Knitting guru Cat Bordhi, left, talks socks with Marian Davies during a book signing event at New Hamburg’s Shall We Knit on May 22. The US author of five books, including New Pathways for Sock Knitters, was in town as part of a K-W Knitters Guild weekend workshop and a fundraiser for breast cancer research. A talk at MeMe’s Café followed her visit to Shall We Knit. The sold-out event raised $800 for breast cancer research.
Doug Coxson, Independent staff
On Saturday May 23rd, the Grade 11-12 Entrepreneurship classes hosted Making Waves For MS Family Fun Day. The day included multiple events aimed at the local community, specifically youth. These events included a senior and junior Road Hockey Tournament, an indoor basketball clinic, and an afternoon workshop on female empowerment, beauty, and health. In addition, there was an all day car wash, BBQ, and several activities and entertainment for participants and younger children, with live music sponsored by 91.5 the Beat and Flashpoint Productions. In addition to the students operating the events, a few different school groups and independent community businesses joined us in our vendor area to sell various crafts and goods.
Approximately 200 people participated in the various activities to make the day a success. The purpose of this event was to assist Jaime Doucet, another W-O student, who is swimming across Lake Ontario relay-style with swim partner Sarah Sine on August 1st, to raise funds and awareness for the benefit of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a complex neurological disease. It is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, however it can affect children as young as two. Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world with women three times more likely to develop MS as men. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure. The research funded by the MS Society is multifaceted: to find a cure, to protect the nervous system and repair damage caused by MS, and to improve monitoring and management of the disease.
Organizing this event was a valuable learning experience for the 47 Entrepreneurship students. The Entrepreneurship class would like to thank everyone who came out to support the event and all the local businesses who contributed with donations and gifts.
The day could not have been successful without your help!!! We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who assisted in the various areas. The day was a great success with projected earnings of $1500 which will be donated directly to Jaime and Sarah’s goal of raising $15,000 for their Making Waves For MS Challenge. It was an honour for the Entrepreneurship class to work for such a noble cause and we wish the girls the best of the luck in their mission!!!
Eddie Kim, of New Dundee, along with Bryan Hatton of Kitchener just returned from the Awards Ceremonies at the Canada Wide Science Fair.
Things turned out rather well for the pair, as they won:
– gold medals and $1500 cash
– Actuarial Foundation of Canada Award $1000 cash and certificates
-$30,000 worth of scholarships – Dalhousie University $4,000 Entrance Scholarship, UBC $4,000 Entrance Scholarship, University of Western Ontario $2,000 Entrance Scholarship, University of Ottawa $20,000 ($5,000 each year for 4 years)
They have also been accepted into the Team Canada MILSET 2009.
This means that we will be traveling with a group of students from CWSF to Tunisia, Africa near the end of July.
Mrs. Rowden’s Grade 8 Class at Forest Glen won a pizza lunch for the entire class for having the most participants in the Ride’n’Stride this year.
This year’s event raised $35,935.98 (up from $30,500 in 2008) with 162 registered participants.
The W-O Girls rugby team defeated Forest Heights 12-10 on Wednesday afternoon.
In late April Forest Glen Public School had a food drive. Mrs. Webster’s Grade 2 students did a terrific job of making annoucements regarding the food dirive and also collecting the food from the various classes. What a successful drive, as they collected 921.55 pounds of food for the Wilmot Emergency Food Bank.