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Donor Profile: Danny Chirnomas

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It takes a unique kind of person to anonymously give a large sum of money to someone whose story they see on television; someone whom they’ve never personally met. It takes the kind of person who sees the value in lending a helping hand for the greater good. It takes a person like Danny Chirnomas.

Chaorismatic – David Altmejd, Sculptor Thursday, July 11th at 9 pm Journey into the strange yet beautiful world of Montréal artist David Altmejd. Filmmaker Rénald Bellemare offers a particularly informed view of Altmejd, as he is the artist’s half brother. Filmed over five years, Bellemare follows Altmejd as he prepares for the prestigious Venice Biennial in 2007, as well as other major shows in Denver, London, New York and Montréal. David Altmejd’s major work The Holes is featured in the AGA exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque.

Danny contacted TVO after seeing a guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin who had never known her family. She’d been a ward of the state all her life.

Kinngait: Riding Light into the World Thursday, July 25th at 9 pm The remote Arctic region of Nunavut is home to some of Canada’s best-known and acclaimed visual artists. The documentary brings the audience to the community of Cape Dorset and the print and drawing studios of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, the acclaimed Kinngait Studios, on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The film follows Inuit artists whose lives and artwork reflect the ongoing social and environmental changes that are transforming the north.

Renowned abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky is at the centre of this film by his granddaughter Cosima Spender. Without Gorky is a personal journey into a powerful family tragedy. This film takes you through the pain and courage of the family, coming to an emotional climax in Gorky’s birthplace: Lake Van, former Armenia.

But Danny wasn’t done. With this same philanthropic spirit he decided to leave a bequest in his will to TVO.

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Without Gorky Thursday, August 8th at 9 pm

“Despite all of the challenges this young woman had faced,” says Danny “she was keeping it all together, she was putting herself through university and I thought she deserved a leg up.”

“I figured that once you’ve taken care of your family, charities like TVO should benefit,” the retired advertising sales executive says. Danny’s appreciation for TVO runs deep. “It goes back 30 years,” he recalls. “When I first arrived in Toronto from Montreal, I watched Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. That was pretty much all I watched back then. Later I started following Steve Paikin’s shows, Diplomatic Immunity, Studio 2 and now The Agenda.”

Da Vinci – The Lost Treasure Thursday, August 15th at 9 pm

Schedule subject to change. Download the full programming guide at tvo.org.

Contact Us

“What I have always liked about TVO is that the current affairs programs don’t show a bias,” he continues.

Donor Relations Thanks for being a TVO donor. We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments please contact us at:

As part of an extensive relationship built on a shared commitment to inspire young minds through the power of education, TVO is pleased to partner with BlackBerry to offer 10 TVOKids educational children’s apps for BlackBerry® 10.

TVO Donor Relations Address Box 2444, Station Q Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 2Z4 In Canada, our charitable registration no. is 85985 0232 RR001 For our friends in the U.S. TVO is a tax exempt charity under section 501(c)3: Tax ID 75-1850754 and donors will receive a tax receipt.

Corporate Sponsorships For more information about how your company can become a sponsor, contact: Amit Kumaria T: 416-484-2765 E: akumaria@tvo.org

“Issues are discussed intelligently. It’s a vital source of information that is hard to find elsewhere. It’s not just two minute snippets with two people talking but a much longer, in-depth discussion. It’s the one place to go for balanced dialogue.” But it’s not only about current affairs for Danny. “There are always quality programs on TVO”, he explains. “Out of the ordinary things like Wartime Farm, Monarchy with David Starkey, anything with Lucy Worsley and most recently I watched The Water Brothers, which, I must say, was excellent.” Danny’s affinity for TVO is a direct result of the very specific place it occupies in the media landscape. “Because TVO is not driven by ad dollars, it’s not required to put on the most ‘popular’ type of shows, so the level of programming simply can’t be beat.” When discussing his generosity, Danny is modest. “Maybe it’s something I got from my mother, but I don’t really talk about it. I don‘t think people would understand.” Perhaps his motivation can be found in the words of one of his heroes, the writer Joseph Campbell: “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

TVOKids apps support a wide range of learning objectives from the Ontario School Curriculum including math, literacy and science, offering parents a safe, educational alternative in gaming. Each app includes

TVO.org

REPORT TO DONORS

Programming Highlights Inside

Summertime, and the

Donor Profile:

Danny Chirnomas

Learning is Easy

Thank you, Danny, for your bequest to TVO. Your gift will help ensure that Ontarians will enjoy the unique TV programs, online resources and in-the community experiences TVO offers for many years to come.

Sponsor Spotlight

T: 1-800-463-6886 (within Canada & the U.S.) Email: donations@tvo.org

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Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures including the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Fiona Bruce attempts to uncover the story of this enigmatic genius. She begins her journey in Leonardo’s birthplace, the small town of Vinci in Tuscany, and follows in his footsteps to Florence, where he was apprenticed to the master painter Verrocchio. In Paris, Fiona is given a private view of the Mona Lisa and learns the secret of how Leonardo achieved the extraordinary effect of the picture on generations of art lovers: by meticulously applying layer upon layer of paint thinly mixed with oil to produce a smoky, mysterious finish. And in New York, she is given an exclusive preview of a sensational discovery: a new Leonardo, thought to have disappeared centuries ago.

EDITION 12 • July-August 2013

information for parents on how the game supports the curriculum and how to maximize the educational outcomes. Eight apps are currently available at BlackBerry® World™ with two more available soon. The available apps are: Alphabet Goop, Explore the Night, Sign Match, Tooth Time, Cake Artist, Reading Rangers, Get Growing and Tumbletown Mathletics.

Sponsor Spotlight:

BlackBerry


The protracted

Programming Highlights

“downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year.

Drama Hard Rock Medical – World Premiere Continues Sundays at 8 pm

PAT ELLINGSON CREATIVE HEAD, CHILDREN’S AND PARENTS’ MEDIA

Keeping Up the Skills Over the Summer What are your favourite childhood memories of summer? Swimming in the lake? Beach barbecues? Long hikes and even longer days? For many of us summer means the great outdoors, miles away from classrooms, books and homework. It’s all wonderfully idyllic when you’re eight. But can the summer holidays actually be detrimental to a child’s learning? Some experts think so. The protracted “downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year. This is not to say that outdoor activities and play are not wonderful learning opportunities. We know the value of the social and life skills that are learned through discovery and play. However, when September comes along, some kids may find themselves at a disadvantage if they don’t practice these skills over the break. It is thanks in part to donors like you that TVO is able to help Ontario’s kids keep up with their academic skills, while at the same time enjoying the freedom that comes with the summer holidays. This edition of the Impact Report highlights some of those unique educational resources from TVOParents.com and TVOKids. I hope you and the kids in your life will find them informative and useful. From our family to yours – here’s to a summer filled with fun and learning! Sincerely,

Pat Ellingson Creative Head, Children’s and Parents’ Media

Modelled after a real Canadian medical school, this drama series follows a diverse group of students navigating their way through a four-year adventure in the most offbeat medical training program in the world.

Summertime, and the Learning is Easy Learning a skill takes effort and commitment. But if you don’t use it, you can lose it. This can be especially true of a skill like reading, particularly for elementary school children. So when the dog days of summer are over, many kids return to the classroom having lost some of what they learned during the school year. Parents are faced with a dilemma. Should they let their kids run around, swim, skip and explore? Or should they sit them down to practice their reading so they’re ready for school in September? The answer, most likely, is both. TVOParents.com has put together some great resources on the subject. There you’ll find an interesting video discussion featuring Ron Fairchild from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, Linda Cameron, Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Phil Fernandez from the Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps at Frontier College. Their debate on the idea of summer learning loss is worth a watch. To help you navigate through the maze of literary options, TVOParents.com has also created an extensive summer reading

list for your kids to help them develop a love of reading and to keep up their reading skills. TVOKids, the “most trusted” and “most educational” media brand for kids in Canada, offers a variety of literacybased online games for school-aged kids like The Amazing Spelling Fleas and Tumbletown Reads’ Bump-a-word, as well as programs like Reading Rangers and Lady Vocab that they can access on TV or on demand at tvokids.com. TVOKids also helps preschoolers develop a love for and a skill for reading. The Read with Gisèle Book Tour will be making stops at libraries across Ontario to help foster literacy in early learners. These free events feature Gisèle reading some of her favourite books to the rapt attention of kids aged two to five. Reading aloud with children has been shown to be an effective way to help them develop important early literacy skills. For families who are unable to attend Gisèle’s live events, there’s a host of resources available on-air and online to help early learners prepare for school. Gisèle’s Letter Tree, Wanda Wonder Words and Alphabet Goop are all imaginative, interactive online resources designed

especially for young learners. And whether they access books through the Big Backyard Book Club on-air, online or on an e-reader or tablet device, your early learners can enjoy some great resources and activities. There’s no doubt that learning is a year-round pursuit. And thanks to donors like you, TVO can bring Ontario families one-of-a-kind resources and community events that help our kids learn. Because smart kids today means smart adults tomorrow.

Upcoming Read with Gisèle Book Tour Dates

Factual Fry’s Planet Word Starts Monday, July 8th at 10 pm Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting.

Tuesday, July 9 Guelph Tuesday, July 16 Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Story of Wales Starts Monday, August 12th at 10 pm

Saturday, August 24 Prince Edward County Saturday, September 7 Sudbury Saturday, October 5 Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, October 19 Timmins Saturday, November 16 Thunder Bay For details please visit tvokids.com Please note: Dates subject to change

Beginning with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, the ‘Red Lady of Paviland’, and ending with a modern nation, this is an authoritative popular history of Wales. We see the huge wealth of the country in the Bronze Age, the massive scale of the Roman presence, the rich culture of medieval Wales and the capture of the English Crown by a family with strong Welsh roots, the Tudors.

Art West Wind – The Vision of Tom Thomson Monday, July 1st at 10 pm Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh”, Thomson’s expressive and vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada. On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery. What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunts us still, that draws thousands to his cairn in Algonquin Park each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.


The protracted

Programming Highlights

“downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year.

Drama Hard Rock Medical – World Premiere Continues Sundays at 8 pm

PAT ELLINGSON CREATIVE HEAD, CHILDREN’S AND PARENTS’ MEDIA

Keeping Up the Skills Over the Summer What are your favourite childhood memories of summer? Swimming in the lake? Beach barbecues? Long hikes and even longer days? For many of us summer means the great outdoors, miles away from classrooms, books and homework. It’s all wonderfully idyllic when you’re eight. But can the summer holidays actually be detrimental to a child’s learning? Some experts think so. The protracted “downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year. This is not to say that outdoor activities and play are not wonderful learning opportunities. We know the value of the social and life skills that are learned through discovery and play. However, when September comes along, some kids may find themselves at a disadvantage if they don’t practice these skills over the break. It is thanks in part to donors like you that TVO is able to help Ontario’s kids keep up with their academic skills, while at the same time enjoying the freedom that comes with the summer holidays. This edition of the Impact Report highlights some of those unique educational resources from TVOParents.com and TVOKids. I hope you and the kids in your life will find them informative and useful. From our family to yours – here’s to a summer filled with fun and learning! Sincerely,

Pat Ellingson Creative Head, Children’s and Parents’ Media

Modelled after a real Canadian medical school, this drama series follows a diverse group of students navigating their way through a four-year adventure in the most offbeat medical training program in the world.

Summertime, and the Learning is Easy Learning a skill takes effort and commitment. But if you don’t use it, you can lose it. This can be especially true of a skill like reading, particularly for elementary school children. So when the dog days of summer are over, many kids return to the classroom having lost some of what they learned during the school year. Parents are faced with a dilemma. Should they let their kids run around, swim, skip and explore? Or should they sit them down to practice their reading so they’re ready for school in September? The answer, most likely, is both. TVOParents.com has put together some great resources on the subject. There you’ll find an interesting video discussion featuring Ron Fairchild from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, Linda Cameron, Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Phil Fernandez from the Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps at Frontier College. Their debate on the idea of summer learning loss is worth a watch. To help you navigate through the maze of literary options, TVOParents.com has also created an extensive summer reading

list for your kids to help them develop a love of reading and to keep up their reading skills. TVOKids, the “most trusted” and “most educational” media brand for kids in Canada, offers a variety of literacybased online games for school-aged kids like The Amazing Spelling Fleas and Tumbletown Reads’ Bump-a-word, as well as programs like Reading Rangers and Lady Vocab that they can access on TV or on demand at tvokids.com. TVOKids also helps preschoolers develop a love for and a skill for reading. The Read with Gisèle Book Tour will be making stops at libraries across Ontario to help foster literacy in early learners. These free events feature Gisèle reading some of her favourite books to the rapt attention of kids aged two to five. Reading aloud with children has been shown to be an effective way to help them develop important early literacy skills. For families who are unable to attend Gisèle’s live events, there’s a host of resources available on-air and online to help early learners prepare for school. Gisèle’s Letter Tree, Wanda Wonder Words and Alphabet Goop are all imaginative, interactive online resources designed

especially for young learners. And whether they access books through the Big Backyard Book Club on-air, online or on an e-reader or tablet device, your early learners can enjoy some great resources and activities. There’s no doubt that learning is a year-round pursuit. And thanks to donors like you, TVO can bring Ontario families one-of-a-kind resources and community events that help our kids learn. Because smart kids today means smart adults tomorrow.

Upcoming Read with Gisèle Book Tour Dates

Factual Fry’s Planet Word Starts Monday, July 8th at 10 pm Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting.

Tuesday, July 9 Guelph Tuesday, July 16 Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Story of Wales Starts Monday, August 12th at 10 pm

Saturday, August 24 Prince Edward County Saturday, September 7 Sudbury Saturday, October 5 Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, October 19 Timmins Saturday, November 16 Thunder Bay For details please visit tvokids.com Please note: Dates subject to change

Beginning with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, the ‘Red Lady of Paviland’, and ending with a modern nation, this is an authoritative popular history of Wales. We see the huge wealth of the country in the Bronze Age, the massive scale of the Roman presence, the rich culture of medieval Wales and the capture of the English Crown by a family with strong Welsh roots, the Tudors.

Art West Wind – The Vision of Tom Thomson Monday, July 1st at 10 pm Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh”, Thomson’s expressive and vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada. On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery. What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunts us still, that draws thousands to his cairn in Algonquin Park each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.


The protracted

Programming Highlights

“downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year.

Drama Hard Rock Medical – World Premiere Continues Sundays at 8 pm

PAT ELLINGSON CREATIVE HEAD, CHILDREN’S AND PARENTS’ MEDIA

Keeping Up the Skills Over the Summer What are your favourite childhood memories of summer? Swimming in the lake? Beach barbecues? Long hikes and even longer days? For many of us summer means the great outdoors, miles away from classrooms, books and homework. It’s all wonderfully idyllic when you’re eight. But can the summer holidays actually be detrimental to a child’s learning? Some experts think so. The protracted “downtime” can potentially have an effect on the knowledge and skills that kids have worked so hard to acquire during the school year. This is not to say that outdoor activities and play are not wonderful learning opportunities. We know the value of the social and life skills that are learned through discovery and play. However, when September comes along, some kids may find themselves at a disadvantage if they don’t practice these skills over the break. It is thanks in part to donors like you that TVO is able to help Ontario’s kids keep up with their academic skills, while at the same time enjoying the freedom that comes with the summer holidays. This edition of the Impact Report highlights some of those unique educational resources from TVOParents.com and TVOKids. I hope you and the kids in your life will find them informative and useful. From our family to yours – here’s to a summer filled with fun and learning! Sincerely,

Pat Ellingson Creative Head, Children’s and Parents’ Media

Modelled after a real Canadian medical school, this drama series follows a diverse group of students navigating their way through a four-year adventure in the most offbeat medical training program in the world.

Summertime, and the Learning is Easy Learning a skill takes effort and commitment. But if you don’t use it, you can lose it. This can be especially true of a skill like reading, particularly for elementary school children. So when the dog days of summer are over, many kids return to the classroom having lost some of what they learned during the school year. Parents are faced with a dilemma. Should they let their kids run around, swim, skip and explore? Or should they sit them down to practice their reading so they’re ready for school in September? The answer, most likely, is both. TVOParents.com has put together some great resources on the subject. There you’ll find an interesting video discussion featuring Ron Fairchild from the Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, Linda Cameron, Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Phil Fernandez from the Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps at Frontier College. Their debate on the idea of summer learning loss is worth a watch. To help you navigate through the maze of literary options, TVOParents.com has also created an extensive summer reading

list for your kids to help them develop a love of reading and to keep up their reading skills. TVOKids, the “most trusted” and “most educational” media brand for kids in Canada, offers a variety of literacybased online games for school-aged kids like The Amazing Spelling Fleas and Tumbletown Reads’ Bump-a-word, as well as programs like Reading Rangers and Lady Vocab that they can access on TV or on demand at tvokids.com. TVOKids also helps preschoolers develop a love for and a skill for reading. The Read with Gisèle Book Tour will be making stops at libraries across Ontario to help foster literacy in early learners. These free events feature Gisèle reading some of her favourite books to the rapt attention of kids aged two to five. Reading aloud with children has been shown to be an effective way to help them develop important early literacy skills. For families who are unable to attend Gisèle’s live events, there’s a host of resources available on-air and online to help early learners prepare for school. Gisèle’s Letter Tree, Wanda Wonder Words and Alphabet Goop are all imaginative, interactive online resources designed

especially for young learners. And whether they access books through the Big Backyard Book Club on-air, online or on an e-reader or tablet device, your early learners can enjoy some great resources and activities. There’s no doubt that learning is a year-round pursuit. And thanks to donors like you, TVO can bring Ontario families one-of-a-kind resources and community events that help our kids learn. Because smart kids today means smart adults tomorrow.

Upcoming Read with Gisèle Book Tour Dates

Factual Fry’s Planet Word Starts Monday, July 8th at 10 pm Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting.

Tuesday, July 9 Guelph Tuesday, July 16 Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Story of Wales Starts Monday, August 12th at 10 pm

Saturday, August 24 Prince Edward County Saturday, September 7 Sudbury Saturday, October 5 Sault Ste. Marie Saturday, October 19 Timmins Saturday, November 16 Thunder Bay For details please visit tvokids.com Please note: Dates subject to change

Beginning with the earliest known human burial in Western Europe, the ‘Red Lady of Paviland’, and ending with a modern nation, this is an authoritative popular history of Wales. We see the huge wealth of the country in the Bronze Age, the massive scale of the Roman presence, the rich culture of medieval Wales and the capture of the English Crown by a family with strong Welsh roots, the Tudors.

Art West Wind – The Vision of Tom Thomson Monday, July 1st at 10 pm Tom Thomson is one of Canada’s most beloved painters. Described as our “greatest colourist” and “our Van Gogh”, Thomson’s expressive and vibrant interpretations of the northern landscape have become iconic representations of Canada. On July 8, 1917, just as he was reaching ascendancy in his craft, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced 8 days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery. What is it about Tom Thomson’s life, art and death that haunts us still, that draws thousands to his cairn in Algonquin Park each summer and propels his little sketches to the stratosphere of the Canadian art market? West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson unravels many of the mysteries of this brilliant, beloved artist.


Donor Profile: Danny Chirnomas

Programming Highlights continued...

Art

It takes a unique kind of person to anonymously give a large sum of money to someone whose story they see on television; someone whom they’ve never personally met. It takes the kind of person who sees the value in lending a helping hand for the greater good. It takes a person like Danny Chirnomas.

Chaorismatic – David Altmejd, Sculptor Thursday, July 11th at 9 pm Journey into the strange yet beautiful world of Montréal artist David Altmejd. Filmmaker Rénald Bellemare offers a particularly informed view of Altmejd, as he is the artist’s half brother. Filmed over five years, Bellemare follows Altmejd as he prepares for the prestigious Venice Biennial in 2007, as well as other major shows in Denver, London, New York and Montréal. David Altmejd’s major work The Holes is featured in the AGA exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque.

Danny contacted TVO after seeing a guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin who had never known her family. She’d been a ward of the state all her life.

Kinngait: Riding Light into the World Thursday, July 25th at 9 pm The remote Arctic region of Nunavut is home to some of Canada’s best-known and acclaimed visual artists. The documentary brings the audience to the community of Cape Dorset and the print and drawing studios of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, the acclaimed Kinngait Studios, on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The film follows Inuit artists whose lives and artwork reflect the ongoing social and environmental changes that are transforming the north.

Renowned abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky is at the centre of this film by his granddaughter Cosima Spender. Without Gorky is a personal journey into a powerful family tragedy. This film takes you through the pain and courage of the family, coming to an emotional climax in Gorky’s birthplace: Lake Van, former Armenia.

But Danny wasn’t done. With this same philanthropic spirit he decided to leave a bequest in his will to TVO.

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Without Gorky Thursday, August 8th at 9 pm

“Despite all of the challenges this young woman had faced,” says Danny “she was keeping it all together, she was putting herself through university and I thought she deserved a leg up.”

“I figured that once you’ve taken care of your family, charities like TVO should benefit,” the retired advertising sales executive says. Danny’s appreciation for TVO runs deep. “It goes back 30 years,” he recalls. “When I first arrived in Toronto from Montreal, I watched Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. That was pretty much all I watched back then. Later I started following Steve Paikin’s shows, Diplomatic Immunity, Studio 2 and now The Agenda.”

Da Vinci – The Lost Treasure Thursday, August 15th at 9 pm

Schedule subject to change. Download the full programming guide at tvo.org.

Contact Us

“What I have always liked about TVO is that the current affairs programs don’t show a bias,” he continues.

Donor Relations Thanks for being a TVO donor. We would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or comments please contact us at:

As part of an extensive relationship built on a shared commitment to inspire young minds through the power of education, TVO is pleased to partner with BlackBerry to offer 10 TVOKids educational children’s apps for BlackBerry® 10.

TVO Donor Relations Address Box 2444, Station Q Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 2Z4 In Canada, our charitable registration no. is 85985 0232 RR001 For our friends in the U.S. TVO is a tax exempt charity under section 501(c)3: Tax ID 75-1850754 and donors will receive a tax receipt.

Corporate Sponsorships For more information about how your company can become a sponsor, contact: Amit Kumaria T: 416-484-2765 E: akumaria@tvo.org

“Issues are discussed intelligently. It’s a vital source of information that is hard to find elsewhere. It’s not just two minute snippets with two people talking but a much longer, in-depth discussion. It’s the one place to go for balanced dialogue.” But it’s not only about current affairs for Danny. “There are always quality programs on TVO”, he explains. “Out of the ordinary things like Wartime Farm, Monarchy with David Starkey, anything with Lucy Worsley and most recently I watched The Water Brothers, which, I must say, was excellent.” Danny’s affinity for TVO is a direct result of the very specific place it occupies in the media landscape. “Because TVO is not driven by ad dollars, it’s not required to put on the most ‘popular’ type of shows, so the level of programming simply can’t be beat.” When discussing his generosity, Danny is modest. “Maybe it’s something I got from my mother, but I don’t really talk about it. I don‘t think people would understand.” Perhaps his motivation can be found in the words of one of his heroes, the writer Joseph Campbell: “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

TVOKids apps support a wide range of learning objectives from the Ontario School Curriculum including math, literacy and science, offering parents a safe, educational alternative in gaming. Each app includes

TVO.org

REPORT TO DONORS

Programming Highlights Inside

Summertime, and the

Donor Profile:

Danny Chirnomas

Learning is Easy

Thank you, Danny, for your bequest to TVO. Your gift will help ensure that Ontarians will enjoy the unique TV programs, online resources and in-the community experiences TVO offers for many years to come.

Sponsor Spotlight

T: 1-800-463-6886 (within Canada & the U.S.) Email: donations@tvo.org

TVO13018-5

Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures including the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Fiona Bruce attempts to uncover the story of this enigmatic genius. She begins her journey in Leonardo’s birthplace, the small town of Vinci in Tuscany, and follows in his footsteps to Florence, where he was apprenticed to the master painter Verrocchio. In Paris, Fiona is given a private view of the Mona Lisa and learns the secret of how Leonardo achieved the extraordinary effect of the picture on generations of art lovers: by meticulously applying layer upon layer of paint thinly mixed with oil to produce a smoky, mysterious finish. And in New York, she is given an exclusive preview of a sensational discovery: a new Leonardo, thought to have disappeared centuries ago.

EDITION 12 • July-August 2013

information for parents on how the game supports the curriculum and how to maximize the educational outcomes. Eight apps are currently available at BlackBerry® World™ with two more available soon. The available apps are: Alphabet Goop, Explore the Night, Sign Match, Tooth Time, Cake Artist, Reading Rangers, Get Growing and Tumbletown Mathletics.

Sponsor Spotlight:

BlackBerry


Donor Profile: Danny Chirnomas

Programming Highlights continued...

Art

It takes a unique kind of person to anonymously give a large sum of money to someone whose story they see on television; someone whom they’ve never personally met. It takes the kind of person who sees the value in lending a helping hand for the greater good. It takes a person like Danny Chirnomas.

Chaorismatic – David Altmejd, Sculptor Thursday, July 11th at 9 pm Journey into the strange yet beautiful world of Montréal artist David Altmejd. Filmmaker Rénald Bellemare offers a particularly informed view of Altmejd, as he is the artist’s half brother. Filmed over five years, Bellemare follows Altmejd as he prepares for the prestigious Venice Biennial in 2007, as well as other major shows in Denver, London, New York and Montréal. David Altmejd’s major work The Holes is featured in the AGA exhibition Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque.

Danny contacted TVO after seeing a guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin who had never known her family. She’d been a ward of the state all her life.

Kinngait: Riding Light into the World Thursday, July 25th at 9 pm The remote Arctic region of Nunavut is home to some of Canada’s best-known and acclaimed visual artists. The documentary brings the audience to the community of Cape Dorset and the print and drawing studios of the West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, the acclaimed Kinngait Studios, on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The film follows Inuit artists whose lives and artwork reflect the ongoing social and environmental changes that are transforming the north.

Renowned abstract expressionist painter Arshile Gorky is at the centre of this film by his granddaughter Cosima Spender. Without Gorky is a personal journey into a powerful family tragedy. This film takes you through the pain and courage of the family, coming to an emotional climax in Gorky’s birthplace: Lake Van, former Armenia.

But Danny wasn’t done. With this same philanthropic spirit he decided to leave a bequest in his will to TVO.

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Without Gorky Thursday, August 8th at 9 pm

“Despite all of the challenges this young woman had faced,” says Danny “she was keeping it all together, she was putting herself through university and I thought she deserved a leg up.”

“I figured that once you’ve taken care of your family, charities like TVO should benefit,” the retired advertising sales executive says. Danny’s appreciation for TVO runs deep. “It goes back 30 years,” he recalls. “When I first arrived in Toronto from Montreal, I watched Saturday Night at the Movies with Elwy Yost. That was pretty much all I watched back then. Later I started following Steve Paikin’s shows, Diplomatic Immunity, Studio 2 and now The Agenda.”

Da Vinci – The Lost Treasure Thursday, August 15th at 9 pm

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“What I have always liked about TVO is that the current affairs programs don’t show a bias,” he continues.

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“Issues are discussed intelligently. It’s a vital source of information that is hard to find elsewhere. It’s not just two minute snippets with two people talking but a much longer, in-depth discussion. It’s the one place to go for balanced dialogue.” But it’s not only about current affairs for Danny. “There are always quality programs on TVO”, he explains. “Out of the ordinary things like Wartime Farm, Monarchy with David Starkey, anything with Lucy Worsley and most recently I watched The Water Brothers, which, I must say, was excellent.” Danny’s affinity for TVO is a direct result of the very specific place it occupies in the media landscape. “Because TVO is not driven by ad dollars, it’s not required to put on the most ‘popular’ type of shows, so the level of programming simply can’t be beat.” When discussing his generosity, Danny is modest. “Maybe it’s something I got from my mother, but I don’t really talk about it. I don‘t think people would understand.” Perhaps his motivation can be found in the words of one of his heroes, the writer Joseph Campbell: “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”

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Leonardo da Vinci is considered by many to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Yet his reputation rests on only a handful of pictures including the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Fiona Bruce attempts to uncover the story of this enigmatic genius. She begins her journey in Leonardo’s birthplace, the small town of Vinci in Tuscany, and follows in his footsteps to Florence, where he was apprenticed to the master painter Verrocchio. In Paris, Fiona is given a private view of the Mona Lisa and learns the secret of how Leonardo achieved the extraordinary effect of the picture on generations of art lovers: by meticulously applying layer upon layer of paint thinly mixed with oil to produce a smoky, mysterious finish. And in New York, she is given an exclusive preview of a sensational discovery: a new Leonardo, thought to have disappeared centuries ago.

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