Skunk’s Academy and Keshet Rescue
Agility Fun Match – Charity Fundraiser

 November 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Skunk’s Academy is hosting its first fundraising event,  a non-competitive dog sporting event, the “Agility Fun Match”!

A day of fun with dog sports!  Join them Sunday, November 19th, at Keshet Rescue Kennels, 6157 Russell Road, Carlsbad Springs, to support two great organizations while having fun with your dog.  Bring your dog and try the agility course!

Skunk’s Academy have teamed up with Keshet Rescue Kennels to host this family friendly event. 

Proceeds will help Skunk’s Academy support disabled individuals through its charitable activities and Keshet Rescue Kennels care, and find homes, for the homeless dogs they have taken in.

Unlimited course runs (time allowing) included with entry fee!    BBQ from Noon to 1pm and the silent auction from 1pm to 3pm.

Catch demonstrations throughout the day! Schedule TBA – Cost is  $10 per person or $20 for a family.  For more information on this event CLICK HERE.

Skunk’s Academy is a registered charity (760937698RR0001) in the Health (services other than hospitals) sector. We train and provide service dogs for disabled individuals, work with health care professionals to implement animal assisted therapy, and educate the public on canine care, training, and behavior. Skunk’s Academy is primarily a service dog training organization specializing in assisting disabled individuals by assessing and training service dog candidates as well as teaching them how work with a service dog to mitigate the effects of their disabilities. Skunk’s Academy also trains companion animals for disabled individuals, and provides education about about canine care, behavior, and training. Our vision is to have the wait time for qualified candidates of service animals greatly reduced for residents of the National Capital Region, Ontario, and Canada while ensuring public awareness and access for these people and their service animals become a non-issue. Our mission is to provide disabled individuals a better quality of life through interaction with animals.

Keshet Rescue Kennels:  Mission statement: Provide a secure refuge for large breed dogs surrendered by their owner.  Objectives are to provide: adequate shelter; nutritious food; exercise; boundaries/limitations; training/public awareness; and affection, and whenever possible, forever homes.   In response to increased euthanasia of large breed dogs, Keshet Rescue was created to provide an alternative to owners giving their pets to the Humane Society.  Keshet’s focus is large breed dogs because we believe that large breed dogs are more at risk. Keshet Rescue provides a refuge for owner surrender. We understand that there are an infinite number of reasons for pet owners having to give up their pets. The reasons for giving up a pet are only of concern to the individual. Keshet is concerned with ensuring that the pet is not lost in the circumstances.



Inaugural crowdfunding effort to launch November 10, 2017

OTTAWA, October 2017 – Camp Aftermath – a project of the Ottawa-based not-for-profit organization Aftermath Association – which seeks to help veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD, will be launching its first crowdfunding effort in advance of Remembrance Day, on November 10th, 2017. Aftermath Association will also be hosting a launch party at Casey’s restaurant on Ogilvie Road in Ottawa to commemorate the campaign launch and to thank the Aftermath Association family for all their hard work in reaching this important milestone.

Camp Aftermath’s GoFundMe Campaign seeks to raise $10,000 to assist with sending the first rotation (#Roto0) of Camp Aftermath participants to Costa Rica in fall 2018 to engage in long-term management of PTSD through active philanthropy.

“I am thrilled to announce the first crowdfunding project for Camp Aftermath’s Roto0. We hope to raise $10,000, which will put us even closer to our goal of sending the first group of veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD to Costa Rica next year.”

– Farid Yaghini, Founder and Chairman of the Aftermath Assoc.

Camp Aftermath, a new-initiative sanctuary in Costa Rica, will support all service people, including active armed forces members and veterans, police officers, paramedics, and members of the fire service, who suffer from PTSD or OSI. Organized as a 15-day retreat, Camp Aftermath seeks to eliminate mental anguish by introducing participants to a curriculum that focuses on volunteerism as a mechanism for self-healing. Participants will engage in charity work in Costa Rica while also receiving holistic treatments and taking part in calming activities (including yoga and working with nature) within a healing and safe environment.

To learn more about Camp Aftermath, please visit our website at or follow Camp Aftermath on social media!



CHEO’S 2017 Dream of a Lifetime Lottery is SOLD OUT!!

Live the Dream and Help the Little Ones at CHEO!

Minto is proud to partner with the CHEO Foundation to present to you the 2017 CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Grand Prize Dream Home.   This year’s Minto Dream Home, the Red Maple, is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and has been designed in a contemporary Canadiana theme, paying tribute to Canada’s rich heritage.  This year’s grand prize package is work $1,7999,000 and includes the Minto Dream Home fully furnished by La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, $100,000 cash, a 2018 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 from Myers Automotive Group, house cleaning for a year from Molly Maid, $5,000 in Farm Boy gift cards, moving services from Fred Guy Moving and Storage Limited, and legal services from Mann Lawyers.  The Dream Home is located at 585 Chriscraft Way in Mahogany, Minto’s signature community in Manotick, and see everything that this exquisite home has to offer.


2,600 Early Bird bonus ticket winners will be drawn on Monday, December 17, 2017 and those tickets will be returned to the drum prior to the final Early Bird prize draw.  The Early Bird Prize Package will be drawn on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  50/50 and finals draws: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 and Wednesday, January 10, 2018.



Over 4,000 kids on Big Brothers Big Sisters Waitlist in Canada

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS organization says it needs urgently needs volunteers across the country.

Hundreds of thousands of young Canadians need a mentor and over 4,000 kids are currently waiting to be matched with a caring adult in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs across Canada.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) officially launched a campaign today to draw attention to the urgent need for more volunteers.

While mentors from all regions and cultural backgrounds across the gender spectrum are needed, the demand for male volunteers is especially high. Volunteering for only one hour a week can change the course of a young life.

“Many young Canadians struggle with societal barriers and face adversities in their lives like detrimental living conditions and family violence, mental health and school issues as well as identity challenges,” said Peter Coleridge, National President and CEO, BBBSC. “Simply having someone who listens and encourages them, youth can transform into confident and motivated young people and, more importantly, break cycles of poverty and crime and curb the development of mental health issues.”

The two-way, back and forth relationship between a mentor and mentee positively impacts brain development and equips youth with the skills needed to deal with adversities and stress they face in a complicated world.

Youth who have been mentored through Big Brothers Big Sisters programming are 17% more likely to be gainfully employed as adults and they earn 13% more on average in those jobs, resulting in $315,000 of increased earnings over their career.

They also have stronger social networks and report being happier and more confident.

This newly launched national recruitment campaign, which features the slogan “Imagine who they will become because of you” captures the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters programming by showcasing current mentoring relationships across Canada. Presented by Manulife, the campaign gives potential volunteers and donors a glimpse of the community change they can support with their time and donations.

Some celebrities supporting the cause include Gord Bamford, country music star, and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames. More information can be found at



About Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of Canada’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of group, in-school and one-on-one mentoring programs. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides quality mentoring services for more than 40,000 youth, engaging over 21,000 mentors in 108 agencies that serve youth in over 1,100 communities across the country.

Research demonstrates that Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs yield positive results in mental health, employment and civic engagement, with every dollar of investment in BBBS programming returning between $18 and $23 to society through higher taxes, increased spending from higher incomes, volunteerism, and charitable donations. For more information, visit