Apr. 4, 2016–THANK YOU to the members of The Richvale Lions Club for supporting children’s literacy. 194 FREE books.
Announcement–Brock the Croc
Several JK/SK students at Blessed Scalabrini CES and St. David CES (#YCDSB) liked Ruby (a 6′ tall sculpture of a red flamingo) and requested that I make sculptures of the other 10 characters in my book titled, We Are Colourful Friends.
Ruby is thrilled to announce her new colourful friend Brock the Croc. Brock is made of recycled materials and paper mache. We welcomed him into our family on Family Day 2016. He weighs 5 lbs and 1oz and is 4′ 2”.
Brock will be joining Ruby & I at future JK/SK interactive workshops within the GTA.
Richvale Lions Club Press Release
RICHVALE LIONS CLUB PROMOTES LITERACY IN RICHMOND HILL
Richmond Hill, ON—Richvale Lions Club generously sponsored books for all JK & SK students attending “We Are Colourful Friends” workshops at St. Anne (April 21st, 2015) and Our Lady of Hope Catholic Elementary Schools (April 29th & April 30th, 2015).
A partnership with Dance In The Rain™ Publishing provided Richvale Lions Club an opportunity to purchase books at a wholesale price making it affordable to promote children’s literacy in Richmond Hill.
The interactive workshop exposed JK/SK students to the process of creating a book and the creative use of puppets as well as a six-foot tall sculpture named Ruby helped to bring the book to life.
Josephine Vaccaro-Chang, the self-published Author/Illustrator stated, “My goal was to inspire children to read. By offering interactive workshops, JK/SK students become excited about literacy and their confidence in reading increases. Receiving a copy of the book gives the children a chance to share what they have learned in the classroom with their families. I feel blessed that my Literacy Partners including the members of The Richvale Lions Club support my vision.”
RICHVALE LIONS CLUB–beginning with their inception and charter in 1963, the Richvale Lions have a long history of service in Richmond Hill. Over the years, the club has sponsored and supported many projects in the community including hospitals, schools and parks. While vision care awareness is a cornerstone of the Lions community, the organization champions other causes such as diabetes awareness, cancer research and children’s literacy.
Richvale Lions President Hugh Adams stated that, “The International Lions consider children’s literacy a priority. We are very pleased to work with Josephine and her “Colourful Friends” to do something locally.”
LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL–is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 210 countries. Lions are friends, family and neighbours who share a core belief: Community is what we make it. www.LionsClubs.org
WE ARE COLOURFUL FRIENDS–is a simple story about cultural diversity. Although the characters in the book are different colours and like different activities they realize they can still be friends.
DANCE IN THE RAIN™ PUBLISHING–children’s publishing company formed in 2014 based in Richmond Hill, ON. www.DanceInTheRain.ca.
JOSEPHINE VACCARO-CHANG—active Richmond Hill resident with many colourful friends. Author/Illustrator of “We Are Colourful Friends”. Josephine’s favourite colour is purple and she likes to do arts & crafts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Toronto and is a certified Teacher of English as a Second Language with the YRDSB.
World-class Elvis Tribute Artist Kevin Mills and his family pose with Ruby at Mill Pond Gallery during Richmond Hill’s 2014 Culture Days.
Word On The Street (2014)–April 3rd, 2014
This sculpture of Ruby based on the red flamingo in the book, We Are Colourful Friends. Ruby stands 6″ tall and was unveiled at Word On The Street. She had the pleasure of meeting and posing with Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Thank you to everyone that entered our draw at Word On The Street. Congratulations Pauline Tetley! You won a Workshop for up to 30 JK/SK students in the GTA.
The Richmond Hill Liberal Newspaper
April 3rd, 2014
Children’s book launches in Richmond Hill Tuesday
We are Colourful Friends promotes diversity
An official book launch will take place Tuesday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Covernotes Tea and Coffee House, located at 10268 Yonge St. beside the theatre.
Part of the proceeds generated from the sales of the book will be donated to the Ontario Lyme Alliance, an organization Ms Vaccaro-Chang has has helped promote across York Region.
We are Colourful Friends promotes cultural diversity as animals of different colours and with different interests come to the conclusion that they can still become friends.
The book contains eye catching images, inspired by Eric Carle, and simple sentences designed for children ages 3 to 6.
For more information on the book, visit www.danceintherain.ca. For more on the Lyme Alliance, go to
– Sera Wong