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Plenty To Celebrate In May

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In Any Event There Is Plenty To Celebrate In May

With summer fast approaching, getting outside in the sunshine and attending all the great outdoor festivals and taking part in physical activities such as swimming and bike riding are always on the agenda.

Year after year, May seems to be a jam-packed event month and after you read my column, you will see that I prove my point.

Apart from all the great things to do that you will read in our “Dates To Remember” column of every issue and on our website calendar at: (under the Events tab), there might be a few special months and weeks you might not be aware of. So, I figure now is as good a time as any to fill you in!

From May 6 to 12 The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) celebrates “Nursing Week 2019” to acknowledge the dedication, achievements and successes of nurses across Ontario. The 2019 theme is “Nurses: A Voice To Lead — Health For All.” Find out more online and thank a nurse for all he/she does!

May is “Mental Health Month” in Windsor and Essex County, a time to “Get loud about what mental health really is.”

When people understand that mental health is something we ALL need, they realize that mental health is everyone’s issue — we all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.

Throughout the month, a variety of events and activities are planned. The latest information on how the Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex County celebrates their special month is online.

May is also “Museum Month!” This is a program of the Ontario Museum Association and celebrated by Ontario’s 700+ museums, galleries, and heritage sites. The timing coincides with “International Museum Day” (#IMD2019) on May 18, a worldwide initiative of the International Council of Museums.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to celebrate the contributions museums make to their communities and to kick-off the summer tourism season!

Did you know that May is also “Community Living Month” in Ontario? Community Living Essex County is celebrating with their annual “Luncheon With The Mayors” on May 15 where they will share inspiring stories of inclusion and become acquainted with people Community Living supports in the community. (Note: the event is not open to the public).

As well, the provincial campaign, “Shine The Light on Community Living” will light up local businesses in green and blue lights to create awareness around inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.

May is also a big month for many local health care organizations and businesses.

It is “National Physiotherapy Month” where physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and students organize activities in May across the country to highlight how physiotherapy helps lives. 

In addition, May is also “Speech and Hearing Month” in Canada, which raises public awareness about communication health. It is a time to honour those businesses, organizations and professionals who help people to “Speak well. Hear well. Live well.” 

Finally saving the best to last — and the spotlight of our cover story —May is also “Vision Health Month,” which urges Canadians to visit an Optometrist as a part of their regular health routine. For more information flip to page 18 of this issue.

I cannot wait to see what’s in store for June! Until next issue . . .

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