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Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Aidan Seepersaud from 304 RCSCC CHAUDIERE in Milton attended the 2021 Cadet Activity Program.

This is his personal account, in his own voice, while participating on CAP (Cadet Activity Program), which was a fully online program offered to cadets across Ontario by Cadets Canada, during the spring break, 12-19 April, and PO2 Seepersaud represented Milton. For brevity part of his submission has been removed for publication space purposes.

“I enjoyed the CAP program, mainly because of the flexibility of the activities and that it was self-led, letting me do what I would like to do. Along with the fact it was more educational in different aspects, that led me down rabbit holes, that ended up teaching me more than I expected to learn.”

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 Milton Youth Task Force (MYTF) hosted an online virtual Youth Awards Ceremony recognizing the contributions of young people in Milton. The purpose of the awards is to promote a positive image of young people and to generate awareness of the valuable contributions that youth make in our community.

This year the winner of the Community Leadership award is Sheharyar Khan. During the pandemic, Sheharyar and his sister Kashmala started a project called Mums and Daisys – Gifts of Happiness by surprising community members with thoughtful, handmade crafts like picture frames, painted rocks and cards.

With support from other community organizations, they organized fundraisers to support Milton District Hospital, Halal Food Bank, Food 4 Kids Halton and the Muslim Association of Milton.

Necessity has always been the mother of invention and there is arguably nothing within the last century that has challenged the ingenuity of artists in producing and showing their work as COVID-19.

The Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM) has done some hard thinking about how local artists can continue to exercise their creative impulses and to share their works with the public in a safe and easy way.  FASM is now proud to announce the launch of the FASM Gallery at FASMgallery.com

The benefits are many with this latest initiative. Artists can continue their practice and are able to post directly to the website either for display or for sale. Customers can be assured of a COVID safe transaction purchase will be sent directly to their chosen address.

Aarav has been working towards creating new music and songs throughout the pandemic. He is now learning music engineering as a part of his co-op program.

Winning the Youth Artist of the Year award will encourage him to improve his musical skills and pursue his dreams. He is an active member of the community and practices guitar at Rick Imus Music Studio in Milton. With Rick, he performed at the Milton Truck Plaza, Lighting up Allendale and the Coldest Night of the Year. He also performed at the Town’s Culture Days event and the Italian Club’s Drive-thru concert. Aarav won first place at the Craig Kielburger Secondary School talent show.

Each year, Milton proudly raises and flies the Pride Flag during Pride Month to show our commitment to all members of the community to feel represented and welcomed. This year, to celebrate Pride Month and the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Milton is showing its support by adding the Pride rainbow through select crosswalks and benches, while continuing to raise the Pride Flag.Each year, Milton proudly raises and flies the Pride Flag during Pride Month to show our commitment to all members of the community to feel represented and welcomed. This year, to celebrate Pride Month and the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Milton is showing its support by adding the Pride rainbow through select crosswalks and benches, while continuing to raise the Pride Flag.

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.

Miltonian Pranysqa Mishra has had a flair for music from an early age and loves to sing. After she watched the Disney movie Moana, she learned one whole song and her parents were surprised as she wasn’t yet 3 years old.  The lyrics of the song: ’How far I’ll go’ are significant because they tell of the hopes and dreams of Moana who wonders: ‘Every turn I take, every trail I track, every path I make, every road leads back to the place I know  (and….) there’s just no telling how far I’ll go!..’

Pranysqa was born in New Jersey. The family moved to Canada in 2015 and to Milton in 2018.  Now Pranysqa is 6 years old and attends Grade1 at Bruce Trail Public School, Milton. She has taken piano lessons from the Milton School of Music from the age of 4 and now continues to learn on line. Winning contests and accolades through the USA and Canada for her musical ability, she is confident, bright and charming. One of her favourite idols is Whitney Houston.