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Bracelet sales help breakfast program sell them to raise money for the soup kitchen. Morgan’s mother Ria Morgan Kellam wove Kellam said the family her $25 Kingdom assign- initially hoped to raise ment into a donation of perhaps $100. “We aimed for $100, but more than $1,300 to a loin a week we had more cal soup kitchen. The Grade 8 St. Vincent than 100 sold,” she said. The famiSchool stuly realized dent re- “I wanted to invest ceived the with my $25. I thought, it was onto something, $25 to start ‘Why not help the spreading the project, the word which is homeless?’” through d e s i g n e d - Student Morgan Kellam friends, for students to think of the funds as family and their church. God’s money. It must be Morgan’s father, Glenn used outside the school’s Kellam, a trucker, took walls to further God’s the fundraising on the road. Kingdom. “Places helped sell them Morgan said it took a little time to figure out what for us,” Ria said. The fundraising spiraled to do. “I wanted to invest with from there. “We did well. It was my $25. I thought, ‘Why so much fun doing it,” not help the homeless?’” She targeted the Satur- Glenn said, recalling day Outreach Breakfast the many nights spent program at First Pres- around the dining room byterian Church in Cha- table making the bracelets. “To think in the betham. Her plan was to make ginning we were wonderelastic-band bracelets on ing how we’d make 100.” Continued on page 2 her Rainbow Loom and By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

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Dancers from Toronto based Samba Connection Dance Company and Axe Capoeira performed Saturday night to a soldout crowd at the Festival of Giving, which had a Blame It On Rio theme this year. Ticket holders enjoyed hours of entertainment, music, dinner, as well as a live and silent auction. The event raised nearly $308,000 for the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent and local foodbanks.

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“We are incredibly thankful for this,” he said. “Morgan doesn’t even go to our church, but thought of our breakfast ministry.” On a typical Saturday morning, the program, in its 12th year, feeds 90-150 people. “The need is great,” Maroney said. “A gift like this is just fantastic. This came out of the blue.”

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Ria estimated each bracelet took 10 or 15 minutes to make. They were capped off with a little elastic cross, made by Ria with the help of crochet needles. Saturday morning, they presented First Presbyterian Pastor Mike Maroney with a cheque for $1,318. He was floored by the effort.

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Morgan Kellam, right, places an elastic-band bracelet on the wrist of Pastor Mike Maroney of First Presbyterian Church. Kellam and her parents made and sold hundreds of the bracelets and raised more than $1,300, which they donated to First Presbyterian’s Saturday soup kitchen.

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Students live homeless for a night

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

A group of St. Clair College students had a chilly, wet, bug-filled time of it overnight last week at Thames Campus. The Child and Youth Worker program accelerated students spent the evening of April 10 through to the late morning of April 11 living outside like homeless people. An evening shower sent them scurrying with their makeshift cardboard homes to a spot under an overhang right beside the main entrance to the campus. It was there they encountered the bugs – a mix of spiders and potato bugs. Through the night, program co-ordinator Joy Kemble rigged it so her homeless students would have regular visits from folks playing the role of people who typically prey upon or hassle those who live on the streets. Kemble said at one point a prostitute and her pimp stopped by to try to lure the group into a life of crime. Both were members of the college faculty. One faculty member came along and took their sleeping bags too. “Our blankets got stolen and our houses got crushed,” Kristen Wszol, one of the students said.

“They learned of the realities of how difficult it is to find a place for shelter and sleep,” Kemble said. Using a bathroom was a challenge too. The school was open through the night, but security guards played their role, refusing access to the students if they saw them trying to come in. “We had to sneak in to use the bathroom,” student Wszol said. Not all overnight visitors qualified as intruders, however, Kemble said Chris Cartier of AIDS Support C-K stopped by to discuss the needle exchange. Staff from the Salvation Army came by and delivered some food, clothing and towels. Also in the delivery was a stocking for each of the students – a typical Christmas gift for those in need. Inside a heavy wool sock were toiletries and the other sock, all very useful to a homeless person. “They showed us that sometimes, socks can be used as gloves,” student Alisha Szabon said. Kemble said there are solid support programs in Chatham-Kent, leading to few, if any, youth living on the street. “The youth in Chatham-Kent will couch surf,” she said, as teens will stay on the couches of different friends.

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From left, St. Clair College Child and Youth Worker accelerated students Sarah Bardel, Kristen Wszol, Alisha Szabon, Hailey Szabon, Jasmine Lunn and Brian Marchand got a taste of what it is like to live on the streets recently, as they spent a cold, wet night outside Thames Campus.

Their night was filled with issues and information, and opened the students’ eyes to the plight of the homeless. But they also know it wasn’t a true view of what homeless people endure. “We had it pretty lucky,” Hailey Szabon said. “I couldn’t imagine what homeless people go through every day.” Her sister Alisha said the

students had each other for support, while most homeless people are on their own. Student Brian Marchand agreed. “People who are homeless are afraid of asking for help because of the stigma of mental illness. They’re afraid to reach out,” he said. Many people have serious misconceptions of

people who live on the street, Hailey Szabon said. “Most kids leave because of abuse and neglect. They run away for a reason,” she said. “They don’t run away because they are on drugs. They get on drugs to cope.” Even though the students were portraying the homeless, they found it interesting how some people coming to the col-

lege treated them as such. As they camped out by one entrance, foot traffic picked up at the main entrance nearby. When they had to move close to that entrance due to the rain, the majority of people suddenly used the other doors. But they said a lot of their fellow students were very supportive.

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Buxton unveils new exhibit

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The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum now has a revamped exhibit room that tells the story of slavery to freedom in a new way. With the help of a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities, the museum recently completed a six-month project that has resulted in several new features. “Our goal is hoping to enhance that visitor’s experience,” said Shannon Prince, curator of the museum, at an unveiling of the exhibit on Saturday. To help explain the story of slavery, the museum added a wall that represents the Gate of No Return.

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‘Not Toronto’ concept just an idea

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Don’t expect a group of Chatham-Kent citizens to head to Toronto in the near future to make fun of that city from a street corner. Kevin Owen, a board member with Promote Chatham-Kent, a not-forprofit corporation developed by local volunteers, said the “Not Toronto” idea is just that. “It was an idea we were kind of throwing around. We brought it to the mayor’s attention and asked what he thought of it,” Owen said. “It’s still really in a planning stage. We haven’t committed to it.” He said Promote CK wants to market Chatham-Kent to Toronto residents. “We’re looking for young entrepreneurs,” he said. “Is that how we’re going about getting them here or getting their attention? We aren’t 100% sure. We haven’t met to discuss

plans for the past couple of weeks.” Owen said the media attention set the group back a bit in terms of planning, but reiterated more discussion must take place before anything happens. He added the focus from the media here in Chatham-Kent and the feedback from the public has him thinking the idea has potential. “With this concept of negative marketing, we’ve got some people’s attention,” he said. “In Chatham, that’s all I’ve been hearing about. It’s got people’s attention and we didn’t even pay anything for it.” Owen was a bit surprised at the backlash from people in the community in terms of the idea, but wonders if citizens thought the municipality was footing the bill for the event. “I think people were a little bit misinformed. They thought it was the city’s money and they were

Homeless experience also a fundraiser

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On top of the life experience, the night of homelessness for the students was also a fundraiser. They asked for donations to the Salvation Army. As well, the Friday morning soup kitchen put on by another team of accelerat-

ed Child and Youth worker program students at the school also raised funds for the Salvation Army. And it fed a group of very hungry kids who had just spent the night battling bugs, the elements, and the societal stigma against the homeless.

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paying city workers to do this,” he said. “I think if they knew it was a group of volunteers using mainly raised funding and a very low budget, I’m not sure they’d be complaining, as they don’t really have anything to complain about.” But the public feedback has Promote CK members seeing a new pool of people from which to draw ideas and assistance.

“If any of those people who were a bit negative about our idea would like to join up and give us a hand, great,” Owen said. “If they want to do something positive, please join up and help.” Owen said Promote CK has discussed a number of different ideas on how to go about enticing people to come here from Toronto. He’s one of the people

who likes the tongue-incheek concept of heading to that city’s core and poking fun at its faults. “Chatham has a lot of things that Toronto doesn’t. And Toronto has a lot that Chatham doesn’t,” Owen said. “But for those looking for a way out of Toronto and can’t afford to live there, we have a lot to offer.” He said the cost of start-

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Is baking program toast? It’s almost always the case that people can’t wait to talk about a winner but are less vocal when something isn’t panning out. A persistent and growing rumour about the whispered demise of the St. Clair College Annex programs isn’t being helped by that silence. Multiple sources say negotiations for the fall programs, which include a baking course, may not happen. We contacted the building owner and St. Clair College for comment without success. We hope that the annex doesn’t join the list of college projects such as the golf program and the James A. Burgess Skills Centre in Wallaceburg that were launched with great fanfare but had less than stellar results. Mayor Randy Hope said he isn’t part of the negotiations, but the $1.3 million the municipality granted the college for course development isn’t at stake since council’s motion relates to a downtown location but not specifically the Annex site. ••• We love to cover the efforts of those trying to make a difference in our community, such as Morgan Kellam who turned $25 and a school assignment into a project that raised $1,300 to help a local soup kitchen do its important work. In her own way, Morgan’s efforts are as impressive as the more than $300,000 raised by the 13th annual Festival of Giving last Saturday. The festival, which supports the Children’s Treatment Centre and local food banks, has raised an amazing $2 million during its run and its organizers deserve our thanks. ••• It was good to see the not-for-profit group Promote Chatham-Kent speak publicly about the much-maligned ‘Not Toronto’ concept aimed at marketing our community to urbanites. Local realtors and homebuilders who are a big part of the group, see first-hand the financial benefits of relocating here. Now that people know who’s backing the initiative, the group can get on with fine-tuning the campaign so the message is more catchy than confrontational.

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Don’t clown around in T.O. Sir: The “Not Toronto” blitz sounds like something Toronto Mayor Rob Ford might have thought up when he was drinking. I was born and raised in Toronto and spent most of my life there. I settled in Chatham a couple

of years ago, after conducting an extensive search and analysis of housing prices across southern Ontario. If I had witnessed a handful of Chatham’s municipal politicians and hangers-on engaged

in a dog and pony show on the main streets of Toronto, it would have had a negative effect on me and might well have convinced me to relocate elsewhere. In my humble opinion,

Chatham-Kent would be better served by taking the high road. We don’t have to act like a bunch of clowns to get our point across. But we do have to use our brains. Bill Zock Chatham

History merits preservation Sir: I was really happy to read the letter to the editor by Freida Roth about the popularity of The Chatham Voice and the importance of such historic monuments as the Downtown Chatham Centre mural. Apparently mall owner Dan Warrener has asked for it to be removed to accommodate his future plans. This incredible 25-yearold structure is made of clay and contains 350 pieces. It weighs 720 kilograms and, according to a recent municipal staff report, would require a painstaking effort to move. It was in 1989 that retired farmers Henry and Lila Faubert decided Chatham

needed this mural, which depicts urban and rural life here with the Thames River as a focal point. It ended up costing the Fauberts $70,000 and it took the expertise of local artist Cliff Kearns to create the masterpiece involving 4,000 hours of labor and the assistance of his brother Larry and a group of art students. Coun. Derek Robertson has been quoted as saying “We want to preserve this piece of Chatham history.” True, councilor, true! We need to preserve Chatham history. And Dan Warrener has done much of this by buying older buildings in town

and renovating them to their former glory. I hope he finds a way to incorporate this historic mural within the Downtown Chatham Centre. Like Freida Roth, I would hate for it to be thrown into a dumpster like the historic corn mural, made for Chatham’s 1979 International Plowing Match. Last year, it was discovered the corn mural had been thrown out, apparently due to a misunderstanding among city staff. It wasn’t a small item. Not the sort of thing you accidently mislay. If I remember correctly, it was 44 feet long. But it was an historic

item thrown into a dumpster. I am relieved to hear certain people are moving towards putting all our historical paperwork onto a digital database. Personally, I love shuffling through paperwork but do need computer records for the city’s archives. Thumbs up to Chatham-Kent Museum, the public library and the art gallery, all of whom have partnered in applying for a provincial grant to transfer approximately 10,000 historic photographs, 200 books and several art works onto a digital database. Stephen J. Beecroft Chatham

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April trade trip to China delayed

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

A municipal trade trip to China that was to leave Chatham-Kent this past weekend, has been pushed back. Michael Burton, Chatham-Kent’s director of economic development is leading the local delegation, and said he received a call from China just two days before the group was to leave, asking him to reschedule. He anticipates the group

will instead leave later this month. Burton said the original plan was to be there for nine days. He said the delegation also includes municipal economic development officer Suzanne Brown, representatives from a couple of Ontario companies, and a Toronto-based consultant. There is no council representation on this trip. Once in China, Burton said a provincial trade representative who is headquartered at the Canadian

VanKesteren’s bill targets killers

By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

Local MPP Dave VanKesteren thinks it’s wrong for convicted murderers to collect survivor benefits for the people they’ve killed. Yet it happens in Canada where people kill a parent or a spouse and financially benefit. To that end, VanKesteren introduced a private member’s bill last week. “It’s not right, as it is. It’s strange that it’s never been dealt with. This is not something that happens a lot, but it does,” he said. In Canada, when someone’s spouse or parent dies, the individual is eligible to receive a number of survivor benefits including: Allowance of the Survivor, CPP Death Benefit, CPP Orphan Benefit, and CPP Survivor Benefit. This is VanKesteren’s first private member’s bill. He said the govern-

mental system is structured so MPP’s names are drawn at random. “I’d never been up to the plate,” he said. “I think everybody that has a private member’s bill wants to do something that leaves a lasting impression.” His bill is a tweaking of NDP MP Chris Charlton’s bill where she sought to cut off survivor benefits for those convicted of murder as well as manslaughter. “I don’t think it would have worked,” VanKesteren said of Charlton’s proposed bill. “That’s why I went for second-degree murder and above. In the case of manslaughter, it’s kind of dicey, as oftentimes, there’s abuse involved.” He’s confident the bill will get a lot of votes. “It’s pretty airtight. I think I will get support from my colleagues on the other side of the floor,” he said.

Embassy in Beijing, will be on hand for several of the meetings. “We are taking people to specifically work out details on various projects,” Burton said. He added some of the meetings are deep into the negotiation process. “Some of these discussions are getting down to the short strokes. In two instances, that’s the case.

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big dollars and big companies,” he said. “We’re talking to companies, asking them to literally invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a different part of the world. This doesn’t happen overnight. People kind of forget that for a bit. “It takes one hell of a lot of analysis, convincing and salesmanship to convince someone to invest that kind of money.”

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Challenge event to draw spectators, and firefighters

By Blair Andrews Contributing Writer

Organizers of Chatham-Kent’s FireFest have unveiled big plans for the 2014 edition of the event. Billed as Canada’s largest display of antique fire trucks and emergency vehicles, the third annual FireFest is set for Sept. 1920 in downtown Chatham. Two of the organizers, Brent DeNure and Keith Chinnery, announced the expanded line-up Thursday during a news conference at the Chatham-Kent Fire Station No. 1. For 2014, they have added the FireFest Combat Challenge, a spectator event that will feature firefighters competing in five events. “We see this as bringing in teams from across North America, probably 10 to 12 teams, that will compete in an incredibly demanding course, requiring different skills and feats that firefighters have to encounter on the job,”

said DeNure. “It’s a big win for Chatham-Kent for us being able to host this event.” The equipment and infrastructure needed for the course is provided by On Target Challenge, a group that stages approximately 25 of these competitions every year. “The firefighters who are competing are doing it seriously,” said Chinnery. “They’re trying to best their times and are trying to get to the world finals, which are happening in Phoenix in November. That’s what makes it so much fun, from a spectator standpoint.” The combat challenge is sponsored by TekSavvy and Union Gas, a new partner for FireFest. Andrea Seguin, Union Gas district manager for Chatham-Kent and Windsor, was on hand to present a donation of $4,500. “I am very pleased to show our continued support for firefighters in Chatham-Kent in their

efforts to promote fire safety through the FireFest event,” said Seguin. “FireFest and the combat challenge are a fun and entertaining way to bring safety to the forefront.” Getting the word out early so potential competitors could plan ahead for the challenge was the main reason for announcing the event details in April. The course is tentatively slated to be set up at the south end of Fourth Street, between King and Wellington streets. FireFest was originally organized by Chinnery, DeNure and Wes Thompson, who have attended several antique fire truck shows in Ontario and Michigan. According to Chinnery, they thought it would be a cool idea to try and organize a show for Chatham-Kent. In its first year, the event attracted 40 vehicles. More than 60 vehicles from Michigan, Ohio and across Ontario were on hand last

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Keith Chinnery, Chatham-Kent Fire Chief Ken Stuebing, Andrea Seguin of Union Gas and Brent DeNure stand in front of a 1950 Bickle-Seagrave fire truck to promote the third annual FireFest Chatham-Kent. Organizers Chinnery and DeNure announced an expanded line-up for the event, which will be held Sept.19 and 20 in Chatham.

year. Because the event is free and there is no gate, Chinnery said it’s difficult to say how many people attended last year, but he estimates the number at around 6,000. “In year one, we honestly didn’t know what to expect,” said Chinnery about the rapid growth of the event. “We knew that some of the people in our core group of friends had a certain number of trucks

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Business CKXS powers up, 50 years for Luce keeps local focus

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sic. “It takes our market from “We’re trying to give the 25,000 to more than 80,000,” best well-rounded program- he said. The independent station is Local musicians looking ming music-wise that we the first of its kind to come for radio airplay will bene- possibly can.” Recently, CKXS announced into Chatham-Kent in defit when Wallaceburg’s 99.1 CKXS Radio increases its it has been given Canadian cades. R a d i o - Te l e Mike Kilby, president of signal strength “Our local spotlight vision and Five Amigos, said he is gratthis summer. Te l e c o m m u - ified that the station has esJay Smith, the – and honestly, that’s n i c a t i o n s tablished itself so well since station’s music my favourite piece C o m m i s s i o n it went on air in October of director and of programming – is (CRTC) ap- 2009. assistant gen“A big part of the CRTC eral manager where we feature local proval to nearly triple its sig- process was community insaid showing artists.” nal strength. put,” he said. off local talent - CKXS’s Jay Smith General ManListeners told the CRTC is something on which CKXS has built its ager Greg Hetherington said that they wanted us and that, the station, owned by Five combined with the efforts of reputation. “Our local spotlight – and Amigos Broadcasting, ap- our staff, helped present a strong case.” honestly, that’s my favourite plied for the boost “We’re locally owned Hetherington piece of programming – is signal said the stronwhere we feature local art- two and a half and we live and signal ists,” he said. “We get them years ago. breathe local. We walk ger “The process would take efin the studio for a live acousfect as soon as tic performance, and we play was a little the talk and that’s not slower than we going to change.” the station can them all week.” have - CKXS’s Greg Hetherington add another But the exposure doesn’t would 200 feet to its liked, but the necessarily end there. “If it is a song that fits our CRTC has been extremely current 100-foot high towprogramming, it stays,” busy,” he said. “We’re ecstat- er located at Kent and Pond Line east of Wallaceburg. Smith added. “We’re hyper ic over the outcome.” He said the station would The decision means the local for a reason, and music station’s effective range for retain its strong community is a part of that.” That programming, he said, high-quality reception car- focus as it expands. “We’re locally owned and is best described as a variety ries all the way to Highway mix, with “hot adult contem- 401 and its signal will be we live and breathe local,” he porary at the heart of it” – a heard as far as Blenheim, said. “We walk the talk and that’s not going to change.” mixture of pop and rock mu- Rondeau and Tilbury. By Jim Blake jim@chathamvoice.com

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Life

Volunteers in the spotlight By Blair Andrews Contributing Writer

Chatham-Kent’s strong spirit of volunteering was on display Wednesday as 165 people were recognized for their commitment to the community.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards were handed out during a ceremony at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham. Volunteers serving a wide a variety of organizations received certificates and trillium pins to

mark various years of service – from five years to more than 40. Youth were recognized for two or more years of volunteer service. “We reflect on the commitment and the dedication of the volunteers who have contributed not only their time and their effort, but who have a vision of a stronger and more caring Ontario,” said Colleen Moran of the Ontario honours and awards secretariat of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. “We salute many of our friends and neighbours who have offered much to their communities through their years of continuous service to a single organization.” For Dorothy Cook, who was recognized for more than 40 years of service to Community Living Chatham-Kent, the most rewarding part of volunteering is watching people grow and prosper. As the mother of a handicapped child, she started volunteering when her daughter was two years old. “You see the ones that are handicapped and how much they can do with just perseverance and help … it’s amazing,” said Cook. Jean Elliott was also honoured for more than 40 years of service. She plays the piano and organ at Riverview Gardens in Chatham.

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Dorothy Cook receives an Ontario Volunteer Service Award from Luc Vincent of the Ontario honours and awards secretariat from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. Cook, who has volunteered for 40 years for Community Living, was one of 165 local volunteers that were recognized for their service in a ceremony held April 9 at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham.

“I think it’s just to bring happiness to other people,” said Elliott of her volunteer experience that started when she was asked to play for the Chatham Organ Society. Another highlight of the ceremony was the presentation to the Tremblay family. Kevin, Tammy and their three sons, Braedyn, Dustyn and Coltyn were recognized for their work with the Chatham Goodfellows.

Kevin said they enjoy helping out with the annual campaign whose motto is “No Child Without Christmas.” “That’s what drives us the most is to make sure we can help out us much as possible in any way, shape or form, and then carry on with life through that,” he said. Another popular award recipient was Molly, a sixyear-old border collie that works as a St. John Ambulance therapy dog, provid-

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ing comfort and companionship to the residents at Copper Terrace. “We spend between four and five minutes apiece and they pet her,” said Diane Watson, who received the award with Molly. “One time she jumped in bed with one of them, and I was horrified, and the lady said, ‘No. Let her stay here,’ because she just curled up beside her. Everybody loves her.” Brenda LeClair, executive director of Outreach for Hunger, said many local community organizations and services would not exist without volunteers. With more than 100 active volunteers helping Outreach for Hunger, she said they’re the backbone of the organization. “I think it is important to recognize them because we could not pay for the hours that were recognized tonight,” said LeClair. The event in Chatham is one of 55 Ontario Volunteer Service Award ceremonies that are being held across the province that will celebrate the contributions of more than 11,000 volunteers.


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Retirement won’t slow Schroeder

Still on schedule for his morning cup o’ joe By Bruce Corcoran bruce@chathamvoice.com

What do you do after 36 years of getting up well before dawn to run a coffee shop? If you’re Rick Schroeder, you keep coming back for those 4:30 a.m. cups of coffee. It’s the work of running the Park Avenue Tim Hortons that, as of this past Monday, he has left to the next guy. “I still own the business, but I don’t operate it.” That task falls upon Guy Pritchard, who Schroeder said will buy him out by paying him a percentage of the profits over the next five years. Aside from the gradual transfer in ownership, Schroeder, 72, said nothing will change. For starters, he still plans on showing up regularly before the clock strikes 5 a.m. He’s got his coffee shop gang to hang out with, after all. “I’ll still be here every day for coffee. You can’t just stop and break those habits,” he said. “I made a lot of friends here over the years.” Furthermore, the staff won’t change, and with good reason. Schroeder says his folks are topnotch customer service people. And they are dedicated. “I’ve got a woman working here now who worked for me as a student. She’s a grandmother now and

she’s back with us,” he said proudly. “Some staff, well, their parents worked for me.” He said he always treated his employees with trust and respect. In his eyes, if you give it, you get it back. “They have a job to do and they know how to do it. You have to give people respect and responsibility; treat them right,” he said. “We act like a family.” And his main message to his “family” is “I don’t pay your wages, your customers do.” Schroeder said he has customers who have come to the store since the time it opened. He thinks the staff are a huge reason why that’s the case. Schroeder opened the Park Avenue Tim Hortons on Feb. 1, 1978, after putting in his 20 years with the Canadian Forces. As he returned to his hometown of Oakville and searched for his next career, one of his brothers put him in touch with Ron Joyce, owner of the Tim Hortons chain. “The opportunity came up and we came down here,” Schroeder said. He opened the store in partnership with two of his brothers, one a lawyer and one the owner of a construction company. But those two stayed in the Greater Toronto Area, while Schroeder ran the store. He quickly became em-

bedded. “When I moved to Chatham, people made me feel so welcome. I became part of the community,” Schroeder said. “Chatham is my home. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.” As for working into his 70s, he wouldn’t call himself a work-a-holic, but rather someone who likes to stay active. Schroeder actually originally pictured himself retiring many years ago. “I always said I’d retire at the age of 55. Then I thought I’d definitely stop at 60, and then 65, and 70,” he laughed. “I’ve been working 56 years. I guess it’s time I think about doing something different.” Schroeder said he’d like to work with local charities, something he’s done to some extent in the past. He has helped on projects with the Adult Lifestyle Centre on Merritt Avenue in Chatham, and with St. Joseph’s Church in the downtown. Schroeder also battled, and defeated, colon cancer about a decade ago, and that reminded him to enjoy his time on the planet. “I believe in living life to the fullest,” he said. Schroeder and his wife

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Thursday, April 17, 2014 • 2014 Tilbury Senior Information Fair. 10:00am-2:00pm. Ryder Hall, 49 Dupuis St., Tilbury. Free admission, free lunch (noon), free draws, free information, free entertainment. Information to support healthy lifestyles for Seniors and their families. All Welcome! • 54th Annual Lenten Noon Hour Interdenominational Services “A Journey of Faithful Servants” from 12:10-12:35 at Christ Church, 80 Wellington St. W., Chatham. Speaker: Ven. Paul Millward. Luncheon to follow service. Saturday, April 19, 2014 • Meat draw at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham, from 4:30pm-6:00pm, followed by a dance from 7:00pm-11:00pm featuring Jig’s Dinner. Everyone Welcome. • Come and enjoy the music of Joan Spaulding at Branch 28 Legion’s Saturday afternoon dance at 304 St. Clair St. in the clubroom from 4:00-8:00pm. A meat draw and BBQ will also be available. Everyone welcome! Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • Wallaceburg OEYC presents: Nutritional Quick Meals. Cooking fun for parents and kids! We’ll make healthy food with leftovers for you to take home. 1:30pm-3:30pm. 150 University Ave. • Shuffleboard, pool and darts at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham at 6:30pm. Everyone welcome! • It’s Movie Time at the Chatham branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library. All is Lost starring Robert Redford at 2:00pm. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • Daffodil Tea and Bake Sale from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Good Shepherd School, Edith St., Thamesville. Wheel chair accessible. Entertainment “Janet Barnier”. Fundraiser for St. Paul’s Catholic Women’s League, Thamesville. Thursday, Apirl 24, 2014 • Peter McGarvey will talk about plotting, character development, locale research, and the process of writing, re-writing and re-re-writing that is involved in creating mystery novels. He’ll read exerpts from his books, including selections before and after editing. Peter will also discuss the challenges and benefits of the modern publishing business. Chatham Branch, Chatham-Kent Public Library, 7:00pm-8:00pm. Peter’s books will be available for puchase. • Chatham Retirement Resort will be holding their 24th Annual Cooking for Cancer Luncheon from 11:00am-2:00pm. The menu will consist of beef barley or cream of broccoli soup, a charbroiled hamburger, dessert and a beverage all for the cost of $6.00. All proceeds will go directly to the Cancer Soceity. Take-outs are available by calling Barb at 519-351-0318 ext. 526. Saturday, April 26, 2014 • Meat draw at Branch 628 Royal Canadian Legion, William & Colborne St., Chatham from 4:30pm-6:00pm followed by a dance at 7:00pm-11:00pm featuring Man Power. Everyone welcome. • 11th annual Furball Fete at Countryview Golf Course. Doors open at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm. The evening will feature dinner, a silent auction, and much more! 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More warm weather please! Would someone please tell Mother Nature to and dancers with this year’s Blame It On Rio stop having spring temper tantrums? After a theme, to the acrobats, to Superfly and then great weekend weather-wise (aside from that the O’Hara Brothers. nasty storm that hit Wallaceburg and area, A person doesn’t need to be loaded to look that is), what the heck was that Tuesday? at and bid on the hundreds of silent auction At least the weather co-operitems (I was outbid on everyated for the weekend to allow thing from a Superbowl football some key events to take place to a man cave sign). in nice weather, including the You don’t have to stumble Festival of Giving. around to observe or partake in In the past, I joked the acrothe live auction. From a ponnym for the festival was pretty toon boat to an in-ground pool appropriate, because the spirits install, there were some interflowed so freely that it left esting items up for grabs. I have Bruce Corcoran some patrons in a fog (espea feeling I’ll be going to see cially the next morning). This Santana, via limo, after a friend time around, the party still rocked, but not as successfully bid on that. many people over-indulged. And then there was the roast beef dinner. And the fundraising still hit high levels, as Or the chocolate fountain dessert area. Or the the event raised nearly $308,000 for the Chillate-night taco bar. dren’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent, You certainly do not have to be intoxicated and local food banks. to be proud of the fact the event raised more Festival organizers tweaked how they doled than $300,000 for another year, and in excess out drinks this year. People received wristof $2 million over its 13-year existence. bands with five drink tickets. Once they were Yes, I obviously attended. The ladies at the finished that, they could return for one more office even got me onto the dance floor for a bracelet. bit. My arthritic hip talked to me about that Ten drinks. And if you went as a couple the next day. It’s a survivor and one of you doesn’t drink much, then the Prior to the festival, I invited a few of the thirsty one gets the leftovers off the other office folks over to the backyard for a beverperson’s bracelet. age or two. Yet a few people complained to the organizThe only problem was I hadn’t done a thing ers that this was unacceptable. in the backyard yet this spring. So out came People, this is a huge fundraising event, the leaf blower/sucker to clear off the lingerone that is a heck of a lot of fun and brings in ing leaves around the back of the house. And hundreds of thousands of dollars. I sucked leaves out of the beverage fridge that You don’t need to be blitzed to enjoy the spent its first winter outdoors (hey, it’s a $10 entertainment, from the Brazilian drummers yard sale investment from a good 10 years ago, it doesn’t owe me anything). I washed it down inside and out, crossed my fingers, and plugged it in. IT’S ALIVE!!! vaunt — vb ( tr ) to describe, praise, or display Yes, the Chrysler brand fridge (one's success, possessions, etc) boastfully came back to life. I quickly stocked it, turned up the Sirius radio, and OWN A BUSINESS? Have any recent promotions or awards continued on my cleanup, washyou’d like to tell the Voice Community about? Send it to us at ing down our patio furniture and bruce@chathamvoice.com or drop it off to 84 Dover St. #2 (info pulling out the cushions from winter must be approx. one paragraph and not promoting specific sales or goods) storage.

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Stalk ’n’ dance

While I was doing all this, my wife and daughter were in London at a dance competition. One of them stalked singer/dancer Shawn Desman, who runs the competition. She got several photos with what turns out to be a very gracious celebrity and he signed the back of her iPod. They snagged the poor guy coming out of the elevator at the hotel at 11 p.m. after he’d been at the dance competition since first thing in the morning. He didn’t shoo away a crowd of 12 and 13 year olds, but rather stopped and posed and chatted. They caught up to him the final day as well, for more photos and the autograph session. • Bruce Corcoran is the editor of The Chatham Voice.


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Tourney honours a friend By Ian Kennedy cksn.ca

When you lose a friend or family member, finding the next steps or path to take in life can often be difficult. Following the grief, many people look for ways to celebrate and remember their lost loved one’s life. In Blenheim, that’s exactly what Rhys Dulisch, now a high school student at Ursuline College in Chatham, aimed to do when he launched the Soccer Dogs 3-on-3 Tournament in 2013, in memory of his friend Tyson Santavy who passed away on May 2, 2008. “I am passionate about organizing the Soccer Dogs 3-on-3 Tournament because I would like to keep Tyson’s memory alive,” said Dulisch, who first approached Santavy’s family about running the tournament in 2011, with the inaugural event taking place in May

2013. For Dulisch, who grew up only a few doors away from Santavy, his best friend growing up, running the Soccer Dogs tournament is a way to keep his friend’s memory alive, and to celebrate Santavy’s life. “Tyson was about having fun,” remembers Dulisch. “One of the things I remember is his smile and how his face would light up when he did smile. My hope is that anyone that comes out for the tournament has a good time and makes some memories.” Dulisch isn’t the only one remembering, however, as the entire town, and others in Blenheim’s soccer community also view the tournament as an important event to celebrate Santavy’s life. “Tyson was an energetic, kind child,” added Soccer Dogs committee member, and Blenheim Community Soccer League volun-

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The Noble Ninjas team has fun at 2013 Soccer Dogs tournament. The annual event is a fundraiser in honour of the late Tyson Santavy.

teer Robin Rideout. “He played soccer with my sons before his illness. He was one of those kids that makes the game about having fun and I am glad to help honour that memory.” Santavy and Dulisch both attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Blenheim, and played minor soccer together in the Blenheim Community Soccer League, making a soccer tournament the obvious choice to honour Santavy. “I chose to do a soccer tournament because he liked soccer and so did I,

and I knew that Blenheim doesn’t really have soccer tournaments, and I wanted to keep his memory alive,” said Dulisch. Not only is the tournament about having fun, it is also about good deeds, as Dulisch raised $1,442 for Ronald McDonald House in Toronto through last season’s event, and hopes to raise even more for a charity this year. Santavy passed away in 2008 after several months of battling liver failure and the complications from a liver transplant he received in late 2007. According to Santavy’s

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mother Connie, Dulisch achieved his goal last year in running a successful tournament, and honouring her son. “Rhys’ dream came true, and he honoured his friend with a very successful soccer tournament,” Tyson’s mother Connie wrote on the Soccer Dogs website. “The day was a huge success, and Rhys raised enough money to make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House in Toronto in memory of Tyson.” The tournament, which will take place May 31 this year and has a reg-

istration date of May 10, is hoping to draw more than a dozen teams in their adult and youth divisions. The tourney, which aims at participants simply having fun, costs $180 per team until the end of April, and can be registered for online at www.soccerdogs3on3. webs.com or by contacting Rhys Dulisch at 519676-4299. • Ian Kennedy is the owner/ editor of the Chatham-Kent Sports Network. For more on the local sports scene, please check out his website at www.cksn.ca.

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