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ROSE OF SHARON by yaofenjin


    Fall 2009
                                   of               shaRon                   services for young mothers
    S e r v i ng Pr eg n a n t Te e n s a n d Yo u ng M ot h e r s i n Yo r k r eg i o n S i n c e 1985                        M ay 2011

“Empowering the Journey” - An Evening of Celebration

          n April 16th, 2011 with support from the                                           We would like to thank everyone who was able to
          Knights of Columbus, Rose of Sharon                                                join us for this event in support of Rose of Sharon.
          hosted our first ever fundraising gala titled                                      We extend our sincere appreciation to Mayor Grossi
‘Empowering the Journey’. Featuring a formal sit                                             for being an exceptional Master of Ceremonies
down dinner, dancing, both a silent and live auction                                         and Auctioneer for the evening. We would like
at Roman Palace, the entire evening was spectacular                                          to acknowledge Roman Palace for hosting a
raising awareness and funds for young mothers and                                            beautiful dinner and offering ongoing support
children in our community.                                                                   throughout the planning of this evening. A special
With over 200 guests in attendance and $16,000                                               thanks to Blossom Boutique, Val Jenner, and
raised, this was a night to truly celebrate the                                              Fiori Bevilacqua Floral Studio for their generous
unique services Rose of Sharon Services for Young                                            donation of beautiful centrepieces. We must also
Mothers has provided over the past 26 years.                                                 thank our Bronze sponsor, Ernie Pavan of Pathways
Funds raised from this evening will be used toward                                           Transformational Consulting and our evening
supplemental programming costs including program                                             program sponsor, Commercial Digital Print.
transportation and emergency food resources often
required of our clients.

The silent and live auction was exceptional thanks to the following businesses and individuals who made in kind donations:
Alexsandro’s Hair Studio, All Babies Count, Apples of Gold, Beautiful Day Spa & Salon, Barry Munro, Bonnie View Inn, Bradford Tim-Br,
Bradford Rental, Brake Auto Services, Canada’s Wonderland, Canadian Red Cross, Cardinal Golf Club, Chateau des Charmes, Connors Music-
Keswick, Crabtree & Evelyn, Craig Bone-Sutton Group, Curves, Dorothy Wintle, Dr. & Mrs. Michael Scandiffio, Dr. Lisa Fung, Dr. Murray
Family Chiropractic, Echoes in the Attic, Edward Street Bistro, Elliot’s Collision Services, Eric Holt, Fahey Crate Law Professionals, Fitness Clubs
of Canada, Fran & Malcolm Peake, Frank MacGrath & Golf Tournaments Incorporated, Georgina Art Centre, Georgina Quality Motors, Giant
Tiger-Sutton, Hempen Fine Jewellers, Henry Schein, Highlands Golf Club, Holland Landing Marina, Home Hardware-Sutton, HomeSense,
Horseshoe Valley, Ideal Supply, Jack Watson Sports, Jaye Campbell, John & Kathleen Ancker, Just Lubes Oil Change Centre, Karma Massage
Therapy, Keg Restaurants, Keswick Marine Ltd., Knead for Wellness, L’Attitudes Salon, Lorine Savoy, Lovely Velo Custom Cards, Machine
Raching, Magenta Photo Studios, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Mason Place, Monroe’s Furnishings, My Chiropractic-Randie Ferris,
Naomi Clement, Niche Décor, Norbram Group-Dan J. Hutton, Oakridges Market , Of Rock & Chalk, Peter Van Loan, Pomegranates &
Clementines, POPROCKS, Queensville Farm Supply, Quinn’s Marina, Richard Wells, Robert Herron, Rona, Sanctuary International Day Spas,
Schell Building Centre, Simone Performance Imports, Simply Sweet, South Simcoe Police, St. Andrew’s Valley Golf Course, Stellar Lanes,
                                                   Susan Brown, Tack Town, Tangle Creek Golf
                                                   & Country Club, Tangles Salon, Teddy’s
                                                   Wash ‘n’ Fold, The Buttery, The Fireplace
                                                   Stop, Timberlane Athletic Club, Tonyc Salon
                                                   and Spa, Town of East Gwillimbury-Virginia
                                                   Hackson, Tyme Home, Upper Canada
                                                   Dental, Vicki Carruthers, Willow Springs
                                                   Winery, Yoga Source, York Region
                                                   Emergency Medical Services, York Regional
                                                   Police, Your Time Esthetics by Sharon,
                                                   Zander Sod Co. Limited
                                  Message from the Executive Director
             mpowering the Journey...It has been a very busy            with the Knights of Columbus, Rose of Sharon had an evening of
             time for Rose of Sharon since our last newsletter. As      dinner, dancing, live/silent auctions and an overall a great time!!!
             our focus at Rose of Sharon is to always find ways to      We were honoured to have in attendance Mayor Robert Grossi
             empower our young mothers it is with great joy that        who was also our MC and Live Auctioneer, Chair & CEO of York
 we have added a second outreach office. With our Maple office          Region Bill Fisch, Executive Director of Catholic Charities
 running successfully for over a year we began to see a greater         Michael Fullen, Mayor Tony Van Bynen of Newmarket, Mayor
 need in the northern part of our region. In collaboration                   Virginia Hackson of East Gwillimbury, Mayor Frank Scarpitti
 with Executive Director Lynn Vanlieshout of the Learning                        of Markham and numerous counsellors of York Region.
 Centre for Georgina, we were able to secure funds from       “ is with        Many thanks to our Steering Committee, Mario
 Trillium and York Region CDIF to create a “hub” of                                  Martignani, Kevin MacDonanld, Michael and Lisa
 support. In September 2010 we opened a Rose of
                                                             great joy that           Quaiattini, Chris Greenwood, Dorothy Campbell,
 Sharon Outreach Office in the building of the Learning    we have added a            Brenda Andruchuk and Melissa Robinson for their
 Centre for Georgina. This outreach office offers          second outreach            profound sense of commitment and passion brought
 our young women the opportunity to meet with a                  office.”            to the many tasks and challenges that we faced
 counsellor, attend parenting programs, and access the                             to make this Gala a success. A special thank you to
 Learning Centres education programs with a child minding                       our Volunteer Committee, Krista Turner, Carol Crowe,
 room where children are cared for while moms access these                 Joyce Derry-Fong, Alison Hill, Lorine Savoy, Marilee Sadler,
 services. We had our Grand Opening on February 10, 2011 which          Elizabeth Daily, Kathleen Anker, Cheryl Elborne and Janis Scully for
 was well attended by Board members and staff of both agencies.         their dedication and creative input in making this an evening to
 Georgina Mayor Grossi was our honoured guest in our ribbon             remember. Thank you to all who attended and for believing in our
 cutting ceremony and Julia Munroe, Member of Provincial                young mother’s present and future well-being.
 Parliament of York-Simcoe presented Rose of Sharon with a              On behalf of Rose of Sharon staff, Board members and myself
 Certificate of Congratulations. To date we have provided               we look forward to many more opportunities to make a
 services to over 70 young women and children in the Georgina           difference in the lives of young women and their children in
 area.                                                                  York Region.
 On April 16, 2011 in keeping with our “Empowering the Journey”                                                                 Anna Pavan
 theme, Rose of Sharon had its very first Gala. In partnership                                                           Executive Director

                                                                                 A Mom’s Message

         Angers Pilgrimage                                                   y name is Crystal Stone and I am the proud mother of
        n March, Anna and Kathy were blessed                                 two little girls. My first child, Alexis is now three years old
        to go on the Anger 2011 Pilgrimage in                                and has been attending the Young Parent Program (YPP)
        France. It was a great experience to walk                            since she was six months old. My second child, Lola who
        in the footsteps of St. Mary Euphrasia,             is now 10 months old has been attending the Young Parent Program since
 to hear about her journey in Good Shepherd                 she was born on June 11th, 2010. I go to YPP every Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
 work and to meet other Good Shepherd                       The staff is so welcoming, I never feel uncomfortable. My daughters look
 agencies from around the world who share                   forward to this day every week, they are just itching to get out the door.
 the same mission and values we continually                 With such a great staff there are always things to do, the kids stay busy
                                                            doing crafts, learning colours, reading books and other great activities.
 embrace at Rose of Sharon. Anna and Kathy
                                                            With all of the struggles of being a mom, this is a great program for all
 would like to sincerely thank the Sisters of
                                                            moms out there. The mothers are able to meet new people and make
 the Good Shepherd and the Board of Rose of
                                                            new friends. They also teach mom’s how to manage with potty training,
 Sharon for providing the opportunity to visit the          child development and
 Motherhouse. Merci!                                        even help with budgeting
                                                            those tricky finances. Since
                                                            my time at the Young
                                                            Parent Program, my kids
                                                            and I have made so many
                                                            new friends. If you ever
                                                            have any questions or
                                                            concern, the staff is always
                                                            willing to help the best
                                                            that they can so if you are
  Anna, Kathy, Sr. Felicita and    Anna and Kathy at
           Sr. Rose               Noirmoutier in Angers,    a young parent, come and
                                        France              share all the fun with us!
                                                                                                 Crystal with daughters, Alexis and Lola.

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                                              Christmas Baskets
          his year, Rose of Sharon prepared 147 baskets to families across York Region. This would not have been
          possible without the generous help of our community. We would like to thank the kind community
          groups, schools and individuals for their wonderful donations of food, toys, clothing, toiletries and
 other goods for our young families. Christmas is a wonderful time of sharing and we certainly felt the warmth and
 kindness of our community this year.
 Special thanks to EMS, Jean Vanier Catholic High School, St. Vincent de Paul, Markham District High School,
 Innovative Chiropractic Centre and Our Lady of Grace as well as the numerous volunteers who assisted in
 picking up and sorting basket donations.

                                            Thank you!
          ose of Sharon would like to take this opportunity to thank Steven Dengler, Beric Farmer and the
          employees from for their annual monetary donation to Rose of Sharon. We are grateful to
          have their continued support and partnership when helping young mothers make positive life
 changes for themselves and their children. The generosity of is noteworthy and we commend their level
 of community engagement as they offer hope to many people across several organizations.

                                                                 Mother’s Day Celebrations!
                                                                       n recognition of the wonderful young
                                                                       mothers in our school program, Rose of
                                                                       Sharon held a Mother’s Day Tea & Spa
                                                                 day on May 5th and 6th. Moms were able to
                                                                 enjoy a day of fun, goodies and of course a little
                                                                 pampering while their babies were taken care
                                                                 of in our Child Development Centre. What a
                                                                 wonderful way of celebrating new moms and
                                                                 the joys of parenting!
 Steven Dengler, CEO presenting Melissa Robinson with a cheque
         for Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers.

                                          Annual General Meeting
       The Annual General Meeting for Rose of Sharon will be held on June 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm at our head
                    office located at 361 Eagle St. in Newmarket. All are welcome to attend!
                             Volunteer Opportunity with our Board of Directors
    If you are a community minded individual, passionate about the importance of supporting young mothers,
    and willing to take on a leadership role, consider serving on our Board of Directors and Committees. We are
    currently recruiting individuals with backgrounds in human services, health care, business or finance, who
    live in York Region and can embrace our mission. For further information, please contact Melissa Robinson
      at 905-853-5514 ext. 230.

SPRING 2011                                                                                                     Page 3
Georgina Office now open!
On Thursday February 10, 2011, Rose of Sharon and The
Learning Centre for Georgina hosted an open house to
celebrate our newest outreach office.
In partnership with Learning Centre for Georgina:
Georgina Outreach Office
23324 Woodbine Ave.
Keswick, ON L4P 3E9
                                                                                          Julia Monroe, Member of Provincial Parliament of York-Simcoe
                                                                                           presenting Anna Pavan with a Certificate of Congratulations.

Thanks a Latte! Volunteer Appreciation 2011
In recognition of our fabulous volunteers, a coffee pub inspired appreciation event was held on May 17th. With
over 30 active volunteers, Rose of Sharon is truly blessed for the hard work, dedication and kindness each
volunteer brings to our organization every day. As stated by Flavia Weeden; “Your heart has brought great joy
to many. Those hearts can never forget you.” Our volunteers continue to be a driving force at Rose of Sharon,
providing energy and inspiration to the mothers and staff alike – thank you all!

Rosie’s Closet
We accept gently used donations for children up to the age of six, along with toys, non-perishable food, baby food,
formula, diapers and wipes. Larger items such as strollers and furniture can be posted on our donation bulletin board.
Hours for Rosie’s Closet are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

                   Rose            of       shaRon
           Yes, I would like to invest in the lives of young women and their children through Rose of Sharon!

   q $35 q $50 q $100 q $_____________ (Other amount)
   Name: _____________________________________________________________
   Address:___________________________________________________________                                          Rose of Sharon
    ___________________________________________________________________                                   Services for Young Mothers
   City: _________________________________ P/C: ________________________                                     361 Eagle Street
   Phone (Res.) ________________________ (Bus.) ________________________                                 Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 1K5
   Email: _____________________________________________________________

   q I prefer to use my credit card.
   Visa / MasterCard #: _____________________________________ Exp. Date: _________________
   Name of Cardholder:_______________________________________________________________
   Signature: _______________________________________________________________________

   q Please charge my credit card monthly for the above amount.
   Please make cheques payable to: Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers
           Official receipts for income tax purposes will be supplied for all donations over $10.00. Charitable Registration # 13325903 RR0001
                                     Your privacy is important to us, therefore we do not rent, sell or trade our donor lists.

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