Articles by Nigel Gordijk

Alex and Jakob Huszarik from Baden enjoyed riding between traffic cones and around a chalk roundabout. (Photo: Nigel Gordijk)

Young cyclists learn about bike safety at Wilmot workshop

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sunday’s training session was the first event hosted by the Township’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee

Kelly Welch, at right, with Aryawna Isaac and Ashley Hynd, during an Indigenous workshop about ceremonial tobacco, known as Semah. (Photo: Nigel Gordijk)

Cultural Education Workshop In Baden Teaches The Importance Of Indigenous Ceremonial Tobacco

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Anishinaabe instructor Kelly Welch shared her knowledge of Semah, which is used in ceremonies, prayers and rituals

Indigenous Elder Nina de Shane. (Photo: Nigel Gordijk)

Indigenous Elder provides traditional knowledge, counselling and healing in Wilmot

Friday, April 8, 2022

Haudenosaunee Nina De Shane has a full schedule with Wilmot Family Resource Centre as she keeps Indigenous traditions alive

At left is the author’s father, Sylvion Gordijk, in his RAF uniform during national service, which was optional in the former British colony of Guyana. Also shown are Sylvion’s mother and seven brothers.

A Gathering of Ancestors #2: The shame of slavery left unasked questions about my family’s history

Friday, April 8, 2022

Ending a silence that lasted for generations, it’s time to start telling my ancestors’ story.

WRDSB’s director of education, jeewan chanicka: “If you’re here in Waterloo Region, you belong here, and you belong here in the fullness of whoever you are.” (Photo credit: WRDSB)

WRDSB’s Director Wants To Shake Up Education For A More Connected And Equitable Future

Sunday, March 20, 2022

jeewan chanicka says it’s time to change education so all students can be better prepared for a rapidly evolving world

Potter Rosemary Arthurs in her New Dundee studio, where she created work that will be showcased at an artisan market in TheMuseum. (Photo Nigel Gordijk)

Artisans Unzipped: New Dundee potter’s creative thinking helps to showcase local artists at TheMuseum

Friday, March 18, 2022

Local potter Rosemary Arthurs uses publicity for The Rolling Stones UNZIPPED exhibition to draw attention to local creative work at an artisan market

Cathy Cosgrove will leave her artwork somewhere in Wilmot, inviting someone to take it away for free. “It’s a notion of finding a treasure,” she said. (Photo Nigel Gordijk)

New Hamburg artist’s work is free to the person who finds it on Art & Found Day

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Lifelong artist Cathy Cosgrove will leave one of her creations somewhere in Wilmot as part of a global event on March 12

Women in tech at W-O. From left: Deanna Wheeler, Jodi Jackson and Andrea Brodhagen. (Photo by former W-O student teacher Julia Maier)

Breaking Stereotypes And Building The Future

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Three women role models at Waterloo-Oxford DSS broke into industries dominated by men, and now they’re helping the next generation to follow their own paths

Petersburg’s Stephanie Goertz is growing the Bring Back Nature movement. “We need to actually bring our community together, work collectively, and bring more voices to the table,” she said. (Photo: Nigel Gordijk)

Bring Back Nature Organizer Wants To Plant Ideas That Will Grow Into A Movement

Monday, February 28, 2022

Wilmot’s Stephanie Goertz said local residents can learn how to create wildlife habitats, protect local drinking water, and help to heal the land

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