On June 18th the Holy Rosary Knights of Columbus presented representatives of the Townsend-Smith Hospice Foundation with a donation from the proceeds of a charity Valentine’s Dinner and Dance that was held earlier this year. Through the support of the Milton community, the Knights were able to present a cheque in the amount of $5000!
“Thank you to the businesses of Milton for supporting this event. Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to make this donation,” says Daniel Varanelli, a member of the Knights, who along with fellow Knight Michael O’Gorman were the chair organizers of Valentine’s Dinner and Dance event.
Care4Cause Foundation – a new sister organization of Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation gives back to the community
The Tiger Jeet Singh Foundation’s new sister organization Care4Cause Foundation made a donation of 200 CareKit bags to the Salvation Army Khi Community Food Bank and the Halton Women’s Place. Each bag donated had approximately $60 worth of hygiene and lifestyle products, a very rare, yet needed donation.
Thousands of people watched the virtual Canada Day celebrations presented by the Halton Gujarati Seniors Samaj on Wednesday July 1, 2020. A non-profit registered in 2013, HGSS offers connection, care for one another, and a celebration of success, happiness, and life in Canada.
On June 6th two Milton teenagers helped organize a peaceful protest in support of Black Lives Matter. This was the latest in a series of rally’s that have occurred since the release of a video showing a police officer kneeling on the neck of a black man, George Floyd, who subsequently fell still and died while the officer’s knee was still on him.
Today marks the 158th anniversary of the last public hanging in Milton. It was held in what is now Victoria Park. Edward Keenan, 18 years of age at the time was hanged for the murder of his mother. But it was the opinion mentioned in Milton’s Champion newspaper, that many considered the father Jimmy Keenan guilty, and that the son refused to incriminate his father suffered death rather than reveal the dreadful secret. The Milton Canadian Champion’s opinion on the matter was that if Edward Keenan was the guilty party, he was too intoxicated to know anything about it. The local sheriff at the time questioned the fairness of the trial, but was unable to have the sentence commuted to imprisonment. Following the hanging the Sheriff resigned in disgust.
In this uncertain time, in which we are witnessing sides of humanity that both shock and disappoint us, we can look to the shining examples of generosity within our community. Laurie MacNab is one such person, whose work in Milton has designated her Volunteer of the Year in 2020. But MacNab’s affinity for charity work began many years ago.
Halton Hitz is an online radio station covering all of Halton Region. It’s known for its mix of easy-listening music and local news weather and sports. Owner Lee Lakin runs the station from his Acton-based home studio. “Nine years later, and nobody’s still not doing it. I’m blown away that nobody’s done it.” Lakin said of the station’s local nature.
The Milton Chamber of Commerce hosted some high voltage stars at their annual Sports’ Celebrity Dinner fundraiser February 4. The 2020 lineup included Team Canada alum Tessa Bonhomme, former NHL Player Eric Lindros, Raptors’ broadcaster Jack Armstrong, and Raptors’ alum point guard Alvin Williams. Proceeds went to the Scholarship program.
Larose bakery is closed to all but curbside pickup, meaning the parking lot is pretty well empty. On weekends the Optimist Club of Milton takes a corner of it with a trailer, and a couple of tables for their weekly food drive.
The Muslim Advisory Council of Canada (MACC) adapted its diverse programming to address community needs for Ramadan amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Building on its ability to engage the community, and through relationships with the food industry, the Muslim Advisory Council of Canada responded by bringing joy to the community via a virtual Ramadan Cupcake Showdown, a first of it’s kind in the world.