VAM CELEBRATES CREATIVE SENIORS ACROSS CITY OF MISSISSAUGA

Mississauga, ON – Visual Arts Mississauga (VAM) at Riverwood is pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors from across the City of Mississauga who have recently participated in the organization’s acclaimed Art Reach for Older Adults Program. VAM is hosting several art exhibitions this week that showcase the creative works of senior groups including the Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre, Peel Senior Link and Credit Valley Seniors. All are welcome to the Credit Valley Senior’s art exhibit happening Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1pm, at South Common Community Centre located at 2233 South Millway, Mississauga, Ontario.


“VAM has had fantastic support for our new program which is designed to enrich the lives of older adults with visual arts,” explains VAM Executive Director Annis Karpenko. “We were pleased to offer four months of subsidized art workshops to seniors with Peel Senior Link, The Region of Peel’s Malton Village Adult Day Centre and the Credit Valley Seniors. We are completing our pilot program by celebrating the accomplishments of our seniors with exhibits at each of our centres.”  
 
ArtReach for Older Adults offers exciting art workshops under the guidance of professional artist instructors to older adult centers across the City of Mississauga.  This program has brought the creative experiences offered at VAM out into the community and has inspired and built confidence in individuals that might not have regular access to VAM’s programs. Art Reach for Older Adults encourages social participation and inclusion for older adults while promoting volunteerism.

After the success of this pilot program, VAM is pleased to now offer ArtReach for Older Adults to senior clubs and groups throughout the Region of Peel. Groups can book a one-time session (for up to 12 people) for $180, a mini-series (4 sessions) or a full-series (8 sessions). Senior clubs and groups are welcome to visit http://www.visualartsmississauga.com/education/artreach-for-older-adults/, call 905-277-4313 or email artreach@visualartsmississauga.com for more details.

Art Reach for Older Adults is made possible with generous funding provided through the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  ArtReach for Older Adults is presented with support from the City of Mississauga, Mississauga Seniors Council, Peel Senior Link and the Region of Peel.

ABOUT VISUAL ARTS MISSISSAUGA AT RIVERWOOD:  VAM was founded in 1978 and strives to enrich community life by fostering an appreciation of the arts through active involvement in a variety of creative experiences. VAM offers a variety of studio arts courses for adults, teens and children as well as summer camps, school programs, exhibitions, Artsy Parties and ArtReach for schools and corporate team-building. Please visit www.visualartsmississauga.com for more details.

Mayor Crombie Marks New Year’s 2016

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with all residents to mark New Year’s 2016.

“New Year’s is filled with the promise of hope. It is an opportunity to pursue long-held resolutions for personal improvement, maintain commitment, demonstrate self-discipline, and to achieve and exceed these goals.

“Reflecting on the past twelve months, I remain humbled and honoured to represent the compassionate, hardworking and dynamic people of our great City.

“Working with Council, we are addressing a number of leading issues for Mississauga residents, including: building regionally-integrated transit by securing full funding from the Wynne government for the new Hurontario LRT; igniting new economic development opportunities with the launch of the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP); and fostering a more dynamic, open and inclusive community, with the work undertaken by the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee.

“I am proud of what has been accomplished. I am mindful that we have only just begun and that there still remains much more work to be done – this is my resolution for the year ahead.

“2016 already promises to be an exciting year for Mississauga. For the first time ever, Mississauga will host the Ontario Summer Games. Our City will welcome athletes, coaches, managers, teams and officials from across the province this August.

“While we usher in this New Year, let us not forget those in our community in need of additional care and support. Unfortunately, the need remains high all year at our community food banks. Local charities always welcome donations so they may continue providing essential services.

“I ask all residents to please be generous with their time. I encourage Mississaugans to engage in random acts of kindness. It could be helping a neighbour shovel their driveway; volunteering toward an important cause; or simply picking up litter to keep our streets clean. It is up to all of us to strengthen our neighbourhoods and make our City an even better place to call home.

“Let me once again offer my best wishes for a very happy, safe, memorable and prosperous New Year!”

2016 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee:

You are invited to meet and greet with Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council inside Council Chamber with photo opportunities available, enjoy a free public skate on Mississauga Celebration Square’s outdoor ice rink, local entertainment, and more!

What: Mayor’s New Year’s Levee
When: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 2 – 4 p.m.
Meet and greet will take place from 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Civic Centre – 300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga
Who: Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council

VIA RAIL PREPARED FOR WINTER STORM CONDITIONS

High Demand For Seats Continues

December 28, 2015 – With a winter storm hitting the Maritimes and forecasts of heavy snowfall and freezing rain for Quebec and Ontario for the next 36 hours, travel throughout the region will be challenging. VIA Rail Canada advises that all trains in the Windsor – Québec City corridor region and between Halifax and Montreal are operating normally, with minimal delays.

As the storm continues to make its presence felt, VIA expects demand for seats to escalate. VIA will add capacity where possible to meet the increased demand. Passengers are therefore advised to book as early as possible and to verify departure and arrival times of trains in the affected regions.

For information or to reserve, go to www.viarail.ca or call 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (TTY for the hearing impaired). VIA Rail sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers by storm-related delays.

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca) and its 2,500 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years, and was the recipient of the 2012 Agent’s Choice Award voted by Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA Rail.

Your Holiday Bucket List

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style. In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas

Make this year’s holiday season one of magic and wonder. With so much to see and do in Mississauga, there is heaps of winter fun waiting for you outdoors. So grab your woolen mittens and get ready for some rosy cheeks while we share five unforgettable experiences on our Holiday Bucket List that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

1. Cozy Up with Loved Ones

There are so many ways to surprise and delight the ones you love. And there is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than being around the people that mean the most to you. This holiday season warmup with a cup of hot chocolate from C Café while catching up with family and friends, grab some cozy blankets and share stories around a fire. Take in a show at a local theatre.

2. Snuggle Up with a Good Book

With a ton of new releases and old holiday favourites, stop by your local library, pick up a good read and find a spot to snuggle up.

3. Lace Up Those Skates

rink

Whether young or old, beginner or experienced, sharpen your skates, put on your mittens, grab your hat and show off your figure eights at one of the City’s outdoor skating rinks.

4. Walk in a Winter Wonderland

With so many areas in Mississauga dressed in holiday cheer, there are a number of great places to visit. Walk around a few of the city’s historical sites like Streetsville, Cooksville and Port Credit. Catch some snowflakes at one of the city’s many parks or trails.

5. Experience Holiday Magic

Indulge in the magic of the holiday season. Get outdoors and attend some holiday events. Play in the snow or participate in winter activities for the whole family to enjoy.

So this holiday season you’re sure to find something to make your holidays merry and bright. For more fun and exciting things to do in Mississauga be sure to, visit Mississauga.ca. Share your #holidaybucketlist photos by tagging @CityMississauga on Twitter.

Mayor’s Youth Speaker Series Launches With Keynote From Renowned Journalist Amanda Lang: Crombie

Mississauga, ON – Mayor Crombie today announced the launch of the Mayor’s Youth Speaker Series, an ongoing series of keynote discussions with prominent Canadians from a variety of sectors aimed at inspiring youth in Mississauga and providing them with guidance as they prepare to enter the workforce. The first event will feature a keynote and Q&A session with award-winning journalist Amanda Lang of Bloomberg News.

“As an accomplished business journalist who has interviewed successful entrepreneurs, business executives and world leaders, Amanda Lang is in a unique position to provide insight both on her own success and the success of others, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said today. Attendees will hear a keynote session with Ms. Lang and will then have the opportunity to ask questions of relevance to them as they prepare to enter the workforce”

Amanda Lang said “Let me thank Mayor Crombie for the opportunity to launch this city-wide initiative to inspire, motivate and help guide young Mississaugans to get their promising careers off and running, so that they can take on the world and succeed.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and there are few things more important than helping them achieve their dreams, through hard work, determination and creativity. I look forward to being inspired by what they have to offer.”

The inaugural event will take place on Monday, January 25, 2016 at Central Library – Noel Ryan Auditorium – 301 Burnhamthorpe Road West from 7PM – 9 PM. Space is limited to attendees 14-25 years of age and registration is mandatory at www.youthspeakerseries.ca.

“Upon being elected to office, I committed to four key areas of focus, one of which was youth unemployment, Mayor Crombie said, citing that “a staggering 14% of youth aged 15-24 are unemployed.”

Many of these youth face multiple barriers including slow-job growth economies, low-quality jobs, skills mismatch and social discrimination, among others. Research has shown that a strong network and connection to mentors can open doors for youth as they transition into the workforce. These role models provide important support both in navigating the job market as well as helping youth understand the skills and experience required to succeed.”

Mayor Crombie concluded “I am determined to combat these issues, in part with the launch of the Mayor’s Youth Speakers Series – an initiative intended to engage, inspire and provide youth with the opportunity to hear from industry leaders on their struggles and success stories.”

For more information please visit www.MayorCrombie.ca.