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Action Read: 30 years of people helping people! by Mira Clarke, Executive Director, Action Read

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In 2017 Action Read celebrates 30 years of creating a better life for adults and families through improved literacy, numeracy and essential skills.What started as a single project to address an under-the-radar problem has grown into a multifaceted and dynamic organization that continues to meet a diverse range of essential skill needs. In 1987 we served approximately 50 learners–in 2016 we served 195 adult learners and 250 families. Action Read began as a project of the now defunct Centre for Employable Workers in response to a service gap in the community. Throughout the 1980s, Canadians were becoming increasingly aware of the literacy challenges experienced by a significant number of people in society. Action Read set out to fill this gap by pairing individuals who wanted help with trained community volunteers. From there, small group learning, family literacy and computer based programs quickly emerged. In 1991 Action Read became an independent charity. Throughout our 30 year history, Action Read has worked with hundreds of dedicated volunteers who have quietly and steadfastly built up the skills of adults with literacy challenges. We have liaised with countless community experts to provide a wide range of educational workshops and supports. Thanks to their support and that of our amazing funders, our programs and services remain completely free of charge. In short, Action Read is a quintessential “community” organization. Here are a few milestones from Action Read’s 30 year history: • 1987 Launch of One-to-one Tutoring and Small Group Learning programs. • 1992 Action Read publishes books written by newly literate adults and by literacy researchers. • 1996 Action Read hosts its first all-candidates meeting in order to ensure that learners have the opportunity to participate in civil matters. These meetings are held in every election since. • 2002 Action Read is one of the first adult literacy agencies in Ontario to implement adaptive and assistive technologies in our programs.

GAR facilitator Gabe Smith celebrating the success of our Youth Job Connect learners. (supplied photo) • The City of Guelph awards Action Read an ‘Access Recognition Award’ for its efforts to make the community accessible for all citizens. • 2003 Action Read launches a practise firm (‘The Snack Stand’) to help learners get the skills to run their own business. • 2007 Our literacy learners recite Shakespeare outdoors at the 'Made in Canada' festival. • 2008 Action Read joins Employment Ontario–Ontario’s employment and training network. • Action Read responds to the 2008 recession by offering the Employment Track Express mobile computer program to teach basic computer and literacy skills for employment. • 2009 ‘Healthy Living’ programs are launched to support literacy development and healthy living goals. • 2012 Financial literacy projects are offered in partnership with local financial institutes. • 2014 Cash Register Training, Receptionist Training, Numeracy at Work programs are launched. • 2017 Action Read moves to 8 Cork Street East in downtown Guelph. In Ontario today, approximately 21% of people have literacy challenges that present an obstacle to their daily lives, while approximately 5% have extremely limited word reading ability–what the public might consider “illiterate” (Essential Skills Ontario). A big part of what we do at Action Read is to help learners to feel positive and hopeful about themselves and their lives. We break learning down into small steps. We make learning relevant to

other issues in the lives of adults and families, be they employment, health, housing or finances. We make learning practical and immediately applicable. Ultimately, adults must see for themselves the personal payoff of learning. As these testimonials show, Action Read is successful in this goal:

“Before I came, I did not know how to read because I could not pronounce the words. But now I am going to the library and my reading is awesome! Without Action Read, I would have given up on reading and writing.” ~Tracey “Learning to read and write has helped me to take care of myself better, and also my family and two daughters.” ~ Elijah “I look at the world differently now that I can read and understand things better. It helps me understand my medication. I am much more confident now.” ~Maria “Since coming to Action Read I have gained many new skills. My vocabulary has improved, which makes it easier to alk to people and understand the world around me. My reading and spelling have also improved, giving me greater confidence at work.” ~ Dev “They are a big help in getting me through my challenges, both in learning and life. Coming to Action Read, I feel able to do more and it gives me hope for my future.” ~Mary

Action Read has come a long way in the past 30 years. While many changes have occurred at Action Read since 1987, we remain a community-based agency committed to learner-centred, practical, compassionate and accessible programming–the values that propelled us forward from the beginning. We are extremely proud of the tenacity, courage and wisdom of our learners. And we couldn’t have made it this far without a generous community that believes in the potential of all its members.

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Publisher’s message HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! Well the big news is it’s our country’s 150th Birthday! Time to put on our party hats and celebrate! I went online and was looking at what our country has ‘happening’ and I didn’t know where to begin (or stop for that matter). We’re getting new commemorative postage stamps, a new ten-dollar bill, numerous books, recipes, souvenirs and we are all invited to enjoy 150 km’s of trails across this great country. We have NEW music and of course we’ll be celebrating music from coast to coast on the big day. Lots more to do and see on Canada Day right across our land! Let’s talk about what’s happening locally. There are many things happening before and after July 1st. Of course there is the Canada Day celebration at Riverside Park brought to us all by the Rotary Club of Guelph. On June 10th the Guelph Youth Music Centre hosted Canada 150–150 plus musicians and singers. The Guelph Museums always have something on as does our Library. There is a Red Thumb contest in Guelph/Eramosa Township where people are invited to show their national pride by planting red and white flowers and a time capsule which will be buried for a 100 years In Rockmosa Skate Park in Rockwood in August. Join the Guelph/Eramosa Heritage Committee on July 8th at the Marden Community Centre for the unveiling of the heritage wall.


Guelph Chamber Choir is presenting a show in November at the River Run and Wellington County Museum is hosting Doors Open Fergus-Elora. These are just a few of the many things going on during our country’s 150th anniversary. Take some time to join in the fun. Happy Birthday Canada–have a great summer everyone. Mike Baker, Venture Guelph Publications Ltd.

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Celebrating the “Milestones” in life Long time Guelph friends have just marked ten years of celebrating milestones in people’s lives. Former cemetery counselor at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Franceska Brennan, and long time friend Bonnie Mullen saw that there was a great need for organizational support once it came time for families who wished personalized funeral services. “We realized that even though many people don’t have the connections with faith and church that they used to have with generations before, people did like to have somebody that led the funeral service, could say the right words, and put their words and feelings together for them,” said Brennan. “And so Bonnie and I, both speakers and published writers, identified that need.” That is how Milestones Celebrant Services was born. Over the past ten years Mullen and Brennan have expanded their service to write personalized ceremonies for all functions; birthdays, weddings, vow renewals, funerals, celebrations of life and special occasions. Both are motivational speakers, celebrants and licensed officiates. When embarking on this journey, they wanted to make sure they were able to provide people with the authentic experience they envisioned for their special day with everything completely custom. There is no one fits all when it comes to someone’s milestone celebration.

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“Every wedding is different because every couple is different. People get married in very unusual places, very lovely places,” said Brennan. “Parks in January, backyards and barns and farms. When we sit down with the couple and talk with them everybody has their own idea of what they want. Whether they want it very formal or informal, short and sweet, or nice and flowery and romantic, we sit down and we write a service for them. It is very, very personal.” Milestones Celebrant Services facilitates those opportunities to physically get together and celebrate those milestones in your life that many people don’t have now a day with the influence of technology, Mullen says their goal is to weave those threads between friends and family again. ‘When milestones happen in life they are an opportunity to get that contact and to share with other people not on a device, but actually to have a special moment in life with family and with friends,” said Brennan. “We establish that connection even if it is only for a short time and you will always have the memories of that connection and that celebration and that is really what we try to do–to make them memorable.” Milestones Celebrant Services is based out of Guelph, serving primarily Southwestern Ontario, but the women say they will travel where the celebration is needed. For more information visit their website at

Dressings Fashion House is celebrating 30 years of styling women! To recognize this milestone occasion, Dressings is olding an Open House on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please drop in to meet the owner, Kathy Boyce, and enjoy some celebratory refreshments and cake. Free parking available. Dressings Fashion House is located at 315 Paisley Road (corner of Bagot Street). Locally owned and operated by Kathy Boyce, Dressings Fashion House was founded in 1987 and offers ready-to-wear fashions, alterations, accessories, unique custom fashion design and personal wardrobe consultation to help Guelph and area women of all ages look their best. Please visit our website at or visit us at

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GWPS launches Bike Medic program

The City of Guelph is making changes to some of its waste collection routes, which roll out over a two week period between Tuesday, June 20 and Friday, June 30. The route changes will more evenly distribute the number of households in each collection area, to better accommodate recent and future growth in Guelph. About 6,000 households in seven areas of the city will be affected by the waste collection route changes. Affected households will have a new collection day, collection week, or both. The City will deliver notices to the affected households a week before the route changes start with specific details about their collection day and/or week changes. To ensure all recyclables and garbage are collected during the transition, some households will be asked to put out all three carts, on one day. While only 12 per cent of Guelph households are affected by the waste collection route changes, all households across the city may have their carts collected at a different time on their collec-

tion day. Residents are reminded to have their carts at the curb by 6:30 a.m. to avoid missing curbside pick-up. Residents can view or print their new collection calendar online or sign up to receive weekly waste collection reminders by text, phone or email. They can also expect the same level of service for their curbside waste collection after the route changes. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and cooperation throughout these changes. For more information, visit or call 519-767-0598.

The Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service (GWPS) has launched a bike medic program to provide quick response at community events. On May, 10 paramedics completed medic cyclist training that certifies them with the International Police Mountain Bike Association. The EMS Cyclist certification means that the paramedics are now trained to navigate through crowds and obstacles on a bicycle to provide medical care to patients. Joe Draper, paramedic field superintendent with the GWPS, says the bike medics will be used seasonally at community and special events, including Canada Day, Ribfest, and the University of Guelph homecoming weekend.

The City provides curbside waste ollection service to almost 50,000 households in Guelph. The waste collection routes have not changed since 2008 when an update was made to some areas to accommodate growth. Since then, more than 11,000 households have been added to the curbside waste collection routes.

“It’s about responding to a medical emergency as quickly as possible, and nothing moves more swiftly through a crowd than a bike. Our bike medics will be able to get to patients faster through congested areas and are equipped to provide advanced medical care until an ambulance arrives on scene.” The medical equipment carried on the bike consists of an airway kit, oxygen, suction, glucometry, a symptom relief kit with medications, first aid kit, and an automatic external defibrillator (AED). Other Ontario communities with a bike medic program include: Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Region, and Windsor/Essex County.


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Stone Lodge–‘It should feel like you're home’ Nestled on three acres of immaculately kept grounds just south of Stone Road you'll find Guelph's home living and retirement social hub, Stone Lodge. Jennifer Peacock helps both seniors and family members find the best possible option for their retirement journey, she is a lifestyle consultant at Stone Lodge. "I assist families and individuals with finding the appropriate space for their retirement journey," said Peacock. The community is the only bungalow retirement residence in Guelph offering residents standard private studios, one bedrooms, and garden walk outs. Accommodating 103 residents with an average age of 87, accessibility is of the utmost importance.


"As we age mobility becomes a bit of a concern so it is easy access to all of the activities, no stairs to contend with and no elevators," said Peacock. The community offers a magnitude of on and off site activities for seniors. Peacock credits their great location providing residents easy access to the mall, coffee shops, restaurants and parks. "It is important for us that our residents continue doing the things that they loved to do before coming to retirement living. We are involved with the Guelph Senior Centre, swimming down at the YMCA, and outings to the Guelph Storm games," said Peacock. "In house we have a ton of activities, live music, bingo, botchy ball, singing, we are a very active community."

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Peacock says it is all about offering residents the opportunity to make a choice. The 28 year-old retirement destination, was privately purchased just over eight years ago by Revera. This has allowed for them to maintain their prestigious facilities while putting the funds back into the community. "Being under Revera umbrella allows us to maintain the building insuring our residents have a safe and updated clean environment to live in, Revera excels at hospitality and lifestyle" said Peacock. Since starting her journey in the field 13 years ago, Peacock has seen drastic changes in the industry-for the better. "There is a lot more financial assistance for elder care, education for those who are getting

into the field and additional support for families," said Peacock. "As well as more education on the difference of the levels of the elder care–retirement, assisted living, long term care. The number one thing is that the education has improved immensely." Peacock prides herself on the residence having a comfortable home feel, rather than a care facility, while still providing necessary care needs allowing both residents and family members piece of mind. "It should feel like you're home," said Peacock. "You take a lot of it on your own plate for your parents, so its piece of mind knowing that they are in a safe place, that they are not alone. There are nursing staff if needed, and a social group for support.”

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Webster’s dictionary defines ageism as ‘prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly’. We face ageism throughout our lives. When I was twelve, I was too young to continue the swimming lessons I was enrolled in! Isn’t age irrelevant? Part of our mission at Age Friendly Guelph is to accommodate the differences in aging–to reduce barriers and eliminate pre-conceptions. When it comes to ageism, I see there are a couple of ways we can all make a difference. First, create awareness. In a local supermarket this week I checked out behind a gentlemen likely in his late seventies or eighties. Checking out didn’t go well–or quickly. I got irritated. I asked myself “Why do older people take so long, be so disorganized, act so

helpless?” Then, “Woah! Stop! Talk about ageism! I’m as bad as anyone–and I’m in the middle of writing an article about it!” That was a shocker. It forced me to think hard about my own agebased attitudes. I discovered that even though I consider myself open and understanding, I have pre-conceptions about different ages that affects my judgement about people. Is it just me? The second way I see making a difference is accommodating the needs of different generations. I’m not a store expert–and I know many retailers take

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After 45 years dedicated to moving people’s most treasured possessions Mike Swan of Swan Moving and Storage is more than your standard mover; he is the mover of choice in the area. After coming to the University of Guelph, Mike Swan, owner and founder of Swan Moving and Storage, decided Guelph would be a great place to start a business. “Guelph is a prosperous town, it has a high mobility factor and the population is growing. Guelph is a business friendly environment,” said Swan. Starting out in 1972, Swan credits his longevity to hard work and attention to detail for producing loyal, repeat customers over multiple generations. “Almost everybody who has moved in Guelph has moved with Swan Moving and Storage,” said Swan. “I started as a university student so the people we moved then, now are grandparents. Now we have moved the parents, the kids, and now we are moving the grandchildren. Over 45 years that is four generations.” Swan says the transition to the modern home has made it simpler then ever for people to move. "Many consumers that we deal with now are more modern and organized then consumers of previous years. Some peoples houses are furnished with minimalist design, so when you walk into a modern

house there is no clutter, there is only the necessaries,” said Swan. The 9 truck, 20-staffed crew move fine furniture every day. Completing 1200 moves a year mostly throughout Southern Ontario, but servicing everything from Ottawa to Windsor, to Elliott Lake. “We will do internal moves. We can move your piano to the basement or we move two bedrooms and a dinning room into your garage then after flooring or renovations are done we return to replace goods as instructed," said Swan. His love for moving hasn’t fizzled over the past 45 years, it has only grown stronger. “Moving is a great job. On moving day people are consistently in a good mood and happy. It is a myth that people hate moving. Generally they are excited about the change in life,” said Swan. “Its great, we go to the cottage country, and we deal with people that are happy. There is a blessing in physical work. I like physical work that’s how I got into it.” He says they are always looking for quality staff to join their team and to contact their office if you enjoy physical labour and have a key attention to detail. Visit their website or call the office 519-821-6683 for all your moving needs, including quotes and tips for saving time and money.

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ensure that we can effectively stage the event and cover all of the projected costs and raise funds in support of community organizations. The “150 Club” campaign to encourage volunteer participation and have 150 individuals, entrepreneurs and small businesses contribute $150 to help sustain this exceptional community event and support community organizations. Your contributions will be recognized by the club and the community and individual contributors will receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation. If you have already made a contribution and/or engaged with us as a sponsor, whether returning or new, we are sincerely grateful and we thank you for your support. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, making a donation, or volunteering on Canada Day visit our website at or email us at

National Aboriginal Day Film Guelph Public Library, main. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The Whale. This touching documentary, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a young killer whale, Luna, who gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to the community with his determination to make contact, leading to

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2017 Southern Ontario Amazing Race a huge success (supplied photo) June 2nd and 3rd, twenty teams of two competed in the fourteenth annual Southern Ontario Amazing Race. The event raises funds for the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, which works to lessen the impact of poverty on local children and empower them for a brighter future. Teams raised money, prior to the race to earn benefits that may have helped them during the race. The total amount raised from this year’s event was $85,705. The Southern Ontario Amazing Race has raised over $896,000 for the Children's Foundation since the race's inception in 2004. As all funds raised go toward the Children’s Foundation, the race relies on sponsorships to make the race as amazing as possible. This year, Adventure Guide, Red Car Service and

Caliburn Engineering supported the race as Adventure sponsors. This year, teams traveled to Brantford and back with numerous physical and mental challenges along the way. On Sunday, teams encountered the challenge, Free Falling, located at the Balnar apartment buildings on Speedvale Avenue. Each racer had to jump off the 14-floor apartment building and fly through the air on a One Axe Pursuits pendulum swing. The two-day adventure race, ended with a final pit stop at the top level of the East parking garage in Guelph. Friends Aaron Goldt from London and Chris Allan from Guelph placed first. Friends, Chris Armstrong and Gil Broza, from Toronto placed in second and were named the highest fundraiser, raising over $15,000.

Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Gala supports and empowers the women who are making our community a better place The YMCA-YWCA of Guelph’s Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Gala left over 400 community members feeling inspired after hearing from 30 role models, pioneers, and outstanding achievers who are making Guelph and Wellington County a better place. The 22nd Annual Women of Distinction™ Fundraising Gala focused on sharing and celebrating the stories of these extraordinary women. From mentors to trailblazers, the community heard firsthand how these women took on challenges as opportunities and how they used setbacks to launch them forward. The Women of DistinctionTM Fundraising Gala raised over $30,000 in support of Guelph Y programs for girls and women at all stages of life in Guelph and Wellington County, including: Power of Being a GirlTM–a one day conference for grade 7 and grade 8 girls that helps build self-esteem and raises awareness about healthy relationships; Teenage Parents Program (TAPPs)–a program that supports the personal growth and development of pregnant and parenting teens and their families and connects them with valuable resources; and Encore–a holistic program for women with breast cancer that helps them build their own physical strength, as well as feel the strength and support of a community. The Fundraising Gala was very fortunate to have Sue Smith, singer, composer, producer, teacher, community builder and 2013 Women of Distinction™ Recipient as

the Emcee and Honorary Chair for the evening. The Gala also included a captivating performance from Portal Dance and Guelph Youth Dance, specifically presenting several pieces from The Chrysalis Project, produced by Janet Johnson. The Guelph Y was honoured to have Jean Becker, Senior Advisor of Indigenous Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier University, who delivered a captivating presentation on the Indigenous women who are cultivating change in their own communities. Guelph Y CEO, Geoff Vogt, highlighted “how important it is that, together as women, men, boys, and girls, we continue the conversation surrounding women’s rights.” The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Isobel Boyle, accomplished nurse, dedicated volunteer, and Community Champion, gave a compelling speech on her remarkable nursing career and discussed her commitment to her community and her philosophy on working towards a goal and not giving up. A second Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Éva Nagy, scientist, researcher, trailblazer, and inspiration to hundreds of young female scientists, spoke about the challenges she faced when she was one of only seven women in her veterinary class in Hungary. Nagy also focused on how being a young female scientist made her want to help other women navigate through a landscape that is particularly challenging for females. BUSINESS VENTURE • Page 6 June/July 2017 ISSUE

The Turning Point Award recipient, Karly Richardson, mother, student and resilient role model, gave an emotional speech about the challenges she faced as a teen mom and how the Guelph Y’s Teenage Parent Program (TAPPs) provided a safe and supportive space for her during a difficult time in her life. The stories of these Women of Distinction™ honourees were

inspirational to the young women in the audience. Several organizations in the community sponsored tickets for local high school students to attend the gala; students from St John Bosco and College Heights Secondary School were in the audience. The honourees shared words of wisdom and advice on how to succeed both professionally and personally.

Landscaping around Transformer Boxes Keep safety in mind when landscaping this spring Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. understands that homeowners may not consider green electric transformer boxes on their lawns to be beautiful lawn ornaments. With landscaping season upon us, some may be considering how best to screen them from view. If you have a “pad-mounted transformer” on your property and are considering doing any landscaping, for safety reasons and to ensure the reliability of the electricity supply, Guelph Hydro would like you to keep the following important points in mind: 1. Before doing any digging or planting, by law you must contact Ontario One Call to find out the


location of any underground cables. Damage to underground cables could result in serious injuries or death, disruptions of critical services, or expensive penalties or repair costs. To arrange for a free locate, contact Ontario One Call 24/7 online at or via their call centre at 1-800-400-2255. 2. Allow at least three metres of clearance in front of pad-mounted transformers and at least 1.5 metres on the sides so that Guelph Hydro crews and easily access and service the units. Plants, shrubs or trees that impede access will be removed.

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Hospice Wellington was recently given a donation of $1,359 to put towards their essential services and programming. The funds were raised via proceeds from book sales from authors Lisa Browning and Margaret Brix. You Are Not Alone is an impactful collection of 52 stories of hope compiled by Lisa Browning. The stories are from writers who have shared their own personal experiences as a gift to help those dealing a life-limiting illness or that are experiencing grief. These personal stories are impactful moments that can help ease, educate and comfort its readers. Grampaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Butterfly is a beautiful childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book written by Margaret Brix. Based upon the loss of her own father, this story of the butterfly was a gift to her own children to help them cope with their sense of loss and grief. It is a true tale of love and kindness that inspires people to become the most beautiful butterfly possible. Hospice Wellington offers exceptional care to people living with a life-limiting illness, and support to individuals and families that are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. Hospice Wellington is extremely grateful towards our community for their efforts in fundraising and events. They help us to raise much-needed funds for our 10-bed residence and all of our supportive programming and services for those needing our services here in Guelph and Wellington County. Our care is warm, skilled and compassionate, and is available both in our residence and in the community. Both books are still being sold with proceeds benefitting Hospice Wellington. You Are Not Alone can be purchased at Hospice Wellington, 795 Scottsdale Drive in Guelph and both books can also be purchased at One Thousand Trees Bookstore : For further information contact , Phil Gourlay, Events Coordinator by Phone: 519-836-3921 or email

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Victoria Park Golf courses offer many options The 2017 Golf season is in full swing at both Victoria Park East and Victoria Park Valley golf courses. Opened in 1967 by the DeCorso Family, the semi-private courses have been Guelph's choice greens for 50 years in the scenic countryside of Guelph and Puslinch Township. John DeCorso, club manager of the courses said despite the minor delay from the rain, they are ready for another great season. "We are fully up and running, the carts are out, we have already had some big tournaments everybody's happy," said DeCorso. Providing a combined 45-holes of immaculately kept fairways and greens, the clubs are home to countless annual tournaments, junior programs to get the entire family involved, and weddings and banquets to help celebrate those special days in their pristine banquet facility. Offering an incredible setting for

your wedding, the Main Banquet Hall at Victoria Park East can accommodate up to 200 people for dinner and dancing, while the “Small Hall” offers room for up to 50 people for an intimate reception on your special day. Both halls are also available for business meetings and conferences, and all catering is done on-site. Now in its 43rd year, the Par 71 Victoria Park East has been consistently rated as one of the finest championship-length courses in the region, featuring a great mix of challenge, length, and overall playability. Victoria Park Valley, opened in 2012 to replace the old Victoria Park Golf Club West, is a 27-hole executive-length golf course, great for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Offering three unique 9-hole options (each 9 is Par 31), Victoria Park Valley provides you the option to shoot through the stunning water features of “The Lakes”, the beauti-

fully scenic but tricky “Pines”, or the more casual and traditional-style layout of “The Valley”. Making the courses unique is that they are both semi-private: this allows you the option to check them out first as a public guest, then decide if you would like to enjoy the benefits of playing as a member–and there are many options to choose from! Victoria Park also offers a Combined Membership that offers playing privileges at both courses for the full 45-hole experience. An alternative to a membership is the popular and money-saving Victoria Park “FlexPass”, providing 40 percent off the posted green fee rate any time, any day, all season long at both courses. For more information visit or to book a tee time at East call 519-821-2211 or the Valley at 519-821-1441.

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Sonal Raje is a professional artist based in Guelph, Canada. She is actively involved in the local art associations, as well as global ventures that promote the arts. She is a member of the Canadian delegation that is invited to participate in the annual show of the Société Nationale des Beaux–Arts ( Est 1862) at The Louvre in Paris. She has shown her work at the 2014 and 2016 shows. At this show, the prestigious Academy of Arts Sciences Lettres (Est 1915) awards Diplomas and Medals to selected artists. Sonal Raje has been awarded the Bronze Medal and Diploma in 2014, and it has just been declared that she is the recipient of the Tin Medal and Diploma at the December 2016 show for her painting "MIRAGE". The award ceremony is on 24 June in Paris, after which the diploma and medal will be shipped to her. The order of the awards is: bronze, étain (tin or pewter), argent (silver), vermeil (gold plated) and or (gold). Sonal’s abstract art expresses emotions through the use of colour, form and texture. Her cultural roots in India, travels through Europe, and the natural beauty of hometown Guelph have all contributed towards evolving her art in new directions. Her art had been shown in solo and group shows in Guelph, Toronto, New York, Paris, Florence, Hungary and Mumbai. She has received awards for a number of paintings. She has a passion of promoting art as a medium of self-expression in the community. She facilitates a MeetUp group in Guelph to share her skills. Her paintings are displayed at the Art Gallery of Guelph store and the Guelph Artisan store.

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Art on the Street celebrates 15 years, Saturday June 24th Returning for its 15th year on Saturday June 24th, organizers of Art on the Street are pleased to announce its 2017 exhibitor list. Guelphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading art fair will showcase an array of original work and exciting projects from nearly 100 established and emerging artists. Starting at 10am, visitors can walk this open-air art gallery in the beautiful and historic setting of Quebec Street. Ceramics, jewellery, acrylic paintings, photography, textiles and much more will be on display, accompanied by the artists who made them. Each year the organizers choose a local artist to contribute a piece of their work and become the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;poster artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. This year, collaborative artists and long time Art on the Street exhibitors Kiel and Amanda Wilson-Ciocci (KIAM) produced a special piece featuring Quebec Street as the subject. Amanda said "Art on the Street is one of our favourite shows of the year. We are honoured to be part of such a creatively rich event in our own hometown and look forward to showing off some of our newest work coming out of the studioâ&#x20AC;?. For those with young children, St Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Square will be transformed into the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arts Festival. As usual, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the kids making the art. Join the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Factory, Guelph School of Art, Play with Clay, the Guelph

Public Library and the Suzuki String School of Guelph as they fill the space with creative activities. *NEW FOR 2017* Bring your allowance! A Mini Makers Market featuring kids selling their wares will appear in front of Old Quebec Street Shoppes. The Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Art Factory are making 10 cute little stands where the younger consumer can buy anything from handmade fidget spinners to balloon animals. Find food on the street too as Canadian restaurant Miijidaa and vegan eatery Boon Burger bring a selection of quick and easy bites outside. They will be joined by Downtown Guelphâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favourite food truck The Street, as well as ice cream served from an Airstream by Bluewater Creamery. The Capistrano is the best spot to eat lunch whilst watching the kids play, and there are plenty more Downtown restaurants and diners ready to serve up a variety of delicious food. Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages, and is co-hosted by the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) and Guelph Arts Council (GAC). To keep up to date on all the fun things happening during the event, please visit our Facebook events page.

Urban Art Galaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Mural PIN, The People and Information Network, formerly the Volunteer Centre of Guelph Wellington, unveiled a lasting legacy celebrating volunteers and Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150th, during a drop in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Urban Art Galaâ&#x20AC;? on Wednesday, June 14. With thanks to the wisdom of the Guelph Arts Council and appreciation to funding partners Guelph Community Foundation and the Government of Ontario, an innovative mural project led by local artist Meredith Blackmore, welcomed more than 150 volunteers to engage in the creation of a mural that began during National Volunteer Week, April 23 - 29. Through the generosity of a variety of host sites, volunteers were invited to participate in collaborative artwork, expressing ideas about Canada and volunteering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mural captures not only the immense talent of the selected artist and the talent of volunteers, it expresses and honours Guelph and Wellington Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spirit of civic engagement, community connections and Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sesquicentennialâ&#x20AC;? says Christine Oldfield, Executive Director, â&#x20AC;&#x153;PIN, The People and Information Network is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this legacy with the communityâ&#x20AC;?. Where: 46 Cork Street East, Guelph PIN, The People and Information Network Vision: Everyone engages in building a vibrant, healthy, resilient community. Mission: To provide resources and leadership to enable the development of people and organizations.






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Stewardship, sustainability, and community by Katrina Musselman, St. James Catholic High School

At Wellington Catholic District School Board, stewardship, sustainability, and community engagement are the three key elements that have been used to grow experiential learning opportunities for the students taking Leadership and Peer Support (GPP30) at St. James Catholic High School in Guelph. As a current and future labour market trend, sustainability and the specific skills needed to prepare students to think, act, and plan for a more enviro-centred lifestyle are taught through community partnerships and acts of service. One community partnership with The Julien Project has had a phenomenal effect on our students by showing them how to use their strengths in an inclusive and ‘out of the box’ environment to achieve a common goal. While learning basic horticultural skills, students also developed cognitive, creative, and social skills that greatly increased their sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. In essence, these early adolescents developed ‘the stuff’ it takes to ignite their motivation to be successful. The program embraces a philosophy of experiential learning and peer-to-peer teaching, which in turn develops employable skills like working together in order to grow, prepare, and safely package sustainable organic food. Students are also exposed to terms like: not-for-profit, entrepreneurship, and fair market value, as they ready the products and gain hours toward completing their OSSD community involvement requirements, by volunteering at the annual “Beauty and the Beets” sale. For some

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students, learning about the not-for-profit sector may encourage interest in this Specialist High Skills Major program, while it may well pave the way for others to become more actively engaged citizens in their communities. In addition to The Julien Project, students enrolled in GPP30 learn to recognize the needs within their community and how to respond to them, through acts of service or by building meaningful relationships. With the help of People and Information Network (PIN - formerly known as Volunteer Guelph), our students were connected to residents in need of volunteers to rake and bag the leaves on their properties. Our Leadership students also practiced their skills in mentorship and management by preparing games and environmentally inspired activities for our neighbouring grade 3 students. Outreach initiatives like these engage our youth in service, and enhance their sense of community through relationships that strengthen important transferable skills such as commitment and reliability. While discovering and cultivating opportunities to become more involved in their communities, our students are gleaned to become life-long learners and leaders with the skills to investigate future careers that maintain a sustainable, harmonious, and respectful life with nature.

Five citizens to be honoured with Mayor’s Awards on June 22nd him, a gift she is now helping to give to other families. Mayor Cam Guthrie will recognize five Guelphites for their volunteerism and community service, as he presents the 21st annual Mayor’s Awards at the Guelph Awards of IMAN AZIZ, a grade 11 student who volunteers as a math tutor; a mentor for grade 9 and exchange students; Excellence gala on June 22. a warehouse helper for the Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum; a recreation volunteer at the Village of Arbour The 2017 honourees are: Trails retirement community; a volunteer for the National Board and the Waterloo-Wellington Chapter of JAYA JAMES, who founded the Guelph Refugee Sponsorship Forum to coordinate the many local efforts the Canadian Council of Muslim Women; and has served as an Internet instructor for seniors at Immigrant to sponsor and support Syrian refugee families in Services of Guelph Wellington. In 2016, Iman was the Guelph. Jaya took a six-month leave of absence from only student to participate in both the Guelph Police work to run the Forum full-time as a volunteer. She set Service Youth in Policing Initiative and its Youth up systems for the recruitment, training, and police screening of more than 800 volunteers; offered informa- Engagement Program, helping to build positive relationtion sessions; and served as a community voice and “go- ships between the police and the community. to” person on refugee sponsorship. She has been called EMMA ROGERS, who co-founded Guelph Gives, a projone of the unsung heroes of Guelph’s headline-making ect that encourages charitable giving and volunteerism response to the Syrian refugee crisis. during the holiday season, and heads up GenNext, a movement that inspires young professionals to bring PATRICIA GODIN, who was inspired by the loss of her father to establish a fund to support Hospice Wellington about change in their community. Emma served on a number of local boards and committees, including the and palliative care in our community. With her friend board of the Young Professionals Network; the Bracelet of Amanda Bridge who had also lost her father, Patricia established Fathers Remembered by Daughters–the Gerald Hope fundraising committee; Big Brothers Big Sisters; the J. Prentice and Thomas G. Bridge Memorial Fund through Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium; Habitat for Humanity; and the KidsAbility Super Hero Run committee. In her the Guelph Community Foundation. Over the past day job, Emma is Campaign Manager for the United Way 11 years, through an annual golf tournament, the fund has allocated $120,000 to the capital campaign and ongo- of Guelph Wellington Dufferin. ing operations at Hospice Wellington. Patricia is also a A special posthumous award will be presented in memolongstanding Hospice volunteer. She says the palliative ry of DR. FRED HOFFMAN, a 63-year member of the care her father received gave her “the gift of time” with

Guelph Kiwanis Club. More than 30 years ago, Fred began the annual Kiwanis Christmas Luncheon, which brings together 450 students who attend special classes for developmental disabilities in schools across the Upper Grand District School Board. One student described it as “the most awesome day of the year,” and Fred organized it and personally helped fund it every year. Fred was also a steadfast supporter of the Kiwanis Club’s Belwood Lodge and Camp–a non-profit overnight camp dedicated to meeting the summer recreational needs of children, youth, and adults who are intellectually challenged.

“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th and Guelph’s 190th birthdays, I am thrilled to recognize these community champions who are making Guelph a better place–not for money or fame, but simply because they care,” said Mayor Guthrie. “Every year it is very difficult to choose the winners from the many excellent nominations I receive–and this year was no exception. It’s also a great privilege to learn about the many citizens doing great things for our city.” Guelph’s Mayor has presented Mayor’s Awards each year since 1997. The awards are presented at the Awards of Excellence gala, Guelph’s premier appreciation event where the community’s exceptional individuals and businesses are celebrated. “Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you for making a difference in Guelph,” added Mayor Guthrie.

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Free Concerts coming to communities across Ontario Free Concerts Coming to Communities Across Ontario and to GUELPH AUGUST 24th. ONtour Concert Series celebrates Ontario’s 150th Anniversary. Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport As part of a year-long line-up of events marking Ontario's 150th anniversary celebrations, Ontario's free ONtour concert series will provide the soundtrack for the Summer of 2017, stopping in more than 20 communities across Ontario and showcasing some of the province's brightest homegrown musical talent. From Peterborough to Blind River, from Ajax to Kenora, from Hamilton to Sudbury, audiences will have the opportunity to attend a free concert featuring at least three acts. More than 50 Ontario artists will be part of the ONtour roster, including the Jim Cuddy Band, Serena Ryder, Kim Mitchell, The Tea Party, Magic!, Tom Cochrane, James Barker Band, Our Lady Peace, Big Wreck, Kardinal Offishall, The Philospher Kings, Barenaked Ladies, Mélanie Brulée, USS, Alx Veliz, Anjulie, Jonathan Roy, Coleman Hell, Scott Helman, Rivertown Saints, Michelle Treacy, Francesco Yates, DJ Shub, Karl Wolf, Next Generation Leahy, Tyler Shaw, Midnight Shine, Mia Martina and others. ONtour kicks off June 25, with a performance celebrating Alderville First Nation's 180th anniversary and wraps up in Petawawa on September 17. All of the ONtour concerts are free and open to music-lovers of all ages and there are no tickets required. Check the ONtour schedule often for updates online at ONtour will help provide the soundtrack

to the Summer of 2017 and Ontario's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Music-lovers across the province this summer will get the chance to enjoy free, live concerts featuring some of Ontario's and Canada's - brightest musical talents. ONtour Concert Series across Ontario Follow the ONtour Concert Series schedule online and check back often\ONtour.

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City secures $25,000 from Global Affairs Canada The City has successfully secured $25,000 from Global Affairs Canada thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, to raise Guelph’s business friendly profile among Canadian and foreign investors. “Guelph’s recent ranking as the tenth small city in the Americas for foreign direct investment and $25,000 of federal funding are welcome developments and a reflection of the hard work of our economic development team, ” says Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO, Infrastructure Development and Enterprise. “We’re well-positioned to promote Guelph as a top contender to foreign investors and this federal funding will enable us to grow our successful marketing efforts that highlight our client-focused service.” BUSINESS VENTURE • Page 8 June/July 2017 ISSUE

Creating opportunity for foreign direct investment is part of Guelph’s economic development strategy, detailed in Prosperity 2020 and the Foreign Direct Investment Attraction and Retention Strategy and Action Plan. Learn more about the 2017 funding program for communities through the Global Affairs 2017 press release Global Affairs Canada helps Canadian communities attract job-creating investment.



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Get to know the people behind your investments It’s a common instinct to make investment decisions based on the recent performance of the opportunity being evaluated. While a strong performance is certainly the desired end result, the standard disclaimer on all investment literature is generally some variation on the theme that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. Fundamentally, choosing an investment comes down to distinguishing the difference between luck and skill. After understanding recent performance, I step back and look at the people involved in making the decisions that will guide the investment. What is their philosophy for choosing securities? Is this opportunity identical to other investments I already hold, or does it offer a true distinction that will result in better

overall diversification for my portfolio? Digging deeper, I take a look at the actual process that guides the day-to-day investment decisions. How do they decide to make a purchase, and what conditions trigger a sale? I want a detailed explanation of the step-by-step process that led to recent buys and sells in the portfolio. If they tell me it’s too complicated or they’re not willing to get into this level of detail, then I’m not interested in getting involved with the particular investment. From a compliance and risk management perspective, where are the actual assets held? Who are their prime brokers, their lawyers, and their accountants? If sophisticated financial strategies are being employed to manage risk, does the

added complexity offer clear and measurable benefits? All of this interaction with the actual management team gives me the opportunity to get to know them and get the information to satisfy the last hurdle: the gut check. Based on my experience evaluating money managers, does this team demonstrate the wherewithal to justify my trust? Trust and track record are necessary before I invest money on behalf of my clients. Nothing is too complicated when it comes to managing someone else’s money. Will Mactaggart,, 519-827-2906

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Cyber attacks–Protecting your business Computer hackers can initialize both physical and reputational damage to an organization and the majority of business owners are nowhere close to being prepared. Two recent events, a take over of a German Steel mill furnace and the theft of personal and banking info from Casino Rama attendees are examples of how hackers can shut down a business. The unfortunate reality of a cyber attack is not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when. So what could happen if your business is a vic-

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Charities in search of grants: applications start June 8 at The Guelph Community Foundation Over $116,000 available to grant this year The Guelph Community Foundation (GCF) is now accepting applications from charitable groups seeking grant funds to support their projects in Guelph and surrounding communities. This year, The Foundation’s 2017 Community Grants Program will be awarding $66,000 to char-

itable organizations that help support community activities in the areas of health & wellness, education, social services, arts & culture, recreation, children & youth and the environment. The Foundation’s 2017 Musagetes Grant Program will be granting $50,000 to charitable organizations that help build community through

collaborative arts and culture projects. “The goal of The Guelph Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life and vitality in Guelph and surrounding communities”, says Cyndy Moffat Forsyth, Chair of the Grants Committee at GCF. “We achieve this by granting funds to projects that address community needs,

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Boundary expansion will make your Downtown stronger Marty Williams, Executive Director, Downtown Guelph Business Association Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) like the Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) are all defined by geography. When they are established, so too are their boundaries, and in the case of Downtown Guelph that area has been the same since its inception 45 years ago. Much has changed in that time– including what most people would define as “Downtown Guelph”–but the boundary has not. All that could change this year. This month City Council will consider the DGBA Board’s request to begin the process to expand–mostly north and west of the current zone. If that passes, business and commercial property owners in the current BIA as well as those in the proposed expansion area will vote on whether to go forward with the idea or not. In this process, the City acts like “Elections Canada.” They run the vote but it is up to us to make the case. We have been developing our value proposition and we are basing our outreach on four essential reasons for expansion: that it would make the DGBA stronger, broader, more efficient, and fairer. Boundary expansion means we’ll be stronger. Representing more business and property owners strengthens the voice of Downtown and additional funds means we can broaden our scope and range of service, and be more able to partner with the City on capital projects. We will also be able to enhance partnerships with resident associations and condo boards to make the case for appropriate services to enhance safety, the perception of safety, cleanliness and waste removal, and a rational parking system. We will also be broader, and physical

improvements such as banners, flowers, lights, benches, bike racks (etc.) will expand to a wider area. It will mean more robust social media (and traditional media) platforms, with consistent quality and support of the Downtown brand. The office will be more efficient as well, since many organizational costs would remain the same (rent, audit, etc.) so new dollars can go directly into service delivery. This means we’ll be able to make more of an impact with the resources we have. Lastly, an expanded boundary is fairer. As I said at the top of this article, the current geographical definition of the BIA is 45 years old and out of date. In that time business and commercial property owners within the DGBA have contributed millions of dollars into the public realm–to the benefit of all, especially those proximate to it. Going forward it makes sense to bring our neighbours on board. After all, they are as “downtown” as the DGBA. The process (if approved) will take some time to unfold and there will be many opportunities to discuss and debate the merits of this boundary expansion project. I am looking forward to engaging with folks and am confident that this is a sensible way forward and our future is better together. All of this boils down to a simple message to those in the expansion area: “we’re downtown, you’re downtown–let’s get together.”

Recently, the Southern Cruisers–Chapter 501–helped celebrate a day of gardening by showing off their bikes and providing a donation to Hopewell. (supplied photo)

Hopewell Children’s Homes Many of you have likely passed it many times over, the large house on Highway 86 on your way to Elmira for the Maple Syrup Festival or on a trip north for the weekend and likely wondered about the house and its inhabitants. Hopewell Children’s Homes began nearly 35 years ago by a family who had a heart as big as the house itself. It takes a special kind of family to open their home to children with high medical and complex needs but John and Johanna Oosterhuis did just that beginning in 1983 at their home in Ariss, Ontario. With the family living in the top floor, individuals with special needs most of which considered medically fragile with cognitive delays were supported in their own space on the main floor. In 1983, supports such as respite, which provides exhausted families a break to be able to recuperate or spend time with other children, was virtually non-existent. Many families had to seek out of home supports in order to maintain care for their profoundly complex child. The Oosterhuis family recognized this need and dedicated themselves to supporting children who could no longer be cared for at home.

Families who sought the support of Hopewell, continued strong relationships with their children and indeed shared in the overall care of their family member. Over the next 35 years Hopewell evolved into offering a continuum of supports to the Wellington and Guelph communities. Hopewell provides specialized residential care for individuals with developmental disabilities, respite care for children and adults across two homes, and community and recreational supports through PlaySense Activity Centre at the Shelldale Centre. As a result of a new strategic vision Hopewell is launching many new initiatives and engagement activities with the community. Hopewell envisions “a community where all people can reach their full potential in supportive and caring environments”. As Hopewell strives to achieve this vision we are always on the lookout for special people to make the lives of people we support meaningful. Consider volunteering with us. For more information please visit: or call 519-836-9641 ext 224.

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Summer water fun now underway! The City’s splash pads, wading pools and outdoor pool opened June 10, with the exception of Northview, South End and Jubilee splash pads. Weekend splash pad hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and daily operation begins Monday, June 26. Construction on the Northview splash pad is nearing completion and the City expects the splash pad will open on June 26. South End should open later this month, and Jubilee will open mid-July once unscheduled repairs are completed. Residents should check the City’s website, for opening dates. Lyon Leisure Pool, located at 258 York Road, begins daily operation on Thursday, June 29. Public swims are from 1 to 8 p.m. daily with additional swims on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to BUSINESS VENTURE • Page 10 June/July 2017 ISSUE


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