When Rebeccah Raphael launched a free, volunteer-run tutoring service to provide schoolchildren in Nova Scotia with learning support during the COVID-19 pandemic, she had a feeling it would grow to meet a crucial need.
A few months running, The Halifax Helpers now boasts 50 tutors that host roughly 300 Zoom sessions a week on various subjects including English, French, math, science and music, supporting the educational needs of elementary and junior high school students in the province.
But what Raphael didn’t expect, reports the Chronicle Herald’s Noushin Ziafati, was that it would receive the attention of Queen Elizabeth II.
During a recent virtual ceremony, Raphael was recognized by the Queen as the 147th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of “her exceptional voluntary service supporting the educational needs of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Read Ziafati’s story to see Raphael’s reaction and to find out where she plans on taking her program from here.
Hoping to inspire
Coreen Paul has had a couple of firsts in the Labrador snowmobile race Cain’s Quest.
She was the first woman to compete in the gruelling endurance race, and was half of the first all-female team.
Now, writes SaltWire’s Evan Careen, Paul is the first person to write a children’s book about her experiences taking on one of the most difficult snowmobiling races in the world.
“It’s a way to inspire kids and let them know if there’s something they’re passionate about (for them not to) be afraid to fight for it,” Paul says of her book, They did not Quit.
Read more about what inspired her to be a children’s lit trailblazer after blazing trails through the snow in Labrador.
Sick as a dog
Two pet dogs are recovering after eating something that may have been illegally dumped in the community of Gaspereaux, P.E.I.
The RCMP is investigating the incident, which took place on Sunday.
As the Guardian’s Dave Stewart reports, the detachment received a complaint that the dogs got sick after consuming something dumped on the side of a where a number of cottages are located.
“We couldn’t figure out for the life of us what he got into,” says Joe Thompson, owner of a one-year-old lab mix Bowie.
While the dogs both recovered, find out where the investigation is revealing in this cautionary tale for pet owners.
Setting a trend
Most people realize that wearing a mask while in public helps reduce transmission of COVID-19. But wearing mask has not been a part of our culture, like it has been in some Asian countries, so it can take time to get comfortable wearing one without feeling self-conscious.
Visibility matters, says Halifax fashion blogger and influencer Kayla Short of Short Presents.
“We need to see people wearing them, both online and real life, so it becomes the norm,” she says.
“When I’m out and about and everyone is wearing a mask, I don’t feel like I’m the odd person out. Conversely, if I’m the only one wearing a mask, I definitely feel like people are staring at me or I feel like I’m ‘overreacting’.”
Read Laura Churchill Duke’s story for SaltWire about how some in the local fashion industry are helping to make masks more fashionable and attractive to those of us who have yet to get the memo.
A young Kensington musician has realized a special moment in her budding career.
Emily Smith, who performs as emi claire, recently released her first single titled Lavender Town.
“It’s nice to know the song is out there and that I actually put something out,” the 16-year-old tells the Guardian’s Jason Simmonds. “It’s a weird thing to think about.”
Click to watch a video of Lavendar Town and read more about Smith’s musical goals.
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