Theatre for Young Audiences

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McGregor & Friends and The Foundation for Education (in partnership with the Blyth Festival and Blyth Memorial Community Hall) presents ’New Friends Old Friends’adapted for the stage and directed by Duncan McGregor.

This captivating production involves music, action, puppets and audience participation as it weaves together three great-natured adventures:
Tractor Dan, Fiona and Ralph and The Amazing Adventures of Emily.

The production takes place April 8-12.
Performances are one hour long and all are welcome!

The producer/director is Duncan McGregor has presented young audience productions at Blyth before including ‘Charlotte’s Web’ (2015), ‘Peter And The Wolf” (2014), ‘Let’s Do Munsch’ (2016) and “A Bunch of Munsch’ (2018). Those performances were attended by over 22,000 school children and their teachers. This year it’s ‘New Friends Old Friends’.

Nine actors (including young people from local schools plus adult performers all supported by professional designers and director) will present the show.
This production is being done in support of student enrichment through the Foundation for Education Huron Perth.

Please see the poster.

The show is ideal for kids aged 4 to 11 and tickets are $8.

Reservations can be made by calling the Blyth Festival Box Office at 1-877-862-5984.

We’re Happy To Report

Trustee Report coverAs Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) is a major partner of ours we are always happy when they call on us to present the latest on our student enrichment work to their Board of Trustees.
The following is a report generated for that purpose and we invite you to take a look. It’s not a hard read … we promise!

AMDSB Trustee Report

AMDSB annually contributes the following to the Foundation:

Part-time Administrative Assistant
Office Space with Basic Office Supplies
Grant – $100,908 (2017-18)

In turn, we bring much-added value to AMDSB:

We access grants not available to schools and school boards.
We offer best practice, design and technical expertise in fundraising for schools and school councils and help them build their fundraising campaigns.
We attract donations from the community that AMDSB would not be able to attract as a publicly funded institution.
We care for donors with public acknowledgment and engaging letters of thanks – often personalized with hand-written notes.
We lend our charitable status to schools and other partners for the purpose of gaining funds for the betterment of students.
We act as a clearinghouse with an efficiency that sparks new initiatives and enables existing projects and programs to run smoothly.
We promote and market AMDSB skillfully through social media.
We collaborate with AMDSB staff throughout the year on projects.
We accomplish a multitude of services for AMDSB (using mostly contract employees) for less than it would cost the Board when salaries, benefits, and pensions are taken into account.
We exceed the levels prescribed by the Ministry of Education through our enrichment programming in the schools giving AMDSB students experiences and opportunities that many would never otherwise be exposed to.
We provide professional development for AMDSB teachers:
We employ artists and facilitators for classroom enrichment programs at a reduced rate compared to what schools are asked to pay for their services.
We award AMDSB teachers with grants to help make possible their innovative and inclusive classroom projects throughout the year.
We persuade many parents prior to Christmas and the end of June to give cash gifts to schools in lieu of presents for AMDSB staff, bus drivers, and volunteers.
We engage community partners and draw them into relationship with AMDSB for the betterment of students.

Holmes is in the House

Contractor and TV Personality Sherry Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right, Holmes: Next Generation) joins forces with The Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB), Huron Perth Catholic District School Board (HPCDSB) and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) to inspire young women (grades 9 to 12) in Huron and Perth counties to consider a career in the skilled trades.

Now in its 5th year, The Real Deal on Skilled Trades event (formerly Young Women In Skilled Trades) will take place in Stratford on May 24, 2018 at the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans Hall.
Students will hear from a panel of young tradeswomen and their parents and have the opportunity to ask about each woman’s career journey and experiences, find out what they need to begin doing now to pursue their future career goals and be motivated to blaze their own trail as a female in a non-traditional skilled trade.

They will also have the opportunity to be inspired by keynote speaker Sherry Holmes.

Sherry grew up watching and working with her dad, Celebrity TV Host & Professional Contractor, Mike Holmes. As early as 16-years-old, she began working behind-the-scenes of Mike’s breakout series, Holmes on Homes®. In 2008, after a crew member fell ill, Sherry decided to strap on her own tool belt and travelled to New Orleans to help build a hurricane- and flood-resistant home for a victim of Hurricane Katrina, in Holmes in New Orleans.

Since then she has been a permanent member of Mike’s Crew, first on Holmes Inspection and then on Holmes Makes It Right, and more recently Holmes: Next Generation, airing on DIY in 2018, where she teams up with her brother, Mike Jr.

On and off the jobsite, Sherry continues to change the face of Canada’s skilled trades workforce, demonstrating that women can bring an entirely new dimension to the construction industry that makes it fundamentally stronger from the ground up. Like her proud father, everything she teaches and believes in is based on quality, integrity and trust.

“I’m honoured to be this year’s keynote speaker,” said Sherry Holmes. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with young women considering a career in construction, and hope to inspire them to join me in breaking down barriers for women in the trades.”

“We are very excited to have Sherry Holmes join us this year,“ states Mark Roth, AMDSB Pathways Coordinator. “Together with our panel, ironworker Jamie McMillan, Skills Ontario, colleges, career agencies and local partners – a valuable experience is being provided to the young women of Huron and Perth counties.”

And, this year, the ‘valuable experience’ will carry an even greater sense of value.

“This month marks the 100th anniversary of Canadian women having the right to vote”, states Tim Martens, HPCDSB OYAP Project Leader. “We are very pleased to announce that many of the students in attendance will also be joining a special rally in Stratford that celebrates Canadian women who worked hard to gain the rights that young women now enjoy.”

Led by Dr. Jean Hewitt, the rally will be held from 2-3pm in the Stratford Market Square.

To register for The Real Deal on Skilled Trades event, students must contact their high school Guidance/Cooperative Education Departments. Seats are limited.

The Real Deal on Skilled Trades is hosted by the Foundation for Education, Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board with support from the Four County Labour Market Planning Board, Stratford & Area Builders’ Association, Huron Manufacturing Association, Skills Ontario and the Technical Training Group.

See event poster.

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