Sickle Cell Awareness Month - September, 2019

Founded in 1981, the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is a non-profit community-based organization in Toronto. It provides support and resources for individuals, families, and communities affected by Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) throughout the province. SCD is a group of life-threatening, inherited disorders that affect the normal functioning of red blood cells. For the month of September, we are celebrating Sickle Cell Awareness Month to promote awareness and impacts of Sickle Cell Disease across Ontario. By enlightening our community with the importance of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness, we can engage health care professionals, support networks, and the public to start the conversation and hope for the treatment and cure of Sickle Cell Disease. To learn more about this proclamation please visit:

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National Coaches Week - September 21 to 29, 2019

National Coaches Week encourages Canadians to say thanks and celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities. This week will focus on putting a spotlight on coaches and give this, largely volunteer, integral part of Canadian sport a thanks.

With events held across the province and country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle. The week is publicly proclaimed to say thanks to the more than 300,000 coaches that call Pickering and Ontario home.

Throughout the week, communities all across Ontario will be showing their support for coaches through community events, proclamations and lightings to celebrate and recognize coaches. For more information, please visit

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Rail Safety Week - September 23 to 29, 2019

The purpose of this national week is to raise awareness about rail safety, and to highlight the ongoing commitment of communities, along with rail companies and their employees, in making Canada’s rail network even safer.

Operation Lifesaver is proud to be supporting the various rail safety activities and events that will be taking place across the country throughout this important week. These events will emphasize the need for railways, communities and members of the public to work together to prevent the avoidable accidents, injuries and damage caused by collisions at level crossings, and incidents involving trains and citizens.

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Orange Shirt Day - September 30, 2019 

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.

Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

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Franco-Ontarian Day - September 25, 2019

September 25th is Franco-Ontarian Day in the Province of Ontario. This day officially recognizes the contribution of Ontario's Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.

Le 25 septembre est la journée des Franco-ontariens et des Franco-ontariennes dans la province de l'Ontario. Ce jour reconnaît officiellement la contribution de la communauté francophone de l'Ontario dans les domaines culturel, social, économique et la vie politique de la province.

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Caribbean Heritage Month - October 2019

Caribbean Women’s Society has declared the month of October as “Caribbean Heritage Month”; an innovative initiative to recognize, celebrate and educate the public on how Caribbeans made and continue to make significant contributions, across all fields and industries, to Canada, as early as the 1700’s.

Ontario’s Caribbean Heritage Month will be marked by a series of cultural events and activities throughout the month of October.

October is a significant month for the Caribbean-Canadian community. With the points system incorporated into the Immigration Regulations in October 1967, it meant that visitors, including Caribbeans, and their families were given the right to apply for immigrant status while in Canada. By 1970, immigration from, in part, the Caribbean represented over 23% of the total; compared to 10% four years prior. (

In a statement to the House of Commons on October 8, 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced multiculturalism as an official government policy. Multiculturalism was intended to preserve the cultural freedom of all individuals and provide recognition of the cultural contributions of diverse ethnic groups to Canadian society. (

Caribbean Heritage Month will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Caribbean-Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.

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Wrongful Conviction Day - October 2, 2019

Wrongful Conviction Day is an international day to recognize the tremendous personal, social and legal costs associated with Wrongful Criminal Convictions, and to recognize those persons who have been forced to endure the consequences. This Day is equally devoted to informing and educating the public on the causes, consequences and complications associated with Wrongful Criminal Convictions.

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Durham Mental Health Day - October 10, 2019

Durham Mental Health Day is an initiative to increase awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health across the Region of Durham. The Carion Fenn Foundation is a registered charity promoting health and wellness, providing support, education and resources for chronic and rare diseases. The Foundation will be raising flags requesting proclamations, along with hosting their 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum (in partnership with Ajax Public Library and Lakeridge Health) and having their 1st annual Durham Mental Health Day at Queens Park sponsored by MPP Rod Phillips.

For more information about Durham Mental Health Day visit:

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Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week - October 20 to 26, 2019

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week offers an opportunity to recognize the value of spiritual and religious care and to honour those who provide the care. Spiritual and religious care is about listening, clarifying and offering spiritual direction to those in need. When one is scared, lonely, confused, angry or disillusioned, spiritual and religious care providers offer counsel and support.

Across Canada, thousands of dedicated spiritual and religious care providers of all faiths work in specialized settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, mental health centres, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

During Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week, facilities recognize the contributions of staff, families and faith community volunteers in providing the best care possible for clients, inmates, residents, patients, etc. in private, public and government organizations.

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Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day - October 24, 2019

October 24th has been designated as Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community. Many children, families and communities benefit from the work of child care workers and ECEs. Child care and early learning also contribute to the economic life of communities. Research shows the many economic benefits accrued from affordable, accessible, high quality early learning and child care. These benefits come from the number of people employed in the child care industry and because the availability of child care allows parents to work and retrain and to contribute to the economic life of society.

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World Polio Day - October 24, 2019

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

Polio is a debilitating and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

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