Welcome to another great Ferreira Fest where we check in with Louis Ferreira, his friends and chosen charities, like we do every month on the 20th. With the SAG/ AFTRA strike in full swing few people in the biz have work news to share but luckily we have plenty of photos, our exclusive Reading Series, a new recipe from Jackie and much more! So grab a refreshing pineapple cocktail at our virtual pool bar and come on in – the water is nice and cool!
It’s time to golf for Ability Online again!
Our second Annual Golf Tournament is going to be a big one, don’t miss it…
Join us for a round of golf at the beautiful Granite Ridge Golf Club in Milton!
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Golf newbies welcome, we guarantee you will have fun and this is for a great cause! Price includes golf, golf cart, lunch, and dinner. There will be raffles and contests for some extra fun, and of course there will be “cheating for charity” strings!
When: Tee-off starts at 11:30 am Monday September 18th
Where: Granite Ridge Golf Club Milton: 9503 Dublin Line, Milton, ON L9T 2X7
Price: $200 per person / $800 per foursome (Foursomes: Please email Michelle with the names of all golfers)
Can’t Participate? Want to sponsor instead?
In addition to players, we are also looking for event sponsors! This is a great opportunity for your organization to partner with us. There are multiple sponsorship packages available, to fit all budgets. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to make this your annual charitable event, a sure favorite for employees and customers alike!
The Annual Whisky tasting and Scottish Dinner at The Caledonian in Toronto will happen later this year – stay tuned. And of course you can always donate to the general fund by clicking on the logo below, and ensure that kids with disabilities have a safe, bully-free online meeting place whenever they need it!
As the only drop-in center in Canada dedicated to elder men impacted by poverty and homelessness, Haven Toronto reduces barriers to food security, housing and health care, including dental health.
97% of people surveyed in Toronto shelters needed dental treatment (vs 34% in the general population). Our onsite dental hygienist helps reduce barriers to dental health care for elder homeless men.
To make an immediate impact, please visit the Shop & Share site – anything you purchase there will go directly to an elder homeless man in need, and there’s something for every budget!
Of course you can also give to the general operating fund of the organization by clicking on the logo below. Please note that you will be linked to our very own donations page which still bears the former name of the shelter – The Good Neighbours Club. Your donation will still arrive at Haven Toronto.
The Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada
To celebrate our recent achievement of raising $75 million for our Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed Campaign goal, we’re taking 75 days to highlight 75 moments of generosity and impact from the past four years. This is one of those moments – a year full of them, in fact!
Last year, the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada supported 15,102 children, youth and families – 2,800 families were strengthened, 8,366 children in care received assistance, and 3,963 youth transitioning out of care were given support. All this was made possible through the incredible support of our community, including the generous donors who donated $16 million and helped us meet our $75 million Stand Up for Kids: Futures Transformed goal.
Learn more about our impact over the past year by viewing our interactive 2022-2023 Annual Report.
Amidst Canada’s youth mental health crisis, young people in the child welfare system face four times higher rates of mental health disorders, and it is a challenge to access vital mental health services. That’s why Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada launched the National Youth Mental Health Fund in 2021, which can help remove barriers and improve access to resources for transitioning youth. It’s because of generous donors just like you, we’ve been able to see the Fund’s impact come into focus.
In 2022, the Youth Mental Health Fund supported youth at nine child- and youth-serving agencies across Canada. Leveraging the success of Toronto’s Connections program, the Foundation’s commitment to empowering young individuals in need is evident.
To date, 416 young people, nearly a quarter of whom are Indigenous, have received mental health support through the National Youth Mental Health Fund. We’re happy to share that:
- 98.2% reported improved mental health
- 91% experienced increased feelings of wellness and stability
- 88.5% expressed benefiting from enhanced connections, relationships, or a sense of belonging
As the demand for this transformative support grows rapidly, the Foundation aims to expand its impact further, reaching partner agencies nationwide and creating a potential for generational change on a national scale. Thank you for supporting our mission and helping children and youth in care go from surviving to thriving.
Read all the latest news here, and make a donation by clicking on the logo below – it’s easy and secure!
Louis and Jackie are currently travelling in Europe, visiting several locations along the Mediterranean Sea. Jackie shared a few photos of their adventures inPortugal, Italy and Greece. Thanks, Jackie!
This month we have almost 500 screen caps from Missing – episode 306 Looking for Mr. Wright.
The agents search for a wealthy businessman who disappeared from his hotel. They try to get the truth out of his girlfriend Melody, who discovered him missing in the middle of the night. When FBI Assistant Director John Pollack’s team is ordered off the case by his boss, he risks his job to continue working on it. Meanwhile, Pollack (Louis Ferreira) tries to reconcile with his wife. (adapted from Van Whistler)
Here is a direct link to the album: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/19a4erH52NFqvddp_Cyxb22AADsyESIhx?usp=sharing
THE 4th READING SERIES: MR. MUGS – ROCKETS AWAY!
The fourth monthly reading series continues in Mr. Mugs – Rockets Away! – Part 2 by Martha Kambeitz and Denise Burns.
Unlike previous readers, this volume was published as a hardcover book within the Level 3 series of the Mr. Mugs readers. It was originally released in 1968. The Mr. Mugs books have been out of print for many years but occasionally you can find them on eBay, Amazon Marketplace or various other antique book dealers.
Louis credits the Mr. Mugs books series with helping him to learn English at a very young age.
You can listen to all the previous book readings under the Reading Series Tab, and you can read and listen to the first half of this book here. https://www.louisferreira.org/the-4th-reading-series/
Here is this month’s chapter.
Listen to the sound clip here:
Chapter 37: Fun at School (continued)
… to be continued next month!
Pat heard some chattering nearby and
he went to see what it was.
It was the monkeys –
the chattering monkeys!
Do you always chatter like that?
What are you chattering about?
It sounds funny.
Look out, monkey! Don’t tumble!
Look where you’re going!
Why are you looking at me like that?
Are you chattering about me?
Alaina’s comic Agent Mom is getting a re-launch!
Alaina says: “Can’t wait to release this! It looks so good!”
And writer Tony Lee shares:
“Today has been a Caliburn Comics day – final touches to the AGENT MOM GN proof file, before edit / proofing checks by Alaina Huffman, after which the book is being sent to the printers.”
We’ll post a link as soon as it’s available!
“Hey there, awesome humans! I did fun things with the tiny computer in my pocket so Today, I’m giving you a glimpse into a July 2023 day in the life of an Intimacy Coordinator, Intimacy Director, or Consent Educator. It’s been a bit different this summer, and I’m relishing every moment, truly!
I’m all about the 5 pillars of intimacy in production: communication, consent, context, choreography, and closure. These principles are key for safe and ethical creation of intimate content, in live performance. Let’s rock this!
Bracketing and closure practices are essential for me as I transition between spaces. I love how they ground and center me. We offer these to others and ourselves.
Watching artists discover, discuss, and integrate these tools is an honor and a privilege to support. The growth I’ve seen in the past year has been expansive and beautifully supported by my incredible team at Principal Intimacy and the amazing humans at Mentalhealthcoordinator. The hours are long sometimes, the paperwork is thick, but the conversations, collaborations, and endless learning make it all worthwhile.
Grateful for the artists I’ve collaborated with and continue to collaborate with! Shoutout to the incredible team at VFS, the up-and-coming Intimacy Professionals we get to teach and mentor, and the beautiful theatre companies and ensembles I get to work with. It’s been indescribably wonderful! Embrace the journey!”
Intimacy coordinators are intimacy professionals who work on film, television, and performance capture projects. Karyn works with the company Principal Intimacy Professionals. Here are a few infographics from their website.
The Affolter Brothers
“JEFFREY” takes home BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTION, BEST ART, and the coveted Bruce Blain Memorial AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD!
Shout out to the entire amazing team, and our own “JEFFREY” team – who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this kind monster movie.
Amanda Alexander-McLean is now on Threads! She writes:
“Come check me out over here. Once we all get back to work I’ve decided this is gonna be my fun place. Gonna tell you all funny things that happen on the sets I’m on… and believe me MANY fun things happen. With MAYBE a little drama in there too.”
Troy posted a new portrait of himself.
Photo by Matt Stasi.
Patrick was cast in a Hallmark movie which aired for the first time last week! Check your local listings for upcoming dates.
“DOGS! …as well as love, laughs, mild heartbreak and DOGS! Friday, AUGUST 18 at 9/8c on
Hallmark Movie! The More Love Grows #DogsOfHallmark”
The movie also features Warren Christie who co-starred with Louis on the series Motive.
Eric’s company EB Painting has posted new Before & After shots of their work – check it out!
We loved brightening up this gorgeous Langley home! A little power washing and two coats of paint sure can go a long way.
We sealed and painted this concrete warehouse floor, and gave the walls a much needed paint job as well as part of our client’s office and shop renovation! We love getting to put the finishing touches on large construction projects!
David has published new music!
“Howdy! So, in an effort to clean out my musical closet, I will be taking the songs I have written in the past 3 years that were not really released in any capacity, and giving them a final resting place. 52 Cards is the project, and they will be released in suits, starting with… the Hearts! These are all love songs in some capacity. Hope you like!”
“What are the thoughts that are playing in the background of your life?
For years mine were negative and diminishing; always tearing down what I was trying to build up. That’s a tough and debilitating way to live. It’s like one step forward and two steps back.
I’m soooo grateful to have done the work and to be in a place where I no longer do that. I’m my own best friend and want the absolute best for me and those around me.
My attention is in the here and now and my thoughts are directed towards creating a big, bright, expansive and expressive today and tomorrow.
Where are your thoughts? Are they supporting or destroying your dreams?”
Ingrid is featured in Iron Skirt Stories! For those of you who are just learning about us for the first time, Iron Skirt Stories is a night that features eight women who share ten minutes of brilliant, hilarious and breathtaking stories. If you have been missing and craving honest, authentic theatre, then this night is for you.
Peter was super excited to appear at another Anime Con – he writes:
“12 More days till Ani-Medford!
The biggest Anime Con in Oregon!
Would be great to see ya there!”
Bradley Stryker and Patrick Gilmore
Patrick Gilmore posted on his Instagram feed:
“Belated congratulations to Bradley Stryker on his Leo Awards win for Sheltering Season (2022).
Wonderful to have opportunities like this for artists to gather and support each other’s work.”
Here Caitlin and Bradley Stryker (far left) pose with Patrick Gilmore (next to them) and a few friends at this year’s Leo Awards.
SO BERRY NUTRITIOUS
Our friend Jackie has an Instagram feed for sharing her culinary creations. Every month she contributes a recipe you can all try out, knowing that the result will be both nutritious and delicious!
Lemon Mushroom Risotto
“This risotto is the ultimate comfort food! You won’t regret taking the time to make this dish, it’s absolutely delicious!”
1 tbsp olive oil
2 to 3 cups baby bella or cremini mushrooms
Pinch of salad and pepper to taste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet in medium. Add the mushrooms, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Cook mushrooms until their natural juices release and then evaporate.
Stir in balsamic vinegar, toss for 1-2 minutes and then remove from heat.
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only, rinse well
1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground pepper
2 garlic cloves minced
1 cup uncooked Arborio rice, rinsed
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups vegetable broth at room temperature or more
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 nutritional yeast
2 tsp lemon zest, half reserved for garnish
1 tbs fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs (parsley, basil)
2 tbs chopped chives, half reserved for garnish
Method for Risotto:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and season with salt and a few grains of pepper. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic and stir to mix. Stir in the rice and let it cook for one minute. Stir in the white wine and cook for another 1-2 minutes or until all the wine cooks down.
Add the broth, 3/4 cup at a time, stirring continuously between each addition. Allow each addition of broth to be absorbed by the rice before adding the next. Cook until rice is al dente. (This will take time, do not rush this process and stir constantly)
The risotto should be soft and creamy. Stir in the peas and cook until warmed through. Stir in the nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, lemon juice, mix herbs and chives.
Season to taste and serve with mushrooms on top. Garnish with preserved lemon zest, mixed herbs, and chives. Serve with additional nutritional yeast if desired.
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