National PROBUS Month - October 2023

October has been designated as National PROBUS Month. PROBUS is a volunteer-based, non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian fellowship organization with over 4,000 clubs worldwide. PROBUS clubs goal is to provide Fellowship, Friendship, and Fun for all men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years. They are all about encouraging healthy minds and bodies through socializing with other retirees in the community.

There are over 250 PROBUS clubs across Canada made up of over 35,000 members. Pickering has 2 very active and successful PROBUS clubs: 'The PROBUS Club of Pickering' and ‘PROBUS Pickering Lakeside'. Together they provide extensive social opportunities for over 900 local retirees.

In 2013, National PROBUS Month (NPM) was established to provide clubs and communities the chance to celebrate the PROBUS experience, to get to know PROBUS from within and to enhance its recognition and visibility throughout the country. More than an education program, its intent is to give individuals a chance to express themselves, even reinvent themselves and demonstrate that the PROBUS experience is something special.  

For more information, please visit PROBUS Club of Pickering or PROBUS Pickering Lakeside

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Islamic History Month - October 2023

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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World Stroke Day - October 29, 2023

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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Mental Health Month - November 2023

November 2023 is Mental Health Month, recognizing and supporting Mental Health through our Alex Monaghan Mental Health Programs to increase awareness, encourage support and help break down the stigma surrounding Mental Health across the Region of Durham.

Join our Mental Health campaign, as we advocate with the City of Pickering Mayor Kevin Ashe, family, councillors, staff, friends, and we hope…YOU too show support for Mental Health.

The Carion Fenn Foundation is a Registered Charity established to provide support, education and resources to individuals impacted by Mental Health, Syringomyelia, Chiari Malformation, Chronic Diseases and Rare Diseases through a variety of health and wellness programs that are free to the public.

As part of Mental Health Month, the Carion Fenn Foundation is hosting flag raisings, a Mental Health Chat and Mental Health Day at Queens Park, and other initiatives in recognition of the importance of Mental Health and our Programs honouring the memory of Alex Monaghan, son of Mayor Kevin Ashe and Karen O’Brien. #sayhisname. Let’s say his name, talk about Mental Health & help support the Region in keeping our families healthy because Together We Are Stronger®.

For more information feel free to visit the Carion Fenn Foundation website:

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National Domestic Violence Awareness Month - November 2023

November is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Financial Literacy Month. A campaign is underway by the Canadian Centre for Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE) to support survivors of Economic Abuse, a type of domestic violence that deserves greater attention in Canada. We are doing this by declaring November 26th as the Day of Awareness for Economic Abuse.

Economic Abuse is a form of violence and coercive controlling behavior. It refers to various tactics that limit an individual’s financial autonomy, including but not limited to denying them access to their money, exerting control over their resources, or leveraging intimidation and threats to constrain their economic freedom. Almost 95% of women who experience or have experienced some form of domestic violence have also experienced Economic Abuse. To create a world where Economic Abuse is unacceptable, and survivors have the resources and support they need to achieve economic empowerment, we encourage leaders to be champions of change. Join us on November 26th to support survivors and victims of Economic Abuse.

The Canadian Center for Women’s Empowerment (CCFWE) is the only Canadian national non-profit organization in Ottawa dedicated to addressing Economic Abuse and injustice through advocacy, education, research, economic empowerment, and policy change.

CCFWE works collaboratively with organizations and individuals to develop a comprehensive approach that enables domestic violence survivors to recover from Economic Abuse. It also addresses critical policy gaps preventing survivors from recovering and becoming economically secure and independent.

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week - November 1 - 7, 2023

In 2014, the Province of Ontario declared the first week in November as the Official Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed in 2014, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes. Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government's plan to keep Ontario families safe. This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, is led by fire services across the province. Fire departments spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place from November 1st - 7th, 2023.

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National Children's Grief Awareness Day - November 16, 2023

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 16th of November 2023 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, 2023

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. World Prematurity Day is an annual event to honour premature babies their families and caregivers.

We join 100 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 17th. This project is in its 15th year.

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Giving Tuesday - November 28, 2023

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. The idea caught on, and has grown around the world, inspiring hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Giving Tuesday has grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people participating in whatever ways they can.

Giving Tuesday is the world’s largest generosity movement: whether it’s making someone smile, giving to those who need our help, or helping a neighbour, every act of generosity counts.

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