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‘Nothing But A Child’ Special to the News

EMC news - It’s a major fundraiser for Stittsville’s Main Street Community Services, namely its annual “Nothing But A Child” gala which is coming up on Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s gala has taken on even more importance than ever because Main Street Community Services has been without one of its other major fundraising sources during the National Hockey league labour dispute, i.e. the sale of 50/50 draw tickets at Ottawa Senators home games. For the 2011-2012 season, volunteers for Main Street Community Services raised $15,000 for the organization thanks to the sale of these 50/50 tickets at Sens games. With the labour dispute, half of this season has been lost and that means quite a fundraising loss for Main Street Community Services. This means that the upcoming eighth annual “Nothing But A Child” fundraising gala takes on even more significance. Hopefully it can be more successful than ever, helping to make up for some of the funds lost with the lack of NHL hockey so far this season at Scotiabank Place. The “Nothing But A Child” gala is an evening of fun at the Sixty-Four Hundred Celebration Centre at the corner of Hazeldean Road and West Ridge Drive in Stittsville. It begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and ends with music and dancing into the evening. There is a three-course dinner as well as silent and live auctions, with all of the funds raised going to support the programs and services provided by Main Street Community Services for children and youth with special needs. Tickets at $80 per person are available by phoning Main Street Community Services at 613-831-6606 or via email at mainstreetcommunity@bellnet.ca. There are also corporate tables available. In addition, Main Street Community Services is looking for donations for its live and silent auctions.

Main Street Community Services, which is located at the rear of the former Stittsville Public School facility (now the Frederick Banting Alternate Program) on Stittsville Main Street, delivers services and programs with an emphasis on compassion, individuality and strong therapeutic relationship. This unique approach promotes self-esteem and a healthy environment in which to thrive. Main Street Community Services has developed and implemented comprehensive, researchbased programs. Its services and programs include residential and respite services, day school and after-school programming, social skills training, mentoring, parent support programs, individual and family counseling and a social skills summer day camp. Depleting resources, budget constraints and increased costs of living are challenges which Main Street Community Services must meet in order to continue providing its innovative and successful programs to special needs children and their families. As a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity, Main Street Community Services relies on the generosity of individuals as well as organizations, foundations, corporations and the community in general for the survival of its programs. Its motto, which is display on the walls at Main Street Community Services, is “Achieving is Believing” and the organization measures its success by the smiles on the faces of the children and the gratitude expressed by the parents. Main Street Community Services tries to put humanitarianism back into the social service system for the benefit of families and their children. In 2012, Main Street Community Services provided its services and support to over 200 families and their special needs children and youth. Shelley-Anne Steinburg is the executive director of Main Street Community Services. She can be contacted at 613-831-6606 or via email at mainstreetcommunity@bellnet.ca.

Lions public speaking contest Special to the News

EMC news - There’s a $100 prize for the winner in each category as well as prizes for all participants, so participation – and winning – does have its benefits in the upcoming public speaking contest being hosted by the Stittsville District Lions Club.. This public speaking contest is open to students from grades 6 to 12, with three categories: junior for students in grades 6, 7 and 8; intermediate for students in grades 9 and 10; and senior for students in grades 11 and 12. The speech can be delivered in either English or French. In the junior category, participants will be required to give a speech three to five minutes in length. At the intermediate and senior levels, besides the prepared speech, participants will be required to give an impromptu speech at least two minutes in length. Winners in each category can go on to another level of competition if they wish, namely at the District level, competing against successful speakers from contests held by other Lions Clubs in the area. The winner at this District level has the opportunity to go on to yet another level of

competition, namely the Multiple District level, competing against speakers from other Lions Districts. This year the Stittsville District Lions Club has inserted a new category into this local public speaking contest. If it not formal public speaking per se but rather this category is for any youth or group of friends who have a comedy routine or some original drama or presentation that they would like to present. This is a wide open category, with anything from a Jerry Seinfeld-like comedy routine to a Shakespearean soliloquy. Anything goes and it could be fun, both for the participant or participants as well as the audience that night. Oh yes, this public speaking contest being hosted by the Stittsville District Lions Club is being held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Lions Hall on Stittsville Main Street in Stittsville. So, there is a little over a month for youth to decide to participate and to prepare for the event. For more information about this public speaking event or to indicate your interest, please contact Lion Gordon MacIsaac at 613-836-5871 or via email at Gordon_macisaac@hotmail.com .

Friendship Club Special to the News

To join the Friendship Club, please contact Lorraine at 613-599-3297. Everyone is welcome. Friendship Club activities at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena are shuffleboard on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (contact Shirley Healey at 613-831-2712); carpet bowling on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (contact Helen at 613-836-6766 or Mary Lou at 613836-4291); and bridge on Fridays at 1 p.m.

(contact Lorraine at 613-599-3297). Friendship Club activities at the Pretty Street Community Centre are exercise on Mondays at 10 a.m. (contact Helen at 613836-6766); bridge on Fridays at 1 p.m. (contact Ray at 613-836-6363); and euchre on Fridays at 7 p.m. (contact Heather at 613838-2743). The Friendship Club used to offer line dancing but this activity has been discontinued due to insufficient participants.

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