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December 2020
Wishing you all a lovely holiday season!
Please note 4Korners will be closed for winter break*. Our last day will be Wednesday, December 16th, and our services will resume on Monday, January 4th. 
*All online activities scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 17th will still be offered!
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Every year, from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (World Human Rights Day), Canadians observe the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. It is an opportunity to come together to call out, speak up and renew our commitment to end gender-based violence.
Women and Gender Equality Canada is a federal government organization that works to advance equality through the inclusion of people of all genders, including women, in Canada’s economic, social, and political life. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Thank You!
A huge thank you goes out to the members who completed the survey about an evaluation framework!  The information collected will be of great theoretical use to the student and of great practical use to 4Korners. 
Be on the look out for another survey on seniors' needs in the New Year. Participants will have the chance to win prizes as 4Korners seeks to learn more about the needs of English-speaking seniors in the Laurentians. More information will be available in the February newsletter.

CISSS des Laurentides English only info site on COVID

English updates from the government of Quebec regarding Covid-19
 

IMPORTANT! Please pay close attention to the locations and registration requirements for each individual activity as they may differ.
Women's Wellness - Intuitive Painting
Thursday, December 10, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
There are two ways you can participate! 
1. Online Zoom registration here
2. In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes.
In person participants must register in advance. 
For in person registration contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
4K Speaker Series
Friday, January 15, at 1 p.m
There are two ways you can participate! 
1. Online Zoom registration here
2. In person at Chalet Bellevue, 27 Rue Bellevue, Morin-Heights
In person participants must register in advance. 
For in person registration contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org

Some of our past 4K Speaker Series presentions are now on our YouTube channel. Check them out!
Medical Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
Wednesday, January 13, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There are two ways you can participate! 
1. Online Zoom registration here
2. In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes
In person participants must register in advance. 
For in person registration contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Cummings Virtual Learning
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Wednesday Wellness - Count Me In!
Wednesdays, starting January 27, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
There are two ways you can participate! 
1. Online Zoom registration here
2. In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes
To registrater contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Video Conference - Managing Risk & Uncertainty in Life
Wednesday, January 20, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
To register contact caitlin@4korners.org
Toucher le sommet!
To register your teen for this amazing experience contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
4Korners Live Music Sessions on Facebook Live
Did you know 4Korners Live Music Sessions have transitioned to Facebook Live! Now our entire Laurentian community can enjoy local talent from the comfort of home simply by going to our Facebook page here.

For the months of December and January we will be airing edited repeat presentations from past 4Korners Facebook Live Music Sessions at 7:30 p.m. on the dates below!

Nov. 27 - Angelique Savoie
Dec. 4 - Larry Cool
Dec. 11 - Jabbour
Dec. 18 - Ranya Ahmed
Jan. 8 - Tom Foreman 
Jan. 15 - Piper
Jan. 22 - Robert Bergeron
Jan. 29 - Jean Guy Lacroix 
4K Kids Club - Social & Emotional Learning Program
Fall/Winter Session ends on December 10th
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Winter/Spring Session starts January 19th
NEW SCHEDULE! Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes
Space is limited! Attendance must be confirmed weekly.
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
4K Kids Drawing Classes
Tuesdays, ages 5-7 at 4:15 p.m.
Thursdays, ages 8-12 at 4:15 p.m.
To connect on Zoom and register click here
Tiny Tots
Every Thursday
Option 1: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Option 2: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes
Space is limited! Attendance must be confirmed weekly.
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Play to Learn Group
Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
In person at Maison Parenfant, 310 Montée Sanche, Rosemere
Space is limited! Attendance must be confirmed weekly.
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Parenting Circle
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes
OR online!

Space is limited!
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
French Conversation Classes on Zoom*
REGISTER NOW FOR THE WINTER SESSION STARTING JANUARY 18TH
ON A NEW DAY WITH NEW TIMES!
Level 1: Mondays, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Level 2: Mondays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Space is limited. Participants must register in advance.
To register contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org

*Please note the Fall session is still in progress and is not currently accepting new participants. The last class is on December 16th, 2020
 
Painting Classes on Zoom
Thursdays 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Painting supplies will be needed to participate in this activity. Paint starter kits may be provided upon request.
To register click here 
Chair Yoga classes on Zoom
Mondays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
To connect by Zoom and to register click here

Disclaimer: 4Korners strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge 4Korners from any and all claims or causes of action.

Tai Chi
Tuesdays, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
To connect by Zoom and to register for December classes click here
To connect by Zoom and to register for classes in the new year click here

Disclaimer: 4Korners strongly recommends that you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program. When participating in any exercise or exercise program, there is the possibility of physical injury. If you engage in this exercise or exercise program, you agree that you do so at your own risk, are voluntarily participating in these activities, assume all risk of injury to yourself, and agree to release and discharge 4Korners from any and all claims or causes of action.

Drawing Classes on Zoom
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
To connect by Zoom and to register click here 
For support or referrals visit us during our business hours or contact info at 1-888-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
Caregivers Support Group
Next session will be held on December 14, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
This monthly group provides an opportunity to explore the issues that those caring for a loved one face, to learn from others who are experiencing the same challenges, and allows you to share your experiences. 

In person at our Activity Centre, 1650 chemin d'Oka, Deux-Montagnes. Space is limited! 
For in person registration contact info at 450-974-3940 ext. 601 or info@4korners.org
4Korners Community Cup winners for December
Sheila Eskenazi and Joseph Graham

It is not hyperbole to say that without Sheila and Joe, the English landscape in the Laurentians would look much different. In fact, there are many lives that would be completely different had they not fallen into the orbit of this couple that are quite simply a force of nature. From the over 75 Southeast Asian refugees they helped settle here back in 1979, some of whom they stay in touch with to this day, to the travelers who have stayed on their almost entirely self-sufficient homestead as part of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), or think of the first person to hear Sheila’s voice on the hospital info line while looking for pre-op instruction in English. Any one of these contributions have had a real, tangible, life changing impact. This is merely a fraction of what they have accomplished together over their 45-year marriage.

Interviewing them both via intermittent Zoom and a dodgy phone connection was an experience in itself. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was watching one of these couple's interviews from the film When Harry Met Sally. Joe would interrupt Sheila with story, and she would correct him on the dates and names of the people we were discussing. They called it a dog and pony show but to me it looked like a beautiful love story that - much like their self-sufficient home - creates its own energy that they have harnessed into true community building.

For many years their community work overlapped their day jobs as they ran their real estate business out of their office in Sainte-Agathe. That was where they would meet members of the community, print out their community newsletter The Doncaster Ballyhoo and where Joe would finesse his historical story-telling with clients on the long drives to visit homes. This penchant for storytelling eventually led to him getting booked as the first speaker for the Canadian Club (now the Laurentian Club), a community group that gathers English-speakers from all over the Laurentians once a month. Both Joe and Sheila have served on its board of directors. Between the two of them they have also sat on or presided over: the Sainte-Agathe Heritage Committee, numerous school committees, the CSSS (now CISSS) board representing the English-speaking communities. Sheila co-founded the first environmental group in Sainte-Agathe, implementing its first recycling program before the MRC took the reins. From 1995-2000 they coordinated Canada Day celebrations in Sainte-Agathe, and Sheila was a founding member of the English Communities Committee, a lobby group that eventually became LESAN (Laurentian English-Speaking Advisory Network), a committee I presently chair. In the early days, this committee persuaded the hospital to make their phone menu bilingual and it was Sheila who translated and recorded the English menu, all on volunteer hours. It is because of this group that we continue to have representation at French-speaking community tables where major decisions are made about care and support to our communities.

500 words is not nearly enough to encompass everything they mean to their community, especially considering another of Sheila’s volunteer duties is editing my articles, so I will wrap up with the quote Sheila and Joe live by and passed not only to their two sons Jonah and David but, I imagine, most people who have the pleasure of meeting them: The only way to have community is to be engaged with it. For their ongoing community engagement Sheila Eskenazi and Joseph Graham are our 4Korners Community Cup Winners for the month of December.

To recommend someone for the 4Korners Community Cup, please email andie@4korners.org
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