Author: Perry Lefko

Holi Gala helps raise funds for William Osler Health System

By Perry Lefko Holi Gala – The Festival of Colours – in support of the William Osler Health System Foundation is more than just a charity event for an important cause. It’s a Hindu celebration of the change from winter to spring and good prevailing over evil. The festival has raised almost $1 million since it began in 2014. The goal for the fifth annual edition of the event, April 7 at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, is to raise $450,000. Net proceeds go to supporting ongoing equipment and development needs at the Osler’s three hospitals – Brampton...

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One Voice One Team And Habitat For Humanity work together to build homes in Caledon

By Stone Sousa Some future homeowners in Caledon will have a place to live because of the work done by Orlando Bowen and his organization, One Voice One Team, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Canada. Bowen, a retired Canadian Football League (CFL) player, and members of his youth organization are helping to build homes in the area of Kennedy and Mayfield Roads. One Voice One Team helps young people become empowered through serving others. One of the organization’s partners is Habitat for Humanity, which constructs and restores affordable housing for low-income families. The partnering families pay an interest-free...

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Duane Forde gives back to community by coaching kids

By Perry Lefko Following his father, who helped coach him and his brother growing up in Port Credit, Duane Forde is doing the same with his own children. The retired Canadian Football League player, who was a member of two Grey Cup-winning teams in his 12-year career and also won a Canadian university Vanier Cup championship, is coaching football and hockey in Port Credit. Last year, he helped resurrect the football program at his alma mater, Port Credit Secondary School, after it had gone dormant for a year. Duane’s son, Quincy, a multi-sport athlete, played fullback on the resurrected...

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After a one-year hiatus, Santa Claus is back in town

By Perry Lefko After a one-year absence, the Santa Claus Parade is coming back to Streetsville. Through the initiative of Ward 11 Councillor George Carlson, the parade will return to Streetsville on Nov. 25 as part of a new three-day festival that will allow the Streetsville Business Improvement Association (BIA) to continue with a market square festival. Last year, there was a two-day festival with no parade, which created quite a bit of discussion comparing the year before when there was a two-day event that included a parade. Carlson is hoping, with a budget of $20,000-$25,000, there can be...

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Mississauga Ribfest moving from Celebration Square to Port Credit Memorial Park

By Perry Lefko The annual Mississauga Rotary Ribfest, a staple of the summer season, is moving from Celebration Square to Port Credit Memorial Park. The move was formally announced on March 7 in a media release, but the idea of relocating the Ribfest had been in discussion for some time because the event had outgrown the Celebration Square footprint. Organized by the Rotary Club of Mississauga and the Rotary Club of Mississauga West and sponsored by Amacon, the event will take place on its traditional date July 12-15. “One of the wonderful things about Celebration Square is it’s been...

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