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M I S S I S S A U G A
CALENDAR OF EVENTS PRESIDENT
CELEBRATING CANADA DAY
C R E AT I V E D I R E C T O R
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RECIPE: KOREAN STEAK TACOS
C R E AT I V E P R O D U C T I O N
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MISSISSAUGA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
SMALL ARMS BUILDING GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
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LEGENDS ROW - MISSISSAUGA’S WALK OF FAME
COMMUNITY PROFILE: Q&A WITH LESLIE SILVESTRI
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CLARKSON VILLAGE LIVE! ASK THE WINE LADIES THE RIVERWOOD GARDEN SOIRÉE CLARKSON'S LEGACY OF GIVING
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01: The Liquid Jazz Project performing outside Village Phamacy. 02: Grand opening of The Ten Spot. 03: Tight Race at the Dragon Boat Regetta in Port Credit. 04: Tea With Charles was held at Mississauga Seniors Centre with over 50 seniors discussing revelant seniors' issues. 05: Aldo Lista, owner of Old Port Credit Brewing Co., greeting guests at their Father's Day BBQ. 06: The rain did not stop the many walkers who came to Lakeside Park for the Walk to Fight Arthritis.
07: At the PC Fire Station are Julie, Pernia, Meghan, Chris Nolan, Natalie, Mandy, Sven, Hanan, Kassandra & Jonathan. 08: Kandy, Charlene & Meaghan at the Strides for Change - MADD Canada. 09: Paint the Town RED celebrating Canada150 - Photo by: Peeter Poldre. 10: Senior's Kick Off Month with Linda, Hazel & Linda. 11: Caroline Augustin & Bee Songvilay with the Blueheel Dancers. 12: Some of the Performers getting ready for the South Side Shuffle Fundraiser at the Lakeview Convention Centre. 13: Celebrating Internation Yoga Day at Memorial Park in Port Credit. 14: Diane & Hudson with Gord of Thames River Melons at the Port Credit Farmer's Market.
CANADA I50 WITH PAINT THE TOWN RED PORT CREDIT
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For the first time in 14 years, Paint the Town RED, Port Credit’s Canada Day Celebration held a two-day event, from Saturday, July 1st to Sunday, July 2nd, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on Mississauga’s vibrant waterfront community. The Festivities began on July 1st with the Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade along Lakeshore Road, followed by an enormous cake cutting that was served by La Villa Bakery and the wonderful volunteers. There was so much to do over the 2 days - Everything from live music, local and international foods, craft vendors, Canadian artists, youth groups, children’s entertainers and a Kids zone in the park. On Saturday night and Sunday night, the fireworks display lit up the Port Credit sky.
01: Excited for the Hazel McCallion Canada Day Parade. 02: Having a little fun with each other. 03: Mayor Bonnie Crombie. 04: Cutting the Cake. 05: Louis, one of the judges. 06: Councillor Karen Ras with her daughter. 07: Sean, Georgie, Teddy, Stacey & Theo. 08: Hazel McCallion & John Bozzo. 09: We love Port Credit!
FROM COUNCILLOR TOVEY, Here are my thoughts on the Canada Day Fireworks. I tend to be pragmatic and unusually calm when the unexpected occurs. We could have had rain on our parade, the weather reports for the day were; potential thunderstorms. Despite the forecast we had a beautiful day and the parade was awesome. There was a twenty minute downpour at 3:15pm and then the festivities continued. The entertainment in the Memorial Park was a lot of fun, and then the fireworks miss-fired. Ouch! It could have been rain? That is when our community came together. A lot of people did not sleep much on Saturday night, working to arrange the extra evening. Permits had to be confirmed, Police and security procured, garbage pickup and cleanup of Lakeshore Rd. had to be taken care of, volunteers organized, additional entertainment secured for Sunday evening and everything announced. No one panicked, we all worked together and within 12 hrs every issue was addressed and we were ready, slightly tired, for Canada Day2. What ensued was a celebration with 20,000 of our neighbours and friends. The weather was perfect, the music sublime, the fireworks spectacular. With five hours notice our music community staged an incredible tribute to Canadian song. Eight different artists performed their interpretation of music from the Canadian Songbook. Thomas Barlow performed a beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohens "Hallelujah" and his own "Walk Away". A great night. I am so happy for the people from our community who have dedicated themselves to Paint the Town Red all year and made this happen, all our amazing volunteers, John Bozzo, Diane Goldsmith, Donna Brookes, Shelley Tsolakis and our City staff, Howard Klein, Beatrice Moreira-Laidlow, Sure Green Landscaping. You should all be content and resting today.
Photo by: Peeter Poldre
What I will always remember about Canada 150 is how the community came together to turn around an inexplicable Saturday night into a celebration of who we are and how we face adversity together. Thank you.
Jim Tovey Jim Tovey Councillor âˆ¤ Ward 1 o: 905.896.5100 e: firstname.lastname@example.org jimtovey.ca
RED & WHITE
ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT
On Saturday, June 17th, the ORC held their Annual Summer Party celebrating Canadaâ€™s 150th anniversary. It was a night of great friends, great food and great live music. The atmosphere on the patio was amazing as all guests were dressed in red and white attire. It was the party everyone will be talking about all summer long.
01: Neil, Evelina, Emily & Andrew. 02: Grant the Fire Guy. 03: Marion, Derek & Darlene. 04: Mary & Dan.
ARTS ON THE CREDIT
On Sunday, June 18th, Arts on the Credit: Jewels held its first show that focused almost entirely on original jewellery produced by jewellery artists in the area. There were many different styles, using different metals, extraordinary beads and crystals and vintage components. With nineteen different art-based jewellers and makers of fabulous fashion accessories you were sure to find something unique and one of a kind.
01: Artist Jacqueline with shopper Sue. 02: Artist Kathy. 03: Jan & Carol at Jewellery by Jan. 04: Laura showing off her double sided bowties. 04
DELICIOUS DISH RECIPE
KOREAN STEAK TACOS WITH CUCUMBER SALAD AND SUMAC PICKLED ONIONS
love tacos and I love Korean flavours. This combination is irresistible and a fantastic easy summer entertaining dish! Both skirt steak and flank steak need a long marinating time and need to be sliced super thin once cooked. The sumac in the pickled onion adds a fantastic red colour and sour flavour that goes really nicely in the tacos. You can buy sumac in a ground powder form in a specialty shop. It comes from the sumac bush found in the middle east, the berry is dried and ground, it has a lemony flavor. Serves: 6-10
INGREDIENTS • 1 skirt steak or flank steak • 12-20 small corn tortillas • 1 avocado, peeled and diced S T EA K M A R I NA D E
• 1 bunch green onions, white parts only or 1/2 a small onion • 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds • 3 cloves garlic • 1" piece of fresh ginger, washed (no need to peel) • 1/3 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil • 3 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
DIRECTIONS S T EP 01
Blend all the marinade ingredients together in a blender or food processor, leave a little texture. S T EP 02
Place in a zip lock bag, place steak in the bag. Marinate overnight or up to 2 days. S T EP 03
Remove meat from the fridge for 1 hour before grilling. S T EP 04
TO MAKE THE CUCUMBER SALAD: Slice the cucumber in half in the width so that it is easier to handle, take each half and slice into half or quarters in the length. Now slice into thin pieces, I do this on a slicer so I get super thin slices. Place slices in a medium size mixing bowl. Drizzle the vinegar and oil over the cucumbers, sprinkle with the salt and sugar (if using), mix and toss together very well. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, toss. Let marinate at room temp for about 30 minutes or longer before serving. Toss again before serving.
CU CU M BER SA L A D
S T EP 05
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TO MAKE THE SUMAC PICKLED ONIONS: mix the onions in a medium bowl with the red wine vinagar, sumac and salt. Mix well and let sit for 30 minutes or so.
1 English cucumber 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil 1/2 tsp kosher salt Pinch of sugar, optional Toasted black and white sesame seeds
S U M AC P ICK L E D ONI ONS
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1/2 red onion, very finely sliced 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp sumac 1/2 tsp kosher salt
S T EP 06
Turn your BBQ to high for 10-15 minutes. Once the grill is hot, turn it down to medium. S T EP 07
Remove the steak from the marinade and shake off excess. Place on the grill. Cover the grill and cook the steak for about 4 minutes, flip and repeat. Allow steaks to “rest” (lightly covered in foil) on cutting board for 10 minutes before slicing. S T EP 08
Slice thinly on an angle, serve a few pieces on soft corn tortillas, topped with cucumber salad, Sumac pickled onions and cubed avocado.
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obody let the rain dampen their mood on June 16-18 at the Mississauga Waterfront Festival. Between the great concerts, fun games and amazing food no one seemed to mind the off and on downpours. Friday night the Credit went Country and everyone turned up in their plaid and cowboy boots to dance the night away to the James Barker Band. Saturday was a nice day full of games, crafts and rock shows. The festival was wrapped up on Sunday when the event went home and featured three amazing “homegrown” acts. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this event one for the books!
01: Brad & Sherrie with Landon & Keaton. 02: Learning about camping. 03: Agnieszka & Denis. 04: John, Jessica & Jola. 05: Jason Walker with James Barker, Taylor Abram, Bobby Martin & Connor Stephen. 06: Enjoying the concert. 07: Enjoying the hospitality tent.
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WITH LESLIE SILVESTRI WHO ARE YOU? NAME: Leslie Zurek-Silvestri BIRTHPLACE: Toronto NICKNAME: Blondie, Les CURRENT RESIDENCE: Mississauga CAREER: Healthcare Consultant and Nurse GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS: My greatest achievement would be raising our three daughters, Brittany, Kristen and Jacqueline and watching them fulfill all their dreams and goals together with my husband Carlo.
WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION? Seeing the positive results of helping others in the community, whether through charitable work or advocating for children and families.
IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Clearly it would be to be able to teleport myself from place to place... or fly.
FAMILY PETS: Roxie, our Shitzhu.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN? I’ve lived by these words from Hazel McCallion since I was a little girl. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? Bringing together all people in unity to learn from each other and to experience the diversity and culture around us.
FUN FACTS • I have lived in Mississauga for over 40 years - watching it grow from farmer fields to the beautiful city it has become. • I am first generation Canadian born to Polish immigrants. Retaining my family’s Polish and Italian heritage is very important to me for our future generations. Participating in the Polish Days Festival and Italfest as a committee member, strengthens our cultural roots. • My greatest joy is representing and advocating for the DPCDSB special education advisory committee for many years, supporting students and families with differing abilities in Peel region. • I have been honoured to receive many accolades for my work in the community including the Mississauga Civic Award of Recognition for commuinty service. • My greatest reward is when a client has achieved a positive outcome through my support and knowledge through my work. • Our charitable coat drive has clothed over 2,000 local citizens for those in need in our community through Fight the Cold coat drive and Warm Coats and Warm Hearts coat drive.
Linda Leatherdale & Shenglin Xian with Leslie & Randy Pasuad at the Onward and Upward Financial Literacy event.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND WHY? My grandmother, Aniela. She became a widow very early on in life, with an infant, and just worked hard to build a life for her family just after the second World War. She taught me that you can do anything you put your mind to and be successful. Hard work always pays off.
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? The joy in children’s eyes when they are playing and happy.
• Peace and serenity around nature and water, whether it is just watching the Credit River flow, the lake at the cottage or walking the beach in Florida is very dear to me. I just love to travel around the world and experience different cultures, foods and architecture. • True friends are hard to come across and I value those friendships that are priceless. • I love art, fashion, shoes and handbags!
Convention in Niagara Falls.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU? My back is rebuilt of steel screws and plates.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? Gone with the Wind.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? The beach!
IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? Hazel McCallion’s 96th Birthday.
• Be respectful and show compassion to those around you. • Give when you can, unconditionally.
SMALL ARMS BUILDING
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY On June 17th, many attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the historic Small Arms Building. In attendance were Councillor Jim Tovey, local Member of Parliament, Sven Spengemann, our Member of Provincial Parliament, Minister Charles Sousa, and Mayor Bonnie Crombie. Members of the Small Arms Society, a group of community-minded individuals whose mission is to recognize the historic importance of the building and site and to oversee the adaptive reuse of the building into a creative hub, were in attendance. The most important people present were four amazing women who actually worked in the building: Linda, Ellerose, Hilda & Dorothy. In addition to the ceremony, Mayor Bonnie Crombie, MP Spengemann, MPP Sousa and Jim Tovey’s offices had the pleasure of planting three oak trees that were grown from an acorn of a tree at Vimy Ridge. There couldn’t be a more suitable location for these trees than the Small Arms Building. Story and Photos: jimtovey.ca and Jaan Phil
01: Lots of help with planting oak trees. 02: Small Arms Building Groundbreaking Ceremony. 03: Planting Oak Trees. 04: Linda, Ellerose, Hilda & Dorothy with Charles Sousa, Bonnie Crombie, Jim Tovey & Sven Spengemann. 05: Planting Oak Trees.
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LEGENDS ROW MISSISSAUGA’S WALK OF FAME
On June 3rd, Mississauga Legends Row unveiled their “Walk of Fame” located at Celebration Square by the Jubilee Garden. Twenty-seven inductee plaques were unveiled with many of the inductees and their families in attendance. A reception was held in City Hall’s Great Hall where guests mingled, took pictures and shared their stories. Mayor Crombie honoured Ron Duquette, Legends Row Chairman with a special commemorative plaque and officially opened Legends Row to the public. 02
01: Mayor Crombie giving Ron Duquette a certificate. 02: Board of Directors ready to cut the ribbon. 03: Honouring Ron Duquette. 04: Elliott Kerr, Jamie & Chuck Jackson. 05: Melody & Jamieson with Hockey Legend, Johnny Bower. 06: Chuck Ealey with his family. 07: Nikki Shawana, First Nations Hoop Dancer.
June 24th was a perfect day to spend in Clarkson Village to celebrate Canada 150. Live music from local bands and musicians could be heard as you wandered the street meeting shop owner as they handed out goodies. There was a street hockey tournament going on throughout the day, along with pony rides, a petting zoo, lots and lots of bouncy castles and the very popular horse drawn carriage ride. Children had their faces painted and carried their favourite balloon art. It was a fun day for all!
CLARKSON VILLAGE LIVE!
01: Carol, Aaron & Laura. 02: Volunteers giving out balloons. 03: Lyla, Joanne, Dave, Owen & Kate. 04: Sven Spengemann, Lynn Still & Charles Sousa. 05: Cathy, Mark & Aria. 06: Alison & Terry from Artists Friend. 07: Zoe, Heather & Jack. 08: Samantha, Julianna, Jay & Maire. 09: Andrew, Judy & Keith.
Dear The Wine Ladies,
We have guests visiting from London this summer and we were thinking about doing a one-day bicycle tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake. We’d love to show off a few of our wineries. Just wondering if you’ve done any of these tours and might have some thoughts to share on your experience. - Alyssa
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Alyssa,
Yes, we have had the opportunity to enjoy a winery tour on wheels and would highly recommend it. Probably the best way to share our thoughts on this is by recounting our personal bicycle tour experience of last summer. We booked through GRAPE ESCAPE WINE TOURS, who was kind enough to give us a personalized guided “ride”. Grape Escape Wine Tours has been awarded the TRIP ADVISOR’s Certificate of Excellence for 5 years running. They are family owned and operated and obviously do a fabulous job. They offer a great variety of guided wine tours for single participants, small groups, larger groups, either on foot, in a vehicle or on a bicycle - they cover all the ground.
So we are off… rendezvous point is Kurtz Orchard Farm & Marketplace where we are to meet our guide, get fitted with our bikes and our helmets. It turns out Kurtz is the perfect place to meet. The grounds are beautiful with an abundance of lush greenery, towering trees, glorious wild flowers, a quaint bridge over looking a small pond… the setting is an inspiration and quite suitable for even Monat or perhaps Sisley! We are feeling relaxed and invigorated already. We meet Jacquie who will be our guide. We love her right from the start, she is full of zest, she suits us up, we test drive the bikes - it is all systems go.
HERE IS OUR STORY… What a glorious day for a bike ride. The sun is shining brilliantly, there is a gentle cool breeze wafting through the trees and my shorts fit! Hallelujah! Niagara wine country here we come for our inaugural, abbreviated bicycle wine tour - we are excited! It’s been a very hectic summer thus far and we are looking forward to experiencing a little relaxation, sunshine, stunning scenery, some wonderful wines, and just a tad of exercise. We are teaming up with Grape Escape Wine Tours for a private and privileged tour, on which we’ll visit three wineries, to sample a red wine, a white wine and an ice wine. The plan is to have a full facility tour at one of the wineries and enjoy a wine and cheese tasting to close off the afternoon. On this excursion, we will peddle close to 8kms at a leisurely pace, returning to our base camp in just under 2.5 hours.
We set off along the Niagara Parkway, full of enthusiasm. There is a sense of the local beauty and bounty NOTL has to offer, with vineyards in view and fruit orchards dotted along the way, with rows upon rows of pear trees running parallel to our path. After a relaxing and scenic several kilometer ride, we arrive at our first winery. Here is a snapshot of the 3 wineries we enjoyed on our tour. This may or may not be the itinerary for the next group, or individual’s tour, as Grape Escape Wine Tours has a broad roster of wineries that they mix and match accordingly. They also have introduced several new tours this year including their “Ultimate Wine, Beer & Foodie Bicycle Tour”, as well as their “Wine, Beer & Tapas Vehicle Tour”.
For those who might like to consider a bicycle wine tour, the typical Grape Escape Wine Tour “afternoon bicycle tour” is lengthier - it is closer to 5 hours (12kms) and includes 4 wineries instead of our 3.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Next month we will report on the 3 wineries we visited - Inniskillin Wines Inc., Pondview Estate Winery and FrogPond Farm Organic Winery. Stay Tuned! thewineladies.com • tourniagarawineries.com
On June 4th, many people huddled under umbrellas to hide from the ran in J.C. Saddington Park. Strides for Change is MADD Canada’s Annual 5k Walk & Run raising awareness and prevention of impaired driving.
01: Susan, Chloe & Nika. 02: Natalie & Jennifer. 03: Eric & Jennifer. 04: Terry & Kimberly with Edison. 04
BRADLEY MUSEUM’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The sun was shining June 24th as many guests, volunteers and celebrated the Bradley Museums 50th Anniversary. The event started with Councillor Karen Ras’ welcoming remarks, everyone stood and joined Elise in the singing of Oh Canada, Rebecca recited a poem, followed by many speeches and stories about the Museum. Staff dressed in period costume as they served cake and old time lemonade.
01: Cutting the Cake. 02: David & Marianne admiring the gardens. 03: Barb & Sue. 04: Rebecca reciting a poem.
RIVERWOOD GARDEN SOIRĂ‰E
The Riverwood Conservancy held its annual fundraising event on June 9th at the beautiful MacEwan Terrace Garden. It was a perfect night to be outside enjoying great friends, fabulous food and live music. All funds raised were directed to support community programs in environmental education, stewardship, conservation, gardening, therapeutic horticulture and volunteerism. The Riverwood Conservancy is an amazing place right in the heart of Mississauga. 02
01: Dr. Ulli Krull with guests. 02: Douglas, Bonnie, Sue & Kevin. 03: Keith & Chef Massimo. 04: Chantelle, Elizabeth & John. 05: Shannon & Bailey. 06: Karen & Jacob. 07: Guests enjoying the evening.
STARR’S ON THE CREDIT
A RED & WHITE AFFAIR
On June 22nd, the Starr Family welcomed over 400 guests to their home for the 12th Annual Starr’s on the Credit. For the second year in a row, this event was in support of ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development. Guests were treated to live music by Mason Greer as well as Tony Paglia and the Nomads, delicious food stations, a silent auction as well as amazing live auction items to bid on. The outstanding support and tremendous dedication by all made this night a huge success!
04 01: Olga, Diane, Pat, Anne Marie & Jackie. 02: Dave & Debbie. 03: The Clarkson Pump Team. 04: Ron Starr with Wendy, Karen & Dr. Chris.
WALK FOR ALZHEIMER’S
MAKE MEMORIES MATTER
It was a beautiful morning on June 10th for this year’s Walk for Alzheimers and The Lakefront Promenade was the perfect setting. Hundreds of walkers and runners enjoyed being together and walking the beautiful trail. Funds raised support programs and services that help improve the quality of life for over 42,000 individuals living with dementia in Peel Region.
01: Taylor, Jessica Brandon, Arman & Laurie. 02: Paighton with Greg & Daphne. 03: Christina, Amanda, Beatrice & Heather ready with the medals. 04: An amazing run for 10 year old Marco. 04
LEGACY OF GIVING
Written by: Clarkson S.S. Student, Katherine Hart
larkson Secondary School is perhaps the only high school in the Greater Toronto Area daring enough to make the association between cancer and cotton candy, between disease and dress up. Indeed, it’s all part of the school’s annual, week-long fundraiser in support of Camp Oochigeas - a camp for children with cancer. Yet while the amalgam of gaiety and cancer is unconventional, the most puzzling prospect is how a high school full of teenagers managed to raise $43,320.17 in the span of a week in April. The answer lies in the school’s compassionate climate; the tradition began back in 1973 when a staff member and student were both diagnosed with cancer. So it seems to follow that when this disease affects one of the student body, we are reminded with great intensity how much the week matters. Abdur-Razakh Mohamed, one of the 2017 Cancer Drive Executive Team’s co-presidents, is a cancer survivor whose leadership, but more importantly, whose passion and ability to share his story, were fundamental to this year’s success.
As Abdur takes a seat in the school’s library to share his story, he is joined by Vinesha Ramasamy, a Clarkson graduate from 2004, who is also a cancer survivor. Although separated in age by more than ten years, they both have a deep emotional connection to Clarkson’s annual week of fundraising for Camp Oochigeas. Diagnosed at the age of thirteen, Abdur had barely reached adolescence when his cancer threatened to take his life away from him. “I was home for the summer, and my mom got the call from the walk-in clinic that said I might have cancer.” When asked how he was approached with such difficult information, Abdur has to laugh at the memory. “My mom had the call on speaker phone. I wasn’t supposed to hear it, but then again she wasn’t anticipating that information.” Following the phone call, Abdur spent his whole summer and the majority of his eighth grade school year locked away in a hospital room, subjected to months of painful procedures. Vinesha nods as she hears Abdur recount how the compassionate nurses at The Hospital for Sick Children would check in on him during sleeping hours to monitor his heart’s function throughout various treatments.
Vinesha went through similar torment in experiencing cancer back in 2001. After receiving her diagnosis of osteogenic sarcoma at the age of fifteen, her biology textbook (a favourite subject) was put aside so she could study a folder containing her treatment plan. After her recovery, Vinesha recalls what it was like to return to Clarkson after missing most of the previous year’s studies. “I would go to school for that first year back and would wear a scarf to cover my head. My mom would say my hair is growing back a little bit and that I should consider taking off the scarf. It took me weeks to take off my scarf. I was expecting the worst day ever,” Vinesha says. “I went to my first period class--it was grade twelve class--and this girl I knew before looked at me then said, ‘Have you watched G.I. Jane? You look exactly like G.I. Jane. You are so awesome!’ “Then she simply asked if I did my math homework. She commented, and then it was back to normal. It was such a positive thing.”
While neither Vinesha nor Abdur could ignore the harder parts of their experience with cancer (painful treatments and side effects, coming back to school with no hair, and the awkward whispers around them in some instances), they also had to accept that their lives wouldn’t return to normal. As Vinesha put it, “everything you go through [later in life] has this layer of ‘you had cancer’ on it.” Abdur and Vinesha share knowing glances as they conclude the interview by noting the reassurance they feel when other cancer survivors talk about the same “scanxiety” every time they visit a doctor’s office, or of the effects of “chemobrain” even years after therapy. They loved the community of people who could laugh at jokes about their experience that others might find too blunt, morbid, or simply be scared to make. Ultimately, it’s this awareness that makes Cancer Drive so singular. Clarkson students don’t pity cancer patients, nor do they endeavour to understand their circumstances because they know they cannot. Instead, they donate their time and their money out of love for their friends and family. One could not ask for a nobler motive.
When Vinesha adds that teachers were equally compassionate, each wants to share an example of how caring they were. Abdur is still moved by how he received the grade eight Math award from Mr. Lawrie.
“When Mr. Lawrie presented me with a Math award, before mentioning the name of the student, he described his achievements and then he said, ‘Half the year he had to learn it himself.’ “Everyone just turned towards me.
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. IT WAS ONE OF THE DEFINING MOMENTS OF GRADE EIGHT.”
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL STUDENTS, STAFF & PARENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT LORNE PARK SECONDARY SCHOOL!
Vinesha’s memory of a special teacher also happened in front of a large audience. It was during commencement ceremonies and, because of her battle with cancer, Vinesha was graduating a year after her best friends throughout high school. The ceremony took place in October. “Ms. Dewey, my Math teacher, had invited many of my old friends to the graduation ceremony. I saw them in the first row yet I had no idea why they were there. I mean, they were in second year university already.
Together, we have accomplished a lot, including high academic achievement, numerous academic awards, award-winning music and drama performances, impressive exhibitions in visual and media arts, championships and medals in athletics, successful community initiatives through our clubs, and many field trips as far away as New York City, British Columbia, France, and Holland. We are already mapping out an exciting plan for next school year. Having just arrived in February, I am so excited to have become a part of this incredible school and am looking forward to many great years ahead.
Ms. Dewey went up to present that year’s Governor General's Award, and as soon as she started saying, ‘This student has had many challenges’ I was thinking, what is happening? I still had crutches and didn’t know how I was going to walk up. I went up there (to the stage), then saw the whole class was standing up and clapping. It was really special, that people could recognize it was such a hard road.”
On behalf of the Lorne Park Staff, I want to wish everyone a wonderful summer. All the best to our graduating students for a successful future. We look forward to hearing all about the great accomplishments that you will go on to achieve. To everyone else, I look forward to seeing you back in September, well-rested and ready for another great year!
Although Abdur - preparing to head off to university - and Vinesha - a financial analyst involved in community work - now lead routine lives, at this moment they seem aware of a bond between them. Had anyone walked into the interview room, they would’ve heard a discussion between friends, not new acquaintances.
Craig Caslick Craig Caslick Principal
SEPTEMBER'S BOOK SUGGESTION
LATE NIGHTS ON AIR
BY MARISSA KANARIS
ith the recent celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, I picked up one of my favourite Canadian books and I urge you to do the same! “Late Nights on Air” by Elizabeth Hay is the winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize and other notable literary
recognitions. It is well-deserving of these awards. Hay gives life through word to the Barrens landscape and brings this same vivid vocabulary to her characters: Harry, Gwen, and Dido. Harry Boyd with the cauliflower ear has faced a life of disappointment in his career and in love, yet even surrounded by his air of defeat, he continues to move forward. Gwen arrives in the North crackling with shyness and inexperience yet a firm ambition to immerse herself in stories and sound. Dido is Gwen’s counterpart with her beauty, confidence and natural radio voice, and brings disruption of the calm with her. The real grip this novel has on the reader is in its driving character: the Canadian North. The North serves as more than just a backdrop for the characters that Hay expertly brings to life in the reader’s mind. Each season shapes personalities; the landscape fosters dreams; and the Northern extremes redirects life’s courses. The landscape’s power becomes most evident in a memorable trip that Harry, Gwen, Eleanor and Ralph take to explore the Barrens and the legendary journey of John Hornby. Their venture into the wild changes their lives. “Late Nights on Air” is vivid, immersive and thoughtful; and a must-read for every Canadian.
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