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Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage Independently Owned & Operated

Larry “ BILKO” Bilkszto Your Local Sales Representative Since 1989

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Close to St. Catharines new hospital. Major exposure. All city services just down the road. Corner of First Street and St. Paul West. 1.96 acres, presently zoned agriculture. Great investment with much future potential. $499,800

Very quiet area off the beaten trail with no through traffic, yet only 5 minutes to QEW. All city services to the lot line. This lot is mostly ravine, it will allow for a 2,900 sq ft, 2 storey to be built north of the hydro lines. $249,800

Here she be! Let’s make a deal! Who says you can’t afford a building lot? Note the lot size compared to others that are for sale! 40’ x 116.70’, great deal and investment. Just try an offer! Get building! $39,800




41’ x 131’ lot with fenced backyard, covered patio, garden shed. Formal living/dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, 4pc bath, 2 bedrooms up & 3rd downstairs w/finished rec room. Shingles (2017). Appliances included. Minutes to QEW & all amenities. $289,800

Approximately 21 acres tiled and planted to Reisling. Outbuildings, 2 single family residences and a help house. 3 road frontages and great QEW exposure. Natural gas available, artisan well supplies all water needs. Large steel 3,200 square foot barn/workshop. $2,499,800

To be built. 1,722 square feet plus a full basement. Open concept eat-in kitchen, great room, 2pc bathroom, covered front porch, attached single car garage. 2nd floor has 3 bedrooms, master with 4pc ensuite, second 4pc bath and laundry room. $449,900

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Value in the agricultural land, no access to house on property. 2 existing poultry barns making great storage facilities, raising rabbits, birds, even medical marijuana. Build your dream home and run your agri business from here today! $699,800

Quiet complex, minutes from the QEW. Vaulted ceiling in living room, eat-in kitchen and dining room with patio doors to backyard deck and inground pool. 2 bedrooms upstairs have been converted into one, 2-piece bathroom, 4-piece bathroom with skylight. $299,800

Larry “ BILKO” Bilkszto


905.641.1110 • 1.866.575.9400



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01 Gordon at the Grimsby Pipe Band Celtic Night, Photo by Sandra Yemm 02 Jeff & Sharon at the Grimsby Home Show 03 The Yoga Vine Grand Opening 04 Rhona & Kate at the Murray Bowman Exhibit, Photo by Janet Muise 05 Jean, Sue, John, Valeria & Iza at the Grimsby Scottish Country Dancers, Photo by Sandra Yemm 06 Dawn Austin teaching a Crystal Workshop at Guided Gifts 07 Dave at the Grimsby Home Show 08 Laura & Linsay at the Grimsby Home Show





Grimsby Secondary School hosted their 3rd annual Rowing Team Trivia Fundraiser, on lucky Friday the 13th with over 220 guests at the event. This year’s event was a success with many funds raised for Regattas, boat maintenance and travel expenses. Each guest table had a rower serving them for the evening. The evening included challenging trivia, a Jazz trio, pizza, 50-50, a raffle draw & popcorn freshly made by the rowers. Go Eagles! 02


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he “RULE OF THIRDS” divides an image into thirds with horizontal and vertical lines. Where the lines intersect, the pink squares (1), are visually powerful locations for an important element of the photograph. In photo 2, the light of the lighthouse and the burst of fireworks each occupy one of the intersects. In photo 3, the son’s and father’s faces are at the points along the right vertical third. For single subjects, whether it is a blue jay (4) or a model (5), the eye is the most compelling feature to locate on the intersect. 6



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On April 30th, the Town of Lincoln sponsored the Food Rescue Symposium, held at the Vineland Estates Winery. Executive Chef, Justin Downes and his team created a delicious gourmet meal using rescued ingredients from Warner’s Farm and Second Harvest. The local food banks are providing food for 15,000 18,000 people per month, of which 40% are children. To learn more, please visit foodrescue.ca. 02


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NOW UNTIL JUNE 10 GETTI NG TO KNOW MURRAY: A Gri msby Talent Lives On grimsby.ca

MAY 23 Gri msby Auxi liary Mari n e Rescue Un it Golf Tournam ent gamru.ca

MAY 31 Tea 1 01 – H i story, Production & Ceremon i es grimsby.ca/museum

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GALA FOR WEST NIAGARA SECOND STAGE HOUSING & COUNSELLING ala-Vanting Through Niagara is designed to raise awareness and funds for women and children who have experienced abuse. Their recent joining with West Niagara Second Stage Housing & Counselling will allow them to expand capacity for the free and confidential services they offer, as a fully integrated organization in North/West Niagara. If you would like to learn more about the services they offer or how you can get help, please visit gilliansplace.com.

06 01 Barry, Zach, Monika & Eric 02 Enjoying the evening 03 Bev & Joan 04 Sara 05 Janet & Susan 06 Mary & Monika at the West Niagara Second Stage Housing Counselling Gala



Q: In your book, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, it fascinated me how much strength, courage and determination you had. You don’t hear many people have the amount of focus that you had when you were a child, where do you think that came from, your Mom? Absolutely, the fact that I had a crippled brother, I had to be something special. In my mind, to be an actress is of course not the wisest choice in the world, but it was my secret. I would go to the library and read who was who in the famous world and it would say they were born and now they are a star. I would think “what happened in between? How old were they?”

Q: Let’s talk about the power of intentions? In your book you said, “I will become a great actress, I will be in the theatre, I will have all the people clamoring to me, I should be talent.” It’s obvious that you achieved that.


I had the honour of interviewing legendary actress Marion Ross, also known to millions as Mrs C from the hit TV show, Happy Days. Marion is a lady of honesty, integrity and inspiration. Her newly released book, My Days: Happy and Otherwise, is truly life changing. I encourage you to pick up a copy today.

Q: In your memoirs, you talk about what it was like to be a starry-eyed young girl with dreams, while living in poor rural Minnesota. Can you tell our readers about the struggles you’ve faced and what it took for you to make your dreams come true? You have to understand that I was the second little girl in the family. My brother, who was 18 months younger than me was a crippled boy. So, that made me have to achieve. I had to really try to make up for everything. Also, I was very strong and healthy. I think because my mother was a Canadian immigrant, she made sure we knew we could be whatever we wanted to be. I was told I could do it, so I thought “I will Mama! I will!” 10


This was just written in my diary when I was in about the 6th grade. By the time I got to be 14, I would go to the library and read theatre art magazines and told my mother that I had found a school in Minneapolis, McPhail School of Music & Drama, so I asked her if I could go up in the summer and take care of somebody’s children and take some lessons. My mother said, “of course you can.” So that’s how I started, I stayed with that family for my whole junior school year.

Q: In your earlier years, you were married to a man who was an alcoholic, what advice would you give to others who are faced with this situation? First of all, you have to figure out why you married him? I kept thinking to myself, why would I pick him? That’s an interesting thing, so I started seeing a shrink after asking myself that question, because what was that all about? What was it that attracted me to him? It was pretty complicated.

Q: What I love about you is that you are a very grounded person and you are so genuine. As I was reading throughout the whole book, you stayed that way, you didn’t let fame get to you, which really impressed me. I am quite a realist. I see reality all the time. Being in Hollywood, I was very watchful and would think “oh, not that, don’t do that.” I could see the lurking danger. Thank God I was married right from the get-go, because I got married when I was 21, so I had the protection of being married, even though it was a lot of work, I stayed married for almost 20 years.

Q: You raised a TV family & you raised two real life children. What was your hardest challenge of raising kids and being a mom yourself? At one point, it was earning a living because nobody had a job. I used to go on interviews and the interview people would say, “tell me about yourself.” I would start to cry. I would say “I’m getting a divorce!” and they’d say, “oh God, get her a cup of coffee.” I rented a room out in my house, in fact, one time I was so poor I was just trying to keep the house going. I found a piece of linoleum tile that was breaking in the kitchen. So I put it in the oven, heated it up, put some glue on the back of it and I repaired the kitchen floor. It was so wonderful.

Q: Were your kids very accepting and supportive of when your soul mate cAme into your life?

Happy Days Cast

Q: Tell me a little bit about your children. My daughter was a writer/producer on Friends and now, she is creating a new pilot. She is a writer/producer for ABC. My son is an actor and he is in a commercial that you’ve probably seen, I think it’s for Geico, George Washington being pulled across the freeway. My granddaughter is a beginner in acting, but she’s got all the looks and the lovely personality. We’ll have to see how much drive she has, because you have to be the engine and it has to come from you.

Q: How much fun was it on the show? I know when Happy Days started, working with Tom Bosley in the beginning was a little tough. Actually, we were like children at play. Jerry Paris, the director, was the biggest child of all. We were more grown up than Jerry. On top of that, Garry Marshall, created the softball team, so a lot of us were interested in softball. We went to Germany and played softball with the US Infantry, along the Russian boarder. Then when the show was totally over, after 11 seasons, the very next morning, we all got on a plane and flew to Okinawa and played softball with the US Marines. I have my own bat with my name on it, my own glove and my own uniform.

Q: Garry often asked you to calm down different cast members. What kind of advice would you give them? They would come to ask me for advice. Poor little Erin, I tried to advise her, but her parents hadn’t given her a good basis or a good background. So, you couldn’t be the parent that they were missing. She was missing that. When we had parties, her parents stayed forever and had a wonderful time. Ron’s father come to the party and then took Ron home right away.

Yes, absolutely because I was 60 years old, so they were all grown up and they liked him. Paul was a Christian Lebanese, born in this country, but his parents were from Lebanon. He was a fantastic cook. Everybody wanted to come here for his cooking! Paul was such a treat because he had been on Broadway and he was a great singer, handsome and strong.

Q: When you meet that Mr. Right, you just know, don’t you? Well, it took about 6 years. It wasn’t until he had an operation and needed to be looked after when I said, “move in here with me.” We were together, but he hadn’t moved in. He was a very independent man and he didn’t want to become Mr. Me.

Q: What is your greatest joy or satisfaction? Well I think there’s a lot of comfort in the fact that I haven’t screwed anything up, that I haven’t made a mess of all of this. I’m very glad of that. I’m pretty pleased of everything. Now I’m 89, which is amazing! I have told my agent, I am retired as far as I don’t want to work anymore because one of the last shows I did, I kept saying “what’s that line?”

Q: What final words of inspiration would you like to leave with our readers? That you can follow your dreams and give it a go because you can do it. Keep looking for that inner strength in you. COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA



The girls also visited the school in Arroyo Indio, a small rectangular building with wired windows and luckily, a concrete floor. The students range from kindergarten to third grade and are all taught in the same room by the same teacher, who works without a paycheque because the government stopped funding the school. Children in grades four to twelve must walk twelve kilometres every day to get to the nearest high school. The DCCD uses some of its funding to pay for students to attend university and then come back and help the community by teaching or providing healthcare.

n March 6th, eight students from Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School went on the trip of a lifetime to the “bateyes” of the Dominican Republic. Abby Antidormi, Lauren Ciccone, Paige Evans, Ashley Giovannini, Megan Giovannini, Emma Holloway, Julia Kozlowski, and Megan Latanik went with the Dominican-Canadian Community Development Group (DCCD), to visit the community that Blessed Trinity has been supporting for 15 years. They stayed in the Dominican for ten days, travelling to different bateyes and visiting the locals.

The next batey the girls visited was Las Pahas. Here, there are no concrete floors, except in the houses with DCCD funding. The streets are filled with garbage and there are no lights, making it pitch black at night.

The Dominican bateyes are poor communities situated around sugarcane plantations. The workers are usually Haitian refugees who cannot find fair employment due to their lack of documentation. They are forced to work in the sugarcane fields to support their families, making only 200 pesos a day; about $5 Canadian. This wage is for a 12-hour day of hard physical labour in the sugarcane fields and is still not enough to feed an entire family.

The final batey was Cambeleche, a ten-minute drive through the sugar cane fields from Las Pahas. The girls participated in a shopping activity where they had to purchase food for a family of five with only 200 pesos. They quickly found that was not enough money to feed an entire family, a struggle the community has to face every day.

On their trip, the girls visited three bateyes, the first being Arroyo Indio. Here, the houses are made of cement, wood, and sheets of corrugated metal that easily fall during hurricane season. The streets are overrun with black sewage water and garbage. On their first day, the girls went to two funerals, one for a man who died the night before and another for a child. While this set a sombre mood for the trip and enlightened the girls about the 12

batey living conditions, the sense of community was also inspiring. “Everyone dropped what they were doing to pay their respects to the individual,” said Emma Holloway about the tight-knit culture. “It was a celebration of the person’s life.”


The girls stayed in different homes with different families and visited the community leader, Elvio Henderson, where they ate. “They didn’t have very much, but they were willing to give all they had,” Emma recalled. “They were very generous and always very welcoming.”

In a community where people have to fight daily for food, water, money, and education, the trip was truly an enlightening experience. When looking back on what she learned, Emma said, “We really take things for granted. Now that I’ve come back to Canada, I realize that things like water are so precious. It was an amazing experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life and I’m really looking forward to going back one day.” Blessed Trinity will continue to work for change alongside the DCCD, inspiring the call for social justice in students.





Folks enjoyed a wonderful Star Maker Productions performance called The Park Bench. The play was written and directed by John Ripley. The performances were held at the Livingston Activity Center, in Grimsby. The next play will be held from November 23rd-25th.

The Peninsula Players Theatre Company had their opening performance of The Ghost in the Meadow, on April 6th. The play ran from April 6th-15th. This spine tingling play had many biting their nails and jumping in their seats. It was a great performance. Next play runs from Nov 9th-18th. For more details visit peninsulaplayersgrimsby.com.

01 Sage, Kyle, Chris, Keenan & Peggy


On April 21st, the community zipped, zoomed and flew down to the Grimsby Public Library for our Annual Meridian Comic Book Day. There was face painting, green screen photoshoots, pin-making, fun mascots and FREE comic books to giveaway. Our amazing artists were there showing off their work, including a ton of local Grimsby talent, Mike Cope from Cope Toons and our special guest Casey Parsons from Comic 1 Books, who delivered our free workshops. Meridian Credit Union in Grimsby attended too and had fun games and free popcorn snacks. Thanks to Meridian for generously sponsoring this annual event.

01 Brian, Briana, Margaret, Nicki, Ray & Sandra of the Peninsula Players Theatre Company




01 Thanks to the Meridian team for their support 02 A great family event 03 Sophie and her super pin COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA




Hansel ID# 38129901



SEX : Male BREED : Australian Shepherd mix AGE : 7 Years Old

To schedule a meeting with Hansel, please contact the shelter at 905.682.0767 or email

ook at HANSEL - isn’t he a cutie? This little guy has so

myconnect@lchs.ca. To meet any of the other

much potential, he just needs a bit of obedience and man-

adoptable pets, please visit our shelter.

ners. He’s a smart cookie though. He already sits and lies down on command.

Hansel isn’t a cuddly dog - he is all about having fun. He loves to

Mon to Fri - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

play ball. He also gobbles up liver treats - but watch your fingers! He needs some training on how to take treats like a gentleman. His perfect adopters are very active because this boy just wants to go, go, go! They will need a fenced yard, no other animals and no small children under 15 years old (due to food and toy guarding behaviour). All adoptable dogs have been given a behavioural test and our staff will be happy to explain the testing and discuss the results with potential adopters during the initial meeting with the dog you are interested in. 14


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ions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides was founded in 1983 by Lions clubs from across Canada. It offers six programs to meet diverse needs: Canine Vision Dog Guides, Hearing Ear Dog Guides, Service Dog Guides, Seizure Response Dog Guides, Autism Assistance Dog Guides and Diabetic Alert Dog Guides. To date, the foundation has matched Dog Guides with more than 2,500 Canadians. A Dog Guide costs approximately $25,000 to raise and train but none of that cost is passed on to qualifying applicants. There are a few beginning steps to becoming a dog guide in the Foster Puppy Program: - Puppies are bred at the Lions Foundation’s facility in Breslau, Ontario. At approximately eight weeks of age, puppies are placed in foster homes until they return for formal training, which is usually around one year of age. - Foster families house-train the puppies, teach them manners, basic obedience, and socialize them to things like offices, shopping malls and public transportation. - Foster families attend puppy classes in Oakville and Breslau every four to six weeks throughout the one year commitment. - Veterinary care is provided at the Lions Foundation’s in-house clinic. Food is donated and the Lions Foundation provides veterinary care.

- After graduation, follow-up visits and communication between the graduate and the training staff is maintained to ensure on-going success. - A working Dog Guide is permitted in all public places. The dogs have been trained to travel on all forms of public transportation.

- The puppies are screened for both physical soundness as well as temperament before entering the training program.

- The Dog Guide’s attention must be on its handler at all times therefore people are not permitted to pet a Dog Guide while it is in harness.

- After a dog completes the four to six-month training program, a successful applicant comes to stay at the Oakville training facility for one to four weeks, to work with their new Dog Guide and establish the bond that is necessary for the team to succeed.

There are a shortage of foster parents. Can you help out? Come out for the Walk for Dog Guides, on May 27th. For more information, please visit dogguides.com/foster.html and walkfordogguides.com COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA



HIGH SCHOOL E D E N ’ S K I C K- C L I M B - S H AVASA N A C LU B Eden Athletics is excited to offer a new after school program promoting physical activity. The Kick-Climb-Shavasana Club offers 3 separate after school sessions to engage in unique physical disciplines. Supported by three school staff with passion and expertise in these movement areas, students at Eden will have the opportunities to engage in their choice of weekly yoga, kickboxing and traverse rock climbing sessions on three separate days after school. Some of these after school sessions have already started, with plans in place to have all necessary equipment delivered and installed in September. The goal is for every student at Eden to engage in a physical activity outside of school hours. We hope to recognize students who show commitment to one or all of these after-school sessions. In part, the goal is to offer these sessions to encourage students who may not be interested in traditional sports. All Flyers are encouraged to get involved and enjoy time with friends while being physically active! T H E M I R AC L E WO R K E R “The Miracle Worker” had a marvelous run! Overcoming the many obstacles that make theatre productions themselves a miracle, we were so excited to finally perform. The story itself is one of rising above the almost insurmountable obstacles of learning to live with physical deficits and mental stress. Hellen Keller: a blind, deaf-mute and Annie Sullivan, her orphaned teacher, both struggle with social as well as physical hardships. As a team, they are formidable and show that resilience and perseverance may not overcome problems but make it possible to succeed despite them. Eden’s school production featured Elizabeth Chernyak as Helen and Maria Mudassir as Annie Sullivan. Also, in the cast were Jesse Klassen, Natasha Chernyshenko, Christian Roethling, Aubrey Townsen, as well as many who were new and some who were familiar to our stage. A N YO N E U P FO R A C H A L L E N G E? Eden’s Rubik’s Cube Club demonstrated that hours and hours of practice and effort pay off! Four students entered the Niagara Select Rubik’s Cube Club Competition held at Brock last Saturday, April 7. Jayce Jung, a Grade 12 student who created and leads the club, competed in the 2 by 2, 3 by 3, 4 by 4 and 5 by 5 competitions. He was able to make it to the finals for 3 by 3. His friend Owen Zhou competed in the 3 by 3 and the ultimate challenge, 3 by 3 one handed, making it to the second round. 16


Grade 10 students Cole Robichaud and Josh Poulsen also competed in the 2 by 2 and 3 by 3 challenges and both made it to the second round for the 2 by 2. It was a full day of intense competition from 8 am to 5pm. The very best in Canada attended the event so there were lots of inspiring cubers to watch and learn from. To solve a Rubik’s Cube in seconds may not be everyone’s goal, but these students have learned that it’s possible and they will bring back what they’ve learned from the competition to share with the club. KATE COTE I S A PERFO RM ER WH O HAS TU RN ED AN AUTI STI C T R A I T I N TO A N A RT I ST I C TA L E N T! Kate Cote entertained at In the Soil Arts Festivals first ever Family Friendly Dance Party at the Festival Hub, on April 28. Kate likes to spin yoga balls on her toes. In 2016, Autism Ontario held a talent show where she performed this skill in front of a crowd. A member of Niagara Artists Centre happened to catch her doing this and offered her a part in the 2016 Voix de Ville. Kate loved it so much that she created a much more difficult routine and participated in other contests. In 2017, she competed in the Yellow Door Theatre Project’s talent show, where she placed 1st and competed in the Rise 2 Fame contest at the Western Fair, where she was a finalist. Kate’s performance requires a tremendous amount of skill. What makes her routine even more unique is that Kate is extremely uncomfortable in front of new people let alone large crowds. She spins to help keep herself calm and focused. It is BECAUSE she spins as her skill that enables her to be in front of people. It is an amazing thing to watch as Kate transforms from someone who is quiet, to electrifying on stage, to quiet again when she is done. SY D N E Y CO R N E T T: AWA R D -W I N N I N G S I N G E R Sydney has more than 35 first-place awards in competitions and she most recently won a first-place at the 2018 Elite International Music Competition, held at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Sydney, a grade 11 Eden student, started piano lessons at age three and classical vocal training at nine. She fell in love with musical theatre two years ago when she performed with the Yellow Door Theatre Project in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This summer she will attend a program at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and getting into this school for her Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance will require her to be in the top three per cent of the applicants. If you have ever heard Sydney sing (and play piano, guitar and ukulele) you will believe that she is capable of achieving this.

G R A P E S O F W R AT H Whether they are relatives, friends, coworkers or acquaintances that have experienced the trials and struggles of the disease, everyone has been touched by the pain of cancer. The Grapes of Wrath is a 5km run through mud and water, over barriers and through the valley all in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Proceeds of the event go to local programs in the Niagara area. Last year, a group of 16 conquered the run, while raising money and having a great time. With the addition of Sharon Burns, our new Principal and cancer survivor, we are looking forward to more participants and making a bigger impact in our community. We hope to see students, parents and other relatives joining the Eden Flyers this year. Information about how to register for this year’s race can be found on the school website eden.dsbn.org or you can contact Mr. S Thompson and Mr. S. Burns at the Eden High School - 905-646-9884. We hope that you will join us for this fun and important event.


CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL BT R U G BY T E A M G O E S TO N E W Z E A L A N D On March 8th, fourteen boys from the Blessed Trinity rugby team traveled to New Zealand for twelve days to play against Te Aroha and Mount Ruskill High School, in Auckland on the North Island. Blessed Trinity was proudly victorious during their time in New Zealand, winning two games against the “Kiwis.” After speaking to Mr. Antonelli, coach of two years, there seemed to be something more pronounced and influential for the boys who had this grand opportunity. Antonelli stressed the importance of camaraderie and sportsmanship during this tournament. “This is what really resonated with not only myself but with a lot of the members of the team, many of whom had never left Ontario. That’s an experience you’re never going to get again.” As Antonelli explained, “It wasn’t about winning or losing the game.” Clearly, the connections between the players and coach was a powerful experience for all involved. BY VIVIAN SODEN 13T H A N N UA L G O L D E N H O R S E S H O E M U S I C F E ST I VA L Blessed Trinity CSS’s concert band attended the Golden Horseshoe Music Festival, on February 21st. With their renditions of Allan Gilliland’s The Sea of Marmora, Percy Aldridge Grainger’s Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon and Samuel R. Hazo’s Drums of the Saamis, the band, under the direction of Angela Maccaroni, achieved a ranking of silver-plus. The Golden Horseshoe Music Festival is a competitive and educational event run under MusicFest Canada. Ensembles ranging from Orchestras to Jazz Combos are graded on their playing from

bronze to gold, and then participate in a clinical assessment. Clinicians not only help fix mistakes that the group may have made throughout the performance, but also introduce ways for these aspiring musicians to advance their skills. Clinician, Dr. Peter Stolz of the University of Toronto, commended on their performance, specifically the highlighted soloists and stunning percussive sections. Due to Blessed Trinity’s success at the festival, they received an invitation to MusicFest Canada’s national competition at the University of Toronto in May. As they do plan to attend, the band prepares themselves for new sounds, new faces and new places. BY CURTIS HAGAN T H E BT C H O I R AT K A L E I D VO C A L F E ST I VA L The Blessed Trinity Choir was invited to take part in a particularly unique choir festival event called “Kaleid,” in Kitchener. The educational and collaborative event was a gathering of over 300 vocalists, alongside guest performers, composers and conductors to help learn and develop their repertoire. Additionally, the event was brought to a triumphant climax, with a concert featuring a combined choir of over three hundred singers alongside guest artists like Essie Wuord, Allison Girvan and the Carazon Youth Choir, all the way from Nelson, BC. After a great performance by the BT Jazz Choir at the Ontario Vocal Jazz fest in Brampton, the choir took part in a full twelve-hour day of singing with many different workshop activities. They worked extensively on three songs in the mass choir repertoire, which included an arrangement of Power of the Heart, a Peter Gabriel cover of a Lou Reed song and Joiku, a celebratory piece written entirely in a language inspired by Sami “Joik.” These songs were also prepared by all other participating choirs in order to prepare for the day’s final concert event. After a full day of rehearsal and preparation, the group put on the show for a local audience. It was truly a memorable experience for all involved! BY SEBASTIAN HOGG F R E E D O M TO R E A D W E E K In all of Canada, Freedom to Read Week runs from the first week of February to the last week of March. This annual event focuses on censorship issues in Canada and encourages Canadians to think about their intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Freedomtoread.ca). On February 25 to March 3, Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary School’s librarian, Ms. Kinzel, created awareness throughout the whole school for Freedom to Read Week by making daily announcements and hosting a school-wide contest. Students were encouraged to listen to announcements for clues and important facts regarding banned books and censorship issues. Ms. Kinzel, librarian at Blessed Trinity said, “I think it is important to support and keep students aware of Freedom to Read Week. We are so fortunate to have this liberty. Keeping students involved and educated in the work and research that all authors, writers and publishers do in order to educate and inspire us is important. My job as a librarian is to help make all information accessible. Our freedom of expression is vital and we need to protect it.” BY ALEXANDRA IANIRI COMMUNITYCAPTURED.CA



D S B N S K I L L S CO M P E T I T I O N Congratulations to Chris Rose, who finished third in the Culinary competition and Cordelia McFerren, who finished second in Floristry. We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments. BDSS tech programs provide the knowledge, training and experience for many students to pursue successful career pathways in the skilled trades and in industry. These students exemplify the links between programing at BDSS and the thriving hospitality and floristry industries in Niagara. B R O C K U N I V E R S I T Y P R I N C I PA L’ S S C H O L A R S H I P S Each year, Brock University Awards two students at each Niagara secondary school who show high levels of achievement and significant contributions to their school and community. This year, BDSS nominated Cait Fairchild and Brooke Roorda for the Principal’s scholarship. Cait will be enrolling in Brock’s Medical Sciences program, while Brooke will be majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Both are exceptional students and leaders at BDSS. Each winner of the Brock Principal’s Scholarship receives $2500 towards their tuition, as well as a package of Brock merchandise. M I C R O S O F T C E RT I F I C AT I O N S As part of our grade 9 Business Information Technology class at BDSS, students work towards official Microsoft Certification in various software platforms. So far this semester, 17 students have earned their Microsoft Specialist Certifications in Microsoft Word 2016 and the class is now moving towards certifications in Excel. This is a very unique Secondary School program and provides students with skills that can be used to further their learning and to gain employment. W E WA L K FO R WAT E R WE Walk for Water: How far would you walk for clean water? Without water, a community can’t grow. Help families in developing communities gain access to clean, safe drinking water and open the door to better health and a better world. Let’s take a water walk to raise money and awareness for global water issues and take steps to make a difference for communities living without safe drinking water. Learn more at WE.org/wewalkforwater. On April 27th, BDSS students took part in this initiative to raise funds for an important global cause and to expand their knowledge and community connections. We are very proud of the participation of our students in this initiative and thank Ms. Tauro for her leadership in organizing. P R O M P R OJ EC T BDSS was excited to be the West Niagara site for Prom Project this year. Thank you to the Buccaneers that worked that day, connecting students with fabulous outfits for upcoming end of year celebrations and to Mrs. Badawey, Ms. Hopman and Mrs. BardoelReagan who put a lot of effort into organizing and displaying the clothing. Please call the school if you missed the event but would be interested in some Prom attire. E -WAST E CO L L EC T I O N In support of the Computers for Schools program, BDSS hosts an e-waste collection depot out of the school. Community members are encouraged to drop their batteries and electronic waste at the school’s main office between May 7th and 28th, during school hours to support a great program and to keep our environment free of toxic electronic waste.



S H S M H O S P I TA L I T Y T R I P TO A N T I PASTO S Thanks to the staff at Antipastos for hosting our Specialist High Skills Major students to learn about the technical and business elements of an extremely successful catering business. Antipastos is known provincially as an extremely high-level catering business, and we appreciate them taking the time to expose our students to such strong practices. Thank you, Antipastos!


SECONDARY SCHOOL The Arts Department activities include a Mediterranean cruise by some of our musicians, the regional Improv competition, the NTS drama festival and the Off the Wall Art Show. In April, 42 students, 2 staff members and a number of GSS parents represented the school and the Grimsby community by performing aboard the Norwegian Escape. They performed three well-attended concerts aboard ship. For Grimsby IMPROV, our team won locally and then competed Nationally in Ottawa, in April. The team played with joy and confidence, continuing in the tradition of those teams before them. Our athletes are very busy. Lacrosse, baseball, rowing, volleyball and soccer are a few of the sports that are keeping everyone involved this spring. Each year, the District School Board of Niagara and Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation sponsor The Excellence in Education award. One student from each secondary school in the Board, is selected to represent their school at a banquet, where they are presented with a medal and gift acknowledging their contribution to their school and community. This year’s winner from GSS is Leah Heinen. Leah will attend university to study Health Science with future plans to continue her studies to become a doctor. Leah has been a leader in high school for the past 4 years, academically, extra-curricularly and socially. She is a wellrounded young adult who embodies the spirit of a (GSS) student. She is always respectful and is well-respected by staff and students alike. Leah has a gentle strength and is a quiet leader who does not need to be the centre of attention; this is true both in our school and in our community. This young leader is the Student Council President this year at GSS and sits on the Student Senate for the DSBN. Leah was a member of the transition committee to share the student voice and support her classmates through the transition from South Lincoln H. S. to GS.S. when South Lincoln closed last year. She is very involved athletically and has been on many school teams throughout high school. She participates in cross country running, track and field, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, badminton and basketball. Leah is also an active volunteer leader in the community. She is involved as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader, is a tour guide at Agape Valley’s Sugar Bush, is a camp counsellor and is the lead singer in a band. Anyone who knows Leah knows that she is an energetic, compassionate and hard-working young lady. Leah is a conscientious student who balances her academic aspirations with her personal goals and demonstrates exemplary moral character. As you can see, Leah not only meets, but exceeds the criteria for the Excellence in Education Award. We at GSS are proud to have Leah as one of our students. There are many positive things happening at Grimsby Secondary School. It is really exciting to read about and to watch. There’s a buzz around the school as we have a lot to celebrate as we are achieving success together.



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Community Captured Niagara MAY 2018  

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