing experience came an opportunity; they are always there, you just have to find them. Here are my top ways to balance my biggest priorities: my family and my business.
7. Learn to network. I didn’t have a business card or a website for the first two years — it was all relationship building. Learn to love meeting and talking to new people.
8. Give your kids age-appropriate chores and keep them busy in an activity. They will quickly learn how to juggle priorities and how to be a little more understanding when life doesn’t go their way.
9. Try to understand when you feel stressed and explain your feeling. When you say to your family, “Right now I have a lot going on and feel overwhelmed,” it goes a long way toward helping you all understand each other, and the kids will learn to do the same when they feel stress.
10. Laugh, and even when you don’t want to, smile. Everything works out in the end, just as it should. In our house when we are mad at each other, we say “smile,” and it helps us feel better.
The social expectations of male and female business owners are different, and therefore women feel pressure that is clearly different than what men feel. Women need to slow down and enjoy the time we have, and try to stop feeling that we need to do it all, have it all. We need to support one another as women, business owners, mothers and wives, so all of us can achieve our own definition of success. nothing happens until you
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Pack homemade desserts and limit store-bought treats. Make homemade granola bars (nut-free, of course), cookies and muffins and freeze them so they’re ready for the week. Miller doesn’t recommend including candy on a regular basis. “Once things like gummies and Fruit Roll-Ups start showing up in lunch, they become normal, and kids will invariably eat those things first,” she says. “Kids get used to what you pack, so if you don’t include that all the time, they won’t expect it.” But, she admits, “it does become a challenge because other kids will have those things in their lunches.” When the subject comes up, talk to your kids about healthy eating, and also keep a couple of sortof-healthy treats on hand to include once in a while, such as vanilla yogurt dip to put with fruit. Pack healthy beverages. “I really encourage parents to avoid sweetened beverages – pack milk or water, or 100 percent juice once in a while, but no soft drinks,” says Miller. Put frozen berries or orange slices in water to add a little flavour so it’s more likely kids will drink it.”
“Kids are more likely to buy in to (and eat!) lunch if they have had some say in what goes in it and, especially, if they have helped prepare it.” Get out of the sandwich rut. “I have two boys, now teenagers, and neither of them ate a single sandwich the entire time in elementary school.” Here are some of her make-ahead ideas that are simple yet appealing to kids:
Homemade chicken strips It’s only a month into the school year, and many parents are already dreading the daily routines, such as waking up early, supervising homework and, especially, packing lunches. Here are some tips to keep kids happy – and eating their lunches – all year long. Get kids involved. “Kids are more likely to buy in to (and eat!) lunch if they have had some say in what goes in it and, especially, if they have helped prepare it,” says Andrea Miller, a registered dietitian who has been in private practice in Whitby for more than 20 years and is an instructor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Even very young children can have simple choices, such as picking out their lunch boxes and Thermos or choosing between two types of fruit. Older children can go grocery shopping with you and help prepare and assemble lunches each evening. Finally, keep a chart on the fridge with lunch options for the week so kids can choose what they would like each day. Avoid packaged foods. When it comes to prepackaged “lunches,” such as those with crackers, cheese, meat and dessert, Miller recommends making your own. “Buy sectioned containers that are designed to fit into lunchboxes – simply add sliced ham or turkey, cheese, whole grain crackers, cut up veggies and fruit,” she says. This way, kids get a lunch that’s fun to eat and similar to what their friends have, but it’s higher in nutrients and lower in fat and sodium.
Make ahead, freeze and serve as is or wrap in a tortilla with ranch dressing or salsa and cheese.
Mini omelettes in a muffin tin: Add your child’s favourite fillings, such as ham and cheese, tomatoes or rice, and pack warm or cold.
Leftovers Macaroni and cheese, lasagna or chili are easily warmed up and packed in a Thermos. Or wrap quesadillas or pizza. Model the behaviour yourself. One of the best things parents can do is pack their own lunches at the same time and eat the same foods. “Kids will learn by observation and copy their parents’ behaviour,” says Miller. Healthy eating will instil good habits while the kids are in elementary school, and that, she believes, will carry over into high school, when parents have much less control over what their children eat.
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It’s autumn, and that means pumpkin spice seems to be everywhere – from lattes and baked goods to beer and whiskey! For a more traditional, homemade option, celebrate the season with this pumpkin spice bread. Full of warm, aromatic spices, it’s perfect for those cool fall days. YIELD: 2 loaves | TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour plus cooling time | MAKES: 32 servings
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1. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine sugar, oil and eggs. Add pumpkin and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, cloves and allspice; add to pumpkin mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Stir in pecans, if using.
3 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 4 eggs, beaten 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 cup water 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
2. Divide evenly between two greased 9-x-5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350°F for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve plain or with butter or, even better, cream cheese.
Nutrient Analysis 1 serving (1 slice): 197 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fibre`, 2 g protein Tips • Serve one loaf the day you make it, and wrap and freeze the other one for up to 4 weeks. • This recipe works beautifully for muffins as well. Fill greased or lined muffin tins three-quarters full and bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes or until tops are golden and firm to the touch. 30 | www.movemag.ca
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds While that jack-o’-lantern you purchased for Halloween is too stringy to use in a recipe, the seeds inside are perfect for roasting for a healthy snack to complement all that Halloween candy. • Separate the seeds from the flesh and rinse all flesh off. Pat the seeds dry in a tea towel and place in even layer on baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. • Bake in 325°F oven, shaking pan occasionally and watching carefully to ensure seeds don’t burn, for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with more salt to taste and enjoy! Variations: Omit olive oil and salt. Cheesy: 2 tbsp melted butter, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sweet: 2 tbsp melted butter, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and sea salt. Spicy: 2 tbsp olive oil,1 tbsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp paprika, pinch of cayenne pepper and sea salt. Nutrition Facts 1 oz (30 g) of pumpkin seeds contains 5 g of fibre and nearly 20% of your daily requirement of magnesium. They are also one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, omega3s have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke.
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