communautaire Le lien community link The Alexandria Alexandria’s 10 th annual Festival of Lights. More than 200,000 lights will illuminate Island Park every night between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. from November 28 to December 31. Admission is free! Island Park, 102 Derby Street West. Alfred La Banque alimentaire vous invite à venir pro- fiter des journées spéciales à la Friperie KAZI 9, 344, St-Philippe : 50 % sur tout en maga- sin - le jeudi 3 décembre de 9 h à 16 h et le samedi 5 décembre de 10 h à 14 h. Hawkesbury Club d’Âge d’Or 50 - November 27: 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. dance lessons; November 28: 7:30 p.m. dancing with Yolande and Marcel; November 30: 1:15 p.m. sandbag games, 6 p.m. dance lessons; December 1: 10 a.m. dance lessons, 1:15 p.m. free activities, 6:30 p.m. dart games; December 2: 1:15 p.m. petanque; December 3: arts & crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12 p.m. soup & sand- wiches, 1:30 p.m. Bingo, 3:30 p.m. regular meeting; December 4: 9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. dance lessons. Info: 613-632-8294. The Montreal Welsh Male Choir Concert - Sun- day, November 29 at 3 p.m., traditional songs and readings for Christmas at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church at 440 Stanley Street. Info: 613-632-9910. Artisan Sale November 19 to December 6; Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. 280 Tupper Street. Cash donations and non-perishable food items accepted. Info: 613-677-4414. The Hawkesbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 152 Nelson, holds live music and dancing every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a Smoked Meat Dinner with live music on the last Friday of each month. There is also cribbage every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and weekly darts Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Hall is available for rent. Information: 613-632-5136. Plantagenet The Nation senior’s dinner will be held Dec 1, at noon, at the South Plantagenet hall, county Rd 9, Fournier. RSVP by Nov 27 to Dytha at 613-673-2866. Sainte- Anne-de-Prescott Concert de Noël le 28 novembre à 19 h 30 à Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott. Musique et chants par la chorale « Voix-là » à l›église patrimo- niale. 10 $ par adulte, enfants 0-12 gratuit. Un goûter sera servi. Collecte de fonds pour la paroisse. Information 613-674-5523 / www. Vankleek Hill Chistmas Craft Fair November 27, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; November 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Novem- ber 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vankleek Hill Community Centre, 36 Mill Street. Info: 613- 678-5086. Country Christmas Party on Saturday, Novem- ber 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Vankleek Hill Fair Grounds. Funds raised will benefit Sacha`s Park.

Alison Rowlands travelling with a purpose


Alison Rowlands is a typical teenager. She likesmusic, hanging with her friends, scary movies, and video games. But this teenager also likes history, traveling, and helping others. On March 13, the Vankleek Hill Colle- giate Institute (VCI) grade 10 student will be traveling to Guatemala to help out with labour, building, and caring for others. She is the only student from VCI going on this trip. Other students from around Canada will be going to Guatemala as well to help out with much needed support. Gerry Delorme from the Hawkesbury Rotary Club said the club is sponsoring Rowlands to take this incredible trip during the school’s spring break in March. “This is not a vacation,” said Delorme. “This is com- munity service. You’ll also have the oppor- tunity to meet a lot of other Interact Club members from all over the place. Everyone goes there very enthusiastic and comes back very happy.” The nine day Mission will take place at the Common Hope project site in Antigua, Guatemala from Sunday March 13 toMon- day March 21, 2016. The Common Hope Organization has been running these Mis- sions for 21 years. Each year CommonHope sends about 20 teams of volunteers to Gua- temala. CommonHope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of deve- lopment through education, health care, and housing. A Vision Team is made up of ten to 12 volunteers of Interact students and leaders. Rowlands is a member of the VCI Inte- ract Club which helps to raise funds and awareness for several different initiatives, including raisingmoney for Syrian refugees. “I am very excited to go,” said Rowlands. “It is something I have always wanted to do. I like helping people.” On top of her trip to Guatemala, Rowlands will also be going on the Return To Vimy trip with her classmates in 2017. The tour will

VCI grade 10 student Alison Rowlands (right) is travelling around not just for fun, but to help those in need. When she is not travelling, she is helping out at fundraisers

depart on April 5, 2017, and return on April 13. This trip will take the students to Vimy Ridge to commemorate the 100 th anniversary of the battle. The Vimy trip will also take students to London and Paris. “For many students, this will be a life changing trip,” exclaimed Natalie Kouao, VCI teacher organizing the trip. “This is an amazing opportunity, and the kids are really enthusiastic.” “I’m very interested in history,” said Rowlands. “Not only do I want to see new places, but it is a great opportunity for educa- tion and to find out about history first hand.” Rowlands plans on going to university after high school. She would like to be a surgeon. “I want to go tomed school to work as either a trauma surgeon or a pediatric surgeon. I’m not sure yet. I know I want to be a surgeon. It’s a chance to help people. I’ve always been interested inmedicine since

I was a young child. There was a lot of talk about medicine when I was a kid. Everyone always said I would make a good doctor.” Rowlands was originally born in Quebec, but has lived in Chute-à-Blondeau since she was just one year old. Her mother, Lisa, owns a kennel called Cedar Bank Pet Boarding, and her father, Daniel, is retired. Rowlands loves music and takes violin lessons. She reads a lot and enjoys horror movies. “I like to read about history and fan- tasy books about stuff that could be possible,” explained Rowlands. “My favouritemovie is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The music is great. I love to sing along to all the songs.” Rowlands likes to spend time with her friends, Ty, Beth and Taylor, watching mo- vies, talking, and playing video games. At 15, Rowlands is well on her way to a bright future.

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