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10-year-old Claire's dream is that Stouffville continues to be a safe place to live

SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 / Legacy Project / 10-year-old Whitchurch-Stouffville resident Claire has a dream that her town continues to be a safe place to live. As part of WS YOU 177 One Town, One Book featuring the award-winning book Dream, the Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library is Dream Star Headquarters, collecting the dreams of every child, youth, adult, and elder in Whitchurch-Stouffville. How can you help make Claire's dream come true, and build a stronger community for everyone? Take part in the intergenerational Walk Your Peace Talk labyrinth event on September 20, in collaboration with the Stouffville Peace Festival.

"We're lucky to live in such a great community. But especially with recent international events, peace is something we all have to work toward," says Susan V. Bosak, who heads the Legacy Project which is hosting the event at the Legacy Center in Stouffville.

Peace is about more than tranquil doves or ceasefires in wars. It's an active, everyday process that touches on everything from crime in the streets to bullying in schools and in the workplace to the way we respect the planet.

What does peace mean to you? As part of the event, you'll experience an inspiring reading of the award-winning book Dream in the beautiful 15-acre Legacy Center arboretum. Then, learn the history and magic of labyrinths. Finally, share hot chocolate and cookies as you share ideas across generations and create a collaborative Dream Star for Peace art piece to be displayed at the WSP Library.

This free community event is open to all ages. In fact, intergenerational dialogue is one of the goals of WS YOU 177. Walk Your Peace Talk is the first of many creative events developed to bring our community together in new ways.

WS YOU 177 is a broad-based community collaborative that includes the WSP Library, Legacy Project, local media, service clubs, faith-based groups, schools and seniors groups. It's been made possible through grants from United Way York Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

YOU 177 is a social innovation initiative that empowers YOU to make a difference in a big-picture context – 1 World with 7 Generations and 7 Billion People. Based on a decade of research, it's a community process that taps into what matters to transform everything we do, from the way we live with each other and our planet to how we learn, do business, grow up and grow older. Whitchurch-Stouffville will be a model for the rest of the country, and internationally.

Walk your Peace Talk takes place Saturday, September 20, 1:30-4:00 pm at the Legacy Center, 9 Lobraico Lane, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON (near McCowan Rd and Vandorf Rd). This is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring a folding chair or stool.

To register for the Walk Your Peace Talk event, visit www.wsyou177.org or call (905) 640-8914.

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For more information, contact Brian Puppa, Legacy Project, by e-mail or call (905) 640-8914

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