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In Memory of Amanda Todd – by Raffi

In Memory of Amanda Todd – by Raffi

A year ago Amanda Todd took her own life because of cyber bullying.  Author and child activist Raffi Cavoukian has written an article featured in The Star. Please read the article here: For more information about cyberbullying and Raffi, please visit his website:...

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The Fat Body Visible – by Megan Manning

The SWOVA library recently added a film to its collection.  “Fat Body (In) Visible,” is a short film by Margitte Kristjansson and a fascinating insight into the lives of two fat activist women, Jessica and Keena.  The norm in our society is to believe that fat is bad,...

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Intentional Mentoring – by Kate Maurice

Intentional Mentoring – by Kate Maurice

In my life, the mentor's I've had have always been people I've recognized after the fact. I think it's rarer when we find ourselves in intentional mentoring.  In either direction — to have the confidence to believe you could be a mentor to someone or conversely the...

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The Beloveds – by Christina Antonick

This following image was chosen by the Obama campaign to be the image that came up when they declared their victory in November. It went on to become one of the most liked photographs of all time (it was an image actually taken last August). Someone commented that it...

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SparkFest – Sparkling Inspiration

SparkFest – Sparkling Inspiration

Sparkfest is the annual SWOVA fundraiser that the youth from Pass It On organize. This year on April 30, they really outdid themselves: Music by Ashleigh Ball from Hey Ocean, Tara Maclean & Suzanne Little, spoken word from Morgan Klassen, and the GISS imrov team....

Nurture Commitment – By Kate Nash

Nurture Commitment – By Kate Nash

As the last months of Pass it On pass by, I am confronted with the word commitment. We all practice commitment in our lives, more often unconsciously.  We are the most committed to our lovers, children, friends and habits, following through in our support without...

Be Inspired! Sparkle at Sparkfest

Be Inspired! Sparkle at Sparkfest

Good News! Sparkfest is weeks away, and we are all getting very excited for our 5th annual Pass It On benefit. Sparkfest will be held on April 30th at the Harbour House Hotel. This year’s generous performers are Ashleigh Ball from Hey Ocean; the Brony documentary;...

Respect and the Internet – by Lynda Laushway

Respect and the Internet – by Lynda Laushway

The days when etiquette encompassed topics such as who should open a door for who and how to set a table correctly, definitely predated the internet and social media.  We live in a whole new world now where communication is instantaneous and anonymous. When we...

The End Before the Beginning – by Kate Maurice

The End Before the Beginning – by Kate Maurice

As Pass It On draws to a close for another year, I find myself in that same parallel of emotions I feel every year at this time. I am sad to part ways with the young women I've spent the past year with. Although we live in a small town and see each other often here...

“Less Guilt, More Joy!” – Valdi – By Kate Maurice

“Less Guilt, More Joy!” – Valdi – By Kate Maurice

  Working as a mentor supervisor I enjoy a position with the unique perspective of 28 young women ranging in age from 13-18 years old. I see many sides of these young women as we grow to know each other. Where often their insecurity is what drives their...

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