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Mind your Mind!

Excerpt:
“…In Newfoundland and Labrador when you’re told to mind something, it means to pay attention to something or to watch out for something.

“Mind the moose,” we all know, means to take caution and watch out for moose that could be a hazard.

The recent conference at Menihek High School in Labrador City “mind your mind” was a great play on that well-known phrase that basically told participants to take care of their mental health….”

Author: Mike Power
Date of Article: May 11, 2017
Source: Labradorian
Website: http://www.thelabradorian.ca/community/2017/5/11/mind-your-mind-.html

Random Age-Friendly: Clarenville Legion donates to CREST

Excerpt:
“…For more than 90 years the Royal Canadian Legion has held true to their mission and continues to play a critical role in our society today.
Legion members contribute countless volunteer hours, and fundraise millions of dollars each year for their communities….”

Date of Article: April 27, 2017
Source: The Packet
Website: http://www.thepacket.ca/community/2017/4/27/random-age-friendly–clarenville-legion-donates-to-crest.html

‘No hesitation’: Lewisporte firefighters save 1 of 2 dogs pulled from icy water

Excerpt:
“…Members of Lewisporte’s volunteer fire department and the town manager assisted in a cold water rescue on Monday after a pair of dogs went for a walk on ice near the community wharf and fell in.

Both pets were pulled from the water but only one survived….”

Author: Chris Ensing
Date of Article: April 26, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/lewisporte-dogs-fall-through-ice-rescue-volunteer-fire-department-1.4087279

Bringing joy to others through volunteering is fulfilling for Heather Johanson of Springdale

Excerpt:
“…SPRINGDALE, NL — Volunteering was instilled in Heather Johanson at a young age. She may not have quite understood its value back then, but she certainly does now.

Today, in Springdale, she can be found at the heart of many groups and organizations that help make the Green Bay town a better place to live….”

Author: Cory Hurley
Date of Article: April 26, 2017
Source: The nor’wester
Website: http://www.thenorwester.ca/news/local/2017/4/26/bringing-joy-to-others-through-volunteering-is-fulfilling-for-he.html

Celebrating Volunteer Week in Botwood and area

Excerpt:
“…This is the ninth year for the volunteer appreciation dinner. One of the people responsible for cooking the meal turned out to be the Volunteer of the Year for Botwood, Terry Hancock.

Also receiving Volunteer of the Year awards were:

Northern Arm — Fred Butler

Peterview — Amanda Sheppard…”

Date of Article: April 26, 2017
Source: Advertiser
Website: http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/news/local/2017/4/26/celebrating-volunteer-week-in-botwood-and-area.html

Dreams Take Flight helps Cape Breton children visit Walt Disney World

Excerpt:
“…SYDNEY, N.S. — You couldn’t take the smile off Halle Gould’s face on Tuesday.

For as long as Gould can remember, she always wanted to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and that dream will become a reality today….”

Author: Jeremy Fraser
Date of Article: April 25, 2017
Source: Cape Breton Post
Website: http://www.capebretonpost.com/living/2017/4/25/dreams-take-flight-helps-cape-breton-children-visit-walt-disney-.html

Joining old man winter in putting on a show

Excerpt:
“…Heretofore, too, this is the time of year when beautiful Bay of Islands and the incredible Humber region has long met Old Man Winter head on with degree-defying local winterfest celebrations through the valleys, up the harbours, down the shores and out the bays of western Newfoundland. About half a century on in some places.

Do be watching for winterfesting nearer you. Distances factor in. Driving, suspect. Walking, cautious….”

Author: Dave White
Date of Article: February 8, 2017
Source: The Western Star
Website: http://www.thewesternstar.com/opinion/columnists/2017/2/9/joining-old-man-winter-in-putting-on-a-show.html

Jigger the house pig needs a home

Excerpt:
“…Jigger — a not-so-mini mini-pig who loves belly scratches — is looking for a new forever family where he can be top hog.

“He’s the type he’ll come sit next to you on the couch, he loves a belly rub and an ear scratch and he likes to follow you around to see what you’re doing,” said Jigger’s foster mother Heather Ballard, a volunteer with Rescue NL who already has a pig of her own….”

Author: Maggie Gillis
Date of Article: February 8, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jigger-pig-needs-home-1.3971846

Lack of Indigenous inclusion, not enough supports highlighted in education reform meeting

Excerpt:
“…Mental health support and Indigenous issues were among many topics brought up at a public consultation on education in Happy Valley-Goose Bay Tuesday evening.

“It’s frightening. We have more children coming in that are high need than ever ever before,” retired teacher Paula Dawe told the 25 or so educators, parents and teachers at the meeting….”

Author: Jacob Barker
Date of Article: February 8, 2017
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/happy-valley-goose-bay-education-consultation-1.3971705

Bay of Islands Search and Rescue perform training exercise to test new software

Excerpt:
“…Bay of Islands Search and Rescue performed a training exercise in the vicinity of Three Bear Mountain in Corner Brook on Tuesday night.

The exercise was a mock search based on a scenario that has happened in the past and volunteers expect could likely happen again — an urban search for an Alzheimer’s patient who has wandered, underprepared, into the woods….”

Author: Chris Quigley
Date of Article: February 8, 2017
Source: The Western Star
Website: http://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/2017/2/8/bay-of-islands-search-and-rescue-perform-training-exercise-to-te.html