STEELHEADS DEFENCEMAN ETHAN DEL MASTRO SELECTED BY BLACKHAWKS IN 2021 NHL DRAFT

Ethan Del Mastro drafted in the fourth round of 2021 NHL Draft by Chicago

Following the first round of the draft Friday night, the NHL held rounds two through seven on Saturday afternoon. The day would see the first ever Steelhead drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, defenceman Ethan Del Mastro.

Del Mastro, was the only Steelheads player selected and it was the Chicago Blackhawks that would take him in the fourth round, 105th overall. NHL Central Scouting had the Freelton, Ontario native 57th amongst North American Skaters in their final prospect rankings, eliteprospects.com had Del Mastro 62nd on their list prior to the draft and McKeen’s Hockey ranked him at 52nd. He was originally selected by the Steelheads in the first round of the 2019 OHL Priority selection at 12th overall.

Prior to the cancellation of the 2019-20 season, Del Mastro registered 7 points (7 assists) in 57 games for the club playing top line defensive minutes. This past April he was selected to represent Canada in the 2021 Ice Hockey U18 World Championship in Frisco, Texas. The 6’5, 210 lbs left-shot defenceman played an important role in all seven games and recorded two assists in the tournament, helping Canada to a gold medal. Del Mastro has a multitude of international competition experience and continues to bolster his resume. He has represented Canada in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge as well as the World Selects Invitational at the U15, U14, U13, and U12 level.

Not Your Average Young Entrepreneur

We recently had the opportunity to speak with a young up-and-coming entrepreneur.  

Ciara is a newly graduated nurse and the founder of Not Your Average Scrub Caps. She started her business during the pandemic in hopes to help healthcare workers showcase their personalities at work.  

The response has been overwhelming and she is so thankful for all the support.  

Continue reading to gain even more insight into this young entrepreneur’s business and what surprised her most about starting a business in the healthcare sector. 

Describe your business

I am the founder and the business owner behind Not Your Average Scrub Caps. It all started when I received my very first sewing machine eight years ago.  

It sat in my basement for many years.  

In 2020, I began my very first nursing job.  I started working in the hospital and needed to wear full PPE including face shield and mask for 12 hours at a time. 

I found that the face shield really caused my hair to be all over the place.  I saw so many scrub caps that day and really wished I had one.  The only thing was they were all very similar to one another and none of them really stood out to me. 

I thought that a scrub cap should be truly unique and show some personality.  Afterall we are hard to recognize and who doesn’t want to cheer someone up with a fun patterned cap!?

I went home that night and sewed my very first cap.  It was three days before Christmas, and It had Santa on it.

I had so many questions on where it was from, and I was shocked by the positive response. 

Before I knew it NYA Scrub Caps was born.  

I thought the face is where hospital patients look to for a reassuring smile and honestly, they are a fun conversation starter. 

What makes your scrub caps different?

NYA Scrub Caps are created from unique limited release fabrics.  This helps to ensure that you don’t (unintentionally) show up to work matching.  All scrub caps have dual buttons to securely hold your mask.  The buttons help combat skin breakdown on your ears.  

My goal is to make people happy, and I believe that seeing a cheerful scrub cap is a good way to start. 

All scrub caps are 100% cotton and prewashed.  NYA Scrub Caps are breathable, comfortable, and ready to get you through the next 12 hours.

What surprised you about starting a business in the healthcare sector?

The overwhelming support of the healthcare professionals. Honestly, I have really been welcomed and everyone has been so very kind to me.  Most of my customers are new to the nursing profession and they are looking for a way to show their personality.  I really feel lucky to be able to engage with such a great group of professionals.  I started NYA Scrub Caps during the pandemic, and I really enjoy how it brought all different healthcare sectors together. 

Any advice for anyone just starting out?

Yes, just start.  Your future self will thank you.  It won’t be a walk in the park at first, but anything worth doing is hard. Keep going. You got this! 

If you need a fun scrub cap look no further! Find your perfect Not Your Average Scrub Cap here.

Mississauga Celebrates its Indigenous Community in a Month Dedicated to their History and Culture

In Canada, June marks both National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a time for learning about and acknowledging Indigenous peoples as the original and continued residents of Canada, while recognizing the contributions of today’s First Nations; Métis and Inuit leaders.

“Celebrating and honouring the history, heritage and culture of the Indigenous peoples in our community has never been more important,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In a time when we, as a City, continue to mourn the 215 innocent lives lost at a former residential school in in Kamloops, B.C., we have to make a vow as a country to do better. It isn’t enough to focus on Indigenous history, heritage and culture for just one month a year. We have to make a commitment to lifelong, continuous learning.”

From libraries to museums, the City is offering a number of free, virtual activities and information-sharing to help residents continue or kick-start learning more about Mississauga’s Indigenous history. 

Activities and Events

What: Film screenings by Indigenous filmmakers and media artists, as part of the Public Art Program’s Art on the Screens at Celebration Square. Remarks from Chief R. Stacey LaForme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will be shown prior to the start of each program. The Moccasin Identifier Project, a program to promote public awareness of significant cultural historic sites and the ancestral presence of First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Communities, will also be featured at Celebration Square.

Where: Digital media screens on Mississauga Celebration Square

When: National Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, June 21 between 2 and 10 p.m.

What: Indigenous Learning Circle led by Traditional Indigenous Elder, Cat Criger

This weekly learning circle explores Indigenous cultures, perspectives and issues. Thoughts and questions of the participants, Indigenous teaching and philosophies will help guide the discussions to facilitate an intercultural dialogue. 

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM.

When: Weekly starting on Monday, June 21

What: A celebration to honour and learn about the history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people in Canada

All sessions will begin with a virtual smudge ceremony that leads into a teaching followed by sharing reflections and questions.

Where: Virtual experience. Registration details can be found here: mississaugalibrary.ca/IHM

When:

·       Tuesday, June 15 – Whose Land Are You On…the Language of Treaties

·       Tuesday, June 22 – Indigenous Place and Space and Language: changing culture

·       Tuesday, June 29 – Your Connections to Calls to Action

“We continue to grieve alongside the Indigenous members of our community and across the country following the tragic discovery in Kamloops last month,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As a City, we are offering ways to take that grief and channel it into useful activities that can help us learn and grow. Nothing can change what has happened but we can certainly work toward a more equitable, fair and balanced city and country.”

In addition to the above activities, a book list is also available through the Mississauga Library featuring books by Indigenous authors. A short video of Elder Cat Criger talking about Indigenous History Month is also available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

SARA WILBUR-COLLINS APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE RIVERWOOD CONSERVANCY

The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) is happy to announce the appointment of Sara Wilbur-Collins as its new Executive Director. Sara comes to TRC with over 20 years of conservation organization experience, most recently serving as the Executive Director of the Grand River Conservation Foundation.

A strategic leader who values collaboration with board members, volunteers, and staff, Sara has proven her ability to build relationships, reach philanthropic goals, and achieve long-term success. She comes to TRC at a time when Mississauga residents have increasingly turned to Riverwood as a place of solace amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the organization has expanded its reach through virtual programs to connect more people with nature.

“We are most excited to have Sara’s expertise and enthusiasm to further the development of our organization, and we’re looking forward to a successful future under her leadership,” said Carolyn Sherk, Chair of the Board of Directors at The Riverwood Conservancy.

“I’m looking forward to working with The Riverwood Conservancy’s staff, volunteers, members, donors, and supporters to preserve the beauty and ecological health of Riverwood, while continuing to connect our community with nature through our programs,” said Sara.

Sara assumed her role on June 14, 2021. The Riverwood Conservancy would like to thank Robin Haley-Gillin for stepping in to fill the role of Acting Executive Director in March 2021, and for all her contributions since then.

About The Riverwood Conservancy

The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.

June is Recreation and Parks Month

We’re celebrating by encouraging everyone to get out and explore Mississauga’s magnificent green spaces. With more than 500 parks, 393 km of trails, 266 playgrounds and 7,853 acres of parkland, our parks are spaces for everyone to enjoy!

There are many hidden gems throughout Mississauga, which support multiple outdoor leisure activities. As summer draws near, try out one of Mississauga’s many trails  – you may see some blue jays, woodpeckers, cardinals and some of the other beautiful birds or wildlife that make the city their home. Whether you’re going out for a morning jog, an evening walk, a brisk workout or looking to connect with nature, the City’s trails are the perfect location for you.

You may want to try some of our wonderful multi-use trails like those nearRiverwoodBurnhamthorpe Trail and Lake Aquitaine Trail. They allow you to enjoy the natural sounds and views that can have a relaxing and calming effect on your day.

Mississauga’s parks are an excellent opportunity for photographers of all levels, capturing both the splendour of nature and man-made features such as landscapes, sculptures and urban design. The majestic trees and colourful flowers are a photographer’s dream.

If you’re a bike enthusiast, we have you covered. Mississauga has added many bike lanes to our streets, and our network of bike trails span the entire city. Whether you seek an active way to get to work or little adventurous biking, Mississauga has a path for you – try Mississauga’s cycling map.

Being physically active is good for physical and mental health. If you prefer recreation or fitness, City parks are great for individual yoga and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to be more active at home, you can check out the City’s ‘Stay home stay active’ webpage to access online videos, nutritional tips, home workouts, and family fun activities for all ages and abilities. 

If you’re into sports, our Lakeview Golf Course and BraeBen Golf Course and driving range are open and accepting tee times. If you prefer some family time and enjoy virtual activities, try our Family Fun Corner. It is always creative and fun for all ages. The City also offers a number of outdoor amenities open to residents to enjoy such as spray pads, skateboard parks, BMX parks, batting cages, sports courts (basketball, tennis) and sport fields (soccer, softball). Team sports or any other sports or games that involve coming within two metres of each other are not to be practised or played at this time.

Stay up-to-date and informed about provincial guidelines for outdoor recreation and recreational amenities as they may change. If outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Let’s all get out and enjoy our marvellous recreation amenities, parks and trails. The City of Mississauga has a great resource to explore and find many parks, please visit mississauga.ca/parks and mississauga.ca/recreation.

For more information on June is Recreation and Parks month, visit JRPM information.