||Give the Gift of a Dream
Dreams keep us alive. They give us hope and direction. They spark creativity and innovation. They change lives and communities. Just think of those four famous words, "I have a dream…"
But too many of us, younger and older, seem to have forgotten how to dream.
WS YOU 177 is a whole-community initiative. It's challenging all generations in Whitchurch-Stouffville to come together to Dream Bigger for a stronger community now and into the future.
It all starts with a seemingly simple story that connects generations and inspires hearts – a great gift for the holidays and life milestones like a birthday, graduation, or even retirement (because you're never too young or too old to dream!).
Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes by bestselling local author Susan V. Bosak has earned a remarkable 11 national awards. It's a one-of-a-kind collaboration five years in the making. 15 of the top illustrators in the world each offer a gorgeously illustrated page in a beautifully told poetic story about life's hopes and dreams, inspiring both children and adults.
Says The Bloomsbury Review, "Dream is an elegant book that depicts the journey of life – from infancy to older adulthood – highlighting all the hopes and dreams found along the way... Inspirational quotes from people such as Martin Luther King Jr, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Emily Dickinson are set alongside gorgeous illustrations by internationally acclaimed artists. Richly crafted and thoughtfully written, Dream is a dazzling project that challenges you to find a dream and follow it."
Other reviewers have described Dream as "sumptuous and arresting," "magical," "thought-provoking," "impressive and inspirational" (read more reviews).
Dream is being featured in
WS YOU 177 One Town, One Book with the WS Public Library. Local schools, seniors groups, faith-based groups, businesses and organizations are also part of the collaboration for social innovation. WS YOU 177 has the support of United Way Toronto York Region and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Now it's up to YOU.
Buy a book, give the gift of a dream. Every book you purchase helps support community-building action projects and innovation, like the Loops knitting group and the Generations Growing community garden.
Help build a community of strength and hope. Every child should believe their dreams matter, know their community values who they are and what they think, feel connected to their community, and be empowered to make a difference in their own life and in the lives of others. Every elder should know we value what they have to offer our community. And every family should know they can count on their neighbours when they need a helping hand, a warm hug, or just a friendly smile. That's where you start to make lives truly meaningful and ensure communities thrive to the benefit of all.
Buy a Dream for yourself and as gifts for friends and family – $20 per book, including tax (regularly $23.95, plus tax). When you purchase a book for $40, you get an autographed copy PLUS a book is given as a gift to one of your neighbours somewhere in Whitchurch-Stouffville. What better way to start building a stronger community than with a gift of a dream?
Questions? Contact Brian Puppa, Director of Programs at the Legacy Project, part of the WS YOU 177 collaborative, by e-mail or by phone at (905) 852-3777. Click below to purchase Dream now.