Canada 150 sings a song of opportunity

With Canada’s sesquicentennial fast approaching, many artists, playwrights and musicians have been hard at work in preparation. That’s certainly the case for one creative Beacher. For Alex Eddington, Canada’s 150th birthday has meant the opportunity of a career – the chance to compose a piece of music for a professional orchestra. “I was actually approached […]

Warm welcome for new Canadian

Grinning from ear to ear in front of his workplace, the Top Valu gas station on Kingston Road, Tanzanian-born Shehzada Mazherali Kassamali might be a familiar face for many drivers in the neighbourhood. But on a recent day in April, he’s smiling for a special reason. Holding his Canadian citizenship certificate in his hands, he […]

Kristen finds balance through yoga and mentorship

At first glance, you’d never know that Kristen Likopulos had struggled with an eating disorder. The bubbly brunette, a third generation Beacher, comes across as happy, outgoing and confident – so much so that it’s hard to believe she ever went through a period of self-doubt. But she did, and she doesn’t hesitate to explain […]

Survivors join Judi on a pink crusade

Battling breast cancer can be a terrifying ordeal. To do so takes courage, strength, and determination, but for those who manage to come out victorious, the experience can make them stronger than ever before. Beacher Judi Bonner is living proof of this. A 13-year breast cancer survivor, the 68-year-old is determined to live her best […]

After 26 years, Nancy nears retirement

The sound of fingers tapping on a keyboard echoed through Community Centre 55’s front hall as a cheery voice rang out, greeting visitors as they entered the building. Sitting quietly at her desk, Nancy Culver turned and smiled warmly as she motioned for me to take a seat in front of her. Her office, located […]

Help for Haiti needed now more than ever

When Keteline Pierre walked into the coffee shop on November 15, she looked bright-eyed and hopeful, her smile wide as she stuck out her hand to introduce herself. Her composed nature belied her past experiences: massive devastation, disease and starvation. In Haiti, Pierre has been witness to exactly that. Pierre speaks eloquently as she begins […]