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Poster for Book Launch

Hugh Adams_20160404_204001.2     President of Richvale, Hugh Adams

Richvale Lions Club Press Release


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 RainPublishing 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. 

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.

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.

The Richmond Hill Liberal Newspaper

April 3rd, 2014

Children’s book launches in Richmond Hill Tuesday

We are Colourful Friends promotes diversity

Richmond Hill’s Josephine Vaccaro-Chang is a newly certified ESL teacher who has written, illustrated and self-published a children’s book titled We are Colourful Friends.

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 For more on the Lyme Alliance, go to www.

– Sera Wong