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2014 Wrap Up & Holiday Greetings from North BurLINKton

What a year 2014 has been!

  • 270 volunteers contributing 2,400 hours
  • 56 amazing community partners
  • Chill Zone, Dinner Night Out, 55+ Lunch, Youth Sports Nights, Book Club, pop up gardens and play sites, trips and a talent show!

In addition, a dedicated group of volunteers and partners have also spear headed a community  planning process. The Community Planning day is now over and we are please to share with you North BurLINKton Community groups mission statement and strategic priorities for the next three years:


Together we create inclusive and friendly neighbourhoods that help people connect and increase their sense of belonging.

 Strategic Priorities 

  1. Identify and support leadership development in each neighbourhood to create a network of neighbourhood leaders that can tap into community gifts and needs.
  2. Build on our existing events and programs to create a sense of place and belonging.
  3. Increase communication about our neighbourhoods and what is going on in them.
  4. Continue to make partnership development a priority.
  5. Strengthen North BurLINKton with a leadership/governance structure, branding and communication tools so that North BurLINKton is a reputable and recognized “go to” group in Burlington.

In January we will have a full report with action steps, timing and an evaluation plan. If you are interested in getting involved please let us know at

The volunteers and staff from North BurLINKton want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday and hope to see you in the neighbourhood in 2015!

The following video is a holiday greeting from all of us to all of you!




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Fresh Food Market Video

This past fall the Lakeshore Rotary Club generously provided North BurLINKton and Open Doors with $1000 and allowed us to  come up with a made in Burlington food security idea. We partnered with The Halton Fresh Food Box, Food for Life and Feeding Halton to bring amazing local farm produce to Dinner Night Out and Open Doors Dinner and Seniors Lunch. The markets were VERY well received with people purchasing great fresh food, at great prices, from wonderful local farmers! Check out his video to learn more about the pilot project.

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Sports Day in Canada: Burlington’s Sports Festival



November 29th is Sports Day in Canada and Burlington is hosting its version of this annual event in the form of a Sports Festival.

Everyone is invited to join in for this FREE event being hosted by the Burlington Youth Soccer Club in the Soccer Domes in Sherwood Forest Park.

The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm with try-it sessions being offered by Burlington Sport Alliance members including lacrosse, football, wheelchair basketball, soccer, gymnastics, field hockey and lawn bowling. The event will also feature a YMCA toddler-preschool activation area as well as the RBC activation obstacle course where you will also be able to meet and get autographs from RBC sponsored Olympians.

The City of Burlington has also sponsored

  • a recreational swim at Centennial Pool (with the Burlington Synchronized Swimming Club on hand to give demos and tips!)  from 3:00-4:30 pm and
  • a skate at Mainway Arena from 2:00-3:30 pm

The event is being coordinated by Have a Heart for Burlington which is a collaborative of organizations and grass roots groups all interested in ensuring that all children and youth in Burlington have easy access to physical activity and recreation.

Please see the link to flyer or head to the Burlington Sport Alliance website  for more details.

Flyer – 2014 Burlington Sports Festival

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At Home and Singing Together: Perfect!


I am still thinking about the amazing night of talent, camaraderie and connections we experienced on October 23rd during “North Burlington’s Got Talent”. It felt like an important night of being together as a community.

We raised $1,308 for the Burlington Flood Relief Campaign. We were thrilled to bring people together to help our neighbours. The cold is here and some are still without furnaces; so much more is still needed.

The evening was full of laughter, neighbourhood hospitality, shinning stars, new friendships, partnership, community building, and wonderful entertainment. The performers, our wonderful master of ceremony, Stephanie Bye and the audience each played special roles making the evening special. The MM Robinson Improv Team chose a theme through which to share their zany stream of consciousness with us, and it was co-operation!  A perfect theme as we co-operated to create something wonderful together. Steve Wood wrapped up the talent show with a performance of “Give a Little Bit” by Supertramp. The words from the song were also the perfect sentiment for our act of working together to support one another in community.

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
Give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
There’s so much that we need to share
Send a smile and show you care

I’ll give a little bit
I’ll give a little bit of my love to you
So give a little bit
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Take his hand, you’ll be surprised

Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
I’ll give a little bit of my love for you
Now’s the time that we need to share
So find yourself, we’re on our way back home

Going home
Don’t you need to feel at home?
Oh yeah, we gotta sing

While we were planning and putting on the show we were also trying, with other Canadians to digest the callous murder of Corporal Nathan Frank Cirillo at the War Memorial. Backstage, during the show, the cast talked among themselves and suggested that we ask the audience to join them in standing together to sing “Oh Canada” as a final act of solidarity to end the evening. There were tears and goose bumps all round, as the anthem was lifted up with all our voices and it felt good to be at home in our community and sing; together.

The following link takes you to pictures of some of the evening’s special moments.

North Burlington’s Got Talent

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