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United Way chapters unite for refugees

Three regional United Way groups are joining forces for a United for Refugees campaign Three UnitedWays serving the communi- ties of Prescott-Russell, Lanark County and Renfrew County have joined the United for Refugees campaign to support refugees of the Syrian crisis. Funds raised will be used to support the sponsorship and settlement of refugees in these counties. “This fundraising effort focuses on get- ting resources to where they are needed themost and will have the greatest impact,” said Jodie Densmore, executive director for Centraide United Way Prescott-Russell (CUWPR). “Donations will be used to assist with sponsorship, provide counseling for refugees in their native language, mental health support, English- and French-lan- guage training, employment supports and more.” “We’re all heartbroken by the Syrian cri- sis, and members of our community are telling us they want to help,” said Fraser Scantlebury, executive director for United Way Lanark County (UWLC). “Together, we want to be prepared to support these refu- gees as they build a life in our communities.” United for Refugees is a community ini- tiative to raise funds for the sponsorship and settlement of people affected by the Syrian crisis. The federal government has committed to bringing 10,000 refugees to Canada by the end of 2015, and another 15,000 by March 2016. Following on United Way Ottawa’s suc- cessful launch, the United Ways of Lanark County, RenfrewCounty, and Prescott-Rus- sell are launching United for Refugees in an effort tomake sure that newcomers to these regions have the right tools to start a new life. Each regional United Way Centraide is now accepting donations for United for Refu- gees on their websites at,, and renfrewcountyu- Direct deposits to the campaign can be done at uwo/donate/community.php?language=e or nate/community.php?language=f “UnitedWay has a long history of helping newcomers in our community,” said Gail Logan-McMeekin, executive director, for RenfrewCounty UnitedWay. “We knowwe can make a difference in the lives of those affected by the crisis in Syria.” Reality Tour coming back November’s Reality Tour was a great suc- cess according to council member Paul Emile Duval. “I think it’s the best $500 the township has ever spent.” Champlain Township donated the money for the event that took place November 14. There will be two more Reality Tours taking place February 20 and April 20, both at Pleasant Corners Public School. “If anyone has the chance to go, it’s really something,” said Duval. Each event can accommodate 100 people for the program. Council member Helene MacLeod said she would love to go, but doesn’t want to take the place of someone who may need the program. Duval said he would like for council members to attend to be witness to the praiseworthy effects of Reality Tour, to which Mayor Gary Barton agreed. – Diane Hunter


Alexandria’s 10 th annual Festival of Lights. More than 200,000 lights will illuminate Island Park every night between 5pm. and 10pm. from November 28 to December 31. Admission is free! Island Park, 102 Derby Street West.


Santa`s Village will be opened on weekends during the month of December at Sherer Gar- dens. Opened from 10am to 4pm Christmas trees are also available for purchase at the front entrance, and you can even bring your own skis or snowshoes and weave down the trails of the enchanted forest! The Prescott and Russell Community Services are seeking volunteers to be a member of the Hawkesbury Meals-on-Wheels committee. Monthly meetings. Info: 613-632-0939. Club D’Âge d’Or 50 - December 18 - 9:30am & 1pm dance lessons; December 20 - dart tournament; December 31 - 7:30 New Year’s dance with Yolande & Marcel. January 4 – 1:15 sandbag games; January 5 – 1:15 free activities, 6:30 dart games; January 6 – 1:15 petanque; January 7 – free activities; January 8 - 1:15 free activities. Info: 613-632-8294. Zalo Idrissa Sissokho Trio at le Chenail - Satur- day, February 20 at 7:30 pm. Info: 613-632- 9555. The Hawkesbury branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 152 Nelson, holds live music and dancing every Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, and a Smoked Meat Dinner with live music on the last Friday of each month. There is also cribbage every Tuesday from 1:30pm to 6pm and weekly darts Wednesday at 7pm. The Hall is available for rent. Information 613- 632-5136. Hawkesbury La paroisse Ste-Anne-de-Prescott organise une soirée traditionnelle de « Veille de jour de l’An », le 31 décembre dès 19 h. Chansons à répondre et animation par le chansonnier Mathieu Poirier. Petit lunch servi à 22h et mousseux à minuit. Renseignements : 613- 674-5255 ou Carollers in the night - Friday, December 18. Info: 613-678-5086 There will be a Live Nativity Scene at the corner of Mill and Bertha Street on December 24, from 2pm to 6pm. Viewing will take place from Mill Street. All the biblical characters complete with local sheep, donkey and calf will be there for viewing. All are welcome to attend this free event brought to you by the spirit of Christmas. All that is asked is a gift of non-perishable food items in support of the Vankleek Hill food bank. Vankleek Hill Ste-Anne-de-Prescott


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