City launches Energize Guelph initiative on February 12
Community invited to participate in kick-off celebration

Guelph, Ont., February 10, 2016 – On Friday, February 12, the City of Guelph will launch Energize Guelph, a local initiative of the province’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge.

The free kick-off event, from 5 to 8 p.m. inside City Hall, is open to all ages and includes live music, games and activities, and hot chocolate. There will also be ice skating, weather permitting, in Market Square.

Learn about Ontario’s whole-child Healthy Kids Strategy

The cross-government Healthy Kids Strategy aims to improve children’s health and well-being through new and existing programs. It will help children to grow up healthy, happy and ready to succeed in life.
The Healthy Kids Strategy focuses on:

  • helping parents learn what to do before pregnancy and during the early years for their children
  • helping parents and their children make healthy food choices
  • building healthy communities for kids to grow up in and get active

Energize Guelph representatives will be onsite providing information about the program, which aims to support the well-being of Guelph’s children and youth through the promotion of healthy eating, physical activity and healthy behaviours.


Energize Guelph official launch


Mayor Cam Guthrie, Energize Guelph representatives, Various youth bands


City Hall Galleria/Market Square – 1 Carden Street


Friday, February 12
5-8 p.m.

About Healthy Kids Community Challenge

The City of Guelph is one of 45 cities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, a key part of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy. Guelph’s participation in the three-year program, funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, allows the City and its partners to create a community where it’s easy for children to lead healthier lives.

For more information:

Eric Pool – Project Specialist, Healthy Kids Community Challenge,City of Guelph

519-822-1260 extension 3366


The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) marks the start of a 15 day celebration of the new year.

Each year is also associated with one of 12 years of the zodiac. The C.E. (Common Era) year 2016, is the year of the Monkey, and February 8 marks the start of the year.

Many cultures have been influenced by the Chinese New Year celebration, including geographic neighbours, and others with some kinship bond with Chinese culture. Nearby cultures that embrace some type of traditions similar to the Chinese New Year celebration are the Koreans, Vietnamese, Mongolians, and Tibetans. Countries with Han Chinese populations also honour the Chinese New Year celebration, including Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Laos.

Although not an official national holiday, Chinese New Year is widely celebrated among Chinese populations and their friends in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Some Greetings & Customs

The most common way to wish someone a Happy New Year is Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin or Gong Hey Fat Choy in Cantonese.

  • Greet others with “Gung Hey Fat Choy” which means “Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth”.
  • Giving two lee see’s to each child. Because happiness comes in two’s, do not just give one. This is your way of passing good luck to the next generation.
  • Wear brand new clothes – preferably in red. Children should wear new clothes and new shoes.

As you prepare for this important holiday, think of the changes you want to make in your life … perhaps spend more time with your family, reduce your credit card debts or pursue a new interest.

Celebrations in Guelph

Many members of our teams and our community are taking time to mark the start of the New Year.

A City wide event is typically hosted by the Guelph Chinese Canadian Cultural Association, and held in a local school. You can check this site for more details about how to participate in this event – (site is in mandarin – use google translate option for a basic form of translation)

Come on now #Guelph, we can do better than 8th! According to we need to buy more romantic novels and romantic music. 


Having the opportunity to swing by wedding anniversaries and birthday celebrations tops my lists as events that I’ll always remember!

Today, I was invited to present a certificate from the Mayor’s office on behalf of the City of Guelph, to recognize John Shutsa on his 90th birthday! He’s lived in Guelph for 86 years!

His daughter Cynthia along with the rest of his family invited me up to his surprise party at the U of G.

What a great celebration!

Happy Birthday John and many blessings to you and your family!


Cold does not even describe what I felt when I jumped in that pool. It was heart-stopping-lung-sucking-feet-falling-off great!

The Guelph community really rallied around this cause! From what I’ve heard the goal was surpassed and close to 30,000 was raised!

Daniel Atlin & Brenda Whiteside from the UofG were super brave and jumped in just after me! 

I’d really like to say a big thanks to all the sponsors of this event. Dominique O’Rourke, Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter and Cst. Chris Probst along with so many others have really stepped up to help the Special Olympics Ontario Games land in our city this May!

Here’s Dominique with the pool all set up and ready to go with 1 degree temp (at best)!

I also heard there was around 150 plungers today. I saw so many students from the UofG lining up too!

The Chief was trying to walk on water apparently!

The Spring Special Olympics Games is going to be great! They’re still looking for more sponsors and volunteers! Please consider contacting Dominique for further info!

Now I’m going to to finish my hot chocolate by my fireplace.



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