Islamic History Month Proclamation – October 2022

Islamic History Month Canada (IHMC) in October aims to celebrate, inform, educate, and share with fellow Canadians the rich Muslim heritage and contributions to society. Contributions in sciences, humanities, medicine, astronomy, and other disciplines that have greatly benefited human progress. IHMC believes that through education and sharing positive stories, all Canadians can grow and connect in the best way possible.

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National PROBUS Month – October 2022

PROBUS is a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide, 255 being Canadian clubs made up of over 38,000 members. PROBUS clubs are all about encouraging healthy minds and bodies among seniors and socializing with other retirees in the community. Our club, PROBUS Pickering Lakeside, has over 320 local members who are active retirees and regularly enjoy some awesome guest speakers, a broad range of interesting activities and social events, stimulating conversation and the chance to explore the community, Canada and the world with new friends.

The global PROBUS Community has recognized the month of October as being “National PROBUS Month” as it coincides with National Seniors Day both within Canada and also within The United Nations. PROBUS Pickering Lakeside has been well supported by the City of Pickering in the past and we also regularly highlight City initiatives such as Aging Well Together, Seniors without Walls, 55+ programs etc. on our website and In our newsletters.

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Neurodiversity Education and Neurodivergent Acceptance Month – October 2022

Neurodiversity is a concept which defines different neurologies as being natural versions of the human species. While our own unique neurotypes impact how we communicate, interact with our environment and experience the world, they are all valid, important and often, widely misunderstood. Autistics, ADHDers, and other Neurodivergent humans often go through life battling systemic ableism, discrimination, and the perception from others that we are “broken” or “incomplete” versions of our neurotypical counterparts. This is simply not true, and in many cases a great deal of the challenges we face are because our societies, schools and workplaces are built around Neurotypical needs, expectations and preferences.

Neurodiversity Education and Neurodivergent Acceptance Month challenges us all to recognize the importance of better understanding and valuing the diversity within the Neurodivergent community. It is an opportunity to question our own biases and broaden our understanding of neurodifferences in order to create safer more inclusive and accessible communities which meet the needs of Neurodivergent humans more equitably. Amongst the concepts we encourage people to become familiar with are:

  1. Equitable Access to AAC (Alternate and Augmentative Communication) and the valuing of difference communication methods
  2. Intersectionality within the Neurodivergent community
  3. Presumption of Competence
  4. Normalization of Stimming
  5. Behaviour is NOT always communication, especially if you don’t interpret it from a Neurodivergent perspective
  6. Social Model of Disability
  7. Listen to Non-Speakers
  8. #DifferentNotLess
  9. #NothingAbout UsWithoutUs

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World Polio Day – October 24, 2022

Rotary International is a lead partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other major international organizations. Rotary members have been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, launching PolioPlus, the first global initiative to immunize children against the poliovirus.

Their members worldwide have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly three billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a crucial role in urging governments to contribute more than $10 billion towards this honourable initiative. Their goal of ridding the world of this disease is imminent – polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%.

Today, polio is an endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, polio continues to remain a Public Health Emergency of International concern and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases. Last year, 1226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 in 2018, according to the WHO. If all eradication efforts are discontinued, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year, within 10 years, globally.

Rotarians in District 7070, which includes 55 Rotary Clubs spread across Southern Ontario have long supported efforts to end this crippling disease, raising donations of over $3 million to date.

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World Stroke Day – October 29, 2022

In recognition of the many stroke survivors and their Health Care providers who endeavour to achieve best stroke health care practices, returning patients to a level of functionality in lifestyle for their future living abilities and employment possibilities.

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National Children’s Grief Awareness Day – November 17, 2022

Rainbows For All Children Canada is a national not-for-profit charitable organization that fosters resilience and emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering event. By partnering with schools, hospitals, and social service agencies we provide support when they need it, where they need it, right in their communities. On the 17th of November 2022 we honor National Children's Grief Awareness Day to show our support for children all over Canada that have experienced loss, grief and/or separation.

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World Prematurity Day – November 17, 2022

The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF) is a parent-led charitable organization aimed to raise public awareness about prematurity and provide support and education for families of premature babies. It is an annual event to honor premature babies, their families, and caregivers.

We join 110 other countries in the International Global Illumination Project, where Canadian landmarks are lit up in purple. This project goes viral as thousands of families visit these landmarks and share their moments on their social media channels on November 17, 2022.

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International Decade for People of African Descent Month – February 2023

As proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) recognizes the unique contributions of people of African descent around the world and calls for national, regional and international cooperation to advance their full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights and their full participation in society.

Building on the theme of “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development,” the International Decade further aims to advance social justice and inclusion policies, eradicate racism and intolerance, promote human rights and assist in creating better, more prosperous communities in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The City of Pickering is proud to celebrate this International Decade through the collaborative efforts of the Pickering Anti-Black Racism Taskforce (PABRT) and Pickering Public Library Anti-Black Racism Working Group (ABWRG) as well as other anti-racism collectives throughout Durham Region.

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Amyloidosis Awareness Month – March 2023

Each March Amyloidosis Awareness Month is recognized internationally by the Amyloidosis Foundation, the Canadian Amyloidosis Support Network (CASN), and Hereditary Amyloidosis Canada (HAC). Amyloidosis refers to a group of diseases caused by abnormal proteins, known as amyloid, in one or more organs of the body. Left untreated, the disease can result in organ failure and even death. Unfortunately, amyloidosis can sometimes be challenging to diagnose and the symptoms and signs of the disease may mimic those of other conditions. For these reasons, the goal of organizations such as the Canadian Amyloidosis Support Network and Hereditary Amyloidosis Canada is to increase awareness of this disease among the general public. As noted by the Amyloidosis Foundation, "A major challenge is the current lack of early diagnosis for a patient with amyloidosis. This is a key factor. Awareness of all the amyloidosis diseases by the medical community and by the general public is essential in order to turn this around." (

For additional information about amyloidosis, please visit the website for the Amyloidosis Foundation and the website for Hereditary Amyloidosis Canada.

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