Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Each year around the holidays the Annick East gang gets all dressed up for some festive fun and a delicious lunch. This year our production manager opened her home for us on the stormiest day of the year so far for a potluck of delicious goodies.
We also shared the results of our annual charitable donation exchange. Everyone in the house picks a name and then chooses an organization to donate to in that person’s name. At the holiday lunch everyone takes a turn in sharing which charity they chose for the recipient and why.
This year some of the charities included:

and many other worthwhile causes.

Happy holidays!

Monday, December 1, 2008

It's all about sex, baby...

Well, that's not absolutely true. It's also about relationships, youth culture, and staying healthy. That was the message when The Little Black Book for Girlz: A Book on Healthy Sexuality and The Little Black Book for Guys: Guys Talk About Sex, were officially launched last Thursday at St. Stephen's Community House in downtown Toronto. Hailed as "necessary," "honest," "frank," and "empowering," these two books are the result of an amazing collaboration among teens who would drop in regularly to The Youth Arcade at the community-based St. Stephen's. The combination of well-researched facts, personal stories, poetry and art makes these two books ground-breaking in their ability to reach young adults. Many of the youth who wrote the books came out to celebrate, as well as people from other social service agencies, The Hospital for Sick Children, St. Stephen's Board of Directors and the media. After speeches, the crowd was treated to an original song beautifully sung by one of the teen contributors to The Little Black Book for Guys. This launch was the culmination of many years of hard work, persistence and the knowledge that these books have the potential to change, and perhaps save, young lives.