Come check out the Waterloo Region Greens information table in the arena at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival! If you’ve got questions about Green Party issues, politics, or policies we’ll have the answers you’re looking for!
We’ll have a button making station for kids of all ages. Colour or draw your own artwork, and get it stamped into a button.
You’ll have a chance to meet the Green Party of Canada candidates from the five Waterloo Region ridings: Cambridge, Kitchener Centre, Waterloo, Kitchener–Conestoga, and Kitchener South–Hespeler.
And at 10:00am come to the main arena to see the “Glorious Greens” participate in the annual pancake flipping contest. Will there be celebrity flipperers? Come find out!
What: Elmira Maple Syrup Festival – Button Making and Info Table When: Saturday 6 April 2019 from 7:00am to 4:00pm Where: Woolwich Memorial Arena, across from the pool Location: 4 Snyder Avenue South, Elmira, Ontario Map
When I was living hours away, though my parents got older, I never had to worry they’d need help with the yard, or that they’d be snowed in, because they were blessed with wonderful neighbors. My parents befriended young Henk, the immigrant farm hand who lived in the tiny house next door. Perhaps because my father’s mother had once been an immigrant farm worker, or maybe because my stepmom had spent much of her own life away, and the friendship grew when Henk married Bettina.
The young couple raised their kids and took over the operation of the modern dairy operation across the road. Although my Dad never regretted his own decision not to go into the family farm business, I know he was glad of the chance to see how a modern Canadian dairy farm was run. Henk gave him at least one guided tour, and Dad (whose childhood on the farm didn’t include indoor plumbing) was tickled by the idea that modern Canadian cows were give showers!
When my own family moved back to the Elmira area, although my son played soccer against their sons (the “Shuurrmanators”) one year, I didn’t really know Henk and Bettina Schuurmans myself. But every year I’d see their Christmas card on my parent’s fridge. And later, when my mom went to live in the nursing home, I know Bettina would visit her.
The Glorious Greens team of candidates was the very first WRGreens entry in the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival’s Pancake Flipping Contest!
Since our Cambridge candidate Michele Braniff was unable to attend, Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner pitched in. (Just one of the many things that makes him a great leader!)
After watching the other teams compete on the obstacle course, Mike used scientific methods to determine which team member should play which position.
But things didn’t actually work out as planned.
The Glorious Greens made it through two rounds before being disqualified; not bad for our first time out (and valuable experience for next time!)
In between times we got to meet interesting people.
#KitCon candidate Bob Jonkman introduced Mike to Liberal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger.
The current Kitchener—Conestoga Green candidate (Bob Jonkman) and the previous Kitchener—Conestoga Green Candidate (David Weber) introduced Mike to the Kitchener—Conestoga Conservative MP, Harold Albrecht.
We had an information booth set up inside the Woolwich Memorial Centre.
Alongside our button making event…
…where kids of all ages……could make their own button…
while being serenaded with live music!
Our first outing at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was a great success.
What a glorious day! We hope to see you there next year!
Every year the GPO produces a calendar created from member photos of Ontario as a fundraiser. The images chosen are selected through a contest. I only found out about it at the last minute, and this is my entry. (Next year I’ll let you know earlier, so you can enter too!)
I found these wild strawberries blossoming just off Elmira’s Ring Trail in the spring. Since these blossoms (and the berries that will follow) are so tiny, I had to set my camera to Super Macro, and while I was making my adjustments this little ladybug climbed on and posed for me.
Now that all the entries are in, you can vote for the photos you like best, and maybe the images you choose will be featured in the calendar to celebrate the beauty of our home province.
Vote now and rate as many photos as you like. The 12 top-rated photos will be featured in next year’s calendar.
You vote by rating a photo out of 5 stars.
You can vote on any number of photos – from one to all!
No registration required.
Voting is open online from today until midnight September 30
Voting is restricted to one vote per photo per IP address.
Voting ends on September 30, so don’t delay…vote today!
Contest winners will receive a free copy of the calendar. If you want to vote for mine (hint, hint), you can go straight to the picture and vote, and while you’re there I encourage you to check out the other entries.
If any other Kitchener-Conestoga residents have entered, please share the link to your photo(s) in the comments below to give other #KitCon Greens a chance to vote for your work. Whether or not mine is chosen, I’ll let you know how the contest comes out, and how you can order your calendar(s) so you can share them with family & friends.