Mission accomplished: Johnston reaches fundraising goal and completes marathon
Corey Johnston is photographed during the marathon she was a part of in San Diego on June 5. It was a moment of triumph after weeks of training and fundraising. To learn how the whole adventure started visit the Bayfield Breeze archives - Week 13 Issue 90. (Submitted photo)
STORY BY MELODY FALCONER-POUNDER
Corey Johnston believed if she set her mind to it she could run a full-marathon-and-a-half with under six months of training and raise $5,000 for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
The 23 year-old, who grew up in Bayfield and now calls Toronto home, realized both goals on June 5 when she completed a 42.2 KM run in the Dodge San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.
“And I believe when all was said and done, I had raised about $5,150. So I managed to squeak over my personal fundraising goal by a bit,” said Johnston.
The final fundraiser for Johnston was held at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, ON. Participants, a number of whom came from Bayfield, were entertained by a live band, treated to good food and had the fun of bidding on some unique silent auction items.
Johnston is very appreciative of all the support she received for she had an excellent reason for running as someone very close to her was diagnosed last September with a blood cancer. She got involved with an organization called Team In Training (TNT), the world’s largest endurance sports training program. TNT began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland's daughter, Georgia, a leukemia survivor.
The team of 38 runners raised $322,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter. Due to the pioneering efforts of Cleland and the Westchester/Hudson Valley Chapter, TNT was born.
According to the TNT website, this year more than 40,000 runners, walkers, cyclists, hikers and tri-athletes will participate in the world's major marathons, triathlons, hiking adventures and century rides for the cause.
“For this race, in this season of the year (Dodge Rock and Roll was just one race of one season for TNT) Team in Training across Canada and the United States raised $9,000,000 for blood cancer research and patient services,” said Johnston.
The coastal marathon offered a unique setting for participants with upwards of 40 stages hosting live music along the course while 2,000 cheerleaders encouraged runners to the finish line. In addition, the event featured a post race concert and a two day Health and Fitness Expo
“The race was incredible. We ran through Balboa Park, along the coast, it was breathtaking. The race itself was a bit more challenging than I had anticipated. There were a lot of hills and long lengths of running on slanted highways that made it hard on my hips and knees. But all along the course there were cheerleaders, cancer survivors, and tons of TnT Staff to encourage you to keep going,” Johnston said. “Not only that, but every purple jersey you passed (and every one that passed you) was running for the same cause and was also there encouraging you to “push harder" and "keep going". I distinctly remember running past one girl that had written "These Legs Save Lives" down her calves...I thought that was very moving and inspirational. It was a very emotional event to take part in.”
Johnston described the whole trip as a great deal of fun.
“The city of San Diego was lovely and very interesting. I got to tour cites like Old Town and La Holla Cove Beach both places I strongly recommend seeing if you ever happen to be in the area,” she said.
She also attended the expo prior to the race and thoroughly enjoyed it.
“There were tons of new sporting goods to look at and I managed to find a pair of hard-core looking sunglasses for my race.”
Johnston also attended the official after party for the race at The Hard Rock Cafe in downtown San Diego.
“They did a really nice job of the after party and it turned into quite the late night for some of us! The best part of the whole weekend was the amazing people I got to share this adventure with. We were complete strangers in February and it was a pleasure getting to know everyone better during the trip. I walked away from this with some incredible new friends who also happen to be very inspiring people.”
Now that the marathon has been completed and her goals realized Johnston is not planning on retiring her sneakers.
“I am absolutely going to stick with running. I have been resting for about a week now and I already miss it and want to throw my runners on again. Not only do I love the way my body feels after a run and throughout the course of my training, but I am a huge advocate for this cause
“I can't wait to become more involved with TnT and more involved in the marathon aspect of things as well. I think I am addicted to the idea of it all - especially when one is so closely tied to another. I am already in talks with TNT Staff to become a coach or a mentor in another season.”
In addition to the training experience Johnston also experienced some personal growth.
“I feel like this experience has matured me a little more, and given me a broader picture in regards to this disease that effects so many people. I look forward to continuing to build my experiences with the organization and continue to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada.
“I learned that you really could do anything you want to. I also learned that your body is willing to forgive you no matter how hard you push it - it is a very strong tool that you can use to accomplish astonishing things. I plan to keep using mine to fight for this cause.”
the hunt is on for the great trees of bluewater
The quest is now on to discover the great trees of Bluewater. As part of the Bluewater Blooms, Communities in Bloom, initiative people are being encouraged to join in the Great Tree Hunt and nominate a heritage or native tree in the municipality for recognition.
A Heritage Tree is considered to be a specimen of note, a part of a generation of photographs or associated with an historic person or community landmark. Or nominate a Native Tree, remarkable specimens of the Tulip Tree, Silver Maple or Red Oak varieties are but examples.
The Great Tree Hunt is running from now until Aug. 12. The winning trees will be researched and recognized in a future publication.
For entry forms, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
For the second consecutive year, the Municipality of Bluewater is proud to be a part of the Communities in Bloom competition. The color scheme for this year’s “Bluewater Blooms” is red, purple, pink and blue. People will notice these colors in planters on the streets of Hensall, Zurich and Bayfield. The judges are coming to Bluewater July 11-13. More information will follow as the days draw near.
DON'T STOP BELIEVIN'
The Bayfield Believers, a Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life Team, raised about $500 at their ZUMBA Fundraiser held on the evening of June 13 at the Bluewater Shores Resort. The 15 person team is currently tops in the standings for money raised for the relay to be held in Goderich on June 17-18. At the time of writing they had collected over $4,100 in donations far surpassing their initial goal of $1,200. (Photos by Dianne Brandon)
Top authors to visit village at month's end
The 10th Annual Bayfield Writers’ Festival is always a highly anticipated village event that brings top Canadian authors to town and enhances Huron County’s flourishing cultural landscape.
The festival, sponsored by The Village Bookshop in Bayfield, is set for June 25 starting at 1 p.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall.
Authors will discuss and read excerpts from his/her work during the Writers’ Festival, and will be on hand to sign books. Their books will be available for sale at the festival and are in stock now at The Village Bookshop. The Huron Harp School will create a lovely ambience providing live music for the event.
This year the festival welcomes the following authors:
• Terry Fallis, author of “Best Laid Plans”, was the winner of Canada Reads 2011 as well as the Stephen Leacock Award for humor.
• Huron County’s Hilary Gillespie, is the author of “Under a Sunflower Sun”, a collection of beautifully simple poetry for young children. Lynn Smith’s watercolor illustrations add to the charm of this book.
• Sarita Mandanna, author of “Tiger Hills”, which was long-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. Set in the author’s native India, this debut novel tells the story of a classic, star-crossed love triangle.
• Anne Perdue, author of “I’m a Registered Nurse, Not a Whore”, a collection of short stories described as “a wickedly funny representation of bad things happening to decent people”.
• Emma Ruby-Sachs, is the author of the novel, “The Water Man’s Daughter”. Set in South Africa, her “accomplished, hard-hitting debut novel marries a page-turning plot with the stories of three women, each of whom is struggling with decisions that will change the course of her life.” She is a lawyer and writer whose political commentary appears regularly in The Huffington Post.
Tickets for the Bayfield Writers’ Festival are $15 each. They can be purchased at The Village Bookshop, 20 Catherine St. or by calling 519 565-5600 or emailing email@example.com
The day after the Writers’ Festival, on June 26, a Books and Brunch will be held with Canada’s best selling author, Terry Fallis. This sold-out event will take place at Brentwood on the Beach.
Book lovers will also want to mark the following dates on their calendars so as not to miss every chance to meet and greet several talented authors.
A book signing with cookbook author, Erin Bolger, who hails from Huron County, will be held on June 18 from 1-3 p.m. Drop around to the bookshop to have a copy of her work, “The Happy Baker” personalized.
Another book signing with another Huron County author is set for July 9 from 1-3 p.m. at the store. Kim Burgsma, author of “Almost Eden” will be on hand to sign copies of her book.
Midsummer Night’s Readings at the bookshop will return on July 3 with Dawn Promislow doing the reading. A second event will be held on July 31 featuring Ian Hamilton. Both readings are free of charge and begin at 7 p.m.
And finally, on Aug. 21 The Little Inn of Bayfield will play host to a Books and Brunch with Alissa York starting at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are $30.
ON THE RIGHT PATH
Bayfield Guiding held their last meeting of the 2010-11 season with supper at Boston Pizza in Goderich on May 31. Following the meal some of the girls were recognized for achievements. Raven Blyde, Sydney Pitt and Fiona Brands have completed three years in Girl Guides and will now advance to Pathfinders. Ashley Whelan (far right), a first year Brownie, was presented with Stage One of the Religion in Life Badge. (Photo by Melody Falconer-Pounder)
sail and canvas festival
Tuesday, June 21 marks the arrival of the summer season, so there is no better way to celebrate than by enjoying the Sail and Canvas Festival sponsored by the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held on Main Street on June 18 and 19.
With several galleries and over 25 artists displaying their work, Main Street becomes one big gallery. Live music will also be featured. The shops will be open both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Marten Arts Gallery will host London, ON. artist, Bill Conly, whose work shows a refreshing approach to landscape painting. Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB he industrially balances several talents including, sculpture, painting, technical writing and illustration.
Visitors to the festival are sure to take delight in his whimsical landscapes where rolling hills are peppered with sturdy trees and off-kilter buildings. These brightly colored acrylic paintings incorporate different parts of Canadian geography formulating a style that is distinctly Conly’s own.
Winter Orchard by Floyd Elzinga
A new exhibit is also opening on the Gallery Wall at Marten Arts Gallery. Floyd Elzinga “makes objects to give dimensionality to ideas.”
In his more recent works he has been exploring the tradition of landscape painting through nontraditional materials and techniques. His recent works focus on broken landscapes and portraits of trees. Elzinga uses natural elements of metal and stone to create both art and furniture pieces.
After viewing all the wonderful art exhibits offered along Main Street and chatting with their creators, people are encouraged to stroll down to the harbor via the Mara Street Walkway or to Pioneer Park to watch the regattas set for Saturday and Sunday weather permitting.
On Saturday evening at 8 p.m. be sure to visit Pioneer Park. In addition to a remarkable sunset visitors will be treated to a performance by the Canada Celtic Choir. They were voted most popular classical vocal group at the London Music Awards from 2008-10.
Unquestionably, the community is filled with some very skilled performers and many of them will be showcased in an evening of music and comedy entitled, “Bayfield’s Got Talent”.
The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church on June 26 starting at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering will be collected.
The members of the Bayfield Agricultural Society would like to remind everyone that the Country Flea Market has returned to the Bayfield Agriculture Park. It is held on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are all kinds of unique times for sale such as antiques, furniture, books, tools, and sports collectibles. The market is also a good spot to pick up fresh produce and plants.
New vendors are welcome and there are no contracts to sign. For further information please call Jim Erwin at 519 565-2328.
The last film in the spring series by The Bayfield Film Society is “Incendies”. It is an academy award nominated film that people won’t be able to see in local theatres. So all are encourage to go to the Bayfield Town Hall on June 16 for the 7:30 p.m. viewing of this Canadian drama.
Film Society members are invited to come early for a wine and cheese celebration prior to the movie at 6:30 p.m. Not a member? Tickets may still be purchased for the movie at the door for $10.
Slave Lake Appeal
It has been a few weeks now since fire ravaged the town of Slave Lake, Alberta but life is far from being back to normal for those who call it home. Many are now living in temporary housing and relying on the gifts of the Red Cross to help them.
Bayfield residents will have an opportunity to help people rebuild their lives by supporting the Canadian Red Cross Appeal for Slave Lake Fire Victims.
An evening of dining and dancing has been planned at The Docks Restaurant on June 22 from 7-10 p.m. Music will be provided by Cactus Jam.
All donations will be sent to the appeal and official tax receipts will be issued.
Millie Blair from the Ontario office of the Red Cross said recently, “Best wishes for a successful event. I consider it successful because people are being made aware of the need and are doing something about it!”
The 5th Annual Albion Hotel and Bayfield Optimist Golf Classic - Texas Scramble is set for June 18th at the Bluewater Golf Course.
The day will include 18 holes of golf and dinner. There will be a shotgun start at noon and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Participants will try for hole in one and closest to the pin prizes. Tickets are $40, members; and $55, non-members.
For tickets call Kim Muszynski at 519 565-2641. To reserve a cart call the Bluewater Golf Course 519 482-7197. Profits from the event will go toward friends of youth oriented events conducted by the Bayfield Optimist Club.
Varna United Church will host their annual Pork Barbecue on June 15 at the Stanley Complex in Varna. It is not unusual to serve 1,000 meals at this event that has on the menu baked potato, Metzger’s smoked pork chops, baked beans and homemade pies.
The meal will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets cost: $14, adult and $6 child. Take-out is also available. Tickets are available from Willi Laurie, 519 482-9265 or drop by the Bayfield Garage and ask for Jim Kirton.
Spring is here and there is still time to resolve to get fit for Summer!
Bayfield residents can join the Zumba craze as classes are now being held in the village. Zumba is a dance fitness class that combines Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a calorie burning dance party suitable for all ages.
ZUMBA classes continue in the village with Instructors, Alison de Groot and Lorraine Dietz. One-hour classes are held Monday mornings starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bayfield Town Hall and starting on June 15th, the evening classes held at the Bayfield Community Centre will move to Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact de Groot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following activities are scheduled to run from now until August.
Dancefit and Toning classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. The cost is $40 for four months or $3 per class. The Sit and Get Fit classes are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $1 per class. Both of these fitness opportunities are held at the Bayfield Community Centre.
For the more adventurous among us, there is Pole Walking. Walks for women will start at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the men can venture out on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. All walks begin from 6 Main Street and poles are provided free for those who require them.
A Yoga Class will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. The cost is $3 per class and participants are asked to bring a yoga mat. Please note the June 28 class is cancelled.
Call 519 565-2202 for more information on the above exercise opportunities.
For those people looking to exercise their minds, Women’s Bridge is played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No partner needed to play the cost is $1.50 per game. For more information call Brenda Blair 519 565-2881.
Mah Jongg games and lessons are also offered on the first and third Mondays of the month starting at 1 p.m. Call 519 565-2468 for more information.
Both Bridge and Mah Jongg are played at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
Bridge lessons and Duplicate Bridge games are offered in Goderich. Tom Rajnovich is the Goderich bridge contact 519 524-6374.
Harry Wolfe and Brenda Blair were the high scorers when the Wednesday Evening Bridge Club met on June 8 at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building.
The club will meet next on June 22. The cards will be dealt starting at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
The community will be saddened to learn of the death of Norm Brown, an active Bayfield resident since 1994. He died at his home in the village on June 11. He was in his 89th year.
Brown was a retired trial lawyer and appellate counsel. He was treasurer of the Bayfield International Croquet Club and was an enthusiastic player. He was also an accomplished sailor and a legendary pie maker, many charitable causes benefitted from his delicious creations.
Thoughts are with his wife, Ruth, his children, grandchildren and great grandchild.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Pioneer Park Association. A gathering of friends and family to remember him will be held at the Bayfield Town Hall on July 17 from noon to 3 p.m.