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Milton ON – It all started with an idea of service to our youth and for 35 years, the Milton Navy League has been the sponsor of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) CHAUDIERE, which runs a cadet program that is free of cost to youth ages 12-19!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, the Milton Navy League and RCSCC CHAUDIERE commissioned a limited number of celebration Challenge Coins to recognize cadets and community leaders who have provided steadfast support to the cadets. Challenge Coins are used by militaries all over the world to recognize worthy individuals and are considered a valuable collector’s item,

Milton Town Council members Councillor Sameera Ali, Kristina Tesser Derksen and Rick Di Lorenzo were excited this week to be joining thousands of walkers and runners across Canada in the 2021 Run for Women raising help for women’s mental health programs at Halton Healthcare.

The 3 councilors got together to form a Milton Council team with themselves as walkers/runners and also received a financial donation from councillor John Challinor

The councillors walked up and down Main Street in Milton’s downtown core as well as Mary, King and Martin Street. Stopping at various business establishments and talking to local residents along the walk.

The Gallery Upstairs has announced the celebration of 45 years in business. This is a significant milestone for Owner, Hedi Nowak. Since opening in July 1976 she has proudly

built long-standing relationships with artists and clients in the Milton community and surrounding areas. A destination gallery for art and gifts— welcoming people time and time again for events and fun.

The Harrop Restaurant opened July 15, 1976 and was originally located at the Harrop Home, a century home in old Milton that Hedi purchased from the family. The art gallery was added in 1979. Throughout the last 45 years Hedi has created a successful business using her love and passion for art and people to keep her and The Gallery Upstairs a staple in the Milton community. She is always happy tosupport local and International charity and non-profit organisations, and can be found at almost every major event in town.

Milton Ontario has a great deal to offer when it comes to individual artists and creators. If you have been lucky enough to hear the voice of Milton Singer Antonella Vizzini, then you’ll be happy to learn more about her! And if you have yet to discover this performer – let me introduce you…

Antonella Vizzini moved to Milton from Toronto in 2001 when she married her husband Tony. The couple have two sons, including 17-year-old Dante and 11-year-old Luca. Antonella began singing at a very young age when she was encouraged by a music teacher in elementary school. She began performing professionally at the young age of 16. Since then, she has performed in song festivals, wedding ceremonies and receptions and various restaurants.

Holds Curbside Victorian Tea Fundraiser

Denise and Peter Mulé created the not-for-profit foundation known as Pack a Bag whose mission is to help those in need at Christmas. For the last seven years they have donated a backpack to the men, women, and children living in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Burlington, and Oakville. Each backpack contains pajamas, an age-appropriate toy, hand knit scarfs and slippers, waterproof gloves or mitts, books, socks, a water bottle, a toque, a toothbrush and toothpaste, toiletries, etc.

This past Christmas of 2020, approximately 2,150 back packs were distributed to the following organizations: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Halton, Salvation Army (Milton Branch), St. Vincent de Paul, Grace Anglican Church, Food4Kids Halton (includes families in Milton, Acton, Georgetown, Oakville, and Burlington), Milton Transitional Housing, Food for Life, Milton Community Living, Community Youth Program, Shiafra Homes, Living Hope for Care and Counseling, Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf – Milton, plus individuals in the community.

Chef Melani Bastian is determined and tireless!

She recalls how the worthwhile cause of No One Goes Hungry started in Milton on November 1st 2020: “Along with volunteers we made 350 hot meals and gave away 50 GOOD food bags from Food For Life at Caribbean Vibes on Main Street East in Milton. Within one month the program (NOGH) grew and added Oakville on a Saturday from the QEPCCC from 3pm to 5pm. On Jan 7th 2021 NOGH we added Acton & Georgetown.”

Melani adds: “With many amazing volunteers from each town pouring in, the program has now grown to serving over 1400 meals per week and giving out over 100 GOOD food bags and over 100 Halton Food For Thought snack bags for the students.

The Shopper’s Drug Mart Run for Women, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ program is the largest fundraising initiative for mental health services in the Halton community. Although this is not a new initiative for Shoppers Drug Mart, it is NEW for the Milton community as this is only the second year Milton District Hospital Foundation has been included as one of the beneficiaries. Milton District Hospital Foundation is encouraging the community to register to run/walk and show the other regions in this nationwide event what Milton can do!

Dr. Carolyn Malec, Community Family Physician and Hospitalist at Milton District Hospital says, “I’ve been participating in the Run for Women over the past few years with other physicians, friends and family. As a family physician,

Many of you know Milton’s local Name Magician -Tyler Fergus. Tyler has been performing Magic for over 21 years and he has made it his passion to help others through his magic.

On May 1st Magician Tyler Fergus partners with the Milton Lions Club to raise awareness and money for the Darling Home for Kids. This event was conducted virtually through Zoom online.

When it comes to helping others Tyler Fergus is sure to jump on board without question

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.”