John van Teunenbroek knows the value of a good meal. As the owner of Newmarket’s John’s No Frills, he has made it his business – quite literally. And since launching the franchise in August 2019, van Teunenbroek has also made a point to give back to the community that has supported his business from the beginning – starting with a $1,000 donation to the Newmarket Food Pantry the very day the store opened, and continuing in 2022 and beyond with his commitment to filling Newmarket’s community fridge weekly. Launched June 21 of this year and located outside of the Newmarket Public Library, this community fridge acts a space in central Newmarket where residents in need can pick up fresh food and other pantry items, as well as hot meals prepared in the Newmarket Food Pantry’s kitchen.
There’s little more quintessentially summer than seeing a long line of classic cars snaking down a country road on a hot day. Members of the Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club have enjoyed this experience together for more than 10 years, coming together from as far as Wasaga Beach and Niagara Falls to enjoy a love of classic cars, fun events, and good friendship that feels more like “family.” Founded in the summer of 2010 by current president Danny Facchini and a small group of friends, Highway 11 Cruisers Car Club today boasts more than 300 members with a wide variety of vehicular gems — classic, modern, tuner, and euro cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and even some vintage tractors.
From their dairy farm off a high crest of Schomberg’s 11th Concession, the O’Hara family- Dennis and Sandy, son Devin, and daughter Ashley- can see swaying fields of green and gold, forested hills and valleys, and- on more pleasant days- azure blue skies that stretch for miles. The pastoral view has remained largely unchanged since Dennis and his parents first moved to the King Township farm almost 60 years ago, even though other aspects of the small community bear little resemblance to the agriculture-driven environment of the early 1960s. Though Schomberg no longer offers the convenience of an in-house farmers co-op, Shur-Gain, and tractor dealership- something Dennis calls “hard”, as the family now has to drive as far as Elmira, an hour away, for supplies- King has remained, at large, blissfully green.
One of the tenets of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association is a commitment to promoting love and compassion for all human beings. The association, which boasts a 40-strong chapter in Newmarket, is an auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at, a dynamic and fast-growing international revival movement within Islam that advocates for universal human rights. Members range from 16 to 40 years of age, with those younger (seven to 15 years of age) covered by the Newmarket Ahmadiyya Muslim Children's Association. In Newmarket, their charitable and advocacy efforts have seen members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association organize fundraising events, food and blood drives, charity runs and more. By running structured programs that focus on academics, sports, social welfare and charity, youth are provided with beneficial work that keeps them “busy and engaged”.
Team sports offer a myriad of benefits for youth, from promoting physical fitness to encouraging respect and sportsmanship. And for the Newmarket Hawks 10UA baseball team, team sports also promote volunteerism and giving back to the community. In June, the team, consisting of boys aged nine and 10, partnered with the York Region Food Network for a charity event that saw them assist with maintaining crops at Mulock Community Garden. The “educational” day saw the boys spreading woodchips on the gardens, getting rid of weeds, and assisting older volunteers with their plots.
He made it to the final few rounds of Muscle & Fitness magazine’s Mr. Health & Fitness competition, the world’s largest online fitness competition, last year, and local bodybuilder Dean MacMurray is back and more committed than ever for a chance at taking the top spot. MacMurray, the former owner of Schomberg’s now-closed LifeDrive Fitness, is competing for a grand prize of $20,000 and a two-page spread in Muscle & Fitness magazine. At 51 years old, MacMurray- who’s currently made it past four elimination rounds– will be competing in a pool of athletes up to 30 years younger.
If one man can change the world, then what can 100 achieve? It’s the idea driving grassroots organization 100 Men Who Give a Damn, a charitable offshoot of 100 Women Who Care that focuses on supporting small, local charities that frequently struggle to raise enough funds to provide critical services in their communities.
By paying an annual membership of $400 — $100 for each quarterly meeting (March, June, September, and December) — members pool their donations to support local charities in the most impactful way possible. With 95 fully paid members in the Newmarket-Aurora chapter, that means more than $38,000 is donated locally each year.
For many Canadians with disabilities, dog guides can play a crucial role in empowering them to navigate their world with confidence and independence.
Since the early 1980s, the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, which operates the largest school of its kind in Canada, has provided Dog Guides at no cost to those in need across the country. Operating vision, hearing, service, seizure response, autism assistance, diabetic alert, and facility support programs to cover a wide range of medical and physical impairments, the foundation continuously grows to meet the needs of all Canadians.
Their motto is “we change what we must,” and apparel company Revolution Now! is living up to the phrase more than ever just seven months after being founded by Newmarket’s Megan Glanfield, a single parent and science teacher at Aurora’s Rick Hansen Public School.
“One thing I’m really proud of about Revolution Now! is that we all really learn from each other and that we all have each other’s backs,” said Glanfield. “I think that’s one of the things that’s really resonated with our community and with the communities that find Revolution Now!”
Like a poet, Mary Morganelli views life through the trained eye of an artist. Moments with inherent beauty- a mother’s embrace, the whisper of wind through the trees, the sunlight’s sparkle on the water, just so- are not only moments to be cherished in the space of a heartbeat, but immortalized, like verse, on smooth canvas and board. From her home studio in King City- a dedicated “sanctuary” of a space, awash with natural light- inspiration and expression come together like a symphony.
“There is something so beautiful about the miracle of life. All we really have to do is open our eyes to all that’s around us to be inspired,” says Mary. “I like to look for those tiny fine details- like how the light from the sunset glints off the metal from the fence line, striking the birds’ feathers with golden illumination, or the adoring gaze of a mother and her firstborn babe.”
Kettleby author Monique Duclos has released her ﬁrst ever novel, an LGBT romance heavily inﬂuenced by punk and her longstanding love for California and Los Angeles. Written in the ﬁrst person, Inked Caffeine follows the life of Dallas Penske, a barista working at a Starbucks in Hollywood. When Penske meets a local tattoo artist, Jimmy, he comes to terms with his own sexuality and together, the two confront a series of sinister events in the city.
“There’s action and violence, but it also touches on some more serious subjects that the gay community still has to deal with today,” said Duclos. “There are relatable personal life issues for different individuals. It’s an LGBT romance novel that’s never been told before, and has you eagerly turning every page.”
King City’s Beretta Farms continued a spate of high-proﬁle media appearances with a recent feature in Grass Farmers: Regenerative Agriculture & the Canadian Grasslands, an A&W produced documentary now streaming on Crave and CTV.
Grass Farmers examines regenerative agriculture and low-impact ranching in Canada, exploring how making soil health a top priority can lead to healthier grass, healthier cattle, and, ultimately, a healthier earth.
Regenerative agriculture, which is practiced by Beretta Farms, is a farming and grazing practice that claims to reverse climate change by rebuilding organic matter and restoring biodiversity in soil. Cattle live off the land, returning nutrients to the earth and, in turn, helping grasslands ﬂourish.
After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the King Township Women of Inﬂuence Giving Circle gathered virtually this past December to support two initiatives beneﬁting students at Seneca College’s King Campus.
The inﬂuential group, which is made up of female entrepreneurs, leaders in business, local councillors, and senior members of major organizations, provides members the opportunity to pool their ﬁnances and support their community with greater impact. Each year, the group gathers to listen and evaluate pitches from students and employees of Seneca King Cam-pus, awarding the winning initiative $10,000 of their donated funds. As no funds were allocated last year due to COVID-19, the King Township Women of Inﬂuence Giving Circle made the unprecedented decision to support two projects in 2021.
For 34 years, no-kill, no-cage shelter and facility North Toronto Cat Rescue has given abandoned, abused, and injured cats a second chance at life. Entirely volunteer-run, and helmed by founder Donna Cox, the non-profit has seen more than 4,000 cats tread through its doors.
But after three decades operating out of the Vaughan area, North Toronto Cat Rescue is making the big move to their fur-ever home just north of Newmarket- a massive undertaking, considering the 100 to 150 cats in their care at any given time are, uniquely, housed in the NTCR shelter, and not fostered out to homes.
The move comes after an unsuccessful petition to remain in their previous location, which is up for redevelopment and slated for demolition. Despite receiving more than 76,000 signatures, the request to Vaughan’s zoning committee for a temporary amendment to remain was denied, hastening the urgency of the move.
“We’ve come a long way in 34 years,” said Donna Cox. “It’s perseverance. We’ve been knocked down a thousand times.”
For many, the new year brings with it resolutions to kick off a healthy, weight-busting new diet. Amazon Canada is helping Canadians make smarter food choices in 2022 with the launch of their Small Business Gift Guide, which highlights home-grown business Farm Girl, a low-carb and keto food range, as one of their featured Ontario storefronts.
Visitors to Amazon Canada will be able to shop a wide range of Farm Girl products like ketogenic cereal, granola, and baking supplies and support other small and medium businesses in Ontario.
Half of all items sold on Amazon come from small and medium businesses, making the platform well-suited for businesses of all size.
Newmarket’s Heather Wilson Gonsalves knows the value in the little things — a box of coloured pencils, a pair of warm socks, a fresh toothbrush, and, even, an empty shoebox.
For the past 12 years, she’s tirelessly collected all manner of products: school supplies, toys, clothes, accessories, hygiene products, and more. Sometimes, Gonsalves’ efforts mean saving the free crayons given at restaurants like Swiss Chalet, keeping the unopened toys from her and her son’s McDonald’s Happy Meals, and buying out racks of clothes when local stores post blockbuster sales. All in all, Gonsalves’ volunteer work is a full-time job.
But as a committed volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, Gonsalves knows the year-round effort of collecting as much product as possible means more children in need receive special care, love, and assistance over the holidays. So, too, does she know the impact a single shoebox can bring.
Traversing the Kingbridge Centre’s 113 acres of rolling hills, woodland trails, and bucolic rivers is a lesson in serenity. Nestled on the outskirts of King City, it’s a place where community, sustainability, and innovation- in King Township and the world at large- takes center stage.
“We see our role as being a catalyst, a convenor, a collaborator to really help identify what the community can do to make a difference, and to try to be a bridge between polarizing views,” said Karen Dubeau, Executive Director of the Kingbridge Innovation Hub.
Valentine’s Day 2019 was a fitting first day of business for the Schomberg Village Pharmacy. Almost three years since their soft opening that cloudy February morning, Cristina Privado-Azzopardi and Annaor
Feliprada-Patrizio, the store’s pharmacists and co-owners, have felt nothing but love from King Township and surrounding areas. Loyal customers are the “heart” of the long-time friends’ independently owned and operated business (teamed up with the Whole Health Pharmacy Partners banner), allowing them to provide continuously unmatched service, quality, and care
throughout the ups and downs of the past several years.
With a wide selection of medical, health, food, beauty, fashion, sun, skin, and haircare products to compliment every trip, Schomberg Village Pharmacy is a one-stop shop for all your health and self-care needs.
“Every woman should have a purse of her own.”
It’s the phrase that ignited the Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign back in 2015, and though Susan B. Anthony wrote it nearly two centuries ago, it rings just as true today.
The Fill a Purse for a Sister Campaign is simple, but the impact it has on women and youth in crisis is enormous. As many people arrive at shelters with few or no personal belongings, the initiative can make all the difference to their situation and confidence.
Those who wish to gift at risk youth and women “comfort, hope, and dignity” fill a purchased or gently used purse with essential items such as shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer, toothbrush and toothpaste, gift cards, winter accessories, and more. To add an even more special touch, a personal note of encouragement can be included with “love and thoughtfulness”.
Newmarket’s Horses at Heart Harnesses Healing Powers of Horses to Benefit Teens, Young Adults
September 1, 2021
Visiting WaterStone Estate and Farms is like stepping into another world. Nestled on 100 serene acres of rolling fields, mixed forests, and trickling streams, it’s well worth the scenic drive to the edge of rural Newmarket.
What might not be apparent at first glance, however, is the beauty that goes on within the barns. Home to Horses at Heart, a registered non-profit since 2004, WaterStone Estate and Farms has helped countless youth and adults achieve personal fulfillment and growth- all through the healing power of horses.
As the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the world early 2020, it was the comfort of tried-and-true traditions- like arts and crafts- that provided an escape for many. But for the 120-odd women of the Region of York Quilters Guild, crafting was, for the most part, business as usual. Switching seamlessly to monthly Zoom meetings and welcoming a wide array of aspiring and experienced quilters alike, the non-profit continued to bring quilters of the region together, encourage the development of new and old skills, and pass along their knowledge of the craft- all while giving back to their community in a bigger way than ever before.
To celebrate King City’s very own Rosie MacLennan, a two-time Olympic gold-medal trampolinist, Canadian Tire has unveiled one of six cross-Canada Celebration Walls at the corner of King Rd. and Keele St., King City.
The interactive, trampoline-themed installation will be on display as MacLennan competes for Team Canada for the fourth consecutive time at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. As the sole Canadian to win back-to-back gold medals in the same event at the Summer Olympics, MacLennan has a chance to bring home an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal. MacLennan’s parents, John and Jane MacLennan, and husband, Nick Snow, were present at the Celebration Wall’s unveiling July 21.
A Maple family is urgently seeking the public’s help to find a stem cell donor for their young daughter.
3-year-old Leia Luna Fallico was diagnosed with Dyskeratosis Congentia, a rare genetic blood disorder that causes bone marrow failure, in February 2021.
The only cure to Dyskeratosis Congentia is a stem cell transplant. Without this, nearly 80% of patients will develop bone marrow failure- the condition’s leading cause of mortality. Leia’s blood levels continue to drop, hastening the need to find her a match. Because of Leia’s mixed ethnicity, finding a donor has been extremely difficult. Only 3.5% of Canadian Blood Services’ Stem Cell Registry is made up of people of mixed descent.
Sometimes, all it takes is a phone call.
For seniors living alone, isolated, or simply seeking reassurance, just a single phone call a week can provide safety, security and enhance well-being. Newmarket’s Vanda Pendlebury has been a telephone reassurance volunteer with CHATS, Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, for over six years. During that time, she’s provided support to seven local seniors, and continues to work with two of her original clients to this day. What began as a productive way to fill some extra time has grown into an important, uplifting and personally fulfilling tradition for Pendlebury.
When it comes to mental health, young Canadians know the importance of prevention, treatment, and support better than anyone.
The Newmarket-King-Vaughan volunteers of youth-led activist group Future Majority hosted a virtual conference May 6, discussing the importance of cross-partisan prioritization of mental health. Members were joined by Ann Raney, former Green Party candidate for King-Vaughan, and Future Majority coalition partners Fedor Kim of YR Events and Peter Bradstreet, Swimming Head Coach at Brock University. Deb Schulte, Liberal MP for King-Vaughan, was scheduled to attend but dropped out due to a prior commitment.
York Region’s frontline workers are being honoured after a year of hard work and sacrifice. The 12th annual Portraits of Giving will be celebrating 21 individuals across nine municipalities- Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, King, Stouffville, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, and Georgina- who exemplified the courage and perseverance of frontline work in 2021. From mid-June to December, the Portraits of Giving exhibit will cycle through the nominees’ municipalities, displaying a personalized photograph of each honouree and a story of their giving.
Two of Newmarket’s most determined young volunteers are celebrating another successful fundraising campaign. Manha Yusuf, 10, and Laiba Yusuf, 8, have raised another $2,520 for Newmarket homeless shelter Inn From the Cold by selling bouquets, baskets of fresh fruit, and seasonal planters for Mother’s Day. The generosity and ongoing support of the community saw the sisters receive 125 total orders, helping them surpass their original $2,000 fundraising goal.
Chartered May 31, 1991, the Men’s PROBUS Club of Newmarket is marking a milestone 30 years of fellowship and entertainment. For the past three decades, retired and semi-retired men from all backgrounds, businesses, and creeds have been brought together to socialize, keep abreast of current topics, and network with new and familiar faces.
When Newmarket’s Elena B. Mihailov was a child, she chanced upon the most perfect stuffed animal. Soft, huggable, and unimaginably inviting, there was just one problem: the toy had been abandoned, with no owner in sight. Unable to return the bunny, it soon became Mihailov’s favourite toy. Memories of that childhood treasure have inspired Ella and the Lost Teddy, Mihailov’s first ever picture book for children aged two to eight.
Famed legal clerk and activist Erin Brockovich spoke to over 700 staff and students of Seneca College over livestream April 22, kicking off Seneca Business’ Sustainability Speaker Series. A household name thanks to the eponymous 2000 Oscar-winning movie that that followed her role in the Pacific Gas and Electric Company lawsuit, Brockovich today works as a consultant, environmental activist, and highly sought-after public speaker. Over the course of her talk, Brockovich spoke about the importance of speaking up against unjust business practices, recounting her own experience fighting against PG&E for their role in Hinkley, California’s carcinogenic groundwater contamination.
When Connor and Kyle entered the world eight weeks premature on May 10, 2017, mom Krissy Young felt like the world was crashing down around her. Moments after giving birth, her twins were rushed to Southlake Regional Heath Centre’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, hooked up to mechanical ventilation, and intubated. With the NICU team working tirelessly to help her sons grow as strong as possible, it was a difficult day of waiting before she could first hold Kyle, and another five days — fittingly, on Mother’s Day — before she could do the same for Connor.
'Terry Never Gave Up and We Can’t Either': In Time of COVID-19, Marathon of Hope Brings New Inspiration
When Terry Fox kicked off the inaugural Marathon of Hope on the shores of St. John, Newfoundland April 12, 1980, he had little more than one thing: hope.
But by the time his cross-Canada run came to a tragic end in Thunder Bay five months later, he’d inspired the world, ran 5,373 kilometres, and was well on his way to raising over $24 million — a far cry from his original goal of $1 million. Though Terry passed away from cancer June 28, 1981, one month shy of his 23rd birthday, his legacy lives on 41 years to the day of his first few miles, more than $800 million has been raised for cancer research in his name.
One year, 150 kilometres, and several shoes later, it’s George Markow’s big day at last. On Wednesday, April 14, Markow will be celebrating his 100th birthday — capping off an incredible year that saw him raise more than $160,000 for medical research. To make the day as special as possible for Markow, Tracee Chambers and Markow’s daughter, Sylvia Perkins, have arranged a surprise drive-by parade that will loop past his retirement home, the Roxborough Retirement Residence, several times. They encourage any Newmarket residents who have been following his fundraising walk through the past year to take part in the celebration.
As one of the first service clubs in Newmarket- and the oldest still in operation- the Newmarket Lions have seen a fair bit of change through the years. Formed in the early 1930s, they’ve weathered the Second World War, changes to fundraising with the rise of the Ontario Lottery Corporation, and, now, the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, they’re set to celebrate an incredible 90 years exemplifying Lions Clubs International’s motto, “We Serve”.
Carol Gellatly Field’s 19th century farmstead looks much the same as it did when her great-grandfather, Peter Gellatly, first cleared the land of its towering 100-foot white pines. The original white farmhouse, built in 1860, still stands proudly atop the hill. Artifacts from the past- an old butter churn, a handmade clock, a small oil lantern- grace the wooden halls, bearing witness to times long passed. Feet from the back door stands the restored gambrel barn, while crops sway lazily- as they have for nearly two centuries- over the neighbouring hillside. For Carol Field, it’s a tale- and view- as old as time.
There are few things more uplifting than a good old-fashioned hockey game — even in the most difficult of times. For young players struggling with the isolation of COVID-19, having an outlet to distract from the stress of today’s “new normal” can make all the difference.
The volunteer coaches, officials, administrators and parents of the Newmarket Minor Hockey Association (NMHA) know the importance of extracurriculars all too well. From the game’s first shutdown in March 2020 to the opening of the new season in September 2020, NMHA volunteers’ efforts have allowed the game to continue, in some fashion, throughout the pandemic.
Mark Svorov and Anton Iakovenko are on a mission.
The young Newmarket-based filmmakers are the brains behind IAVA Productions, a film and video production company that specializes in commercials, in-house content creation, creative productions, and more. Working for a variety of international and Canadian businesses since founding IAVA Productions in 2018, Svorov and Iakovenko are taking the company down a new, exciting path — and they’re asking their fellow Newmarket residents for help.
Angela Rotherham-Watkins knows the value of volunteering. As a third-generation volunteer with St. John Ambulance, an international first aid and emergency medical organization, she’s part of a tradition that began with her grandmother, Margaret Rotherham, in the late 1950s, and continues with her daughter, Vanessa Rotherham-Featherstone, in 2021.
January 7, 2021
It should come as no surprise that 2020 has hit community volunteer groups particularly hard. With fundraising events cancelled, gatherings restricted, and donations in short supply, King’s volunteer groups have faced a year unlike any other. This holiday season, few would have faulted local volunteer groups for putting a pause on the traditional festivities. With COVID-19 regulations and safety measures in place, however, community volunteer groups have pushed forward.
With the arrival of winter, there are more than a few furry felines aching for a warm place to stay.
Michelle Leigh, founder and owner of Michelle’s Kitten Rescue, offers a safe haven for these abandoned, abused, and feral cats. Alongside her team of dedicated volunteers, Leigh locates and captures wild and abandoned cats, provides them with medical check-ups and surgeries, and places them with loving foster owners until forever homes can be found.
“Seeing the joy on everyone’s faces is what makes it special.”
It’s the motto that’s (quite literally) driven Dennis O’Hara, Schomberg’s Farmers’ Parade of Lights’ organizer and founder, through 21 years of the annual Christmas tradition.
A former King resident who grew up in the hamlet of Snowball is making (sound)waves as one of Toronto’s most in-demand bassists. Alexander St. Kitts, who also performs under the stage name Alexander Saint, plays bass on Comedy Records’ Fog and Lasers II, a follow-up to 2019’s comedy-pop-rock collaboration Fog and Lasers.
Frequent visitors to Beretta Farms may see a familiar face pop up in A&W’s newest advertisements.
The star of the burger chain’s new grass-fed beef campaign is Lieschen Beretta, Ranch Manager of the King City farm and daughter of Beretta Farms founders Mike and Cynthia Beretta. Working with A&W to promote their commitment towards using 100% grass-fed beef was a natural step for Lieschen and the Beretta brand, which has raised organic, grass-fed, and antibiotic and hormone-free meat since conception.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein know the value of small-town Canadian charm. As the writers of the Tony Award-winning musical Come from Away, they have transformed the real-life story of Gander, Newfoundland’s adoption of 7,000 travellers following the forced grounding of planes after the 9/11 attacks into a smash Broadway hit.
When it comes to good, home-grown stories, they certainly know their stuff. Critically and commercially successful, Come from Away currently holds the record as the longest running Canadian musical in Broadway history. Newmarket may not be as small as Gander — it’s roughly 90,000 population dwarfs Gander’s 11,000- but according to Sankoff and Hein, the town has more than enough charisma to go around.
Kim Egan had purchased the 12-pack of sidewalk chalk on a whim.
“I was at the Dollar Tree in Newmarket, where I always go for arts and crafts supplies,” said Egan. “They were being sold for only $1.25. It was very much a spur of the moment thing.”
Chalk in hand, Egan had walked to Newmarket’s Haskett Park and had found a secluded stretch of pavement on which to draw. Her Victorian-inspired artwork, a brightly coloured vase of flowers, was finished 14 hours later. The experience, she said, took her completely by surprise.
“Cancer research can’t wait for COVID to be over.”
That is the motto Newmarket’s Terry Fox Run organizers have made their own amidst a year of COVID-19 complications. With only weeks to go until the Terry Fox Foundation’s annual Terry Fox Run on Sunday, Sept. 20, Newmarket’s dedicated volunteers are finding new ways to boost local donations. This year’s run, held on the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s original 5,373-kilometre cross-Canada Marathon of Hope, will be a virtual one with participants encouraged to run, walk, and bike on a path of their choosing.
When eight-year-old Andre Flys first followed his grandfather out towards the beehives scattered on the precipice of Don Valley wilderness, he had little idea he was taking the first steps towards what would later not only become a career, but the continuation of a rich family history stretching back to the early 1900s. What he did know, in typical childhood fashion, was that if his grandfather liked beekeeping, well, then he did, too.
Long-time residents of the area may remember Schomberg Quality Meats’ grand opening in 1990: with a line of people snaking down the street, eager to nab a $1 hot dog and pop, it was a certainly a sight to behold. Today, three decades later, Schomberg Quality Meats is celebrating another milestone: their 30th year in business, with no sign of stopping.
For many Beretta Farms customers, visiting the brand’s home base on 800 acres of rich, rolling hillside in the heart of rural King is like stepping into another world. Whether it’s at one of the brand’s educational “Farm Days”, or during their bi-weekly farmers market, visitors are able to see exactly the kind of free-range fields their food is raised on. It’s this level of transparency that has led to the brand’s considerable success throughout their near-30 years in business.
Now, more than ever, is it apparent that senior care is one of the most essential services in our society.
Community & Home Assistance to Seniors, or CHATS, is on the frontline of this essential service. For more than 40 years, it has provided assistance and support, offering community programs, transportation, and home safety and in-home services for seniors so they can age safely, comfortably, and independently.
As many homeowners will attest, there’s nothing quite like the sense of renewal and breath of fresh air that a good spring cleaning can bring. But for Arlene Stephenson, owner and operator of Downsizing Diva franchises in Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, King City and Thornhill, that feeling is more than a once-a-year indulgence. It’s even more than a business, though she has found considerable success during her three years in the role.
As many dog-lovers would attest, there’s no bond quite like the one between a human and their pet.
But for Nobleton’s Bev Berger, the relationship goes far beyond the typical one of love, licks, and those coveted behind-the-ear scratches. For Bev, who has been blind since the age of 30, her dogs provide the freedom and independence she so begrudgingly lost in the first few years of her disability. For the past 31 years, they’ve not only acted as her eyes, they’ve ensured her safety, have allowed her to get involved in her community, and- it goes without saying- provided love and companionship in spades.
“Women have never had it easy in the sports world.”
So begins Newmarket resident Rhonda Leeman Taylor’s new memoir, Offside, and, as one of the earliest trailblazers in women’s hockey, she’s certainly an authority on the subject. Co-authored with Leeman Taylor's niece, Denbeigh Whitmarsh, Offside details the hockey pioneer’s journey from a fresh-faced 15-year-old on the Kingston Red Barons hockey team to one of the great innovators of women’s hockey history.
Experiential learning has long been a challenge in post-secondary education. For programs such as Nursing, it can be difficult to fully prepare students for the hazards and stress that can quickly overwhelm those new to the job. Utilizing the most cutting edge learning techniques is the key to providing the best preparation for the workplace possible, and King’s Seneca College has identified virtual reality as that very key.
It was apparent from a very young age that Newmarket resident Reg Chappell had an affinity for water. At the age of three, his interest in the beach’s quite precarious waterslide saw his parents tie him to a picnic table to stop him from running into the deep water. Johnny Weissmuller and Esther Williams, Chappell’s competitive swimming idols, served only to deepen this interest. By the time he had received his first swimming lessons at age 12, a lifelong love for the sport had already been solidified.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to learn about the history of King Township is by examining each of its twelve pioneer cemeteries, artifacts of the area’s early settlement throughout the 1800s. Not only do they offer information on who lived where, and when, pioneer cemeteries also shed light on the cultural and geographical history of the towns they stand in. They’re a testament to how far King Township has come, and to whom we owe our progress. And- unfortunately- they’re crumbling before our eyes.
The fear of public speaking is soon to become a much less formidable challenge for Seneca students.
On November 26, the King Township Women of Influence Giving Circle came together for their 3rd annual meeting, awarding a $10,000 donation towards the installation of an InStage Virtual Reality Tool at the college’s King Campus. The event, which took place in Seneca’s Magna Hall, involved a three-hour deliberation and debate as the four competing projects pitched their ideas to the judges in an effort to secure the necessary $10,000 donation.
In the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever to remember what once was forgotten. A Facebook page based in Schomberg has set out on a mission to do just that, uncovering pictures and memories of what the town once was decades and centuries ago. Created in March of 2018, and run by a resident of Schomberg for over 40 years, “Remember Schomberg” curates photos from years past, resulting in never-before-seen pictures and artifacts being brought to the public for the very first time.
Providing 24-hour protection to almost 150,000 people across Newmarket and Aurora, Central York Fire Services not only keeps the community safe by responding to fires and other emergencies, but trains a safer public through their comprehensive public safety education programs. Keeping the community running smoothly isn’t anything new for the fire service, which – albeit separately through the Town of Aurora Fire Department and the Town of Newmarket Fire Department before their consolidation in January 2002 become Central York Fire Services – has been in operation since the early 1800s.
Newmarket’s Roberta Arbuckle knows the difference a bit of compassion can make. As an almost five-year volunteer with Margaret Bahen Hospice, she has helped ensure a safe and home-like environment for those who need it most at the 10-bed end of life and palliative care facility in Newmarket that provides round-the-clock nursing and medical care, social work services, therapy, and support for residents and their families. Whether this means making someone smile or giving them a chance to “feel normal” again, Arbuckle is there to help.
Whether expressed in the vibrant whirls of colour in the clothes of her dancing subjects, or in the dynamisms of touch between partners, Shannon Lively’s artwork is awash with kinetic movement. The Toronto-based, Alberta-born artist has spent what feels like a lifetime mastering the details of the human form, from the way hair moves when whirling across a ballroom to the smooth contortions of arms and legs as a body goes into flight.
For 150 years, the Newmarket Citizens’ Band has provided entertainment and enjoyment to festival and concert-goers, event attendees, and regular music lovers, completely free of charge. They proudly offer a broad repertoire of traditional community band fare, from marches to individual concerts, original compositions to fan-favourite waltzes, polkas, rags, pop and more. Now freshly returned to outdoor concerts following a two-year COVID-19-related hiatus, the Newmarket Citizens’ Band’s sights are set on celebrating a very special milestone: their 150th anniversary as a band. The accomplishment isn’t one they celebrate lightly, as it reaffirms their title as one of the oldest continuously running community concert bands in Canada.
For more than 80 years, 94 Newmarket Optimist Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron has taught local teens the benefits of integrity, teamwork and leadership through “youth leading youth”. Founded Dec. 1, 1941 in Stouffville, 94 Squadron was originally staffed by Air Force officers that were stationed at the nearby Camp Borden, which itself had been established 25 years prior as major training centre of Canadian Expeditionary Force battalions during the First World War. The purpose of the organization was to train teenage boys with trades and military abilities, grooming them for an eventual career in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
One of Tom Wray’s most acclaimed photographs depicts a field of sunflowers stretching back as far as the eye can see, a tranquil sea of green and gold.
Floral studies have become something of a signature for the Schomberg-based photographer, who often spends his free time traversing the farms, fields, and woodlands of King with his wife, Mara, in search of the next picturesque scene to freeze in time.
“I’ve always thought sunflowers were happy flowers,” says Tom. “They’re bright, they’re big, they’re bold, they’re cheerful.”
Recently, the flower has taken on further importance to the Wrays, apart from their allure before the camera.
In response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, they’ve repurposed Tom’s photographs of sunflowers- Ukraine’s national flower- into lawn signs and greeting cards, with the intent of raising $10,000 or more for the Canadian Red Cross and Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, a joint fundraiser between the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
Few businesses in Newmarket have seen the town change as much as Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home. Located in the heart of historic Newmarket at 157 Main St. South — where it has operated since the 1920s — Roadhouse & Rose holds the reigning title of the oldest business in Newmarket, and third oldest funeral home across Ontario.
Founded in 1842, Roadhouse & Rose has not only seen the population of Newmarket grow from just 600 to over 88,000, but has welcomed an increasingly diverse community of clients — changes that have seen the funeral home flourish through almost 200 years of growth, adaptation, and evolution. So, too, does it remain the only locally owned and family operated funeral home in Newmarket and Aurora.
For almost 35 years, the Newmarket Food Pantry has supplied individuals and families in need with food and supplies that not only support them in times of need, but uphold their right to basic human dignity. With more than 440,000 meals distributed and 15,000 clients served in 2021 alone- 35 per cent under the age of 18- the charity has cemented its reputation as one of Newmarket’s most reliable and enduring institutions for good.
Few know the positive impact of the Newmarket Food Pantry better than Keith Profit. A 34-year volunteer with the charity, he's been active and present through the charity’s founding, rapid growth, and impressive six relocations, and was also a board member up until 2020.
“Newmarket is wonderful,” said Keith Profit. “The number of people that have gotten involved and helped with the food pantry is amazing. It’s such a caring community.”
Reno Pipia’s now 10 years of volunteering at Newmarket’s Elman W. Campbell Museum began with a tour.
“I remember the first time this fellow took me. You talk about history, and that made me get really involved,” said Pipia. “That little tour that he gave me got me into it. It was amazing. I learned off of him how to do the same thing.”
A skilled woodworker, Pipia first began helping out by crafting displays, picture and board frames, and other wooden objects for the museum, meticulously replicating the styles of the period where needed. Today, his volunteer efforts have expanded to helping the museum with tours and displays, crafts, construction, and more. In a typical week, Pipia volunteers at the museum three hours each morning Monday through Friday, and often will stay the entire day if staff need the extra help on busier days.
“I’d like to see more people volunteer and help out the town,” said Pipia, who is also a six-year volunteer with Newmarket’s NewRoads Performing Arts Centre. “I think it’s something we should do, after we retire, put our time back into our community.”
Trust students to know the value of a good backpack.
Schomberg’s Celina Lovisotto, a student at Queen’s University, and partner Brooke Baker, a student at the Royal Military College of Canada, are the founders of Bags of Promise, an organization that supplies at-risk youth aged 13 to 24 with reusable backpacks full of essential resources and supplies. These much-needed items include school supplies, hygiene and self-care products, hats and gloves, masks, water bottles, and more- anything that helps the owner weather the many challenges that come with being homeless.
Founded in spring 2021, the movement was inspired by Baker’s own life experiences before university.
“We were both students at Queen’s University, and I had conﬁded in Celina my own personal experience with being homeless,” said Baker. “That was when we came up with the idea for Bags of Promise.”
For many, one of the most difficult transitions in life is the one from singledom to parenthood. Whether it’s because access to resources and supports are limited, or parents are- understandably- unprepared for the challenges to come, learning how to adjust to a new life can be a struggle for many.
Thankfully, free peer-to-peer supports are available in Newmarket and across Canada, thanks to dedicated volunteers- and parents- who believe in paying it forward. Life With A Baby, a Canadian organization and registered charity for “real parents, real challenges, and real help,” aims to support new moms and dads by providing educational workshops, programs, events, and social meetups. Parents from the community are brought together weekly to “navigate the rollercoaster that is raising kids,” connecting, supporting, learning, crying, and laughing together “every chance” they get.
For many students, graduating to a new, larger school- from middle to high school, and from high school to college or university- can be a source of stress, uncertainty and fear. Not only do students have the daunting task of adapting to an entirely new schedule and environment, but the experience can be isolating for those who are too shy or uncomfortable to put themselves out there among unfamiliar peers. Luckily, the Newmarket Youth Leadership Group, open to youth aged 13 to 18, is here to help make the transition easier.
Founded by Newmarket Ward 1 Councillor Grace Simon in April 2019 and currently helmed by senior president Teresa Kruze and youth president Stephanie Morris, the youth volunteer group aims to make Newmarket a better place by creating more volunteer opportunities, organizing youth-driven activities, and empowering Newmarket’s youth to take an enhanced civic role within their community. By working with senior leaders and mentors, members develop leadership skills and are empowered for school life and beyond.
Carol Gellatly Field recalls a King Township much different than the one she lives in today. As the fourth-generation Gellatly to call her circa-1860 farmhouse home, and as a member of one of the dozen or so early farming families still in King, she’s witnessed the steady decline of the mixed-use family farm in the late 1900s, the arrival of hydro to Keele Street in 1948, the amalgamation of King’s public schools in the 1950s to ‘60s, and far more.
Fresh off the success of last year’s “Memories of King,” Field has self-published the second edition of her autobiographical exploration of King Township in the 1940s, ‘50s, and beyond, delving deeper into the daily life and traditions of a township few still remember.
The brand new “More Memories of King” features over 50 charming stories of old time King, illustrated by local artist Betty Cowan.
“It’s very much like the ﬁrst book,” said Field. “I had friends who just loved the stories. One friend said she just didn’t want the stories to stop. I thought that was sweet.”
Schomberg welcomed its newest business with the grand opening of Skinprovement Medi Spa & Laser Clinic, the second location of the original, award-winning clinic of the same name in Vaughan.
Hundreds of residents from Schomberg and surrounding areas came out to enjoy discounted products, free swag bags, hot chocolate and treats, and a visit with Santa as the business ofﬁcially opened its doors to the public. Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Skinprove-ment Medi Spa & Laser Clinic staff, and loyal customers were on hand for the ofﬁcial ribbon cutting ceremony.
Owner Ashley Perri thanked customers for their support during the pandemic, allowing Skinprovement Medi Spa & Laser Clinic to not only persevere through the difﬁculties of frequent lockdowns, but open their second location after years of COVID-19 related hardship.
Mykayla Head knows what it’s like to struggle at Christmas. As a young child, she wasn’t just worried about whether or not there would be presents under the tree that year, but whether her and her family would have enough to eat over the holidays.
Though Head and her family’s conditions thankfully improved by the time she was 10 years old, memories of those early struggles have never quite left, inspiring an ongoing tradition of giving that’s now in its fourth consecutive year.
Since 2018, Head has operated an annual Christmas drive that’s seen her and other local volunteers fulfill in-need families’ Christmas wish lists for the holiday season. Kicking off with 17 families their inaugural year, A Christmas Miracle Drive has now grown to serve over 70 families each year. With two families from their original number managing to provide for themselves this holiday season, the 2021 drive is now set to serve 72 local families. To date, the drive has assisted almost 200 families in need.
Rainbow-hued perennials, lush shrubs, flourishing trees. They’re the first things that draw the eye when you enter Connon Nurseries, a plant grower, wholesaler, and retailer nestled on the northeastern edge of King Township. An expansive selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials and a wide variety of seeds, soils, containers, fertilizers, and tools are offered to home gardeners and trade professionals to create the landscapes, gardens, and planters that dreams are made of.
Olivio Fatigati isn’t your typical lawyer. Much like his personable law office on Schomberg’s historic Main Street, he offers something unique.
As a barrister and solicitor, Fatigati brings small-town charisma, resoluteness, and service to a process that can at times be difficult or confusing. With a strong commitment to building client relationships and reaching positive resolutions in a professional, timely, and cost-effective manner, you can trust you’ll be receiving the highest quality of service and legal expertise possible.
The DiPede family know their clothes. Step foot in 29:ELEVEN, an upscale boutique in King City’s King’s Ridge Marketplace, and you’re already well acquainted
with this. Hung neatly on the store’s chrome racks are clothes straight off the high streets and runways of Italy, completely exclusive, in North America, to 29:ELEVEN alone. Stocked brands such as Trussardi, Family First Milano, I’m Brian, Iceberg, Adriano Langella, Gaelle, and Liu Jo Milano were hand selected by the DiPedes to represent the very best of Italian fashion. No matter your interests or age, there’s guaranteed to be a piece of clothing (or two, or three, or four) that speaks to you.
Eyes, it's said, are the windows to the soul. But at Chic Eyes Optical, they're even more than that.
Located at 1700 King Road, Unit 10, in King City's King's Ridge Marketplace, Chic Eyes Optical is a one-stop shop for everything to do with your most important sense: sight.
As life slowed down and humans retreated indoors during the early stages of COVID-19, the demand for pets, and their companionship in lockdown, skyrocketed. In 2020 alone, a whopping 3.7 million (10 per cent of all) Canadians adopted, fostered, or purchased a cat or dog, with many shelters across the nation reporting a three to fourfold increase in adoption applicants and, when permitting, visits.
With 2021 seeing no slowdown in new adoptions, reliable, credible information and advice for new pet owners has never been more timely.
A local gym owner has received international recognition after making it to the final few rounds of Muscle & Fitness magazine’s Mr. Health & Fitness competition, the world’s largest online fitness competition. Dean MacMurray, owner of Schomberg’s LifeDrive Fitness, lasted five rounds of elimination voting before placing second in his group shortly before the event’s quarter finals. Originally entering the competition as a joke- knowing, at 50 years old, he’d be competing in a pool of athletes up to 30 years younger- MacMurray exceeded his own expectations by being hand-picked to compete for the grand prize of $20,000 and a two-page spread in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
David Miller, former Toronto Mayor and President and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund Canada and current Director of International Diplomacy at the C40 Climate Leadership Group, spoke to students and employees of Seneca College in the latest virtual chapter of Seneca Business’ Sustainability Speaker Series July 7. Drawing on his seven years of experience as Mayor of Toronto (2003-2010) as well as his book Solved: How the World's Great Cities Are Fixing the Climate Crisis, Miller discussed the solutions to climate change that lie in our urban areas and the methods of avoiding a climate catastrophe.
Newmarket’s Trevor Dale knows the importance of paying it forward. As a boy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada’s youth mentoring program gave him one of the only consistent supports of his tumultuous childhood. Dale and his Big Brother- a local doctor- would go on fun outings and cook, play sports and board games, and watch movies together. Sometimes, he’d just listen to Dale vent about his frustrations and struggles.