Keeping things safe with Elmer

“Safe travels!” We hear that a lot, this time of year, when folks head off for the holidays. What does it mean to be safe? My first official memory of safety involves Elmer the Safety Elephant. We met him in kindergarten and he was a fixture in our primary...

What are you nourishing?

I am about to wander downstairs and make shortbread, as generations of women in my family have done and will continue to do long after I am gone. Shortbread, fruitcake, mince tarts, pfeffernüsse, stollen, bûche de noël and tourtière are baked into our Christmas...

Creative? Yes you are!

“You may say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Not true. We’re going to help you find that creative bone!” Those are the words of Carolyn Dawn Good, a Kitchener artist and community catalyst I often describe as “the...

Just what are Human Rights?

On December 10th, 1948, the international community, appalled by “barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind” they’d seen in World War II, vowed such atrocities would never happen again. They signed the Universal Declaration of...

Helping Opportunity Knock

I was raised to believe that we make our own opportunities. That’s easy to believe when your family and community provide you with safe places to live and play, a great education, three squares a day, inspiring role models and a comforting hug when things go...