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Canada Day in Milton has always held a special place in my heart and in the hearts of Miltonians. The last time it was held was 2019 and since that time it’s been cancelled because of COVID19 as well as the disbanding of the former committee. The annual event started over 25 years ago organized by a joint citizen committee that organized it as well as the Milton Santa Claus Parade – it quickly grew in size and split into two separate organizations. Many Canada Day Committee members have been volunteering for over 15 years, devoting their time and energy mostly without thanks or recognition.

Pat Rideout a committee member for 15 years and past Sponsorship Chair spoke at the last Canada Day in 2019 of the current committee retiring and passing the reins to a new generation. Shortly after she retired from the committee in 2019 she passed away on January 17, 2020 after a quick and difficult battle with cancer. Pat committed her life to improving the community and was involved in multiple organizations from Milton Santa Claus Parade, Milton Canada Day Committee, Milton Tennis Club, Habitat for Humanity and many others.

Milton was whisked through the gates of time and transported into the Victorian Era for the ever so popular Milton event “Victorian Tea”. The event was hosted in the lovely Gambrel Barn at County Heritage Park and the venue only added to the splendor. With the in-person event being in hiatus for two years due to covid people couldn’t wait to see everyone again in person dressed in their Victorian finery.

In late November 2021, long time Milton resident John Saunders passed away. Two of his local friends, Rob Hewlett and Robin Read Griffin, put their heads together to organize a memorial for John once COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. As Jordan Bassett, GM of East Side Mario’s, was also a friend of John’s it seemed fitting to host the event at East Side Mario’s. On April 24, Milton’s East Side Mario’s restaurant hosted the John Saunders Memorial Fundraising Event. John was quite passionate about donating his time to help others both in Milton and around the world. He served as an inspiration to many to make a difference.

Ramadan is a very special month for Muslims not just because they fast in it but because this month promotes the act of charity. Sanan is a 12 years old Muslim resident of Milton, decided to live the spirit of Ramadan this year. He wanted to contribute to a worthy cause and immediately MDHF came to their mind. He liked the idea of making a charitable donation to the hospital. His mother decided to help him understand the true essence of doing charity and gave him an idea of preparing gift boxes and to sell them. It took a while to finalize the details but as soon as the message went out to friends, families and neighbors the generosity of people of Milton kicked in and orders started pouring in. Sanan’s target was 50 boxes, but soon orders of about 150 boxes were received, and then orders kept coming. Time came for the family to join hands and help Sanan put together the orders and distribute them.

April is Sikh Heritage month in Milton where we officially recognize the rich heritage and culture that the Sikh community brings.

All across Canada and the world Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi (also known as Khalsa day) which signifies the creation of the Khalsa and the Sikh articles of faith. On Monday April 4th members of the Sikh Community and friends gathered at Milton Town Hall where the Mayor read the official proclamation while honoring the Sikh flag raising.

Are you feeling overwhelmingly stressed?

Does that question make you want to laugh, scream, or cry?

Higher levels of anxiety are not uncommon as we navigate a world changing at a rapid pace! We’ve heard this message before: now is the time for us to work and cope together – mental health is by no means a luxury but rather a vital necessity.

As restrictions are lifted in our province, the consequences of COVID-19 showed us how complex an issue it is, and we feel the weight of its impact globally across all societies.

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is a winter-rific family-friendly walk to raise money for Milton Transitional Housing. It’s cold out there…

Over $90,000 was raised this year for 9th Annual CNOY Milton event which is a new record amount. The top 4 teams being #miltonstrong ($15,613), CFUW Milton & District ($8295), Faith United ($8110) and Italian Cultural Centre of Milton ($6975).

Milton Public Library is thrilled to host award-winning Canadian comedian, Mark Critch on Thursday 21 st April at 7pm for a special 2022 One Book, One Milton (OBOM) virtual event.

Mark will take to the virtual stage to discuss his best-selling memoir, Son of a Critch: a childish Newfoundland memoir, Thursday 21 st April at 7pm. Son of a Critch is a hilarious story of family, getting into trouble, and finding one’s place in the world. The book is the winner of the 2019 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and 2019 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humor, and was long listed for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. His book inspired the popular CBC TV series, Son of a Critch, a coming-of age comedy chronicling the life of his 11-year-old self.

Sohail Naseer said “I have a passion to serve as a volunteer for the betterment of the community.” Friend and fellow Rotarian, Ries Boers said that he is “so proud of Sohail on his nomination to District Governor of Southwestern Ontario. Sohail has worked very hard for the Milton Rotary Club and together with his wife Rubina they never fail to step up to the plate to assist or run an event!”

Pack a Bag for a Friend with the help of volunteers and drivers from the community delivered backpacks and Christmas hampers on Saturday December 18th. The weather was challenging but our drivers were able to overcome the snowy roads.

Pack a Bag for a Friend’s mission is to help those in need at Christmas. Each back packs contains pajamas, an age appropriate toy, hats, mitts, socks, books, toiletries, etc. Our drivers delivered 410 Christmas hampers and backpacks to the Food4Kids children and families in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Oakville, and Burlington, plus additional families assisted by local organizations. Each Christmas hamper contained a turkey or halal chickens, potatoes, vegetables, dessert, and milk, and gave the families an opportunity to prepare a Christmas dinner.