Through a partnership between Kiwanis and Staples, funds raised through the Staples Start to Smart program have recently been distributed to Operation Backpack and six local elementary schools.
Presenting $2,880 in Staples gift cards for Operation Backpack to Karyn O’Neil, Director, Community Engagement and Operations at the United Way are Kathie Jordan of the Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent and Rita Tanguay of Staples and Claire Smith, General Manager of the Chatham Staples store.
The Kiwanis / Staples “Start to Smart” partnership sees Staples raising the back to school funds and passing them on via Staples gift cards to Kiwanis for distribution within the community that the Staples store serves, as the club sees fit. Despite uncertainty among many parents as to what the upcoming school year will look like, a long standing Chatham-Kent program “Operation Backpacks” operated by the local United Way will still be available for those in need. The Kiwanis Club of Chatham-Kent is pleased to be a partner making this program available along with Staples, The United Way. Enbridge, Chatham-Kent’s employmemnt and social services department, TekSavvy and Women’s United.
Margaret Campbell shared the 15 year story of support by the Canadian Aid for Chernobyl to the people of Belarus following the tragedy of Chernobyl at our March 4 Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Active Lifestyle Centre. Kiwanian PLG George Service is pictured with Margaret Campbell following her presentation.
For more information on how a dedicated group of Canadians continue to support a community in Belarus see Margaret Campbell’s report to her church at http://www.eriestreetunited.org/OUTREACH–BELARUS.html
More information is also available at the Canadian Aid for Chernobyl website at http://canadianaidforchernobyl.com/new/2020/01/2020-initiatives/
Mental Health Promotion Specialist Megan Walker was the featured speaker at this week’s Chatham-Kent Kiwanis meeting. Her message centered on a new youth program called Access Open Minds and Chatham-Kent is the only community in Ontario that received grant funding to operate the program. With one in five people affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives and 75% of mental illnesses starting between the ages of 15 and 24 Megan stressed how important it is to have the opportunity to reach out to youth through the downtown Chatham location. For more information please visit https://accessopenminds.ca/our-site/chatham-kent-on/
2020 marks the 75th Anniversary for the Chatham Kiwanis Music Festival and a series of concerts, featuring former student participants including some who have achieved international acclaim, culminates in the March 7, 2020 Homecoming Concert, 8 pm at Kiwanis Theatre, featuring pianist Dr. Benjamin Smith, violinist Jordan Clayton and tenor, Ryan Nauta. For ticket information visit https://www.chathamkiwanis.com/musicfestival/
Pictured here is Kiwanis member Eileen Richards with her scrapbook from the Kiwanis Music Festival when she was festival secretary from 1962 to 1972. (picture credit Elwood Shreve, Post Media)
Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services public educator Whitney Burk is pictured offering Kiwanis members Austin Hadlock and Kerry Halls a complimentary spatula to help remind them that when they are cooking they shouldn’t be distracted as one of the fire safety tips that she shared with Kiwanians at their February 27 meeting. She continued by saying that when they have something cooking on the stove and the doorbell rings they should take the spatula to the door with them as a reminder that their may be a fire hazard brewing. Lots of great information shared by Whitney in an energetic and entertaining presentation.