On this Giving Tuesday, a ‘global generosity movement’ held annually, the Townsend Smith Foundation (TSF) and our community came together to unveil signage that clearly proclaims the future home of North Halton’s first hospice residence.
“Today the momentum that has been achieved through the generosity of the local community continues with the TSF being able to loudly and proudly proclaim the first site of much-need hospice care for the residents of North Halton and area” said Astrid Lakats, Board Chair, and proud donor for TSF.
A variety of local dignitaries joined the TSF Board, leadership volunteers, donors, and other community leaders to celebrate the future for a state-ofthe- art hospice that will serve the community once completed
“The support from the community has and continues to make all the difference,” said Astrid, who also noted that the next step will be a fundraising campaign to raise what the province often calls the “community share” for this vital project. “Every donation has an impact, and the ability to help us in reaching our goal. There is a lot of work ahead of us, so the support of our community is key in building a hospice residence on the property”
Those wishing to learn more about hospice care in North Halton, the work of the Townsend Smith Foundation, or make a donation, on this Giving Tuesday are encouraged to visit: www. townsend-smith.ca
This amazing group of somewhat / barely athletic Milton dads started in 2021 as a way to stay fit and get out of the house, connect with other dads, and raise money for a good cause while doing something we love. Many children’s charities took a huge hit during the pandemic, and money became tight for a lot of people. We noticed donations Milton Basketball Group organizes Milton Food Drivenoticably decreased and we wanted to do our part – we knew the bigger the group, the more people we can help!
The group is run by Carl Zuzart of The Mad Hitter and Fred DeCarolis from the FredHelps Real Estate Team, with help from Rizwan Shaikh and Usama Shakil. Current sessions
are Mondays and Thursdays, 9pm at the Velodrome. For information on how to join the wait list, how to help organize a 3rd night to meet demand, or how to help with donations, reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donation tallies are approaching the $5,000 mark by next session — it’s amazing what ANY group of people can do when they come together to do something they love! Food4Kids Halton, The ROCK, and Food for Life are on our charities list so far. Reach out to us if you have a local charity focused on helping children – we’d love to chat!
During a ceremony at the One King West Hotel and Residence in Toronto held on September 27, 2022, Mr. Don D’Souza from Milton received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism.
The June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Volunteerism recognizes up to 20 individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to volunteerism in Ontario each year.
Don D’Souza is a proud Miltonian, an outstanding community leader dedicated and driven to building a brighter tomorrow by supporting those in his community. He has volunteered for more than 10 years with the Navy League of Canada, Milton Branch and supporting the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps CHAUDIERE. Appointed the organization’s president in 2014, he has worked tirelessly to create positive change in his community.
In January 2020, Don co-founded the Navy League Cadet Corps ADVENTURE, a program for youth between the ages of 9 and 12 that promotes teamwork, good citizenship, and leadership skills. Don helped raise over $50,000 through grants, donations, and sponsorships to create the Milton Cadet Centre, which offers a safe space for youth to come together and learn new skills. Through Don’s leadership and dedication, membership at the centre has more than doubled. The Milton Cadet Centre has become one of Ontario’s strongest and most engaged Navy League branches.
A tireless volunteer, Don also finds time to volunteer with the Halton Regional Police Service, the Milton Legion’s Poppy Drives, as well as to provide support to community celebrations, Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots.
Annual event goes hybrid, with screenings in the theatre and online
The 10th Annual Milton Film Festival is celebrating this special year with a return to inperson screenings at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, and a big VIP after-party at the prestigious Marquee Steakhouse.
The Festival was conceived in 2013 by Jennifer Smith and Katie Pearce, co-workers at the now-defunct Super ‘A’ Video store, who wanted to bring festival-quality independent and Canadian films to Milton in a theatre setting.
With the Town’s brand new arts centre available as a venue, and in partnership with the TIFF Film Circuit program, the first Milton Film Festival opened on January 11th, 2014 with the beautiful Spanish silent feature film BLANCANIEVES – still one of the best loved films in the festival’s history.
The 2023 Festival begins with five virtual screenings, available online January 25th through the 31st. Theatrical screenings open Friday January 27th with eight feature films being screened over course of the weekend. The film selections include some of the most highly acclaimed films of the year, with more than half by Canadian filmmakers and almost as many by women directors. Most films will feature interviews and Q&A sessions with special guests. The Opening Night Feature is, appropriately, I LIKE MOVIES – a funny and endearing portrait of a movie-obsessed teenager trying to pay his way into film school by working at a video store. Set in Burlington in the early 2000s, the film is the feature debut of film critic and former
Burlington video store clerk Chandler Levack, and has been chosen as one of Canada’s Top Ten 2022 films by TIFF.
As a fitting end, the closing film of the festival is the British documentary A BUNCH OF AMATEURS, about members of Britain’s oldest amateur filmmaking club as they struggle with a declining and aging membership, dwindling funds, a crumbling club house, and of course the pandemic.
Other theatrical feature films include:
• AFTERSUN – Saturday Night Gala – One of the most celebrated films of the year, about a young girl’s pivotal vacation with her father.
• THE SWEARING JAR – Acclaimed, heartwarming romantic drama by Lindsay MacKay (Wet Bum), with a remarkable supporting performance by Kathleen Turner
• THE LONG RIDER – Documentary about one man’s journey from Calgary to Brazil on a horse, with special guest filmmaker Sean Cisterna
• EO – Polish masterpiece about the journeys and tribulations of a donkey, shortlisted for the 2023 Oscars
• RICEBOY SLEEPS – One of Canada’s Top Ten Films, about a mother and son coping with their new home in Canada, starring Ethan Hwang (The Umbrella Academy)
• DRINKWATER – The ultimate Canadian comedy, starring Daniel
Doheny (Adventures in Public School) and Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) And the virtual screenings:
• THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER – A chilling ghost story starring Tilda Swinton in a dual role as mother and daughter
• LOVE IN THE TIME OF FENTANYL – Compassionate documentary about workers at a Vancouver safe injection site, produced by Robinder Uppal and Marc Serpa Francoeur (No Visible Trauma)
• REVIVAL69 – The forgotten story of Toronto’s 1969 Rock ‘n Roll Revival concert, dubbed ‘the second most important event in rock & roll history’
• GOLDEN ARM – A hilarious comedy about women arm wrestlers, with a 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes As always, the festival will be showcasing a wide selection of short films by local and regional filmmakers, with a special focus on returning MFF ‘Alumni’ from past Festivals, including Roozbeh ‘Ray’ Noori (Fall), Antoine Rail (Currents), David Cartwright (The Perfect Game), Peter Riddihough (Sarah), Darcy Waite (You Did What?), and Milton’s own Steve Belford (Becoming Tom Thomson) who was another regular at Super ‘A’ Video. Most of the 19 short films will be included with a feature film screening, and all are available online as part of the Festival’s SHORT FILM EXTRAVAGANZA compilation. Tickets and passes are available at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton box office, or at miltonfilmfest10.eventive. org.
Allendale is a Long Term Care facility in Milton that recently in 2020 has been ”Lighting Up Allendale” each Christmas due to a dedicate group of volunteers wanting to bring Christmas Cheer to the residents.
In October there were many seasonal events, one of them being a Pumpkin event organized by Ahmad El-Ajou. The goal of this event was to celebrate the season of giving by showing our support for the Halton Women’s Place along with Rob Hewlett. The pumpkin decorations, carnival games, and DJ booth had everyone, especially the children, greatly entertained.
The Milton Chamber of Commerce has a long standing tradition of recognizing the best in Milton with their annual Community Awards Celebration. In the last issue of the Milton Villager we recognized many of the awards recipients but due to space constraints could not include all of them.
The Townsend Smith Foundation is a charitable organization working to build a hospice for North Halton. The foundation is currently raising funds through events and generous donors, and bringing awareness to the need for a hospice in our community.
Earlier this year, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 45, “An Act to Proclaim Ontario Cadets Week” into law on April 11, 2022. To be celebrated on the first week of October of every year, Ontario cadets Week is an opportunity for the people of Ontario to “honour the outstanding young Canadians whose unique personal and collective development through cadet programs will help them be successful in Canadian society, as well as recognizing those who support the programs directly and indirectly.”
In February 2020, the Milton Players Theatre Group had just wrapped their hilarious production of “Perfect Wedding”. It was the second show of their 40th Anniversary season. Two of the three shows planned for the celebratory season, marking 4 decades of bringing award winning theatre to Milton, were now complete and they were gearing up to close the season with their May 2020 production. Little did they know that it would be their last time on stage entertaining live audiences for over two and a half years.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced them to cut their Anniversary Season short, and while they continued to entertain by focusing on online projects over the last two years, this November brings them back to the stage in front of live audiences once again!