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North York native helps children with autism learn and grow

Sadly, despite the school’s one-of-a-kind programming and strong reputation, it is suffering due to the province’s funding cuts and may soon face closure. In an effort to keep the school running, it has launched a GoFundMe account to try and replace that funding.
November 21, 2016

Local Hero: A salute to a Second World War veteran on Remembrance Day

While we wear poppies on Remembrance Day for those who served our country, Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue native George Lawrie remembers his own days of service.
November 11, 2016

Home on the Hill co-founder creates new affordable housing model in Richmond Hill

Home on the Hill is moving away from the old unaffordable housing model for adults struggling with mental health issues and is working to mould its very own housing strategy.
September 20, 2016

Local Hero: Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, has had a lifelong passion for activism

Sandy Hudson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, has had a lifelong passion for activism.
August 11, 2016

Local Hero: Thornhill teacher organizes charity event for student’s major surgery

The Ventura Park Public School Grade 1 student was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was only 18 months old and has never been able to walk independently. The surgery is set for Aug. 11 in St. Louis, Mo.
August 10, 2016

Local Hero: 12-year-old Torontonian with degenerative eye disease has raised nearly 50,000 dollars to fight blindness

Macgowan and his parents began a fundraising effort with the Foundation Fighting Blindness last year. Initially he was hoping to raise around 5,000 dollars, but as friends and family spread word of his cause, donations began to skyrocket. Today, Macgowan and his family have raised nearly 50,000 dollars.
July 21, 2016

Local Hero: Pauline Tong, the Leaside resident who has helped raise millions for seniors’ care

February 03, 2016

Local Hero: Two Thornhill girls are on a mission to collect 5,000 single socks for the homeless

Carly Goldhar and Charley Rangel, students at Thornhill Woods Public School have collected nearly 5,000 socks to distribute to various homeless shelters in York Region.
December 11, 2015

Local Hero: Annex resident donates $25 million to revamp Gardiner underpass

No stranger to philanthropy, Judy Matthews has been Toronto’s veritable guardian angel for years, working behind the scenes with many not-for-profit organizations including Park People and Artscape.
December 02, 2015

Teacher paints a striking 6,000-square-foot mural with students on the CN Rail underpass in Thornhill

Markham artist and high school art teacher James Ruddle has created his first piece of public art work — a 6,000-square-foot, Group of Seven–inspired mural — on the rusty CN Rail Bridge at Henderson Avenue and Glen Cameron Road in Thornhill.
October 26, 2015

Local Hero: Michael Virgilio taught "gooder English" to 5,000 students

Michael Virgilio retired last June after nearly 30 years teaching English at St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill.
September 28, 2015

Local Hero: Jill Coleman retires after 34 years at Leaside High School

For Jill Coleman, being a teacher is about so much more. Coleman has spent her entire career, all 34 years, at Leaside High School. The 60-year-old arts teacher has dedicated countless hours behind the scenes of musicals and productions put on by her after-school drama club, encouraging student directors and actors to lead.
September 03, 2015

Volunteers with Toronto Trailblazers lead the blind on tandem bicycles across the GTA

Alan Morrison, a 71-year-old Summerhill resident, takes members out on the tandem as often as possible, since he first spotted the Toronto Trailblazers’s booth at a bicycle show several years ago.
July 14, 2015

Joel Zelikovitz is cycling the 200-km Ride to Conquer Cancer in honour of memory of his mom

Forest Hill resident bikes 200 km in honour of mom’s memory as part of the Ride to Conquer Cancer that goes from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
June 10, 2015

White Ribbon’s chair Laurie Freudenberg on this week’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event

Local White Ribbon chairperson, Laurie Freudenberg, talks to us before her sixth Walk A Mile In Her Shoes. The event is a key fundraiser for the organization’s efforts to end violence against women.
May 19, 2015

Real men wear heels

Local chairperson talks to us before her sixth walk to end violence
April 29, 2015

Spin-spiration for rehab

North York resident recovers from stroke and launches spinathon
April 29, 2015

Posies for Parkinson’s

Super seniors from North York help raise money and awareness
March 25, 2015

Cold hands, warm heart

Sixteen-year-old gets first-hand experiences of homelessness
March 24, 2015

Students have rights too

Two high school kids took their principal to court and won
March 24, 2015