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Black History Month 2016

Black History Month 2016
2016 marks the 20th anniversary since Black History Month was first officially celebrated by the Government of Canada. The month-long celebration was formally recognized following a motion introduced in the House of Commons by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons in December 1995 and the Government of Canada officially celebrated Black History Month for the first time in 1996....
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World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day
On August 19 each year, the United Nations (UN) World Humanitarian Day is held to pay tribute to all people affected by humanitarian crises and those who lost their lives in humanitarian service. It's a day to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.These people placed their own lives at risk to help others in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. More than 700 humanitarian workers have died or experienced the...
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Canada Day Team Challenge

Canada Day Team Challenge
Activity of the Week (June 29-July3): Canada Day Team Challenge About : SLEC clients will be divided up into 5 teams and compete against each other in 5 Canadian themed activities. The winning team gets a Canadian themed prize and bragging rights until the next Team Challenge! How to Play : Clients are divided into 5 teams, 2 staff members are assigned to each team. The 5 teams that will be competeing today are: the...
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Beaver Cupcakes

Beaver Cupcakes
Activity of the Week (June 22-26): Decorating Beaver Cupcakes About : To celebrate the week leading up to Canada Day we make special Canadian themed desserts and snacks. Client enjoy making beaver cupcakes, which are a cute way to recognize a treasured national animal! Directions : For this activity you will need: Chocolate Cupcakes Chocolate Buttercream Candy sprinkled dark chocolates Colourful small candy Chocolate covered cashews Blanched sliced almonds Small milk chocolate covered digestive biscuits...
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Canada Day 2015

Canada Day 2015
  Happy Birthday Canada! On July 1, 1867 Canada was created with the British North America Act. One year later, the Governor General proclaims July 1 as a day of celebration. July 1 was declared a statutory holiday in 1878 and was officially renamed Canada Day in 1981 (having been called Dominion Day up until then). July 1, 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canada‚Äôs confederation and huge celebrations are planned. But what have...
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Seniors Month 2015

Seniors Month 2015
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June is Seniors Month! Every June Seniors Month is celebrated in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut. The Ontario Seniors Secretariat is the provincial body that advocates for, undertakes and supports policy and program initiatives that help improve the quality of life of seniors, and undertakes public education efforts for and about seniors. They also work with seniors' organizations and across government to develop programs and services that meet the needs...
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Mother's Day

Mother's Day
Mother's Day can be traced back to many different times in history. The earliest history of the celebration dates back to the ancient annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses.  The Ancient Romans celebrated for three days with parades, games and masquerades. The Early Christians had a festival for the Virgin Mary on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which was expanded to include all mothers and called Mothering Sunday. On Mothering Sunday children...
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Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation
April 12-17 is National Volunteer Week. Canadians volunteer an average of 2.1 billion hours annually. Young adults, aged 15-24, make up the highest percentage of volunteers, while Canadians 65 and older contribute the most hours of volunteer work annually. Almost 1 in 2 Canadians have volunteered their time to non-profit and charitable organizations, while 8 of every 10 Canadians have helped others in more informal ways (helping friends and neighbours on their own, not as...
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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day
On March 17th we all have a touch of Irish Blood! St. Patrick's Day (also known as the "Feast of St. Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration that became an official public holiday in Ireland in 1903, it is also celrbated annually around the world. It commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. The holiday is celebrated on March 17 as that is believed to be the date of his death....
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