In this uncertain time, in which we are witnessing sides of humanity that both shock and disappoint us, we can look to the shining examples of generosity within our community. Laurie MacNab is one such person, whose work in Milton has designated her Volunteer of the Year in 2020. But MacNab’s affinity for charity work began many years ago.
The FASM Youth Visual Arts Mentoring Project entitled ‘The Nature of Gen Z’ reception on March 12th at the Holcim Gallery FirstOntario Arts Centre offered a glimpse into the youthful artistic talent that makes up the Milton community. The youth mentoring project is celebrating its fifth year and FASM is gratified to see the level of participation and interest that young artists have shown.
On April 18, 2020 Deana Wilson greeted a large online gathering of guests. “I want to thank everyone for coming to join this Zoom live today!” The event in question, originally intended to be an in-person gathering, was a book launch for “Liam, Strong as a Tree.” The book celebrates the strength of her son Liam, who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at just three weeks old.
Halton Hitz is an online radio station covering all of Halton Region. It’s known for its mix of easy-listening music and local news weather and sports. Owner Lee Lakin runs the station from his Acton-based home studio. “Nine years later, and nobody’s still not doing it. I’m blown away that nobody’s done it.” Lakin said of the station’s local nature.
The Milton Chamber of Commerce hosted some high voltage stars at their annual Sports’ Celebrity Dinner fundraiser February 4. The 2020 lineup included Team Canada alum Tessa Bonhomme, former NHL Player Eric Lindros, Raptors’ broadcaster Jack Armstrong, and Raptors’ alum point guard Alvin Williams. Proceeds went to the Scholarship program.
Larose bakery is closed to all but curbside pickup, meaning the parking lot is pretty well empty. On weekends the Optimist Club of Milton takes a corner of it with a trailer, and a couple of tables for their weekly food drive.
The Muslim Advisory Council of Canada (MACC) adapted its diverse programming to address community needs for Ramadan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on its ability to engage the community, and through relationships with the food industry, the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada responded by bringing joy to the community via a virtual Ramadan Cupcake Showdown, a first of it’s kind in the world.
On March 17th the Ontario Provincial Government declared a State of Emergency concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, in response to this declaration and to avoid passing the virus to others, groups of more than 5 people were forbidden and social distancing was advised.This was challenging for church groups accustomed to gathering together for weekly services. Several church communities in the area have meetings streamed in a variety of ways.
Mayor Gordon Krantz, with the support of Milton Council and the Town’s Crisis Management Team has officially declared a State of Emergency in the Town of Milton. This declaration supports Halton Region and the Province of Ontario’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ongoing measures to flatten the curve.
We are in an unprecedented situation where we are faced with a serious health challenge facing our community as well as the world. Health and safety must be our top priority. We need to practice social distancing and as a community work together to do everything we can to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.