Special Event: Celebration of Success 2013

Celebration of Success 2013

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The University of Toronto’s Hart House

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After a long six weeks, Focus on Youth’s 2013 summer program came to an end. To mark the occasion, staff and counselors were invited to a special Celebration of Success at the University of Toronto’s Hart House.

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Christina Martin and Stefan Brum, the evening’s hosts

Stefan Brum and Christina Martin served as the evening’s MCs, keeping things light. The counselors listened to speeches from their peers, and staff like Angela Gauthier, Director of Education. The audience was also treated to a first look at the special promotional videos created by the Media Team. After a series of student performances, the guests were treated to a delicious buffet lunch, courtesy of Hart House.

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The performances get the guests up and moving

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One of the Media Team’s videos

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The Media Team leads the crowd in the Wavin’ Flag dance

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After lunch, the main speakers of the evening took the stage. First, teacher Peter Ranson spoke about how he got involved in Focus on Youth, and what it meant to him. Then, Shawn Burgess of the St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club talked about working with the Focus on Youth Student Counselors, and how it was an excellent experience. Finally, Orlando Bowen, Executive Director of the One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, took the stage to tell a spellbound audience about his experiences with overcoming adversity, and becoming a better person because of it.

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Peter Ranson

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Shawn Burgess

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Orlando Bowen

Afterwards, guests were treated to a special slide and video show by the Media Team, documenting their long journey throughout the program, before Program Coordinator Andre Fullerton came up to thank the staff and counselor, and give special mention to fellow coordinators and all-around problem solvers Janelle Curtis and Ashisha Persaud.

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Janelle Curtis and Ashisia Persaud get special recognition from Andre Fullerton

With the ceremonies concluded, guests were invited out onto the patio to dance, grab some cake, take some fancy (or silly) photos at the Media Team’s photo booth, and get some info on their upcoming post-secondary education from booths set up by local universities.

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Keenon Peterson and Jaeson Villanueva run the photo booth

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The media team hard at work

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Mingling on the patio

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The photo booth

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Students consider their future

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A guide to the celebration can be found here:

Celebration Program (2)

Profile: Dmitrik Sports (Hoop House)

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The group of athletes!

The Dmitrik Sports Camp was founded by Michael Dmitrik five years ago. With an average of 15 participants per week, ages 10-14 years old, this camp promotes physical activity primarily by playing  basketball all day, every day. The camp is open for players of all skill levels.

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Michael showing off his skills!

The camp runs from 9am to 4pm. The morning begins with a game for the entire camp to warm up, like dodge-ball or freeze tag. Participants then have strength and endurance exercises, then stretches, and a game before lunch. After lunch, they separate into groups according to skill level. and have stations to teach various basketball concepts. Throughout the camp they have events like dunk contests, drills, and scrimmages.

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Doing some drills

Focus on Youth has been working with the camp for the past four years. The leaders help with setting up, leading the stretches, and they run the skill stations. The goal of the camp is twofold, as mainly it is to advance sport for children and make it accessible to youth, irrespective of their financial circumstances, but also to have children build positive friendships among their peers and staff.

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What a shot!

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Focus on Youth staff

SUMMARY 

Organization: Dmitrik Sports (Hoop House)

Location: Madonna Catholic Secondary School (20 Dubray Ave)

Ages: 7 – 16

Date/Time: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Website: http://www.ourkids.net/camp/camp-profile.php?id=576

Contact info: m_dmitrik@yahoo.ca