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The Month of April has also been declared Sikh Heritage Month at the Town of Milton with a proclamation by Mayor Krantz followed by the Sikh Flag raising at Town Hall. By proclaiming the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month, the Town recognizes the important contributions Sikhs have made to the Milton community, economy, political and ethnic fabric. Milton has a crowing and vibrant Sikh community that also come together to celebrate Vaisakhi in April also known as Khalsa Day, signifying the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith.

The Navy League Cadet Corps ADVENTURE is a free youth group based in Milton. It is staffed by volunteer-officers of the Navy League of Canada. Its cadet program is designed for youth ages 9-12 years of age and it was launched on January 17, 2020. The Navy League Cadet Corps ADVENTURE was the results of collaboration between Mr. Don D’Souza and Lieutenant(N) Paul Simas.

Mr. Don D’Souza is the long serving President of the Milton Branch of the Navy League of Canada, which is a civilian non-profit national organization which works in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces to support the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet program, which is aimed at youth ages 12-19, however the Navy League of Canada independently sponsors and operates the younger cadet group in many cities across Canada.

Much of the landscape looks very familiar while watching Simrandeep Randhawa’s video because this was partly filmed along a country road in Milton.

Simrandeep, whose stage name is Simz Randhawa, has written over 50 songs and would like to release at least 5-6 songs every year to make Milton proud! “As a Miltonian” he said, “I always wanted my debut song to be shot in Milton”.

It’s been a long winter, longer than most it seems. March is traditionally when the gardeners among us head out to Garden shows with our cameras and wallets, searching out ideas, plants and seeds to start our gardens.  2021 has turned out to be a bit different, with no Garden shows, shortages of seeds and online retailers scrambling to fill demands.

Right now as the Hamamelis Mollis (Chinese witch hazel) and Galanthus (snowdrops) are just beginning to bloom, the Society has been planning for months already. Our annual Seedy Saturday event on March 27th is going virtual this year with our brand new website www.miltonseedysaturday.com . We have planned an entire day of online speakers, a virtual seed swap, local online vendors, children’s photo contest and much more. Our website also features sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals who wish to support us and our work to beautify Milton and serve the gardeners of town.

February was Black History Month in Milton and two organizations – the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) and the African Caribbean Council of Halton (ACCH) – worked together to see it was celebrated, albeit virtually in Milton this year.

The Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) is a registered charity that was established in 1977. It services the communities in the Municipality of Halton. Th e CCAH goals are to provide cultural programs grounded in our core values, known as our four pillars: Education, Culture, Community and Harmony. They strive to provide understanding of Caribbean, Black and African cultures through history, art, literature, and music.

This past year has shaken our lives. Some people muddled through, but some slipped through the cracks.

Some people are experiencing abuse, trying to get through the day while missing meals. Searching for a safe place to sleep, maybe for the first time. Maybe they made choices they regret, or maybe they were blindsided by something totally unpredictable. And now they’re lost, wondering if there’s a place for them tonight. And it’s cold out there.

The Townsend Smith Foundation

Creating change need not be a glorious act. It can start with a small, simple, and yet sensitive thought that eventually culminates in turning whimsical dreams into tangible realities. 

Laurie Day, impelled by her passion for the need for a hospice in the North Halton community, approached the Townsend Smith Foundation with a ‘chase the ace’ fundraising concept. The ‘chase the ace’ fundraising model was made famous in Canada’s East Coast and initially began in Inuvik. Day generously offered to sponsor the event for the Townsend Smith Foundation. 

My name is Shannon Parsons and I moved to beautiful Milton in 2009. It’s been almost 3 years since I was diagnosed with ms. I remember when I heard those words, I thought my life was over. I hit rock bottom and didn’t want to go on, somehow with the support of my family and friends and my inner desire to fi nd happiness again, I slowly climbed back up and out of the darkness. Fast forward to today, I am fortunate that I caught things relatively early, got on disease modifying drugs and was able to exercise and do a lot of self-care to stay healthy. When my foot goes numb, when fatigue makes it seem impossible to go on or I feel a tingling sensation up my back, I am reminded that the disease is still there, it is real, but I choose to try and keep positive and do what is in my control to keep things at bay.