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Vaughan's Strong Sense of Community

One of things I’ve noticed since we settled in Vaughan is the strong sense of community that exists here. I’m not talking about neighbours washing each other’s cars or dropping in on one another (although our lovely neighbours do regularly bring us delicious plates of food and desserts!). I’m talking about people and groups of people doing things that benefit the neighbourhood, the city, or the region. There is such a lot of good going on around us, you just need to keep your eyes open, and you’ll see it.

Girl Guides

When I was 4 or 5 years old, my brother became a Scout. I was terribly upset that he was learning how to survive alone in the deep, dark jungles of South Africa (please note that there are no jungles in South Africa) while I was left at home making mud pies and dressing the dog up in dolls’ clothes.

A few months after we arrived in Canada, in an effort to fast-track our acculturation and becoming Canadian, I decided my daughter should join Girl Guides (and learn how to survive alone in the deep, dark jungles of Canada, just in case). Because she was 6, she joined Sparks and has made some new friends.

Girl Guides of Canada sets girls up to find their place in the world and gives them the confidence to work towards things that matter to them. Adult members support girls to achieve and succeed through fun, adventures, and challenges. Each week the girls are introduced to a new theme or topic and they participate in activities to learn more about the subject. These activities give the girls an opportunity to build confidence and skills, and to earn badges.

There are a number of Girl Guide units in Vaughan, for all different ages. For more information on how you or your daughter can get involved, visit www.girlguides.ca.

Romano Real Estate

Leslie and David Romano are not your typical realtors. In fact, there is very little that is typical about the Romanos in any facet of their lives (think dance parties at breakfast time and their own version of carpool karaoke). David and Leslie go beyond what is expected of parents, friends, community members, family and humans: they are just good, kind people.

Living where they work, in New Kleinburg, not only gives David and Leslie an advantage as realtors (visit www.rteam.ca if you you’re looking for an agent who will even help you pack your boxes!), it also gives them the inside scoop on what is happening and what needs to happen within the community. And, with their vast network of associates and friends who are willing to help them out at the drop of a hat, they get stuff done!

David and Leslie recently recognized a need to clean up the streets within the community. The spring thaw has left a lot of litter behind, making a normally lovely community look a little worse for wear. They’ve reached out to their contacts and have brought loads of sponsors on board to assist with the cleanup.

If you’d like to join in the New Kleinburg Spring Cleaning initiative on 2 June, visit www.kleinburgspringcleaning.ca for more info and to register.

Gloves, garbage bags, garbage removal, coffee, snacks and lots of motivational shouting and back clapping will be provided.

Go Girl Workshops

Go Girl Workshops focus on building skills such as confidence, self-care, healthy relationships, and mindfulness. Girls learn to appreciate their individual beauty and are helped to develop a positive body image.

Every day children are bombarded with images telling them how they should look, and what beautiful looks like. They are told that if they don’t meet the socially mandated standards of beauty, they are not only unattractive, but people won’t like them either. This negativity has far-reaching consequences and affects our children’s self-esteem and body image.

Allie, a youth and childcare worker, is the woman behind Go Girl Workshops. Allie’s work gave her insight into many of the aspects of life young girls struggle with. She heard about the bullying, the media pressure, growing up too fast, and trying to keep up with friends.

In the workshops, Girls learn tools to navigate obstacles and emotions, and to gain a more positive worldview. They learn about developing healthy habits and how to implement mindfulness and gratitude in their daily lives: a little bit of ‘Om’ goes a long way. Girls are introduced to the idea that being different is a good thing and something to be celebrated, not something to be ashamed of. Children are also taught coping strategies and have the chance to meet new friends.

If you’d like to find out more check our @gogirlworkshops_ on Instagram or pop Allie a mail at gogirlworkshops@gmail.com.

Gown Girl

Most of us have beautiful gowns sitting in our closets. For some of us, those gowns are a little snug in places where once they fit perfectly. For others, spaghetti straps are no longer as flattering as they once were. Instead of keeping those gowns to gather dust, you can let them live again and find their true purpose!

Gown Girl was started by Amandalina Letterio. Amandalina realized that there are many girls who might not have the funds to buy or hire the dress of their dreams for the exciting event they want to attend. Every girl deserves the opportunity to dress up and be a princess for at least one night! Amandalina, and the generous people who have donated gowns to this organization, have created the opportunity for every girl’s princess dreams to come true. ‘I kept thinking: Prom is one night; education is forever. I would rather girls save money for the unexpected costs that come with post-secondary education, than spend hundreds of dollars on one night, and so, Gown Girl was created’.

In addition to the wonderful women who have donated their gowns, W Event Boutique in Vaughan allowed Gown Girl to take photos in their space, and Sophia Venturin has hopped on board to donate supplies. This wonderfully generous initiative is growing, and with even more support, it will grow into a fantastic organization that benefits the community.

If you would like to help, or if you know someone who could use a dress, go to: https://bit.ly/2GtqtRT.

W Event Boutique

This sophisticated and luxurious new event venue located in Woodbridge, is the perfect spot for you to host your wedding, cocktail celebration, or corporate function. The trendy industrial aesthetic means it’s perfectly suited to any theme you’ve chosen for your event.

With its open floor plan, this spacious and airy venue can accommodate up to 200 guests for a seated dinner, or 350 guests for a cocktail-style reception. The white backdrop is perfect for colour-tailoring and customizing your celebration.

In addition to offering a beautiful venue as a setting for your dream celebration or exciting event. W Event Boutique is a company doing good in the community. Gown Girl, the organization offering gently worn evening gowns to girls saving to pay for their education, was given the opportunity to shoot pictures of their gowns at this unique venue.

To explore this beautiful venue some more, go to http://www.weventboutique.com/.

Sophia Venturin

As a Sales Representative at Royal LePage Realty, Sophia Venturin has the chance to see the latest trends in décor as she spends time getting to know her clients, their homes, and their wants and needs.

Using this knowledge of what’s on trend, Sophia plays Fairy Godmother and contributes to the Gown Girl initiative by donating supplies. Sophia’s generosity and positivity are just two of the characteristics her clients find hard to resist.

If you’re looking to buy or lease a home, Sophia would love to hear from you. You can contact her at sventurin@royallepage.ca.