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TVOKids’ “Giver” show about Amherstburg playground debuting June 1
TVOKids’ “Giver” show about Amherstburg playground debuting June 1
Posted May 13, 2015

By Ron Giofu

 

The TVOKids’ show “Giver” that was filmed in Amherstburg last summer is set to hit the airwaves June 1.

The show filmed construction of the accessible playground at the Libro Centre over a three-day period last August and has been shaped into a 30-minute episode of the series. The show is currently in its third season.

“Giver” personalities also interviewed local children who use the park, one of them being nine-year-old Arta Giles of Amherstburg.

“It was very fun,” Arta recalled of the experience. “I enjoyed working with all the machines and trying to figure out how they work. That’s why it was quite fun.”
Arta said she learned about tools and how they work and also helped out in laying the accessible flooring. She believes seeing the show will be “very cool” as she will not only see herself but others who helped make the playground a reality.

Arta regularly returns to the playground and enjoys knowing she helped make it a reality.

“I like seeing everything we built,” she said. “I’m so glad I was able to build this park. It makes me feel I can participate in this. It lightens my heart.”

Arta’s mother Christine said her daughter greatly enjoyed the experience, which included meeting “Giver” personalities like host Michael Lagimodiere.

Another star is added to wall of honour…
Another star is added to wall of honour…
Posted May 13, 2015

By:  Max Vigneux

 

Sadly last October we lost another cherished Miracle League Player from the Bombers Team, Eric Brinkman.  Eric was always happy and excited every time he came out to play baseball.  Eric and his parents Kerry & Ann had grown to cherish their time at the Miracle League.  They loved the players, music, fun and other players and families.  Most of all, Ann and Kerry enjoyed seeing their son participate in the game of baseball.

 

This past Saturday, May 9, 2015, we honoured Eric as a treasured part of the Miracle League family.  The dedication of a star on our Wall of Honour ensures that Eric will always be remembered and cherished as part of the Miracle League of Amherstburg.  Though Eric is no longer with us, we are certain he part of Team of Angels watching over the Miracle League in the outfield.  He will never be forgotten.

 

 

Rotary Club aiming for $1,500 from 28th annual pasta dinner
Rotary Club aiming for $1,500 from 28th annual pasta dinner
Posted April 01, 2015

The Rotary Club of Amherstburg held its 28th annual pasta dinner fundraiser for Easter Seals and hope, once all the bills are paid, to raise at least $1,500.

Rotarian Martin Breshamer, the club’s Easter Seals chairperson, said last Thursday evening’s dinner drew 110 people. That was down slightly from last year, he stated.

“It was still a nice event,” said Breshamer. “I think everyone had a nice time.”

Breshamer pointed out that all proceeds raised by the Rotary Club go towards supporting Easter Seals children. The dinner also included raffle and door prizes.

The event started at the Anderdon Tavern but moved over to the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus Hall once the Anderdon Tavern was sold and subsequently demolished. This year’s pasta dinner was the 12th at the K of C Hall.

“We’re very grateful to the K of C’s staff,” said Breshamer.

This year’s Easter Seals ambassadors are Sammy Uprichard and Kameron Seguin, both of whom attended the pasta dinner with their families. Uprichard and Seguin will be part of the Easter Seals telethon on Cogeco Cable 11 April 12.

“It’s been a great time,” said Uprichard, of being an ambassador.

Seguin said they get to participate in a number of events around the area, including the telethon. Being on television will be “cool,” he said.

Amherstburg Heroes raise $5,000 at 10th anniversary celebration
Amherstburg Heroes raise $5,000 at 10th anniversary celebration
Posted April 01, 2015

It was a celebration a decade in the making for the Amherstburg Heroes Athletic Club.

The club hosted its tenth anniversary fundraiser Saturday night at the Verdi Club with a sell-out crowd of roughly 320 people in attendance. The club is a partnership between Community Living Essex County and the Amherstburg Police Service and provides an chance for those with an intellectual disability to participate in recreational opportunities such as basketball and baseball.

Essex MPP Taras Natyshak called the event “amazing” and “incredible,” and said the Heroes program involves inclusion, activity and love of community. He also praised Chief Tim Berthiaume, stating “there is no one I know who loves his community more than Chief Berthiaume.”

Natyshak added it “warms my heart” to be part of the Heroes’ tenth anniversary fundraiser.

Sarah Watson, representing her husband Essex MP Jeff Watson, said she got to know Heroes co-founder Michelle Jones-Rousseau and said Jones-Rousseau’s tenacity and “deep advocacy” not only for her son Kyle but for others with disabilities is clear.

Jones-Rousseau founded the program with the aid of Sgt. Mike Cox.

Watson said she formerly worked as an in-home respite worker and said she learned parents of children are the best advocates for them and consistently bring down barriers.

BCNSA group Fundraiser Dinner a Success
BCNSA group Fundraiser Dinner a Success
Posted February 07, 2015

A fantastic night was held by the BCNSA group from the University of Windsor. For the 3rd year in a row, these students have chosen to and supported the Miracle League. In the last two years alone they have raised over $7,000 for the Miracle League and some students have even become very dedicated buddies at the Miracle League. Hats off to this great group of students for their dedication and generosity. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!