2nd Annual Christmas Movie-Thon: FRI. DEC. 21 6pm

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Tis the Season! For shopping, for fatigue, for kindness, for "I want, I want, I want". Many of us struggle with the joy that is Christmas. As busy mothers we are working hard to make a fruitful family life while balancing chequebooks and seeing that our children have all they need to do and be their best in the world. Let us share in the twinkle that comes from our children's eye in the anticipation of Christmas and have a little fun together.

With the Christmas Holiday approaching, we wanted to take some of the stress off by popping some good old fashioned popcorn, grabbing some snacks and turning our meeting space into an extended living room/ theatre.

Please join us on Friday December 21, 2012 (the last day of school! ) at 6.30pm to watch our old favourites: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is coming to Town and new favourites like Elf and Olive the Other Reindeer!

Christmas Movie-thon
Friday December 21st, 2012 
7095 Rexwood Road, Derrybrae Building Party Room 
Free Popcorn and Prizes! 

This event is free and brought to you by our Neighbourhood Development Grant through United Way Peel Region and Region of Peel. Special Thanks to Family Education Centre and Malton Community Building Project.

Please come out, have some fun and get settled in before the holidays. You wont want to miss this one, its gonna be FUN FUN FUN!

See you there,

Crystal, Camar, Tiffany, Nadine and Karlene!

Blessings to you all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

****URGENT**** Location Change of Parenting Course

Pin It Hello all,

We apologize for the late post, it couldn't be helped.

The Parenting Young Children course, hosted by Camar will be changing locations to the regular Derrybrae party room building.

Please be advise that the course starts TONIGHT at 6pm at 7095 Derrybrae Rd in the first floor party room.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Malton Moms Christmas Dinner - December 9th, 2012

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Greetings Malton Moms! 

I hope and pray that the season is blessing you and yours. I am glad to announce that we are having our Second Annual Malton Moms - Malton Seventh Day Adventist Christmas Dinner! 

The MSDA has graciously extended to us once again their church, their hall and their staff to cook a sumptuous holiday meal to celebrate the season. 

Everyone is welcome!

Please email me to confirm your attendance by this week Wednesday (December 5th, 2012). 

What: Malton Moms and MSDAC Christmas dinner
When: THIS Sunday Dec 9th, 2012 @ 2pm.
Where: 285 Atwell Drive, Etobicoke (not very far from Malton, near the airport)
Contact: Crystal here for more information

Some notes to remember: 
Dress up if you can, we would like to take pictures! 

All Family members are welcome (this includes Dad's) 

All Faiths are welcome (Let us share the joy of our celebration with you)

Please email me if you have any other questions. 

We have more events planned for the season, such as the Malton Moms Christmas Movie Night and our Showcase in January. Thanks for all the support, you guys make Malton a great place to live!

- Crystal 

Parenting Young Children featuring Camar of Malton Moms!

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Again we here at Malton Moms are proud to support one of our members and promote the service they provide to our community! 

Coming up very soon our very own Camar will be facilitating a course geared to those parenting children ages 0-6 years. 

Participants must register for this FREE course. You can do so by contacting Niambi: here

What: Parenting Young Children
When: Dec 5th, 12, 19, 2012  continuing into January 9, 16, 23, 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Where: Morningstar Middle School Library - 3131 Morningstar Drive 
To register: Contact Niambi @ 905-452-0332 x 304
or by email here

Women's Health Forum - Nov 29, 2012 - Keynote by Crystal of Malton Moms

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*Includes Trans Women
Thursday November 29, 2012
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Mississauga Valley Community Centre
(Program Room 1)
1275 Mississauga Valley Blvd
Are you interested in Women's* health issues? Would you like to learn more about women's* health issues as they relates to sexual health? Would you like to engage in discussions to critically examine barriers and opportunities for women's* sexual health needs in Peel?
Please join us for a day exploring inequities and access to sexual health services for women* in Peel. A FREE community forum for service providers and community members.
There will be 3 Streams to Engage In:
·Newcomer/Immigrant Women's* Health
·Queer and Trans Women's* Health
·Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment for Women*
Please register online: www.peelwomenforum.eventbrite.com
For more info: Tina Obwanga, (Women’s Community Development Coordinator )
tinao@phan.ca 905 361 0523 x 222
Presented by the Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), in collaboration with the East Mississauga Community Health Centre (EMCHC) and Peel Public HealthHealthy Sexuality Program

Malton Moms and CIBC Run for a Cure

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The cure sneaker signage wall
On Sunday September 30th, 2012 Malton Mom's laced up their running shoes and got active for a great cause!

The annual CIBC Run for a Cure fundraising event for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation took place in cities all across Canada. Runners and walkers had the option to run 5k, walk 5k or walk 1k, which turned out to be a fantastically fun, family-friendly event. Some runners came out sporting hot pink wigs, lipstick, leg warmers, bandannas and anything else they could find. Personally, I was not that flashy, but I will make it a point to be pink/blinged out next year!

Renee hypes the crowd with Zumba!
I have to admit, I am a runner, but 5k is not my preferred distance. I've only actually done one other 5k race. I need more time to get my breathing, stride and cadence smooth; but this was for fun and fundraising so I wasn't too worried. The course looped around the industrial areas close to the Powerade Centre in Brampton including a spin past a popular all-you-can-eat Chinese food buffet restaurant, I don't know if that was intentional, but it did make me increase my pace a little as I day-dreamed of sweet & sour chicken balls!

Other participating Malton Moms opted for the shorter walk and supported the running aficionados with cheers and smiles. The end of the race included a cluster of cheering participants and family members at the finish line along with an amazing youth cover band (with a lead singer who may be the next Adele), free coffee (thank goodness!), and healthy post-run snacks.

All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. Across Canada over $30 million was raised for breast cancer research, education and health promotion activities. A great big thank you to all the Malton Moms who participated and hustled for donations (CJ, I'm looking at you!) I hope next year our team will be even bigger and raise more on Sunday October 6th, 2013.

"For it is in giving that we receive." - St. Francis of  Assisi - Food for thought!

- Nadine 

Team Malton Moms
Nadine made the big 5K finish in 25 minutes!!

The cure sneaker signage wall

Malton Moms treasurer and Malton Moms volunteer
Malton Moms kids participated too!

Malton Moms First Contest!

Pin It We are having our first contest, and we'd like you to participate! 

It's that time of year again. The sun only shines half of the days in one week, and it rains the other half in preparation for that thing we all wish we could put off... snow. 

For anyone who has to travel in the colder months with a baby, what is an essential piece to have in order to keep baby warm? 

Can't guess? A car seat cover! Malton Moms is giving away a Regan Car Seat cover from Carseat Canopy valued at $60.00 CDN.

How do you enter? 
1. Visit Malton Moms Facebook page here
2. Join the group (if you're not already a member). 
3. Look out this Friday (November 2nd) for a post. The first person to answer the question correctly, will be the winner! 

It couldn't be any simpler! 
Good luck, and look out for Friday's post! 


Art Workshop for Youth 12-17

Pin It Good morning friends,

This Saturday, October 20th, 2012 we have the pleasure of hosting our very first youth art workshop, brought you by Malton Moms and  featuring Wong, a community artist and activist.

Wong will be facilitating for a group youth ages 12-17 on various aspects of art, and creativity. Wong has been involved in the art community for many years.

Please check out this interview with Wong borrowed from GOFash.Com on youtube. 

Event details:

WHEN: This Saturday, October 20th, 2012 @ 1pm-3pm
WHERE: 7095 Derrybrae Rd, in the party room, 1st floor
WHO: Wong and Malton Moms
HOW: To register for this event, please email Crystal here.

All youth are welcome! See you Saturday!  


Painting Workshop CANCELLED

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Hello Everyone,
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the painting workshop this week Wednesday had to be cancelled. We apologize.
We will be having another painting workshop in the near future with an artist from the community and will be posting advertisements when we confirm a date. We'll keep you posted. But in the mean and in between time, THIS SATURDAY from 1-3pm we will be hosting a youth art workshop for ages 12-17 that I will be posting about tomorrow. Look out for the post!

Free RESP? Sign me up!!!!

Pin It If this is you parents, then find yourself at Malton Community Centre TODAY (October 16th, 2012) for the Canada Learning Bond Registration Day.

Malton Community Building Project, Morning Star Middle School, and the Peel Children and Youth Initiative invite you to the first-ever Enrolled by Six – Community Enrollment Event in Malton.

The Enrolled By Six strategy is led by the Peel Children and Youth Initiative to engage all community organizations to enroll every eligible child in Peel for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB)
The CLB is FREE money provided by the Government of Canada to children born after 2004 and living in families earning less than $42,707 net annually. Eligible children will receive up to $2,000 by the age of 15. No parental contribution is required. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
WHERE: Malton Community Centre
3540 Morning Star Drive, Mississauga, ON L4T 1Y2

EVENT DETAILS:  Begins at 12:00 p.m.

– At 4:00 p.m. Service Canada representatives will be on-site and available to register your child’s SIN number

From 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m .
– Bank representatives will be on-site and available to register your child’s  Canada Learning Bond and Registered Education Saving Plan.

Parents must bring the following documentation to complete registration:

1. Two pieces of Government issued photo ID, i.e., passport, citizenship card, driver’s license, Social Insurance Number (SIN)
2. Your child’s birth certificate
3. Your child’s SIN number (if they have one)

Child minding will be available.

Though we know this is not enough to pay for your child's entire education, what we do know is you need to begin somewhere, and you can continue to contribute to this RESP that will be available to your child when they are ready for college/university. And hey, when the government is giving FREE money away, who will say no??? Because when they want it from you, they get it.

Malton Shinny Hockey

Pin It Time almost the time to suit up and play some hockey! 

Organized sports are often expensive, time consuming and often we don't give our kids the chance to spread their wings and try new activities based on these two factors. 

So, here is the answer to your prayers... Allow your kids to hit the ice, for a reasonable price, and get good instruction. 

It seems registration has already passed, but it doesn't hurt to ask if there's room left!

Teaching Your Baby to Sign

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Before your baby can speak, trying to figure out what they need is quiet the feat. Teaching your baby to sign can help your comprehension of your baby's needs, and help to minimize the time until your baby learns to speak.

Here is a helpful chart that includes some very helpful signs you can teach your baby! We found it here.

Schedule of Upcoming Events

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Just a reminder, here is our schedule of events. Please come join Malton Moms at one of our gatherings in the very near future. We would LOVE to have you! Bring the kids, bring yourself, have a great time! Child care is provided on-site, and a light meal is served at every event. Please register by emailing Crystal, here. Don't forget to include: which event you are registering for, the date, and how many people are attending. See you soon! 
This schedule can also be found here

The Black Health Challenge

Pin It Come one, come all! 

This year’s 12-week Black Health Challenge (BHC) will kick-off  Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Earnscliffe Community Centre, 44 Eastbourne Dr in Brampton. Last fall's BHC in Malton and Brampton was a great success. The BHC offers a variety of different types of exercise including: Zumba, yoga, bootcamp and Socasize. The program focuses on the African and Caribbean community, and combines nutritional information and exercise as a way of encouraging participants to lead healthier lifestyles.  All are welcome! 

Check out the article in the Brampton Guardian, that will give you all the details you need to sign up! The program officially begins tomorrow, September 19th, 2012! 

Meet Your Neighbour Day @ Elmcreek Park

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Please join us on Saturday! We'd love to have you!
Hello everyone!

Please join us THIS Saturday for Meet Your Neighbour Day, in Elmcreek Park (behind Malton Community Centre).

Malton Moms will be there from 12-4pm, with plenty of activities for the kiddies, and the parents! 

This is a great opportunity to come out and meet the other great members of our community. 

This is a FREE event, and a great way to relax after the first, very busy week of school. 

Malton Moms are hosting this event along with the Malton Community Building Project (MCBP), REsident Rejuvenation and Bonnie Crombie. 

There will be storytelling, face painting, cupcakes and many more fun activities! 

Please come out and show your support for a few organizations trying to help make Malton better for all of us!

See you Saturday!  

- Tiffany

Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies! OH MY!

Pin It I'm always in the mood for some what? CAKE!!! Feast your eyes, and palettes on the wonderful creations by a Jr Malton Mom. 
Ashley has lived in Malton, and been apart of this community sharing in its ups and downs, her entire life. She has recently started a small business creating these lovely, delectable treats for families and gatherings in our community. Let's face it, she's our in-house baker, and we love her! 

So we'd like to share her great works with the rest of the community! Ashley is available to make baked goods for any of your special occasions, and will be making the special baked good at Meet Your Neighbour Day @ Malton Community Centre (the park in the back), THIS SATURDAY, September 8th, 2012 

Visit Ashley's website @: http://sweet--pieces.blogspot.ca


MNS Week of Arts!!!!

Pin It Although tomorrow is the last day of this event, we thought we'd post it in case there is anyone who would like something to do with the kids. 

Malton Neighbourhood Services is having a ‘Week of Arts’ comprised of various FREE drop-in workshops.  Arts & Craft, Drama and Dance!  Workshops will run from August 21 to 24, 2012, for ages 6 to 14.  All participants must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information please contact: Ryan at rgurcharn@mnsinfo.org.

- Tiffany

According to Isis...

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As part of our Wise Little Ones column, here is another According to Isis guest written by none other than her mother, Shawna. 

Isis: “Mom can I go to Suzy’s* house today?”
Shawna: “Not today Isis.”
Isis: *whispers* “But mommy, I left a secret over there and I need to pick it up.”

The cleverness of a three year old amazes me. I really would love to see the inner workings of a child's mind as they take that split second to come up with a reason why they should be able to do what they want, when they want to do it.

The logic and excuses are both clever, and at times hilarious. I mean the reasons are brilliant! For example, when my three year old asked to go over to a friend’s house and I gently told her another time. As you saw from the answer above, she had left a secret there, and of course she can only tell me what the secret is after she goes there to recover it!

 A child's mind can be an amazing thing when you nourish and encourage a healthy appetite for knowledge and imagination. As parents we are continuously teaching our children, and most of all we should be learning from them. From this little anecdote I see my daughter developing news to problem solve. She is determining new ways to approach situations to get the desired outcome; even if it doesn’t work. I hope that this transfers to future Isis, and she knows how to get what she needs through persistence, even if that means nagging (LOL). It’s trial and error my friends, trial and error.

- Shawna

SNAP® (Stop and Think) Program - Etobicoke

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The community is full of great programs! You just have to find them. Well, with the help of Malton Moms it should be much easier to hear about the programs you may need. This program is not in Malton, but in neighbouring Etobicoke. Check this out:

 If you require more information please contact:

Contact: Glacia for registration by August 24th, 2012 at (416) 241-7533, ext. 530

It's back!! Personal Safety Course for Women and Girls 14+

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Hey Ladies! 

The Mississauga Safe City Initiative is once again hosting a personal safety course, and you are invited to attend!

In light of recent comments made in the GTA (stating that the reason women are sexually assaulted is they dress provocatively, and not because power dynamics AROUND THE WORLD tell attackers that their behaviour is acceptable and they will receive no repercussions); I thought what a great time to remind women of this wonderful, low-cost course offered in the city.

Ladies, the truth is the law may not try/want/or even believe they have to protect you. Victim/survivor blaming is shameful, but rampant. It is the unfortunate norm. However, you can choose to learn to protect yourself! 

The course is a one day intensive and covers the following areas: 
  • Developing an early warning system
  • Situational awareness
  • Developing a survival mindset
  • Legal aspects of self-protection
  • Direct techniques for physical protection
This is an excellent opportunity to teach yourself and your daughters/nieces/sisters etc. that they do not have to be helpless victims of violence!  

Please fill out the registration form and email it to: community@safecitymississauga.on.ca  OR fax to: 905-615-4111.

If you have any questions about the program please send your questions to the above email address.  

What: Women's Empowerment and Protection Network, Level 1 - Personal Safety Course
When: Saturday, July 28, 2012, from 12-6pm
Where: Sendokan Dojo, 5030 Maingate Drive, Unit 1, Mississauga, ON, L4W 1N5 (just west of Eglinton & Dixie) Map
Cost: $20 - subsidized by Safe City Mississauga

- Tiffany 

Birth Stories

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Birth Stories

When: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 @ 6.30pm
Where: 7095 Rexwood Rd, Malton
Hosted by: Crystal 

Calling all scrapbookers!

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Calling All Scrapbookers 
(and those who, like me, havent even done their Wedding Album yet - its been 13 years). 
This week Wednesday July 11, Malton Moms will be hosting a Scrapbook Session for Moms. All are welcome. 

Where: 7095 Rexwood Road in the Derrybrae building
When: Wednesday July 11th, 2012
Hosted By: Nadine Ruby of Malton Moms and Professional Scrapbookess Cheryl
Special Thanks to Nadine Rubie for making this happen. Send an email to crystal@maltonmoms.com to sign up!

- Crystal

Live, Love, Laugh or LOAN, LIEN, LIE?

Pin It As a mom and a woman who may have something to share with the thousands of other Ontarian students and graduates who are stuck under the thumb of OSAP, I thought I would share this story with you…

After 11 years of garnishment re: student loan, I was finally free. Or so I thought. I was a typical student of the 90's. Went to college and then to university and end up racking up a total student loan debt of about $30,000. My payment plan issued by the bank advised me that one loan would be paid off in 9.5 years and the other in 14.5 years. That game plan seemed a little harsh so I requested interest relief in the month of November and by the following January, I was told in a generic letter that there may be a lien on my tax return. Now imagine my disgust, just starting my adult life and already having a weight on my shoulder.

Fast forward to May 2011, two children later, 10 and five years old. Tax refund is sweet and it is all mine. It took more than 9.5 but less than 14.5. Paid some bills and put a little in savings.

They say the postman always rings twice, well "ring, ring". I letter advising me that I have been audited and I must provide the necessary documents or I will be reassessed.

You have got to be kidding me, what are the chances. For ten years I have been doing this and no one had questioned me, but the first year that I hold actual funds in my hand, I am being questioned?

They (CRA) would like proof that the children are mine. What! They are ten and five, WT... WHY did you not ask who these children belonged to when you were collecting my money???? I need receipts for where I was living! Mom with two kids, I must have been living under a damn rock. I digress, I cried, I cussed, I conceded.

The system is flawed and all I can do is sit and ponder at the idea that I.O.U. $6000.00.

(I am currently in the process of submitting documents, I will let you know the outcome.)

- Camar

Personal Safety Course for Women and Girls 14+

Pin It Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence! However, in our not-so-perfect world this isn't a reality for everyone. Ladies let's take charge and learn how to defend ourselves!

Here's a recent posting I found for a personal safety course in Mississauga. It's being subsized by Safe City Mississauga and is $20 for registration. Take a look at info below:

What: Women's Empowerment and Protection Network, Level 1 - Personal Safety Course
When: Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 12-6pm
Where: Sendokan Dojo, 5030 Maingate Drive, Unit 1, Mississauga, ON, L4W 1N5 (just west of Eglinton & Dixie)
Cost: $20 - subsidized by Safe City Mississauga
How to Register: Email completed registration form to mailto:%20admin@safecitymississauga.on.ca, or fax to 905-615-4111

Malton Moms Gets Creativ!

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Unleash Your Inner Decorator! 

I’ll be honest: I am not a naturally creative person. I don’t write dub poetry, compose music, or paint murals in my leisure time. I’m a pretty straight-laced, khaki-wearing, coupon-collecting type of gal who keeps life pretty simple. However, the one thing that ignites a creative spark in me is scrapbooking. It has been a gradually progressive hobby of mine after receiving a scrapbook as a going-away present a few years ago. The lovely little photo album was filled with pictures, mementos, funny quotes and captions, and well wishes for my trip. This is the beauty of scrapbooking; it is an ideal way to showcase special pictures, share stories, capture memories, and take time to express yourself creatively in a very unintimidating manner. Never heard of this paper crafting specialty?

What is scrapbooking?
Scrapbooking is a method for preserving personal and family history in the form of a scrapbook. Typical memorabilia include photographs, printed media, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapbooking

This definition captures the pastime in a nutshell and explains to me why I initially felt drawn to scrapbooking. I’m an avid jounal-ler. Since I was about 12 years old I’ve had a private journal/diary where I record my deepest (and not so deep) thoughts, feelings and dreams; on occasion, a movie ticket stub or wallet-sized photo has been glued or stapled in to remind me of a special date or time, and thus my preoccupation began. Nowadays, I find scrapbooking especially attractive in this age of digital photography. We are constantly snapping pictures – capturing memories of people, places and things- but those pictures often sequestered in our Smartphone, tablet, or digital camera and are destined in an electronic device for life without parole. We forget to print, share and give away these precious memories. (Note: I do know about social media, BUT I’m a semi-paranoid first-time mommy who refuses too many pics of my baby up on social media websites; he may be prime minster one day). Therefore, scrapbooking is a perfect incentive for me to print pictures, tell stories and share mementos.

I will admit to being very “sometime-ish” (this is a very Caribbean word, I even don’t know an English equivalent!) with my craftiness the past few years and was starting to lose my touch. To re-engage I decided to go to the Creativ Festival at the International Centre on April 28th, 2012 to take a class and buy some gear. The festival was a great opportunity to refresh my skills and create a new book for my collection.

May 31st marks the sixth year of my grandmothers passing and after years of having pictures scattered in various albums and envelopes I decided I would do something a little more grand for granny (see what i did there?). I’m working hard to have it complete by the end of the month so I will have a special souvenir to review when that day comes this year, and for years to come.

Now that I’m back in the swing of things I’m planning to start a 12-page scrapbook chronicling the first year of my sons life. As I get my scrapbooking mojo back I’m inviting others to join me; on June 20th, 2012 I will be teaching a free workshop entitled, “Introduction to Scrapbooking”. Participants will learn the basics of scrapbooking and design a page or two. I’m hoping many of our Malton moms will come out and start something special.

As always the session is free, but registration is required.
To register or for more information contact me

Intro to Scrapbooking
Date: Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 @ 6pm
Location: 7095 Rexwood Rd., Malton, ON
Cost: $0 aka FREE!!
What to bring: Yourself, a sense of adventure, and some pictures you wish to immortalize in your new love for scrapbooking!


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