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Since 1981, Mayor Krantz has led the tradition that originated in 1967 of ringing in each New Year with pride and enthusiasm. Zainab Azim, the youngest ever “future astronaut” has made it her goal to inspire our girls to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Zainab is the founder of Global Initiative & Vision for Education (GIVE) which prootes STEM and access to education.

The United Nations Space4Women network selected Zainab as a mentor and UNOOSA selected Zainab as the Youngest Role Model for Gender Equality and STEM. Zainab inspires young girls to be actively involved in space sciences and collaborates with members of this network to connect young women with mentors through various forums. Zainab’s work is an inspiration at both a local and international level. In 2022, Zainab received the Milton Chamber of Commerce award for Citizen of the year. Zainab is also a student at the University of Toronto where she volunteers as a Research Assistant at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is currently working at the House of Commons of Canada to improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

“On May 25th I performed at Massey Hall, it was an incredible experience. Her band was so wonderful,her tour manager took really good care of me. I got to meet her dog Poppy! Jann was awesome,she even took some time that night to film my sound check so I would have content for Tik Tok.”

Billianne belongs to a musical family:

“My mom sang in a choir … My dad plays guitar as a hobby and loves music and instruments of all kinds…. My brother taught himself piano, and was the first person I ever recorded a song with when I was 6…. My sister can sing and play the flute… My other brother has a wonderful voice and a very creative mind which I always looked up to…. I was always writing songs.”

Over the years, coaches and teacher: Erin Narain, Mrs Hobden, Mr Fournier, Mr Carson-Foster, Mr.Cummings, Mr. Foster, have inspired and encouraged her musical journey.

Billi has always been part of the Milton Music Scene: She was on the worship team at her local church – Southside; Helped with music for soccer camps during the summer; Performed on Open mic at Starbucks; Was a Shining Star at the 2022 Milton Strawberry Festival;

Music has played an important part in Billianne’s life, as she performed in recitals and talent shows. She learned the trombone and joined bands in middle school. In Milton District High School she focused more on her voice and performed as a singer with various bands.

Recently during a CTV interview, Billi described how she simply records all her songs in her room “with my 2 $15 monitors I got from Re-Store! But they worked! That’s all I needed!” The interviewer commented that “Billi’s humility is still intact!”

In 2019, she first started to post on TikTok: “It was pretty new. I liked it because it was short clips and I could post my originals and covers easily. In October 2021, I had my first real viral video, my cover of Simply the Best in the style of the Schitt’s Creek version that Patrick sings to David. (Noah Reid version).

“I had never experienced so many people outside of my family that made comments that were so thoughtful, like ‘your voice is like a campfire’ ‘your voice is like wearing cozy socks on a cool October night’ -things like that. It reached a million views in just a couple of weeks.”

A record label reached out to her (Selene under Avex USA) and after meeting with them a few times she signed with them. “We released my first cover and single on all streaming platforms February 2022.”

On this Giving Tuesday, a ‘global generosity movement’ held annually, the Townsend Smith Foundation (TSF) and our community came together to unveil signage that clearly proclaims the future home of North Halton’s first hospice residence.

“Today the momentum that has been achieved through the generosity of the local community continues with the TSF being able to loudly and proudly proclaim the first site of much-need hospice care for the residents of North Halton and area” said Astrid Lakats, Board Chair, and proud donor for TSF.

A variety of local dignitaries joined the TSF Board, leadership volunteers, donors, and other community leaders to celebrate the future for a state-ofthe- art hospice that will serve the community once completed

“The support from the community has and continues to make all the difference,” said Astrid, who also noted that the next step will be a fundraising campaign to raise what the province often calls the “community share” for this vital project. “Every donation has an impact, and the ability to help us in reaching our goal. There is a lot of work ahead of us, so the support of our community is key in building a hospice residence on the property”

Those wishing to learn more about hospice care in North Halton, the work of the Townsend Smith Foundation, or make a donation, on this Giving Tuesday are encouraged to visit: www.

July 4th marked Milton’s 165th Birthday and to help celebrate the historical day local Milton Councillor Rick Di Lorenzo held a Milton Birthday Bash at his home where he along with his family invited anyone in Milton to come pick up a slice of Cake and talk about all things Milton. It was an all evening event with residents coming in at different hours to pick up a slice and talk about local news and items in our town.

All of seventeen and Aarav Bhatt has written lyrics, composed music and now even acted in his first ever singles which are out on YouTube. This dance enthusiast also plays a few musical instruments, is an artist and don’t forget he is a DJ too!

A jack of many trades, Aarav is a master musician. Aarav says he was thirteen years old when he had his first music technology class, where he learned how to produce and write songs more in-depth. He says over the years he has tried to polish his talent. “My biggest inspirations are Justin Bieber, Lauv, Charlie Puth & The Kid Laroi. Even a little bit of Ed Sheeran too. These artists are currently putting out some of the most amazing-sounding music, and I’m here for it.” says Aarav. Telling us about the ‘Me and You’, his first music video Aarav says, “The music video is about liking this girl, and she texts you that she’s coming over, so you spend the whole day cleaning the house and tidying up so it can look good for her to show up.”

The provincial elections are coming up which means things are getting exciting locally too!

Sameera Ali is Milton’s Liberal MPP candidate and we are excited to share that her campaign office is opening up on Tuesday May 3rd 2022.

“Almost a decade ago, the people of Milton welcomed me and my family with warmth, compassion and love when we moved here. Their optimism, positive energy and hopeful vision inspired me to run as the Ontario Liberal Party’s candidate in the upcoming provincial election to be a strong voice on their behalf at Queen’s Park.” says Sameera.

To celebrate Black History Month, Milton Public Library is thrilled to host award winning, internationally bestselling Canadian author, Lawrence Hill, to discuss his debut children’s novel, Beatrice and Croc Harry. Hill’s virtual author event will be hosted in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) and Halton Catholic District School Board on Thursday, 10th February, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

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