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Kids Can Fly Brantford

Kids Can Fly promotes early childhood development in Brantford/Brant

A Message from Our Executive Director ~ Sharon Brooks

January is a wonderful way to start the year off with new resolutions and new habits.  Someone told me that their New Year’s resolution was to spend more time with their family.  They set goals to have dinner together at least three times a week and plan one family time event, a game night, a walk at App’s Mill or a skate at Harmony Square.  About Children’s Health has a great top five family New Year’s resolutions… it is not too late to start!  Top Five Family New Year’s Resolutions

 January is starting off to be very busy for Kids Can Fly. Here are some events and happenings in the upcoming months. 

Parachute Program -Transitioning to Parenthood

Transitioning to Parenthood will resume meeting every Wed afternoons from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at St Andrews Church 95 Darling St on January 9th, 2013.  This free program has child care and a free taxi if needed.    Join other moms for some baby time and a break to discuss the challenges of life with a new baby.   For more info call Jane 519 755 9482.     

On January 16th, 2013:  Special Guest Speaker Dr. Ryan Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), will present  on post partum depression to moms, partners or service providers at the Parachute Program on Wednesday, January 16th between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.  For more information call Sharon 519 448 1713 or  

The Young Author’s Project

The Young Author’s Project, a project of Kids Can Fly, the County of Brant Public Library and the Brantford Expositor has been short listed for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Tourism Awards and the winner will be announced at the Ontario Library Super-Conference Gala in Toronto January 31, 2013.  

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad, early child development and parenting centre runs Tuesday to Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon with Jane Flinders RECEC.  Located at Graham Bell Victoria School – 56 Grand St Brantford, this program is open to all, free and has a taxi service if needed.  Come for songs, stories, creative art, dress up and many fun activities with other children and parents.  Geared for children 0 – 5 years.  Call Jane at  519 755 9482 for more information. PLEASE NOTE: The Launch Pad at Graham Bell-Victoria School will be closed on Friday, January 11 as a result of the Day of Protest being conducted by elementary teachers   

Storybook Breakfast

Kids Can Fly in partnership with Scotiabank present the 6th annual Storybook Breakfast on February 9th with two seatings at 9:00 am or 11:00 am.


Come and meet all your favourite Storybook Characters and get their autographs. Enjoy a hot buffet breakfast and get your photo taken with your favourite character.Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, January 19th at Scotiabank’s Lynden Road location ONLY starting at 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. If any tickets are left, they will be sold at the Lynden Road location during banking hours.


Sharon Brooks
Executive Director, Kids Can Fly

Storybook Breakfast Tickets go on sale soon!!!

Calling all princesses, pirates and storybook characters of all ages.  All the Fairy Godmothers are busy preparing for the 6th annual Storybook Breakfast.  It will be held on February 9th, 2013 at the Rossini Lodge,  140 Grey St, Brantford, Ontario.  There will be a 9:00 am and 11:00 am seating.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.  Babies under two are free on parent’s lap.  Highchairs are not allowed due to fire regulations. 

Tickets go on sale on January 19th, 2013 at the Scotiabank, Lynden Road location only.  They will be available during the banks hours of 10:00 am-2:00 pm. If the tickets are not sold out, the remaining tickets will be available only at the bank during their hours.

Kids Can Fly are so grateful to our supporters of this event. Confirmed to date

Platinum sponsor
Character Sponsors
The Expositor
Millard, Rouse & Rosebrugh LLP
Spence Print Solutions
Gold Sponsor
Jason Gibson Personal Chef
Rossini Lodge
Brant Taxi
Paris Dental Centre
Silver Sponsor
Stedman Book Store
Smitiuch Injury Law
Good Minds

 If you are interested in putting an ad in the program and placemat, please call Sharon 519-448-1713 or email at

Volunteers  Each year we have many high school volunteers who make the day magical for the children.  If you love kids, can “get into character” and need some volunteer hours, we would love to have you transform into a storybook character.  Many of our past volunteers have gone off to a far away college or university land, so we would love to hear from you.  Costume pick up and training is on February 8th at Rossini Lodge at 6:00-7:30 pm.  Volunteers have to be in character by 8:15 am on February 9th until noon.  Email  if you are interested!!!

Tickets for the ECE Awards Go On Sale

 The 2012 Brant ECE Banquet will be held on November 8th, 2012 at the Best Western Hotel.  Tickets are now on sale at the OEYC or at Brantford Little School.  Please share this poster with your networks and staff.  We really encourage ECE students to attend and have a special award for them.

We appreciate sponsorship from Mohawk College, Best Start, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board, Grand Erie District School Board and Onondaga Masons as well as our door prize donors and individual award sponsors.  The theme this year is the PINK AND BLACK Ball so come dressed in these colours.

Our major prize this year is an ipad!  : )  Tickets must be purchased in advance and are $30. Per person.

If you would like to donate a door prize contact any committee member or just bring that night.  We have lots of wonderful displays, demonstrations and surprises that focus on person care.  We will enjoy music by Joan Minnery.

Sharon Brooks for Kids Can Fly and the committee,  Heather Wilson, Sarah Roarke, Melissa Fererro, Diane Bartle, Brooke Haggith, Erin Rooney, Jera Sunny, Michelle McColl and Kathy Kemp.

ECE Award Nominations Now Open

Nominate Your Favourite ECE Professional Today!


“Is there an early learning professional who has made an impact in the life of you or your child? Kids Can Fly honours our local ECE’s and support staff each fall with an Awards Banquet and nominations are now open for this year.   This will be our 10th year hosting this event which raises awareness of the importance of the early childhood education profession. Thanks to many generous sponsors we are able to provide a celebratory event with various awards, 20 and 30 year service pins and an evening of social networking.  Please consider recognizing and honouring individuals in our community who are making this a better place for children.”

To download the Nomination Package click here ECE Award Nomination Package 2012 doc

Come Celebrate Sharon’s 60th birthday with a Hoedown and Fundraiser for Imagination Library

A Country Hoedown Fundraiser

In honour of Sharon Brook’s 60th birthday, you are invited to a fundraising Hoedown.

It costs $60 for a child to receive one year’s worth of books through the Imagination Library, so as a gift to Sharon each ticket sold will register one more child in the Imagination Library.

Saturday, June 2, 2012 7:00-11:00 PM

Old Troy School Hall

Sheffield Road and Hwy 5 at Troy



Tickets include buffet, entertainment and fun

$100 per couple (includes a $60 tax receipt for Sharon’s gift)

$50 per person (includes a $30 tax receipt for Sharon’s gift)

$30 per student (includes a $20 tax receipt for Sharon’s gift)


Map to Old Troy School Hall Troy, Ontario








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