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Second Annual SummerFest BBQ

 What a great time it was at my Second Annual SummerFest BBQ, held at Queensway Park in Etobicoke-Lakeshore on Sunday, June 19th. Local residents enjoyed a BBQ and many activities for kids of all ages – face painting, cookie decorating, kids’ “tattoos”, and a Kids’ Colouring Contest – many talented young artists out there!

I was very happy to have Diana Wilson, Community Engagement Coordinator with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), host an interactive display table that was enjoyed by all, but especially children. I was also delighted to welcome “Hands On Exotics” once again to our SummerFest BBQ! Originally created to bring affordable pet therapy services to seniors and special needs groups, Hands On Exotics (based right here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore) has expanded to also doing educational presentations. It is important to note that almost all of the animals are ex-pets or “rescues” that are used to human reaction, and that it is strictly against Hands On Exotic’ s policies and philosophy to bring out any animals to programs that would be in any way stressed by the experience. Hands On Exotics is accredited, licensed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and reflects the highest Canadian standards of animal care. We could not have had this BBQ without the assistance of our committed volunteers who helped pull it all together on the big day – THANK YOU! Hope we see you at SummerFest 2017.

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