Saturday February 09, 2013 - 00:00 am —
Community Living Hamilton - Hamilton
One of Canada’s longest running Best Buddies chapters will be recognized for their dedication to inclusion and friendship with an a award of merit and longevity from MP David Sweet presented at a fun-filled chapter event on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Community Living Hamilton at 11am.
The McMaster University student volunteers are paired with people with intellectual disabilities from Community Living Hamilton to create lasting friendships. McMaster students and individuals with intellectual disabilities have been matched in one-to-one friendships based on mutual interests and have been participating in activities together on campus and around Hamilton since school started in September. Beginning its 18th year, the dedicated group has held a Halloween party, a Christmas event, and organizes a monthly bake sale fundraiser around campus. This year, there are 120 total participants in the McMaster University chapter, 58 Buddy Pair matches.
“This chapter has a proven track record of success. The depth and history of the McMaster University chapter is one we hope to replicate across the country,” said Steven Pinnock Executive Director of Best Buddies Canada. “This award reflects the commitment of our student volunteers, Community Living Hamilton and Best Buddies Canada. The impact these friendships have on all participants is a powerful example of the benefits of friendship”.
Before and after the award, chapter members will be participating in an all-encompassing chapter event which includes bingo, a raffle, food, and fun.
Through Best Buddies, people with intellectual disabilities are given an opportunity to enjoy the same experiences most of us take for granted, such as going for coffee, to a movie, or simply enjoying the company of a friend. For people with intellectual disabilities, it can be difficult to meet new peers and to make friends. With over 250 schools operating the Best Buddies program in every Canadian province, Best Buddies has exploded onto the youth volunteer scene since the first Canadian chapter started in 1993. Best Buddies has over 6,000 volunteers, and has facilitated over 25,000 friendship matches between students and people with intellectual disabilities and it continues to expand. In the Hamilton area, there are twelve Best Buddies chapters operating in elementary schools, high schools and universities: McMaster University, Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School, and St.Mark Catholic Elementary School.
For more information about the award presentation, contact Director of Program and Special Events, Emily Bolyea-Kyere at 416-531-0003 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday February 09, 2013 - 08:00 am —
Bowman United Church - Ancaster
Tap your toes, hum along or join in with your own musical instrument while enjoying a complete breakfast ($6) at Bowman United Church, 880 Garner Rd. E., Ancaster, Saturday Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call 905-648-6943 or 905-679-6952.
Saturday February 09, 2013 - 08:00 am —
Freelton United Church - Freelton
Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to noon, Freelton United Church, 155 Freelton Rd. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit and more, all-you-can-eat event. $8 per person, $4 for ages four to 12.
Saturday February 09, 2013 - 09:00 am —
Ontario Dental Education Institute - Ancaster
Ontario Dental Education Institute, 201 Wilson St., Ancaster, Gift From The Heart on Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. to noon and from 1-4. Free dental hygiene cleanings and treatments to people who can’t afford to receive care or who have difficulty accessing treatment. First-come first-serve,
Saturday February 09, 2013 - 10:00 am —
First Unitarian Church of Hamilton - Hamilton, Ontario
Annual Blooms for Africa Book Exchange and Afternoon Tea, Saturday, Feb. 9. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 170 Dundurn St., S., Hamilton. Bring your six best read books to exchange for seven new ones, visit with friends in the Blooms Cafe. Entrance is by donation to support African Grandmothers caring for Aids orphaned grandchildren. Go to www.bloomsforafrica.org or call Gail Rappolt 905 527-0470
Saturday February 09, 2013 - 20:00 pm —
Royal Canadian Legion Br. 163 - Hamilton
Enjoy the music of Ronnie & the Corvairs on Feb. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight at Royal Canadian Legion Br. 163, 435 Limeridge Rd. East. $5.