When audio-visual technician Al Bennett first began working at Centennial College’s Warden Woods campus, digital technology didn’t exist and black and white video was just starting to be used in most colleges. Flash-forward almost half a century later, and technology sure isn’t what it used to be.
The pen was a powerful tool in the hands of Jewel Kats. The author of 11 children’s books, she wrote the kinds of stories that she never read growing up, ones that featured people with disabilities like her.
When McClyment was just 10 years old, he recalls his Grade 3 teacher crying as she made the announcement to the class that U.S. president John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. This historical event is what inspired him to draw what was displayed at the David Kaye Gallery located in the heart of Toronto in January.
The blood red walls are decked out in her work: paintings of bears in pen and water colours, or vivid acrylics on canvas. Some are framed with vintage window panes, glass still intact.
When Anisa made her way across the balance beam at the East York Gymnastics Club, her mother Tabassom Momtaheni was both ecstatic and proud. “It’s great for me,” Anisa’s mother said. “I never thought she was going to walk by herself.” What made this moment so remarkable was that Anisa, 6, had a brain tumour, which affected her balance and co-ordination, and made walking a nearly impossible task. But with a helping hand, Anisa was able to make her way across the beam. That helping hand belonged to Amanda Cyr.
Somebody was always there for him. That’s why Muhammad Masood Alam has chosen to be there for his East York community. “I was very inspired by my dad’s community work,” Alam said, about his life growing up in Pakistan. “He was always there for people, even in the middle of the night.”
“Because you’re predominantly in a male-dominated field, you tend to stand out,” says Noack. “ You can use this to your advantage. People will remember you. You have a chance to be a role model, and pave the way for a future generation of female technicians.”
Felicien, born and raised in Pickering, is a two-time former Olympic hurdler and was the first female Canadian athlete to win gold at the World Championship in Athletics in Paris in 2003.