There’s no doubt that the collective heart of Milton is geared towards helping fellow citizens. How often do we hear of random acts of kindness like someone paying for a complete stranger’s morning coffee in the drivethru lane, locating a lost dog, cat or budgie that has wandered away from home or the donation of clothing and other essentials to families in need. Milton’s reputation is founded on its pay-it-forward culture.
But like many communities, Milton has its share of malevolent hate crimes and behaviours that affect its citizens to greater or lesser degrees. Addressing this aspect of the social fabric is vital according to Kara Hart, Bail Program Manager at the John Howard Society of Peel Halton-Dufferin and Kimberly Cato, Psychotherapist, Founder and CEO of True Roots Counselling Service in Oakville, who together have initiated the Halton Coalition for Prevention of Hate Crimes (HC4PHC) in Halton Region.
HC4PHC is a fledgling organization informs Kara. “HC4PHC started working as a collaborative in December of 2020. We are still very new, but we have been very busy since our inception due to a number of hate-related incidents and crimes throughout the region.”
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.
Just like the Santa Claus Parade is a signal that the Christmas season is officially upon us, so too is Celebrate the Season, the FASM members art show, displayed in the Holcim Gallery until December 28th at the First Ontario Arts Centre Milton.
Halton Gujarati Seniors Samaj (HGSS) hosted the Diwali Festival of Light at the Milton Bible Church on Chisolm Drive on Sunday, November 10th. HGSS is a notfor-profit seniors group representing an association of Gujurati-speaking seniors aged 56 to 74 years who live in the Halton region.
It’s a milestone event. Milton Players Theatre Group (MPTG) is celebrating its 40th year in the community. Throughout those 4 decades the group has prevailed in bringing their love of theatre to Milton citizens. Margaret Hamilton was one of the 14 founding members who back in 1979 assembled in another member’s living room to share their theatrical passion after responding to a small advert in the Milton Champion about starting up a theatre group.
The flag was hoisted outside Milton Town Hall on Thursday, September 5th as Mayor Gord Krantz accompanied by Tom Fischer, a Vice-President of Prostate Cancer Canada, and Walter Eadie, a local prostate cancer activist and support group leader proclaimed September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Milton.