EarlyON Child and Family Centres

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EarlyON Child and Family Centres offer free programs to parents/caregivers and their children from birth to six years of age. These community hubs welcome all families to participate in quality programs that foster healthy child development, strengthen adult-child relationships and support parent education. EarlyON programs provide play based learning for children through play, song, games, sensory and creative experiences. These opportunities allow children to develop their social and emotional skills, reach developmental milestones and begin their journey of lifelong learning. All Centres are staffed with qualified professionals. To access information and on local EarlyOn Centres visit the Children’s Services web sites for Grey County and Bruce County

Georgian College is hosting an Open House on Saturday Feb 8, 2020 at all seven campuses including the Owen Sound, ON location. Anyone that would like to apply to Georgian College can do so for FREE at this event. During the Open House the public can take a campus tour and hear about the full and part-time programs as well as online learning opportunities. Learn about financial aid, awards and scholarships and visit student services ask about the supports that they offer students. Everyone that attends this event can apply for a chance to win up to $5000 to put towards a tuition! Complete the online Career assessment called Career Match before attending, to discover what program interest you. To find out about applying to an Ontario College and important deadlines for applications link into Ontario College.

Financial Literacy Course

The McGill Personal Finance Essentials is a FREE, online financial literacy program that is accessible to everyone. This course was developed by Canadian companies hoping to help Canadians to develop the knowledge and tools required to make good financial decisions. If you would like to learn more about budgeting, borrowing money, real estate and investing this may be a valuable program to consider. To learn more about ways you can take charge of your personal finances link into McGill Personal Finance Essentials.

Greater Good In Action

Greater Good in Action presents science-based, practical exercises to boost personal well-being.  The program was created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab. The group gathers research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life and shares them on a web site in a format that’s easy to navigate. Click on the link to enjoy the Free beneficial practices Greater Good in Action.

Seasonal Poem

Seasons Ebb Away 

As I sat on my back porch in my rocking chair today, I could see, feel and smell summer ebbing away.

I could hear the wind blowing softly through the trees. I could even see a few falling leaves.

I can tell by the shorter days that fall is on the way. The hot, lazy days of summer aren’t going to stay.

Blissful spring has come and gone.
The remaining days of sleepy summer won’t last long.

Glorious fall colors will soon appear.
But, like the flowers of summer they will disappear.

Winter will follow the fall as it always has.
Spring, summer and fall are again
Part of the past.

People can be compared to the seasons.
They are born, bloom, and ebb away.
Like spring, summer, and fall they cannot stay.

Winter will come as it always does.
If we are blessed, we have experienced the
seasons at their best.

JENNY KELLEY

A Beautiful Christmas Poem

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Holiday Greeting

I heard you say on Christmas Day
“Joy! Peace to one and all!”
And round the tree you danced with glee
Till from your hair did fall

A ribbon of the deepest red –
A Christmas red, we both averred –
And so we plucked it from the snow
And gave it to a passing bird.

“Oh thank you!  Thank you!” she replied;
“A garland for my nest,
To say today’s a special day –
One different from the rest.”

Away she flew, the crimson trim
Rippling ’round her feet;
And wove it so that all could see
Her décor from the street.

A very Merry Christmas to
All birds with snowy berth
Whose voices ring in caroling
Of peace to men on Earth!

~ Barbara Vance

Anytime ESL Coffee Break Discussions

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The Avon Maitland District School Board Centre for Employment and Learning has created an online English as a second language program called Anytime ESL. Anytime ESL is a free program offered to all anyone that qualifies for Adult Non-Credit ESL services.

Anytime ESL, has developed an online instructor-led program that provides learners with an opportunity to practice their speaking and listening skills in a supportive environment. Learners at Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 1-5 can register online to participate in Live Group Discussions. This program will begin in September 2018 and continue until March 2019. A calendar of events and conversation topics can be found at Coffee Break Discussions.