Meaford Culture Foundation presents a cheque for $10,000 to the library
The Meaford Public Library received a big boost this week. The *Meaford Culture Foundation donated a cheque for $10,000 to the library, to be used for early literacy computers in the Junior Library. Foundation Chair Rod MacAlpine said at the cheque presentation, “The Foundation is delighted to be able to contribute to the promotion of youth literacy. It is the Foundation’s mandate to support youth involvement in arts and culture including literacy through our Community Outreach Program.” The early literacy computers will be installed in the library in Fall 2018 and will move with the library to its new location at 11 Sykes Street North. Library staff were thrilled to receive the news of the donation. Lynne Fascinato, branch manager and Deputy CEO of the library, said, “The Meaford Public Library thanks the Meaford Culture Foundation for their generous contribution to the Junior Library. Our previous single Literacy Station attracted approximately 36 users per week so we are very excited to be able to replace it! These stations make literacy development and skill building fun and easy for our young patrons and help prepare them for school. These new stations help attract children and their families to the library on an ongoing basis.” www.meaford.ca/NewLibrary. Present at the cheque donation from left: Lori Pierce; Nancy Primak – Meaford Public Library Board Vice Chair; Lynne Fascinato; Foundation Chair Rod MacAlpine; Meaford Culture Foundation Directors Joanne McKenzie and Susan Greenham; Peter Bantock.
Blue Mountain Village Foundation 2018
On June 13th the BMVF presented various groups with funding from their spring granting program. MHCF were recipients of $2,000 which means that our community outreach program can send 4 more kids to Musical Theatre Camp!
Music Lessons GBCS Students – 2018
I really appreciate the funding to give the opportunity to these GBCS students to get some string training. During this recent term Patrick and I decided to spread the lessons between several students. I worked with Holly (gr. 10) on violin, Mackenzie (gr. 9) on viola and Jamie (gr.12) on viola. All very productive! The young and very promising Mackenzie has continued to take private lessons with me after her ‘free’ ones were concluded. Her family has recently obtained an instrument for her and she is super keen to continue with her music training. She will no doubt become one of the next leaders of Patrick’s music programme in the years ahead! Also, delighted that one of my former Youth Orchestra kids, Jamie, now in Gr. 12 is deciding to do a ‘victory lap’ year (gr. 13) at the school and is purchasing a viola and intends to continue with the private lessons in the fall! Holly is from a larger family and someone for whom the opportunity of private music lessons does not exist so it is great community service to be able to provide these for her! I’m hoping that she will be able to continue to benefit from this programme moving forward! Many thanks to the Meaford Hall & Culture Foundation!! Thanks so much, Richard Mascall – String Teacher, award winning Musician and Composer with the Georgian Bay Symphony.
Patrick Delaney, Music Teacher GBCS
Emma’s performing at Boots & Hearts
MCF is proud to sponsor Emma Wright this summer at the ‘Boots & Hearts Music Festival’.
Emma has been invited to perform in the “Emerging Artists Showcase” on Saturday August 11 at 2:30 pm. This is a huge honour for her. She’ll be joining some pretty big artists and we know that she can hold her own with any of them!
Emma has been singing for years in Meaford on multiple stages, including; the opera house at Meaford Hall, the National Anthem at Meaford Knights Hockey games and Canada Day celebrations in Meaford.
GBCS Francophone Film Festival – 2018
On April the 24th, GBCS Grade 10 Core French students and Grade 9 French Immersion students hosted the 5th Francophone Film Festival at Meaford Hall. 250 Grade 8 to Grade 10 students enjoyed 2 great Francophones movies; “A Bag of Marbles”, a compelling story about one of Quebec’s most famous hockey players, Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, with the focus on the struggles of this French Canadian in the NHL during the 50s, a time dominated by the English speakers,
and “The Rocket”, a heart- warming and nerve-racking story about a Jewish boy and his older brother escaping Nazi persecution on the occupied France to the “Zone Libre” during the WW II. Both movies reveal the exposed and vulnerable position of different Francophone groups in totally different settings and eras, giving the students the opportunity to learn about important historical events, but also making them see the world and events from new perspectives.
The location at Meaford Hall, a beautiful theatre, makes this event very special to the participating students and the feedback from the students were very positive. The student organizers love running the event, making sure that everything runs smoothly, displaying and developing their leadership skills. During intermission students were also able to enjoy French treats, such as croissants and baguette at the French café, get their photo taken on the red carpet, join the French scavenger hunt, listen to some live classical music by a GBCS student music quartet. Many students dressed up in their best and most glamorous festival clothing thereby entering a chance to win one of many chances and at the same time added festival flair to the Festival. Several other GBCS departments, such art, music and wood-shop, were involved in different aspects of the Film Festival.
A big thank you to the Meaford Hall and Culture Foundation for supporting this special event, giving young people the opportunity to participate and experience Francophone movies and culture in a real theatre setting, and especially in such a beautiful space as the Meaford Hall.
Pernilla Johannesson French teacher GBCS, Meaford
The screenings at Meaford Hall of the film ‘Project Wild Thing’ provided the opportunity for 578 youth and adults to attend on April 26th. The film provides a look into what Nature is, the importance and benefits of being out & enjoying Nature - the need to protect the Natural environment.