Springtime in Paris
Guests spent a magical evening strolling through Paris in the Springtime in celebration of Heartland Forest’s passion for all abilities. Heartland’s work experience program engages youth and adults with special needs in maintenance, facility set-up, reception, programming and wood working at their on-site wood shop. There were vendors of the French variety and French Poodles, all to make a difference in the lives of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Cathy, Dan & Lisa – Photo by Anna Spano.
Niagara sites, projects benefit from grants
Apr 15, 2018 by Ray Spiteri Niagara Falls Review
The Niagara Community Foundation is awarding five grants, totaling $20,500, from the Environmental Legacy Fund, to support projects that use a collaborative approach to meet environmental challenges.
“The recipients all came to us with projects that were really innovative and unique,” said Bryan Rose, the foundation’s executive director.
“They have the potential to reach thousands of people across the Niagara region.”
Heartland Forest was awarded $5,000 to create a citizen science project monitoring local bat populations through the use of bat detectors and strategically-placed trail cameras, along with the creation of habitat enhancing bat roosting boxes and a maternity roost structure built by Heartland’s own wood shop and program participants.
It’s Showtime for Niagara Woodcarvers
The Wonders of Wood will be on display at Heartland Forest
WHATSON Mar 12, 2018 by Richard Hutton Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls
It has a new name, but admirers of woodcraft of all kinds will be treated to the same fine display of craftsmanship when the Niagara Woodcarvers Association hosts its annual show at Heartland Forest.
“It’s now called the Wonders of Wood presented by the Niagara Woodcarvers,” said event co-chair Margie Cooper. “There are so many different disciplines. Some people are scroll sawing, wood burning and wood turning. It’s more than decoys. There are so many styles of carving and working with wood.”
The event draws woodworking practitioners from across the province, Cooper said.
“We will have exhibitors from the Guelph carvers, Burlington and the Ontario Woodcarvers Association.”
As in the previous 38 editions of the event, this year’s show will feature a competition as well, although with a new wrinkle.
“The competition has been divided in separate categories for wood carving and wood art,” Cooper said.
Visitors will also have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award, she said. Woodcarvers have all been given the task of carving a hat. Visitors will be given a chance to vote for their favourite.
One of the highlights of the weekend, Cooper said, is the presentation of the Doug Robertson Memorial Award, named for one of the association’s founders.
“It’s for someone judged to have done so much for the club,” Cooper said, adding the award is presented near the end of the event’s second day.
Admission to the show is $5 while kids under 12 get in for free. Show times are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 24 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 25.
The Niagara Woodcarvers Association meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at Heartland Forest. Anyone is welcome to join. Information and photos from the 2017 show can be found at niagarawoodcarvers.com
Joanna Khalil, right, who has only just taken up woodcarving, gets some pointers from longtime Niagara Woodcarvers Association member Claude Lessard as they examine one of Lessardâ€™s works. Lessard and other Niagara woodcarvers will join others from all over at the Wonders of Wood Show presented by the association at Heartland Forest on March 24 and 25. – Richard Hutton/Metroland
There’s no reason to be bored in Niagara Falls on Family Day There is a lot to do all around the city
COMMUNITY Feb 19, 2018 by Richard Hutton Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls
Heartland Forest is always a popular spot for Family Day when it hosts its annual Winterfest. Enjoying some of the activities at last year’s event were, from left, Gianna, Juliann and Frankie Giampaolo, who were busy making sure their spider dogs were roasted just right. – Richard Hutton/File Photo
They are the champions
Dan Bouwman, Wayne Redekop and Niagara College honoured by Boys and Girls Club of Niagara
Jan 22, 2018 by Richard Hutton Niagara This Week – Niagara Falls
THOROLD — These champions have nothing to do with sports.
There’s no Stanley Cups, Grey Cups or World Series trophies among them, but in the eyes of the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, they’re champions for children. The club decided that Heartland Forest’s Dan Bouwman, the Town of Fort Erie — and Mayor Wayne Redekop in particular — and Niagara College all were worthy of recognition at the Champions for Children gala event held on Jan. 19 at John Michael’s Banquet Centre.
“We’re very fortunate here in Niagara because we have very special people,” said JoAnne Turner, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club. “There certainly isn’t any shortage of recipients, but we’re really pleased with the three we are recognizing.”
When it came to choosing recipients for this year’s recognition, Turner said the entire board was surprised Bouwman had not ever been honoured in the 10 years the club had been handing out the awards.
“What he has done at Heartland Forest for children of varying abilities has left of lifetime impact on children. When he was nominated by George Bailey, we thought, ‘Why had we not thought of this before?’”
For his part, Bouwman was humbled by the award and credited Bailey, who was then-head of the Niagara Parks Commission, for giving the creation of Heartland Forest a kick start.
“Mr. Bailey and our team managed to sell 1,100 tickets (for a fundraiser at the 600-person capacity Club Italia), so we went to Club Italia and rented the building for a second night.”
As part of the fundraiser, Bouwman recalled he and Bailey being outfitted with chicken costumes to perform the ubiquitous chicken dance.
Since then, Heartland has welcomed 20,000 people a year through its gates, and even had the stretch of road where it is located renamed Heartland Forest Road. Since its humble beginnings, the park has added a state-of-the-art nature centre that houses various classrooms, including a woodworking shop funded through a grant from the Trillium Foundation. The wood shop has hosted groups including persons with brain injuries, stroke survivors and more.
“When the bus comes to pick them up, they don’t want to leave. They haven’t finished their birdhouse yet.”
But, despite the awards and accolades received over the years, Bouwman has remained humbled.
“It’s all about the children,” he said.
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September 22 – Etsy event in Niagara Falls this weekend – Niagara Falls Review
July 08 – Remembering Sarah – Niagara This Week
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April 09 – ‘Spring into Wellness’ at Heartland Forest – Niagara This Week
April 09 – Heartland Forest to mark National Wildlife Week – Niagara This Week
April 04 – Easter Egg Hunt – TV Cogeco
December 11 – Plenty of Reasons to Smile for Heartland Forest – Niagara This Week
October 7 – Going the distance for Heartland – Niagara This Week
April 24 – Meridian provides boost for Heartland’s FrogFest – Niagara This Week
April 17 – Easter Egg Hunt at Heartland Forest – Niagara This Week
March 24 – Woodcarvers find a new home at Heartland Forest – Niagara This Week
March 13 – Dan’s the Man – Niagara This Week
February 20 – New Memorial Bench at Heartland Forest – Niagara This Week
October 7 – Deloitte employees make an IMPACT
August 27 – Ontario Trillium Foundation Woodworking Shop Announcement – Niagara This Week
April 30 – Heartland Forest a Jewel – Niagara This Week
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