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LIVINGINBROCKVILLE October 2012
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Thank you for bringing our magazine back! I loved the September issue and I can’t wait for the next one. This is truly Brockville’s best magazine! Sharon B. Brockville
The potential is there. Brockville stands at the cusp of realizing the economic benefits of a revitalized tourism sector. How to translate this potential into reality? Brockville needs a tourism receptor. Receptors are independent business owners who develop tour packages for the industry. If you’ve taken a trip with a local tour company the tour was probably put together by a receptor. They are an integral part of tourism. They put food on their table by assembling packages that entice travel companies to bring tourists to town. The Tourism Office, City Council and the Chamber of Commerce should do everything in their power to attract just such an individual to the city. Just as attracting doctors is a priority so should acquiring a local tourism receptor. Cost can be minimal.
My only question - where have you been? I picked up the September issue, the story about Mr. Heron was wonderful - congratulations to Don for changing his life. I love Living in Brockville and I still have all the past magazines - so pleased I can add to my collection. Keep up the great work! Marleen R. Maitland I picked up a copy of the magazine at Tile Tech, I really enjoyed the small house makeover - I down sized last year and with a small budget and I got so many great ideas. Thanks for this Brockville treasure. Emily T. Brockville
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Place an ad on any and all City, Chamber and Tourism web-sites. Tourism attends many trade shows. So do receptors. Have literature and signage advertising the city’s need. Talk to local tour operators to get some insight. Let them spread the word also, they will benefit in the long run.
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What defines courage? According to the dictionary courage is “strength in the face of pain or grief” and “the ability to do something that frightens one.” Courage takes all kinds of forms, the courage to overcome, the courage to fight or the simple courage to continue despite great obstacles. Exhibiting courage is not exclusive to men or women – children or adults; it doesn’t restrict itself to particular races or demographics. Courage is made from circumstance and grows with adversity. It appears when you least expect it and gives us strength when you thought all hope was diminished. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women (excluding nonmelanoma skin cancer). In 2012: An estimated 22,700 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 5,100 will die of it, an estimated 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 55 will die of it. On average, 62 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day and 14 Canadian women will die of breast cancer every day. The following is the story of one woman’s triumph over breast cancer and how courage can define us. In the Fall of 1995, Lois, a Cardiology Technician went for her annual mammogram. The mammography technician seemed very concerned so Lois asked, ‘I know you can’t tell me the results, but is there something?’ The radiologist came into the room and assured her it was just a cyst, go home and come back in a year. “I had just lost two close friends to breast cancer who also were told –nothing to worry about, just a cyst. I immediately contacted Dr. David Fleischer, who had been the surgeon for one of these friends. He saw me right away and a needle aspiration was done the same day.” Lois recalled, “The results were negative – what a relief. I still felt something was wrong as my left breast had been tender and felt ‘heavy’ on different occasions.” It would be almost twelve months later that her worst fears would be confirmed.
Over the course of the next few months Lois noticed little spots of blood on her nightgown and bedding. It was towards the end of July 1997 that she knew she had a big problem. “I was getting ready to go out for a movie with friends I remember my breast felt ‘heavy’ that day and sore.” Lois recalls, “When I was washing my hair at the kitchen sink I felt something warm on my chest. When I looked in the mirror I was shocked to see a dark red patch of blood forming on my left breast.” Lois called the emergency department of the Lakeshore General Hospital, in Montreal, where she worked and was told to come in as soon as possible. “It was funny but frightening. As the doctor examined my left breast blood projected from my nipple onto his hand and arm. The following Monday I had further testing and it was determined I needed surgery.” In October of 1997, Lois underwent surgery to have her milk ducts removed from her left breast and was instructed to return for regular examinations.
Lois made two phone calls before leaving for the hospital; one to her brother, Dan asking him to come with her for support and finally a call to the Canadian Cancer Society to find out what resources were available to her. On August 31st, 2004 she underwent surgery and her first mastectomy. She met with both of her doctors; Dr. Fleischer and Dr. Joan Zudilka and told them she didn’t want chemotherapy or radiation. In October, Lois tells me, “I was prescribed tamoxifen, a drug used to treat certain types of breast cancer in women and men. The side effects were bad, after a few months I was then prescribed Arimidex, It was then my decision to stop all treatments. There was no guarantee that even with the medication the cancer wouldn’t spread to my other breast.” By October 2008 Lois was nearing the five-year milestone of being cancer-free, “I left my six month check-up feeling very happy as all appeared well, but by December I started seeing changes and I knew something was wrong.” Unfortunately her worst fears were realized when she went for her regular exam on April 30, 2009, the cancer had spread to
Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. Robert Louis Stevenson
Breast cancer symptoms vary widely — from lumps to swelling to skin changes — and many breast cancers have no obvious symptoms at all. Symptoms that are similar to those of breast cancer may be the result of non-cancerous conditions like infection or a cyst. Just as no two people are exactly alike, no two breast cancers are exactly the same, either.
her right breast. On August 26, 2009, a few days before her five years were up Lois had her second mastectomy.
Seven years later, in April 2004, Lois noticed her left breast was oddly shaped and very sore, “It wasn’t round anymore - it actually looked almost square. I called Dr. Fleischer who was now working at the Cedars Breast Cancer Centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. I was given an appointment for some time later but by then it was back to normal. The warning signs were evident - I guess I just wanted to ignore them.” Lois admitted. “The first of May I felt three distinct lumps in my left breast - I knew I had to take notice and contact my doctor – I had just moved to Cornwall”
Lois had triumphed over the disease, no further treatment was needed but was left with a new challenge - overcoming the reality of a double mastectomy. Lois wasn’t a candidate for reconstructive surgery and she explored other options.
Lois had a biopsy scheduled for August 6th. “I waited ten days and did not have the results of the biopsy, so I actually went on vacation with my sister’s foster daughter, Katrina Deevey, and didn’t return until August 22nd. I know now I was avoiding the truth, it wouldn’t be real until I heard that dreaded word - cancer.” The news would come and Lois could no longer hide from the truth, “It was Monday morning at 6:30 a.m. I was reading my Bible when my doctor called,” Lois tells me, “All I remember were those words - ‘you have cancer’, I could no longer deny the situation.”
“Attitude is everything when you’re faced with this type of challenge. I stayed positive and simply faced everything ‘head-on’.”
“Many of the women I met were most concerned with the aftermath of surgery; the scars and the obvious absence of breast tissue (something that many women feel defines them as a woman). I had reduction surgery in 1995, going from a ‘DD’ to an ‘A’ cup and this was just another transition for me.” Bea’s Mastectomy Boutique is located in Kingston and assists women with the daunting task of choosing prosthesis. There are several options available depending on the needs. “We carry partial breast shapers that can create equalization when there is a noticeable difference in size or shape between breasts following a lumpectomy or reconstruction, “ Bea Faraklas, owner of Bea’s Mastectomy Boutique explains, “as well, we offer prosthesis in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit every client’s individual needs.” Lois explains further the different choices; “You can get prosthesis that imitate a mature breast if you’re older because as we know natural breast tissue begins to sag as we age.
It wouldn’t appear natural if you had one perky breast in the case of a single prosthesis. You also have the option of “contacts” that help the prosthesis adhere to your chest wall giving you the option of being able to wear different tops and dresses” Bea’s is also the location of All Hair Alternatives where you can be professionally fitted for wigs and additional hair replacement products for those in treatment. “We’re dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors reclaim a positive body image and restore confidence. Our private fitting rooms assure confidentiality while certified fitters work with a full range of prosthesis and bras from True Life, Amoeria, Airway and ABC to create balance and symmetry.” Bea recommends arranging an appointment and adds they can also do home or hospital visits as well. “I joined the Breast Cancer Support group in Cornwall during the period between my first and second mastectomy. The support and understanding of other cancer survivors was an enormous help.” Lois smiles, “It was with this group I learned that we survivors do not have horrible, cold prosthesis – but lovable, cuddly ‘puppies’.” It was also through this group that Lois and eight other women agreed to have their post surgery bodies turned into sculptures for a cancer fund raising event in 2005. “We were approached by artist, Jamie Brick to participate in a unique campaign that would raise funds for the Cornwall Breast Cancer Support Group, bringing certain rehabilitation needs to Cornwall so survivors wouldn’t need to travel to Ottawa. ” Lois continues, “They chose nine women because statistically one out of every nine women in Canada are at risk to develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Plaster cast were made from our upper torso to highlight the affects of postsurgery.”
Lois has never been afraid to talk about her battle with cancer and has always believed sharing her experience could help other women. She offers this advice, “Mothers, do not be afraid to talk to your young daughters about breast cancer awareness and exams. Speak up for mammograms! It is your body; not your doctor’s or the government’s. If you do receive a positive diagnosis of one breast and choose to have both breasts removed – go for it. Not only can it prevent the spread of cancer, it will also prevent future problems with balance, sore shoulders and back due to the weight difference from one side to the other.” I met a lot of women while researching this editorial’ Survivors, health care providers and family - I was inspired by the strong alliance they feel and the passion to spread the word about this type of cancer. I had the opportunity to visit The Pink Tour in Kingston, a large pink bus dominated the parking lot at Shoppers Drug Mart (a sponsor of The Pink Tour). The mission of this unique tour across Ontario is to bring awareness about breast cancer and to have women sign up for the screening process that could ultimately save their lives. Visitors are invited to tour through the bus and watch videos, pick up information and talk to those affected by breast cancer. Everyone is given the opportunity to sign the bus; many of the signatures contained words of encouragement, memorials to those who have lost the battle and inspirational words of hope to the many still fighting. Megan Primeau, Communication Manager for the Ontario branch of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, tells me that well over 30,000 people have visited The Pink Tour between May and September 2012.
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“The response has been overwhelming,” Megan says, “We have thousands of signatures on the bus already, many of them from survivors - it’s so inspiring to bare witness to their courage and positive attitude. It’s our mission to visit as many communities as possible - we still have stops scheduled throughout Ontario for October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and we may continue into November.” The Pink Tour made a stop in Brockville this past summer at two locations; Shoppers Drug Mart (1000 Islands Mall) and the Brockville Farmer’s Market (Downtown Brockville). My daughters and I were able to take the tour and leave our messages on the pink bus, many more signatures have been added in the past few months. Before coming to Ontario, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tour toured the Atlantic Provinces as well as British Columbia. The results were excellent, with over 34,000 visitors to the bus. As a result, screening rates increased in both places. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to making more progress, through investments in ground breaking and innovative breast cancer research that is improving and saving women’s lives. For example, the Foundation funded work by Dr. Mark Clemons of The Ottawa Hospital and Dr. Eitan Amir of Princess Margaret Hospital. They found that 15 per cent of tumours change over time, requiring a change in treatment, so doing a second biopsy when recurrent cancer is suspected can benefit women by ensuring they get the right treatment at the right time. This study has already changed clinical practice here in Ontario and around the world. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation knows that by working together with other organizations, the impact of our work is magnified. They would like to express their appreciation to the presenting sponsors, Shoppers Drug Mart and CIBC, for their help in bringing The Pink Tour to towns and cities across Ontario. “We know that screening saves lives. The mortality rate for breast cancer has dropped by almost 40% since the late 1980s, when organized screening began in Canada. Advances in earlier detection and treatment are the source of this progress. However, only 66% of eligible women (ages 50 to 69) currently participate in regular screening in Ontario.” Megan explained, “We need to get that number to 100%.”
In conclusion, Lois leaves us with a personal message, “We are always Survivors, from the first diagnosis until the day we die. I view my scars with ‘love’. Why? Because I am alive, I am free and I am victorious. Survivors worry how others may react - I am always positive and not afraid to tell my story. There have been situations where friends will start talking about their breasts (yes, we do talk about them...) They will suddenly hesitate and apologize to me.” Lois laughs, “I just tell them, “Hey my ladies are now a number in a cancer research lab at the Victoria Hospital. I can call them any day to see how they’re doing - I have their number.” “I want to send a thank you to the Lord for the love and strength he gave me to get through this journey. To my son, Vincent, sisters, Laura and Paula, my brother Dan, and their spouses, family and friends, Jordie and Katrina Deevey, Pastor McCooeye and everyone at the First Baptist Cornwall. I also want to thank the Cornwall Breast Cancer Support Group and to the Victoria Quilts - Cornwall Group for the beautiful “Love Quilt” that kept me warm.” “I will never forget the care and strength that I have received from Dr. Fleischer, his staff at the Cedar Breast Cancer Clinic and the nurses and staff on the surgical floor of the Royal Victoria Hospital. And to Dr. Joan Zudilka and her oncology group at St. Mary’s Hospital. You are the best!” “Finally to my fellow survivors, may the Lord bless you - never give up the fight!” Since moving to Brockville two years ago, Lois has joined the Spiritual Care Team at Brockville General Hospital as a volunteer and continues to inspire and support other survivors.
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Autumn is off to a fine start. Dave Phillips, Canada’s superstar meteorologist, has released his forecast for a warmer than normal finish to the year, so we can continue to enjoy backyard grilling in optimum conditions. Also the new LCBO with expanded listings will open in early November. More choice is always a good thing! Until then here’s a great value red for fall enjoyment. At first glance Albert Bichot ‘C’est La Vie’ Pinot Noir/Syrah 2010 (CSPC# 166934, $11.95) may seem to be an anomaly. Blending the heavy, tannic Syrah grape (also known as Shiraz) with the lighter, supple Pinot Noir is at first glance a little unusual. But if the truth be told, in years gone by, some Burgundy growers topped up their Pinot with Syrah. It was allowed and it added more body and fruit to lighter Burgundy vintages. The result was a mighty tasty blend and that is what we have here. C’est La Vie has a smoky, raspberry, dark berry nose with just a hint of spice. It is medium bodied, supple and smooth, with a generous, fruit forward style. Cranberry, cherry and berry fruit dominate the complex palate with a dusting of herbaceous, peppery spice (think oregano). A mocha, dark chocolate quality permeates the fruit. There is a nice, bracing acidity that keeps everything in balance and remarkably fresh. The finish features black currant fruit and a wisp of oaky, vanilla and has great length and depth. C’est La Vie is dry with the firm, tannic structure you expect from Syrah, so it cries out for food. If you are a pate fan then look no further for a wine to serve as the perfect counterpoint to its inherently rich, creamy flavours It can be superb matched with a weekday supper of pasta with tomato and meat sauce or pizza. Pork chops or pork roast would provide for a tasty partnership. It would be the perfect tipple for all manner of sausages, from medium to spicy, served hot off the grill. Look for C’est La Vie in the French section at the Brockville Shopping Centre LCBO. Enjoy!
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Tourism: A Cautionary Tale By Russ Disotell
Unless you are new to Brockville, or been living under the proverbial rock, you are likely aware that the Aquatarium (formerly the Marine Discovery Center) will be opening next year. The projected opening date is the weekend of June 15th 2013. With the launch of the Aquatarium, the long awaited city anchor attraction, the downtown core will be drastically changed as Brockville tourism will undergo a paradigm shift. Are we ready? Is the downtown business core ready? 2012 was a difficult year for tourism in Brockville. There was a media report in mid-August that was replete with statistics that seemed to defy the laws of mathematics and reasons for the downturn that I strenuously disagree with. As for the statistics, keep in mind a couple of thing my great-great uncle said, “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable” and in case that didn’t make his position clear on statistics, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Put simply, and a little more kindly, statistics can’t always be relied on. In actuality almost all of Brockville’s festivals enjoyed an increase in attendance. The OFSSA track meet was a resounding success. So there are a lot of positives to be taken from the past summer. We’re back to the criticism’s of statistics. If you happened to walk outside your house in June or July you are aware of one of the past summer’s major challenges.
It was a hot summer! Darn hot, in fact one of the hottest, if not the hottest on record. This has a direct relationship to travel and tourism. Tourists don’t come to Brockville to visit Walmart, they probably have one at home. They come to tour downtown and the historical and heritage sites throughout the city. It isn’t too comfortable when the humidex reading lingers near 40. This isn’t just my opinion. When I worked for the LCBO, in the pre-computer era, we used to “do the books” by hand. In the bottom right hand corner of the ledger was a spot for the weather, because weather had a direct effect on sales. When my dad was a supervisor for the Beamish retail chain, store managers were encouraged to keep a daily journal of events and happenings in their town, and yes to keep track of the weather! But this summer is behind us and the next brings the launch of the Aquatarium. Supporters have been trumpeting the anchor attraction’s launch as the event that will lead to a renaissance of the downtown core. “When the Aquatarium opens” has been a catch phrase to indicate the halcyon days that are ahead of us. But what does it really mean? The constant repetition of the Aquatarium mantra, while soothing and hopeful, was a little short on substance. No one seemed inclined to go beyond the veneer. So, always curious, I did. Here is what the future could look like.
The Aquatarium expects 55 to 65,000 visitors in its first year of operation, with 80% of those visitors between May and October. Now I know that there is a segment of the population that are card carrying Missourians, strictly adhering to the “Show Me” nature of the state, but try to control this impulse. The earth remains round despite all of your doubts! The Aquatarium is a tourism venue, and as such has engaged a professional staff with experience in this field. Their projections should carry some weight and deserve some respect. So, that’s what the arrival of the Aquatarium means. The long and short of it is that there will be a lot more tourists on Brockville streets next year. Probably more than we have ever seen before. The weekend of the Tall Ships Rendezvous/ Heritage Fair/Aquatarium opening will be (to use the vernacular) crazy! And this is where I begin to worry. Like any venture of this nature we, as a city, get one chance to impress, one opportunity to convince visitors to stay or come back or tell their friends about us. First impressions can be last impressions. So “When the Aquatarium opens” begs the question, “What are we going to do?” or better yet, since we have time and can be proactive, “What have we done?”. The tourists are going to come, what are we going to do for them and with them? I fervently hope that public entities such as the City, DBIA, Tourism Department and Chamber of Commerce are developing strategies. This, however, is beyond my ken. I can make some suggestions or observations for them and anyone else involved in the downtown core. Lets start with parking. There is ample parking in the downtown core. Yes you heard me! I have never had a tourist complain to me about parking. Never. The negativity stems from locals and I will let you make of that what you may. With more parking being added at the Aquatarium itself it hopefully won’t become a problem. However is there enough direction to the parking lots? You know, the large green signs with the white P. Ease in finding parking goes a long way to making that first impression we’re discussing. My feeling is that it could be better. Likewise directions to the Tourism Office. At the time of writing there is weekend parking bylaw enforcement at the Home and Henry Street parking lots only. It might be wise to consider extending this to King St. as the added traffic there could be problematic. Local merchants and shoppers are sure to raise a hue and cry if tourists (and others) tie up prime parking spots for great lengths of time. It happens now on busy shopping weekends. Just a thought and a word of caution. Judging from talks with tourists, downtown could use a good “family style” restaurant. Families with children are looking for an economical alternative that at present they can’t find. Just an idea for someone who might have the inclination to open such an enterprise, there seems to be a niche. The most popular question last summer was, “Where can I get some ice cream?”, so an ice cream store or parlour might find a clientele.
With the added volume of tourists it might be time to consider licensing more food vendors. I know restaurant owners will scream at this suggestion, but I believe there will be ample business to go around. There will always be those who want to sit at a table and relax when they eat. Perhaps vendors could be restricted to the area around Hardy Park and the Aquatarium itself if it is a heated issue. How about a couple of food trucks? Any fan of the Food Channel knows that food trucks are all the rage in larger cities. They are now purveyors of haute cuisine fare and would help create a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Licensing two on a trial basis for the first year might be a reasonable approach. If you want to think outside the box here’s an idea. For years not-for-profit groups and service clubs funded their operations by working bingos at the local bingo halls. With the demise of the bingo industry these organizations lost a valuable source of funds. Why not make any license for haute cuisine food trucks (for lack of a better description) include a clause whereby the operators donate a percentage of one day’s profits every week to a local service club or not-for- profit group? In return the groups could perform some service for the truck owners, such as distributing pamphlets, washing the trucks, running the service window or what not. What I am saying is there is an opportunity for the downtown and indeed the whole community to benefit from this new addition to the city’s landscape. While the public entities have to do their part, that’s not where it ends. The rest of the community should prepare their own strategies to benefit. The tourists are coming, what are you going to do? Comments & E-Mails: Brockvilleink@hotmail.com
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The family is eager to show off their newly designed home this Holiday season.
This beautiful country home had become out-dated and disorganized for this busy family. It had great bones and a fabulous property, the only requirement the home owner wanted?
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With a short timeline (one month), a lot of imagination and a multitude of D.I.Y. projects, the whole family worked with the designer to make their dream home a reality. “The biggest challenge in this ‘wholehouse’ makeover was to incorporate the personal style of the entire family, create a cohesive design and incorporate much of the existing furniture and family heirlooms into the design.” Connie Dier explains, “Doing this on a budget means thinking outside the box and re-inventing the ordinary to make it extraordinary.”
The paint colours were chosen to bring the countryside in and to give the space a fresh ‘airy’ feel; a fern green for the kitchen/ dining room and a soft buttery yellow for the remainder of the lower level. The kitchen island had no features, by painting it several shades darker than the walls and with the addition of wrought iron and cottage bead board it was now has the illusion of being a piece of free-standing furniture. The china hutch was a mix of new and old; the base was a secondhand find for $90 and the upper shelf was custom built for the space. Painted the same colour as the island with an antique glaze made this a one-of-a-kind piece and a new family heirloom. The dining set was also purchased secondhand and given an updated look with paint and new upholstery. To add a touch of sophistication a crystal chandelier replaced the original fixture. By removing an existing closet a functional mudroom was created with new tile flooring, bead board, cubby holes, coat hooks and a built-in bench; the family now has an organized entry from the garage which created a better visual flow.
after The kitchen and dining room have become the ‘hub’ of the household. This bright and lively space reflects the whole family’s style.
A great spot to curl up and read, this chair was given a new life with a coat of paint and bright red upholstery.
family room The new mudroom keeps everything organized for this busy family.
The study allows Mom, a teacher to do her home work and still feel connected.
With the additon of built in bookcases on either side of the fireplace and the tumble stone tile makes this the new focal point of the family room. A burlap area rug and reclaimed coffee table helps to anchor this space French Toile for the draperies in this room and the study were custom made with matching lampshades, pops of colour in the accessories brings these spaces together.
A mix of modern and antique furniture and collectibles kept this project on budget and achieved the desired effect. Now this family is eager to show off their newly designed home with family and friends this Holiday season.
qeygnzo2 The result was much more than the homeowner had expected and the entire family feels completely at home. The design elements brought the decor from tired and worn to cosy and comfortable.
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Electronics have taken over our world and until recently, when they were of no use we sent them to the landfill or left them at the curb...’free’, kind-of works - scotch-taped to the items. With the introduction of flat screen T.V.’s and computer monitors the older models took up space in garages and basements. The question on everyone’s mind? How do I get rid of this stuff?
John suggests, “If you’re not sure what to do with your e-waste, drop in here before heading to the landfill - if I can’t take it for you, I can tell you who can.”
John Holman of BFW Properties Ltd. is the ‘go-to’ man for the answer. “It’s estimated that nearly 50 million tonnes of e-waste are disposed of each year worldwide. These items contaminate our land by leaking chemicals and toxins into the earth.” BFW is the local afilliate for the OES. According to Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) since the program began operations in April, 2009 to July, 2011, OES has collected almost 140,000 tonnes of electronic waste. If stacked in tractor-trailer loads parked end-to-end, they would stretch from downtown Toronto well past Brockville! The local depot for e-waste disposal is located at 130 North Augusta Road, the north end of the old Selkirk building. What is the disposal cost? Zilch. Nada. Nothing! The OES is funded by fees paid to OES by the electronics producers themselves.
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In the 30 minutes I spent talking to John; three people came to drop off items. John Wallace was one of these people. “I live on a 100 acre farm in Lyn. I don’t know how we did without this service, I would often find things dumped at the back of my property - there just wasn’t a place to get rid of these things. John Holman is great - he educates us and keeps this depot so clean. I’ll spread the word - everyone needs to utilize this option.” John Holman advises, “Ninety-seven percent of everything is reused. It’s sent to several locations to be shredded and sorted and who knows - it could become a part of your new car.” Recycling diverts potentially hazardous materials from our landfills. RecycleYourElectronics.ca is Ontario’s e-waste diversion program that encourages responsible reuse and safe recycling of old, used and unwanted electronic equipment. We accept 44 types of electronics. Find out more about the program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship. LIB
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Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill I feel a real connection to entrepreneurs, maybe it’s because I am one myself. I was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009. I have failed over and over again - but I have never given up. We’re a strange breed of people, a combination of stubbornness, determination and a ‘never give up’ attitude. Brockville is a virtual breeding ground for entrepreneurs, that’s a fact we should be proud of!
Stephanie Saunders is just one of Brockville’s entrepreneurs and she has all of the qualities that have led her to success. She was the original Entrepreneur of the Year (2008) and after five years in business Stephanie stills has the determination to inspire new business owners. “The simple fact is I am completely unemployable,” Stephanie laughed, “I just can’t work for someone else - maybe that’s the first clue that you may be an entrepreneur. The warning signs were always there.” Stephanie clarifies that statement, “I have a very strong work ethic. I always brought 110% to every job, I excelled because I always took enormous pride in every task I did. Unfortunately, that also made me a threat to my immediate supervisor. That always seemed to be my greatest downfall.”
“We’re able to see opportunity and to act on it quickly! It doesn’t mean we’ll always be successful - but boy, we’ll try!” It’s How You Wear It is a salon that evolves as quickly as the customers does. “I am always aware of what my clients want and I ensure the services they request are available whenever possible. That’s the benefit of running your own business. My customers really are ‘King’ (or Queen...) they have made my salon successful and I appreciate that.” Stephanie, like so many entrepreneurs, has a real passion for her business and our community. She is very involved with the DBIA, on the board, chair of the Beautification committee and secretary on the Executive committee. “I literally put everything into this business - and I’m glad to do it. I am always thinking about how I can improve on the business and the services I provide. Failure is not an option.” She laughs, “What are my choices? I can’t see myself doing anything else, I love this business and I’m simply too stubborn to consider anything else.” Brockville, take advantage of our local entrepreneurs! They are always willing to give you, the customer, 110%. That’s so much more than you can expect from Big business. Be appreciated and valued as a customer. Local business...it’s personal!
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So, what’s a girl to do? In July 2007, Stephanie opened her own business. It’s How You Wear It became the realization of her dream. “I worked at other salons and had built up a dedicated client list,” Stephanie says, “My customers were always the top priority, I knew that building this business was all about customer satisfaction.” It’s How You Wear It, the business name, was inspired by one of these customers. “Merilyn Johnston believed in me from the very beginning and really inspired me. She used to say to me... ‘it’s how we go forth’, the business name came from her words.” “Running your own business is stressful, the business takes over your life, 24/7. There are many, many times when you lay awake at night and ask yourself...’why am I doing this?’ the desire to simply give up haunts you - but those moments pass and you dig in your heels and keep going.” Stephanie really pegged it when she said that the difference between ‘corporate-minded’ people and entrepreneurs is the ability to see the ‘gray’ areas. Seeing opportunities for improvement and acting on those opportunities without the need for approval from multiple levels of management.
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