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.
A new ‘On To Ottawa’ trek is brewing in the home of a Toronto mother. This time, it’s to press the government to pay more attention to autism. Dee Gordon will walk from Etobicoke, where she lives, to Parliament Hill in January in hopes of raising awareness for autism, spurred by her struggles with her […]
Moera Hunter wears the uniform of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets to help her understand the significance of Nov. 11. “It brings honour,” she said.
Moera, 12, joined the Air Cadets two months ago. During the lead-up to Remembrance Day, she’s been selling poppies for the first time on Pape Avenue in East York even in freezing temperatures and chilling winds.
“I think everyday people … every race, culture, generation, religion, all of them should remember … (those) who have given them all that they have today – the freedom, the ability to walk onto the street,” she said.
It’s 6 a.m. at Monarch Park Stadium. It’s quiet except for the sounds of a lone man’s feet as he sprints down the track. Just then a roar pierces the near silence. “Toronto Argonauts! BC Lions! Hamilton Tiger-Cats!” “Calling out these team names gives me the willpower to keep going,” York Lions running back Errol Brooks said later. “It helps me visualize where I want to be one day.”