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01: Joy, Heather & Liane – organizers of 100 Women Who Care. 02: Laurie, Terri-Lynne, Jessie & Victoria attending 100 Women Who Care. 03: Grace & Dylan. 04: Brenda, Diane, Marion & Allison. 05: Erin & Maureen celebrating birthdays.
06: Lukas with the Springridge Bunnies. 07: Melody, Jan, Suzanne & Liz attending 100 Women Who Care. 08: Carolynne & Darlene attending 100 Women Who Care. 09: Reya finding some hidden eggs. 10: Margaret and Bill Hamilton taking tickets at the door. 11: Tammy, Bruce, Jeremy & Jessica.
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03 TRAVEL DOWN HIS MEMORY LANE Remember when; tell me about; how was it when you were my age… are opportunities to relate and get to know Dad well.
POPS-PAPA-PAPPYDADDY-PA-PERE FUN FACT: LINGUISTS SAY THAT FATHER NICKNAMES ARE OFTEN WHAT DEVELOPING BABIES ARE CAPABLE OF SAYING 04 GAME TIME Play a sport together, attend a game or encourage a little friendly competition. Being active together is great exercise and bonding time.
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Ball Hockey Tournament in Support of ROCK • ball-hockey.ca
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Dear The Wine Ladies,
My husband and I were given a bottle of Sauternes, as a housewarming gift, which we were told, would remind us of our icewines. Apparently it is quite a special and pricey wine. We don’t particularly favor sweet wines, but my mother-in-law is mad for them. So I thought it might be a great treat for Mother’s Day. I’m just wondering if they’re made the same way as icewine? - Kristy
THE WINE LADIES Q&A Dear Kristy,
Indeed, a great treat, Sauternes is the “king” of all sweet wines! Sauternes can only come from France and be produced in the Grave district south of Bordeaux. Icewines are not restricted as to where they can be made although Canada is widely considered the authority on this luscious wine - the “Nectar of the Gods” as it is commonly referred to. Both are sweet, complex and delectable! Both Sauternes and our icewines must adhere to a strict set of regulations as to how they are made, although the rules and methodology of production for the two are entirely different.
What defines Sauternes is “noble rot”. The uniqueness of Sauternes is due to the mesoclimate it enjoys which encourages a very special fungus called botrytis cinerea, otherwise known as “noble rot” to attack the grapes. It is this fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel and rot, and allows a wonderful concentration of tartaric acid and sugar to develop in the grapes resulting in a wine of great complexity. Layer upon layer of rich flavours, honey, mango, flowers, brioche and so on. Ever lasting and age worthy beyond decades, this is Sauternes.
There is one similarity between our ice wines and Sauternes, outside of being dessert wines, they are both very expensive to produce, and certain conditions must be met or occur before the wines can be made. For our ice wines one of the regulations is that the grapes cannot be picked until the temperature reaches a minimum of -8� Celsius. For Sauternes, it is not about the temperature but rather about this unique fungus that must infect the grapes. Both situations are risky. In Canada, the birds and deer feast on the grapes while winemakers patiently await the freeze, limiting the yield. In Sauternes, the viticulturists must await the infection of noble rot, and occasionally it just doesn’t happen, or it can come very late limiting the yield even more. So patience is a virtue in Sauternes, as it is in Canada! thewineladies.com
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NAME: Donna Danielli BIRTHPLACE: Toronto WHERE DO YOU CURRENTLY LIVE: Campbellville CAREER: Which one? Halton District School Board Trustee since 2006, Executive Director Milton Transitional Housing since 2014 and Vacuum Store owner (with my husband David) since 1994. GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS: My two amazing children – Katherine and Michael. FAMILY/PETS: One old, cranky but I love him anyway cat named Indy. 1. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE GREATEST JOY OR SATISFACTION? Being in a position to offer help to someone in need. It’s not always the big gestures that matter – sometimes a simple fix or even saying something nice can make a world of difference to someone’s day.
2. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN? Remember that everything in life is about relationships. Get to know people where they’re at, not where you are coming from.
3. IF YOU COULD POSSESS ONE SUPER-HUMAN POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
If I could wave a magic wand, I would want to see everyone with a roof over their heads, food in their stomachs and a meaningful education for their hearts and brains.
6. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
4. WHAT DOES THE WORD COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? We are all in this together. A community is everyone reaching out to share and support with each other.
5. WHAT IS ONE THING THAT VERY FEW PEOPLE WOULD KNOW ABOUT YOU? Volunteering started early for me – in my teens I was a candy striper in the local hospital and then in my early twenties I was a volunteer tutor in the Don Jail.
GET TO KNOW PEOPLE WHERE THEY’RE AT, NOT WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM.
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My Mom and Dad have always been my biggest inspiration – they put such a strong focus on education for me. My Dad left school in grade eight and ran away to work on a steam ship. Later in life, I remember him working at a gas station during the winter dry dock and going back to school every year. He was Chief Engineer on his ship when he passed away because he never stopped moving his life ahead through education.
7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME? The one I still have to sit and watch, every time it is on TV, is The Breakfast Club. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen it and I even own it on DVD but if it is on TV, I will sit and watch it again, commercials and all.
8. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? I have an embarrassing weakness for puns.
DONNA DANIELLI 9. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE VACATION SPOT? I’m partial to DisneyWorld – probably because that’s where my husband David proposed to me so many years ago.
10. IF THE WHOLE COMMUNITY WERE LISTENING, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM? From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all the faith, help and support you’ve given me as a trustee, with Milton Transitional Housing and The Vacuum Store. Milton is in my heart and there is no place I would rather be. CC
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Donna with Deadmau5.
I have been honoured to have received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for my volunteer work, as well as having been nominated for an Athena Award and twice by the Chamber of Commerce for Business Woman of the Year. My favourite charities include those that reach out a helping hand to anyone who is struggling. I joined Milton Transitional Housing because having the opportunity to help those experiencing a housing crisis, to give them that hand up instead of a hand out, really appealed to me. As well, Halton Learning Foundation is very near and dear to my heart – the way they provide support to students who just need that little bit of help is something really very important to me.
Donna with Auschwitz survivor Max Eisen.
I spent my teen years in a small farming community called Wainfleet and high school jobs weren’t plentiful. To save for university, I did everything from restaurant dishwasher, to picking fruit, to packing pickles into jars on an assembly line.
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It was a hilarious evening as friends, colleagues and family came out to honour Milton’s longest-serving Mayor at Milton Banquet and Conference Centre on Saturday April 1st. The Comedy Roast had a panel of guests who took turns comically trashing the town’s chief magistrate. Always having the last word, Mayor Krantz did not disappoint. All proceeds went to Milton Transitional Housing.
01: Donna & Bob. 02: Ries & Stacey. 03: Kaoutsan, Abdul, Cindy, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris, Marg & Donna. 04: Donna, Colin & Andrea. 05: Lesley & John. 06: Jo-Anne & Olive.
EASTER FESTIVAL AT SPRINGRIDGE FARM
It was a very busy day at Springridge Farm on Friday April 14th as families from all over the GTA came to enjoy the many festive activities. There was an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny, a puppet show, singing chickens, wagon rides as well as pony rides. With the temperature in the double digits, everyone enjoyed wandering the farm and seeing the animals, playing in the giant sandbox, finding their way through the corn trail, jumping on the straw bales and sliding down the tub slides. The Barn Market was open showcasing all their new spring dĂŠcor.
01: Craig & Lillian with Remy & Cash. 02: Veselin & Anastiya with Monchil & Lora. 03: Shirley, Kyle, Kathleen, Jacqueline & Janie. 04: Ellie at the Lookout. 05: Pari enjoying the donkey ride.
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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS SERVING SIZE: Makes 12 NOTE: If I don’t have buttermilk, I mix the milk and lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes, and voila... buttermilk!
Adding pesto to the turkey adds a quick and easy punch of flavour. You can use regular pesto or I use store bought no-cheese, no-nut pesto from my favourite local pasta shop. Try to get the “fresh” pesto from the refrigerated section rather than the pesto in the jar on the shelf, it is much better! This dinner comes together in well under 1-hour. Serves: 4
FO R THE T U R K E Y B A L L S
S TE P 01
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In a large mixing bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs, pesto, salt and pepper. Add the turkey and mix well. Prepare a parchment-lined tray. Roll the mixture into 1" balls. You should have about 25-30 balls.
1 lb ground turkey* 2/3 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup store bought pesto or homemade 1 tsp kosher salt Plenty of freshly ground pepper
• 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil FO R THE SA U CE
• 2 large cloves garlic, minced • 1 (28 ounce) can of San Marzano tomatoes, crushed with your hands • 1 tsp kosher salt • Plenty of freshly ground pepper • 1/2 tsp sugar • • • •
12 oz spaghetti noodles** 6 basil leaves, shredded, optional Grated parmesan reggiano, optional Red chili flakes, optional
* Don’t use white meat turkey. Use the regular ground turkey. ** 12oz or 340gm is 3/4 of a bag of pasta. I don’t use the whole bag because the ratio of meatballs to pasta is perfect and 12oz serves 4 perfectly!
S TE P 02
Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil. Brown the meatballs all over for about 8-10 minutes, transfer to a clean surface (I use a plate). S TE P 03
Add the garlic to the same pan, cook for 30 seconds, add the tomatoes, crush the larger pieces, add the salt, pepper and sugar and let bubble over medium high heat for 5-8 minutes. Add the turkey balls back into the pan, cover, turn heat to low and cook for another 5-10 minutes. S TE P 04
In the meantime, bring a large pot of water to boil, add 1tbsp salt, and boil the noodles according to package direction, keeping them al-dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and then drain the noodles, put the pasta back into the pasta pot and add the sauce to the pasta. Add the pasta water a small amount at a time if needed to finish cooking the pasta or to thin the sauce (you may not need it).
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SOME GREAT EVENTS COMING UP IN MAY INCLUDE:
May 3 - 7 NYC Trip
Semester 2 is always a super busy time at CKSS. Here are just a few of
May 9-10 Grade 11/12 Healthy Active Living (girls) to Leadership Camp
the things going on this month. If you ever have questions, please call us or visit: cks.hdsb.ca and check out our calendar.
SPRING MUSIC CONCERT It’s that time of the year again where our fantastically talented music
May 16-17 Track and Field GHAC at Mohawk College May 18 CKSS Coffee House. Check out amazing CK talent at an open mike event! The Eddies are coming!
students showcase their hard work in the form of a face-melting, jawdropping Spring Concert performance. The date for this event is Thursday, May 4th, and the show will begin at 7 PM. The young musicians are most eager for the opportunity to melt and drop their teachers’ faces and jaws, respectively, so please consider clearing your calendar and attending this spectacle. You will see and hear the talents of NEON (acappella jazz vocal ensemble), CKSS Concert Choir, Jazz Band, CKSS Concert Band, Drumline, and the CKSS music classes to name a few. All groups continue to improve exponentially, and if you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing any of them, prepare to be impressed! This event is fun for the whole family, as I’m sure there will be music to please all (some movie favourites, and Pentatonix arrangements perhaps).
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students.
Once more, Thursday, May 4th @ 7 PM, in the Gym. The CKSS Music
Gary Allan High School is Halton’s Adult and Alternative School. We have
Programme hopes to see you there! — Your friendly CK Music Teachers
locations in Milton, Halton Hills, Oakville and Burlington. We provide the opportunity for students to complete credits towards the achievement of
And please check out this youtube video highlighting music at
their high school diploma, for post-secondary preparation or to upgrade
CKSS! CKSS Music Program — www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z_
their skills for the workplace.
SekNEZhU&feature=youtu.be We are now past the halfway point of the semester. Our adult and
HOW’S THIS FOR A STATISTIC?
adolescent students are working conscientiously to complete their self-
Our student body has accumulated over 48,000 volunteer hours. That
paced Business, English, Science, Math and Social Sciences courses.
translates into roughly 24 years. Yes, years of 40 hour work weeks! What
Students and staff are starting to look forward to Graduation at the end of
do you say CK? Can we make it to 50,000 by the end of the year? I smell
June. This year the North Graduation will be held in Milton on Thursday
a challenge. Each and every one of us really can make a difference and
June 29th, while the South Graduation will be held on Wednesday June 28th
the students at CKSS are showing us how.
in Burlington. If anyone is interested in donating flowers or decorations for grad, we would be happy to receive them, please contact the site.
Grade 10 Business students were busy this month becoming financially
In our Alternative programs this month, students came together at our
literate, learning about credit cards, banking and budgeting for life.
Halton Hills Gary Allan location and took part in a badminton tournament.
Students were challenged with the task of creating a budget for their
One of the Milton boys doubles teams came in second place and were
futures selves. Feedback from students revealed that they were most
rewarded with some Gary Allan apparel. A group also travelled to Crawford
surprised by the cost of food and owning a home. Don’t worry mom and
Lake for an educational and physically active interpretive hike. Students
dad, most students plan on living close to home, but not at home! If you
are now working on new recipes for our Bake Sale coming up on MAY
have questions about this project and how CKSS students are gaining
12th to help support Halton Food for Thought, which provides healthy
valuable life skills through business studies, please contact the Business
snacks for our students. They are also looking forward to an exciting trip
to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto.
Pre-registration is now open for our Adult Program for the 2017-2018 school year. Students interested in working towards the completion of their diploma, preparation for post-secondary or just upgrading their skills can contact the site to schedule an appointment to register for September at 905-878-2244. More information about our programs, and upcoming events can be found on our school’s website www.garyallan.ca , Facebook: https:// www.facebook.com/GaryAllanSchool or Twitter: https://twitter.com/ garyallanschool
UPCOMING EVENTS MAY 5
Ripley’s Aquarium Field Trip
Pre-registration open for September 2017
Alternative Student Bake Sale – in support of Halton Food for Thought
Victoria Day Holiday
JUNE 29 North Graduation (Milton Learning Centre)
MILTON DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL
HOME OF THE MUSTANGS HALTON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD CELEBRATION OF STUDENT EXCELLENCE Every year the Board hosts A Celebration of Student Excellence recognizing one student from every school. This distinction goes to a student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities in more than one area, including
G R A D B R E A K FA S T FRIDAY, MAY 5TH All Grade 12 students are welcome to join us for breakfast where they will have a sneak peak valedictorian address presented by the nominees. Students will then vote for the student they would like to have represent the Class of 2017 at the Commencement Ceremony on June 29th.
SOCIAL JUSTICE SHSM HEADING TO OTTAWA The Social Justice SHSM students will be attending the National Day of Holocaust Remembrance at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa May 7, 8 and 9th. This is Milton District’s second representation of the Halton District School Board at this national event of commemoration. While in Ottawa, students will take part in a genocide workshop and have the opportunity to see a presentation by a Holocaust survivor.
ONEMATCH EVENT CANADIAN BLOOD SERVICES This Wednesday May 3 rd reps from Canadian
Academic, Vocational, Athletic, Self-improvement, Community Work,
Blood Services, along with our GLD class will
Citizenship and/or Student Leadership. Natalie Woodland is the very
be running the Second MDHS OneMatch Event
worthy recipient for Milton District High School. She is the Prime Minister
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the large gym.
of Student Government, student representative on School Council, and
Canadian Blood Services are looking for students
a leader at our Grade 10 Wilderness North excursion in September and is an active participant on many athletic teams. Natalie has maintained an honours average throughout her high school career while taking on these leadership opportunities.
MADD COMES TO MILTON DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL MADD Canada’s goal is to stop impaired driving and deliver the message to students that it can happen to anyone. Impaired driving is a crime and it affects the lives of many. Grade 11 and 12 students will attend the presentation which encourages them to take a closer look at their values and perceptions about drinking and driving. We would like to thank the LCBO for sponsoring these presentations in secondary schools across on Ontario.
and adults aged 17-35 to go on Canada’s stem cell and marrow network, as there are over 800 Canadians who currently don’t have a match. When we last ran the event in 2014 we had over 120 students and staff join!
UPCOMING EVENTS May 1
Midterm Reports distributed to students
Outdoor Education trip to Algonquin Park
May 10 Indigo Milton Fundraiser Night 5:00 8:00 PM May 17 Good Luck to the Track Team as they head to Mohawk Sports Complex for GHAC May 23 School Council Meeting, 6:45 PM All parents welcome to attend
DENIM & DIAMONDS SPRING GALA
A wonderful evening was had as guests, Rotarians, friends and family enjoyed food and fun at the Gambrel Barn at Country Heritage Park on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Guests dressed up in their finest Western Wear and sparkling jewellery, enjoyed line dancing lead by Tammy Wyatt and danced the night away to Milton’s own live band, The Groovy Brothers. All proceeds went to the Milton District Hospital Foundation in support of a children’s waiting room in the operating area of the new hospital expansion. A wonderful evening was had by all.
01: Kristi, Diane & Frances at the photo booth. 02: The Rotary Executive. 03: The Groovy Brothers. 04: Blair, Maureen & Cam. 05: Rotary Students Kathryn (going to Japan) & Sydney (going to Brazil). 06: Fredric & Daniella.
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SPEECHLESS: INSPIRED BY LIFE
BY PETA-GAYE NASH
peechless, Jennifer Mook-Sang’s debut novel for young adults aged 9-12, is one of those witty, can’t-put-down books of juvenile fiction that resonates with anyone who’s ever been to school. Although it’s for young adults, I enjoyed Speechless as much as any good work of fiction and even tested it on my reluctant eight year old reader. Speechless passed with flying colours. It’s not surprising then, that Speechless was shortlisted for several awards including the CBC Best Books of the Year 2015 and Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2016 to name two of the many. Who can resist the journey of Joe Alton Miles, known as Jelly, when he decides to enter a speech competition to win the coveted prize of a tablet and all its accessories? It’s not that Jelly is good at public speaking. He’s terrified of being on stage but he wants that tablet more than anything. Also standing in his way is the smart, popular Victoria who has won all previous speech prizes and thinks she deserves to win. When Jelly keeps his speech topic a secret (he has no idea what to talk about), Victoria gets competitive in a mean, bullying kind of way. Jelly grows over time as he learns what he is capable of and we get a glimpse into Victoria’s character:
the pressure to be the best and succeed at everything results in behaviour that appears mean, masking hurt and insecurity. Mook-Sang came to Canada from Guyana in the early seventies when she was fourteen. Experiencing culture shock and being on the outside helped her to develop characters that are three dimensional and who see the world in different ways. She never thought of herself as a writer but when she read bedtime stories to her sons, she fell in love with reading all over again. Children’s books grab her and she laughs as she says she’s stuck at age twelve, “that age where you are discovering yourself but there’s still so much to figure out and learn who people are and why they do what they do.” Jennifer Mook-Sang is in the enviable position of being a full time writer. Once a stay-at-home-mom of two boys who are no longer at home, her job is to sit and write. Writing groups are a great source of inspiration, especially those that critique and spur her on. She has an illustrated children’s book coming out in the fall and is working on another character from Speechless who gets her own book. It’s not Victoria, but that may one day be a possibility.
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