WELCOME TO PAGE TWO
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006
by Robert Kirwan
It’s no secret that I am a person who loves
quotes and inspirational messages. I also believe that
in order for a person to be successful in anything he or
she gets involved in, there has to be a passion and a
commitment to an ultimate goal or vision. Vince
Lombardi, a Hall of Fame NFL football coach best summed
it up when he said, “The quality of a person’s life
is in direct proportion to their commitment to
excellence, regardless of their chosen field of
you adopt Vince Lombardi’s philosophy, all you need in
order to enjoy a successful, satisfying life is a
commitment to excellence. You need to be determined to
be the best you can be at whatever it is that you have
chosen to do with your life. In other words, if you are
driving a snow plow, strive to be the best snow plow
operator anyone has ever seen. If you are a janitor,
strive to make your buildings the cleanest buildings
around. If you are a manager of a huge corporation, be
the best manager for whom your employees have ever
once stopped for a submarine sandwich at a local
establishment and was served by a young lady who I will
never forget. When I told her what toppings I wanted on
my cold-cut sandwich, instead of simply tossing the
ingredients helter-skelter as most servers do, she
actually took the time to place everything neatly over
the meat, moving individual items around one at a time
so that everything was balanced and actually looked like
one of those sandwiches you see in magazine photos. I
sincerely thanked her for her attention to detail and
told her that this was the best submarine sandwich
anyone had ever made for me. She thanked me and said, in
a humble tone, “I get that a lot from my customers. I
just think that if I am going to make a sandwich for you
I want to make sure it is the best sandwich I can
don’t know what that young lady will be doing with the
rest of her life, but I can tell you one thing: if she
maintains that attitude, she will be successful at
whatever she does.
Unfortunately, most people fail to achieve their
goals, not because they are lazy or lack
self-motivation, but because they were never fully
committed to succeed in the first place. All of the
people who achieve great things begin with a plan of
action and then an unshakable commitment to its
accomplishment. Walt Disney was a dreamer. He always
said, “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all
the way, implicitly and unquestionably.”
I read a book recently about how the ancient
Greek warriors developed a reputation for bravery and an
unshakable commitment to victory. Interestingly enough,
the key to their overwhelming success on the battlefield
had more to do with how the Greek commanders motivated
the warriors than it did with war tactics or strategies.
For you see, the Greeks were master motivators
and understood how to use a dramatic demonstration to
infuse a spirit of commitment into the heart of every
warrior. Once the warriors had been offloaded from their
boats onto the shore of their enemy, the Greek
commanders would give their first order: “Burn the
The sight of burning boats removed any thoughts
of surrender from their heads. As they watched their
boats burn and sink into the water, they knew there was
no turning back. The only way home was through victory.
They could not retreat, so defeat was not an option.
Whenever I head into a new venture, I too give
the command to “Burn the Boats!” I don’t allow
negative thoughts, fear, anxiety or self-doubt to enter
into the picture. I have always said that whatever I get
involved in; there is only one goal – to be the best
– second best is not an option. It’s all the way or
no way! That
is the reason why I was so impressed with that young
lady in the submarine shop. She was “the best”
sandwich maker I had ever seen. I have witnessed the
same level of passion and commitment in many different
areas of life. So have you. And I am sure that when you
meet someone with that kind of commitment, you know it!
So no matter what you are doing in your life
right now. Whether you are a homemaker; a student; a
grocery clerk; a telemarketer; a manager; a business
owner; or an athlete, just remember that the moment you
definitely commit your self to be the best at what you
are doing – in other words, the moment you give the
command to “Burn The Boats”, you will experience the
magic and you will be taking the first step to achieving
Go ahead – Burn Your Boat!
KIRWAN'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT
complete selection of stories and editorials that will
help you to reflect upon life's priorities, inspiring
you to take on the daily challenges you face very day...
|Valley East Lions
Club Presents Money To Local Charity Groups That Helped Make First
Annual Lions Charity Days A Huge Success
Marcel Servais, shown fourth from the left, is shown with some of the
representatives from the charities that participated in the First Annual
Valley East Lions Club Charity Days which was held on September 9, 2006.
Each of the charities was presented with the proceeds from their respective
From the left we have: Mary Bertrand (St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank);
Stephanie Richard (Our Children, Our Future): Muriel Anderson (Sudbury
Regional Palliative Care Association); Marcel Servais (Chair of the Valley
East Lions Charity Days); Angela Paquin (Sudbury Regional Palliative Care
Association); Mary Lou and Bob Bolger (Kin Club of Valley East); Dawn (Our
Children, Our Future); and Sylvie Demore (Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
and sponsor of the Teen Dance). Other charities that were missing from the
photo included: The Easter Seal Society, Confederation Secondary School
Travelling Group, and the Good Neighbours Food Bank.
Rolly & Yvonne Albert are two people who are perfect examples of the
type of person who becomes a Lion. Rolly has been a member of the Sudbury
Lions Club for over 25 years. His wife, Yvonne, has been a member of the
Valley East Lions Club for the past ten years. Rolly is an Associate Member
of the Valley East Lions Club by virtue of his wife's membership. The two
dedicated members can be seen often during the year volunteering to work on
behalf of initiatives of their respective clubs. Here they are shown selling
tickets for the spaghetti dinner during the First Annual Valley East Lions
Charity Days which was held on September 9, 2006. Rolly is also a Past
Governor of District A5 which covers all of Northern Ontario.
Local Ambassadors for the Easter
Seal Society Deliver Powerful Message During Valley East Lions Charity
Lounsbury, District Manager of the Sudbury Branch of the Easter Seal
Society, is shown in the photo below with the two Ambassadors for 2006 as
they spoke during the Valley East Lions Charity Days Event held on September
9, 2006 at the Centennial Arena.
Tanya Quesnel, a nine year old, Grade 5 student at Jean Sauve School and
twelve-year old Sylvain Labelle, a Grade 7 student at Ecole St. Therese of
Val Therese, spoke on behalf of the Easter Seal Society, encouraging
visitors to support the fight for a cure.
The two children attend numerous public events during the year as
spokespersons for the Easter Seal Society.
Cammie Thibert was in charge of Face
Painting during the Valley East Lions Charity Days while volunteering
with the Our Children Our Future booth. Here she is shown decorating
up her own face prior to opening up for the kids who were in
attendance during the event.
Food Bank Receives Some Much Needed Funding and Awareness From Valley
East Lions Charity Days
Anne Unwin and Margaret Bourgeois, are shown at the display for the Good
Neighbours Food Bank which they had set up during the Valley East Lions
Charity Days on September 9, 2006.
Banks of Valley East
|St. Vincent de Paul
|Open Monday to Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For general sales
|Open the last two Wednesdays of every
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For Food Bank and Clothing
During the 3rd Week of every month
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
|Good Neighbours Food Bank no longer
distributes clothing. You will have to go to St. Vincent for
|Emergency Service Available
||Emergency Service is available by
calling the phone number below.
|Located on Highway 69N at the top of
the hill in Val Caron
||Located on Lafontaine Street in
Hanmer. Enter the street off Hwy 69N
|Provides services to residents living
in the 897- exchange
||Provides services to residents living
in the 969- exchange
St. Vincent de Paul
Ring Out For Nicole Brunet of Beswick Denture Clinic
go out to Nicole BRUNET-DANDENO and her new husband, John-David, who were
married on September 2, 2006.
After a honeymoon in
France, the couple is now enjoying the next chapter of their lives in
We want all patients of Beswick Denture
Clinic to know that even though the name has changed to Mrs. Nicole
Brunet-Dandeno, our "Nicky" is still the same professional
Denturist that we have all come to know and love.
all wish Nicole and John-David many, many happy years of wedded bliss.
would like to find
out more about Beswick Denture Clinic or the Beswick Footcare Clinic,
simply go to their comprehensive web site at the following
Don't forget that October is
Denture Awareness Month and Beswick Denture Clinic will have an
information display exhibit outside their office all month.
KOREA WAR VETERANS
The Korea Veterans Unit 19 Sudbury is always looking for
New Members and if there is anyone out there who served in the
Korean War we would be glad to welcome them into the Unit. Anyone
interested can call Harold Payne at 969-4367 or George Haskin at email@example.com
The next meeting of the Korea Veterans is on 27 Sep 06 at
Branch 76 Royal Canadian Legion 1553 Weller St Sudbury
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
1. Two antennas meet on a roof, fall in love and get married. The
ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.
2. Two hydrogen atoms walk into a bar. One says, "I've lost my
The other says, "Are you sure?" The first replies,
"Yes, I'm positive..."
3. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll
you, but don't start anything."
4. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.
5. A sandwich walks into a bar. The bartender says, "Sorry we
food in here."
6. A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
7. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and
"A beer please, and one for the road."
8. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other:
taste funny to you?"
9. "Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
Doc says "It's Not Unusual."
10. Two cows standing next to each other in a field, Daisy says to
"I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," said Dolly.
"It's true, no bull!" exclaimed Daisy.
11. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were
look at either.
12. A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet and says, "My dog's
is there anything you can do for him?"
"Well," says the vet, "let's have a look at him"
So he picks the dog up
and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth Finally, he says,
"I'm going to have to put him down."
"What? Because he's cross-eyed?"
"No, because he's really heavy."
13. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I
couldn't find any.
14. I went to the butcher's the other day and I bet him 50 bucks
that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf.
He said, "No, the steaks are too high."
15 . I went to a seafood disco last week... and pulled a mussel.
16 . What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.
The weather was very hot and this man wanted desperately to take a
dive in a nearby lake. He didn't bring his swimming trucks, but who
cared? He was all alone. So he undressed and got into the water.
After some delightful minutes of cool swimming, a pair of old ladies
walked onto the shore in his direction. He panicked, got out of the
water and grabbed a bucket lying in the sand nearby. He held the
bucket in front of his private area and sighed with relief. The
ladies got nearby and looked at him. He felt awkward and he wanted
Then one of the ladies said to him, "You know, I have a special
gift, I can read minds."
"Impossible," said the embarrassed man. "You really
know what I think?"
"Yes," the lady replied,
"Right now, you are thinking that the bucket you're holding has
Distance Calling???? Interested in Voice Over Internet Technology??? Need Your
Lajambe, is a 30-year old life-long resident of Hanmer. His passion for
computers and information technology goes back to a high school co-op
placement he had in 1994 with a company called the AMS Group. When he
he discovered that there were a lot of people who kept coming to him for
computer repairs and consulting, so he formed his own company, Valley
Computers & Consulting.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Technology) was first introduced to
, Edgar saw this as the future of communication and immediately jumped on
board; studying everything there is to know about the technology. As a
result, he formed another division of his company, called VCCNet.ca
Internet Solutions, which deals with long-distance discount calling and
the use of the internet for communication purposes.
has joined forces with another locally owned firm, Infocom Canada Business
Consultants Inc. which operates Valley East Today, a marketing &
public relations company which publishes a community web site and weekly
online news magazine.
cost of long distance calling has always been a detriment to people living
in the north,” Edgar explained when asked why he feels so strongly about
the communication services he now provides to the community. “I know so
many of my friends and acquaintances who have children or parents living
in other parts of
. They would love the chance to talk to them more often by phone, but long
distance charges really cut into the budget; especially for seniors who
would love to talk to grandchildren, or parents who have children away at
university or college.”
people find out how easy it is to switch over to my plan, and they realize
that there is absolutely no risk or long-term commitment – that all they
get is the freedom to talk on the phone to anyone in Ontario for as long
as they want for one low price of $15.95 a month, they are sold,” Edgar
Edgar also repairs and programs
individual computers for both commercial and residential use. You can drop
in and see him at his office in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre, or he
will come directly to your home or office.
you are looking for, give Edgar a call at 670-4039 or you can go to his web site at www.vccnet.ca
and see how he can meet your needs.
PREPARING FOR THE 2006 MUNICIPAL
The next municipal election for the City of Greater Sudbury will take place on
Tuesday, November 13, 2006.
A lot of things happen during a four-year term. Some
are good and some are bad. However, every decision that is made by our
municipal council has a direct impact on the lives of people living in
Valley East and Capreol.
Please note that Candidates have until 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2006
to file their completed nomination form.
It hoped that anyone who is
serious about standing for election will declare his/her intention as soon as
possible so that we have enough time to fully understand their individual
HANMER VALLEY SHOPPING CENTRE
PHONE: (705) 524-7006
“I Am Not A
I’m A Civil Advocate Working For The People Who Live In Ward 6,
Hanmer & Val Therese”
When the people living in Ward 6, Hanmer and Val Therese cast their
votes for Councillor on
November 13, 2006
, they will be making a very serious decision about the kind of person
they want to represent their best interests at City Hall for the next four
years. There won’t be much difference between the candidates with
respect to their positions on the major issues facing this part of the
. All of the candidates are going to say that they will work hard to get
improved roads; lower taxes; better snowplowing; a new highway coming from
New Sudbury to Hanmer; a referendum on de-amalgamation to determine the
true will of the people; better police protection; better transit services
to subdivisions; more development; more day care; more senior apartments;
better recreational facilities and playgrounds; and the list goes on.
WHO HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF GETTING THE JOB DONE? is the big
question that will be on the minds of all voters come November 13. People
don’t care who has the most signs posted on lawns. They don’t care who
comes around knocking at their door asking for support. They want someone
who will actually be able to go to City Hall and make things happen. They
want someone who can “walk the talk” and represent them well on City
THE PEOPLE OF WARD 6 NEED A STRONG AND DEVOTED CIVIL ADVOCATE!
That’s right! We don’t need another politician at City Hall. We
don’t want someone who is going to make promises during the election and
then be unable to deliver on those promises for the next four years.
We need someone who is going to be our community representative and
our collective voice at City Hall. We need someone who will have the
ability to defend our rights when it comes to municipal services. We
need someone we can turn to in our time of need to push the right buttons
and work hand-in-hand with other councilors to get what is best for the
people of Ward 6, Hanmer & Val Therese.
ROBERT KIRWAN IS THE KIND OF CIVIL ADVOCATE WE CAN COUNT ON FOR
RESULTS! “I am not a
politician. I did not decide to
put my name forward for the position of Councillor of Ward 6, Hanmer &
Val Therese so that I could be seen at ribbon cutting ceremonies, on
television, or attending other “feel-good” events. I put my name
forward for the position of Councillor of Ward 6, Hanmer & Val Therese
because I have devoted the better part of my life to the promotion and
for the past 32 years. I taught school here. I am the main writer for The
Vision Paper. I publish a community web site and weekly online News
Magazine called Valley East Today which can be found at www.valleyeasttoday.ca.
I have been involved in just about all sports and community organizations
as my wife and I raised our three sons in Val Therese. I am the marketing
manager for the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre and in that role I work
closely with schools, churches, food banks, organizations. sports groups
and cultural groups to help them provide a better quality of life for
AM ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE on
November 13, 2006
so that I can occupy a position of influence as a Councillor at City Hall
and continue my work on your behalf as a CIVIL
ADVOCATE for the people of Ward 6, Hanmer & Val Therese. Put me at
the table with the rest of the City Councillors and I guarantee I will
make a positive and significance difference in the future of this great
|CITY OF GREATER SUDBURY
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2006