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Oakville Rotary Clubs honour six with top award

Oakville Rotary Club's bestowed their highest honour — a Paul Harris Fellowship award —on six people last week.

Gord Cowan, Julia Hanna, Tiffany Kummer, Jennifer Neal, Linda Roberts and John Wannamaker were each recognized at the Oakville Conference Centre during a dinner and awards ceremony celebration hosted by Rotary Club of Oakville, Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and Rotary Club of Oakville West.

The fellowship, established in 1957 and named after the founder of Rotary, recognizes citizens who demonstrate a strong commitment to helping people in need, both locally and internationally.

Rotary Club officials said the recipients embody the spirit of the award.

Each have gone "above and beyond," giving their time, talents and hearts to improve the lives of people in need in the community.

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Putting Family First

Family Day in Ontario is Monday, February 17th. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to everyone in our community. There are many types of families— single-parent, two-parent, foster, adoptive, same-sex, heterosexual—and each one is unique.

At the Halton Children’s Aid Society, we strongly believe children and youth belong at home and we do everything we can to keep families together. We work with parents, caregivers and other organizations to build a safe, strong community. In fact, we have now been doing so for 100 years—2014 marks a milestone for the Society, A Century of Caring and More!

This Family Day we want to thank all the foster, kin and adoptive families who have cared for our children and youth and helped them create lifelong connections.

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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family

As Our Kids Network reminds Halton families to celebrate our strengths on Family Day, the United Nations is reminding people around the world to recognize the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF).

Elena DiBattista, director of Our Kids Network, says the three IYF themes, although considered global issues, resonate loudly within Halton. They are confronting family poverty, ensuring work-family balance, and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity within families and communities.

“According to the Halton Youth Parent Survey, the majority of local parents have very high levels of Family Assets,” she says. “These are the everyday interactions, values, skills and relationships families use to help them thrive. There’s always more work to do, of course. We must continue to support families as they build on their strengths and resiliency.”

 

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