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A Sweet Fundraiser for the Learning Foundation

This past may, students and staff from St. Matthew Catholic High School, in Orleans, Ontario, came together to raise $2,000 for the Canadian International Learning Foundation (CanILF) at their annual cake auction.

Now in its ninth year, the cake auction has become quite a tradition and a major event in the school’s fundraising calendar. In preparation for the auction, students collect funds in their classes, to bid on cakes baked by various members of the school community. Each year, a charity is chosen as the recipient of the money raised during the event.

Approximately 160 cakes were baked this year, and the funds raised matched the highest total ever. The fundraising was also given a boost by CanILF President Ryan Aldred, who spent an entire day at the school in April, giving presentations to a number of classes on CanILF’s Afghan School Project. In addition to that initiative in Kandahar, the funds raised from the cake auction will also help support CanILF’s new Uganda Literacy and Education Program (ULEP).

Special thanks go to a dedicated teacher, Maura Tubridy, a group of senior students, and the grade seven and eight religion classes, who helped organize the cake auction and ensure its success, as well as the entire school community at St. Matthew. The students in Afghanistan and Uganda will certainly benefit from your generosity.

If you would like to host a fundraiser to benefit one of the Learning Foundation’s projects, please contact us at [email protected]. Our volunteer staff would be glad to help you plan the event!

  1. July 25th, 2009 at 04:59 | #1

    To answer the question”What are the benefits of Management and why we study management”, I would like to say that few of the benefits of management are:
    • To get work done efficiently and effectively with and through other people
    • To get the skill of analyzing and prioritizing tasks and doing the most important ones first
    • It enhances our capability to plan, organize things and people
    • If applied effectively it let us to get the work done in a better way and less time
    • Every body’s mind is unique and it let us know how to cope and manage different type of people in an office environment, e.g. how to know/cope aggressive people; People who bully or attack. They come out swinging verbally. They want to take control.

    UNDERSTANDING: They need to prove themselves. Most things are black and white to them and they become easily upset when things are not seen their way. They usually achieve short term objectives quickly. They have the inability to accept feedback.

    COPING: Give them time to “run down”. Look directly at the person and stand your ground. When they take a breath interrupt them and get to the point with a polite smile on your face. Get their attention by either calling their name or having them sit down. Maintain eye contact. Do not attack back but express your opinion in “ I disagree with you because…..” Do not fight with them because often aggressive people have to win.
    • It helps us to manage the time better, set objectives, and take actions.

    We study management because it is basic requirement of working on mid and upper level positions. All the leaders, directors, and senior staff are involved in one way or the other in managing things and people. We want to be successful worker that is why we study management to manage our things, staff, and time in an efficient way.

    Razia Hotaki

  2. July 25th, 2009 at 11:50 | #2

    On behalf of the ACCC staff and students, I would like to give special thanks Maura Tubridy, the students, and the grade seven and eight religion classes, who helped organize the cake auction as well as the entire school community at St. Matthew for raising fund for a very noble cause of education promotion.

    Ryan__We, the people of Afghanistan will always remember your untiring efforts for facilitating an education for us, for people in need in this remote part of the globe.

  3. Laurie Smith
    July 25th, 2009 at 18:52 | #3

    My heart is truly moved when I read articles like the one written by Razia and Ehsan regarding the awesome work being done by all those involved in helping bring valuable education to the people of Afghanistan and in doing so, become part of something so great, so very important! I have learned so much from the people of Afghanistan just by opening my eyes and sharing this beautiful vision with them. Thank you Ehsan, Ryan and everyone involved for making this a reality.

  4. July 29th, 2009 at 03:56 | #4

    Wow! This might be a delicious and sweet cake
    If we have some in Kandahar too

    Thanks a lot

  5. July 29th, 2009 at 21:42 | #5

    It will be appreciated to have a piece of this cake, but let me announce this, “These people, the great Canadians are already giving us the sweetest and the most blessed gifts, that is the education and enlightenment and the peace and development.”

  6. August 1st, 2009 at 04:02 | #6

    OUR A.C.C.C
    We, the students, are doing our best to make the hard work of you all more fruitful.
    The Afghan-Canadian Community Center is providing a great support to build the capacity of Afghan girls. ACCC is doing their efficiently by providing us specific knowledge which will help us a lot when we would be doing our jobs. We thank to all those who contribute their donation and keep this nice work going on. We thank our instructors Miss Judy A,dam, and Miss Martha Burkle, for their commitment and devotion to study Organizational Behavior Words fail us to express our gratitude and thanks towards Ehsanullah Ehsan, the director, and all other teachers at ACCC for their hard work and commitment to work in such a situation of insecurity. It’s all their devotion, and commitment towards a nice cause of providing education facility to the girls. All the Students of ACCC salute all of you who are contributing in one way or the other.

    Thank you so much.

    Razia Hotak.

  7. August 2nd, 2009 at 03:24 | #7

    Our ACCC
    As the entire world knows that thousands of Afghan women are facing problems in Kandahar city,
    But we have gotten a very nice opportunity of getting education in ACC Center.
    ACCC is one of the biggest and one of the most famous Center in Kandahar city, which trains many of male and female students with excellent technical materials.
    And ACCC has qualified, skillful, experienced and professional teachers, who help the students through their training them in a good teaching methods.
    We the students of ACCC have the opportunity to attend many different classes such as: English classes, Computer labs and many other online courses such as: Management courses, Skype, e-schooling, Carleton and etc…
    These courses are really useful for the students and I have to say that many students graduated from ACCC and they have got good jobs and good positions in different offices.
    It could really help them with their economical problems in their families.
    We the students of ACCC are really thankful of all of the donors and especially the government of Canada and all those people who support ACCC with their help and Sponsors ACCC.
    And we really appreciate the hard working of the director of ACCC Mr. Ehsanullah Ehsan and all the Teachers of ACC Center who have done a very and really great jobs through giving all of us a very nice and great opportunity of studying in ACCC.
    And we are pretty sure that through these ways we can easily get our goals and targets.
    Thanks a lot
    Maryam Ahmadi student of OB (Organizational Behavior)

  8. August 8th, 2009 at 03:21 | #8

    I just thought I should write a few sentences to thank the team members in Kandahar, Kabul, Ottawa and New York for looking after ACCC during my leave. As I watched I saw everything from Carleton e-schooling, SAIT Distance Education Program/SAIT Business Diploma Program, Skype Program, ACCC regular classes, Education Generation Program, communication and ACCC Administration activities were highly satisfactorily administered. It does seem like ACCC has got a strong and cohesive team to serve people in need without any greed and selfishness.
    I also thought I should name a few members of the team who worked very hard during these few days: Hashim and Qaseem, as always, kept our 70 computers in tip top conditions everyday for students use; Shir Mohammad Kandahari fully organized and coordinated Skype classes, schedules and programs and reported that now over 40 students of ACCC are positively enrolled on Skype communication program, the English language program; Hamayoon and Esmat organized and managed ACCC activities; Dawood assisted e-schooling students with their preparation for exam; Esmat and Ilyas worked on students profiles to complete for students education sponsorship; Esmat worked on handling contract services; Ryan and Ruiz wrote proposals; Ruiz also wrote a business course curriculum; Hamayoon, Esmat and Naghma organized a slide show about an Afghan woman hero for ACCC students and families; Ahmadi Sab supervised the Helmand training program while Abdullah supervised Zabul training programs. All teachers of ACCC, despite increased heat and other challenges in Kandahar, gave full attendance to their classes and shared knowledge and information with their hundreds of fellow sisters and brothers studying at ACCC. Ehsan/myself, Ryan and Vicky directed, coordinated and closely supervised all the programs.

  9. Sharifullah Kanishka
    August 12th, 2009 at 02:24 | #9

    Best quotes all time ever for everyone

    He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.

    If you have to ask how much something costs, you can’t afford it.

    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.\

    Divide and Conquer.

    Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.

    A man can’t be too careful in his choice of enemies.

    Children today are tyrants. They contradict thier parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

    Never mistake motion for action.

    The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

    He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

    An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.

    It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.

    Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

    The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

    No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency.

    If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, “Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.”

    No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.

    Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.

    You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

    “Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.”

  10. Sharifullah Kanishka
    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:30 | #10

    TO: ACCC
    Students of English Department,

    (1) This might sound like a very broad definition and that’s why we will look at some examples. Let’s say you made the decision to exercise every day. Did you follow through with your decision or did you quit after a few days? What about that night school course you wanted to attend to improve your career chances? Did you follow through with your decision and pass the exam? Or maybe you had planned to learn cooking? Was that a project you have actually realized or was it just another wish? If this sounds familiar, fear not because you are not alone. It’s a fact that most of us find it quite difficult to follow through with our decisions. It is as challenging to winners as it is to losers. What makes a winner a winner is their ability to control and change their habits. If you want to learn English like a winner, you have to be able to make a commitment to yourself and follow through with your decision.

    (2) Willingness to learn and change habits
    The fact that you have purchased this book shows that you have a willingness to learn and that’s a vital ingredient to success. It is now up to you to decide if you also are a winner because winners know that learning means positive change. A winner looks forward to changing their habits on a regular basis. You have bought this book because you have tried traditional English courses and apparently you were not satisfied with the results. Don’t expect to find the same grammar explanations and vocabulary exercises in this book. Expect something completely different, something that requires you to analyze and change your habits.

    3) Courage to be yourself
    In any society there is only a very small percentage of people who think entirely on their own, who make their own decisions and take the lead. The vast majority follows this small group of leaders without trying to become their own leaders. Winners are way above the average when it comes to deciding what is good or bad for them. They question the status quo and find answers to their own questions. For example, when it comes to learning English a winner would ask themselves this question: “Can I learn English by going to an English class where most of the time I hear other learners of English speak incorrect sentences? Maybe instead of listening to other learners of English I should listen to native speakers of English?” Of course the vast majority of English learners will never ask such a question simply because they are used to following others. “If everyone tries to learn English by paying for English courses or learning software, why should I do it any differently?” It takes courage to be yourself and to think on your own.

    Best Regards

  11. August 23rd, 2009 at 22:42 | #11

    Aslamu Alikum

    Dear Muslims brothers and sisters.

    Hope to be fine and feeling well.

    “Lets remind some things which are important for our selves, in Ramandan”

    (Which things that break the fast)

    Every Muslim must know the actions that break the fast in order to avoid them. These actions can be divided into eight types:
    If one has the intention, while he is fasting to break his fast before sunset, he in effect has voided his fast even if he does not actually eat anything after having that intention. This is because the intention is one of the pillars of fasting.

    Type two: Sexual intercourse
    When a fasting person makes sexual intercourse, his fast is not just invalidated but an atonement (Kaffarah) is imposed on him. In such a case the atonement is one of the following things with the given order of priority: He should first free a Muslim slave, if that is not possible then he should fast two consecutive months without interruption. If he cannot do this, then he should feed 60 poor persons. If he cannot do this, because he is poor, then he is exempt from the atonement.
    Abu Hurairah reported that a person came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said: O Messenger of Allah, I am ruined. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “What has brought about your ruin?” He said: I have had intercourse with my wife during the month of Ramadan. Upon this the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Can you find a slave to set him free?” He said: No. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Can you observe fast for two consecutive months?” He said: No. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Can you provide food for 60 poor people?” He said: No, and he sat down. In the meanwhile, there was brought to the Apostle of Allah a basket which contained dates. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Give these dates in charity.” He said: Am I to give to one who is poorer than I? There is no family poorer than mine between the two lava plains of Madinah. The Prophet (pbuh) laughed so that his molar teeth became visible and said: “Go and give it to your family to eat.” Related by Muslim.

    Type three: Ejaculation of sperm
    Ejaculation of sperm voids the fast even if it was just due to kissing, hugging or masturbation. In the Hadith Qudsi, Allah says: “The fasting person leaves his food, drink and desire for Me.” Related by Bukhari.
    Kissing that does not lead to ejaculation is allowed for those who can control themselves. In Sahih Bukhari and Muslim, Aisha (RA) reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissed while he was fasting but he was the best among people to control himself. On the other hand, if the fasting person knows that if he starts kissing his wife, he may not be able to control himself and it may lead to ejaculation, then it becomes unlawful for him to kiss her.
    Type four: Intentional eating or drinking
    The intake of any kind of food or drink that reaches the stomach invalidates the fast. If one eats due to forgetfulness, a mistake, or coercion, then his fast is right. Abu Hurairah (RA) reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever forgets he is fasting and eats or drinks is to complete his fast, as it was Allah Who fed him and gave him something to drink.” Related Bukhari and Muslim.
    Type five: Intentional intake of any thing that has the same effect as eating or drinking
    everything that plays the same role as eating or drinking invalidates the fast. For example, any injection that has nourishment in it and acts like food would break one’s fast. Other types of injections that do not contain nourishing agents do not invalidate the fast even if they are taken through the veins.
    Type six: Hijamah
    Hijamah is the taking out of blood by scarification or by opening a vein. Hijamah invalidates the fast according to the Hadith of the Prophet (pbuh) where he said: “The person whom the Hijamah is made for and the person who made the Hijamah have broken their fast.” Related by Ahmad and Abu Dawud and al¬Bukhari said: There is no Hadith in this subject that is more authentic than this one.
    Taking out blood by any other means invalidates the fast if it causes weakness of the body. Otherwise, the little blood that comes out due to teeth brushing, or teeth removal or the blood that comes out of the nose does not invalidate the fast.
    Type seven: Intentional vomiting
    Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever is overcome and vomits is not to make up the day. Whoever vomits intentionally must make up the day,” related by Ahmad, Abu¬Dawud, and al¬Hakim, the later called it Sahih.
    Type eight: The menses and post childbirth bleeding
    Appearance of menstruation or post childbirth blood invalidates the fast even if such bleeding begins just before sunset.
    The first seven types of actions mentioned above will invalidate the fast only in the case that the following three conditions are satisfied:
    First: The fasting person should be aware of the rule and the time. Therefore, if a fasting person vomits intentionally believing that this does not break his fasting, his fast will not be broken, because he did not know the rule. Similarly, if the fasting person eats or drinks after dawn, believing that it is not dawn yet, his fast will not be invalid because he did not know the correct time.
    Second: The fasting person should be aware of what he is doing, but if he does an action out of forgetfulness then his fast is not broken. For example, if a person eats or drinks forgetting that he is fasting, then his fast will not be broken.
    Third: The fasting person should not be acting against his free will. If he is forced to do it then his fast is not broken. For example, if a fasting person is forced to eat or drink, then his fast is not broken.
    Ibn Abbas narrated that the Prophet (pbuh) said: “Allah forgives my nation things that they do by mistake, by forgetfulness and things that they do by coercion.

    The best cheers

  12. Sharifullah Kanishka
    August 24th, 2009 at 01:22 | #12

    Dear Ehsan Sahib,

    Cakes are gifted and distributed, but what about people who can not get there to eat, Please remember those who are not among you and your team! and no worries i know you have a freezer at home that you can refrigrate some for us.

    Best of luck

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