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It’s hard to believe that we at Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine are celebrating our fifth birthday – but it’s true! It’s been five incredible, fun-filled years of being your go-to source for all things parenting in the nation’s capital. We’ve been honoured to bring you the latest health and wellness info, simple and delicious recipes, fun travel and family activity ideas, as well as compelling stories that reflect the triumphs and challenges faced by families in our city and beyond, recounting utterly hilarious, sometimes embarrassing parenting moments (and you know there are many) and — most importantly — to celebrate the people, places and ideas that make life better for Ottawa parents, and build a happier, healthier community for our children. In this special anniversary issue, we’ll take a look back on our journey so far, and highlight six remarkable stories and features published over the years, including the wrenching story of a Toronto father’s struggle with addiction, an excerpt from the memoir of Pattie Mallette (mom of pop superstar Justin Bieber), a heartwarming profile of the longestserving Ottawa foster mom, an insightful interview with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau (including some absolutely gorgeous family pix), a fascinating look at the crazy-busy, inspiring life of an extremely driven and passionate Ottawa CEO and mom of three, as well as a fun, comprehensive explainer of the many changes to a mom’s “baby bump” during the fascinating months of pregnancy. It’s been an amazing ride so far, and there’s so much more to come. Turn to the flip side of this issue to learn more about our brand new Ottawa Parent & Child Expo, a fun, informative weekend for the whole family, happening Oct. 24-25 at the Nepean Sportsplex. Parenting Times is thrilled to present this exciting family event, featuring more than 40 local exhibitors and TONS of entertainment and activities for the kids. Visit parentandchildexpo.ca for details. I hope you enjoy this peek back at our last five years, and we look forward to many more amazing years of serving you, our dear parent readers, and being your best local source for parenting info, news, resources, entertainment, giveaways and much more. I’d love to hear what you think! Reach me at editor@ottawaparentingtimes.ca or find me on Twitter: @kelly_roesler

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By Chris Hunt Four years ago, Christopher Shulgan was a man conflicted. Much like the famous opening line of Dickens’ classic novel A Tale of Two Cities, Shulgan experienced the best and the worst of times: he was an award-winning journalist and a dedicated party animal. He was a devoted husband, and an alcoholic. He was also a crack addict who was about to become a father. And in his recently published book, Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood, Shulgan documents his journey from careening addict to responsible father, a trek that spanned two years as he struggled with the pressures of fatherhood. On the surface, Shulgan had it all. His wife, Natalie, She discovered her nightmare was a reality when she was pregnant with their first child and barely in his found Shulgan in their bathroom early one morning, 30s, he’d attained the career most freelance journalists coming down from a high. Soon after, Shulgan sought dream of. He was in high demand, and an investigative treatment at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental article he wrote about the death of a RCMP officer in Haiti Health. would eventually earn him a Gold Medal at the National By the time his wife was with child, Shulgan had been Magazine Awards in 2007. clean for around three years. But Shulgan carried a dark secret. He had begun But the thought of his impending fatherhood was smoking crack—again. difficult to bear. In Superdad, he writes about wanting to His first experience with addiction came in 2002. lose himself in drugs and alcohol every time he thought His online publication Neksis had crumbled with the of becoming a father. And he did. recession, and he had turned to drugs in order to cope. Part of the reason was that he knew his life was going “I was ripe for a fall,” Shulgan said in to change. In his mind, becoming a a recent interview. “I had an emptiness father was crossing the line between In Superdad, he inside of me and crack was what filled unshackled male and conformist. it up at that point.” “I had always culturally identified writes about wanting Under the guise of doing research for with outsiders and people apart from to lose himself in drugs mainstream,” he says. “And one of the a novel in which the protagonist was a crack addict, he frequented Toronto’s most mainstream, and one of the most and alcohol every time Moss Park. Its grimy recesses and filthy establishment things that somebody he thought of becoming can do is become a parent.” alleyways were fertile grounds for crack dealers and soon, Shulgan succumbed One of the more interesting points a father. And he did. to temptation. Shulgan raises in his book is the impact From there, his addiction progressed popular culture had on his views of rapidly. Almost every outing ended with him snagging fatherhood. Popular culture tends to portray fathers as crack at Moss Park, which he’d smoke in a variety well-meaning but bumbling oafs who are ultimately of places. Bathroom stalls in a local pub. The roof destined to screw up. Think Tim Allen’s character in washrooms of the loft building him and Natalie lived in. Home Improvement. Eventually, in their apartment while Natalie was at work. In short, he thought being a father meant being, well, And then, while she slept. lame. Natalie knew. She was having crack dreams; night“The paradoxical thing is that I did wholeheartedly mares where she envisioned Shulgan was addicted to swallow pop-culture’s line about fatherhood at first,” he crack. Her mother had fought addiction, and Shulgan said. “I did swallow that fatherhood was essentially a says she must have sensed what he was up to. lame activity.” Christopher Shulgan

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January/February 2011: In our very first issue, writer Chris Hunt interviewed Toronto author Christopher Shulgan about his memoir, Superdad: A Memoir of Rebellion, Drugs and Fatherhood. The result was a compelling story that examined the heartbreaking conflict between his addiction and his love for his children.


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“They attacked my credibility as a parent,” he said, adding he has a wonderful relationship with his children. But he remains stung by the comments, which he describes as a low point. Meanwhile, Shulgan experienced many low points during the first year and a half of his son’s life. He was caught smoking crack in a toilet stall in Costa Rica. He was let off with a gentle hit to his wallet. What did he do with his reprieve? He bought more crack. During a trip to Florida, he binged on it until the early hours of the morning, despite the fact his heart raced so fast he knew there was a chance he could suffer a heart attack if he didn’t stop. He didn’t stop. Well, not until his crack dealer was nowhere to be found.

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Donuts an hour from his home, often with his child sleeping in the back seat, simply to find solace. In the same article, he admits to suffering from male postpartum depression. He was vilified for it. The comments section beneath his article featured more than 100 angry comments assaulting Schwartzberg’s character before it was closed. Many accused him of being selfish. A coward.

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“I completely reject that now.” Another aspect Shulgan had to deal with was the perceived hit to his masculinity. “Nurturing is something we conceive of, as a society, as a feminine activity,” he says. “Walking around with a stroller, with a diaper bag and all the various things that you need ...” His voice trails off for a moment, before he continues, “there was a sense I was sacrificing some aspect of my masculinity.” In a sense, this is true, says Dr. William Courtenay, one of North America’s leading experts on men’s health. “When a man says he feels like less of a man after he becomes a father, to some degree, physiologically, that is true,” says Dr. Courtenay, the founding editor of the International Journal of Men’s Health, adding that a new father’s body experiences a drop in testosterone and increases in estrogen and prolactin, a hormone associated with milk production. Alcohol was also a factor in Shulgan’s downward spiral. Shulgan didn’t do drugs unless he had been drinking. The thing was, he tended to drink. A lot. A painful cycle ensued. Bouts of heavy drinking, followed by drug use, followed by remorse. It was a cycle that lasted 18 months. But Shulgan is far from the first man to retreat into compulsive habits as a way of dealing with the pressures of fatherhood. Just ask Joel Schwartzberg. Like Shulgan, Schwartzberg used unhealthy substances to escape from the pressures of fatherhood, and like Shulgan, he wrote a book about fatherhood entitled: The 40-Year-Old Version: Humoirs of a Divorced Dad. Where they differ is their substance of choice. Schwartzberg’s was fast food. Pizza. Cheeseburgers. Hot dogs. Doughnuts. “I would eat a hot dog or a doughnut as a way of connecting to the life I had before becoming a father,” he said from his Virginia home. He hungered for those moments of indulgence. In an article he wrote for Newsweek, he admits to driving to a Dunkin’

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‘A parent is what I am… everything else is secondary’ The Liberal MP for Montréal and charismatic newsmaker Justin Trudeau talks to Jessica Hinds about his loving family, the work-life balance, and how his famous parents have shaped his parenting

s the eldest son of the late Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau Kemper, Justin Trudeau knows well what it’s like to grow up with a busy politician as a parent. Now that he’s married, with a family of his own, and trying to balance the role of father with a high-profile career as the member of parliament for the Montréal riding of Papineau, he also knows how difficult it can be to reconcile work duties with the needs of family. Trudeau, 40, recalled a tender moment during one of his routine goodbyes to his family before leaving for work in Ottawa. Though Trudeau’s mind was occupied by the tasks ahead, he could see that this goodbye was particularly difficult for his four-year-old son, Xavier. “He felt that I was already sort of half gone,” he said. “I could see it in his face and I had to totally stop and pick him up in my arms and tell him: ‘No, no, I’m going once again but I’m going to come back just tomorrow and it’s not bad,’ and I just had to take a moment to totally focus on them.” Trudeau’s take on fatherhood is humble. He said he has learned valuable lessons from his parents, as well as his children, but admitted that as a father he is flawed, and growing.

“I pay attention more to little things. I’m very much more sensitive in the moment, where I am,” explained Trudeau. “I’m better at being very much in the moment.” Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire raise their two children — Xavier, 4, who shares his birthday with his famous grandfather, and three-year-old Ella-Grace — in Montréal. It is only fitting that the grandchildren of the prime minister credited with making Canada officially bilingual, speak English with a francophone accent. “Very cute,” laughed Trudeau. Dividing his time between home and the Hill creates a challenging schedule. It has also inspired Trudeau to make sure his work is worth the sacrifice of being away from his family three nights a week. “It helps me to think about: am I doing things to get ahead or to score points, or am I doing things to try to make a better world for my kids that are going to justify me being away from them?” Trudeau serves as the critic for Youth, Post-Secondary Education and Amateur Sport, and worked as a teacher before beginning his career in politics. Having children has brought new insight to his work on youth issues, he said. Instead of looking back on his own experiences, he imagines what the world will be like for his children as they grow up. And for insight on raising his children, as well as marriage, Trudeau said he looks to his parents. One of his best memories of growing up, he said, was accompanying his father on official head of government trips. The elder Trudeau would only take one son on a trip at a time, which allowed each of the brothers to spend rare oneon-one time with their father. Trudeau admired his father’s ability to focus solely on his family when he was with them. “My father was really, really good at compartmentalizing,” he said. “When he was with us he wasn’t thinking about the distractions, he wasn’t thinking about work, he wasn’t focused on taking calls. He was very, very much with us.”

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Summer 2012: In an interview with Parenting Times, current Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau discussed his family values, shared his memories of growing up with famous parents and revealed how he balances parenting with political life. He also shared some beautiful, intimate family photos.


Trudeau said his father’s commitment to separate his work life from his family life also improved his ability to focus on his political roles. It was also from his parents that Trudeau learned about the downside of political life. “I certainly grew up with it,” he said. “I grew up with the media attacking my father from time to time and certainly my mother, and you learn very quickly what matters and you learn to be strong within yourself and yeah, it hurts, so you learn to take what other people say with a certain grain of salt.” “One of the things I have to be thankful for is, yes, I carry around with me a big last name and a certain legacy, but my mom and dad spent a lot of time giving me the capacity — and my brothers — to deal with the expectations and the legacy and the public eye. “I had pretty broad shoulders, and I’m raising my kids to have the same.” Watching the breakdown of his parents’ marriage taught Justin the value of an equal partnership. “It was very much my father doing his thing and my mom, you know, trying to come along on his thing,” he said. Sophie Grégoire is known for her career as a Québec correspondent for CTV’s eTalk but now focuses on charity work, and is training to become a yoga teacher. Grégoire is also an advocate for the Shield of Athena, an organization that offers support to victims of family violence, and has been outspoken about her personal struggle with eating disorders. “It’s something I’m very, very

proud of,” Trudeau said of his wife’s advocacy work. His pride is also evident when he talks about the work his mother, Margaret Kemper, has done to advance the issue of mental health. “All my life I was extremely lucky that people would come up to me and say, ‘you know your father did amazing things for my family, for my country’ …

Father and son (ca. 1980) in Trois-Rivières, Québec

“I’m always touched and affected by that, but for the past three or four years, I get more and more people coming up and telling me how much my mom has had an impact on them. That has been really moving for me.” A recent string of youth suicides linked to depression and bullying have pushed the issue to the forefront for Trudeau, who recalled a Free the Children “Me to We” conference he

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recently attended in Montréal. Parenting When asked how and Politics many of the attendees knew someone who had thought about suicide, “way too many kids put up their hands,” said Trudeau. “First of all, that’s horrifying that there’d be that many young kids who knew people who were thinking about suicide. But to a certain point, it’s reassuring that they could see that these are ideas that people have and there is an openness about talking about this, an openness about needing to deal with this.” Trudeau has supported the “It Gets Better” campaign video, a curriculum that brings mental health education to Ontario high schools, and the work his mother does with the Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation. “There’s a great level of awareness that is a good first step, but there’s still so much work to do.” While his children may be too young to completely understand the political responsibilities of their father, Trudeau said he will continue to ensure they have a strong sense that both of their parents are trying to improve their community, and “trying to serve, trying to build, trying to make a better world with everything we do.” Lofty goals are often synonymous with politicians, but Trudeau insisted he is a dad first. “Politician is just what I happen to do right now. A parent is what I am. And everything else is secondary to being a great dad.”

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Winter 2012/2013: Pattie Mallette, mom of the world-famous Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber, has a very interesting life story, as revealed in her 2012 book, Nowhere But Up. We published an excerpt from her deeply intimate book in which she recounts childhood sexual abuse, pain and abandonment, as well as her struggles as a single teenage parent, and how she supported her son’s musical ambitions.

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Known to the world as the mother of wildly successful pop star Justin Bieber, Pattie Mallette shares her life story for the first time in her recently-released book, Nowhere but Up, a compelling and inspiring read for all parents. Mallette recounts in detail the pain and abandonment she experienced as a child, the sexual abuse she suffered for years, the severe depression she wrestled with as a teen and the deep struggles she faced as a single teenage parent. Collaborating with writer A.J. Gregory, Mallette describes how she worked to rise above a life of poverty, overcame obstacles and guided her talented son through his journey to fame. The book is available at major book stores, and Mallette can be found on Twitter: @pattiemallette.

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he day I went into labor, Jeremy was in the county jail for getting into a fight. I was a week overdue. My baby was pretty content staying in the womb. He took his time and didn’t rush his appearance. (Ironic, considering once he made his grand entrance, he would constantly be on the go. His speeds have always been fast and faster.) So a week past my due date, I went to the hospital to be induced. It wasn’t the magical moment I had imagined since I was a little girl. I had pictured this moment with my husband, the father of my baby, clutching my hand by my side. I would have given everything just to have Jeremy there—whether we were together or not— supporting me, cheering me on, and celebrating the arrival of the baby we had created. I did, however, have support from others: my mom; my friend Missy; Jeremy’s mother, Kate; and his sister, Bonnie. They all stayed by my side in the hospital room until I was taken into the delivery room. There was no doubt in my mind: I wasn’t going to play hero and try to give birth naturally. God bless the women who do, but I was totally fine telling the doctors, “I don’t like pain. I’m a wimp. Give me drugs.” Well, actually I simply yelled for someone to give me drugs for the pain. Now! After the doctor broke my water, I immediately went into natural labor. I started dilating quickly, much to the doctor’s Four hours later, I was ready to be2015 wheeled into the | October 16 surprise. OTTAWA PARENTING TIMES MAGAZINE

delivery room. My mom came with me while Kate, Missy, and Bonnie waited anxiously in the waiting room. After seven minutes of screaming and sweating, annoyed at the doctors and nurses who kept yelling at me to “push” (wasn’t it obvious?), around one in the morning on Tuesday, March 1, 1994, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, I finally heard it … The cutest little cry I have ever heard. Music to my ears. I kid you not, my precious baby boy sounded like he was singing. The nurses wiped him off and laid him on my chest. My heart pounded. Was he healthy? Did he have ten fingers and ten toes? He was perfect. Seven pounds, fourteen ounces of squirmy, sweet per- fection. I’d planned to call him Jesse, but when I saw my baby boy for the first time—when our eyes locked, the melodic crying faded to a whimper, and his tiny finger curled around mine—I realized he looked nothing like a Jesse. “Hi, Justin,” I whispered, wondering how on earth two troubled teenagers could have created the most breathtaking baby in the entire universe. I soaked in the glory of the most beautiful moment in my entire life, nestling my sweet baby against my skin. My mother beamed when she finally had the chance to hold Justin. She stared into his face, her eyes glowing with amazement, with gratitude. When it was Join ourpride, 6,000+with Facebook fans at www.OttawaParentingTimes.ca


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Jeremy’s mother’s turn, she did much the same, fixing her How are you going to take care of this precious eyes on her grandson with an intense awe. She gasped. “He baby on your own? looks exactly like Jeremy.” One day at a time, I suppose. After all the visitors left and I found myself alone in the Can you even afford a baby as a single mom? hospital with Justin, I finally had time to think. Something I’ll find a way. happens when babies are born. The world seems different, What if he gets sick? better. You care less about stupid things and you start thinking I guess we’ll go to the doctor. more about the future. Absent of a string of visitors, nurses Where are you going to live? coming in and out checking vital signs, and doctors following I’ll work out those details just like I worked out everyup, it was a taste of our coming life together. This was it. thing else. Justin and I were on our own. Something about his sweet, What if? What if? What if? crinkly face and the adorable yawns where he resembled a Who had the time or energy to get bogged down by the baby lion tempered all the fears and questions that continu- weight of those questions? I didn’t. I had a baby boy to care for. ously tapped me on the shoulder. OTTAWA’S MOST POPULAR LOCAL PARENTING PUBLICATION | October 2015 17


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Ages & Stages Maternity

Fall 2013: We made use of alternative storytelling for this feature, Baby Bump Basics, which explains the many physical changes a woman experiences in and around her stomach area during pregnancy. From skin changes to stretch marks to that dark line running down the belly, we covered it all, in an appealing and easy-to-digest format.

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our baby will toss and turn and hold many different positions within the womb during your pregnancy. The different positions your baby may take will play a role in how she is born. Breech is the position in which baby’s buttocks or feet are nearest to the birth canal. When your baby is lying sideways, that is referred to as the transverse position. If your baby is head down and curled in the “fetal position,” she’s considered vertex. Most babies are in the vertex position when labour begins; some will move to the vertex position during labour.

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hanges in hormone levels during your pregnancy can produce a wide range of skin changes. Never fear — most of these changes disappear shortly after delivery. Many pregnant women have itchy skin, which happens as the skin stretches. Be sure to moisturize your skin, use unscented moisturizer, and mild soap when washing. And avoid taking hot showers or baths, which can dry your skin. Severe itchiness, particularly in the third trimester, can be a sign of intrahepatic cholestasis, a liver problem that affects a small number of pregnant women. If you suspect you may have this condition, see your doctor immediately.

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One of the earliest manifestations of a potential problem is an anterior open bite. This can be a result of chronic thumb-sucking or finger-sucking. It can lead to a permanent open bite situation if not corrected early. Open bites can be difficult to eliminate and if they persist into adult dentition, it may require complex multiband orthodontic treatment or even surgery. However, there is a simple solution—taping the thumb to the palm of the hand at night with comforting words of encouragement can often eliminate this habit. The suckling urge is very much ingrained in infants, but if the habit persists after the age of three, a consultation with an orthodontist is recommended.

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Extra teeth, or supernumeries, require early detection, as extra teeth will interfere with normal eruption of other adult teeth.

6. Tooth Size

A tooth size problem results in crowding in the mouth. A decision to extract several deciduous teeth to encourage adult anterior teeth to erupt will create better anterior alignment. However, this usually means the crowding problem is transferred posteriorly within the arch and eventually extraction of adult teeth is required.

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2. Mouth Breathing and Tongue thrusting Mouth breathing and tongue thrusting can complicate or even worsen an underlying minor problem. Once the habit is eliminated, dental structures can be expected to rebound to the original genetic situation.

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Another problem evident in young children is a posterior crossbite. The upper jaw, or maxilla, may be constricted causing the lower jaw to deflect to one side as it closes. This causes a crossbite. Facial asymmetry may result, but may not be obvious at the age of three. However, if left untreated the facial asymmetry will continue to develop and surgery may be necessary. Early treatment can be simple and very effective. An expansion appliance in the maxilla will often allow the lower jaw to assume a more normal path of closure.

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The opposite problem to the anterior open bite is a vertical overclosure. An overbite can be excessive, resulting in the lower arch being constricted and creating significant crowding. This can be treated early with expansion in both arches. This will open the vertical dimension so a normal overbite and overjet can be obtained.

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An anterior crossbite is when maxillary anterior teeth erupt behind the lower teeth. This can be a dental interference problem or may be a skeletal problem. If it is dental, the earlier it is treated, the better. If left untreated, the anterior teeth will sustain chipping and damage because of the compromised occlusal function. If it is skeletal, it may require ongoing treatment and possibly surgical correction in the adult years. An orthodontist should be able to differentiate between skeletal or dental and advise early treatment or a combination early treatment followed surgery. | October 2015 22 ofOTTAWA PARENTING TIMESbyMAGAZINE

8. Diastemas

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A maxillary diastema, or spacing between the teeth, is normal in the early years and usually closes as final eruption of adult teeth occurs. Depending on the size of the diastema and the overbite and overjet situation, early treatment is often advised. This may be followed by a frenectomy—where the ligament between the two centrals is surgically removed. This helps to maintain the space closure.

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The selfless love of

‘the purple lady’ The Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa’s longestserving foster parent, LaDorna Penteluk, has opened her home to more than 500 children over the years. Ellen O’Connor tells her story.

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s the morning light rose in the sky, LaDorna Penteluk’s Hiawatha Park kitchen quickly became a beehive of activity. Fresh eggs and milk were brought in from the barn outside, as bowls of porridge were piled high with spoonfuls of brown sugar and thick cream. The family would gather around the kitchen table - a structure suspended from the ceiling with copper pipe – in different sized chairs purchased at yard sales over the years. While the woodstove crackled in the background and the children, usually between six and 12 of them, and ranging in age from 11 to 15, chatted excitedly about the school day ahead, Penteluk would swiftly move from child to child, combing hair and tying shoes. From the outside, this scene may have seemed like a Her involvement with CAS goes far beyond fostering, regular 1960s family breakfast. However, Penteluk’s kitchen was then – as it has been for 52 years now – however. As she walked into the lobby of the agency on a place of solace for many frightened and displaced Nov. 23, she stood true to her nickname, “the purple lady,” dressed from head to toe in different shades of children over the years. “We knew who would be sitting down for supper purple, from her mauve fleece sweater to her aubergine at night, but we didn’t know who would be there for corduroy pants, complete with matching purse, wristbreakfast,” says Dixie-Lee Campbell, Penteluk’s daughter, watch and glasses. She made her way downstairs to the clothing depot remembering the many times she woke up to a new foster child in her kitchen. With an open-door policy and room room – a place where she spends her time organizing at the table for whoever needed a seat, Penteluk’s home and tidying clothing provided for the foster children. The small room was meticulous: labelled clothing baskets could never be too full. Over the years, Penteluk, 80, has opened her door to lined the shelves in perfect order, while winter coats and more than 500 children in need of a home and family. sweaters hung neatly along the walls. The care she put She has provided foster care since 1960 and continues into the clothing room clearly reflected her kindness and to this day, making her the longest-serving foster parent devotion toward the children. “She’s a pillar of the agency. Everybody knows her,” with the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa (CAS). Her selfless nature and willingness to “mother” any child is says Rosemary Gibb, Penteluk’s foster care worker for the what truly makes her an inspiring woman. For Penteluk, past two years. “Whenever there is a fundraising event, LaDorna always comes in and brings food. She is much fostering is not a job: it’s what she was meant to do. “Fostering is a way of life,” says Penteluk. “People ask loved.” Kim Kay-Levesque, Penteluk’s former foster worker of me if I’m going to downsize or stop and I say, ‘And do what?’ There are still a lot of children out there who need more than six years, says her “longevity and kind spirit” Join is ourwhat 6,000+ Facebook at www.OttawaParentingTimes.ca 24 OTTAWA PARENTING TIMES MAGAZINE | October 2015 makes herfans stand out as a foster parent. help.”

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Summer 2012: In this heartwarming feature, writer Ellen O’Connor told the poignant story of LaDorna Penteluk, the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa’s longest-serving foster parent, who welcomed more than 500 children into her home over the years. “Fostering is a way of life,” said Penteluk.


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Parenting “Fostering is a passion for her; she does it strictly for the In 1960 she took in her first foster children, and Politics children and never for self-gratification,” says Kay-Levesque. siblings Brenda and Jerry. Although they “She knew it was a temporary placement and that she could moved into another foster home shortly move them onto permanency.” after, Penteluk applied to adopt Brenda, which was approved To honour her 50-year milestone, the CAS nominated almost five months after the girl left the home. Penteluk then her for the City of Ottawa’s 2010 Citizen of the Year Senior began to make her mark in the foster parent community, Award, which she proudly won. particularly with developmentally handicapped children. “It was an honour for the services she’s provided, for her Other foster homes at the time were unwilling or unable contribution and her dedication. She is a very kind person to care for developmentally handicapped children and so who has done a lot for the agency and other foster parents,” many stayed with Penteluk for long periods - the longest says Kay-Levesque. being 23 years. So where did her passion for fostering come from? “It’s a different kind of fostering – they were like family Penteluk says it came from her mother. Growing up in the because they were there for so long,” says Penteluk. small Ottawa community of New Edinburgh, she was the “It wasn’t because their parents were neglectful or had middle child of six siblings. Her mother, an orphan from hang-ups or were dysfunctional. Their families loved them, Ireland, raised them as a single parent for most of her life. but they just couldn’t cope with them as they got older and Even with a house full of children, she often took in neigh- harder to manage with their disabilities.” bours evicted from their homes. In 1968, she fostered her first handicapped child, Andre. “Sometimes it was just one or two people, but one time Her family’s unfamiliarity with handicapped children was she took in the whole house!” says Penteluk, laughing as made easier by his gentle nature. He quickly became part she recalled the time she came home to her living room full of the family, which encouraged her to continue to foster of her neighbour’s furniture. It was this selfless love for after her husband died in 1969. Then the unthinkable others that inspired her to lead the lifestyle she does today. happened. Penteluk has three biological children: Thomas, 64, “It was 6:30 in the morning and I was sleeping. They Dixie-Lee, 59, and Kirk (deceased); three adopted children: had woken up Tommy first and then came to me and says, Brenda-Lee, 62, Coleen, 60, and Frank, 54; and Sheila, 61, ‘Something’s wrong with Andre, he won’t wake up. I think never legally adopted. he’s dead.’ I flew out of the bed. It was a horrible, horrible In 2006, she moved to her home on Chenier Way in thing,” says Penteluk as she recalled the cold February Orléans, where she fosters with the help of her daughter, morning in 1971 when she discovered that Andre had died Coleen Rabbe. in his sleep from symptoms similar to Sudden Infant Death A full house of people from all runs of life is something Syndrome. His death still resonates with her today. Penteluk and her family are used to. When a foster child And Dixie-Lee Campbell described Andre as a gentle, kind comes into her home, she not only becomes their foster soul, “almost like an angel.” Campbell says her experimother or “Bubba,” but her own children become foster ence with special needs children has taught her tolerance, brothers and sisters. patience, and acceptance of diversity, which she has taken “Fostering has to be a family affair,” says Penteluk. with her throughout her life. “Our kids could resent them or be jealous or not like them. “I’m a better person because of it,” says Campbell. “Those The biological children need to be on board as well for it who are different and have different problems are all indito work.” For this reason, CAS must do a home-study to viduals. There’s good in all of them.” determine whether the family is a good match for the child. The ability to provide care for hundreds of foster children Rabbe came to Penteluk at the age of 12 and felt “at home, has been a blessing for Penteluk. However, she says letting right off the bat.” The feeling of comfort and familiarity is go of the children has always been the hardest thing. Her something she says her mother strives to create for every advice for foster parents is to develop a bond with the child foster child that comes to live at her home. so they separate themselves from their past and learn how Penteluk’s first experience with fostering came after she to attach to others. Each child comes with baggage and can’t moved to the Hiawatha Park house with husband Walter be changed overnight and it’s the parents’ duty to accept and three children in 1956. At the time, she lived in a fran- them, regardless of their flaws, she says. cophone community surrounded by wide-open farmland To this day, Penteluk is active and healthy. She strives to and a handful of cottages. expand her knowledge of fostering through attending workshops She was asked by her relatives to take care of their eight- and conferences around the world so she can contribute to the month-old child because they had separated. She took care success and happiness of future foster children. of the child for a year, until the child’s parents got back “You did a good job if the child is able to move on and live together, and afterward, CAS suggested she officially become a happy life, because there is always someone else that you OTTAWA’S POPULAR LOCAL PARENTING PUBLICATION | October 2015 25 a foster parent. need MOST to help.” Papineau MP Justin Trudeau reveals how he makes it work OTTAWA PARENTIN

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nastasia Valentine has a rather eclectic background. She is a mom of three children, ages three, 11, and 25. She’s also an ordained minister. She used to run an indie record label. She plays classical guitar and electric violin. And she has 20 years’ experience bringing products of all types to market, winning awards, and working for large companies, as well as startups. But after her last baby, Valentine decided not to go back to the corporate world, and started her own business. Valentine founded Sandbox PM, an idea-to-launch company, of which she is CEO. She has assembled a formidable team to offer solutions for her clients. “We put our clients in front of perfect-fit customers,” says Valentine. How does she make her demanding life work? One of the greatest benefits of being an entrepreneur, she says, is that she can always be there for her family without having to get permission from anyone. “My kids know that I’ll be there,” she says. “Being there when they need or want me is one of the best investments I can make as a parent.”

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Ottawa CEO and mom of three Anastasia Valentine is equally passionate about her family and career, which has brought her much fulfillment, if not balance

She is as passionate about her career as she is her family life. Valentine works with all sizes of organizations to tap into their talent, invest in their culture and help them look within themselves for the “next big thing.” She has also built a career of speaking appearances designed to inspire, motivate and educate. She hosts a weekly show, @AVV Biz Talk Radio, debunking business myths in a sassy style, with special guests. She is also the creator of the award-winning 3..2..1.. Launch BOOTCAMP, as well as PR & Publicity Workshop, and the Business Accelerator Lab community. She acknowledges that she works harder now than ever, but says realizing the fruits of her labour and the success of her staff and clients is incredibly rewarding. But, she adds, everything would fall apart without her family’s support. “It’s important for the kids to see the realities of the business and the support, appreciation, and respect of my partner.” “I let them see what I’m working on so they feel that they’re part of it.” Her 25-year-old son, a graduate of Algonquin College’s Entrepreneurship program, is working with her. “To share that with him, not in a mom capacity, is really interesting.” Valentine says she doesn’t believe in the traditional sense of balance. “Life is more fluid than that. I give attention to things when they need it.fans Attention flows where it needs to go.” Join our 6,000+ Facebook at www.OttawaParentingTimes.ca

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t’s been a beautiful autumn so far, and before the snow falls, gather the kids and head over to the family-friendly Nepean Sportsplex (1701 Woodroffe Ave.) for the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo, presented by Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine. Be sure to mark Oct. 24-25 on your calendar, because it will be an awesome weekend with a mix of attractions, parenting information, play zones for the kids, a Dora the Explorer & Diego onstage meet-and-greet, plus the delightful musical performances of the Mullan sisters — also known as Triple Trouble — great prizes, and much more. With the support of our valued sponsors and exhibitors, the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo is presented in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine, providing Ottawa moms, dads and caregivers with fresh, relevant parenting information, heartwarming stories, and the latest on what’s happening in the Ottawa area, as well as plenty of great family activity ideas. Our goal in hosting the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo is to provide families with affordable and exciting family entertainment, featuring leading local parenting exhibitors and an atmosphere where parents and experts can chat, ask questions, learn from each other and experience a morning or afternoon of pure family fun — without breaking the bank.

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Parents, you’ll be able to find valuable information from our many fantastic exhibitors in one convenient location, including local education options, French immersion choices, family health care, as well as local sports clubs and boutiques, just to name a few. We hope you’ll visit the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo this October, and we can’t wait to see you there! Sincerely, Peter Ausland, Ottawa Parent and Child Expo Kelly Roesler, Editor, Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine

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Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer and Diego on stage! Meet, hug and say “Hola” to Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego on the Expo stage. There will be multiple Dora & Diego appearances, with morning and afternoon times on Saturday and Sunday (check www.ParentandChildExpo.ca closer to the date for the full schedule and updates). A limited number of tickets to go on stage with Dora or Diego will be distributed daily, free with price of admission to the Expo, on a first come, first served basis! Note: Dora and Diego is a meet-and-greet, not a musical stage show. Dora the Explorer and Diego ©Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. © Viacom International Inc.

Triple Trouble live on stage Triple Trouble are the Mullan sisters of Ottawa: Michaela, 18, Molly, 15, and Marley, 14, and music is their passion! They are accomplished musicians, featuring fiddle, piano, cello and step dancing in their energetic shows. The sisters use their talents to support children’s charities, including the Children’s Wish Foundation and CHEO. The girls love to fiddle, and have played at Almonte Celtfest, Ottawa Folk Festival, local fairs, Ottawa City Hall and the House of Commons, as well as private and corporate functions. You’ll often see them dancing in shows with Ottawa Valley favourite Gail Gavan. The girls have been successful in many competitions across Canada and the United States.

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Within the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre activity area, their coaches will be available to assist kids with the OGC “Try-It” Zone. The zone consists of a typical gymnastic circuit, which is always a huge hit with the kids. A typical circuit includes a floor beam, an incline for rolling, a mini-tramp and floor parallel bars. And for the parents, their Promotional Personnel will be available to answer your questions about Ottawa Gymnastic Centre programs from 5 months to adults. Watch videos on display of their programs and demonstrations from community events and engagements. Children, come join us for some gymnastics fun and parents we invite you to check out our programs for all ages. The OGC Demonstration Team will be on hand to show off their skills and routines for entertainment for all.

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Family Fun Weekend

Join us at Ottawa Parent & Ottawa Safety Council Car Seat Workshop Certified children’s car seat technicians from the Ottawa Safety Council will facilitate this informative workshop to help you choose the right car seat for your little ones and to learn more about ensuring the car seat and your child are properly secured in the car. Topics include: types of restraints, injury prevention and location of the seat in the vehicle, as well as tips for installation and best practices. Get your questions answered from a certified car seat tech!

In celebration of Ottawa Parenting Times Magazine’s fifth anniversary, we’re thrilled to present the Ottawa Parent & Child Expo for Ottawa families this fall. This Oct. 24 and 25, gather the kids and head to the family-friendly Nepean Sportsplex for a weekend of family fun and information. Parents will find a variety of their favourite exhibitors offering important parenting information, and kids will find the beloved Dora and Diego characters, live music by the Ottawa group Triple Trouble, as well as mascots to hug, and a variety of other activities that focus on fun, learning, being healthy and active. Including Ottawa Public Health, the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre “Try-It” Zone, fitness demonstrations, face painting, arts and crafts activities, an Usborne Books reading corner and much more. It’s an exciting family event where you and your children can play, learn, and explore – and it’s affordable! For just $12 for a family of four (receive $2 off the admission price by using the coupon on the front cover), you can enjoy your visit to the Ottawa Parent and Child Expo with free parking and a free show bag for the first 750 families each day!

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For the Parents:

• Over 40 exhibitors, including: • New products • Shopping • Education options for your child • Parent & child fitness • Family health and wellness • Summer camps • Questions? Talk with local parenting experts • And much more

For the Kids:

• Meet & Greet Dora the Explorer & Diego* • Interactive Play Zones • Enjoy entertainment & main stage performances • Exhibitor demonstrations • Face painting • Gymnastics and fitness demonstrations • Special mascot appearances • Check www.ParentandChildExpo.ca for Expo updates right up to the event * Note: Dora & Diego is not a musical performance.

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Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario Presentation

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Ottawa Safety Council Car Seat Clinic

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Dora the Explorer Meet & Greet*

12:30 pm

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Ottawa Safety Council Car Seat Clinic

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Dora the Explorer Meet & Greet*

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Participate in a study at the University of Ottawa! Your child (aged 3 months-6 years) will play fun games that let scientists learn more about how children think and develop. To learn more visit: socialsciences.uottawa.ca/childhood-thinking/studies

Here’s one thing you can do to make your child a star!

Enroll your preschooler in the KiddyKeys® program, and your child will experience the sheer joy of learning piano concepts and music appreciation. KiddyKeys® also helps build character because each lesson emphasizes the development of positive values and self-worth. KiddyKeys® makes learning fun – and helps prepare your child for school, too. You’ll beam with pride as your little one happily sings songs about Mozart and Beethoven…recognizes the music alpha-bet…develops rhythm and movement. We are happy to be the first provider of the KiddyKeys® program in the Ottawa area!

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