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provided CHEO parking passes and transit cards for families who have a parent or a sibling in the hospital and lack the means to be able to visit on a regular basis, and aided students and their families in the Up- per Canada district in other ways. Since he himself retired from the political arena, Lalonde has occupied himself for the most part by doing the same thing that he did when he sat in the legislature at Queen’s Park. Lalonde has continued to advocate for the communities in his old home rid- ing, making use of all the contacts collected during more than two decades of lobbying at the municipal and provincial levels, and expects to do the same for the Champions for Kids. “I strongly believe in your program,” Lalonde told foundation members and sup- porters. “When we work together, we will succeed.” For more information on the Champions for Kids Foundation and its programs go online to www.ucdsb.on.ca/teams/champi- onsforkids. La Maison du Store LE 3433, ch. Gendron, Hammond ON 613 850-5744 • 75+ stores / blinds • 1000+ tissus / textile fabrics • 1000+ céramiques / ceramics • 2 fournisseurs de peinture / 2 paint suppliers • Boutique cadeaux / gift shop SERVICE - VENTE - INSTALLATION
ROCKLAND | Jean-Marc Lalonde has a new mission. “You can rest assured that I am going to get involved,” he said during a Friday morn- ing breakfast meeting in Rockland of the Upper Canada District School Board Cham- pions for Kids Foundation (UCDSB). The feisty ex-mayor, and former Liberal MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, was in- ducted April 19 as an honourary executive director of the foundation. The non-profit agency helps children in the UCDSB region who come from working-class and lower- income families live happier, healthier lives. Mark Calder, foundation publicity direc- tor, recalled the origins of the UCDSB’s non- profit charity arm in January 2008 when a member of the school district board learned that a Brockville area parent was going through some financial hardships and, as a result, the children in the family were miss- ing out on chances to get involved in orga- nized sports. A fundraising effort to provide the children with needed hockey equip- ment evolved into an organized charitable foundation with one main goal. “It was established to help kids from working families or from low-income fami- lies to take dance lessons,” Calder said, “to play sports, to do all the things that make childhood worthwhile.” Calder recalled one of his own experienc- es of the effect Champions for Kids has on students in the Upper Canada region. A boy was saved from a destiny of delinquency when the foundation helped him get in- volved in minor soccer. “It was an amazing transformation,”Calder said. “He was a kid who hadn’t made a lot of friends. Now he’s a kid who wants to play football. He’s looking at going to college, and he’s thinking about getting into the military. He’s a kid who’s got a future now.” “There are many awesome stories about how Champions for Kids has helped chil- dren,” said Mary-Lynn Wilcox, vice-principal
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