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On Wednesday, December 18th, Wolseley School was transformed into a Winter Village of family fun.
We were treated with the most amazing weather to enjoy the outdoor skating rink, sledding down our school hill and a magical sleigh ride through the streets of Wolseley. Special touches included festive music pumped outside, tea light lanterns across the top of the hill and white lights with our homemade skating rink on the back asphalt area. There were over 400 people in attendance throughout the evening!
Inside the gym, families were treated to a fabulous meal donated by some local Wolseley favorites. Charisma, Tall Grass, Foodfare, Stella's, and Organza. Soup Sisters organizers, Miriam and Harriet prepared a hearty chicken noodle soup and then donated their time to come help serve the crowd. Quest Musique provided live entertainment for 2 hours of holiday fun. High school students from Daniel MacIntyre and Gordon Bell came and helped serve food.
Decorating a homemade house shaped cookie was made possible by the generous donation of Wolseley Wool. The magical sleigh ride was supported by the generous donations of Crosstown Credit Union, Tactica, The Wolseley Wardrobe and Yoga North. Anyone who needed a moment to sit and enjoy a festive story was able to head over to the story room to hear Mary Louise Chown, thanks to the support from IBEW. Those that needed a little more hands on activity joined in a Quest Musique drumming workshop or added to the wall murals in the art room with the guidance of staff from Art City. A surprise visit from Olaf, compliments of Independent Jewellers, was the perfect ending to an enchanted evening.
Thanks to each family that came out to be part of the village. Through your generosity, $665 was donated to Wolseley Family Place. We hope that you were inspired you to look at ways that you can reach out, all year long to those around you and build into the village around you!
Some comments after the event included:
. . . There were so many fun activities and such a good meal - and everyone pulled it off with such grace! You created a truly festive occasion, with a relaxed and un-harried atmosphere. In my experience that is something like a miracle. As newcomers to the city and the school, we really felt part of the community.
. . . it felt like we were in a magical village, all being in community a very rare and special experience in this fast paced, self-absorbed North American culture. With purpose, intention (and a lot of luck) it is possible to have that small "home town feel" in the city . . . or maybe its just Wolseley :-)