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The Story of the Deputy Police Chief and his Teacher

Halton Police Deputy Chief Nishan (Nish) Duraiappah overcame some tough obstacles in his youth, a time when change is difficult and its impacts are often unforgiving. During his high school years, Nish experienced two significant life changing events. Sadly, his … Continue reading

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A Bed and Bath Connection

With three children under the age of five, our pre-bed routine is busy to say the least.  It always seems like a mad and noisy dash to get everyone washed, dressed and cuddled. To me it feels like I’m living the … Continue reading

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Why Family Assets really matter: my mission trip to Honduras

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel with my mother and her friends on a mission to Central America.  Our mission was to provide service in a variety of capacities at El Hogar, a home for poor … Continue reading

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Family Matters: Relationships are key!

Family matters.  It’s simple, the key is to develop a positive relationship with your children. Start early, this will BE  one of their greatest protective factors in life. There are no secret ingredients, no gimmicks, no quick fixes. It’s about … Continue reading

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The Circle of Giving Back

Growing up in the 1970-80’s, I don’t remember intentional “Pay it forward” days or knocking on doors for community food drives, but I do remember participating with both Brownies and Girl Guides. We did group activities like “clean up your … Continue reading

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Get to know thy TEEN neighbours. It’s pretty amazing!

Neighbours… ah I bet everyone has one really good neighbour story! I too have several neighbour stories but the one that I share most is about the teenage boy next door. He drove too fast down our quiet residential street. … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from our youth about volunteering.

I think we can always learn from one another, especially from our youth. One important lesson we can learn from them is the art of giving back. Today’s youth are volunteering more than ever before and more than any other … Continue reading

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