OCSTA Welcomes Commitment to Strengthening Rural and Northern Education

OCSTA Welcomes Commitment to Strengthening Rural and Northern Education

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TORONTO, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ – The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) views today’s announced changes to the Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) process and key funding enhancements for rural and northern schools as a positive step towards addressing the distinctive needs and concerns of many school board communities in Ontario.

“Catholic school boards have a long history of working cooperatively and effectively with communities, coterminous boards and the government to make the most efficient use of available resources for the benefit of students and families. We appreciate the Minister of Education and the government of Ontario for their commitment to enhancing rural and northern school funding and addressing issues within the current PAR process. OCSTA will carefully review the proposed changes in consultation with our Catholic school boards, and advise the government of any concerns and recommendations in the coming weeks,” said OCSTA President, Patrick Daly.

OCSTA welcomes today’s announcement of the new $20 million Rural and Northern Education Fund.

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) is the provincial voice for publicly funded Catholic education in the province. OCSTA represents Catholic school boards that collectively educate approximately 550,000 students in Ontario, from kindergarten to Grade 12.

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SWERVEPR Named Canadian Agency of Record for Renowned Child Safety Seat Manufacturer Diono®

SWERVEPR Named Canadian Agency of Record for Renowned Child Safety Seat Manufacturer Diono®

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, June 28, 2017/CNW/ - Canadian Public Relations agency SWERVEPR is proud to announce that they have partnered with Diono as their Canadian agency of record. Diono, a leading manufacturer of innovative child safety seats, travel and car seat accessories, joins SWERVEPR‘s robust roster of baby, lifestyle, toy and consumer technology clients.


“We are thrilled about our partnership with Diono,” says Andrew Wagar, CEO and President of SWERVE
. “Their dedication to innovative safety features and stylish designs is incomparable among their competitors.”

The agency will work with Diono to continue to build overall brand awareness in the Canadian market and will focus efforts on some of their existing top-selling products as well as new product items coming in Fall 2017.

“Diono is excited to welcome SWERVEPR as their Canadian agency of record,” says Oliver Vicente, Global Marketing Director of Diono. “Their knowledge of the media landscape and relationships with key influencers will be great assets for this program and our brand.”

If you would like more information, please contact SWERVE
Public Relations Specialist Kimia Moslemi at
1-416-593-5628 x131 or by e-mail at kmoslemi@swervepr.com.  


SWERVEPR is a leading public relations and strategic communications agency, representing a roster of top lifestyle, toy, consumer tech and baby brands. SWERVEPR has extensive relationships with media and online influencers in Canada and the USA and has worked with every major preschool, consumer electronics and children’s toy company operating in the USA and Canada.

About DIONO:

Diono®, a leader in child safety and innovation, provides families safe and enjoyable travel experiences with award-winning products. With more than a decade of experience, Diono® continues a heritage of excellence that includes more than 100 International Awards from industry and consumer groups for safety and thoughtful design of car seats and travel accessories.


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Vancouver Entrepreneur to donate $500,000 in matching funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity of British Columbia

Vancouver Entrepreneur to donate $500,000 in matching funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity of British Columbia

Canada NewsWire

The Variety Kids Can campaign will expand support to children in BC with special needs

BURNABY, BC, June 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Victory Square Technologies (CSE: FYS) founder and CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani has committed a $500,000 matching donation to Variety – the Children’s Charity’s Variety Kids Can campaign. The noted philanthropist and tech leader shared the donation announcement with one of the very families he’s helping through Variety, Natasha Golinsky and her daughter, Kalenna.

Victory Square Technologies founder and CEO Shafin Diamond Tejani (centre-left) with Natasha Golinsky and her daughter Kalenna (centre-right). Also pictured, Howard Blank (second from right), Variety BC CEO Kristy Gill (right), and Variety BC staff (left). (CNW Group/Variety - the Children's Charity of BC)

“Kalenna lives with a very extreme case of a rare condition called Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” said Golinsky. “She was unable to say a word until she was 6 years old, but now thanks to twice a week speech & language therapy, she is speaking in full sentences. Specialized therapies like this are very expensive, and we would never have been able to afford it without the help of Variety, and amazing supporters like Shafin, and Victory Square Technologies.”

The Variety Kids Can campaign, launched on March 28th of this year was kicked off by an initial $1M donation by the Milan and Maureen Ilich Foundation, with the goal of $2.5M raised. All funds raised support Variety BC’s core grant areas, as well as provide new opportunities to expand on the ways the charity can help the kids and families it serves. Funds raised go towards areas such as mobility equipment, specialized therapies, mental wellness, educational programs and bursaries for learning disabilities, and lifesaving medical equipment and supplies.

“Variety Kids Can is gaining momentum as more philanthropists like Shafin Tejani and the Milan & Maureen Ilich Family Foundation learn about the kids and families they are helping. Their generosity and challenges to other businesses and individuals means we’re certain to hit our $2.5M goal so that together we can be there to make sure kids all across this province have the resources they need to thrive,” noted Variety BC CEO Kristy Gill.

Introduced to Variety BC by Victory Square Technologies board member and Variety BC past president, Howard Blank, Tejani has long supported children’s charities. Just this past week he won the 2017 Technology Impact Award for Person of the Year. The $500,000 he has committed to Variety represents half of $1M he has pledged to BC charities.

“Supporting children’s causes has always been dear to my heart, and I’ve always been impressed with the work that Variety BC does. Getting to meet Natasha and her daughter Kalenna made me feel even more personally invested in helping as many kids as possible,” remarked Tejani. “I hope that my peers in the business community will rise to the challenge and match my donation. Together, we can raise an additional $1M and change the lives of many children and families in BC.”

To support the Variety Kids Can campaign, visit variety.bc.ca or call toll free 1-800-381-2040. Support the campaign online using the hashtag #VarietyKidsCan.

About Variety – the Children’s Charity:

Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends, providing direct help to children with special needs in BC and the Yukon. For over 50 years Variety has ensured children have the support to reach their potential.

Together, we can be there when a family needs us the most.

Since 2010 Variety has distributed more than $25 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province. With your help, we can raise even more!

For more information on how you can support Variety – the Children’s Charity, visit variety.bc.ca or call 1-800-381-2040.

SOURCE Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC

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